hispanic educational excellence

White House Brings “Community Conversations”on Hispanic Educational Excellence to Valencia

WhiteHouseInitiative35Valencia Community College hosted the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, a “Community Conversation,” on Wed., Sept. 23 attended by approximately 100 people.

The public forum led by Juan Sepulveda, director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, is part of a nationwide tour, including stops this week in Tampa, Miami and Puerto Rico.

Sepulveda outlined President Barack Obama’s ambitious goals for improving all facets of education in the U.S. from pre-kindergarten through elementary, middle school, high school and colleges. Among them is the recently announced $4.35 billion “Race to the Top” initiative that challenges states to redesign education to meet the demands of a global economy and return America to the top of the world’s producers of college graduates.

“This is our moon shot,” said Sepulveda of the ambitious project. “We’re in a unique point in history and our president is committing to the largest investment in education ever made.”

Among the efforts specifically impacting community colleges, the U.S. Dept. of Education will increase individual Pell Grant awards to $5,500; eliminate the costly middle layer in student loans resulting in the availability $6 billion more for low-interest loans; and dramatically streamline financial aid forms. Overall, President Obama has proposed an investment of $12 billion in community colleges over the next decade.

WhiteHouseInitiative85The attendees were invited to share their concerns and ideas on the issues facing Hispanics in attaining an education, including lack of parental involvement, language barriers, college affordability and funding constraints that limit access.

Valencia’s service to the Hispanic community is noteworthy in the following ways:

  • Valencia is more ethnically and racially diverse than at any time in its 42-year history, with Hispanics accounting for almost 27 percent of the 50,000 degree-seeking students.
  • Because enrollment exceeds 25 percent Hispanic with more than half of those considered low income, Valencia was formally designated in 2009 as an Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Dept. of Education.
  • Valencia ranks 3rd among the nation’s two-year institutions for the number of associate degrees awarded to Hispanics (up from 5th in 2008).
  • Valencia has long-term assessment results that show a reduction in academic achievement gaps across racial and ethnic groups, particularly among Caucasian and Hispanic students. In a study involving 34,000 students over four years that was undertaken as part of a national initiative called Achieving the Dream, Valencia has sought to improve the success rates of students in six courses that a majority of students must take and in which many have traditionally struggled. As a result of this work, achievement gaps between African American and Caucasian students narrowed from 13.4 percent in 2004 to 3.6 percent in 2008. Gaps between Hispanic and Caucasian students saw an even more dramatic shift, with Hispanics lagging by 1.8 percent in 2004, and four years later, surpassing their Caucasian counterparts by 4 percent. These results were largely due to three strategies employed as part of the ATD initiative to improve student performance: peer tutoring, linked courses, and mandated enrollment in a Student Success course for those who were required to take development math, reading or writing.
  • The College has won two national awards in 2009 as a result of its focus on identifying and closing achievement gaps: a grant in the amount of $733,333 from MDC., Inc., a grantee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to boost the college completion rates of low-income students and students of color, and the national Leah Meyer Austin Institutional Student Success Leadership Award presented by the Lumina Foundation for Education.

The White Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics was created by executive order under President George W. Bush in 2001. The community conversations will serve as the foundation for a new presidential executive order that will govern the White House Initiative and will be signed by President Barack Obama. The office operates under the U.S. Department of Education and has as its charge to examine the underlying causes of the existing education achievement gap between Hispanic American students and their peers. For information, visit their website at http://www.yic.gov.


September 23, 2009
Marketing & Media Relations
407-582-1017; ia@atlas.valenciacc.edu

college night

College Night 2009 will provide an opportunity for high school and college transfer students to scope out their options for college. More than 100 admissions representatives from colleges across the country will be present for this two-night event, which will be held at Valencia Community College. Last year’s representatives hailed from universities including Yale, Cornell and the University of Florida, as well as local schools such as Valencia, University of Central Florida, Rollins, Florida Southern and Stetson. There were also representatives from the United States Air Force, Military and Naval Academies. Students can receive information on everything college related, from admissions requirements to financial aid, degrees and programs, and campus housing. College Night 2009 will be held Tuesday, Oct. 6 on Valencia’s Osceola Campus and Thursday, Oct. 8 on Valencia’s East Campus. Both events run from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Valencia’s Osceola Campus is located at 1800 Denn John Lane in Kissimmee. The East Campus is located at 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail in Orlando. For more information please go to http://www.valenciacc.edu/collegenight or contact 407-582-2330 or enrollment1@valenciacc.edu.

