By Dani Moritz-Long
When articulating her role, Director of Professional and Continuing Education Christina Foreman doesn’t robotically resort to a jargon-lined, canned response encapsulating her daily to-do list. She doesn’t define her position in terms of tasks and projects. Instead, she embraces the College’s vision and values — asserting that, in her role, she’s empowered to make a difference by building bridges and inspiring hope within the community.
“Through the efforts of our accelerated training programs, individuals are able to quickly learn the skills needed to gain employment or make advances in their current field,” she explained.
In other words, her team affords the community ACCESS, one of Valencia’s five key values, to an education and a brighter future.
She continued, “Knowing that my team and I are making a direct impact on the quality of life for families is extremely rewarding. I love when students who have completed our programs call to tell us about the promotion they just received or how they now earn enough to own a home.”
It’s these kinds of stories that continually inspire Christina, who works hard to develop programs designed to quickly and affordably uplift others by securing a path for achieving their goals.
“I’m inspired by the students that we serve, especially those who come to Valencia even though the odds of success are against them,” she said. “Over the past year, we have begun to see an influx in students living in poverty, fighting barriers to education, such as homelessness and lack of transportation, and many are without the support of family. I’m driven to work hard and create new opportunities for our students when I see all that they must overcome just to achieve an education.”
To support this mission of creating new opportunities, Christina and her team develop programs in advanced fire, construction, 911 telecommunications, advanced manufacturing and other professional areas of work that simultaneously support the community’s welfare and those employed in those fields.
Christina’s hard work developing, implementing and evaluating these programs does not go unnoticed.
“Christina cares so deeply about her work and especially helping our students,” said Carolyn McMorran, assistant vice president, professional and continuing education. “She is thoughtful and driven about her efforts. She is a great asset to our team.”
To summarize why she does what she does, Christina explains that “Valencia signifies hope.” For her, coming to work each day means helping someone else become that much closer to achieving their dreams, to changing their life for the better.
By creating high-demand programs that produce results, Christina says, “we create opportunities and empower people to have a better life tomorrow than they do today.”
Christina has earned a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from the American College of Education and a Bachelor of Science in education from Florida Southern College.
When she isn’t at work changing lives, you can find her giving back through her church. In the few moments she isn’t dedicating herself to others, she is curled up with a good book or enjoying time with her family on the water (anything from surfing to boating to kayaking will do).
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.