Featured Colleague – Tanisha Castor

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By Laura Knight

Tanisha Castor, coordinator of career program advising at Osceola Campus, has a lot of wisdom  – both personal and professional – to impart on the students she helps. Some ways that she has been able to share her knowledge with students have included being a Learning in Community (LinC) success coach and leading “LifeMap Moments”, a workshop that teaches students about decision making, critical thinking and etiquette.

“It is very important to include students in all aspects of their learning process,” she explains. Each time she meets with a student, it is an opportunity not only for her to teach them something, but also for her to learn something from them. “I enjoy my current position because of the rapport I am able to build with my students. It is very special because I get to be a part of their academic journey at Valencia.”

Tanisha’s career in higher education began in 2000 at York College/City University of New York (CUNY), in Jamaica, New York, where she worked as a college assistant and tour guide in the admissions office. Later, she transitioned into the role of admissions counselor at the college and eventually became coordinator of recruitment.

In December 2006, after six years with York College/CUNY, she left New York and moved to Orlando where she began working at the University of Central Florida as an admissions specialist. Her Valencia journey began in January 2009 when she accepted a position as a student services advisor in the Answer Center at the Osceola Campus. In August 2012, she was promoted to coordinator of career program advising there.

Her current role still gives her an opportunity to assist students with selecting appropriate courses for their career paths, and now she also helps students who are on academic probation by providing them with advice on how to get back on track and giving them consistent encouragement.

Her position also allows her to plan and organize career development events for students looking to earn Associate of Science degrees and technical certificates.

Along that vein, she is looking forward to upcoming projects that involve event planning for A.S. majors at the Osceola Campus. The events will be created with the aim of assisting science majors in setting career goals and improving the advisor-student relationship. “I love the fact that Valencia is a learning-centered institution. At Valencia, students are the most important people, and we measure our effectiveness by the success of the students.”

Tanisha also creates and presents Skillshops for students, something she loves to do. “My students really inspire me and push me to do or learn more in order to assist them,” she conveys. She has led Skillshops on a variety of topics such as, email and campus etiquette and healthcare career options for students that explore paths outside of being a nurse or physician.

One Skillshop that she is most proud of is “Tunes to Stomp Your Graduation Blues!” The workshop is focused on the transition from college to the workforce and the struggles along the way, using music as a way to connect with students and facilitate conversations within the group. “I always start the Skillshop by playing various genres of music that have continuously uplifted my spirits, [then] I also ask the students to share their favorite type of music.” Tanisha says the Skillshop has been well received by students and has proved to be a resource for them.

Her status as a resourceful professional has led her to opportunities to serve on the collegewide Career Program Advisors Taskforce and on industry advisory committees. Currently, a top priority for Tanisha’s professional development includes participating in the 2014 Pivot 180 (the newly named Leadership Academy).

Considering her career at Valencia, and what she likes best about working here, Tanisha says one thing remains central, “Most important of all, I love my job. My passion for advising and teaching students continues to grow. I believe that advising is a partnership and we each have a role.”

Tanisha has earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from York College/CUNY and a masters’ degree in education with a specialization in guidance and counseling from Brooklyn College/CUNY.

Her favorite hobbies are listening to different genres of music, travelling and spending time with family and friends. As the daughter of parents who both served as Salvation Army Corps officers, she is well-traveled. A native of Haiti (who is fluent in Creole) and a former New Yorker, Tanisha has not only traveled extensively, but has also lived in Trinidad and Barbados.

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!

11 Comments

  • Eva Alipieva said:

    Congrats Tanisha! :)))))

    AMWed, 28 Aug 2013 08:26:03 +0000Wed, 28 Aug 2013 08:26:03 +0000am13,8:26 am

  • Francois said:

    Tanisha, I am very impress by your accomplishments. I wish you all the success in your personal and professional goals. You deserve to be featured for your commitment to Valencia and the students you advise and teach. You go girl!!!

    AMWed, 28 Aug 2013 10:29:15 +0000Wed, 28 Aug 2013 10:29:15 +0000am13,10:29 am

  • Amy said:

    Great article Tanisha! I want to go to your skillshop!

    PMWed, 28 Aug 2013 15:25:09 +0000Wed, 28 Aug 2013 15:25:09 +0000pm13,3:25 pm

  • Edmane said:

    wow! I am very proud of you Tanisha! Go girl may the Lord continue to be with you in all your endeavor. That is a great article

    AMFri, 30 Aug 2013 10:53:05 +0000Fri, 30 Aug 2013 10:53:05 +0000am13,10:53 am

  • Vilece Thomas said:

    Congrats! Tanisha

    It is amazing to see how versed and focused you! And the results' the achievements! I join Commissioner Edmane Castor to say WOW ! This is a colorful and yet successful and community oriented career. I pray that as you impact knowledge to the students God will continue to inspire you to new heights and depths in Him.Keep it up. This is class. You are in my prayers.
    Sincerely,
    Major Vilece Thomas
    REGIONAL COMMANDER, SURINAME

    PMFri, 30 Aug 2013 12:55:10 +0000Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:55:10 +0000pm13,12:55 pm

  • Darrell Wilkinson said:

    Your achievement is note worthy and I commend you for offering yourself to others in so simple, but yet an important and impactful way. Every blessing you!

    PMFri, 30 Aug 2013 13:16:07 +0000Fri, 30 Aug 2013 13:16:07 +0000pm13,1:16 pm

  • Em. and Ed. Supre said:

    This is great. Give God all the glory. We are very proud of you may the Lord continue to empower you in your job. Be blessed and keep on going.

    PMFri, 30 Aug 2013 19:41:02 +0000Fri, 30 Aug 2013 19:41:02 +0000pm13,7:41 pm

  • Dee & Vee Haughton said:

    What a wonderful journey with God. The best is still ahead as you keep looking to him. My wife, Verona and I congratulates you and wish you every blessing on your onward, upward journey. Walk good!

    PMFri, 30 Aug 2013 21:13:16 +0000Fri, 30 Aug 2013 21:13:16 +0000pm13,9:13 pm

  • Kand M Graham said:

    Congratulations Tanisha! You make us all proud of you and your achievements. God is faithful and rewards the efforts of his children. You are a mentor to other Officer's children and surely they will
    be motivated to do their best. Keep up the good works. God bless you in abundance. May the testimony of the Psalmist David impact your life.
    Psalm 121 V. 1 -2 'I will lift up my eyes unto the hills, from whence comeh my help. My help cometh from the Lord which made Heaven and earth.'

    Majors Keith and Molvie Graham and family

    PMSat, 31 Aug 2013 17:08:53 +0000Sat, 31 Aug 2013 17:08:53 +0000pm13,5:08 pm

    • Lucien Lamartiniere said:

      Dear Tanisha, Congratulations. We are proud of you. May the make the journey with you.

      Lucien Lamartiniere

      AMMon, 02 Sep 2013 03:48:33 +0000Mon, 02 Sep 2013 03:48:33 +0000am13,3:48 am

      • Lucien Lamartiniere said:

        The Lord

        AMMon, 02 Sep 2013 03:50:23 +0000Mon, 02 Sep 2013 03:50:23 +0000am13,3:50 am

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