The primary goal of Victoria College (VC)-Gonzales was to offer a welding center where classes could be offered. It wasn’t long until this initiative grew into something much more comprehensive: a workforce center/building trades academy where students could train in industrial trades geared to meet oil and gas industry demands.

VC partnered with the Gonzales Economic Development Corporation (GEDC) and other local entities to transform a used car dealership into the building trades academy. When it opened in April 2012 it included an open bay area, two classrooms, a construction training classroom and 16 state-of-the-art welding booths.

Today the facility offers a variety of programs to help students enter the workforce or pursue a degree for higher learning. The Center also works with local and regional businesses to provide workforce training and offers community education classes.

Thanks to GVEC members, businesses, and other community members and leaders providing grants and in-kind contributions, the Center is changing lives now and for the future.

“When we applied to the Gonzales Economic Development Corporation, having the POWER UP grant helped. It has led to the creation of an amazing facility that will positively impact economic development in the Gonzales area for generations to come.”
–Jackie Mikesh, Manager, Victoria College-Gonzales

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