Pamela Neuman 2017-03-21 02:19:39
The KEY to College Success Life as a college student may seem overwhelming for many students, but think about the additional challenges faced by students who have limited income, a disability, or whose parents did not attend college. At Victoria College, the KEY Center offers unique resources to help these students successfully complete their degree, certificate, or transfer to a university. Funded by a grant from the US Department of Education, the KEY Center is a TriO Student Support Services program that helps students navigate the college experience and receive one-on-one academic advising, tutoring, and counseling. Our students find a sense of belonging through enrichment events, mentoring, and other activities that meet their needs. Members also have access to tools like free printing, textbook and equipment checkout, and free school supplies. In 2015, Excelencia in Education recognized the KEY Center among the most effective programs in the nation at increasing Latino student success. This national recognition confirms the success of the KEY Center model and its impact, not only on our Latino students, but on all our members. The KEY Center serves 165 students annually, and those who are selected may receive support from the KEY Center for up to four years. Students can apply for assistance by visiting the KEY Center in Johnson Hall, Room 101, or at VictoriaCollege.edu/KEYCenter. More information is available by calling (361) 582-2414582-2414). Pamela Neuman, Director, KEY Center Faces of Success Michal Harvey Michal worked in the oil and gas industry for five years. When the industry took a downturn, the single mother of two young children knew she needed to find work that would provide security for her family. Despite being uncomfortable about being older than many of her classmates, Michal got encouragement and support from the KEY Center. She’s adjusted well to college life and plans to apply to the Respiratory Care Program. July Hernandez A native of Mexico, July immigrated to the United States in 2000 with her family and four-year-old brother. She graduated from Palacios High School in 2016 and dreamed of going to college to become a teacher. July applied to VC and began classes in Fall 2016. She needed assistance with writing essays and has benefitted from the one-on-one tutoring offered by the KEY Center. Brandon Mitchell Brandon first enrolled at Victoria College in 2005 but soon dropped out and moved to Austin. Five years later, he moved back to Victoria and gave VC another try. He discovered the KEY Center, where he gained confidence to press through difficult times. After two years at VC, Brandon transferred to Texas A&M University-Kingsville, where he graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in range and wildlife management and will soon earn his Master of Science degree in agriculture. Nicolosa Partida Nicolosa (Nico) is a veteran of the US Air Force. She served active duty for 10 years and is now in the reserves. With the GI Bill, Nico came to VC aspiring to become a physician’s assistant but needed help transitioning to life as a student. Her sister encouraged her to contact the KEY Center. With its assistance, she has remained focused on her goals and will soon graduate with an Associate of Science degree. After graduation, Nico will pursue her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Houston-Victoria. Anthony Slade Anthony graduated from Yorktown High School in 2005 and briefly attended Texas A&M University- Kingsville. Eleven years later, he chose to continue his college education at VC. “The KEY Center eased me into getting adjusted to school again,” Slade said. “It’s like a big family here. Everyone is working toward their personal goals but still takes time to help others.” Anthony, a first-generation college student, will pursue a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology after earning his Associate of Arts degree.
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