Celebrating Educational Advancements — Fall 2021

Monday, September 20, 2021

Valencia College’s recognition program is robust — spanning from career anniversary awards 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 a one-time, lump-sum payment, barring any degree that is a required qualification of the employee’s current position. Please note that employees are compensated for only one award per first academic degree earned.

Through this program, the College recognized the following employees for achieving a post-secondary degree:

  • Anna Castillo, navigator, organizational development and human Resources, Master’s Degree
  • Marsha Clarke, human resources specialist, Master’s Degree
  • Melvin Middleton, evening and weekend campus manager, Doctorate Degree (Juris Doctorate)

Tenure-track and tenured faculty who complete the advanced degree process will be placed at the salary commensurate with the advanced degree earned at their current step upon successful completion of their degree. In order to be considered for the salary change, faculty must make sure their course of study is approved in advance by their supervisor and submit evidence of degree completion.

Annually appointed faculty members also receive a salary adjustment commensurate with the advanced degree upon completion of the advanced degree process.

Through this program, the following faculty completed a post-secondary education recently:

  • Radu Bunea, professor, electronic engineering technology, Doctorate Degree
  • Lynn Howard, professor, mathematics, Master’s Degree
  • Mandy Mahaffey, professor, English, Master’s Degree
  • Lauren Thomas, professor, mathematics, Doctorate Degree

Congratulations to these employees for their fantastic achievements. Please congratulate them in the comment section below.

For more information on the educational advancement policy, please refer to College Policy 6Hx28-3C-04 Total Rewards: Recognition of Full-Time Employees for Educational Advancement. For questions, email HR4U@valenciacollege.edu or call the HR4U helpline at 407-299-5000, extension HR4U (4748).


  • Mike Bosley said:

    Congratulations everyone, you will never regret investing in yourself. Best Wishes!

    PMTue, 21 Sep 2021 15:15:39 +0000Tue, 21 Sep 2021 15:15:39 +0000pm21,3:15 pm

  • Jen Bhagirath said:

    Amazing accomplishments! Congrats everyone!!!

    AMWed, 22 Sep 2021 08:17:45 +0000Wed, 22 Sep 2021 08:17:45 +0000am21,8:17 am

  • Nichole Segarra said:

    Congratulations on a fantastic achievement!

    AMMon, 27 Sep 2021 10:44:50 +0000Mon, 27 Sep 2021 10:44:50 +0000am21,10:44 am

  • Kenia Pimentel said:


    AMThu, 07 Oct 2021 08:50:54 +0000Thu, 07 Oct 2021 08:50:54 +0000am21,8:50 am

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