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Making a Difference in Our Community: Laine Powell...

After attending several technical-engineering events in college, Laine Powell, professor, New Student Experience, discovered that few of the attendees were women. Although she had an interest in pursuing computer science, she decided against it because she did not know any women working in the field. After observing this lack of women in science, technology, engineering […]

Valencia, Thank You for Making a Difference

Throughout Valencia’s 50th anniversary year, we featured 50 stories of ways Valencia employees are serving our community. Over the course of the year,  we discovered that we have some fantastic and extraordinary employees walking the halls of Valencia College. From Mike Hilliard, simulation coordinator, allied health and nursing offices, who transforms into Santa Claus to bring Christmas […]

Making a Difference in the Community: Valencia Health...

Valencia has not only made a difference in students’ futures by training them for careers and inspiring them to excellence; we’ve also helped elementary school students develop healthier lives as part of the Valencia Health Academy, which ran from spring 2015 through spring 2017. In the Health Academy, East Campus student mentors taught anatomy, physiology, nutrition […]

Making a Difference in Our Community: Susan Ambridge...

To Susan Ambridge, financial aid specialist, hospice care is all too familiar. “My boyfriend’s grandmother, my father, an aunt and my former mom-in-law, who was a second mom to me, were all in hospice care,” she shared. When her mother suddenly passed away several years ago of heart disease, followed by her mother-in-law only two […]

Making a Difference in Our Community: Abby Nobili Helps...

Abby Nobili, assistant director, transitions planning, inspires our community’s residents to achieve their goals in her role at Valencia and on her own time as a volunteer with The Jobs Partnership of Florida, an organization dedicated to transforming lives of the working poor and underemployed by helping them discover a path to a better job. Since […]

Making a Difference in Our Community: Valencia’s...

Left to right: Resham Shirsat, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and West and Downtown Campus President Falecia Williams As a global community, we are witnessing an increase in catastrophic natural disasters, deteriorating infrastructure, urban sprawl and a widening gap of inequity and access. Cities are responding by leading the way in smart growth, renewable energy, resiliency […]

Making a Difference in Our Community: Judy Brooks Fights...

In 2016, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimated that one in six endangered runaways reported to them were likely sex trafficking victims. Globally, the International Labor Organization estimates that there are 4.5 million people trapped in forced exploitation globally. And yet so few people know about the tragedy of this modern day […]

Making a Difference in Our Community: Celebrate the...

For some, the holidays can be less than jolly when financial burdens are coupled with the expenses of gift giving, holiday meals and decorating. Unfortunately, sometimes those who are affected most are children who may not receive a gift this year due to those burdens. At Valencia, many of our campuses are working to make […]

Making a Difference in Our Community: Jennifer Robertson...

By Dani Moritz-Long It was a risky move — to say the least — when now Poinciana Campus Executive Dean Jennifer Robertson traded friends, family and familiar sights in New Hampshire for the tropical island of Puerto Rico. She walked off the plane alone, with no job, few possessions and no home. But, what she really […]

Making a Difference in Our Community: Veteran Donald...

A Marine Corps veteran himself, Financial Aid Specialist Donald Gibson does everything he can to give back to those who serve. “Serving those who served,” he says, is his personal philosophy. To carry out this mission, Donald volunteers with The Florida Association of Veterans Education Specialists (FAVES) and the Orlando International Airport United Service Organization (USO). As […]