By Wendy Jo Moyer
Whitly Charles, word processing specialist, senior, in the East Campus Word Processing Center, officially started working at Valencia in August 2014. “I will never forget, because I got the call saying I got the job on my birthday and started a few weeks later,” she exclaimed. “Best birthday gift so far.”
And since she’s been hired, she’s loved her role designing and creating materials, scanning images for use in documents and touching up images for teams across the East Campus.
“Whitly has been a wonderful addition to the Word Processing team,” shared her supervisor, Becky Hopkins, office systems manager. “Her creativity and skills are a breath of fresh air in the East Campus Word Processing Center.”
Working with a broad range of people and having a constant challenge keep Whitly motivated. “I like being able to help people bring their visions into fruition, and it’s exciting to constantly work on new projects because they all bring their own unique challenges,” she said.
Since she started working at the Word Processing Center, requests for custom design work have increased. “My co-designer, Ozelle [Sabado], and I have worked together to offer new design services that weren’t offered in the past and to streamline existing services to make things more efficient,” Whitly explained. “Because design requests are consistently increasing, I can tell that the Valencia community really appreciates and trusts what we do at Word Processing. The best part is when I finally send someone a mock-up or draft, and they react and say that I exceeded their expectations. That’s what I always strive for.”
Whitly is inspired by the East Campus clubs and organizations she gets to work with daily. She shared, “You really get to see how much care goes into an event when you work so closely with those organizing. It’s inspiring to see how passionate some of the faculty, staff and students I work with are. Seeing them be so excited about their projects in turn inspires me to give them 100 percent.”
To Whitly, Valencia signifies opportunity. “Even if you aren’t enrolled in a degree or certificate program, there are constant opportunities available to learn and to grow, for example, the Orlando Speaks event,” a series of dialogues hosted by Mayor Buddy Dyer’s Office and the Orlando Police Department (OPD), facilitated by Valencia’s Peace and Justice Institute, with an aim to proactively build trust and open communication between OPD and the citizens of Orlando.
Born and raised in St. Croix, Whitly was recently part of a very interesting project — she is one of 21 young, Virgin Islands artists to illustrate part of a children’s book, “See the Virgin Islands March,” that is being distributed by first lady of the U.S. Virgin Islands Cecile deJongh to the territory’s children in grades kindergarten through third. Click here for more details.
In her spare time, Whitly loves to update her cats’ Instagram page (“My friends call me the crazy cat lady,” she claims.), learn more about design, cook, especially food from the islands, and try new nail art designs with her extensive nail polish collection.
Whitly earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in visual communication design from the University of Indianapolis.
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