Board of Trustees Meeting Summary — December 17, 2014

bot-public-safety-groveValencia’s District Board of Trustees pose with Orange and Osceola County public safety officials and Valencia leaders immediately following the board’s approval of the new School of Public Safety.

Valencia Announces New School of Public Safety

Valencia College trustees approved a resolution that will allow for a major expansion of the criminal justice, safety and security, and fire service programs, with the creation of a new School of Public Safety during the Wednesday, December 17, 2014, District Board of Trustees meeting.

Valencia’s Criminal Justice Institute location will be renamed the School of Public Safety and will combine the College’s current education and training programs for law-enforcement officers, corrections officers and firefighters, with programs planned for students interested in careers in homeland security and private security.

Conceptual future plans call for an outdoor public safety lab where students will get the latest in hands-on training, including firefighting and law enforcement tactics, search and rescue and enhanced K-9 training through a partnership with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Proposed facilities include everything from a burn building to a new 400-seat auditorium for seminars and conferences.

By bringing existing programs for firefighters, law enforcement and corrections, as well as security officers and homeland security under one umbrella, the School of Public Safety will offer students expanded courses and programs, more opportunities for career advancement and dedicated career program advising and student services staff.

Click here to read more about the School of Public Safety on the Valencia news site.

International Village at Osceola Campus

The trustees designated $300,000 from the undesignated fund balance to establish an International Village at the Osceola Campus using portable classrooms. The Village will be an expansion site for the highly successful Intensive English Program, which is headquartered at West Campus. The area will include a Continuing Education program office and five SMART classrooms.

East Campus Oak Tree Dedication Resolution

In addition, the Board approved preserving the large sand live oak tree located at the East Campus north entrance of Building 8, and dedicating the tree to faculty, staff and students in commemoration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the founding of Valencia.

The tree has been a distinctive feature of the landscape and has been part of the campus “Classroom as Living Laboratory,” which utilizes outdoor spaces and vegetation for access and learning opportunities.

For a full report on the items discussed at this meeting, click here. The next board meeting will be held Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at 8:30 a.m., at the West Campus, Room 8-111.

2 Comments

  • Ann Seltzer said:

    As an interim instructor in the "Preventions & Corrections" program in the 1970's, I was interested in learning how Valencia Community College is expanding its department. As the world has changed significantly since my short teaching time at VCC, I know that Public Safety is a huge issue encompassing a broad spectrum of disciplines. Hopefully, there will be a component in this new department that will give students a substantial understanding of ethical issues involved in law enforcement and public safety, as well as some instruction in the social psychology of individuals and groups in our multi-cultural world, and a hands on class in role playing.

    PMWed, 07 Jan 2015 20:25:31 +0000Wed, 07 Jan 2015 20:25:31 +0000pm15,8:25 pm

    • Jeff Goltz said:

      Ms. Seltzer,

      Thank you for sending the following comments to our college:

      As an interim instructor in the "Preventions & Corrections" program in the 1970's, I was interested in learning how Valencia Community College is expanding its department. As the world has changed significantly since my short teaching time at VCC, I know that Public Safety is a huge issue encompassing a broad spectrum of disciplines. Hopefully, there will be a component in this new department that will give students a substantial understanding of ethical issues involved in law enforcement and public safety, as well as some instruction in the social psychology of individuals and groups in our multi-cultural world, and a hands on class in role playing.
      Valencia College’s public safety education and training has burgeoned since the mid 90’s with the addition of the Criminal Justice Institute and the Fire Rescue Institute. These institutes have joined our very robust Criminal Justice A.S. degree program which was established in 1968 as the Law Enforcement A.S. Degree. Imbedded in much of our college courses, and training courses, and certifications are ethical issues, human diversity, and interpersonal relations. As a retired law enforcement Captain from the Orlando Police Department, I was a Human Diversity Instructor in the 1990’s and we continue to emphasize all of these topics in our leadership training and offerings at the College. I agree with you and believe these human factors are very important topics for education and training to all public safety students and professionals.

      Thank you again for responding to our article,

      Jeff

      PMThu, 08 Jan 2015 15:29:31 +0000Thu, 08 Jan 2015 15:29:31 +0000pm15,3:29 pm

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