Source: Melissa Tchen, Marketing and Media Relations
Valencia Community College



call + response film screening

On Friday, October 9, Valencia’s Division of Business, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Division of Fine Arts, Student Development and Student Government Association will present a screening of the nationally renowned film, Call + Response, produced and directed by famous musician Justin Dillon. 

This film takes viewers on a journey through the depraved depths of child brothels and the sinister side of migration known as slave labor, and features prominent luminaries on the issue such as Cornel West, Madeline Albright, Julia Ormond and Ashley Judd.

Following the film, Mr. Dillon will speak about the pervasiveness of modern day slavery and human trafficking, as well as spend time answering any questions about the film or the current abolitionist movement.

The screening will be held Friday, October 9, at 6:00 p.m. on Valencia’s West Campus, in the Special Events Building (building 8). Seating is limited, so tickets are available at the West Campus Student Development Office (building 3, room 147). Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. on the evening of event, and those with tickets will be seated first.

For more information about this event, please call 407-582-1203.

teamwork in its truest form

When individuals come together for the greater good of the cause, those individuals become a team and this Friday morning Wikipedia offered the most simplistic of explanations behind the word “teamwork.” 

Teamwork is a joint action by two or more people, in which each person contributes with different skills and expresses his or her individual interests and opinions to the unity and efficiency of the group in order to achieve common goals. This does not mean that the individual is no longer important; however, it does mean that effective and efficient teamwork goes beyond individual accomplishments. The most effective teamwork is produced when all the individuals involved harmonize their contributions and work towards a common goal.

At Valencia, this has never been proven truer than in recent weeks with the inception of the Save the Corks! campaign. Many have read what the campaign is all about as the news spreads like wildfire, but for those still unsure, yet wanting to become a part of this ever growing team, let’s recap:

Now through the end of December, you are welcome to send your wine or champagne corks to Valencia Foundation, 190 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 or if you happen to be in the downtown area, stop by the foundation offices, say hello and personally drop off your corks (we’d love to see you). You can also take your corks to Save the Corks! containers at participating ABC Fine Wine and Spirits locations. Through a partnership with Nomacorc and Terracycle, ABC Fine Wine and Spirits will donate $.02 to A Taste for Learning for each cork recycled.

Each week, the foundation receives bags of corks from members of the Valencia community at varying campuses and learning centers. And with each drop off or interoffice mail donation, there is a note of support. While it’s a simple “we are your cheerleaders” or “we support you” tone that these notes take, the true meaning behind the corks, the notes, the teamwork and the support is simple. It’s all being done for the many students who walk the corridors and halls everyday at Valencia and even those not yet on campus, but with Valencia on the brain.

I won’t ramble – it’s Friday and the weekend is soon upon us! Let me simply end with a heartfelt thank you to all of you for your support and commitment to recycling those corks and upcycling our efforts.

corking good time

corking good timePlease take a gander at this local article OrlandoSentinel.com that highlights the upcoming Taste for Learning event benefiting 2+2 scholarships for Valencia and UCF. Sentinel Food Editor Heather McPherson shares info about A Taste for Learning, put on by the UCF Foundation and the Valencia Foundation. The Oct. 17 event is at Rosen Shingle Creek. Tickets are $125 per person or $200 per couple and the money raised will help fund scholarships. Visit www.valencia.org/taste for information.

For those who cannot attend, the article continued: “there is still an opportunity to help and feel good about the bottles piling up in the recycle bin. Through the end of December, drop off pulled corks at Save the Corks! containers at participating ABC Fine Wine and Spirits locations. Through a partnership with Nomacorc and Terracycle, ABC Fine Wine and Spirits will donate 2 cents for each cork recycled. ”

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aging parents – parenting parents

What You Need to Know as Your Parents Age
Presenters: Helen Von Dolteren-Fournier and Julie Kronhaus

Join us for a workshop created just to help you manage your concerns or questions regarding your aging parent(s). If you are the primary caregiver or are simply concerned for the sake of your parent(s) or parent(s)-in-law and need answers, consider joining us. If you have any of the following questions, consider attending:

1. What legal documents should every parent have in place? If my parents executed their documents 20 years ago, up North, are they still good?

