VC PREP students celebrate completion of seven-week program

VC PREP5 Austin Renteria, left, and Antonio Martinez demonstrate their robotics creations during VC PREP’s closing day celebration Tuesday at Victoria College’s Emerging Technology Complex.

Students who participated in VC PREP 2018 were honored with a closing day celebration on July 24 at Victoria College’s Emerging Technology Complex.

VC PREP is an academic enrichment program for students beginning in the sixth or seventh grade. Students master high-level science, technology, engineering and mathematic concepts during the summer program.

“VC PREP gave me the opportunity to learn new things and experience academic challenges,” said first-year student Maanvi Agarwal. “Besides all the challenging projects that pushed us to try harder, we were able to form friendships and create memories.”

The program is presented over the course of four summers and includes coursework, team projects, class presentations, examinations, career awareness speakers, field trips and special events. Elective credits may be earned upon successful completion to apply to a student’s high school credits.

This summer, 82 middle and high school students completed the seven-week program, which is also sponsored by Victoria ISD, Calhoun County ISD and the Texas Workforce Commission.

“I usually would stay home during the summer binge-watching TV or playing video games,” said second-year student Benjamin Adrean. “However, VC PREP is a great way to spend the summer and prepare for college life.”

Christopher Seth Stines, Priyam Bhakta, Jason Hessong, Angelyn Tovar, Alan Jimenez, TriciaJo Anklam, Berenice Rodriguez, Cameryn Leonard and Erik Blohm were recognized for completing the four-year program.

“Take with you all the skills you learned this summer and use them as you continue your education,” said VISD teacher Kathleen Hunt, who was the guest speaker for the event. “Don’t let folks tell you that you can’t do something, because I think you all proved this summer that you can.”