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UCF Connect Centers Are Open

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 The UCF Connect Centers have reopened at Valencia College’s East, Osceola and West Campuses. Valencia students who plan to attend the University of Central Florida (UCF) after graduation should connect with a UCF success coach as early as possible. While students are still attending Valencia, the success coaches will provide assistance with […]

DirectConnect Boosts Bachelor’s Degree Attainment

DirectConnect — the program launched in 2006 by Valencia College and the University of Central (UCF) to guarantee Valencia graduates admission and a smooth transition to UCF — has changed thousands of students’ lives by helping them obtain bachelor’s degrees. Now, DirectConnect, which has expanded to students at six Central Florida state colleges, is playing […]

East Campus Celebration Hosted for UCF Connect Center

There was excitement in the air on Monday, October 15, 2018, during the University of Central Florida (UCF) Connect Center’s ribbon cutting and open house. East and Winter Park Campus President Stacey Johnson kicked off the ceremony by sharing the history of how the East Campus UCF Connect Center got its start and noted that […]

East Campus Welcomes the UCF Connect Center

Left to right: Cassandra Haley, success coach; Carla Gripp, success coach; Barbara Reeder, coordinator of administrative services; and Tiffani Morrison, program assistant A Message from Stacey Johnson, President, East and Winter Park Campuses The UCF Connect Center is now a resident on Valencia’s East Campus. Housed in a newly renovated office area in Building 1-B, the UCF Connect […]

The Atlantic Praises DirectConnect and Valencia

DirectConnect, the innovative program which ensures that student transfers to the University of Central Florida from Valencia College are automatic, is featured in a September 12, 2015, article, “Community College Doesn’t have to Be the Endgame,” in The Atlantic magazine. Written by Nancy Cook, a policy and economics reporter, the article lauds the unique partnership. […]

Valencia and DirectConnect Make National News

Valencia and our DirectConnect program to the University of Central Florida were covered in a Politico Magazine feature for a series called “What Works.” The four-page article, “Where Dreams Come True,” highlights the program, which was the brainchild of Valencia President Sandy Shugart and University of Central Florida’s (UCF) President John Hitt, and is a best […]

Valencia’s S.E.E. UCF Program Recognized for Exemplary Co...

From left to right: Sharisse Kenney, UCF coordinator of Direct Connect transfer advisor and Leonard Bass, East Campus dean of learning support A message from Stacey Johnson, President, East and Winter Park Campuses At the 16th Annual University of Central Florida (UCF) Student Development and Enrollment Services (SDES) Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, […]

In the News: DirectConnect to UCF Helps Minorities Earn D...

On May 11, 2014, the Orlando Sentinel reported that Valencia’s DirectConnect to UCF program is a national success and has actually helped grow the number of minorities at UCF from 31 to 43 percent over the last decade. The boost is attributed to the easy transfer of credits, alignment of academic programs between participating colleges […]

Osceola High School Grad to Attend Harvard Medical School

A Message from Kathleen Plinske, President, Osceola & Lake Nona Campuses Have you heard about the tremendous success achieved by one of our local graduates, Cathy Gutierrez? Gutierrez, a graduate of Osceola High School, will be attending Harvard Medical School this coming fall. After completing her Associate in Arts degree at Valencia one year after […]

Valencia’s DirectConnect Program in the News

Jeff Selingo, author of “College Unbound: The Future of Higher Education and What it Means to Students” and an editor for the “Chronicle of Higher Education”, recently promoted Valencia’s DirectConnect program during an interview that aired on FOX 5 News, an affiliate station in Washington, D.C. Jeff discusses his new book during the interview, which […]