Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Valencia College’s District Board of Trustees recognized the College’s ongoing partnership with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office during the Thursday, April 28, 2022, meeting held at the School of Public Safety. Here are the top things to know from the meeting.
Orange County Sheriff’s Office Partnership
College President Kathleen Plinske highlighted Valencia College’s nearly three-decade-long partnership with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to provide the latest in training and education to law enforcement officers to keep our community safe. Orange County Sheriff John Mina addressed the board.
“I’m on a number of national and international boards for law enforcement, and I had the opportunity to talk to chiefs and sheriffs from around the country and really around the world, and I brag about Valencia all the time and the partnership that we have here,” Sheriff Mina shared. “I think sometimes we don’t realize how lucky we have it. When I talk to some of the other chiefs and sheriffs around our nation … this is a model. It’s definitely the best in the state, and we don’t rival anything I see in the country.”
View the video below that highlights that partnership and about graduate Deputy Jacob Stearns.
Valencia College Foundation Impact
The District Board of Trustees approved a mutual agreement with the Valencia College Foundation that set forth clarity for the strong partnership between the College and the foundation. In addition, the board affirmed the annual accreditation of the foundation as the official Valencia College Direct Support Organization. As part of this presentation to the board, Vice President of Public Affairs and Advancement Jay Galbraith shared the foundation’s impact.
In the past 10 years, the Valencia College Foundation has provided 24,700 students with more than $22 million in scholarships, as well as over $16 million in faculty and program support. View the presentation.
Strategic Discussion on Impact Plan Goal – Transfer Success
University of Central Florida (UCF) President Alexander Cartwright joined the board for a discussion on Valencia College’s Impact Plan goal on transfer success:
By 2030, 65% of students of each race and ethnicity who earn an A.A. or A.S. degree from Valencia College and enroll in a baccalaureate degree program at the University of Central Florida or Valencia College will earn their bachelor’s degree within four years of starting a baccalaureate degree program.
Alexander and the board discussed strategies to increase Valencia graduates’ success after transfer into a baccalaureate program, such as working collaboratively on advising students to properly prepare them for their major and encouraging them to take the prerequisites required for a degree before arriving at the university.
“We will work to make sure that people can transition from Valencia to us to ensure that we can continue to increase the capacity and capability of the people in this region,” President Cartwright explained. “But we have to do that together, and so we should really be thinking about what is needed for the region and how do we do that as a collective, not as just institutions that are not talking to each other. And I will tell you that’s one of the nice things about being here … we do work with each other and we try to think of how we address those things holistically.”
The next District Board of Trustees meeting will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2022, at 9:30 a.m. at the Lake Nona Campus and via Zoom.