A Message from Kathleen Plinske, President, Osceola & Lake Nona Campuses
Have you heard about the tremendous success achieved by one of our local graduates, Cathy Gutierrez? Gutierrez, a graduate of Osceola High School, will be attending Harvard Medical School this coming fall.
After completing her Associate in Arts degree at Valencia one year after graduating from high school, Gutierrez transferred to UCF via DirectConnect. A first-generation college student, she graduated last weekend from UCF summa cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in microbiology and biotechnology. It was one of her teachers at Osceola High who suggested she attend Valencia, “an affordable option that would allow Gutierrez to remain close to her family.”
As we continue our “Got College?” efforts to encourage students to believe that college is within their reach, Gutierrez is a great example of the local “rock star” students that we have in Osceola County who may be unaware of their own potential and what they can achieve. As she shared, “Here is proof that hard work and perseverance really will open doors you never even knew existed.”