Night classes helped VC administrator achieve career in higher education

Yancey Jennifer Yancey was named VC’s vice president of college advancement and external affairs in 2007.

Jennifer Yancey can easily relate with college students who face the challenge of balancing their education and work.

Victoria College’s vice president of advancement and external affairs decided after graduating from Victoria High School in 1988 to join the workforce while continuing her education part time.

“I began working in the banking industry, and I wanted to start a family,” Yancey said. “I took many night classes at Victoria College while still working full time.”

Yancey quickly learned about the diverse student body that is served by Victoria College.

“I saw students facing many different obstacles,” Yancey said. “I am honored now to be able to do anything I can to help them overcome any hurdle to achieve their career dreams.”

Yancey obtained her Associate of Science degree from Victoria College in 1995. She graduated from the University of Houston-Victoria in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in business management.

“My years at Victoria College prepared me well to attend a four-year university,” Yancey said. “Since I chose to start a family and begin working straight out of high school, VC was the ideal place for me to begin my higher education.”

In 2000, Yancey heard about a job opening at Victoria College.

“I wasn’t looking to change careers. I was very happy with what I was doing,” said Yancey, who acquired her Master of Arts degree in interdisciplinary studies in 2008. “I happened to attend a community event one evening and found out that VC was looking for a development director. The position seemed to fit my skill set of community relations, fundraising and nonprofit work, so I decided to apply.”

Yancey was hired as Victoria College’s development director, which included overseeing the VC Foundation. She served in that role for seven years.

“I had the opportunity of working with the foundation almost from its beginning,” Yancey said. “Our donors are so great. Every dollar makes a difference. We make sure we are good stewards with all of the funding. I can honestly say that if a student wants to attend Victoria College, we will not allow finances to be a roadblock. Seeing what the foundation has become today makes me very proud.”

Yancey was named VC’s vice president of college advancement and external affairs in 2007.

“My role at Victoria College is very diverse,” Yancey said. “I have a wonderful opportunity to work with some very great people. There is a great synergy in our meetings. We are able to feed off each other’s ideas.”

Yancey was also involved in the creation of Victoria College’s Emerging Technology Complex from the start.

“Several years ago, we identified a need here in Victoria both in training and education,” Yancey said. “We also needed a facility to host conferences. We have hosted thousands of people since it opened 2½ years ago. The Workforce & Continuing Education Department has also been able to expand its offerings for business courses and computer courses.

“The really unique component of the facility is the Industrial Training Center. It met a need by increasing our ability to offer training for businesses, whether it be a plant, a manufacturer or a service industry.”

Having now experienced Victoria College as a student and employee, Yancey is convinced that VC’s impact on the Crossroads region the past century has been invaluable.

“I believe Victoria College is a true anchor for the community,” Yancey said. “The founders of Victoria College had a dream and vision for students like me. I am honored now to be a part of the dream and continue the legacy for generations to come. I found a home here at Victoria College, and any student can find a home here, too.”