VC receives $855,620 grant from Johnson Foundation
Johnson Foundation
The M.G. and Lillie A. Johnson Foundation has provided an $855,620 grant to the Victoria College Foundation

The M.G. and Lillie A. Johnson Foundation has generously provided an $855,620 grant to the Victoria College Foundation.

“The Johnson Foundation has supported Victoria College for many years, helping provide for the higher educational needs of its students,” said Robert Halepeska, M.G. and Lillie A. Johnson Foundation Executive Vice President. “This is a unique situation in which the grant allowed the Foundation to assist in many of the different curriculums offered by the College, along with the Foundation’s main priority, nursing and allied health.

“The Johnson Foundation has again and again supported Victoria College in our efforts to help students reach their potential and personal goals,” said VC President Dr. David Hinds. “We are able to deliver higher quality programming and experiences for our students because of the Johnson Foundation. It’s hard to put into words how I feel about the confidence the Foundation places in us.”

Grant funds will be utilized at Victoria College for state-of-the-art simulation hardware/software, known as SimMen, which will be acquired for the healthcare programs at VC locations that include Victoria, Hallettsville and Gonzales. In addition, hospital beds that mirror those used in hospital settings will also be purchased.

Funds will also go to reaching more first-generation and disadvantaged students in underserved populations and those with disabilities. Scholarships will be provided for students in the Students Accelerating through Integrated Learning (SAIL) program and for those seeking training and certification in job-ready skills that include medical assisting, plumbing, truck driving and other industrial trades. Funds will also provide loaner computers for students in the KEY Center (a TRiO Student Support Services program).

Other purchases with the grant will benefit biology, geology and fine arts classes and go toward acquiring equipment, technology and furniture for classrooms.

“While the size of this grant is large, it is the impact that it will have on our students that leaves me speechless,” said Amy Mundy, executive director of the VC Foundation. “The Johnson Foundation has a passion for seeing students succeed, and these funds will certainly play a huge role in making that happen.”
Published: Wednesday, 31 August 2016

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