A Message from Kathleen Plinske, President, Osceola & Lake Nona Campuses
On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, the Board of Trustees approved the future location of Valencia’s campus in Poinciana. The Board authorized the College to enter into a contract with Osceola County for land located at the intersection of Pleasant Hill Road and Reaves Road. Osceola County generously offered to provide the land as a gift to the College.
The gift of land includes 18.93 acres located adjacent to Pleasant Hill Road (Parcel A), as well as a second parcel of 29.94 acres (Parcel E) that may be used for future expansion and partnership opportunities.
With the land selection behind us, we’ll now fully launch the process of developing the academic program plan for the Poinciana Campus. This will include a discussion of the degree and certificate offerings that we would offer in Poinciana. I’m planning to convene a series of conversations with students, business leaders, local organizations and community members to develop a vision for the campus; if you would be interested in participating in this process, please let me know.
While we’re likely still several years away from opening the doors to our new campus, we’ll be working in the meantime to expand our course offerings in Poinciana. The School District of Osceola County is planning to open a Technical Education Center of Osceola (TECO) location in Poinciana this fall, and they have invited us to offer classes at their location. If you would be interested in teaching a class or two in Poinciana, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me to let me know.