College Q&A: VC has rooms and centers for rent

By Eric Jensen
Feb. 1, 2014 at midnight
Updated Jan. 31, 2014 at 8:01 p.m.

I heard Victoria College rents out some of its rooms and halls to businesses and organizations. Can you tell me more?

Yes, Victoria College has a number of spaces available for rent for business meetings, get-togethers, instructional seminars, workshops and more.

Patrick McLaughlin, VC's events services coordinator, has updated information on campus spaces and seating capacities available for use.

From small performances in the Johnson Symposium Center to multiple concurrent events in the Student Center and large productions in the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, Victoria College is able to accommodate almost any type of event. On any given day, VC is hosts to recitals, trainings, retreats, meetings and banquets. McLaughlin said VC has had requests for every kind of event imaginable.

Hosting community events is nothing new for the college. For more than 40 years, Victoria College's Fine Arts Auditorium was the "go-to" venue in the area. Seating roughly 1,000, it served as the home of the Victoria Symphony, the Lyceum Lecture Series and the Victoria Fine Arts Association Performance Series, to name a few. The auditorium hosted everyone from Luciano Pavarotti to Robert Kennedy Jr.

As the community has grown and changed, so have VC's services and facilities. While the large auditorium no longer exists, Victoria College has acquired both the Welder Center and the Liberty Street Industrial Training Center.

Other spaces have been renovated for multipurpose use, such as the Corporate Training Room in the Academic Building and the Museum of the Coastal Bend, both on VC's main campus.

The Emerging Technology Complex, scheduled to open in 2015, will be like no other facility in the area. Comprised of an Industrial Training Center and Conference and Education Center, the complex will be able to serve the region and play a role in developing its workforce like never before.

McLaughlin said VC is also finalizing the implementation of a new room scheduling system. This system will highlight all of the available facilities, their amenities and availability and allow individuals to request space.

Photos of the rooms will be available at the click of a button in the new system.

Rental fees are charged for VC facilities, and rates vary depending on room size and duration of the event. Fees can range from $90 to several thousands of dollars.

For more information on how to rent space at a Victoria College facility, contact Patrick McLaughlin at 361-572-6475 or email

Do you have a question about Victoria College? Contact Eric Jensen, VC Marketing and Communications Specialist, at 361-485-6835 or



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