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Downtown Campus Update: Mayor Dyer Equates Development...

A Message from Falecia Williams, President, West and Downtown Campuses During his annual state of downtown address on Thursday, December 6, 2018, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer compared the development of UCF Downtown and Valencia College Downtown to the opening of Walt Disney World. It may seem a hyperbolic statement, but Mayor Dyer explained, “In the […]

PIVOT 360 Group Raises Awareness in the Downtown Community

On Saturday, May 19, 2018, this year’s PIVOT 360 cohort took its leadership downtown — literally — by participating in the OBTNext (Orange Blossom Trail Development Board) Holden Heights Block Party. Donning matching Valencia gear, the group engaged future and potential students and parents in conversations about Valencia, including providing information on educational programs, certifications […]

Nominate Faculty to be a Faculty Highlight

In each month’s Faculty Insight newsletter, a faculty member, and their work to improve student learning, is featured in a segment called the Faculty Highlight. Recent examples include an article on Nutrition Professor April Engel’s quest to promote nutrition through Pooky’s Pantry and English Professor James Vrhovac’s infusion of sustainability into his curriculum and faculty development. For more examples, click […]

Everyone Wins with Alison Hammack’s Welcoming,...

By Dani Moritz-Long When Mathematics Professor Alison Hammack started teaching at Valencia in 2009, she noticed an interesting pattern. At the time, her developmental math students took a state-mandated, end-of-course final exam. If they failed it at first, they were allotted one re-take — a chance to learn from their mistakes. “If a student did not pass […]

A Message from Dr. Shugart: After Irma

A Special Message from Sandy Shugart, Valencia College President I hope all of you and your families are well on the way to recovering from the damages and power outages of Hurricane Irma. This is my fifth major storm since coming to Valencia 18 years ago, and each has had its challenges. We’ve learned over the […]

Police Officers Honored During Pulse Recognition Ceremony

As gunfire broke out in the Pulse nightclub in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 12, 2016, police officers immediately responded to calls for help. Risking their lives, they ran into the chaos desperate to disarm the shooter, free those trapped inside the building and protect those who were wounded. Unfortunately, they couldn’t save […]

Featured Colleague — Mona Liza Colon

By Dani Moritz-Long Growing up with her dad in the Air Force, Mona Liza Colon, compliance inspector, spent most of her youth in Europe hopping from country to country. As she traveled to places like Germany, Holland and Italy, she gained exposure to unique cultures and peoples — both of which ultimately helped define her […]

WMFE’s Three Wise Guys Feature Academic Advisor...

Five months after the Pulse nightclub shooting, Chris Cuevas, academic advisor, continues to feel loss — not only for those who perished, but also for his community, who lost a place where they truly felt safe. During a recent interview with the Three Wise Guys on 90.7 WMFE’s radio talk show “Friends Talking Faith,” Chris Cuevas, academic […]

Born to Dance: The Orlando Sentinel Features a Valencia...

Valencia dance student Matthew-Tyler Nelson hasn’t led an easy life. With an absentee father, he became the man of the house early on and his dreams of becoming a professional dancer were met with contempt from his mother, who firmly believed in the family’s Jamaican tradition of conforming to strict gender roles. But, as Valencia […]

East and Winter Park Campus Employees Give to the Pulse...

A Message from Stacey Johnson, President, East and Winter Park Campuses It’s been more than five months since terror struck our community during the Pulse tragedy — which took the lives of 49 people and seven of Valencia’s own — and yet, for so many of us, it feels like only yesterday that the City […]