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Featured Colleague: At Valencia College, Francisco...

Tuesday, October 20 2020 By Claudia Zequeira Francisco Quintero personifies the quintessential American Dream story. Needless to say, it all took hard work and dedication. Today, Francisco, emerging technologies library specialist, is glad of the choices he made and of choosing Valencia as a place to study and build his career, for the College was key in making that […]

Featured Colleague: For Alison Langevin, Valencia is...

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 By Claudia Zequeira Her childhood dream was to become a gospel singer, but “the good Lord” had other plans for Alison Langevin, lab supervisor, learning support center. After helping her father in his masonry and carpentry business and later dropping out of school at age 16 to raise a family, Alison […]

Featured Colleague: Jessica Chisholm Finds Joy in...

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 By Claudia Zequeira Jessica Chisholm, professor, network engineering technology, considers herself a mentor and role model to her students as well as someone who prepares them for their next step, whether that step is to continue school or join the workforce. But Jessica is also there for them well beyond that. […]

Nominate a Colleague for the League Excellence Awards

Thursday, October 1, 2020 In recognition of the long tradition of excellence in community college teaching and leadership, the League for Innovation in the Community College established the League Excellence Awards — formerly the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards — in 2012. These awards are open to League Alliance member institutions to celebrate outstanding contributions and leadership by community college […]

Featured Colleague: A Love of Language is Nissa Hopkins’...

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 By Claudia Zequeira A love of language courses through Nissa Hopkins’ veins, giving her a kind of superpower that has allowed her to see the world and help others. It all started when Nissa, professor, English for Academic Purposes (EAP), visited Japan as a foreign exchange student in high school, where […]

Valencia College and Sandy Shugart to be Honored as John...

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 Time: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Location: http://virtualavm.com/  This Historical Society of Central Florida will honor Valencia College and College President Sandy Shugart during its 14th Annual John Young History Maker Celebration on Tuesday, September 29, 2020. All employees, students and the community are invited to attend this online event. For […]

Featured Colleague: Jenniffer Fernandez Toribio Draws on...

Monday, September 21, 2020 By Claudia Zequeira Jenniffer Fernandez Toribio, student services advisor, remembers what it was like to be a newcomer to the United States. Arriving in New York City in 2004 from the Dominican Republic, followed by a move to Florida a year later, she had to learn to fit into a new […]

Celebrating Educational Advancements — Fall 2020

Monday, September 21, 2020 Valencia’s recognition program is robust — spanning from career anniversary celebrations to appreciation badges to the educational advancement program. In the educational advancement program, which celebrates non-instructional employees who have been employed in a full-time position for a minimum of six months and who have earned a degree from a regionally accredited institution, the College awards employees […]

Featured Colleague: A Desire to Be Part of Something...

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 By Claudia Zequeira A desire to be part of something bigger and help others led Terry Van Valkenburg to a career in security. “I want to be that person people rely on when the chips are down,” said Terry, security field supervisor. “If, in some small way, I can contribute to […]

Featured Colleague: Mark Collins Finds a Home in...

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 By Claudia Zequeira About decade ago, Mark Collins, dean, social science, walked away from a lucrative and fun career as a master trainer at the McDonald’s corporation to return to his roots in education. The decision proved to be a positive one, as Mark rose in the field consistently until arriving […]