University description (as per official university website)
The Victoria College Mission
The Victoria College is a public, open-admission college. Our mission is to provide educational opportunities and services for our students and the communities we serve.
To that end The Victoria College provides the following:
University Transfer – Academic courses that apply to baccalaureate degrees and meet the educational needs of students planning to transfer to a university.
Workforce Education – Career and technical courses and programs designed to satisfy local and regional employer demands and meet individuals' workforce training needs.
Academic Foundations – Compensatory education courses designed to prepare students effectively for success in college-level studies.
Continuing Education – Non-credit courses and programs that meet the immediate technical and occupational skills needs of employers and the individual, and fulfill the personal enrichment and cultural needs of the individual and the community.
Adult Education – Adult education, basic skills, and English as a second language instructional programs that meet the specific educational needs of our adult constituency.
Student Support – Services and activities that support student success.
Cultural and Intellectual Outreach – Educational activities and events that enhance our community's quality of life.
The Victoria College's commitment to its Mission is guided by the following values:
We value integrity. The Victoria College will foster an environment of respect, honesty, openness, and fairness, and will promote responsible stewardship of resources and public trust.
We value respect for the unique characteristics and abilities of individuals. The Victoria College will welcome and promote diversity among students, faculty, staff, and our community, while cultivating a respectful, collegial, and accessible working and learning environment.
We value student achievement and student success. The Victoria College will create learning opportunities that challenge our students and help them meet their educational goals.
We value excellence. The Victoria College will strive to achieve the highest standards of performance in teaching and in the services we offer students, colleagues, and our community.
History of The Victoria College
The Victoria Junior College was established as a part of the Victoria school system on February 4, 1925. During the first session of operation classes were conducted on the third floor of the Patti Welder High School while a new building was being constructed to house the college. This building, which joined the Patti Welder Junior High school, served as the college home until the end of the 1948-49 session.
The growth of the community in the war and post-war years gave the impetus to an expansion movement which resulted in making the college a county-wide institution. This change was accomplished by the people of the county in a special election on December 2, 1947. In June of the following year the people of the county voted a $750,000 bond issue to provide a new site and new buildings for the growing institution. On January 10, 1949, the Board of Trustees changed the name from Victoria Junior College to The Victoria College. A new site for the college was purchased in 1948, and four new buildings were constructed during 1948 and 1949. All college activities were transferred to the present campus in September, 1949.
Since the first bond issue in 1947, the voters of The Victoria County Junior College District have approved four tax bond issues totaling $15,850,000 and the college has issued $3,160,000 in revenue bonds. The funds from these bond issues have been used to purchase additional land and construct a number of buildings to accommodate the growth of The Victoria College and the University of Houston-Victoria.
The Victoria College Scholarship Program
Scholarships at The Victoria College are intended to encourage and support capable students with the interest and potential for completing their course of study. They are considered in integral part of student success.
A wide variety of scholarships are available at The Victoria College and include those awarded and administered by The Victoria College, as well as those awarded by community and civic organizations.
Institutional scholarships are awarded for various programs of study and for academic merit. The criteria for receiving scholarships vary according to standards set by scholarship donors and by the Scholarship Committee. Most scholarships are awarded based on a combination of academic merit and financial need. Some scholarships require that an application be submitted directly to the donor.