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Kathleen Plinske Joins Our Fire Rescue and Law...

Tuesday, February 8, 2021 College President Kathleen Plinske immersed herself into a day in the life of our Fire Academy and Law Enforcement Academy students on Thursday, February 3, 2022. After a fire training and Associate in Science in Fire Science Technology overview at our Fire Training Grounds on Oakridge Road, Kathleen suited up in […]

Learn About Sex Trafficking in Central Florida

Tuesday, June 1, 2021  Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021 Time: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Location: Zoom. Register via Eventbrite. Did you know Florida is third in the nation in the number of sex trafficking cases reported? Because learning about this topic is so relevant to the residents of our state, the Peace and Justice Institute (PJI), […]

SPS Aids Local Law Enforcement Agencies with Police...

Monday, October 5, 2020 Valencia College’s Criminal Justice Institute at the School of Public Safety (SPS) was recently featured in a News 6 report about how law enforcement agencies in Central Florida are responding to calls for reform. “In November 2019, the Orange/Osceola Police Chief’s Association approached me and asked if we could provide both […]

Clinical Medical Assistant Program Celebrates Cohort Comp...

Our Clinical Medical Assisting (CMA) program cohort held its end-of-course celebration on Saturday, February 15, 2020. The Jobs Partnership of Florida, our community partner, also attended to support the six students who completed their 12-week soft skills program offered by LifeWorks. On the day of the celebration, Sandra Conley, instructor, medical programs, demonstrated our new CAE Juno high-tech […]

A Legislative Roundup: Moving the Needle on Public Safety

In this series, we bring to you updates about Valencia’s legislative work — whether that manifests as our leaders building relationships with legislative officials or collaborating with those officials on issues important to our educational community. On the heels of April’s public safety summit, work continues to secure funding for a unified collaborative center designed to […]

Event Pays Tribute to Brave Heroes Who Graduated From...

“It’s not an easy job, but remember, you can do this,” exclaimed Norma Lewis, mother of the late Deputy First Class Norm Lewis, to the future police officers in a group of approximately 150 attendees during the Criminal Justice Institute Fallen Officers Memorial on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at the School of Public Safety. Norm Lewis, […]

School of Public Safety Hosts Local Leaders For Safety Su...

Considering Central Florida’s rapidly growing residential population — coupled with a robust tourism sector, bringing approximately 68 million annual visitors to Orlando alone — safety is unsurprisingly of upmost interest to the area’s political, business and public safety leaders. With threats ranging from terrorism incidents to school shootings and cyber-crimes to natural disasters, it’s imperative […]

Public Safety Job Fair — The Biggest to Date!

By Jeff Goltz, Executive Dean, Public Safety When the School of Public Safety (SPS) was commissioned in December 2014, the School’s intentional service integration mission was established to integrate law enforcement, fire rescue, corrections, emergency management services, the private and hospitality security industry, and other public safety organizations. This integration not only included education and training, but outreach […]

SPS Collaborates with Community Partners to Release...

In 2016, the School of Public Safety collaborated with the University of Central Florida and local human trafficking experts across many disciplines, including law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, social services, healthcare, professors and graduate students, to write an applied human trafficking book. This book, entitled “Human Trafficking: A Systemwide Public Safety and Community Approach,” was published by […]

School of Public Safety Expansion Covered on WFTV-9

In June, we shared the news that Valencia’s District Board of Trustees approved the School of Public Safety master plan design. Recently, WFTV 9 covered the expansion and interviewed School of Public Safety’s Executive Dean Jeff Goltz. View the news coverage below.