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Valencia/UCF Partnership Greatly Expands College Opportunity in West Orange County

On Thursday, Oct. 29, Valencia Community College and the University of Central Florida (UCF) will host a public ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for their new shared facility, the University Center, located on Valencia’s West Campus on South Kirkman Road.

The event will be held in the University Center (Building 11) atrium. The dedication ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. followed by a ribbon cutting and guided tours of the building.

UCF has offered select courses on Valencia’s West Campus since 2000 and on Valencia’s Osceola Campus since 2001. The new building allows UCF to further expand its offerings on the west side of Orlando, opening up opportunity for many who may not be able to attend classes at the university’s main campus. The new building also provides familiar ground for Valencia students who transfer to UCF via the DirectConnect to UCF program, which guarantees Valencia graduates admission to UCF.

Nearly 27,000 Valencia students are enrolled in DirectConnect. Valencia students make up the largest number of UCF’s transfer students; one in five UCF graduates are Valencia transfers.

The $23 million, three-story, 100,000-square-foot facility accommodates classes offered by both institutions with more than 40 classrooms, a state-of-the-art testing center, computer labs, study rooms, faculty and staff offices and a café.

The University Center opened for classes in August, welcoming 775 UCF students to Valencia’s campus. This facility enables UCF to offer complete bachelor’s degrees in Nursing, Electrical Engineering, Applied Science, Business Administration, Interdisciplinary Studies and Psychology on Valencia’s West Campus. Valencia’s engineering programs are also housed in the building, including an associate in arts pre-major degree that is articulated with UCF and associate in science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering.

Kavin Choe, a second-year Valencia student who is enrolled in the associate in arts engineering pre-major, plans to transfer to UCF to study mechanical engineering. He says that he hopes the university will continue to add courses on Valencia’s West Campus.

“I like the class sizes here, and I like the people,” Choe said. “It’s a much nicer building. We have new equipment, and it’s convenient for me. If every one of my classes were offered on this campus, I’d be all for it.” 

The University Center is expected to receive LEED certification at the gold level for its environmentally friendly design, construction and energy-saving features. C.T. Hsu + Associates was the architectural firm for the project. PPI Construction Management Inc. was the builder.


Source: Marketing & Media Relations

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