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Recognize Our Students Who Have Persevered; 2017...

A former gang member and convict who chose homelessness over returning to gang culture. Two young women who dropped out of high school — one to financially support her family after her father fell ill and the other because of an unplanned pregnancy. These are Valencia graduates who embody our mission, having endured and achieved […]

Civil Rights Pioneer Minnijean Brown Trickey Shares Her...

By Dani Moritz-Long In celebration of Black History Month, Valencia hosted Minnijean Brown Trickey, who made history as part of the Little Rock Nine when she and eight other African-American students desegregated Little Rock Central High School. The following is a reflective summation of her presentation, as given to students, faculty and staff on Thursday, […]

Hospitality Society Club Participates in Eco-Tour

A Message from Kathleen Plinske, President, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses The Valencia Hospitality Society Club and Osceola High School Hospitality Academy participated in a team-building activity at the Ritz-Carlton, Grande Lakes in Orlando on Friday, January 20, 2017. Five students from Osceola High School Hospitality Academy and 18 students from the Osceola Campus, […]

Valencia’s Big Ideas a Common Theme in The...

On Sunday, February 5, 2017, many of our colleagues kicked off their day at Valencia’s Community College Conference on Learning Assessment at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando. The day began with pre-conference workshops in the morning on a variety of assessment topics before more than 300 attendees gathered for the Opening General Session and […]

West Campus Model United Nations Hosts Orlando...

By Adrienne Mathews, West Campus Model United Nations Advisor and Professor, Political Science Approximately 200 faculty, staff and students — many concerned about their immigration status, travel plans and how recent presidential executive orders could affect families and friends — joined together for a presentation by local attorney Nayef Mubarak. The event, which was a part […]

Making a Difference in Our Community: Sleeping Out for...

By Dani Moritz-Long It isn’t easy being a young adult and suddenly finding yourself thrust into this place called reality. It’s even harder when you’re sleeping on the streets and you don’t know where your next meal will come from — let alone what the future holds. This is what inspired Leonard Bass, campus dean, […]

Students Shine in Congressman Soto’s Roundtable Discussion

Left to right: Faith Culhane, Kevin Ortiz, Emmy Torres, Kathleen Plinske, José Abastida, Isaac Valdiviezo, Angel Sánchez A Message from Kathleen Plinske, President, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses On Monday, January 30, 2017, Congressman Darren Soto hosted a Congressional Roundtable Discussion with Valencia students and alumni. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi joined Congressman Soto […]

Congressman Darren Soto and House Democratic Leader...

By Dani Moritz-Long In an effort to better understand students’ perspectives on issues such as education, immigration and healthcare, newly elected U.S Congressman Darren Soto and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi hosted a round table discussion with Valencia students and graduates, along with Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campus President Kathleen Plinske and New Student Experience Professor Jorge Valladares. The discussion, hosted on […]

A Valencia Throwback: Early Students Are All Smiles as...

Throughout Valencia’s 50th anniversary celebration, we’ll not only be looking to what’s ahead but also to our past. With 50 years of working to better our community, the College already has much to celebrate — from a rich history of making college accessible to our heritage of learning and innovation. As part of the celebration, […]

Scholarships for Future Teachers Academy

A Message from Kathleen Plinske, President, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses I am so pleased to share that the Central Florida Educators (CFE) Federal Credit Union has made a contribution of $125,000 to the Valencia Foundation to support our Future Teachers Academy at the Osceola Campus. The Future Teachers Academy is a cohort-based program […]