Groundbreaking for Victory Center Wednesday

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President thanks state senator and grant team for victory center achievement.

By Kyle R. Cotton

Over the summer, state Sen. José Menéndez (D-San Antonio) went to the floor of the Texas Senate and obtained $8.9 million to build new facilities and training centers for veterans at St. Philip’s College, Westside Education and Training Center and this college.

The lion’s share, $7.6 million of those funds, will be used to build the Victory Center at this college. Ceremonial groundbreaking is at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Lot 14 at Main Avenue and Dewey Place opposite the Sinkin Eco Centro.

President Robert Vela noted how influential Menéndez was in making the victory center happen.

“When he was first elected, he took a tour of our campus, visited our veteran services and met with me and asked what I needed. My team and I made a list that included a new veteran center and asked if we could put a plan together,” Vela said.

Vela said a couple months later, Menéndez called him prior to bringing the plan for the victory center to the Senate floor for approval.

“We couldn’t have done this without the senator’s help, and he was able to get these funds thanks to our team’s ability to put together a game plan,” Vela said.

He said the victory center will be a one-stop shop for more than 3,000 student veterans, active military and their families to register, go through financial aid and get the support they need.

Menéndez is scheduled to speak at the groundbreaking.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 210-486-0961 or email


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