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College enrollment down from last fall

By BY CAROLINA ASTRAIN - CASTRAIN@VICAD.COM
Feb. 25, 2013 at 10:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 24, 2013 at 8:25 p.m.


IN OTHER BUSINESS

• Victoria College Board of Trustees approved the purchase of a $70,436 acoustic shell for the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts.

• Trustees approved the purchase of a new exhibit design from the Lewis and Rocha Museum Group, of Austin, at a minimum cost of $50,000.

• Trustees approved the orders changing precinct lines to conform to City Ordinance No. 2012-32 and 2012-33.

• Trustees approved a resolution switching their main early voting polling place from 111 N. Glass St. to the Dr. Pattie Dodson Public Health Center, 2805 N. Navarro St.

• Trustees approved the retirement of Stacy Barth, William David White and Michael Hummel.

• Trustees approved the hiring of Vicky Miles and Karen Countryman.

Victoria College shows a steady growth in its workforce and continuing education department.

The program's enrollment is up 204 students from the second quarter ending this week in comparison to the first quarter in 2011.

The department experienced a 35.4 percent increase from the first quarter in 2011 to the first quarter in 2012.

Overall, the program experienced a 24 percent increase comparing the first two quarters of 2011-12 to the same period of 2012-13.

Patricia Vandervoort, vice president of instruction, presented the numbers at a special Victoria College Board of Trustees meeting Monday afternoon.

While the college's overall enrollment is down by about 3.5 percent since last fall, college president Tom Butler said the decrease is due to the high number of jobs in the Crossroads in comparison to other areas in the country.

"The unemployment rate has fallen more rapidly here than in other parts of the state," Butler said.

Enrollment numbers are also up in the college's dual-credit and early admission enrollment by 25.9 percent.

"We are experiencing a slight decrease in enrollment, but that's not uncommon across the state," Vandervoot said. "Just about everybody else is down four percent."

On the legislative front, Butler spoke to the trustees about his recent visit to the capitol, where he attended a Senate Finance Committee meeting and met with representatives from each of the counties where the college has extended branches.

The two representatives from the Texas Association of Community Colleges made a presentation on behalf of member colleges and Victoria College to the committees.

"We met with the entire senate finance committee," Butler said. "It was a very positive meeting."

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