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Nov 14, 2017
Jeff Klopfenstein, President of the Methionine Unit at Novus International, announced plans to expand Alimet production at a new facility thus increasing capacity and jobs, to members of the Victoria EDC at their Annual Membership meeting.
Jul 25, 2017
Formosa Plastics Corporation Texas, in Point Comfort, is investing $5 billion into a plant expansion that will extend into Jackson County and provide about 340 jobs. The expansion will broaden the company's plastic resins product line and increase overall productivity, said Bill Harvey, company spokesman. Construction began about two and a half years ago and is scheduled to finish in late 2018.
May 25, 2017
Evan Smith, CEO and Co-Founder of the Texas Tribune offered a thoughtful perspective on the 85th legislative session as he presented Politics, Policy, Population: Where We Are & Where We Are Going to members of the Victoria EDC at their Semi Annual Membership meeting.

Victoria Area Schools

Public Schools

The Victoria Independent School District is the largest public school system in the Golden Crescent region with 18 elementary schools, four middle schools, two high schools and an Early College Center magnet high school. The facilities consist of 110 total buildings including a natatorium and fine arts center, 48 athletic fields and more than 2,100 employees. Also in place within the VISD system are specialized programs including a Career & Technical Institute that offers classes in welding, computer networking, food management and production, cosmetology, auto repair and building trades. An Advanced Learning & Early College Center, Magnet School programs, programs for gifted students, a campus at Devereux Foundation for those students with exceptional needs, and an alternative program campus provide students the opportunity for success.

The Calhoun County Independent School District has 9 education sites including one high school. Jackson County has three school districts; the Edna ISD, Industrial ISD and Ganado ISD. There are 13 education sites, including three high schools in Jackson County.

Independent School Districts
  Victoria Goliad Calhoun Edna Ganado Industrial
Student Population 14,428 1,346 4,172 1,556 771 1,217
Per Pupil Operating Expenditures $7,422 $9,427 $7,516 $7,803 $7.887 $8,603
Pupil/ Teacher Ratio 14.4/1 12.5/1 15.4/1 13.0/1 13.7/1 13.4/1
% Professional Staff w/ Master’s Degree or Higher 16.4% 16.1% 12.7% 14.0% 16.5% 12.7%
Average SAT Scores (2015) 1392 1360 1458 1369 * 1528
High School Graduates (2015) 743 98 278 102 60 91
% Students Taking SAT Tests (2015) 45.0% 53.1% 38.5% 46.1% 56.7% 63.7%
 Source: Texas Education Agency 2015-2016 Academic Performance Report

Private and Parochial Schools

Victoria and the surrounding counties offer exceptional alternatives to public education.

The Archdiocese of Victoria is home to two Catholic elementary and secondary schools and one high school, with a combined student population of over 1,000 pupils. Additionally, the two elementary schools offer preschool programs. Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic school in Calhoun County offers kindergarten through 6th grade instruction. Other parochial schools in Victoria include Crossroads Christian School, Faith Academy, Trinity Episcopal School, and Victoria Christian School.

Victoria is also home to The Vine School to provide a customized learning environment for children affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and related Communication Disorders.