VCs Conference & Education Center becomes certified, books first conference

Victoria College’s Conference & Education Center, a part of the new Emerging Technology Complex, has been certified by the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) and has booked its first conference before the doors have opened for business.

“The IACC certification is a very prestigious designation,” said Tempi McLeod, Emerging Technology Complex manager. “There are only 162 in the nation and 12 in Texas. It takes a lot to get the certification, but it gives meeting planners assurance that the quality of service and space will meet their standards.”

According to its website, IACC is the only global professional association which represents small-to-medium-sized venues focused on meetings, training courses and conferences. All members conform to a comprehensive global set of criteria and standards.

To be certified, the conference center must meet strict standards in the areas of furniture, lighting, technology, acoustics, food and beverage, service-related standards, and general facility design. One such standard requires 60 percent of chairs in an IACC facility to be ergonomically designed.

“One hundred percent of VC’s Conference & Education Center chairs meet this standard,” said McLeod.

The certification was awarded at the about same time as the center had its first conference booking.

The Bridges to Success Summit has reserved the center for a two-day conference Oct. 16-17, 2015. This summit is designed for anyone in education and industry interested in supporting students as they move through their educational and career pathways.

“We’re very excited,” said McLeod. “The Bridges to Success Summit planners are anticipating several hundred people. It should have a regional draw. A large number of attendees will be from out of town, so we are working with local hotels and transportation agencies to accommodate their needs.”

McLeod said the summit will use the first two floors of the Conference & Education Center.

She is working with meeting planners to promote the venue statewide and in the region as the premier location to hold small to medium conferences in the Crossroads region.

I’m working on several proposals for one-day workshops, and in one case, a week-long meeting,” McLeod said. “I’ve received an overwhelmingly positive reaction to our efforts to meet the needs of the business, industry, and education communities. IACC supports, and we promote the complete meeting package where we handle all the needs of the conference.”

McLeod recently attended the Southwest Showcase in Austin in which 350 associations, organizations and government agencies came together for professional development. The showcase included a trade show that featured 186 individual conference centers, hotels or other locations that offer meeting venues.

She represented VC’s Conference & Education Center and accompanied Victoria Convention and Visitors Bureau personnel, promoting leisure activities and accommodations that Victoria has to offer. They also advertised the air service between Victoria and Austin.

For information on scheduling a conference or meeting at the Conference & Education Center, visit ConferenceInVictoria.com  or contact Tempi McLeod at (361) 582-2442 or Tempi.McLeod@VictoriaCollege.edu. For progress updates, visit Victoria College Conference & Education Center on Facebook.

Photo caption: Tempi McLeod, Victoria College’s Emerging Technology Complex manager, left, represented VC’s Conference & Education Center at the Southwest Showcase in Austin, along with Christy Henry, of Homewood Suites, and Joel Novosad, of the Victoria Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Published: Friday, 06 February 2015
 

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