Victoria College SAIL student featured in national publication

June 21, 2014 at 1:21 a.m.

Victoria College student Lacey Bowman was recently featured in the national publication Jobs for the Future, highlighting her success in the Students Accelerating through Integrated Learning training program.

This program helped Bowman earn a GED and taught her welding skills. The program is funded in part by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's Accelerate Texas initiative in response to the growing demand for adult basic education services. Victoria College is one of 19 community colleges in Texas participating in Accelerate Texas.

"Lacey's success is exactly what we want to see from this program," said Sherri Pall, VC's workforce and continuing education director. "As our region continues to struggle with the skilled labor shortage, it is critical that we align adult education with college training to get more individuals on a path to careers in high-demand occupations."

In the story, Bowman is quoted as saying, "Within one year, Accelerate Texas helped me get from zero job prospects to a college education and a family-supporting career. It created pathways for me that I didn't even know were possible."

The Jobs for the Future story was also linked to the Facebook page of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and is distributed via social media, email newsletters and other digital channels, reaching more than 10,000 people.

Founded in 1983, Jobs for the Future began as a regional nonprofit working with a few states to assess their workforce needs - helping employers find skilled workers, and helping workers move into higher-wage jobs. Today, Jobs for the Future works to expand the college, career and life prospects of low-income youth and adults across 25 states.

To view the Jobs for the Future story on Lacey Bowman, go to: Impact Profile of Lacey Bowman: Accelerating to College and Career Success

For more information on the SAIL program, contact the Victoria College Adult Education Center at 361-573-7323.



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