College Q&A: Victoria College Title V advisors help high school students prepare for future
Can my child, who is a sophomore, stop by to discuss what she needs to do to prepare for college?
Yes. Through a federally funded Title V grant, Victoria College has two pre-college advisers, Ann Slatter and Sharon Vaclavik, housed at Victoria West and East high schools, to help students make informed decisions about their education and their future.
The two work hand in hand with the high school counselors under the Title V program's College Access Resource and Success (CARS) centers.
"We are tasked with increasing the number of students that go to college as well as increasing student college-readiness scores," Vaclavik said. "We start working with students at sophomore levels. Last week, I tested our seniors to help them decide if they are going to attend a college, what college they would like to attend and if they will be ready to become incoming freshman once they get there."
The pre-college advisers perform testing, career inventories and Learning and Study Strategies Inventory assessments. They also offer information on scholarships and financial aid, answer questions and hold presentations for parents and students.
"We do anything from A-Z to prepare students for college - any college or university," Vaclavik said.
The advisers also send out an electronic newsletter, offering information such as when students can visit schools on college days and when college recruiters will visit high school campuses.
"My job is to start them thinking about what they want to do, especially the sophomores," Vaclavik said. "I tell them that, with a little effort and a little belief in yourself, you can certainly do whatever you want to do."
Slatter said that in the Victoria school district, a lot of students take programs or classes such as pharmacy tech that match VC courses.
Both advisers are located in the CARS Center in their respective school libraries and are available during school hours, 7:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Do you have a question about Victoria College? Contact Eric Jensen, VC Marketing and Communications Specialist, at 361-485-6835 or Eric.Jensen@VictoriaCollege.edu