2. What if my parents outlive their money – what assistance/benefits are there for them? How do I find out about these programs?

3. Do you and your siblings agree on the long-term care plan for your parent?

4. My widowed mother wants to marry someone she has met at the Senior Living Center – what should she consider, legally, before she marries?

5. I suspect that my brother is misusing the Power of Attorney – what can be done?

6. Is it true that my father must ‘give away’ or ‘sell’ all his assets, including his home, to qualify for Medicaid assistance?

7. What is Guardianship and how will I know if my parent needs it?

8. My mother passed but my stepfather is still living; how can I approach him to speak about these types of issues?

9. My father was a WWII veteran – is he eligible for any VA long term care assistance and will my mother be eligible, too?

Valencia Faculty and Staff, please join us!
Thursday, September 24 from 6-8:30 p.m.
Criminal Justice Institute
Registration Code: GAP – 1 

Article provided by The Bulletin – a weekly publication for the faculty and staff of Valencia Community College.

the photographs of jack mitchell

Save the dates for a great collection that will be on display at Valencia’s Anita S. Wooten Gallery!

The Photographs of Jack Mitchell
The Thrasher Horne Collection

 October 2 – November 6

 Anita S. Wooten Gallery
Valencia Community College – East Campus

Gallery hours:
Monday – Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Opening reception:
Friday, October 2, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Anita S. Wooten Gallery

 For more information, please call the gallery at 407-582-2298.

save the corks!

Pic from Save the Corks Press Release


Save the Corks! ABC Fine Wine & Spirits Joins TerraCycle Program to Recycle Nomacorc Wine Closures


Nomacorc, the world’s leading producer of alternative wine closures, announced that ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, Florida’s oldest and largest independent wine and spirits retailer, has joined its innovative recycling program. Beginning in mid-September, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits will collect post-consumer use Nomacorc wine closures that will then be “upcycled” into unique consumer products by TerraCycle, which operates an established and well-respected national recycling program.

Through its Save the Corks! program, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits will host collection containers in which consumers can deposit used wine closures at nearly all of its 150 Florida retail locations. The collected closures will then be shipped to TerraCycle, which will “upcycle” the closures into eco-friendly consumer products made via low-energy consumption means.

“While all Nomacorc products are already 100% recyclable with LDPE food packaging, our upcycling program with TerraCycle and ABC Fine Wine & Spirits finds a new purpose for Nomacorc closures while supporting local charitable organizations and our own corporate environmental goals,” said Malcolm Thompson, vice president of marketing and innovation for Nomacorc.

Every wine closure collected and sent to TerraCycle adds $.02 in charitable giving. ABC Fine Wine & Spirits has designated the University of Central Florida and Valencia Community College, through the Valencia Foundation, as the initial recipients of the funds.

“For us, an important part of the program was the ability to raise funds for our charitable endeavors, while simultaneously giving wine consumers in Florida a ‘green’ option for their used wine closures,” said Charles Bailes, III, ABC’s chairman and president. “Florida is the third largest wine-consuming state in the country; it took us no time to realize what a difference we could make if people get in the habit of upcycling their wine closures.”

A major focus of ABC’s collection campaign is “A Taste for Learning,” an annual event sponsored by ABC Fine Wine & Spirits that supports the Valencia Foundation and University of Central Florida Foundation. “A Taste for Learning” is scheduled for October 17, 2009 and is expected to provide a strong boost to the collection efforts in ABC Fine Wine & Spirits stores statewide.

Nomacorc announced its upcycling program with TerraCycle in January 2009. As TerraCycle’s exclusive wine closure manufacturer partner, Nomacorc is leading the effort to identify and secure additional retail and winery sponsors for the closure recycling program.

