Celebrating Educational Advancements — Spring 2022

Monday, February 28, 2022

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:

  • Boris Alemnka, international admissions specialist, Bachelor’s Degree
  • Wilmore Fowler, film production coordinator, Bachelor’s Degree
  • Fernando Guitierrez, technical support specialist, Master’s Degree
  • Sal Navarro, manager, campus operations, Master’s Degree
  • Samantha Pabon, admin assistant, academic affairs, Bachelor’s Degree
  • Britney Pierce, implementation coordinator, peace and justice institute, Master’s Degree
  • Karissa Rodriguez, assistant director, alumni engagement/annual giving, Master’s Degree
  • Marie Vasquez-Brooks, dean, school of allied health, Doctorate Degree (Juris Doctorate)
  • Ashley Whitehead, library services supervisor, Bachelor’s Degree

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:

  • Karen Owens, professor, humanities, Master’s Degree
  • Trymain Rivero, professor, mathematics, Master’s 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 407-582-HR4U (4748).

2 Comments

  • Kenia said:

    Congratulations to all the Educational Advancement awards recipients, most importantly congratulations on the completion of your degrees!

    AMWed, 02 Mar 2022 09:55:39 +0000Wed, 02 Mar 2022 09:55:39 +0000am22,9:55 am

  • April Montallana said:

    Congratulations to my Dean Marie Vasquez-Brooks on her doctorate achievement! Big kudos to all the educational advancement recipients — you guys are rock stars!

    PMWed, 02 Mar 2022 15:49:51 +0000Wed, 02 Mar 2022 15:49:51 +0000pm22,3:49 pm

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