Monthly Archives: August 2020

Roadmap for Reopening: Resources for Employees Returning to Campus and Working Remotely

Thursday, August 20, 2020

A Message from Amy Bosley, Vice President, Organizational Development and Human Resources

With the start of the fall term on Monday, August 24, 2020, employees who are involved in the safety, security, cleaning and maintenance of facilities, and the faculty required to deliver our on-site classes will be working on campus as part of our Phase 2 reopening. All other employees will remain in a remote work setting.

As you prepare your team members for the new term and, if applicable, our new working environment, here are resources your may reference and share.

For Employees Returning to Campus 

  • Roadmap for Reopening Website – As all of our plans are living documents, meaning that they will be updated in response to new guidance as we continue to monitor the coronavirus and consult with our local planning partner Orlando Health, we will keep you informed of the most up-to-date plans on this website.
  • Guide for Returning to Campus – Learn about health, safety and facilities preparation, and what to expect upon returning to campus, including what to bring and what not to bring, required personal protective equipment and more.
  • CDC Self-Checker – All individuals, including employees, students and vendors, coming onsite are required to complete the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Self-Checker for COVID-19 symptoms prior to arriving to campus, and, if appropriate after a self-assessment, stay home and contact a medical professional for evaluation.
  • Courses Returning to Campus Document – This document provides a list of programs that will have some courses returning to our campuses during the fall 2020 term, as well as a summary of facilities that will be used for Phase 2 operations and who is expected to be on campus.
  • Roadmap for Reopening FAQs – Have questions? Check out the Roadmap for Reopening FAQs. We’ll add to this document as new questions are asked and our Roadmap for Reopening evolves.

For Employees Continuing to Work Remotely

  • Temporary Remote Work Guidelines –  As the majority of our employees will remain working in a remote setting for the remainder of the 2020 calendar year, this document provides guidelines and clarifications for remote work.

For All Employees

  • Roadmap for Reopening Phases Document – Learn about the four phases of our reopening plan and considerations for each phase.
  • United Healthcare/Optum Resources – This post on The Grove provides updated information from UnitedHealthcare and Optum on resources available for health plan members affected by COVID-19. For part-time employees, Optum is offering a free emotional support helpline.

For questions or additional information, contact Organizational Development and Human Resources at, or call the HR4U helpline at 407-299-5000, extension HR4U (4748).

Monthly Archives: August 2020

Guidance on Best Ways to Discuss COVID Cases With Employees

Thursday, August 20, 2020

A Message from Director of HRIS and Analytics Jessica King and Organizational Development Human Resources Analyst Tanya Mahan

Over the past few weeks, we have had employees express concerns about the different kinds of notifications they have received in regards to exposure or potential exposure to COVID-19. Please keep in mind the following important tips as you have conversations with employees, which we hope will allay some fears and lead to more productive exchanges.

  • Help your teams understand the difference between a positive or potential positive case, a close contact and a possible exposure as well as with the kinds of procedures recommended for each scenario. We have a very well trained team working on the COVID-19 cases, but we need supervisors to help create a baseline of understanding. For a full list of these types of contacts, click here
  • Familiarize yourself with the types of communication employees are sent when exposure or potential exposure to COVID-19 has occurred. That way, if someone reaches out to you, you will be able to provide better assurances and guidance. Below are the sample emails employees receive depending on the type of exposure they may have had.

Positive or presumed positive case

Close contact

Potential contact  (Please note that employees who choose to leave campus due to concerns related to a potential contact will not be paid.)

  • Familiarize yourself with the types of leave available to employeesOrganizational Development and Human Resources regional assistant directors will be able to help you outline the types of leave available to employees and who is eligible for them. Please note that Emergency Paid Sick Leave is available for both full-time and part-time employees. For employees who need or choose to travel outside of the state, please ensure they understand any quarantine requirements imposed by local, state, and federal officials. Employees who must quarantine after travel may use accrued sick, personal, or vacation leave (if applicable). Leave with pay is not available for quarantine due to travel.
  • Familiarize yourself with the CDC Self-Checker and its symptom tracker. The symptom tracker, for example, may suggest that an employee stay home but also indicate that his or her symptoms likely aren’t related to COVID-19.
  • Do not make employees feel guilty for choosing to stay home if they feel sick. Employees should be encouraged to stay home if they are unwell. We need people to feel well and be healthy when they return to work.
  • Employees are expected to communicate to you if they intend to be absent from work due to COVID-related notifications, so make sure to share that information with them.
  • Encourage social distancing. For example, if you are working onsite, don’t mingle in the parking lot and then walk together as a group to your building’s main entrance.
  • Encourage — and follow — all safety protocols onsite. This includes performing the CDC Self-Checker each day that employees are on-site, wearing a mask, physically distancing from one another and frequent hand washing.
  • Check Valencia’s illness reporting website. Information is updated as the College receives it and as we learn more about COVID-19.
  • Email the Contact Tracing Team at covidillness@valenciacollege.eduwith any questions regarding contact-tracing communications.

