Tuesday, January 11, 2022
By Jennifer Keefe
Ask Brenda Webb, and she’ll tell you that she got to where she is today with a change in her luck, perseverance and all the right relationships.
Brenda is the lead custodian at the West Campus. She leads the team that cleans and sanitizes the campus each night, making it safe for faculty, staff and students each day.
But Brenda’s personal story hasn’t always been shiny and bright.
“There was a time in my life when I was down on my luck,” she explains.
Brenda was fortunate enough to meet Manager of Career and Workforce Education LeSena Jones, who introduced Brenda to the right people to help her find and apply for a job at the College as a member of the custodial staff.
She recalls, “The day I was offered the job, I was so excited. I had no idea how much it would change my life!”
That day was in 2016. A few years later, Brenda was promoted to her current role as lead custodian.
She just celebrated her five-year anniversary with the College, an accomplishment she is really proud of.
“Wow! I can’t believe it,” she says. “During the past five years, I have met so many great people, and my life has definitely changed for the better. I never dreamed I would be where I am today.”
In her time at Valencia, Brenda has earned her Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) certification and several other certificates of achievement.
Her hard work has also earned her several badges in the College’s recognition program in the Valencia EDGE.
“When you work behind the scenes, it always feels good to know that your hard work and effort is being noticed,” Brenda says.
She jokes that her favorite thing about working at West Campus is the Dunkin’ Donuts (something we are all a little thankful for, right?).
Really, though, she says she loves “the people, the atmosphere, the opportunities to grow and improve, and how everyone comes together and supports each other,” Brenda explains. “We are like one big family. And it’s not like that everywhere else.”
Brenda is really proud of her night shift custodial team and works to support them in any way she can.
She also finds great support in her team of supervisors.
Mel Davis, custodial assistant supervisor at West Campus, appreciates that Brenda is “always willing to help.”
Brenda also appreciates interacting with and helping our students and staff at the College.
“I always enjoy it when I can do something that helps make someone’s day a little brighter,” she says.
Brenda sees Valencia as a major asset to the community, a place that gives students options and opportunities to succeed.
“Valencia is one of those places that give people second chances and the opportunity to turn their life around,” she comments. “I know, because Valencia did that for me.”
When Brenda is not hard at work, she spends time with her niece and nephew. They go to the park, watch football and movies and even feed the homeless.
She knew her personal values of working hard and not judging others were rubbing off on them when her 9-year-old great nephew decided to donate his birthday money to the homeless instead of spending it on himself.
“That really touched my heart,” she recalls.
Brenda says she is grateful to the College for the opportunities she has been given and the friends she has made here.
She’s optimistic about the future now, something she might not have been able to say just a few years ago.
Know of someone who embodies one of Valencia’s values (learning, people, diversity, access or integrity), who has been an employee for at least one year? 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.