VISD students learn about industrial training offered by Victoria College
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Victoria College Director of Industrial Programs Dwayne Maly speaks with Victoria East High School students on Feb. 24 during a Communities in Schools tour of the Industrial Training Center at VCs Emerging Technology Complex.

Victoria College is partnering with Communities in Schools (CIS) to inform high school students about the opportunities available for them to gain industrial trade certificates at VC.

A group of 38 CIS students from Victoria East High School toured Victoria College’s Industrial Training Center at the Emerging Technology Complex on Feb. 24. VC instructors provided demonstrations of machinery and offered information on the variety of industrial trade courses available at VC.

“The mission of Communities in Schools is to surround these students with a community of support and empower them to stay in school,” said Samantha Bowden, site coordinator for Communities in Schools.. “We want them to see there are options in Victoria for them. They can get trained in a skill and make good money and be happy with what they’re doing.”

“This gives them a feeling of what it will take to get an industrial trade certificate,” said Dwayne Maly, VC director of industrial programs. “For those high school students who don’t want to pursue a four-year degree, getting a certificate in an industrial trade skill is perfect. You don’t spend that much time in school and you learn a specific craft and skill that is very marketable. You can make $15 to $30 per hour right away.”

Bowden said the CIS students were impressed with VC’s state-of-the-art facility, and she hopes some will be encouraged to learn there are rewarding career options available locally that do not require four-year degrees.

“A lot of the students do not know what they want to do,” Bowden said. “Many of them didn’t know these courses were offered here or that this facility was here. Some of them may be struggling with attendance, grades or behavior. Others are doing well and are in the CIS program for additional support.”

Maly stressed to the students that industrial trade skills are continually in demand.

“There is always a need for welders, pipefitters, millwrights and electricians,” Maly said. “Once you learn an industrial trade, that’s a skill you will always have. It’s just like learning to ride a bicycle – once you learn that skill, you won’t forget it. That really makes you marketable and gives you an opportunity to make a really good living.

“We invite any of the schools in the Crossroads area to tour our facilities and look at our industrial trade  offerings.”

For more information about VC’s industrial trade programs and courses, or to schedule a tour, contact Maly at (361) 582-2566 or Dwayne.Maly@VictoriaCollege.edu.

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John Parks, Victoria College industrial programs training coordinator, speaks with Victoria East High School students on Feb. 24 during a Communities in Schools tour of the Industrial Training Center at VCs Emerging Technology Complex.
Published: Wednesday, 01 March 2017
 

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