valencia alumni annual 5K

5th Annual Valencia 5K - March 21, 2010. In memory of Justin Harvey

Registration is open for friends of all ages and physical abilities to take part in the Alumni Association’s annual Run,Walk and Roll to raise scholarship funds for Valencia students on March 21, 2010. Participants and guests can also enjoy refreshments and younger guests can gather for children’s arts & crafts.

5K (3.1 mile) course through Valencia’s West Campus, located at 1800 South Kirkman Rd., Orlando, FL 32811 Driving Directions

6:45 a.m. Registration opens, University Center, Bldg 11, Room 106
7:30 a.m. 5K Run, Walk & Roll starts
AFTER RACE Kids Fun Run & Crafts FREE (Under 10 only)

For event details & to register online visit:

Registration Form by mail (type online then print)
For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Valencia’s
Community Relations office at 407-582-2946 or Email.

Whatever your reason for participating, there’s one great benefit—helping someone go to college.

a world gone mad

Marat/Sade Depicts a World Gone Mad

The Valencia Character Company will present Peter Weiss’ play-within-a-play, “The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade,” better known as “Marat/Sade.” Showtimes are February 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m., and February 28 at 2 p.m. in the Black Box Theater at Valencia Community College’s East Campus.

The Marquis de Sade—the man after whom sadism is named—was indeed imprisoned at Charenton Asylum where he produced plays with the inmates there. “Marat/Sade” takes place in the asylum, with de Sade directing and acting in a play set during the French Revolution, while the outside world has fallen under Napoleon’s rule. The result is a powerful examination of the tension (and similarity) between creation and chaos, government and freedom, revolution and anarchy. “Marat/Sade” offers historical, social and political commentary that is relevant still to the problems of contemporary society. It asks whether true revolution comes from changing society or changing one’s self, as Marat implores the audience to “Turn yourself inside out and see the whole world with fresh eyes.”

The production features John DiDonna as the Marquis de Sade and Christian Guevarra as Marat, with direction by Valencia theatre professor, Michael Shugg.

Ticket prices are $8 for general admission, and $6 for students, seniors, Valencia staff and alumni. Valencia’s East Campus is located at 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando. Seating is limited in the Black Box Theater, so advance ticket purchase is suggested and latecomers may not be seated until intermission. Please be advised that this play contains language and themes that might be offensive to some and are not suitable for children.

For reservations or further information, please call the box office at 407-582-2900. Tickets are also available online at

Reprinted from: Valencia Community College press release, Contact: Carol Traynor, Marketing & Media Relations, Orlando, FL, February 4, 2010.

dual enrollment q & a

What is Dual Enrollment?
Dual enrollment gives a high school junior or senior a jump start on a college education, even allowing students to complete a college degree while simultaneously earning a high school diploma. In addition to saving time, students also save a lot of money with free tuition and fees and, for some, free textbooks.

Is it right for everyone?
In a word, no. The Dual Enrollment Program is an opportunity to take courses at the college level, so the amount of work necessary to succeed is usually much greater than in high school courses. Because dual enrollment courses become part of a permanent college transcript, students must commit to doing the work required or risk jeopardizing future college plans.

Who is eligible?
Any high school rising junior or senior in Orange or Osceola County with a 3.0 unweighted grade point average for all of high school work can apply.

How does one apply?
Complete the Dual Enrollment Application. It may be accessed at the site listed below. Submit the application to an Answer Center, to the Dual Enrollment Office, or to the counselor at the students high school. Students must also provide assessment scores from either the ACT, SAT, or CPT placement test at time of application or shortly thereafter.

For more information feel free to browse this years student handbook located at: 

PDF  Dual Enrollment Student Handbook 2009 – 2010       

PDF   Past Year Dual Enrollment Application for review
(students are required to submit hard copy only; no separate Valencia application required)

financial aid videos

Have questions about the financial aid programs at Valencia Community College?

Learn about financial aid through these short videos available online at:

This link will provide answers to common financial aid questions like:

Do I have to be enrolled full-time to receive financial aid?

How Do I Know if I will Qualify for Financial Aid?

scholarship application for 2010/11

This is the day that you have all been waiting for!

The Valencia Foundation offers a number of privately funded scholarships that are donated by organizations and individuals interested in supporting Valencia’s students.

Most of the scholarships have unique, special criteria such as graduation from a particular high school, or employment with a certain company. Additional preference will be given to students with financial need and a minimum GPA of 2.5. While good grades are important, the highest grades are usually not the first basis for selection.

