College Update: Missing Student Miya Marcano Has Been Found

Saturday, October 2, 2021

A Special Message From Kathleen Plinske, Valencia College President

I am deeply saddened to share that Valencia College student Miya Marcano‘s death was confirmed today by local law enforcement officials. We offer our deepest condolences to her family.

The entire Valencia College community is grieving the loss of one of our own. Miya’s English Professor Nick DeArmas shared that “Miya was a dedicated, capable student who had an unstoppable drive, and held her family above all things.”

If you have been impacted by this loss, we encourage you to use our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for support during this difficult time. Students who may have been impacted can reach out to Valencia’s free counseling services through Baycare Student Assistance. The contact information for these resources is listed below.

Optum Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Valencia College’s Optum Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides free, confidential, short-term counseling to both full- and part-time employees to help you cope with these types of life events.

Phone Numbers: (24 hours a day, 365 days a year)
Full-time: 866-248-4094
Part-time: 866-342-6892

Online: and use the access code.
Access Code: Valencia

BayCare Student Assistance Services
Students who are enrolled in credit classes at Valencia can receive counseling services by contacting BayCare directly, or by visiting a counselor in the Student Services Department on any campus. BayCare information is also printed on the back of all student Valencia ID cards.

Confidential Helpline: 1-800-878-5470
Online portal:

If you have any questions about the resources available to you, contact the Organizational Development and Human Resources team at or call 407-582-HR4U (4748).

Thank you to each of you who shared messages about the search for Miya through your social media networks, assisted with the search in any way, or provided information to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

May we continue to draw strength from each other and our collective Valencia community during this time.

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