New Employee Onboarding Program to Launch in May

This May, new employees will experience an in-depth and informative onboarding program named Valencia College Compass. Building on our Big Idea of “Start Right,” whereby we make sure that students’ very first experiences are filled with the right structure and conditions to help them succeed, our new onboarding program will provide an experience that does the same for all new employees.

The name — Valencia College Compass — aptly illustrates the built-in navigation inherent in the program that allows supervisors and employees to successfully plot a course to a positive and fruitful work experience.

Onboarding, a term used to describe the process of integrating a new employee into an organization, has proven, when implemented effectively, to impact key organizational outcomes and positively influence organizational culture. According to SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management), 69% of employees are more likely to stay with a company for three years or more if they experienced great onboarding.

The Valencia College Compass new employee onboarding experience is a multi-mode approach with both in-person and online support for all employees, both full- and part-time. Below is a summary of the components of our new employee onboarding program.

– The new onboarding program will include an orientation for employees with their supervisor: Organizational Development and Human Resources (ODHR) will provide supervisors with checklists and templates to assist the supervisor in completing these expectations through an online Canvas resource course. To access the course, click the link below:

– A series of initial online offerings will be available: New employees will complete an initial course, called the Itinerary Course, offered through Canvas during their first week of work. The topics support day-one conversations and emphasize information all employees should know.

– ODHR in-person sessions: Each month, ODHR will host one in-person session per region to orient new employees to Valencia’s culture — East region (East and Winter Park Campuses and School of Public Safety), West region (West and Downtown Campuses and District Office) and Osceola region (Osceola, Lake Nona, and Poinciana Campuses, and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center).

– Continued online offerings: The online course, called the Navigation Guide, will be available through Canvas (via Atlas after employees receive their Atlas ID) for employees to complete within the first month of employment. Content will include topics such as Valencia’s Big Ideasemployee competenciesFERPA and Sunshine laws.

In addition to the offerings above, there is a component for new supervisors, called Leading the Journey, which is also a mixed-mode module that covers topics such as employee recognition, evaluation, Valencia policy and other supervisory subjects.

The overall goal of Valencia College Compass is to welcome new employees to our community, identify people who can support them and the essential departments they will work with, and help them explore how their role at the College impacts the Valencia College mission.

If you have questions about the new onboarding program, contact Deanne Abrams, director, employee development at or 407-299-5000, extension 5151, or contact Organizational Development and Human Resources at or 407-299-5000, extension HR4U (4748).

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