University of Central Florida officials announced today that they are planning to create a downtown Orlando campus that will share space with Valencia College.
“We are just delighted to be a part of this exciting new project in downtown Orlando,” said Sandy Shugart, president of Valencia College. “Our results, working together in partnership — UCF, Valencia and Orange County Public Schools — have been recognized around the country. On this foundation we hope to build the future economy of Orlando and greater Central Florida.
“When you bring the power of that collaboration together to reactivate the west side of downtown, there’s no telling what we can accomplish, not just for our students and the future of the city, but for the people who live and work downtown. We’ll start by engaging the people in the Parramore community to find out what programs would be transformational for their lives and their families.”
Valencia is considering moving its culinary and hospitality programs from the West Campus to the new downtown campus. In addition, Valencia will offer core general education classes for students pursuing Associate of Arts degrees.