With a four-year university, two-year college and strong public school system for K-12 students, Victoria's educational institutions give residents good options at all levels of learning.
The University of Houston-Victoria
In 2010, the University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) transitioned from a two-year college for juniors, seniors and graduate students to a four-year state university.
UHV's enrollment tops 4,300 students in its four colleges: the School of Arts & Sciences, School of Business Administration, School of Education & Human Development and School of Nursing.
The university offers 31 bachelor's and 20 master's programs and awards more than 800 degrees annually.
Watch this video to hear directly from students and faculty about what makes UHV a great place to pursue a degree, from educational excellence to student life and sports.
Victoria College offers quality allied health care instruction in its state-of-the-art Health Sciences Center, including nursing, medical laboratory technology, physical therapist assistant, respiratory care and vocational nursing. In addition, the college's Workforce and Continuing Education Department provides training courses in insurance coding, medical assisting and nurse's aide training.
Victoria College has two extension centers, one in Port Lavaca and another in Gonzales, two vocational nursing programs in Cuero and Hallettsville, and serves many other sites through a distance learning system.
Victoria College sports teams are club-based, and the University of Houston-Victoria teams are part of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) – and all are strong in terms of participation and competitiveness.
The University of Houston-Victoria’s athletics teams are known as the Jaguars, and UHV has fielded strong baseball and softball teams since the 2007-2008 school year. The head baseball coach is Terry Puhl, a former outfielder with the Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals.
In fall 2010, the school added men’s and women’s soccer and golf teams, with the latter squads practicing and hosting meets at Victoria Country Club and The Club at Colony Creek.
VC's club teams are not directly tied to the school, but often are used as a recruitment tool for students because club sports participation is unusually high. Students can participate in co-ed volleyball, tennis, archery, dance, cheer and men's basketball.
Victoria Independent School District (VISD)
VISD is the primary provider of education for grades K-12. Parents have an array of schools to choose from, as the district offers 17 elementary schools and 11 middle and high schools (many of which are magnet schools), along with nine private schools.
Texas Vocational Schools (TVS)
TVS is a post-secondary education institute that works to train students specifically in the following fields: medical office specialist, legal office specialist, accounting, office assistant and advanced combination of welding. The school also guides students with resume assistance and job searching tips.
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