For questions or additional information, contact Organizational Development and Human Resources at, or call the HR4U helpline at 407-299-5000, extension HR4U (4748).

Monthly Archives: August 2020

Supervisors Learn About Coaching in Supervisor Summit

Thursday, August 20, 2020

By Jaclyn Taylor, Coordinator, Employee Development

On Friday, July 17, 2020, the Employee Development Team, along with 150 supervisors from across the College, gathered to discuss “Coaching Conversations” during the Supervisor Summit.

Carla McKnight, assistant vice president, organizational development, led with supervisor updates, including more information on the Talent Sharing program, now in effect with team members who have the capacity to share their talents across departments. Natasha McIlmurray,coordinator, organizational design and development, introduced the fall term’s Virtual Leadership Development program, a cohort-based program that will use a flipped classroom model to work on various leadership skills. Chosen applicants will begin sessions starting in September 2020, with sessions continuing until April 2021.

Next, Samuel Dunham, assistant director, employee development, shared three types of coaching conversations: vision, implementation and reflection. Sam walked us through how to prepare for a coaching conversation, looking at before, during and after. We practiced using empathy through guided questions and were reminded of the importance of implementing this when completing the annual Check-In process. Finally, we reviewed the GROW Model, first seen in May’s Supervisor Summit, and looked at the importance of goal-setting and its place within coaching conversations.

Finally, Deanne Abrams, director, employee development, introduced us to the new Employee Development resource: LinkedIn Learning. We walked through the cornucopia of topics now available to all Valencia College employees. For more information and to take advantage of this incredible resource, click here.

For more specific information on the session, please review the presentation. During the session, we offered the following tools to assist supervisors in coaching conversations:

  • GROW Model – This tool can be used to begin thinking about your goals for the upcoming year. You may ask these questions to the individuals on your team to help them consider timely and relevant goals.
  • Question List – Before responding to questions from your team, encourage individual problem-solving by using the questions on this list.
  • Demonstrate Care Email Template – Feel free to use this template created by our Equal Opportunity Team in Organizational Development and Human Resources, as a way to communicate with your team members that you truly care for their well-being and feedback.
  • Discovery Questionnaire – During your conversations with your team members, feel free to use these questions to learn more about their needs, preferences and aspirations.

Keep an eye for an Outlook calendar appointment for an invitation to our next virtual Supervisor Summit, set to take place on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 9 a.m.

Monthly Archives: August 2020

Student Starts Business With the Help of West Campus Professor

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Opening a business and managing successfully are quite the challenge, but for some with entrepreneurial blood coursing through their veins, those challenges can be overcome with a little help from their friends.

This certainly became true of Alicia Barazarte, a Valencia College alumna who, in 2017, opened a food restaurant — Wonderland’s Food — with her husband and sister as she pursued her Associate in Science in business administration. The 60-credit program can be completed online and transfers into Valencia’s Bachelor of Applied Science in business and organizational leadership.

“My husband Arturo; he cooks amazing Venezuelan food,” said Alicia, who was born in Venezuela and graduated from Valencia last year. “I used to go to places to eat and I couldn’t find that Venezuelan flavor.”

But it took more than just a desire to serve delicious home-style meals consisting of parrilla (grilled meats), pabellón (a popular dish made with shredded beef, black beans, salty cheese and fried plantains), the iconic arepa (a corn dough patty served with numerous fillings) and more that propelled Alicia.

She credits Valencia’s business program as well as her own background (both her mom and dad ran businesses) with helping her find her footing in the business world.

“We had no idea at all what it takes to [run a restaurant],” said Alicia. “How to calculate profits; the price to be charged; how to deal with employees. The program helped a lot … I was able to apply all the concepts to the business, and the results were notable. Valencia gave me all the tools to have a successful business.”

