Monthly Archives: March 2021

Learn About FRS, DROP and Financial Planning for Young Professionals in AIG Retirement Services Workshops

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Whether you are a young professional starting out in your field or a seasoned employee nearing retirement, Valencia College’s AIG Retirement Services has the workshop for you.

Workshops will be presented by AIG financial advisor Kelly Craft. Scroll down for options that are sure to fit you no matter what stage of your career you’re in.

FRS and DROP: Financial Planning and the Details You Need to Know

Date: Friday, March 19, 2021
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Online. Click here to register

Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Online. Click here to register.

If you are an employee in the Florida Retirement System (FRS) or in a Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP), you may have questions about the decisions you will soon be faced with, as well as options you have available today. Attend the FRS and DROP workshop to learn important details about your retirement options. The workshop will answer the following questions:

  • What are my options at retirement?
  • Which retirement plan is best for me?
  • What happens if I die while I am still employed?
  • How do my health and marital status affect which plan I should choose?
  • As a new employee, what should I consider when choosing my retirement plan?

Young Professionals

Dates: Friday, April 9, 2021
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Online. Click here to register.

Dates: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Online. Click here to register.

Young professionals face distinct challenges — increased student loan debt and underemployment — but they also have decades of earning potential ahead with time to retire debt and save. The young professionals workshop can help increase your financial literacy to help reach your financial goals. This workshop will cover:

  • How to budget to maximize savings
  • Strategies to invest in your financial goals
  • How to develop a plan to retire on your terms
  • How to manage financial risk

AIG is also offering a one-on-one retirement and financial planning consultations with Valencia College’s AIG Retirement Services financial advisors, Brendan Loflin and John Hall. Consultations are available for all full- and part-time faculty and staff. You can read about those options here.

Monthly Archives: March 2021

Students Can Apply for Free Through March 21

Monday, March 1, 2021

To help encourage students to enroll, Valencia College is again waiving the application fee. Students can skip the $35 application fee if they apply for summer or fall term by Sunday, March 21, 2021.

If you know of a student who is interested in applying, share these steps to enroll.

Monthly Archives: March 2021

Learn About COVID-19 and Your Mental Health

Monday, March 1, 2021

Many of us are facing challenges that can be stressful and overwhelming due to the pandemic. And while social distancing is necessary, it can also make us feel isolated and lonely, all affecting our mental health.

To help you learn about the effect that COVID-19 can have on mental health and ways to practice self-care, Claudia Swonger, director of behavior health community outreach at the Osceola Regional Medical Center, will host two upcoming Valencia College workshops, one for all employees, and another for supervisors.

Lunch and Learn – COVID-19 Impact on Mental Health

Date: Friday, March 26, 2021
Time: 12 – 1 p.m. 
Location: Zoom

Join this session to learn to identify the signs and impact of mental health challenges from COVID, learn about the signs of compassion fatigue and stress, and review ways to practice self-care and self-compassion during COVID-19. No registration is necessary.

Supervisor Session – Starting a Conversation on Mental Health in the Workplace

Date: Thursday, April 1, 2021
Time: 2 – 3 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Supervisors, join this special session designed to help you discuss mental health with your team, to learn about burnout and how it affects the work environment, and identify what leaders can do in the workplace to start a conversation on mental health. No registration is necessary.

Claudia Swonger is a bilingual licensed mental health counselor with more than 15 years of experience in the mental health field. She has a Master of Arts from Webster University. She is trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and CBT trained. She has worked as a bereavement counselor for hospice, as a clinical director for a community health program and was in private practice. In her current role, she continues to advocate for mental health to end the stigma and to connect people with resources needed.