Featured Colleague – JC Walker

By Stephanie McMillen

Born in Orlando, Florida, and a former student of Valencia Community College, JC Walker, technology support specialist, has been working in the Information Technology (IT) field for 30 years.

After graduating from Jones High School, he received an associate’s degree from Valencia and spent 12 years in IT working for Super Foods Services Inc. Then, in June of 1992, JC accepted a position at Valencia in the IT department, supporting the main frame computer system.

“Being an alumnus, I experienced firsthand what I perceived as a positive, learning atmosphere,” JC said when asked what attracted him to return to Valencia as an employee. “I wanted to be a part of this work, in assisting others on the journey of learning.”

When the data center was outsourced to Collegis Inc. (later named SunGard) in June of 1998, JC took every opportunity to obtain a diversity of experiences.

He shares that “while employed at SunGard, [he] worked in a variety of roles including portal administration, Oracle database administration, Banner records maintenance, [and] up to [his] current role of technology support specialist.” In 2009, Valencia acquired its data center back, and JC was “happy to report that I have gone full circle in the journey home.”

In all his work, JC strives to develop and maintain healthy relationships with coworkers and students, while seizing every opportunity to enhance the learning initiatives of the college. To help accomplish this, he has looked to his manager, Art Ward, who he has worked with for over 19 years.

“Art inspires me through his leadership style (lead by example), his character (integrity), work ethics and most of all his lifestyle as a devout Christian (living a life of service through love),” JC said.

JC’s hobbies include fishing, camping, and practicing Yoga and Kwanzaa. He serves as a Boy Scout leader and a Valencia student club advisor for IMAGES (Influential Men Applying Gifts Employing Strategies), as well as supports the VaHSA (Valencia Haitian Student Association). JC is also an active member of the Peace and Justice Initiative at Valencia, and Toastmasters International.

For JC, working at Valencia means being a part of a positive change in the lives of people. “My primary goal is to excel in my spiritual development, being an advocate of unity and peace,” JC said, “and through education we can change the quality of our lives and assist others in doing the same – education is important work.”

Know someone doing great work at the college? Send your recommendation to us at The_Grove@valenciacollege.edu and he or she may be one of our featured colleagues.

13 Comments

  • Patti Riva said:

    I was so glad to read JC's featured colleague article. I have always enjoyed working with JC. He always has that great smile along with his great positive attitude to share. Thank you for featuring him. Thank you for all you do, JC.

    AMWed, 25 Apr 2012 02:17:14 +0000Wed, 25 Apr 2012 02:17:14 +0000am12,2:17 am

  • Jeff Hogan said:

    I agree with Patti. JC's spirit is contagious. I feel better after spending any amount of time with him — even if it's only passing in the breezeway.

    AMWed, 25 Apr 2012 04:26:19 +0000Wed, 25 Apr 2012 04:26:19 +0000am12,4:26 am

  • Nicholle Trapp said:

    Congrats Mr Walker!

    AMWed, 25 Apr 2012 04:33:40 +0000Wed, 25 Apr 2012 04:33:40 +0000am12,4:33 am

  • Nancy Chastain said:

    JC's smile and positive attitude always brighten my day. He really lights up the area when he passes by. I have to agree that his great attitude is contagious.

    AMWed, 25 Apr 2012 04:45:41 +0000Wed, 25 Apr 2012 04:45:41 +0000am12,4:45 am

  • Jodi Criner said:

    JC always makes me smile no matter what mood I'm in. Like Jeff said, he can transform any mood to a positive one! I always look forrward to seeing JC any day 🙂

    AMWed, 25 Apr 2012 04:49:22 +0000Wed, 25 Apr 2012 04:49:22 +0000am12,4:49 am

  • BEVERLY MOORE-JOHNSO said:

    Congratulations JC ! Its always a pleasure to interact with JC. He is a very positive and encouraging individual. I have observed this not because we have a working relationship, but encountering him around campus! Continue on your path JC, more great things are in store for you.

    AMWed, 25 Apr 2012 05:33:23 +0000Wed, 25 Apr 2012 05:33:23 +0000am12,5:33 am

  • Jorge Soto said:

    I agree with everyone’s comments. A very spiritual person, a humanitarian, full of life with a contagious positive attitude and smile that inspires us. Congratulation JC! And Thank you for being you.

    AMWed, 25 Apr 2012 06:00:37 +0000Wed, 25 Apr 2012 06:00:37 +0000am12,6:00 am

  • Michael Maguire said:

    I firmly agree with the last comment. JC brings a breath of positive energy to Valencia and all who surround him. He is a man of integrity with a selfless passion for help others 🙂

    PMWed, 25 Apr 2012 12:29:30 +0000Wed, 25 Apr 2012 12:29:30 +0000pm12,12:29 pm

  • Caroline said:

    Cheers, JC ! You are deserving of recognition and respect. 🙂

    PMWed, 25 Apr 2012 13:32:37 +0000Wed, 25 Apr 2012 13:32:37 +0000pm12,1:32 pm

  • Rooney said:

    Kudos JC! Lots of hard work, great team support and an endless amount of positivity that is always welcomed!!

    AMThu, 26 Apr 2012 03:47:20 +0000Thu, 26 Apr 2012 03:47:20 +0000am12,3:47 am

  • Darryl Pirmal said:

    JC is a great person with a wonderful uplifting personality. I enjoy each and every conversation we encounter. It is my Honor to know and work with him. Keep up the motivation my friend.

    AMThu, 26 Apr 2012 06:48:40 +0000Thu, 26 Apr 2012 06:48:40 +0000am12,6:48 am

  • Lee Lucia said:

    JC is always a pleasure to see and work with. You always come away from seeing him feeling better than you did before. That's a rare quality these days.

    PMWed, 06 Jun 2012 12:07:16 +0000Wed, 06 Jun 2012 12:07:16 +0000pm12,12:07 pm

  • Migdalia Otero Olan said:

    JC, well-deserved recognition. You are a pleasure to know and work with!!!

    AMFri, 22 Jun 2012 05:12:38 +0000Fri, 22 Jun 2012 05:12:38 +0000am12,5:12 am

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