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College Q&A: Victoria College KEY Center provides additional help

By Julian Cavazos
Sept. 8, 2012 at 4:08 a.m.

I'm a first generation student and am nervous about starting Victoria College this fall. Is there somewhere I can go for help?

Yes, VC students who are either first-generation, low-income, or have a disability can apply to the KEY Center. And as members, they may receive customized support tailored to their individual needs. The KEY Center, which stands for Knowledge, Exploration and You, is located in Johnson Hall room 101 on VC's Main Campus.

The KEY Center staff is on hand to provide participating students with a variety of services, including career and academic advising, tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, and job shadowing.

"We all do whatever we can to help students be successful in school," said Renee Deaver, KEY Center director. "If they need a ride home, need a tutor to help them because other tutors aren't available, want to vent, or are in a crises, any of us are available. We do whatever we can to help students be successful in school."

Also offered are growth and development workshops, such as Time Out Tuesdays. Each Tuesday at noon, KEY Center members can come in and participate in a group discussion of anything they're going through, such as a personal crisis, struggles with a particular class, or low-self-esteem.

"Time Out Tuesdays is a safe place where they can support each other and grow together," said Magali Silva, KEY Center counselor.

The KEY Center, which is funded by a TRiO Student Support Services grant by the Department of Education, is currently accepting applications for the 2012-13 academic year. The KEY Center can only accept 160 students each year, so all students are encouraged to apply early. For more information, visit VictoriaCollege.edu/KEYCenter or call 361-582-2414.

Do you have questions about Victoria College? Contact Julian Cavazos, Marketing & Communications Assistant in the Marketing Department at 361-572-6456, or julian.cavazos@victoriacollege.edu.

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