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Victoria College honored by business magazine for workforce training

May 18, 2013 at 12:18 a.m.

Victoria College has been named among the Ten Outstanding Southern Community Colleges for Workforce Training in the Southern Business & Development magazine.

Other colleges listed in the SBD's top 10 are:

•  Mid-South Community College, West Memphis, Ark.

•  Wallace State Community College, Hanceville, Ala.

•  Enterprise State Community College, Enterprise, Ala.

•  Augusta Technical College, Augusta, Ga.

• Metropolitan Community College, Kansas City, Mo.

•  Broward College, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

•  Sante Fe College, Gainesville, Fla.

•  Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, Cumberland, Ky.

•  Gateway Community and Technical College, Florence, Ky.

Victoria College has been named among the Ten Outstanding Southern Community Colleges for Workforce Training in the Southern Business & Development magazine.

"Workforce training has once again come to the forefront in the practice of economic development," the article stated. "Advanced manufacturers in need of skilled workers need not worry if they are recruiting graduates from any of these outstanding community colleges."

Victoria College is the only Texas college named among the SBD's top 10.

The magazine offers information related to economic development, site selection and expanding or relocating businesses to the South, the world's third-largest economy.

Southern Business & Development magazine is published quarterly. The issue featuring Victoria College will be distributed later in May.

The magazine recognized VC's partnerships with area businesses and industry to meet the region's current and future workforce training needs. VC has collaborated with numerous business and industry partners on Skills Development Fund projects, and the Texas Workforce Commission recently recognized VC with a Partnership Award for providing innovative training solutions and for serving as an example for success in the management of Skills Development Fund projects.

In May 2012, Victoria County voters approved a $22 million general obligation bond to build an Emerging Technology Center. The 112,000-square-foot facility, expected to open in 2015, will include specialized training labs for industrial applications and rapid-response labs that can be configured to meet emerging needs.

Additionally, the state-of-the-art facility will include computer labs for instruction, traditional classrooms, meeting rooms and flexible-use rooms for large-scale corporate events.

"The fact that Victoria College was the only Texas college singled out by this Alabama-based business magazine speaks volumes about the reputation we have for providing quality education to high school graduates, nontraditional students and those already in the workforce," said Victoria College President Tom Butler.

Victoria Economic Development Corporation President Dale Fowler is quoted in the article saying, "In a time when other parts of the country are experiencing a shortage of skilled workers, the Victoria Economic Development Corporation is pleased to have Victoria College as a valuable partner that continues to develop skilled workers in Victoria and the greater region to meet the needs of new and existing industry."

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