Featured Colleague: William Guevara and His Passion for Valencia

By Dani Moritz-Long

William Guevara, maintenance technician, describes his role with two simple objectives: “Maintain my assigned buildings, making certain that they remain in good condition” and “assist others when required.” Without doubt, he accomplishes that — but William, known by many as Willy — does so much more. Willy’s positive outlook and enthusiasm for his work is contagious. So, while he’s hustling from building to building making repairs, he’s also lifting people’s spirits in his wake.

“When Willy worked at the District Office, he was always enthusiastic to help and aimed for perfection,” said Manager of Employee Communications Wendy Jo Moyer. “No matter what he’s working on, you can count on Willy to accomplish the job with a smile on his face.”

Fueling his passion for Valencia, Willy says he enjoys the College’s family-like environment and the opportunity to please others when he resolves problems. In fact, he says, he considers Valencia a second home.

“I love my job so much that I consider each and every day an accomplishment,” he said cheerfully.

Willy also enjoys Valencia’s learning-centered atmosphere, which, he explains, is just as relevant for employees as it is for students. As a maintenance professional, Willy enjoys every opportunity to improve his trade.

“I enjoy the opportunity to learn something new each day, by means of hands-on work and courses,” he said. “I have been in some form of maintenance work for 18 years. Still, I see a need to continue to learn. Last year, I became certified in electrical, and I am presently taking HVAC classes.”

Willy’s can-do attitude coupled with his thirst for knowledge translates to excellent work in his field, which has resulted in recognition like being named Employee of the Year on West Campus in 2005.

“Willy does everything with a smile,” shared Kevin West, trades/maintenance supervisor. “He is genuine and cares about the people that he works with and the people he provides services for. I am really glad that he is a member of the West Campus Maintenance team.”

In his free time, you can find him enjoying the few quiet moments he does have with his family and his hobby, photography. Check out some of Willy’s photos below.

Know of someone who embodies one of Valencia’s Values (learning, people, diversity, access or integrity), 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.

16 Comments

  • Leah said:

    We are lucky to have you here at Valencia!

    AMTue, 28 Nov 2017 11:39:22 +0000Tue, 28 Nov 2017 11:39:22 +0000am17,11:39 am

  • Noelia said:

    Willy also does amazing work with his family in support of children and elderly in the country of Colombia. We're fortunate to have him at Valencia.

    PMTue, 28 Nov 2017 17:29:26 +0000Tue, 28 Nov 2017 17:29:26 +0000pm17,5:29 pm

  • Deborah Xavier said:

    Great job, Willy.

    PMTue, 28 Nov 2017 17:31:05 +0000Tue, 28 Nov 2017 17:31:05 +0000pm17,5:31 pm

  • Jay said:

    Willy is very special!

    PMTue, 28 Nov 2017 17:32:45 +0000Tue, 28 Nov 2017 17:32:45 +0000pm17,5:32 pm

  • Michelle said:

    We miss Willy at the District Office!

    PMTue, 28 Nov 2017 17:39:30 +0000Tue, 28 Nov 2017 17:39:30 +0000pm17,5:39 pm

  • Wendy Jo Moyer said:

    Willy, thanks for your positive energy and attention to detail.

    PMTue, 28 Nov 2017 17:42:53 +0000Tue, 28 Nov 2017 17:42:53 +0000pm17,5:42 pm

  • Paul Rooney said:

    Willy has a “can do” attitude and is a very talented individual. Valencia surely has a true gem in having Willy on our team!!!! You ROCK!

    PMTue, 28 Nov 2017 18:18:18 +0000Tue, 28 Nov 2017 18:18:18 +0000pm17,6:18 pm

  • Lily Lozada said:

    Muy orgullosa de ti Willy!

    AMWed, 29 Nov 2017 08:20:55 +0000Wed, 29 Nov 2017 08:20:55 +0000am17,8:20 am

  • Vanessa said:

    Willy is an awesome person! We all miss seeing you here at the District Office.

    AMWed, 29 Nov 2017 08:32:11 +0000Wed, 29 Nov 2017 08:32:11 +0000am17,8:32 am

  • willie said:

    thank you all for your nice comments, I will always be here to help any person, student that I need. thank you. willie

    AMWed, 29 Nov 2017 09:14:12 +0000Wed, 29 Nov 2017 09:14:12 +0000am17,9:14 am

  • Yamileth Guevara said:

    Felicitaciones hermanito me siento muy orgullosa de ti!!

    AMWed, 29 Nov 2017 11:30:11 +0000Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:30:11 +0000am17,11:30 am

  • Karen said:

    We are very proud of you Uncle Willy, congrats its amaizing to read all these comments about the great person and employee that you are!

    PMWed, 29 Nov 2017 16:51:01 +0000Wed, 29 Nov 2017 16:51:01 +0000pm17,4:51 pm

  • Amy Bosley said:

    Working with you is a genuine pleasure, Willy. You are so very appreciated.

    PMWed, 29 Nov 2017 20:16:08 +0000Wed, 29 Nov 2017 20:16:08 +0000pm17,8:16 pm

  • José María said:

    It’s a pleasure to know William, it does not surprise me to see how many people appreciate his friendship. He is sincere and humble, it’s an honor to be call his friend and to enjoy his presence, congratulations to William and specially to Valencia for the quality of excellence displayed by the staff

    PMWed, 29 Nov 2017 21:27:16 +0000Wed, 29 Nov 2017 21:27:16 +0000pm17,9:27 pm

  • Lina Munoz said:

    So proud of you primo! Keep up your great work and passion for your job!

    PMWed, 29 Nov 2017 22:21:10 +0000Wed, 29 Nov 2017 22:21:10 +0000pm17,10:21 pm

  • Anonymous said:

    Well deserved! Willy is such an awesome individual. It is always a pleasure having him around. His positive energy always livens up the room. Keep it up Willy!

    PMMon, 04 Dec 2017 23:38:23 +0000Mon, 04 Dec 2017 23:38:23 +0000pm17,11:38 pm

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