KEY Center helped VC student exceed expectations

Brittany Hudson, 35, recently received her Associate of Applied Science degree from Victoria College’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program.

Brittany Hudson credits her family, Victoria College’s KEY Center and some “divine intervention” for being able to walk the stage on May 11.

As a wife and mother of two children, Hudson figured her college days were well behind her. But while caring for her ill grandfather, Hudson received the inspiration and encouragement she needed to give college another try.

“My grandfather’s physical therapist assistant told me, ‘You know, Victoria College has a PTA Program, and you can totally do it,’ ” Hudson recalled. “So I got the information packet online and read it. It was way over my head. I told myself I couldn’t do it.”

Hudson said after much prayer and support from her family, she became more confident that she could return to college and be accepted into Victoria College’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program.

“As I kept getting more information on the program, things became more feasible,” Hudson said. “It was all in God’s timing.”

Hudson, 35, who had attended a culinary school after graduating from Victoria High School, found it difficult to juggle being a mother, wife and full-time student. Before she entered the PTA Program, Hudson heard about the KEY Center and decided to apply to the grant-funded program that provides students an academically and supportive environment.

“I didn’t know how to study because I had never asked anyone for help,” Hudson said. “The KEY Center is fantastic. They go through your personality, your learning style, and they teach you in an individualized way that’s going to work best for you. That was amazing for me.”

Not only did Hudson complete VC’s PTA Program, she graduated with a 3.9 GPA. She also received the “Most Inspirational Award” in the PTA Program’s graduating class.

“I don’t really think I can take the credit for it,” said Hudson, who gave birth to her third child 20 months ago while in the PTA Program. “There has been a lot of divine intervention. If it wasn’t for an amazing support system, my family, the KEY Center and our amazing instructors, I wouldn’t have been able to make it.”

The KEY Center is a TRiO Student Support Services Program completely funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and provides assistance for low-income, first-generation, or disabled college students

Services for KEY Center members include free printing/copies, individual tutoring, access to laptops and iPads, financial assistance, scholarships, and academic and career advising.

For information on Victoria College’s KEY Center, call 361-582-2414 or email

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