The foundation scholarship application for the 2010/11 school year is now available online. Please visit to find an application and additional instructions on how to apply.

take stock in children continues to grow in orange county

On February 10, Take Stock in Children of Orange County held a ceremony to recognize its new and returning student participants. Twenty seventh-graders from Lee, Lockhart and Howard middle schools were inducted into the program, bringing the total number of participants to 86. 

 Brought to Orange County by Valencia Community College in 2008, Take Stock in Children is a statewide initiative aimed at helping underserved children succeed. Students are recruited in the seventh grade and are provided with college scholarships, volunteer mentors, early intervention and long-term support. 

 Orange County’s first class of Take Stock in Children students is now in the ninth-grade and will graduate from high school in 2013.

 Keynote speaker Lucas Boyce, director of multicultural insights and cause marketing for the Orlando Magic, urged the students to keep up the hard work.

 “Where you came from or what’s going on in your life doesn’t have to determine your future direction, success or happiness,” he said. “Each of us were built for something more. We were meant to succeed.”

 More than 330 guests attended the event, which also recognized the parents, mentors and community and corporate sponsors who are crucial to the program’s success. 

 Attendees included: Ron Blocker, superintendent of Orange County Public Schools; Nick Anderson from the Orlando Magic; Melissa Hernandez, constituent director for Senator George LeMieux; George Rodon, chief of staff, Orange County mayor’s office; Steve Hogan, chief executive officer, Florida Citrus Sports; and Marshall Vermillion, Florida Citrus Sports Foundation chairman.

 Founding partner Florida Citrus Sports helped launch Take Stock in Children in Orange County with a $1 million donation. This year, Mears Transportation has also signed on as a partner, pledging to donate $1 million over the course of 10 years.

 Since 1995, Take Stock in Children has impacted the lives of more than 17,600 deserving students in the state of Florida, providing more than 9,000 high school graduates with Take Stock in Children scholarships for college.

 As the program grows, it is continually in need of additional mentors. Mentors meet with the student twice a month during the school day and will serve as an encouraging force. A student with a mentor is 57 percent less likely to skip school and 46 percent less likely to start using drugs.

 “The one-on-one relationship built with your mentee is something that our teachers strive to do but cannot do as much as they’d like,” said Orange County Superintendent Ron Blocker. “As a mentor, you’ll provide consistent support, guidance and a positive role model for our students.”

 To volunteer as a mentor, provide a tax-deductible contribution or to obtain more information about Take Stock in Children of Orange County, please contact 407-582-3120 or

 Source:  News and Information, February 11, 2010, Marketing and Strategic Communications, Valencia Community College, 407-582-1778

valencia enterprises

Did you know?

Valencia Enterprises, a division of Valencia Community College, provides Continuing Education, Employee Training and Development to help companies and individuals achieve their business, professional, and career goals. 

The idea behind VALENCIA enterprises is to deliver convenient classroom and online training that fits a hetic schedule.  VALENCIA enterprises can help you prepare for a certification, get pre-licensing, or take individual courses in dozens of interest areas such as:

For more information please visit

student testimonial – donor gala 2010

Richard - Donor Gala 2010

Good evening my name is Richard D. and I am a new student here at Valencia Community College working on my Associates in Arts Degree in Architecture. I would like to take a few minutes of your time to tell you a little about myself. One of my life-long dreams is to become an Architect. I am presently very fortunate to be working in the field as a designer and draftsman for an Ocala Architecture firm. Over the past seven years of employment with the firm, I have been fortunate to be exposed to many different and challenging design opportunities. When I first started to plan for this journey of higher education, the task seemed somewhat daunting. I was determined to balance the demands of full time employment with my educational goals and most important, my wife and two young sons. With the support and encouragement of my employer and my family, I am finally starting the long road to achieve my dream.

Upon first applying to Valencia, I knew that I would need some financial assistance to make my dream a reality. Upon first applying for financial aid I had been denied due to previously attending Central Florida Community College (CFCC), where I earned an Associates in Arts degree in Liberal Arts. My goal while attending CFCC was to take general education classes so that upon transfer to upper division, I would be able to concentrate on architecture classes. I thought that all was lost. I was very fortunate to meet Mrs. Kenya Richardson, who searched for all possible scholarships. With her support I acquired funding from the American Institute of Architects (AIA).  Receiving any form of assistance with one’s education is a tremendous privilege; but I feel extremely honored to have received assistance from AIA. With the generous assistance of AIA, my educational goals are becoming a reality. I hope one day to become a member of the AIA and assist another deserving student achieve their educational goals.

