VC Foundation awards professional development grants

May 21, 2011 at 12:21 a.m.

The Victoria College Foundation recently awarded more than $15,000 in grants that will help promote professional development in various departments at Victoria College.

Each year, the VC Foundation awards professional development grant funds to help pay for new programs, training and equipment that will increase and enhance productivity and institute creative learning environments.

Funds may also be used to update equipment and instruction methods, create new programs to support student success and provide new and effective outreach programs for the community.

VC's Continuing Education and Workforce Training Program received funds that will be used to purchase training equipment for its Emergency Medical Services Program. This new training system will further enhance airway management training for current and future EMS technicians.

The Healthcare Careers Camp for high school students conducted each year by the Pecan Valley Area Health Education Center was funded again this year by the VC Foundation. The camp is designed to host students from throughout the area in touring both local hospitals along with VC and the University of Houston-Victoria's training facilities. During their tour, students get the opportunity to conduct hands-on activities and ask questions about careers in health care.

Funding was also awarded to support the continued success and growth of VC sports programs. New bleachers will be purchased with grant funds for use in the VC Sports Center gym. Additional bleachers will increase the seating capacity for future sporting events on campus.

The VC Foundation also supported VC's Fine Arts Program this year, awarding more than $3,000 to purchase new ceramics studio equipment.

"Each year these awards enable VC's faculty and staff to improve services to our students and the community," said Jennifer Yancey, vice president of college advancement and external affairs. "The VC Foundation considers these grants to be an important part of its work in supporting the college."

In some cases, funding is used to preserve local history. This year, the VC/UHV Library was awarded funds to help preserve historic local newspapers and provide community access to them by adding them to the library's online collection.

Additionally, VC's nursing programs were awarded funds that will enable them to digitize photos of past graduates and preserve the history of both the Associate Degree-Nursing Program and the Vocational Nursing Program.



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