Featured Colleague: As Brandon Rosado Searched for a Career, He Found the Answer Right Under His Feet

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

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.

9 Comments

  • Hans Liburd said:

    Love working with you, Brandon! Thank you always pushing us to be the best Valencia employee we can be!

    PMTue, 14 Jul 2020 19:52:23 +0000Tue, 14 Jul 2020 19:52:23 +0000pm20,7:52 pm

  • Stanton Reed said:

    Awesome work. I appreciate you sharing some of your story with us. You are making a difference at Valencia. Your presence has impact.

    PMTue, 14 Jul 2020 21:20:45 +0000Tue, 14 Jul 2020 21:20:45 +0000pm20,9:20 pm

  • Nicholle Trapp said:

    Brandon, I’m so happy to celebrate this well deserved recognition with you!! I remember while working on East Campus together, you walked into the Answer Center and proudly announced your were shifting gears to work in Student Services. Look how much you have accomplished since then! You’re the kind of leader who makes Valencia a better place to serve our students. The sky is the limit in your career. As you continue to grow, always remember the reason you chose this path!!

    PMTue, 14 Jul 2020 21:58:24 +0000Tue, 14 Jul 2020 21:58:24 +0000pm20,9:58 pm

  • Lauren Z said:

    BRosado – so proud of you! You are an asset to our students and colleagues. I look forward to hearing about your continued success, my friend!

    AMWed, 15 Jul 2020 08:01:44 +0000Wed, 15 Jul 2020 08:01:44 +0000am20,8:01 am

  • Niurka Y Rivera said:

    Congratulations Brandon! You are an amazing person and colleague. In every position, since you were a student leader, you have been professional, dedicated, and always willing to help with a smile and enthusiasm. I always knew you would accomplished great professional goals. I wish you success in every professional and personal goal. Blessings, Niurka

    AMWed, 15 Jul 2020 08:55:43 +0000Wed, 15 Jul 2020 08:55:43 +0000am20,8:55 am

  • Sam Dunham said:

    Brandon, you have been an amazing colleague and I have enjoyed working with you. I appreciate your confident, yet approachable demeanor.

    AMWed, 15 Jul 2020 09:15:39 +0000Wed, 15 Jul 2020 09:15:39 +0000am20,9:15 am

  • Ron Graham said:

    Way to go Brandon! It is a pleasure to work with you!

    AMWed, 15 Jul 2020 10:01:30 +0000Wed, 15 Jul 2020 10:01:30 +0000am20,10:01 am

  • April Montallana said:

    This kudos is so well-deserved! I remember you when you started as student leader on East Campus and even then, everyone knew you around campus and you were always so helpful and approachable. I'm so proud and happy for all you have achieved and will achieve!

    PMWed, 15 Jul 2020 16:07:40 +0000Wed, 15 Jul 2020 16:07:40 +0000pm20,4:07 pm

  • Rachel Acosta said:

    So proud of you Brandon! This is awesome!

    PMWed, 15 Jul 2020 20:16:12 +0000Wed, 15 Jul 2020 20:16:12 +0000pm20,8:16 pm

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