Scholarships for Future Teachers Academy

A Message from Kathleen Plinske, President, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses

I am so pleased to share that the Central Florida Educators (CFE) Federal Credit Union has made a contribution of $125,000 to the Valencia Foundation to support our Future Teachers Academy at the Osceola Campus.

The Future Teachers Academy is a cohort-based program for students who are interested in serving as elementary school teachers in Osceola County. While completing their Associate in Arts (A.A) at Valencia, students take their coursework on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Osceola Campus, allowing them to serve as substitute teachers at local elementary schools on Mondays and Fridays, gaining critical professional experience and deepening their interest in their career choice.

After students complete their A.A., they enroll in the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) baccalaureate program in elementary education, taking their coursework at UCF’s Valencia-Osceola Regional Campus. While completing their junior and senior year internships, the School District of Osceola County (SDOC) will provide students with a $2,500 annual stipend.

Furthermore, upon successful completion of the program, the SDOC will guarantee eligible graduates a teaching job in an Osceola County elementary school. This program addresses a critical community need as the SDOC has experienced a teacher shortage for several years.

This program is in direct alignment with Goal #2 of our Campus Plan, which places a priority on offering degree programs that are responsive to community needs in their entirety at a single campus.

CFE’s generous contribution will provide scholarships for Valencia students in the program.

We will recruit graduating seniors for next fall’s cohort later this spring from Osceola County high schools.

If you have any questions about the program or know of an interested student, please read more in the Osceola News-Gazette and contact Kim Foster, faculty, New Student Experience, at kfoster8@valenciacollege.edu.

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