valencia receives hispanic education award

Valencia's Osceola Campus

Valencia Community College Osceola Campus

Valencia Community College’s Osceola campus was recognized by the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities with its Outstanding HACU-Member Institution Award, in recognition of the college’s efforts in advancing the mission and goals of HACU.

The award was presented Nov. 1 during HACU’s 23rd annual conference held at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort. Dr. Silvia Zapico, provost of the Osceola campus, accepted the award on behalf of the college.

Zapico served as past chair of HACU and has represented Valencia as a member of the association since 2001.

Hispanic students make up more than 27 percent of enrollment collegewide and 46 percent of enrollment on the Osceola campus alone. The college is third in the nation in the number of associate degrees earned by Hispanics.


Accepting the award was Valencia Provost Silvia Zapico (center). The award was presented by HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores and Rosa Perez, Chancellor, San Jose/Evergreen Community College District and treasurer of HACU's Governing Board.

Established in 1986, HACU represents 450 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

Source:  Valencia receives Hispanic education award – Orlando Business Journal:


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