Featured Colleague – Nichole McPherson

By Stephanie McMillen

As the coordinator of onboarding, Nichole McPherson is tasked with the essential role of introducing new employees to the Valencia culture and establishing a foundation for their future success at the college.

“I feel there is a calling in my life to serve others and provide programs and services that not only help others grow but also recognize and celebrate their accomplishments,” Nichole shared. It was this calling that led her to pursue a career at Valencia – an institution with a reputation for service and collaboration.

She began her Valencia journey in 2007 as the coordinator of college and foundation relations, planning and executing events such as employee recognition ceremonies, Vision and Voices, and A Taste for Learning silent auction.

In that role, Nichole worked closely with faculty and staff, while connecting Valencia to the Central Florida community. She refers to her work with A Taste for Learning as being among her top career highlights at Valencia, where she helped raise over $50,000 for student scholarships in the silent auction.

In 2011, the office for organizational communication and development was reorganized with an expanded focus to include employment and onboarding. With a natural talent for relationship building, Nichole was an ideal fit for the coordinator of onboarding – a position that is integral to engaging employees early in the recruitment and hiring process.

“Nichole has really added inspiration to our way of thinking about new employees and how to onboard them to the college,” said Jennifer Page, director of employment and onboarding. “She has been instrumental in bringing people together to change how we think about the onboarding process. Nichole is engaged and understands what to do to help Valencia succeed and keep growing as an institution.”

Since beginning in this position, she has led the development and implementation of a comprehensive, college-wide onboarding process, called Valencia Forward, which was deployed at the beginning of this year.

Nichole’s immediate career goals are to continue working collaboratively with the employment and onboarding team to enhance the recruitment, selection and hiring experience for hiring managers, hiring committees and applicants.

Nichole has a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Central Florida. Recently, she obtained a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification from the Society for Human Resources Management.

Prior to joining Valencia, Nichole worked for the American Cancer Society where she partnered with Central Florida business leaders and hundreds of volunteers to raise funds for cancer research and patient services.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and volunteering in the community. Nichole is a Take Stock in Children mentor and has served as the president of Frontier Civitan, an all-women’s club that focuses on community service, leadership, and fellowship.

Know of someone doing great work at the college? Send their name to us at The_Grove@valenciacollege.edu so they can be one of our featured colleagues!

14 Comments

  • RAchel Allen said:

    I enjoyed working with you, Nichole in a recent workshop. You are doing amazing work at the college. Thanks for bringing all of your gifts and talents to the college.

    AMWed, 06 Feb 2013 06:17:04 +0000Wed, 06 Feb 2013 06:17:04 +0000am13,6:17 am

  • Ethan Burrowes said:

    I met Nicole 4 month ago when I was hired on and she is very inspiring and made me and the other new hires know that we chose the right place to come and work. Thank you Nicole for making me feel welcome on my first day.

    AMWed, 06 Feb 2013 07:51:46 +0000Wed, 06 Feb 2013 07:51:46 +0000am13,7:51 am

  • Ethan said:

    Correction Nichole Sorry!

    AMWed, 06 Feb 2013 07:52:46 +0000Wed, 06 Feb 2013 07:52:46 +0000am13,7:52 am

  • Irenea said:

    Great job Nichole!!! This is well deserving and I'm happy to work with you!

    AMWed, 06 Feb 2013 08:22:32 +0000Wed, 06 Feb 2013 08:22:32 +0000am13,8:22 am

  • Amy Bosley said:

    You are an important member of our team, Nichole. Thanks for all of the things you do behind the scenes to make sure our employees have a great start at Valencia.

    AMWed, 06 Feb 2013 08:32:26 +0000Wed, 06 Feb 2013 08:32:26 +0000am13,8:32 am

  • Bobbi Willoughby said:

    Way to go Nichole! It's a pleasure to work with you!

    AMWed, 06 Feb 2013 09:15:00 +0000Wed, 06 Feb 2013 09:15:00 +0000am13,9:15 am

  • Arren Richards said:

    Congrats Nichole! It was a pleasure to have worked with you while I was getting started here at Valencia. And to know all the hard work you do everyday, this is truly well deserved.

    AMWed, 06 Feb 2013 09:35:33 +0000Wed, 06 Feb 2013 09:35:33 +0000am13,9:35 am

  • Nichole McPherson said:

    Thank you all for your words of encouragement and support. I'm blessed to come to work every day and do what I love with people I respect and cherish.

    AMWed, 06 Feb 2013 10:06:42 +0000Wed, 06 Feb 2013 10:06:42 +0000am13,10:06 am

  • Kari Makepeace said:

    Nichole is a great asset to the College. She has a positive outlook and is very knowledgeable and pleasant to work with! Great choice on a featured colleague!!!

    AMWed, 06 Feb 2013 10:26:31 +0000Wed, 06 Feb 2013 10:26:31 +0000am13,10:26 am

  • Dave Heffernan said:

    Alright Nichole! I'm thinking of changing my title to President of the Nichole McP Fan Club!

    PMWed, 06 Feb 2013 12:27:27 +0000Wed, 06 Feb 2013 12:27:27 +0000pm13,12:27 pm

    • Nichole McPherson said:

      Dave, I think that is a wonderful idea!!! 🙂

      PMWed, 06 Feb 2013 13:26:01 +0000Wed, 06 Feb 2013 13:26:01 +0000pm13,1:26 pm

  • Cesar Cesareo said:

    Kudos! Way to go Nichole! You're an amazing person and a great inspiration to many. All the best!

    PMWed, 06 Feb 2013 16:36:48 +0000Wed, 06 Feb 2013 16:36:48 +0000pm13,4:36 pm

  • JennylyC said:

    Beautiful profile Nichole! Your commitment to development – of yourself and of others-is a great inspiration for our new employees. Thank you for exemplifying our values so well 🙂 Kudos!!!

    PMWed, 06 Feb 2013 20:59:57 +0000Wed, 06 Feb 2013 20:59:57 +0000pm13,8:59 pm

  • Adam Talbot said:

    Nichole! No better person to be featured than you. Thanks for all that you do!

    AMThu, 07 Feb 2013 10:13:58 +0000Thu, 07 Feb 2013 10:13:58 +0000am13,10:13 am

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