School official: Victoria College doing well now, but must prepare for future
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Victoria College is in good shape now, but must prepare so students 10, 20 and 30 years down the road have what they need to succeed, school officials said Tuesday.
"We want to make sure we're ready," said Larry Garrett, the college's executive director of planning and special projects.
Garrett discussed the college's future and 2021 master plan with about 80 people Tuesday at the Victoria Economic Development Corp.'s Victoria Partnership meeting.
Student life is central to keeping a campus relevant and thriving, he said, noting students need places to study, socialize and relax between classes. Although the school's Health Sciences Center offers a good example, he said, the college plans to incorporate such aspects into other areas, such as the library.
A more flexible workforce training center - complete with classrooms, meeting areas, computer labs and areas for hands-on study - is another addition the college hopes to introduce, Garrett said. Flexibility is key, he said, explaining the college must often perform quick turnaround when it comes to company training requests.
A new enrollment services facility and more parking - at least 200 more spaces - are other future additions, Garrett said.
One thing missing from that master plan? Renovations.
Garrett said Victoria College has kept on top of such repairs as the years progressed and, at this point, the library is the only current building in need of some TLC.
And, while the college might be knee-deep in master planning of its own, Garrett said, it isn't the only entity in town thinking ahead. He said the school hopes to share its plan with others, such as the University of Houston-Victoria, Citizens Medical Center, city and more, to obtain a better overall feel of what's to come in Victoria.
Forward-thinking isn't only good for the college itself, but for Victoria, said Dale Fowler, president of the Victoria Economic Development Corp. The development corporation often sells potential clients on the college's training programs, he said, and it's good to see the college keeping future growth and change in mind.
"It's not like this is a new attitude at Victoria College," he said. "It's just something that continues to expand as time goes on."