A half century later, brothers Mike and Gary Moses still feel right at home at Victoria College.
The two began their higher education journeys at Victoria College after graduating from Victoria High School. Mike went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in business from The University of Texas at Austin, while Gary obtained a bachelor’s degree in education from Southwest Texas State University.
“Victoria College was a comfortable transition for me because it felt like a continuation from high school,” said Mike, who retired in June after 50 years in the financial services industry. “Everything was in small groups, so we were able to take everything in small bites.”
“Victoria College got me on my way,” said Gary, who taught in the Victoria Independent School District for 37 years and is active in supporting community groups and events. “When I was in high school, I knew I was going to Victoria College. Mike had gone to VC already, and it was just perfect for me to continue my education in Victoria. Victoria College prepared me to go on to a four-year institution.”
Mike, 73, said Victoria College helped him decide which career opportunity to pursue.
“I had no idea what I wanted to do when I got out of high school,” Mike said. “I liked finance, and I liked talking to people. So they said, ‘Let’s look at business administration. Let’s start with that.’ That’s what got me interested in a career in the financial services industry.”
Mike attended Victoria College for two years and enjoyed the relationships he created with students, faculty and staff.
“We were a close-knit group,” Mike said. “I played basketball in high school, so I really enjoyed going to the basketball games and other events with my classmates. We’d hang out a lot at the Student Union. There was always something happening on campus.
“I will also never forget my accounting teacher, Louise Hume. She was a jewel and the sweetest person in the world. I remember people like Charles Spurlin, Dr. Roland Bing and Dr. John Stormont. You could go into their offices and talk about anything. They were always available for you. It took the scariness out of going to college, and they really wanted you to succeed.”
Gary, 69, said he knew he wanted a career in education when he arrived at VC.
“Our family has a long line of educators,” Gary said. “It was what I wanted to do. Victoria College put me in motion toward that goal.”
History professors at Victoria College inspired Gary to major in the subject at Southwest Texas State University.
“Wilma Felger got me interested in history, which is what I taught in junior high school,” Gary said. “I also loved Dr. Spurlin. He and I became very good friends. It was great learning from them and being able to associate with them as we furthered our professions.”
The brothers said they continue to see Victoria College’s impact on the community today.
“It’s been a part of so many peoples’ lives and made a difference for so many people,” Gary said. “What makes Victoria College different is that it reaches all types of people. You can get a two-year degree and go right to work, or you can take what you learn here and go to a four-year institution. Victoria College is for everyone. People of any age can continue learning at Victoria College.”
Both foresee Victoria College’s influence and role in the community continuing to grow.
“Victoria College is so vital because it meets the needs of the community, whether it be in academics or the workforce,” Mike said. “Everywhere I go, I tell people I’m a proud alumnus of Victoria College. I would not do anything different if I was starting from scratch right now.”