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VC wins award from DPS for motorcycle awareness campaign

By FROM NEWS RELEASE
Jan. 14, 2011 at 8:04 p.m.
Updated Jan. 14, 2011 at 7:15 p.m.

John Young, right, Coordinator for Texas Department of Public Safety motorcycle safety unit, presents Exceeding Expectations Award to VC's Continuing Education and Workforce Training Director Sherri Pall, center, and VC RiderCoach trainers Merlyn Hartman, far left, and Stephen Fuhrman.

Victoria College's Continuing Education and Workforce Training Department was presented with the Exceeding Expectations Award at the Texas Department of Public Safety/Motorcycle Safety Annual Conference in Austin earlier this month.

VC is one of more than 100 training providers for the motorcycle operator training program in Texas.

The award recognized VC's program for conducting a community outreach event to promote local motorcycle safety last September.

The ongoing program is a motorcycle awareness campaign to remind automobile drivers to look twice for motorcycles.

In partnership with Dale's Fun Center, Velocity Powersports, Victoria Harley-Davidson and Victoria Ironworks, the college launched this community motorcycle awareness campaign with a motorcycle awareness ride called "Can You See Me Now?"

The event gathered more than 230 motorcyclists who rode with a police escort through Victoria.

"We are honored to have been recognized by the state and very pleased that our motorcycle safety awareness campaign was so successful," said Sherri Pall, continuing education and workforce training director for VC.

The conference is held each year and includes rider/coach instructors and program administrators from every motorcycle operator training program in Texas, along with state officials from the Department of Public Safety.

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