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Alcoa donates $45,000 to VC’s Process Technology Program

Alcoa Grant for Process Technology Control Room The Alcoa Foundation recently awarded $45,000 to Victoria College’s Process Technology Program to purchase a computerized control system.

Victoria College has purchased a state-of-the-art computerized control system for its Process Technology Program, thanks to a $45,000 grant from the Alcoa Foundation.

The control system is expected to be installed over the Winter Break and be ready for use during the Spring 2019 semester. Victoria College Process Technology Instructor Fred Chastain said the new system will help meet the needs of the program.

“As our program continues to grow, having state-of-the-art equipment like this is very important,” Chastain said. “This new system is the latest technology. It will give us some capabilities we don’t have now. The timing is perfect.”

Alcoa Point Comfort Operations Plant Manager Kevin Riggs said the addition of the new system will allow Victoria College’s Process Technology Program to remain one of the top of its kind.

“The lab here at Victoria College is first class. This is the way it should be done to get operators prepared to go into any plant facility,” Riggs said. “If you are an operator and you’re given these kinds of hands-on opportunities to see how things look in the field and how they’re controlled, you’re off to a great start.”

VC’s Process Technology and Instrumentation programs attract students of all ages, according to VC Dean of Career and Technical Education Dr. Betsy Crane.

“The students are anywhere from age 16 to 60,” Crane said. “We have some high school students who are taking these classes as dual-credit classes, and we have some students who were laid off and are receiving retraining.”

Students in Victoria College’s Process Technology Program can obtain a one-year certificate or a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree. 

“We really appreciate the Alcoa Foundation’s contribution and what it will do for the program,” said VC Foundation Board Director Ben Galvan. “Any time you can upgrade assets, it does wonders for the program.”

For information on Victoria College’s Process Technology and Instrumentation programs, call (361) 573-3291.

Photo caption: Pictured from left are VC Dean of Career and Technical Education Dr. Betsy Crane, Alcoa Point Comfort Operations Plant Manager Kevin Riggs, VC Process Technology Instructor Fred Chastain, Alcoa Point Comfort Operations Executive Lead Team Coordinator Martha Toler, VC Foundation Executive Director Amy Mundy and VC Foundation Board Director Ben Galvan.