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Victoria College receives grants from Johnson Foundation

johnson foundation The M.G. and Lillie A. Johnson Foundation recently provided $162,000 in grants to the Victoria College Foundation.

The M.G. and Lillie A. Johnson Foundation recently provided $162,000 in grants to the Victoria College Foundation for VC’s Welding, Truck Driving and Process Technology programs.

“The Johnson Foundation has always placed education and allied health at the top of its funding interests,” said Johnson Foundation Executive Vice President Robert Halepeska. “Marshall and Lillie Johnson would be extremely proud of the impact the Johnson Foundation has made in its geographical area of interest on the Texas Gulf Coast.”

“The Johnson Foundation continues to generously support Victoria College and has played a vital part in assuring our students have the best resources to accomplish their educational and career goals,” said VC President Dr. David Hinds.

A $99,000 grant will go toward the purchase of five welding training simulators to assess welding techniques and deliver immediate feedback that can be evaluated by instructors.

The AugmentedArc system improves the efficiency and economy of classroom education with augmented reality technology designed for beginner and intermediate-level students.

Another $48,000 grant will be used to purchase seven student welding stations and one instructor welding station. The new welding stations will enhance students’ learning outcomes with practical training to ensure applicable skill in real-life welding occupations.

A $10,000 grant will go toward the purchase of a wrap for VC’s trailer used for the Commercial Truck Driving Program. The trailer wrap willl be used to recruit students and promote all programs and services throughout VC’s seven-county service area.

VC’s Process Technology Department will use a $4,800 grant to purchase simulation software. The simulators provide hands-on training that is realistic, especially to the control room operator.