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VC awarded $447,890 grant from Texas Workforce Commission

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Victoria College was recently awarded a $447,890 grant for integrated education and training from the Texas Workforce Commission.

The purpose of the “Accelerate Texas III: Integrated Education and Training” grant is to build Texas’ capacity to expand, develop and implement the IET model. Project funding will support the core components of IET, including workforce training and other allowable service delivery. These programs have proven successful because they concurrently enroll learners in contextualized basic education courses, such as reading and math, at the same time they are learning high-demand job skills.

“This is a great opportunity for individuals who are seeking an accelerated pathway to employment,” said VC Workforce and Continuing Education Director Sherri Pall.

According to the Texas Workforce Commission, contextualized content is more relevant and meaningful to students and results in faster learning. Using this method, students are often able to complete training programs in one semester or less which places them in a new career at a quicker pace and lower cost.

“Career pathway training is an excellent resource to help individuals obtain the skills and credentialing needed to seek out and apply for the high-demand jobs across Texas,” said Texas Workforce Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez.

Victoria College will use the grant funds to assess, enroll, award credentials and see gainful employment for participants in its Students Accelerating through Integrated Learning (SAIL) program. At least 250 Victoria College students will be assessed for eligibility, and 101 or more will complete training, gain a credential and be employed.

“This is the third grant that Victoria College has received specifically to support our Adult Education Department’s SAIL Program,” said VC Grants Development Director Sophia Kameitjo. “It’s been rewarding to see how each grant allows us to keep enhancing the program and enroll students in various credit and noncredit training the college has to offer at little to no cost to them, thanks to the scholarships the grants provide.”

“This is a great opportunity for anyone who is looking to focus on career training that can be completed in less than a year,” said VC Adult Education and Literacy Success Coach Eden Casal. “Through this program, we are able to prepare students with the skills and knowledge they need in today’s workforce. We are able to help them make the transition from unskilled worker to skilled worker, and develop a more rounded skillset that will allow them to contribute to the company.”

Information sessions are held every Wednesday at Victoria College’s Continuing Education Center in Room 110 at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Casal at (361) 573-7323 or Eden.Casal@VictoriaCollege.edu.