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Victoria ISD counseling coordinator uses her own experiences to guide youth

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Kimberly Motley can relate to high school students’ apprehensions about continuing their education and training at the college level.

Motley, who is the counseling coordinator for Victoria ISD, personally experienced the feeling of being overwhelmed by going straight from high school to a large four-year university. She attended Texas State University for one semester before returning home and reassessing her college future.

“I went to work at a local restaurant and started taking classes at Victoria College,” Motley said. “VC was the perfect fit for my college needs and lifestyle. VC provided me a quality education for a fraction of the price. I was close enough to home to receive family support, but I also had the space I wanted to become more independent.”

Motley met her future husband, current Victoria East High School Principal Clark Motley, while attending Victoria College. She then took classes at Austin Community College before returning to Texas State University, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in communications. While teaching for five years in the Lamar Consolidated ISD in Rosenberg, Motley acquired her master’s degree in education counseling from the University of Houston-Victoria at Sugar Land.

Motley coordinates all the counseling services offered to Victoria ISD students from kindergarten to 12th grade, which includes overseeing college and career readiness activities for the district.

“Our community is very fortunate to have access to a college and a university in our backyard,” Motley said. “Victoria College offers programs for students taking dual-credit courses in high school and those wanting to transfer to a university as well as short-term certificates and associates degrees. As a guidance counselor, I encourage students to assess their college needs and consider VC for their future.

“We want to make sure that our students are aware from a young age about the career education and training that will be available to them,” Motley said. “At the high school level, we encourage students to take dual-credit classes. It’s a great way for them to experience college.”

As was in her own case, Motley said she has seen community colleges become the bridge that gets students to a four-year university or on a path to a rewarding career.

“College can often be a scary journey for students and parents, but Victoria College goes above and beyond to provide a seamless transition,” Motley said. “The faculty, staff and resources available at community colleges give students the necessary support to be successful.”