Leisure Learning

Courses offered through VC's Workforce & Continuing Education Department are intended for students who want to learn a new skill for career training, upgrade or recertify existing skills, gain general knowledge, or develop personal interests. Upon completion, students receive a Victoria College Certificate of Completion. Students are not required to apply for admission to the college or take entrance exams for these noncredit courses.

For more information about any of the courses listed below, including specific course dates, times, and admission requirements, please view the current Workforce and Continuing Education Schedule.  To register, fill out the Workforce & Continuing Education registration form and submit with payment.

Personal Enrichment

Becoming a Veterinary Assistant

Please join us as we explore the many duties that a veterinary assistant typically performs. Throughout the course, you'll benefit from videos that demonstrate many of these procedures and techniques, as well as state-of-the-art interactive graphics. It's as close as you can get to actually being right there in the veterinarian's office!  Course topics include:

  • How to safely restrain an animal for blood tests, urine collection, and injections
  • How to obtain blood samples, which needles to use for which patient, where the best anatomical sites for collecting blood are located
  • How to catheterize a bladder

Beginning Writer

Emphasis in this course is on developing your skills through practice, so you’ll spend more time writing than reading. Course topics include:

  • Enjoyable writing exercises and assignments
  • Strategies and techniques the pros use to develop characters
  • Create a compelling point of view
  • Build interest through dialogue
  • Add meaning to stories 

Blogging and Podcasting for Beginners

If you're thinking of starting a blog or are just beginning one, this course is for you. Perhaps you'd like to try out podcasting too. You can and it's easy. Course topics include:  

  • How to create, manage, and promote your own blog and audio and video podcast using tools that you already have on your computer—no paid software or equipment is needed.

Certificate in Meditation

Although there are many ways to meditate and many different forms of meditation, they all share a unifying characteristic: Each focuses on intentionally training a person's attention and concentration. Meditation practices have been used by cultures around the world for thousands of years. As you'll learn, meditation's health effects have been well documented. The practice offers improvement of the symptoms of various diseases and allows practitioners to experience a deeper spiritual connection. Course topics include: 

  • How the practice of meditation can be used to increase mindfulness
  • How to reduce stress
  • How to deal with pain and illness
  • How to support overall well-being

Conversational Sign Language

This course teaches the basic skills needed to communicate with members of the deaf community. Students will learn over 3500 different signs and how to sign complete sentences. Students will have real interaction with the deaf. Course topics include:

  • Fingerspell basic personal information 
  • Communicate basic personal information
  • Demonstrate conversational courtesies
  • Learn basic expressive and receptive vocabulary skills
  • Learn grammatical patterns

Conversational Spanish

Community Spanish: A Survival Guide for English Speakers is designed for persons who want an easy and quick way to learn limited amounts of everyday Spanish. It assumes no prior knowledge of Spanish. Course topics include:

  • How to say practical, common phrases and questions in Spanish
  • How to comprehend many basic and common expressions and phrases 
  • The Latino culture

Digital Photography

Explore the world of digital photography! This course provides an introduction to the fascinating technology that has revolutionized the way we capture memories. You will learn what you need, what you can do, and what fun you can have! This class will provide an introduction to new opportunities that will change your opinion on the art of digital photography. Course topics include:

  • Basics of digital photography
  • Equipment
  • Software
  • Personal applications

Beginning Genealogy

This course will take participants through the first steps in genealogical research and recording of family history. Working backward one generation at a time, participants will learn of vital resources, where to locate needed records and documents, and how to record them in proper systematic genealogical form. The final class session will be a trip to the Houston Clayton Public Library in Houston, Texas for a day of intense genealogical research as a finale to the learning experience and as a guide for continued family history discovery.

Genealogy: Breaking Through Brick Walls

Do you have a really tough genealogy research problem?
Have you lost all hope in ever finding a certain ancestor?
Do you just want to take your research to a higher level?
Join us, a group of advanced genealogy researchers, for four nights of assistance and advice with genealogy techniques, methodologies, and strategies genealogists use to solve tough research problems. There will be no exams but genealogy research is required.

Homeschool with Success

Discover what you need to know to homeschool your children successfully. You'll find out how to research legal requirements, choose the best curriculum, organize your school day, provide great socialization opportunities, and make the most of raising your children. When you finish this course, you'll have lots of information and guidance to plot your homeschooling course for years to come!

Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking

Learn to use digital editing techniques to show off your photos and memorabilia in Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking! Using Photoshop Elements, this course will teach you how to make the most of your scrapbooking talents and artistic ideas when you combine traditional and digital scrapbooking.

Introduction to Interior Design

Are you a creative person with an eye for design? If so, this course will show you how to transform plain living spaces into beautiful and functional rooms. You’ll delve into color theory, interior design styles and trends, spatial arrangements, floor plans, “green” design, and other basics. In addition, you’ll explore a range of interior design careers and get insider tips for entering this exciting and challenging field. As you master design skills step-by-step, you’ll complete your first project: a fully developed room design complete with spatial layout, lighting, and finish selections. Your new knowledge and hands-on practice will give you the confidence you need to start creating beautiful residential interiors for yourself and others. 

Planning for Financial Independence

Everyone can benefit from this education whether they are multi-millionaires or just getting started. Whether you are young or old, working or retired; if you want to become financially independent or just keep what you have worked so hard for; if you want to receive a decent income from your portfolio, this class is for you. The system has changed and evolved, unfortunately the delivery system for those who work in the industry has not. Find out how it is changing and how to make it work for
you for a change.  

Social Networking

Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are all the rage. They are the top social network sites. They can connect you with people across the globe. Whether it's to connect with people with similar interests or to build your business, this is the way to maximize your social networking experience for a minimum price (generally free).

Wine Making 

Learn the process of wine making from creation to bottling. Experience the chemistry, creativity, and art of making wine. Each student will prepare, bottle, and create labels for their finished product. Course fee includes two bottles of the completed project. Attendees must be at least 21 years of age to register.

Online courses

VC also offers Workforce & Continuing Education courses online. See the schedule here.



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