After I complete the coursework here at Valencia Community College, I plan to transfer to the University of Central Florida where I will pursue my Bachelor’s Degree and then my Master’s.  I want to take this opportunity to thank the American Institute of Architects, the board of directors, donors and the staff at Valencia. Your dedication and support has truly changed the direction of my life and now I’ll be able to fulfill my life-long dream of being an architect. I appreciate your time in listening to my story.

Richard D.
American Institute of Architects Recipient

readings from husband and wife writing duo will marry poetry and fiction

On Thursday, February 25, poet Beth Ann Fennelly and fiction writer Tom Franklin will visit Valencia Community College to give readings from some of their latest work.

 The readings will take place on the first floor of Valencia’s West Campus library (Building 6), from 1-2 p.m., followed by a book signing. The West Campus is located at 1800 S. Kirkman Rd. in Orlando.

Beth Ann Fennelly’s poems have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies, including “Best American Poetry,” “The Kenyon Review,” and the “Bloomsbury Review.” She has also published four books of her own. Her first, “Open House,” won the 2001 Kenyon Review Prize for a First Book. The second two, “Tender Hooks,” and “Great with Child: Letters to a Young Mother,” focused on motherhood, both the joyous and raw. Fennelly’s latest book, “Unmentionables: Poems,” provides imaginative narratives and musings, including a series of poems devoted to the invasive kudzu plant.

Tom Franklin, recognized for his historical fiction, is the recipient of an Edgar Award (for distinguished work in the mystery genre) and a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship. His work has been published in “New Stories from The South,” “Best American Mystery Stories of the Century,” “The Southern Review” and “The Oxford American,” among others. He has also published three books of his own: “Poachers,” a short story collection, “Hell at the Breech,” a novel set around a real-life class feud in 1890’s Alabama, and “Smonk,” a dark tale about a murderer who terrorizes a Texas town in the early 1900’s.

 Currently, Fennelly and Franklin, who are married, reside in Oxford, Mississippi, with their children Claire and Thomas. Fennelly is an associate professor of English at the University of Mississippi. Franklin is an ongoing writer-in-residence at the University of Mississippi and is currently working on his next novel, “Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter.”

 This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact 407-582-3121.

 For upcoming artist events at Valencia, visit


SOURCE:  Valencia News, February 11, 2010, Marketing and Strategic Communications, Valencia Community College, 407-582-1778

hip hop for haiti

Valencia Film Celebration Raises Funds for Earthquake Victims with Hip-Hop for Haiti Night Featuring “Just Another Day”

The 15th Annual Valencia Film Celebration will take place on Friday, Feb. 12 and Saturday, Feb. 13 in the Performing Arts Center of Valencia Community College’s East Campus. This year’s showcase will feature a variety of award-winning shorts, as well as the final-cut world premiere of “Just Another Day.”

Opening night, Friday, Feb. 12, starts off with live music and dance performances from Wolfgramm Entertainment – South Pacific Luau. Valencia student shorts program #1 will begin at 7 p.m. The feature film of the evening will be “H2O Extreme,” which follows the life of Austin Roberts, a young man forced to choose between his love of hockey and his passion for water skiing. He faces several obstacles but embraces his true passion and enters in an H20 Extreme Challenge where intense water ski stunts, performed by the some of the world’s greatest skiers as they take over the big screen. 

General admission tickets are $5 for Friday and $10 for Saturday. All proceeds from Saturday’s Hip-Hop for Haiti night will be donated to Yéle Haiti. Valencia Community College students, staff, and faculty are admitted free with a valid ID. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. To purchase tickets by phone, contact the Valencia Performance Arts Center Box at (407) 582- 2900. For more information contact:

valencia alumnus commissioned for portrait of condoleezza rice

Photo credit:

Valencia Alum Colin Boyer presenting portrait to Ms. Condoleezza Rice (photo

On Monday, Feb. 8, Kissimmee resident Colin Boyer, 19, an alumnus of Valencia and current student at Ringling College of Art & Design, presented former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice with a comissioned portrait of her, during a talk she gave at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota. 

Colin attended Valencia in 2008 as a dual enrolled student, while simultaneously earning his diploma from Celebration High School.  Colin’s talent shined at Valencia when three of his artwork pieces were accepted to be a part of Valencia’s student art show; all three won awards with one as Best in Show. 

The college credits earned while a duel enrollment student at Valencia provided Colin sophomore status at Ringling College of Art & Design.  

