Hats are off to workforce development’s notable 2010-2011 academic year. We are very excited to share with you the incredible milestone accomplishments that the Career and Workforce Education programs have achieved, and in some cases, exceeded.
Surpassing both Miami Dade College and Seminole State College, respectively, Valencia College has ranked number one in the number of A.S./A.A.S. degrees and A.T.D. and Technical Certificate completers, totaling 4,685.
“This achievement,” Nasser Hedayat, assistant vice president of workforce development, said, “applauds you as Valencia’s outstanding college leadership, commitment to our community, and dedication to our student success.”
Benefiting the 39 percent of Valencia College students enrolled in a Career and Workforce Education program, workforce development currently offers 102 career program opportunities for students, with 34 A.S./A.A.S. degrees, 64 technical certificates, and four vocational certificates offered at the Criminal Justice Institute. With a staggering placement rate of 95 percent, Valencia’s A.S. and certificate graduates are placed in jobs in some of the most high-demand industries in Central Florida, earning an average salary of approximately $42,000 – more than double that of a high school graduate.
This high placement rate for graduates can be attributed to the strong Internship and Career Pathways program fostered by workforce development. Hedayat indicated that next year’s goal is “to provide internship opportunities to our students with our international business/industry partners specifically in the areas of IT and engineering.”
Way to go workforce development on your continued hard work and the successes of the Career and Workforce Education programs and with that, our remarkable A.S. degree rankings! To see the entire list of achievements, please click here.