VC announces closure of all locations due to COVID-19
VICTORIA, Texas — In response to Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order implementing statewide protocols regarding essential services and activities, Victoria College announced that it will close all its locations for the remainder of the semester to students and the general public effective at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
Gov. Abbott’s order on Tuesday enforced federal social distancing guidelines for COVID-19 and directed all Texans to minimize nonessential gatherings and in-person contact with people not in the same household. The order also requires all schools to remain temporarily closed to in-person classroom attendance through May 3.
Victoria College’s Main Campus, Emerging Technology Complex, Gonzales Center, Zelda L. Allen School of Nursing in Hallettsville, Cuero Vocational Nursing School, Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts and Museum of the Coastal Bend will be closed.
Victoria College President David Hinds said VC’s closure came after consulting with local public health officials.
“Social distancing is proven to be the best way to combat this virus,” Hinds said. “It was determined that to protect the safety of our students and employees, the most prudent move we could make after Gov. Abbott’s executive order was to close all of our locations.”
Essential personnel will continue to work on campus.
“Many employees will be working remotely until Gov. Abbott’s order is lifted,” Hinds said. “Technology Services employees will be working on campus to ensure we are able to deliver online content to our students. Other essential services like security, maintenance and custodial staff will remain on campus.”
Victoria College employees have implemented remote learning solutions to assist students in completing their spring semester courses.
“When the order is lifted, we will do everything we can to help students complete those courses that require labs and face-to-face, hands-on learning,” Hinds said. “While the great majority of classes can be completed entirely online, a handful of classes do require a face-to-face lab or hands-on instruction to meet the course learning objectives. VC cannot sacrifice the quality of instruction it is committed to delivering to its students, so the only option is to suspend such courses until it is safe for students to return to campus.”
Victoria College students who have not completed their lab work or hands-on training will be contacted by their instructors and provided details on how they can complete their work or training when VC reopens.
Hinds stressed the importance of students continuing to communicate with their instructors, advisors and counselors.
“Students will still be able to call or email their instructors and call, email or live chat with our advisors and counselors during regular business hours,” Hinds said. “We are committed to seeing our students through this semester successfully.”
For up-to-date information, call (361) 573-3291 or visit VictoriaCollege.edu.
Source: Victoria College