October 2018 Kudos

Week of October 14 – 20 

Valencia Represented on Transition Team for Orange County Mayor Elect Jerry Demings

Left to right: Vice President of Public Affairs and Marketing Jay Galbraith and Orange County Mayor Elect Jerry Demings

Vice President of Public Affairs and Marketing Jay Galbraith was recently selected to represent Valencia College on Orange County Mayor Elect Jerry Demings’ 37-member transition team.

Demings, who is currently the sheriff of Orange County, will be sworn in on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, as the county’s first African-American mayor. He was also the county’s first black sheriff and the first black Orlando police chief.

According to this news release, as Orange County mayor, his vision is to achieve a safer, more prosperous and stronger Orange County that is sustainable for generations through continued partnership with community leaders and organizations.

“I’m honored to serve and represent Valencia College,” said Jay, regarding his appointment to the transition team. “Mayor Elect Demings has a bold vision to serve our community, and Valencia has a long-standing track record in partnering with him in his capacity as sheriff and Orlando Police chief. I look forward to continuing to work with him as we identify new ways to uplift our community through the power of education.”

Week of October 7 – 13

Valencia Students Accepted Into NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Program

Congratulations to the nine Valencia students who were selected to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) onsite experience this fall:

Esteban Benero Escoto
Joseph Brudnick
Carolina Colon
Nichelle Grabowski
Sophie Ibrahim

Christopher Irizarry
Joeddil Maldonado
Jonathan Pedraza
Geena-Maria Van Dijk


These students will join a total of 319 community college students from across the U.S. to be part of the NCAS onsite experience, which includes traveling to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center or the Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Flight Facility upon the completion of a five-week online program.

While visiting their respective facility, students will interact with NASA engineers, participate in briefings by NASA subject matter experts, garner information about NASA internships, tour facilities and gain hands-on experience through educational activities.

NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars is an activity funded in part by the Minority University Research and Education Program (MUREP), which is committed to engaging underrepresented and underserved students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in authentic learning experiences to sustain a diverse workforce.

“NCAS not only inspires community college students to advance in STEM fields, but it also opens doors for future careers at NASA,” said Joeletta Patrick, MUREP manager. “NCAS has a legacy of alumni moving from NASA internships and ultimately entering the NASA workforce. It is rewarding to see the progression of a student from NCAS participant to NASA colleague.”

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