Left to Right: Aixa Rosario, coordinator, college transitions/immersive experiences; Jenn Gama, coordinator, college transitions; Abby Nobili, assistant director, transitions planning; Abigail Adeyeye, student ambassador and institutional work-study; and Armand Veenhuis student ambassador and institutional work-study
A Message from Wendy Givoglu, Interim President, East and Winter Park Campuses
The Transitions Planning team offers resources to help prepare students for life after high school, whether that includes college or industry certification. The team provides recruitment and outreach efforts to share the message that college is possible for everyone, and informs students on how they can start building better tomorrows for themselves at Valencia College.
The team shares this information through presentations and application labs at high schools, tabling events and a robust campus visitation program, including campus tours, group visits and information sessions. Additionally, several signature events take place during the year for students and their families. The team works with the K-12 schools in Orange and Osceola Counties, and community and campus partners to engage students in interactive academic experiences, exposing them to a world of career options.
Meet the Team
Abby Nobili — Abby currently serves as the assistant director of transitions planning and has led the East Campus team for two years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and master’s degree in school counseling from the University of Central Florida (UCF). In addition to guiding her team’s work, Abby is active in advertising their services and identifying partnership opportunities. She is also responsible for planning signature events such as Family Night and Start Right Night.
Jenn Gama — Jenn is the team’s outreach coordinator and joined Valencia three months ago. She coordinates all off-campus work with K-12 schools and community agencies, which includes presentations, application labs and tabling. Jenn earned her associate degree at Valencia and her bachelor’s degree in psychology at UCF.
Aixa Rosario — As the college transition and immersive experiences coordinator, Aixa organizes all the on-campus work including group visits, campus tours and supervising the welcome team ambassadors. She was previously the outreach coordinator and has been with Valencia for almost two years. Aixa earned her associate degree at Valencia and bachelor’s degree in sociology from UCF. She is currently pursuing graduate studies in instructional design and technology at the American College of Education.
Armand Veenhuis — Armand is a welcome team ambassador. He is currently working towards an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree at Valencia and was a former dual enrollment student. He plans on pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science from UCF with the goal of working in genetics.
Abigail Adeyeye — Abigail is also a welcome team ambassador. An international student from Nigeria, Abigail is pursuing an A.A. from Valencia and plans on earning a nursing degree. She has already qualified for the President’s List three out of her five semesters here.
To learn more about transitions planning, click here. If you have any ideas regarding immersive experiences such as lab activities, special tours or technology demonstrations, please contact Aixa at email@example.com or 407-582-2201.