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VC and VISD begin partnership on both Victoria high school campuses

May 29, 2010 at 12:29 a.m.

Victoria College President Tom Butler signs a document that will open a College Assistance Resource and Services Center on Victoria East  and Victoria West High Schools. Shown, front from left, are VC President Tom Butler and VISD Superintendent Bob Moore; back from left,  Kim Motley, Melissa Robinson, Florinda Correa, Nancy McCord, Mima Gonzalez, Kim Smith, Vince Ortiz and Greg Crockett.

Victoria College has signed a memorandum of understanding to begin working toward opening a College Assistance Resource and Services Center on both the East and West campuses of Memorial High School.

The plans are for the center to open on the West campus in the fall 2012 and the East campus, fall 2013.

The creation of College Assistance Resource and Services Centers is one of several components of a joint initiative among VC and area school districts funded by a Title V Federal Grant awarded to VC earlier this year.

The Victoria school district is one of three area school districts partnering with VC to help increase college readiness and participation in higher education for local students.

VC began work earlier this year to open centers on the Gonzales High School campus and the Calhoun County High School campus.

Title V Federal Grant programs are aimed at helping Hispanic-serving institutions, like VC, enhance and expand their capacity to serve students by providing funds to develop programs that will keep the educational pipeline open and easily navigable for students in their service areas.

"This is an important partnership," Victoria Superintendent Bob Moore said. "We're very excited about what this will mean for our students. Providing timely information for students and their parents will greatly accelerate the transition from high school to college and this collaborative effort is exactly what is needed to improve student awareness of the college experience."

Some of the benefits offered through the CARS Centers include college entrance testing, career exploration and other assessments that will help establish and enhance a student's academic skills.

Non-academic skills, such as time management and effective note-taking, along with study and test taking skills, will also be addressed.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for us to continue to increase educational opportunities and accessibility for students at Memorial High School and throughout the VC service area," added Butler. "We are all looking forward to working together to provide opportunities for all students to go to college and achieve their educational goals."

A VC pre-college advisor will be available in the CARS Center to assist students throughout the school year. Additionally, students will have access to computers so that they may explore additional information on colleges and universities, careers, scholarships and financial aid. Parents are also encouraged to visit the CARS Center on campus.



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