Throughout the years, Valencia has played host to countless civic leaders — local, state and national elected officials among them.
Recently, Valencia visited leaders such as State Representative Rene Plasencia, State Representative Mike Miller, State Representative Amy Mercado, Senator Randolph Bracy, State Senator Linda Stewart and Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy. During each visit, the political leaders offered support of Valencia’s work and engaged in crucial conversations about issues that impact our students.
Similarly, Congressman Darren Soto, Congresswoman Val Demings and Senator Bill Nelson recently chose Valencia as the location for the Monday, October 9, 2017, Disaster Assistance Workshop on West Campus. Through the workshop, the congressional leaders and other representatives from organizations like FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers were able to offer much-needed support to our community in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
These conversations included topics such as state funding of the college system, to ensure Valencia properly serves the community, and public safety training.
Commenting on the importance of partnering with Florida legislators and members of Congress to support our students and community, Vice President of Public Affairs and Marketing Vice President Jay Galbraith shared, “We are so fortunate in Central Florida to have dedicated public servants that value the mission of Valencia and support our students.”
These relationships are also integral to help Valencia receive the funding required to enhance our learning-centered work through projects like the construction of Lake Nona Campus Building 2, which would facilitate the expansion of the campus’ growing STEM program, and the completion of the Careers in Technology Building on Osceola Campus, which will house new degree and industry certification programs.