A Message from Kathleen Plinske, President, Osceola & Lake Nona Campuses
Poinciana is buzzing with excitement over the potential for a Valencia Campus closer to home. Last Wednesday I gave a presentation to the Poinciana Area Council of the Kissimmee/Osceola Chamber of Commerce, and the community’s enthusiasm for the campus was palpable. Last Thursday night, I traveled to Liberty High School in Poinciana to give a “Got College?” presentation at 6 p.m.— with rush hour traffic, it took 45 minutes to drive the 13 miles from our Osceola Campus to Liberty High School. Many potential students live a few miles deeper into Poinciana, making their one-way commute by car easily over an hour, and commute by public transportation is 2.5 hours or more. Is it any wonder that students from our Poinciana high schools have the lowest college-going rates in the county?
On Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 9 a.m., a public meeting will be held at the Osceola Campus in 4-105 to review, rank and shortlist the proposals for land that were received that could potentially serve as the future location of our Poinciana Campus. You are welcome to attend to learn more about the potential land sites. In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more about the process for proposing sites in Poinciana, as well as the criteria that will be used to recommend a location, please feel free to review the full Request for Proposals document.