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Invista donates $30,000 to VC's Emerging Technology Center

By Victoria Advocate
July 20, 2013 at 2:20 a.m.

Invista donated $30,000 to Victoria College in support of the Emerging Technology Center. Shown,  from left, are Paul Hughes, Invista site manager; Tom Butler, Victoria College president; and Jennifer Yancey, vice president, VC College Advancement & External Affairs. Groundbreaking for the center is set for 9 a.m. July 30. The facility is expected to be in operation by spring 2015.

Invista has donated $30,000 to Victoria College in support of the Emerging Technology Center.

Groundbreaking for the center is set for 9 a.m. July 30. The facility is expected to be in operation by spring 2015.

"Invista is thrilled to support Victoria College and the Emerging Technology Center," said Paul Hughes, Invista Victoria site manager. "We expect the center to advance our mutual goal of increasing the number of graduates in advanced technology degree programs that will benefit not only Invista but all industry in the Golden Crescent region."

Victoria College officials are thankful for the donation to the center. They said sponsorships and naming opportunities are available for the structure.

"We are very excited and happy to receive this generous donation from Invista just prior to the Emerging Technology Center ground-breaking," said Jennifer Yancey, Victoria College vice president of College Advancement & External Affairs. "We've had a long- standing relationship with Invista. We value their partnership and confidence in our faculty and staff to provide the essential training programs to ensure a solid, qualified workforce."

The Emerging Technology Center will prepare students for in-demand jobs in the South Texas Golden Crescent area and meet the training needs of business and industry. The center will be on 16 acres of land, donated by the city of Victoria and the Victoria Sales Tax Development Corp., in the Lone Tree II Industrial Park across from the Caterpillar hydraulic excavator manufacturing facility.

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