Texas Workforce Commission awards $52,888 grant for VC PREP program

Victoria College was recently awarded a $52,888 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission for summer youth camps that focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through the Governor’s Summer Merit Program.

The grant will go toward 25 scholarships for Victoria College’s Pre-freshman Engineering Program (VC PREP), which is a math-based learning opportunity for middle school students to discover STEM careers while earning high school elective credits.

“Victoria College is thankful for TWC’s generous grant to VC PREP,” said Sabrina Romo, VC’s coordinator of Pre-College Programs & Recruitment. “This is our second year to receive this trant and it will help enable us to continue this program that has been so rewarding to middle school students throughout the Crossroads region.”

“This grant covers costs of instruction, learning materials and educational field trips,” said VC Grants Developer Sophia Kameitjo. “Together with private grants from Caterpillar Foundation and Alcoa Foundation, plus per-student contributions from VISD, this grant helps fund the entire camp.”

VC PREP is a seven-week academic enrichment program for students beginning in the sixth or seventh grade. It is presented over the course of four summers and includes coursework, team projects, class presentations, examinations, career awareness speakers, field trips and special events.

For more information about VC PREP, call (361) 485-6823 or visit VictoriaCollege.edu/VCPrep.