As its name implies, the new Emerging Technology Center at Victoria College is focused on the future.
Construction is under way on the 80,000-square-foot facility on 16 acres at Victoria’s new industrial park near Lone Tree Business Park, with completion scheduled for the spring of 2015. And though the building is necessary to accommodate a current growing enrollment and lack of space on campus, it is also designed to meet the needs of any additional industries that might locate in Victoria in coming years.
“With this new facility, we’re not only going to continue with what we already do, but we’re going to be able to develop some new workforce training programs,” says Jennifer Yancey, vice president of college advancement and external affairs for Victoria College. “We’ll be able to address the workforce needs of current and future businesses in the area.”
From 2009 to 2011, enrollment at the college increased by 12 percent for students taking credit courses and by 42 percent for continuing education. Yancey points out that Victoria College is already involved in working with Caterpillar to train more than 350 of its employees, using a warehouse that was remodeled to meet short-term training demands.
The Emerging Technologies Center will include a 56,000-square-foot conference center and a 24,000-square-foot, high-bay training area. The conference center will include a large meeting space, classrooms, computer labs, conference rooms and a catering kitchen. Inside the training center will be classrooms and six bays, with space for six additional bays in the future.
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