About ABC Fine Wine & Spirits

Founded in 1936, Orlando, Florida, based ABC Fine Wine & Spirits is the country’s largest privately owned fine wine and spirits merchant, with approximately 150 retail stores spanning the Florida peninsula from Tallahassee to Miami, and 1600 employees. www.abcfws.com

A Taste for Learning, benefiting Valencia and UCF, is an annual wine tasting extravaganza for which everything, from venue to cuisine to wines to auction items, is donated, allowing 100% of the fundraising to go directly to scholarships for students of Valencia Community College and UCF. This year’s Taste partners with the University of Central Florida in recognition of the 2+2 DirectConnect program guaranteeing Valencia students a seat at UCF when they complete their associate’s degree. www.valencia.org/taste

About Nomacorc

Nomacorc is the worldwide leader in the growing alternative wine closure category. Dedicated to technological innovation, Nomacorc manufactures its portfolio of products using a patented co-extrusion process. As a result, Nomacorc closures provide consistent, predictable oxygen management and protect against off-flavors due to oxidation, reduction or cork taint. Nomacorc’s 100% recyclable products are available through a vast network of distributors and sales agents on six continents. With 500 employees worldwide and state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in the United States, Belgium, Austria and China, Nomacorc produces more than 2 billion closures annually. Working with renowned wine research institutes worldwide, the company leads the wine closure industry in fundamental and applied research in the area of oxygen management in wine. For more information, visit http://www.nomacorc.com.

About TerraCycle

TerraCycle (www.terracycle.net) represents a new generation of company, putting as much emphasis on its social and environmental impact as its profits. In 2001, college freshman Tom Szaky founded TerraCycle in hopes of building a new, more responsible way of doing business. Since then, TerraCycle has revolutionized the industry by making eco-friendly and affordable products from waste materials.

TerraCycle provides jobs in the inner-city, provides free fundraisers for schools and non-profits and inspires kids nationwide to make a difference locally and globally. Join the TerraCycle eco-revolution by signing up for our free fundraising collection programs where we pay you for packaging like drink pouches, yogurt cups and more. To learn more about joining a TerraCycle brigade, go to www.terracycle.net/brigades.

Reprinted from: Nomacorc press release, Richards Partners for Nomacorc/Contact: Katie Myers, Zebulon, N.C., September 10, 2009.

wp autumn arts

The Winter Park Autumn Art Festival is scheduled for October 10-11th, 2009 and is a community-oriented sidewalk show that features work by Florida artists.

Valencia is proud to work with the festival and is looking to support this event through student, staff and faculty volunteers.  If you are interested in providing your time and talents please contact Sunni at sfavaliprevatt@valenciacc.edu.

In addition to presenting quality visual art, the festival provides entertainment and participatory events for the enjoyment of visitors and artists. The festival is held near Valencia’s Winter Park Campus at beautiful Central Park located along Park Avenue in downtown Winter Park.

For more information about the event please visit online at: http://winterpark.org/content/winter-park-autumn-art-festival

words of thanks

thanks1Thank you for your generous donation. Through your kindness, my next two semesters have been completely covered, including my textbooks, which we all know can be as expensive as tuition itself. As an independent, full time student, reaching the level of higher education becomes a challenge as we face everyday life. I will be forever grateful for what the foundation has done for me during my future endeavors.

Again, thank you for your help with my continued education in addition to assisting me with my dreams of one day working with the State Department to further the American vision around the globe.

R. Stio
2009-10 Ella B. Sadler
Scholarship Recipient

red chair affair this saturday

Did you miss the chance to make an online bid for Valencia’s fabulous auction item for the Red Chair Affair? No worries, you can attend the event and bid at the live auction! The Red Chair Affair, a fundraiser for the Red Chair Project, will be held this Saturday at Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre.

Our auction item includes season theatre tickets plus an on-stage experience for one of the plays. For more information on Valencia’s auction item, visit http://www.cmarket.com/auction/item/Item.action?id=91323136.

To get tickets for the event, visit http://redchairproject.com/redchair/event.aspx?id=4480.

calling all corks

Be green…
Save the Corks!

Do your part…
Save the Corks!

 Help fund scholarships…
Save the Corks!

Be environmentally responsible…
Save the Corks!

 Give your 2 cents…
Save the Corks!

Now through the end of December, you are welcome to send your wine or champagne corks to Valencia Foundation, 190 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 or if you happen to be in the downtown area, stop by the foundation offices, say hello and personally drop off your corks (we’d love to see you). You can also take your corks to Save the Corks! containers at participating ABC Fine Wine and Spirits locations. Through a partnership with Nomacorc and Terracycle, ABC Fine Wine and Spirits will donate $.02 to A Taste for Learning for each cork recycled.

