Featured Colleague: As Students Prepare to Graduate, Ramon Velez-Cruz Helps Them on Their Journey

By Dani Moritz-Long

Navigating college can be overwhelming. Between balancing coursework, extra-curricular activities and personal obligations, it can be quite the undertaking to “just keep swimming.”

Then, as we ascend the graduation stage with a peculiar mixture of excitement and anxiety, we find ourselves facing an onslaught of new uncertainties, new challenges and new opportunities.

That’s where Ramon Velez-Cruz, coordinator, career program advisor, comes in — to ensure our graduates feel more excitement than panic as they reach their educational milestones.

Whether through discussing internships, transferring or life in general, Ramon loves the opportunity to change lives and help students to prepare for the next steps of their education or career.

“Among the projects, initiatives and pilot programs I’ve been fortunate enough to be involved in, I would say I am most proud of building strong community relations for our students,” he said. “In my current role, I am able to meet and engage with industry experts and leaders to discuss career trends for our associate degree programs. Of late, I have been involved with camps for high school students interested in possible associate degrees at Valencia. Being able to do connect with students at this level and to assist them in their goal of achieving an education is one of the accomplishments I am proud of.”

“Transformation through service,” he explained, is one of his favorite parts of working at the College.

Through these transformations, Ramon finds inspiration.

“I’m inspired by our students — every type, whether non-traditional or traditional,” he said. “I am constantly inspired by the work and sacrifice that they do in order to receive their degree from us.”

A Valencia alumni himself who subsequently earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Central Florida and who is currently working on his Doctor of Education, Ramon understands the value of an education and the hard work required to achieve a degree.

According to John Britt, campus director, advising, Ramon’s natural leadership also makes him the perfect fit for his role.

“I enjoy the positive energy that Ramon always seems to have no matter the situation,” John said. “He always sees the bright side of things and he is a great role model for students.”

Like his colleagues, he’s glad to play his part and give back to his alma mater, which gave so much to him.

“To me, Valencia College signifies a strong vision of growth and success for the community,” he said. “Our devotion to student success greatly impacts our community.”

In his free time, you can find Ramon practicing aerial yoga or enjoying Orlando’s attractions, like Walt Disney World. (As evidenced in the decor featured in his photo, Ramon is almost as passionate about the Mouse as he is education.)

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. 

12 Comments

  • Ramona Boulos said:

    Congrats Ramon!! very proud of you 🙂

    AMTue, 11 Apr 2017 10:23:03 +0000Tue, 11 Apr 2017 10:23:03 +0000am17,10:23 am

  • Alex Pebb said:

    Ramon! I only met you briefly during NSE advisor training in December, but I enjoyed watching you train our NSE Faculty. You were thoroughly engaging and were very knowledgeable about your position. Congratulations on the "featured collegue" nomination! Well-deserved!

    PMTue, 11 Apr 2017 13:05:11 +0000Tue, 11 Apr 2017 13:05:11 +0000pm17,1:05 pm

  • Melanie Rodriguez said:

    Congratulations Ramon! Much deserved and long overdue!

    PMTue, 11 Apr 2017 19:22:42 +0000Tue, 11 Apr 2017 19:22:42 +0000pm17,7:22 pm

  • Tanisha Castor said:

    Congratulations Ramon..

    PMTue, 11 Apr 2017 19:41:08 +0000Tue, 11 Apr 2017 19:41:08 +0000pm17,7:41 pm

  • Eva A. said:

    Congratulations, Ramon! I’m so proud of your achievements and exemplary engagement with our students!

    PMTue, 11 Apr 2017 22:14:15 +0000Tue, 11 Apr 2017 22:14:15 +0000pm17,10:14 pm

  • Rooney LaPlante said:

    Your Rock Ramon!! As John said, you are 'the perfect fit for your role', kudos! Much continued success!

    AMWed, 12 Apr 2017 07:14:10 +0000Wed, 12 Apr 2017 07:14:10 +0000am17,7:14 am

  • Nicholle said:

    Congratulations Ramon, it's such a joy seeing your passion for students here on OSC!! 🙂

    AMWed, 12 Apr 2017 08:07:04 +0000Wed, 12 Apr 2017 08:07:04 +0000am17,8:07 am

  • Katie Brooker said:

    Thank you for always supporting me and helping whenever I have questions, Thank you Ramon!

    AMWed, 12 Apr 2017 09:01:49 +0000Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:01:49 +0000am17,9:01 am

  • Maritza Gaviria said:

    you are a joy to work with, thank you for all you do!

    AMWed, 12 Apr 2017 11:10:09 +0000Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:10:09 +0000am17,11:10 am

  • Miguel Naranjo said:

    You're so much fun to work with, extremely knowledge and always helpful. It fills me with joy to know your hard work is being recognized. Thank you for making my time at Valencia better for knowing and working with you! You rock!

    AMWed, 12 Apr 2017 11:28:30 +0000Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:28:30 +0000am17,11:28 am

  • M Morrell said:

    I have had the pleasure of working with you for quite some time and to see your passion for education and your commitment to encouraging students through their programs is refreshing and much to emulate. Congrats!! So very proud of you

    PMWed, 12 Apr 2017 12:41:24 +0000Wed, 12 Apr 2017 12:41:24 +0000pm17,12:41 pm

  • Dave Heffernan said:

    I've seen Ramon in action… and he is the best!

    PMTue, 18 Jul 2017 22:27:07 +0000Tue, 18 Jul 2017 22:27:07 +0000pm17,10:27 pm

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