Enhance Your Teaching with Industry Work; Participate in Focus on the Workplace

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By LeSena Jones, Manager, Career and Workforce Education

Are you a full-time faculty member who has been teaching for five, 10 or even 15 years and feel out of touch with today’s workplace? Are you looking for new ways to enhance the teaching and learning that takes place in your classroom? If so, then Focus on the Workplace is for you!

Put your academic discipline to work by participating in Valencia’s unique Focus on the Workplace Program. Applications are currently being accepted to participate in this unique faculty development activity.

Focus on the Workplace is a unique experience that enables you to observe, work and learn in an exciting business environment for up to six weeks during Summer Term A or two days per week during the fall or spring terms. You’ll have the opportunity to get out of the classroom and gain firsthand knowledge about the current job market, learn about future trends and technological advances related to your field and get a different outlook and a new perspective on what you teach in the classroom.

Here are some examples how Valencia faculty members have participated in the program:

  • Upasana Santra, professor of mathematics, spent six weeks observing and immersing herself in a leading-edge, world-class, training and medical research center at the Florida Hospital Nicholson Center.
  • Beverly Bond, professor and program chair of radiography, refreshed her knowledge on the principles and protocols of computed tomography at the St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and learned more about new practices and procedures related to her field.
  • Teresa Nater, professor of English, has participated four times with stints at Universal Studios, the Orlando Sentinel, WFTV Channel 9 and the JW Marriott/Ritz Carlton gaining a clearer picture of today’s changing world.
  • Javier Garces, professor of biology and horticulture and program chair of the horticulture program, audited the practices at Baywood Nurseries and gained a better understanding of current practices and future trends in the landscape and horticulture field.
  • Jim Inglis, professor of hospitality and tourism, rotated through the different operations at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, which gave him unique insight into the industry that he could have never seen from the outside.
  • Mark Guillette, professor of sociology, was able to learn firsthand how technology and new business models are changing the workplace in various industries including: Lynx, WFTV Channel 9, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority and U.S. Congressman Alan Grayson’s office.

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All full-time, tenure or tenure-track faculty are eligible to participate with dean approval. You will be released from two, three-credit hour classes to work with an organization or business. We will pay for an adjunct to teach your classes while you are in the workplace and will assist you in finding a worksite.

The deadline to apply for this year’s program is Friday, October 23, 2015.

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For more information, visit the Focus on the Workplace Web page or contact me at lljones@valenciacollege.edu or extension 3344.

Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Hurry and don’t miss out on this unique opportunity. Limited spaces are available.

1 Comment

  • sabrina said:

    what a wonderful and effective program to allow faculty to participate in to update their skills for our students! Kudos to all the participants for finding added value to their specialties.

    PMWed, 09 Sep 2015 13:04:54 +0000Wed, 09 Sep 2015 13:04:54 +0000pm15,1:04 pm

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