And for those attending A Taste for Learning on October 17th, be sure to bring your corks the night of the event and visit Cork Island! It’s sure to be a time you won’t forget.

Remember, your 2 cents does make a difference!


going for gold

special eventValencia’s new special events center going for gold!

This week, Orlando Sentinel highlights Valencia’s work on current and upcoming LEED gold buildings.
Florida trails the nation in environmentally friendly architecture — OrlandoSentinel.com

Excerpt:   The cost of going for gold adds about 2.5 percent to the cost of construction, according to officials at Valencia, which soon stands to have three gold certifications in its portfolio. The new special-events center on the school’s west Orlando campus is now vying for gold LEED, with such features as toilets that use filtered rainwater collected in an underground cistern. Designed by Orlando’s Hunton Brady Architects, the showcase building — which also holds the school’s culinary-arts program — optimizes its use of daylight and its views of Lake Pamela while minimizing the effects of direct sunlight. Reflective roofing materials and crushed limestone walkways help ward off the heat.

“It’s all about return on investment,” said Valencia President Sanford C. Shugart. “For public buildings, we’ve been in a period in the last two or three years when both capital and operating resources have been scarce, but it’s usually a good strategy to spend more on capital to save on operating.”

In addition to saving on power and water bills, the structures have carpet and paint intended to decrease allergens and, possibly, health-care costs. Paying extra to go for gold is “kind of a gamble” in terms of monetary pay backs because of uncertainties in the oil markets, Shugart said. But, he added, working toward top-level certifications also says something about how a company perceives its role in the larger community.

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college night 2009


Valencia Community College is proud to host the 2009 Orange & Osceola County College Night programs for the state of Florida. This is a great opportunity for students preparing for college, parents who have questions, and friends who just want to tag along to mix and mingle with colleges from ALL over!

  • Start your college search process up close and personal.
  • Visit with representatives from colleges and universities located across the country.
  • Gather local and federal information regarding grants & scholarships

View the list of colleges and universities that were represented at College Night last year. http://www.valenciacc.edu/collegenight/colleges2008.cfm

Sign up for the College Night 2009 events online at: http://www.valenciacc.edu/collegenight/signup.cfm

College Night, Osceola Campus
Valencia Community College
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
6:00-8:00pm (EST)
Co-Sponsored by Education Foundation of Osceola County

College Night, East Campus
Valencia Community College
Thursday, October 8, 2009
6:00-8:00pm (EST)

a taste for learning invitation

Hi There!

Taste invitations are done and mailed. Yay! I know that some of you are racing home to check that mailbox now, but no worries! If you haven’t received your copy in the mail,  feel free to visit our website www.valencia.org/taste to purchase tickets today.

You can find additional information, including  an overview of the event, sponsorship information and a listing of our current restaurant partners. We have some great food waiting for you at Taste this year!

See you there!

a taste for learning and save the corks!

UCF Foundation and Valencia Foundation proudly join together to present A Taste for Learning on Saturday, October 17 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Rosen Shingle Creek. Tickets are $125 per person or $200 per couple.

Join us as vintners from around the world serve their finest wines and sample exquisite cuisine from restaurants like B.B. King’s Blues Club Orlando, Cala Bella Shingle Creek, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro and Uno Chicago Grill. Tempting auction items will include everything from travel to truffles, to wine and wild nights out. There’s something for everyone!

Funds raised at A Taste for Learning will benefit Valencia and UCF 2+2 DirectConnect scholarships. 100% of all sponsorships, tickets and auction receipts will go directly to scholarships and is eligible to earn dollar-for-dollar match through the state of Florida First Generation in College matching grant program, doubling your investment.

Visit www.valencia.org/taste today to get your tickets.

Can’t attend A Taste for Learning? There is still an opportunity for you to help – recycle your corks and upcycle our efforts through the Save the Corks! campaign. Now through the end of December, you are welcome to send your recycled corks to Valencia Foundation or take your corks to Save the Corks! containers at participating ABC Fine Wine and Spirits locations. Through a partnership with Nomacorc and Terracycle, ABC Fine Wine and Spirits will donate $.02 to A Taste for Learning for each cork recycled. And for those attending, be sure to bring your corks the night of the event – see you there!

red chair affair

ValenciaRedEvery wanted to have a theater experience – onstage?  You can! 
The upcoming Red Chair Affair, Central Florida’s start to our cultural season, is hosting an online auction to kick off the event.  You’re invited to check the Valencia Red Chair package online! Winning bidders will receive a fab Red Chair and a pair of season tickets to the Valencia Character Company 2009-2010 Theatre season.  To sweeten the deal, the auction winner also receives an onstage experience as an asylum inmate in full costume for one performance of Marat/Sade!