By way of example, she discussed how an important lesson learned in class, namely, that simplicity often translates into profits, helped her reduce her costs.

“We went from plating to offering more takeout,” she said. “We also reduced the number of items on the menu by 40%, and the customers barely even noticed. We were able to save a lot of money that way.”

In three years, Wonderland’s Food has grown: Alicia added both staff and equipment to the restaurant, surviving the onslaught of COVID-19 while many others businesses floundered.

One of her instructors, Matthew Kenney, professor, business, said class discussions on family businesses seemed to have resonated with Alicia.

“We sort of throw out the textbook and candidly discuss the good, the bad and the ugly,” said Matthew. “Family business is not a subject which can be fully understood theoretically or conceptually. It’s like parenthood: You have to experience it to understand it. Alicia’s family business is poised for growth, and I think our Small Business Management class may have been beneficial in providing tools to balance family and business.”

Besides explaining the ins and outs of business planning, Matthew said he provided a lot of moral support.

“There is a lot of emphasis in business school on management, marketing and accounting … but often student entrepreneurs just need a little reassurance,” he said.

Alicia, said that although it is possible to start and run a business without a college degree, her education has helped her make fewer mistakes while also allowing her to rely on helping hands, including those of “Professor Kenney,” whom she still calls for business advice on occasion.

“You have the tools and the knowledge to hit the ground running,” said Alicia. “I highly recommend a college education.”

Monthly Archives: August 2020

Featured Colleague: Rachel Schwitters Makes Inclusion and Connection a Priority

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

By Claudia Zequeira

There are those who struggle to find which career suits them best, and then there is Rachel Schwitters, coordinator, disability support services.

“I took sign language and then when I ran out of classes to take in high school, they placed [me] in an American Sign Language (ASL) classroom with a regular teacher as a kind of assistant,” she said. “And I just fell in love with it.”

After earning her bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from the University of South Florida and later pursuing a master’s in exceptional student education from St. Leo University, Rachel worked as a special education teacher for Hillsborough County Public Schools for more than a decade. Prior to that, she worked as a speech and language therapist for Seminole County Public Schools.

Two years ago, she joined Valencia, where she oversees a team charged with assisting students with disabilities within the Osceola Region, which acts as an extra layer of support to special populations.

Her daily tasks consist of gathering disability paperwork, working with deans to ease interactions with faculty and conducting an initial intake to make sure appropriate accommodations are provided. Accommodations for students who register with the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) run the gamut. Students may receive extra time on assessments, distraction-reduced rooms, adaptive equipment, interpreters and captionists, among others

Rachel also creates programming for the department. And just as important; she guides students herself on their journey through Valencia.

“We’ll go over classes. We discuss orientation, registration, financial aid. I always tell my students when they come in that they are very lucky because they have two advisors, their regular advisor and myself,” she said.

Rachel said she’s most proud of having had two of her students receive awards from the Black Advisory Committee.

“Both students were blind and have had many adverse circumstances in their lives, but both face challenges head-on and do not let the world get the best of them,” said Rachel. “They are positive, influential role models for all of us.”

She’s also proud of the work she has done with a group she created called the Catch-up Crew. Originally meant to provide social connection for students on the autism spectrum, the group now serves students with different kinds of disabilities, pairing them up with other student mentors who provide support and a different perspective in a safe space. The group used to meet face-to-face, but since the pandemic moved many of the College’s services online, they now meet on Zoom.

“Sometimes they’re in classes together; they’re encouraged to remind each other on assignments,” said Rachel, who added that students in the group are also provided with topics of discussion meant to encourage inclusion. “Our biggest thing is ‘You’re never alone when you’re part of the Catch-up Crew.”

Rachel said she is constantly inspired by her students while working at Valencia.

“I had one student who started Valencia in 1998 as a non-traditional student. She did not graduate until 2019, and I could not have been more proud. Talk about inspiration and determination,” she said.

Another one of her students just “knew” he could never pass developmental mathematics and asked Rachel to withdraw him from the course on three occasions. But Rachel pressed him to “hang on,” encouraging him to seek extra tutoring help and to connect with Mathematics Professor Al Groccia. In the end, the student passed the course.

“These students inspire me daily when they prove to others that beyond their disabilities they will show their true ability, character and determination to succeed. Through their adversity, you will see their strength,” said Rachel.