You can view some of Colin’s work at this site:

For information on Ringling’s Town Hall lecture series go to:

a second chance at life

2007 Board Member of the Year, Kay WaltersSecond Chance fund celebrated with students and friends to generate awareness and support to single mothers pursuing a Valencia nursing degree. Last month, foundation board member Kay Walters shared the mission of Second Chance fund and how her scholarship has enabled single moms to accomplish their goals and pursue their dreams.

According to the 2007 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 1.2 million families in Florida are headed by a single parent. From this same source, some 428,000 single women are in the labor force and have children younger than 18.

Holly Kohler, a 2009 Second Chance recipient, sends her heartfelt thanks for being invited to the event: “I had such a wonderful time, and I am sincerely grateful for the experience.” Students are invited each year to share their motivating and uplifting testimonials regarding their Valencia experience.

Melissa Lowry-Vice is a three-year scholarship recipient of Second Chance. During the gathering she was kind enough to share her inspiring story about being a single mother and finding her passion in nursing. “Without your support, I have no doubt that there would be fewer women who would be able to support themselves and their children while attending college. When I graduated high school I chose to seek my EMT in order to better serve my fire department. Just before my daughter’s second birthday, my husband left me and our children. Shortly after that, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She eventually succumbed to her illness. But before she did, she had several home nurses caring for her.  Their care and assistance showed me yet again that nursing had a profound effect on the lives that they touched. I’ll be graduating in May, and I’m certain that it would have been much harder for me to be here if not for your generosity and Ms. Walter’s desire to help single mothers get a second chance at life.”

With the continued guidance of Kay Walters, Second Chance has assisted more than 45 single moms enrolled in Valencia’s nursing program through scholarships and mentor relationships. The fund has made a dramatic impact on individual student lives – and those of their families – whose prospects are changed for generations to come. Students often tell us that now their children see them as role models.

We could not be more grateful to Kay and her daughters, as well as community volunteer Dean Maguire and the many donors who contribute to this worthy initiative.

renowned white house press corps reporter helen thomas and political analyst craig crawford to speak at valencia

Renowned White House press corps reporter Helen Thomas and political analyst Craig Crawford will speak at Valencia’s West Campus Feb. 17 and 18 on a swing through Central Florida to promote their new book, “Listen Up, Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President to Know and Do.”

 Since John F. Kennedy’s presidency, Helen Thomas has directly covered more presidents than any journalist working today. An iconic figure in White House coverage, she is known for her famous press conference closing line, “Thank you, Mr. President.” From her long and illustrious vantage point, she has seen presidents succeed and fail. 

 Together with Craig Crawford, they impart lessons to future presidents, and those who vote for them in a book that is part history, part practical advice manual. “Listen Up, Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President to Know and Do” (Scribner) is a witty lesson plan of what it takes to be a good president.

 Craig Crawford is a columnist for Congressional Quarterly’s “CQ Politics,” a contributing analyst for NBC News, MSNBC, and CNBC, and a regular guest on “Imus in the Morning.” He is the author ofAttack the Messenger” and “The Politics of Life.”  He also has roots in Central Florida, having graduated from Stetson University, Stetson University Law School and was a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel. 

 These two veteran reporters will present a lively exchange as they interview each other, share insights from their careers, and answer questions from the audience. Thomas and Crawford will speak Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. followed by a book signing at 7 p.m. at the Special Events Center, Bldg. 8 of Valencia’s West Campus.  They will speak again Thursday, Feb. 18 at 9 a.m. followed by a book signing at 10 a.m. in the same location.  Both sessions are free and open to the public.  Copies of their new book will be available for purchase at a discount both days.   

 Valencia’s West Campus is located at 1800 South Kirkman Road.  For more information on Thomas or Crawford, visit or  

 SOURCE: Valencia News, February 3, 2010, Marketing and Strategic Communications, Valencia Community College, 407-582-1017

15th annual valencia film celebration

The 15th Annual Valencia Film Celebration will take place on Friday, Feb. 12 and Saturday, Feb. 13 in the Performing Arts Center of Valencia Community College’s East Campus. This year’s showcase will feature a variety of award-winning shorts, as well as the final-cut world premiere of “Just Another Day.”

Opening night, Friday, Feb. 12, starts off with live music and dance performances from Wolfgramm Entertainment – South Pacific Luau. Valencia student shorts program #1 will begin at 7 p.m.  The feature film of the evening will be “H2O Extreme,” which follows the life of Austin Roberts, a young man forced to choose between his love of hockey and his passion for water skiing. He faces several obstacles but embraces his true passion and enters in an H20 Extreme Challenge where intense water ski stunts, performed by the some of the worlds greatest skiers as they take over the big screen.