Valencia Character Company 2009/2010 Season includes: Lucky Stiff, The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Chareton under the Direction of Mansieur de Sade, world premiere of a new play, student directed One-Acts, and Almost Maine.

We encourage you to check it out, place a bid, and check back often!

get schooled

On September 8th at 8:00 PM, Viacom Entertainment is kicking off an initiative to improve our schools and promote education nationwide called Get Schooled.  In order to showcase Get Schooled  to the nation, Viacom will be preempting program on its channels: BET, VH1, MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central and airing a show focused on three people who work for Kelly Clarkson, LeBron James, and President Obama. The goal is to highlight how education helped them reach their positions. Valencia has been asked to help promote this event because it connects to our work with the Developmental Education Initiative.  

For more information, please visit: http://www.getschooled.com/

creating healthy bodies and minds

Have you checked out Valencia’s wellness activities yet?


Fall offerings start a week after classes begin, the week of September 7th, and ending the week before classes end, December 12th. For questions about wellness events or classes, please contact Debi Jakubcin at 2281 or djakubcin@valenciacc.edu. These classes are for faculty and staff only.

No pre-registration required. Please just show up. You may attend any campus.

East Campus

  • Yoga PM- MONDAY, 5:15pm – 6:15pm, Dance Studio (6-104)
  • NEW -Yoga AM – WEDNESDAY, 7:00am – 7:45am, Dance Studio (6-104)
  • Boot Camp- Tuesday/Thursday, 6:45am – 7:45am, gym (6-105)
  • Basketball- Tuesday and Thursdays, 5:00 – 6:00pm – gym (6-105)
  • Weight Watchers- Wednesday – 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – 6-217
  • Dancing- Learn ChaCha, Rhumba and Foxtrot- Thursday – 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm – gym(6-105)
  • NEW -Zumba – Monday/Wednesday, 5:15pm – 6:15 pm – gym (6-105)
  • NEW Guided Relaxation- TUES-6weeks only – 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm – 9/8 thru 10/14

West Campus

  • Yoga- Monday, 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm – Dance studio – HSB 123
  • NEW Yoga- Wednesday 12:00 noon – 12:45 pm – Dance Studio – HSB 123
  • Cardio Sculpt, Tuesday/Thursday, 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm – Dance studio – HSB 123
  • Weight Watchers- Friday, 11:30 am – 12:30 am – 5-258
  • NEW Guided Relaxation – Wednesday – 6 weeks – 1 pm – 1:45 – 10/21 thru 11/25 – HSB 123

Downtown Center

  • Yoga- Wednesday, 5:15 – 6:15pm – Conference room

Winter Park Campus

  • Yoga -Tuesday, 5:15pm – 6:15pm, room 224
  • Boot Camp- Saturday – 8:00 am – 9:00 am – Lake Island Park across from Winter Park campus
  • New Boot Camp- Wednesday – 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm – Lake Island Park
  • Weight Watchers- Thursday, 12:30 pm -1:30 pm – 108

Sand Lake Center

  • Yoga- Tuesday, 5:15pm – 6:15pm, 2-120

Criminal Justice Institute

  • Yoga- Tuesday, 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm, Auditorium

Osceola Campus

  • Yoga- Monday, 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm, 2-219B

Be sure to visit the wellness site at http://valenciacc.edu/wellness.

a note of thanks


I would most graciously like to take the time to thank you for your outstanding contribution. It was a pleasant surprise to see that the University Club of Orlando saw fit to assist me in my educational pursuits. While researching your organization I must say I was highly impressed with the phenomenal support you all have shown the Central Florida area for over the past eighty years. I am truly flattered to be supported by such an awesome organization, it definitely says a lot when professionals and pillars of the community take a stand to give back and uplift the surrounding communities wherever you may see a need.

Again, it sincerely means the world to me that your organization has taken an interest in support of my college endeavors.

D. Cooper
2009-10 University Club of Orlando Winner