With a projected 47 percent growth in enrollment in Valencia’s collegewide public safety programs over the next 15 years to accommodate Central Florida’s increasing population and tourism, a master plan for Valencia’s School of Public Safety was approved during the Wednesday, June 28, 2017, District Board of Trustees meeting at the Osceola Campus.
The plan, named the Central Florida Regional Education and Training Center at Valencia’s School of Public Safety, was designed by C.T. HSU + Associates and Dewberry with the input of Valencia and 47 public safety representatives from more than 30 community fire rescue, law enforcement, corrections and private/hospitality security organizations. The plan includes:
- New K-9 facility and training grounds for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to replace the existing portables
- New campus entrance off of William C. Coleman Drive
- Building 2 to include a new entrance lobby; events center; classrooms; simulation labs; fire agency training suites, including the training operations of Orange County Fire Rescue Department; fitness center; fire station; and an Emergency Operations Center
- Tactical building and designated tactical areas including a certified fire training facility with the required structures and props
- Indoor firearms range
- Building 3, Criminal Justice expansion with classrooms, simulation labs and a Center for Accelerated Training
“The Central Florida Regional Education and Training Center at the School of Public Safety will be a multi-agency, multi-disciplinary training complex that will be utilized by our agency partners for degrees, academy certifications, specialized training and continuing education,” shared Jeff Goltz, executive dean, School of Public Safety.
Next, Valencia will create a regional taskforce of Valencia and external partners to identify and pursue funding and develop a timeline.
For the master plan presentation, click here.
Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Budget Approved
The board approved the operating budget for fiscal year 2017-2018. Next, our Finance team will submit the budget to the Florida Department of Education. Click here to view the operating budget.
To help meet the need for trained residential property managers in the Central Florida region, the trustees approved and authorized Valencia to offer an Associate in Science degree in residential property management as a new Career and Technical Education pathway. The program has been submitted to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for approval. If approved, the program is expected to launch on the Osceola Campus in spring 2018.
Valencia College President’s Performance Evaluation
Again this year, the trustees enthusiastically commended Valencia College President Sandy Shugart for his leadership and accomplishments over the past year in support of Valencia’s mission. Following robust discussion and with several members wanting to activate the president’s contractual merit increase provision to recognize his value to the College (which President Shugart has declined annually since the inclusion of this merit increase provision in 2006), the board instead approved his contract as presented, including a 3 percent salary increase, reflecting the same average increase that Valencia employees are scheduled to receive this year.
For a full report on the items discussed at this meeting, click here.
The next board meeting will be held Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at the West Campus.