Featured Colleague: As Brandon Rosado Searched for a Career, He Found the Answer Right Under His FeetShare
By Claudia Zequeira
When Brandon Rosado, coordinator, testing and assessment, finished his Associate in Arts with an engineering pathway, and an Associate in Science in drafting and design technology at Valencia, he transferred to the University of Central Florida (UCF) to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering, only to find that engineering was not his calling.
As he searched within for clarity on his career choices, Brandon, who had just been promoted from student leader to support specialist at the Atlas Lab, realized something important: that he loved where he was at that moment in time.
“I found out I liked coming to work every day,” said Brandon. “I thought about it and thought this would be a good career.”
Since then, Brandon has risen up, moving from support specialist to student services advisor and then on to his current role, where he has been responsible for providing testing services to students at the Downtown Campus, assisting international students and providing support to students with disabilities. He also supervised a staff of two until recently.
Prior to COVID-19 changing life and work as we know it, Brandon provided placement and course tests to both Valencia and UCF students. Since COVID, however, he has been tasked with assisting Valencia students on a collegewide, virtual basis. Part of his current duties involve coordination with proctors who schedule appointments with students and monitor them via Zoom and via their laptops’ web camera as they take English language and mathematics assessments.
Brandon said he loves the College’s collaborative environment and said he’s most proud of pitching in during times of need, such as when he filled in for a colleague at West who went on paternity leave. Helping students is also something he enjoys about working here.
“I love to help people and help them navigate issues,” he said. “I have a hero complex.”
He is also proud to have helped launch RegisterBlast, a new technology used to schedule tests for students. In addition, Brandon said he revels in the good relationships he has built at the College over time.
“I get a butterfly feeling when I create new relationships,” said Brandon, who worked at East Campus prior to moving Downtown. “A lot of my coworkers … I consider them to be my friends. I care about them; I worry about them. I would say that the people are what motivate me to keep going.”
Brandon also said he considers Valencia to be a place of “access and direction.”
“People who need a career change and don’t know what they want to do … they can come in and talk to someone, an advisor, and I think we do a really good job of providing good information that is free,” he said. “I think we offer a lot of great resources that help direct students. And some students who are not sure about the career they are pursuing, by the time they leave Valencia, they know.”
He also admires the College’s leadership and looks up to people such as Valencia College President Sandy Shugart; Executive Vice President and Provost, and President Kathleen Plinske; and his own supervisor, Downtown Campus Dean of Students Edna Jones Miller, among others.
“When I hear them speak, I think: They know what they’re doing,” said Brandon.
Edna, in turn, praised Brandon’s leadership, saying he “has been an integral part of establishing the department and serving the testing and assessment needs of both Valencia and UCF students.” She added, “Brandon exudes a positive attitude and impeccable work ethic. You can always count him to not only get the job done, but to lend a helping hand to areas outside of his own. I am truly appreciative of his leadership and contributions at Valencia.”
In his free time, Brandon, who has a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from UCF and is pursuing a graduate certificate in fundraising there, likes to watch the real estate and stock market. He also loves to play video games and spend time with family and friends.
Know of someone who embodies one of Valencia’s Values (learning, people, diversity, access or integrity), who has been an employee for one year or more? Send the colleague’s name to us at The_Grove@valenciacollege.edu. He or she might be one of our featured colleagues, subject to supervisor’s approval.