Featured Colleague — Michele Infante

By Joy S. Jones

“I am truly blessed to be part of the Valencia family. I enjoy my work and my role in helping move our students toward success,” shared Student Services Advisor Michele Infante.

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Michele’s work as a student services advisor on Valencia’s West Campus involves assisting students with course requirements toward achieving their transfer goals, developmental advising based on students’ academic standing and “Jill of all trades” application of knowledge she has gleaned about educational policies, programs and steps to enrollment, including Florida Residency requirements, scholarships and degree programs offered.

In the nearly four years she’s been with the College, Michele shares that she’s grown personally and professionally, and she credits the robust support and leadership provided by her manager, Jennifer Mezquita, manager of student services, with the latter.

“Words fall short when describing the phenomenal employee Michele Infante is,” said Jennifer. “I have had the privilege of supervising her for over two years, and I have learned so much from her. She embodies the definition of what an outstanding employee is. Michele is extremely dependable, possesses an impeccable work ethic and is diligent in her quest to addressing her student’s concerns. Not only does she have professional characteristics that make her an ideal employee, Michele also inspires me and others to be a better version of ourselves through her unique personality traits. Overall I’ve found her to be a kind, gracious, caring individual with a welcoming smile and winning attitude.”

Through conversations, Jennifer became aware of skills Michele wished to build upon and thereby facilitated opportunities for her to hone those skills that would help her to advance in her career in ways that were meaningful to her.

“I have improved my public speaking skills by co-facilitating the GoBes and presenting to student leaders, and I have completed PIVOT 1. Personally, I have gained friendships with my co-workers and colleagues throughout the campus,” Michelle said.

Just as Jennifer is inspired by Michele, Michele has discovered that many of her heroes can be found in the students she encounters.

“Seeing the students with such eagerness to obtain their degrees and looking forward to what their futures will entail is very exciting to witness. Being a former Valencia student myself, I once had that same feeling,” she reflected.

When people think of Valencia, different things come to mind. For Michele, options, opportunity, hope, career and success were the words she freely associated with the College.

“Valencia provides the opportunity for job placement, which helps the local economy. Valencia gives hope to those who otherwise may have thought that they could not succeed,” she said.

In line with her goals to grow professionally, Michele was recently accepted into the 2016 PIVOT 180 leadership development program, which she enthusiastically looks forward to completing.

Michele obtained an Associate in Arts from Valencia College and a Bachelor of Science in business administration, with a concentration in finance from the University of Central Florida.

Michele loves to play tennis, work out and spend time with family and friends whenever she can.

Know of someone doing great work at the College, 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.

4 Comments

  • Donna said:

    Michele!!! You are the best! Congratulations. Your smile is full of kindness and sunshine. Our students are so very lucky to have you as an advisor. I am so lucky to know you. Enjoy the spotlight you truly deserve it!

    AMWed, 09 Dec 2015 08:46:52 +0000Wed, 09 Dec 2015 08:46:52 +0000am15,8:46 am

    • Michele said:

      Thank you Donna for such kind words 🙂

      PMWed, 09 Dec 2015 16:42:22 +0000Wed, 09 Dec 2015 16:42:22 +0000pm15,4:42 pm

  • Nicholle Trapp said:

    Congrats Michele!

    AMWed, 09 Dec 2015 11:06:53 +0000Wed, 09 Dec 2015 11:06:53 +0000am15,11:06 am

    • Michele said:

      Thank you, Nicholle 🙂

      PMWed, 09 Dec 2015 16:42:54 +0000Wed, 09 Dec 2015 16:42:54 +0000pm15,4:42 pm

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