Professional Staff Spring Forum – Informative and Fun

The quarterly professional staff spring forum and luncheon was held on West Campus in the Special Events Center, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Nearly 100 professional staff from all campuses attended.

The agenda included presentations on the new School of Public Safety, how to apply for jobs as an internal candidate through Valencia EDGE, workplace ergonomics and Orlando Startup Weekend for Education.

School of Public Safety

sps-logo-270w1Executive Dean of the School of Public Safety Jeff Goltz outlined the new School of Public Safety, now comprised of the Fire Rescue Institute, Criminal Justice Institute, and Safety and Security Institute. The School of Public Safety enjoys a partnership with UCF’s Criminal Justice Department to provide a graduate level certificate and masters level courses in the Public Safety Leadership Development Certification Program offered at the School of Public Safety.

Jeff provided a vision of degree pathways that includes certificates, associates and bachelors degrees, and graduate level programs in partnership with UCF, and the conceptual master plan of the public safety outdoor lab in the future.

sps-diagram-groveStaff were invited to attend the School of Public Safety Unveiling scheduled Thursday, April 2, 2015, from 3 – 5 p.m. at the School of Public Safety where local public safety dignitaries and elected officials are set to attend. Tours of the building will include tactical law enforcement and fire simulators, displays and a chili cook-off.

Applying through Valencia EDGE as an Internal Candidate

Interested in advancing your career at Valencia? Applying for jobs as an internal candidate is now easier through Valencia EDGE.

Director of Employment and Onboarding Jennifer Page gave an overview of “Applying through the EDGE” where she explained how to apply for jobs at Valencia as an internal candidate:

  • To do so, log into Atlas
  • Select the Employees tab and click on Access Valencia Edge
  • Click on Jobs@Valencia (search and apply)
  • Be sure to select Open Jobs and select the Appropriate Category
  • Once there, choose Apply Now to the position of interest

Applying as an internal applicant through the EDGE saves time. No additional usernames and passwords are needed. The system pulls information from your resume to your applicant profile, and you have the option to apply with your LinkedIn account; so be sure it’s up to date. The program also saves your information for your next submission. Internal job postings are no longer listed on the public job site and are only viewable within Valencia Edge.

Workplace Ergonomics


Noel Crespo, environmental health and safety coordinator at the University of Central Florida, provided a tutorial on workplace ergonomics best practices. Click here for an entertaining and informative video, which Noel shared summarizing his recommendations, Office Ergonomics – Adjusting Your Workstation. You’re encouraged to follow the tips to set up your workstation, computer monitor and office chair.

Orlando Startup Weekend for Education 

Technology expert Josh Murdock, instructional designer with OIT, appealed to staff to participate in Startup Weekend Orlando – Valencia College Edition held Friday, April 17 – Sunday, April 19, 2015, at the West Campus Collaborative Design Center. At the time, just 17 seats were remaining. Thanks to generous sponsors, the event, usually $99 to attend, is just $26.13.

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