VC Gonzales Center marks third anniversary
May 22, 2010 at 12:22 a.m.
Victoria College Gonzales Center celebrated its third anniversary earlier this month and saw its first Associate Degree-Nursing program students graduate last weekend.
In Summer 2007, the VC Gonzales Center first opened and John Whiteside and Alice Canion began chemistry class together, followed by anatomy and physiology and later, entered the ADN program together and commuted to classes together.
This month, they graduated and received their ADN pins together.
A number of other students who had completed the Vocational Nursing Program in Gonzales before the Gonzales Center officially opened also came to the new campus in 2007 to begin classes for the ADN Bridge program and these students also graduated last weekend.
"I am so proud of these students, I see them as 'my' group," said Jackie Mikesh, campus manager of the VC Gonzales Center. "I advised them into the program, got them into courses and tested them throughout the ADN levels. I am very excited to see them receive their ADN pins."
The VC Gonzales Center has increased enrollment by a minimum of 60 percent each year since it opened. Those who attend classes at the VC Gonzales Center come from Gonzales, as well as more than 60 other cities and communities.
The VC Gonzales Center was created through a partnership among VC, the City of Gonzales and the Gonzales Economic Development Corporation and provides students from a wide service area access to college credit classes and workforce and continuing education classes using state-of-the-art technology.