Rachel also likes working at Valencia because she gets to use her knowledge and skills in a new learning environment.

“I taught special education in K-12 public schools for 12 years. I am now so glad that I get to continue that work with a new group of students. It has provided me with amazing growth opportunities while still remaining in my area of expertise.”

Her supervisor, Deborah Larew, director, students with disabilities, described Rachel as a “true professional who cares deeply for her students. With a background in special education, she not only is an expert with disability services, but she understands the perspective of the teacher as well.”

Rachel also values Valencia’s place in the community.

“With the worst unemployment rate and worst college-going rate in the entire Central Florida area, the Osceola Campus was created out of hope. My passion has always been education as a key to success … Education has the power to change your life and your future if you embrace it. Valencia is a direct link to that education, power and hope this community needs and wants,” Rachel reflected.

In her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time with family, friends and her dogs. She also loves hosting people at her house, shopping at the outlet malls and enjoying our area’s theme parks.

More recently, she has added painting to her list of hobbies.

“I am working to embrace my creative side with some watercolor paintings and diamond art. I am still very much a work in progress.

Know of someone who embodies one of Valencia’s Values (learning, people, diversity, access or integrity), who has been an employee for one year or more? Send the colleague’s name to us at He or she might be one of our featured colleagues, subject to supervisor’s approval.

Monthly Archives: August 2020

New Online Community Launches for Valencia College Alumni

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

The Valencia College Alumni Relations office recently announced the VC Alumni Network, a new and exciting online community designed to support alumni through mentorship, professional development, career-specific groups and networking.

“We know navigating your education and career can be tough, but with the VC Alumni Network you don’t have to do it alone,” said Karissa Rodriguez, assistant director, alumni engagement and annual giving.

The platform officially launched on Monday, August 17, 2020, and is open to all Valencia College alumni. It is part of a larger push by the College to expand and improve its alumni relations efforts. It also came about as a result of the Alumni Attitude Survey conducted earlier this year, which gathered feedback from alumni about their student and alumni experience.

Alumni will receive an invitation to the platform via email. Users can also visit the VC Alumni Network website and register there directly.

Users may import their LinkedIn accounts or create a new profile upon registration. Through a series of prompts, they can indicate the kinds of activities they are interested in and match with other professionals in their field. Alumni can also browse job boards and post jobs, join a career-specific group for advice and networking, and set up virtual mentorship meetings via video, phone call or messaging.

Monthly Archives: August 2020

Roadmap for Reopening: Communications Regarding a COVID-19 Case

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

A Message from Amy Bosley, Vice President, Organizational Development and Human Resources

In the past few weeks, some employees have begun receiving notifications regarding exposure or potential exposure to COVID-19 from the College’s Contact Tracing Team.

In an effort to dispel doubts and quell fears employees may have, we are outlining the different kinds of notifications employees are receiving and the approaches the College is taking with each designation as it relates to COVID-19 exposure. Currently, there are three designations of individuals in Valencia’s contact tracing protocols. They are:

Positive or presumed positive case

Employees who self-identify as positive for COVID-19 or are presumed to be positive receive a phone call and email from our case management team requesting contact identification and offering support with employment. These individuals are required to isolate and seek medical attention. Employees are paid for scheduled hours during isolation through either emergency paid sick leave or leave with pay. Employees are required to receive clearance from case management to return to work. To view a sample email regarding a positive case that employees may receive, click here.

Close contact

Close contact is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as someone who has been within 6 feet of someone with a positive diagnosis for longer than 15 minutes. This applies even if the close contact was wearing a face mask. An example of this would be an employee who demonstrated defensive tactics training with another team member, which requires physical proximity and contact, with one person testing positive for COVID-19 and the other considered to be a close contact. In this case, both would receive email notifications and a phone call from our case management team offering support. The person defined as a close contact is required to quarantine for 14 days. Employees are paid for scheduled hours during quarantine using leave with pay. To view a sample email regarding a close contact case employees may receive, click here.

Potential contact

A potential contact is defined as someone who was in the same facility or location as someone with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis for a very brief period of time. An example could be a security officer who tests positive for COVID-19 and comes into contact — usually for less than five minutes — in a non-physical manner with individuals while providing building access; with all individuals wearing face masks. Through contact tracing and tracking, the College then identifies the individuals the officer assisted with building access. In this case, those individuals would receive an email from our case management team informing them of the potential contact. Employees who choose to leave campus due to concerns related to a potential contact will not be paid. To view a sample email of a potential contact case employees may receive, click here.

