News

Hurricane Harvey

Update @ 7:15 p.m. Monday 9/4/17

Victoria College students facing obstacles this semester due to Hurricane Harvey's impact on the area are encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to learn more about support services offered.

To apply for FEMA assistance, visit DisasterAssistance.gov or call (800) 621-3362. More info is available on FEMA's Texas Hurricane Harvey webpage.

Update @ 11:30 a.m. Friday 9/1/17

The Pirate Orientation Make-up Session has been rescheduled for 8-11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 8.

Update @ 5:50 p.m. Wednesday 8/30/17

 Power has been restored at Victoria College and campus cleanup is underway. Classes and normal business operations will resume Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Update @ 1 p.m. Wednesday 8/30/17

Water, toiletries, and food will be supplied to Victoria College students and employees in need from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 at the VC Student Center. The items are generously donated by Laredo Community College volunteers, who will also be assisting VC with cleanup efforts Thursday.

Update @ 6 p.m. Tuesday 8/29/17

Students and faculty: Campus cleanup will begin once power has been restored, hopefully Wednesday. Classes and normal business operations will resume Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Staff and administration: Plan to return to work Friday, Sept 1 if possible and safe to do so, unless your supervisor notifies you of an earlier return date.

Payroll will be processed as regularly scheduled.

Due to flooding in the area, individuals who evacuated are encouraged to check www.DriveTexas.org to identify a safe route to return home.

To get a glimpse of how Hurricane Harvey affected the grounds on Victoria College's Main Campus, you can watch a video tour posted on Facebook by the Victoria Advocate.

Update @ 2:30 p.m. Tuesday 8/29/17

Victoria College's Donor Appreciation Breakfast originally scheduled for 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 30 at the Emerging Technology Complex has been canceled.

Update @ 5 p.m. Monday 8/28/17

All Victoria College locations will remain closed until after Labor Day due to Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the area. 

“Overall, Victoria College fared well," said VC President Dr. David Hinds. "The Crossroads took a hard hit, but we truly hope that our students, employees, and neighbors are safe and on the road to recovery."

Based on an initial assessment, there appears to be little or no structural damage to VC facilities and only minimal interior damage. Water has entered several buildings due to broken windows and minor roof leaks. The campus grounds are covered with broken tree limbs and debris, and the power outage remains at VC's Main Campus as of 5 p.m. Monday.

Buildings primarily affected include the Sports Center, Language Building, Academic Building, Allied Health Building, and Technology Center.

At this time, normal operations and classes are expected to resume on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

“We’ll be asking essential personnel to return to campus sooner — when there’s power and when it’s safe for them to do so — to help prepare our classrooms and offices for students to return to campus,” said Hinds. "We understand that many of our students and employees were impacted by the storm, and we will do everything we can to accommodate their needs."

Update @ 5:40 p.m. Sunday 8/27/17

Students and faculty: At this time, Victoria College classes are expected to resume on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Staff and administration: We expect to return to work sooner than students and faculty. Daily updates will be issued by 6 p.m. You may be contacted by your supervisor. Please contact your supervisor with questions or concerns.

Update @ 4:45 p.m. Saturday 8/26/17

Victoria College will remain closed through Tuesday, Aug. 29 due to Hurricane Harvey's impact on the area. All classes and activities originally scheduled for Monday, Aug. 28 and Tuesday, Aug. 29 have been cancelled. College administrators will assess the damage to VC facilities and continue to monitor conditions in the area. An update will be issued by 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27.

Storm Update @ 7:40 p.m. Thursday 8/24/17

Due to mandatory evacuations in the area, Victoria College will remain closed through Monday, Aug. 28. All classes and activities originally scheduled through Monday have been cancelled.

Storm Update @ 11:20 a.m. Thursday 8/24/17

All Victoria College locations will close at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, August 24, to give students and employees time to prepare for Tropical Storm Harvey. All classes and activities beginning after 2 p.m. have been cancelled.

Storm Update @ 9:45 a.m. Thursday 8/24/17

A Hurricane Warning* is now in effect for the coast of Texas from Port Mansfield to Matagorda. Tropical Storm Harvey is expected to approach the Texas coast and become a hurricane on Friday.

Victoria College administration will continue to monitor the weather situation throughout the weekend and issue an update regarding next week's operations and classes by 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 27.

Cancellations: Victoria College’s Testing Center will be closed Friday, Aug. 25-Sunday, Aug. 27 due to inclement weather. The SAT, TSI Assessment, and all other exams scheduled for Aug.25-27 have been canceled. Students registered to take the SAT on Saturday will be notified by the College Board when the test date is rescheduled. Information about SAT makeup testing will also be posted on the College Board's Test Center Closings webpage when the info is available.

VC’s Emerging Technology Complex will also be closed Aug. 25-27. Events previously scheduled at the facility on these days, including the Emergency Trauma Conference, BCFS Head Start Training, and the Victoria Symphony Board Retreat, will be rescheduled.

*A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. A warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

Storm Update @ 7:15 p.m. Wednesday 8/23/17

All Victoria College locations will be closed and classes/activities will be canceled Friday, Aug. 25-Sunday, Aug. 27 due to Tropical Depression Harvey. The storm is expected to produce high winds and heavy rainfall, and hurricane conditions are possible.

At this time, all Victoria College locations will reopen and classes/activities will resume Monday, Aug. 28. VC will continue to monitor the storm throughout the weekend and provide updates at www.VictoriaCollege.edu.

NOTE: Victoria College will remain open for normal business operations on Thursday, and classes/activities will continue as scheduled Thursday.

Storm Update @ 3:40 p.m. Wednesday 8/23/17

Victoria College's Pirate Orientation Make-up Session originally scheduled for Friday, Aug. 25 has been postponed until Friday, Sept. 1 due to Tropical Depression Harvey.

Storm Update @ 12:20 p.m. Wednesday 8/23/17

The National Weather Service has issued a Hurricane Watch* for the coast of Texas. The storm (Harvey)  is expected to approach the Texas coast late Friday.

Victoria College administration is closely monitoring the situation. Students and employees will be notified of any delays or closures by noon Thursday via VC’s Emergency Alert System. Announcements and updates will also be posted on the VC website at www.VictoriaCollege.edu.

All students and employees are encouraged to make sure their contact information is up-to-date in the Pirate Portal to ensure they receive campus alerts. For details, please visit www.VictoriaCollege.edu/Emergencies.

*A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area.  A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.