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VC to keep tuition the same, but increase general fee by $2 per hour

JULIAN CAVAZOS

By JULIAN CAVAZOS
May 17, 2010 at 12:17 a.m.

The Victoria College will not raise tuition rates, tax rates or give cost of living increases for salaries for the 2010-11 school year.

The recommendation was approved at a regular board meeting Monday.

The college will, however, have an increase in the general fee of $2 per student credit hour, making it $22 per student credit hour.

Tuition and fees currently sit at $852 for 12 hours per semester among in-county residents, and $1,392 for area residents who live outside Victoria County.

In other business, the Texas Workforce Commission awarded the college with $3 million grant to help area workers improve their skills through the Golden Crescent Petrochemical Critical Skills Advancement Project.

Starting June 1, more than 1,000 people who work in six particular petrochemical plants will be trained in 130 different courses, said Jennifer Yancey, vice president of College Advancement & External Affairs.

These plants include Dow Chemicals, Formosa, Alcoa, Seadrift Coke, Ineos Nitriles, and Fluor Daniel, Yancey said.

"In this grant, 999 of them are incumbent workers, and there are going to be 17 new hires," Yancey said "It's everybody from technical people even to the office staff. It's giving them more enhanced skills."

About $200,000 of the one-year grant will allow VC to purchase technology equipment, such as an ambulance simulator, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, first aid mannequins and a fire simulator.

The equipment can also be utilized by the community, she said.

"The fire simulator will be used within the grant, but then we can also offer continuing education courses to businesses to train their employees, but also offered as open enrollment for people to come in and learn how to extinguish fires," she said.

VC is also exploring ways to partner with the Victoria school district by utilizing each other's technology facilities.

Doing so would avoid both entities to have to duplicate services, Yancey said.

For example, VC students might be able to use VISD's automotive technology, while VISD students might use VC's instrumentation, electronics and process technology lab equipment.

Sharing each other's resources could lead to VISD students earning college credit if they attend VC.

No formal partnership between VC and VISD regarding this has been finalized yet.

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