Students also receive similar emails, customized to their situation, for a positive or presumed case, close contact or potential contact.

Jessica King, director, HRIS and analytics, who supports Valencia’s contact tracing effort, said understanding the differences between each designation is key for employees.

“Understanding the difference between a close contact and a potential contact is important,” Jessica said. “We had a run of people who got the ‘potential exposure’ email and thought that they needed to quarantine. I think that’s people being scared.”

“In any scary situation, the primary goal is to seek safety and regain your composure. If our team contacts you, either by phone or email, it’s okay to be a bit overwhelmed,” Jessica added. “Find a place to sit down and take a few deep breaths. If you received an email, read it carefully. Feel free to reach back out with questions. We’re making every effort to help keep our colleagues and students both healthy and informed.”

Tanya Mahan, organizational development HR analyst and Valencia’s main point of contact for COVID-related reporting, encouraged employees to continue to be safe.

“You can’t control what everyone else is doing, but you can make sure you stay safe, by wearing a mask, by staying 6 feet away, and by not hugging strangers,” Tanya said. “You can’t assume that everyone else is following social distancing guidelines 100% of the time, but YOU can make sure YOU do. And by doing that, you will keep yourself safe. Be the one. Be the one to wear a mask.”

The College recommends that employees:

  • Continue to follow the most recent set of social distancing guidelines, not only at work, but in the community.
  • Use the CDC self-checker every day that you are on campus, and familiarize yourself with it and its symptom tracker. The symptom tracker, for example, may suggest that you stay home but also indicate that your symptoms likely aren’t related to COVID-19.
  • Follow all safety protocols on-site, including wearing a mask, physically distancing from one another and frequent hand washing.
  • Check Valencia’s illness reporting webpage often, as information will change as we continue to learn more about COVID-19.
  • Email the Contact Tracing Team at with any questions regarding contact-tracing communications.
  • Contact your supervisor if you have questions or intend to be absent from work due to COVID-related notifications.

For questions or additional information, contact Organizational Development and Human Resources at, or call the HR4U helpline at 407-299-5000, extension HR4U (4748).

Monthly Archives: August 2020

Bridges Students Complete Virtual Summer Program and Celebrate Successes

By Umu Graham, Academic Advisor, Bridges to Success

It’s safe to say that the Bridges to Success (BTS) program went through a series of “firsts” this past summer term.

From virtually finalizing the acceptance process for the incoming cohort, to facilitating a fully virtual summer program for our freshmen, as accustomed as the BTS team is to working under pressure, this was quite unlike any challenge we could have anticipated. Through it all, it ended up being a successful semester, and the summer program was capped off with our first ever Virtual Awards Recognition Summer Bash, where we got to celebrate all 123 students of this freshman class.

The theme for this year’s event was “Creating History for the Future.” Right on the cusp of graduating from high school, the world changed for our incoming students. They had to forego taking part in longstanding traditions like going to prom, saying goodbye to friends with hugs and kisses and walking across the podium during commencement. In its place, they had to navigate a world dealing with a global pandemic and a nation grappling with racial injustice and social unrest. In the midst of it all, they were also just starting college in the most unique of ways.

With all this in mind, it only made sense to acknowledge the fact that their experiences this summer will be woven into the fabric of this moment in history. So to commemorate the event and the summer semester, our students were asked to write and submit a letter sharing their story and experiences over the course of this past year so we could save these in a time capsule not to be opened until the year 2070. The words in these letters from our students captured the resilience and true commitment they demonstrated in accomplishing their goals this term, even in the face of such unprecedented challenges.

Held on Friday, July 31, 2020, the virtual celebration took place via Zoom and was hosted by our dynamic sophomores, Gabrielle Ekhator and Braxton Blue, while our DJ entertained us in between presentations. We also had our very own freshman, Ian De Jesus Ortiz, charm the audience by playing his ukulele with a beautiful and emotional rendition of Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) by the band Green Day.

Between Valencia’s Vice President of Academic Affairs Isis Artze-Vega’s moving opening and Assistant Vice President of Partnerships for Educational Equity Eda Davis-Lowe’s inspiring address to our students, it is safe to say our 2021 Bridges cohort got not just a unique first summer semester, but also an exceptional send-off as they transition into the fall term.

