Our Community, Our College: Improving Lives, Strengthening Communities
- Empowering each student to achieve excellence in an environment that cultivates personal relationships among students, faculty, and staff.
- Being the catalyst for educational attainment, economic growth, and cultural enrichment in partnership with business, industry, community groups, and all levels of education.
Victoria College is a public, open‐admission college. Our mission is to provide educational opportunities and services for our students and the communities we serve. Victoria College provides:
Associate Degrees and Certificates – Programs leading to the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, and Certificates that meet the needs of the students and communities within our service area.
University Transfer – Academic courses that apply to baccalaureate degrees and meet the educational needs of students planning to transfer to a university.
Career & Technical Education – Credit courses and programs designed to satisfy local and regional employer demands and meet individuals’ workforce training needs.
Academic Foundations – Compensatory education courses consistent with open-admission policies designed to prepare students effectively for success in college‐level studies.
Continuing Education – Noncredit courses and programs that meet the immediate technical and occupational skills needs of employers and the individual, and fulfill the personal enrichment and cultural needs of the individual and the community.
Adult Education – Adult education, basic skills, and English as a second language instructional programs that meet the specific educational needs of our adult constituency.
Student Support – Services and activities that support student success, including academic guidance and counseling services.
Cultural and Intellectual Outreach – Educational activities and events that enhance our community’s quality of life.
Victoria College's commitment to its mission is guided by the following values:
We value integrity. Victoria College will foster an environment of respect, honesty, openness, and fairness and will promote responsible stewardship of resources and public trust.
We value respect for the unique characteristics and abilities of individuals. Victoria College will welcome and promote diversity among students, faculty, staff, and our community, while cultivating a respectful, collegial, and accessible working and learning environment.
We value student achievement and student success. Victoria College will create learning opportunities that challenge our students and help them meet their educational goals.
We value excellence. Victoria College will strive to achieve the highest standards of performance in teaching and in the services we offer students, colleagues, and our community.
History of Victoria College
Victoria Junior College was established as a part of the Victoria school system on February 4, 1925. During the first session of operation, classes were conducted on the third floor of the Patti Welder High School while a new building was being constructed to house the college. This building, which joined the Patti Welder Junior High School, served as the college home until the end of the 1948-49 session.
The growth of the community in the war and post-war years gave the impetus to an expansion movement, which resulted in making the college a county-wide institution. This change was accomplished by the people of the county in a special election on December 2, 1947. In June of the following year, the people of the county voted a $750,000 bond issue to provide a new site and new buildings for the growing institution. On January 10, 1949, the Board of Trustees changed the name from Victoria Junior College to The Victoria College. A new site for the college was purchased in 1948, and four new buildings were constructed during 1948 and 1949. All college activities were transferred to the present campus in September, 1949.
Since the first bond issue in 1947, the voters of The Victoria County Junior College District have approved four tax bond issues totaling $56 million and the college has issued $10 million in revenue bonds. The funds from these bond issues have been used to purchase additional land and construct a number of buildings to accommodate the growth of Victoria College and the University of Houston-Victoria.