“The 2020 Summer Bash was a huge success,” said Reginald Drummond, East Campus academic advisor. “Seeing the students’ reactions to receiving awards and watching them interact with each other was very rewarding. The responses in the chat box made the entire summer program worthwhile. Every student that won an award showed genuine emotion and often showed humility while accepting their award”.

Tynecia Frazier, a West Campus student, shared that “Starting college for the first time and having to do so virtually was nerve-racking because I didn’t know what to expect. I also thought it would be difficult trying to balance [virtual] meetings, class and work, but managing my time and putting what was important first made it so much easier.”

At the end of the term, Tynecia was able to look back and see how much her hard work paid off.

“When it was all done, I felt good and more confident in myself being able to balance everything,” she added.

It was a one-of-a-kind summer, for sure, but our students exceeded expectations.

Monthly Archives: August 2020

Fall Term Parking, IDs and PawPass; What You Need to Know

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

As the fall semester is unlike any we’ve had before, here’s what you need to know about parking, identification cards and LYNX PawPass:

Parking violations will not be enforced until further notice, except for at the Downtown Campus. As a result, students, faculty and staff do not need to obtain new parking decals or hang tags this semester. Employees should park in the designated faculty/staff parking spots, designated with signage and yellow pavement lines. Students should park in the spaces designated with white pavement lines. When parking, please allow at least one space between you and the car next to you to distance yourself from others.

Identification Cards
Employee IDs are not required at this time for those who are working remotely. Employees who are working on campus may request an ID from Campus Security by appointment. To make an appointment, call Campus Security.

Student IDs will be issued on a case-by-case basis by Campus Security for students who are in face-to-face classes. Students may make an appointment, by calling Campus Security. For details on Downtown Campus student IDs, click here. 

LYNX PawPass
As part of a partnership with LYNX, Valencia College employees and students may ride the LYNX system for free. Bus service is available on all LYNX fixed-routes and NeighborLink routes during times in which LYNX is in service. To request or renew a LYNX PawPass:

1. Complete, sign and email the LYNX PawPass consent form.

There are two ways to submit the consent form, contact-free or in person:

Contact-free (preferred)
Employees and students may download the consent form in Atlas. For employees, the PawPass Authorization form is located under the “Employees” tab, “My Human Resources” and “Update Your Information.” Students can find the form on the “Students” tab under the “Student Resource Channel.” Please note that students must be registered to qualify.

After completing the form, submit it along with a copy of a government-issued ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.) to Documents may be scanned or photographed. It may take up to 48 hours for your account to be activated after submitting the form.

Employees and students (students must be registered for on-campus classes to use this option) may schedule an in-person appointment by calling Campus Security. Bring a government-issued ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.) to your appointment.

When you arrive to campus, call your respective Campus Security office, and a member of the team will meet you and escort you to the Security office where you will complete the consent form. Please be sure to wear your face mask. It may take up to 48 hours for your account to be activated after submitting the form.

2. Download and register for the LYNX PawPass application

Download the Lynx PawPass app using your device’s app store. After opening the app, register for a LYNX account using an email address and password. Then, navigate to the “Your Account” section in the drop-down menu and select Valencia College under “Participating College Institutions.”

To verify your eligibility, enter your last name along with your VID number.

3. Access Your Free Ticket

When you’re ready to ride, you can access your free ticket through the PawPass app. Go to the “My Tickets” page, select Valencia College and click “Use Now.”

All passes are good for one calendar year from the date a consent form is received. Visit for more information or email your questions to

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Students Get a Glimpse Into Valencia’s Online Courses 2

Tuesday, August 14, 2020

As shared last week, many students may feel apprehensive about a mostly online fall semester. To put students’ minds at ease, we asked a few seasoned online faculty members to create a brief video to introduce themselves to students and give them a glimpse of their online courses.

In this way, we hope to demystify the online learning environment and also introduce students to our awesome faculty.

Faculty members have created brief videos — mini vignettes; no more than 90 seconds long — which the College has begun to share with current and prospective students via social media channels. Check out the latest two videos below:

Professor of Psychology Jorge Valladares Brings the Human Element Into an Online Psychology Class

Professor of Speech Kris Merceron Helps Students Find Their Voice in Online Speech Course

To view additional faculty videos, click here.