The film was shot at Cypress Gardens and was directed by Bill Scharpf in conjunction with Valencia Community College’s Film Program.  The film stars Chris Carmack (“The OC,” “Desperate Housewives”), Rider Strong (“Boy Meets World”, “Cabin Fever”), Nikki Griffin (“The OC”), Tad Hilgenbrink (“Disaster Movie,” “American Pie: Band Camp”) and John Schneider (“Smallville,” “The Dukes of Hazzard”).

Hip-Hop for Haiti, Sat., Feb. 13, partners Valencia with Yéle Haiti, Wyclef Jean’s organization, to raise money for the recent earthquake victims. Shorts program #2 will begin at 7 p.m. followed by the screening of “Just Another Day”, directed by Academy Award nominee Peter Spirer (Rhyme and Reason, Beef I-III…).

Just Another Day”, stars Wood Harris (The Wire, Next Day Air, Remember the Titans) as a successful rapper, A-Maze, and Jamie Hector (The Wire, Heroes, Max Payne) portraying Young Eastie, an up and coming rapper struggling to break into the music business.  The film follows a day in the life of hip-hop artists as they overcome the ups and downs within the music business. Additional cast members include Trick Daddy, Lil Scrappy, Ja Rule, Petey Pablo, and Big Daddy Kane.

General admission tickets are $5 for Friday and $10 for Saturday.  All proceeds from Saturday’s Hip-Hop for Haiti night will be donated to Yéle Haiti.  Valencia Community College students, staff, and faculty are admitted free with a valid ID. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. To purchase tickets by phone, contact the Valencia Performance Arts Center Box Office at (407) 582-2900. The East Campus Performing Arts Center is located at 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail in Orlando.

Each year the Valencia Film Celebration showcases a variety of short subject films and feature-length films produced by the film program’s students in collaboration with film industry professionals. For a sample of some of the shorts and feature films, please visit our website at,

SOURCE:  Valencia Marketing and Strategic Communications

osceola art festival

Want ideas for your upcoming valentine weekend?  Take the family, friends or just your sweetheart and come browse over 140 professional artists, enjoy live entertainment and munch on festival food fare. 

The 43rd Osceola Arts Festival is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, February 13 & 14, 2010 at Valencia’s Osceola Campus

Presented by Osceola Center for the Arts, this event is free and open to the public! 

Valencia Community College, Osceola Campus
1800 Denn John Lane Kissimmee, FL 34744
Located off of Hwy 192
Between St. Cloud & Kissimmee, Florida

The Festival will be open from 10am until 5pm on Saturday, February 13th and from 10am until 4pm on Sunday, February 14th.  Valencia’s Osceola Campus is located on Hwy 192 about one mile east of Orange Blossom Trail.  Parking and admission are free.

student thanks foundation board

I would first like to thank each and every one of you for allowing me to be a recipient of the Valencia Foundation as well as organizations such as The University Club of Orlando that so generously took the time to invest in my future. It is an absolute honor to be here and briefly share my experiences at Valencia Community College. I’m sure I can speak for all the other recipients when I say, your generosity has made a positive impact in all our lives and that is something I do not take lightly. With the substantial donation I have received you all have said that you believe in “me and my abilities to be a productive member of society”. 

 As a military veteran returning to the unknown of civilian life, I was quite apprehensive and a little nervous about returning to school because I realized that school would be a tremendous investment in terms of my time, energy and finances.  I did my research and found that Valencia has by far one of the best programs in regards to the career path I wanted to pursue. With the financial assistance I have received, it has made my educational pursuit a bit easier and therefore enjoyable.

 I do feel very confident that once I have completed my program, I will be able to utilize the skills and knowledge that I have acquired to be successful. As I look forward to completing my program next summer and beginning a career in sound production, I do plan to continue my course studies at Valencia pre-majoring in journalism and from there transferring to UCF.

 This experience thus far has been nothing short of invigorating and liberating. My only regret is that I waited so long to continue my education.

 Since, you all have chosen to invest in me as well as numerous others, I cannot be more proud and honored to be a part of this wonderful organization.

 Again, I thank you.

Daphne C.
University Club of Orlando Recipient

author and orlando sentinel columnist greg dawson to speak at valencia

Greg Dawson, author of the newly published book “Hiding in the Spotlight” will speak at Valencia Community College’s East Campus Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. 

Dawson, a popular Orlando Sentinel consumer columnist, wrote the book that recounts the story of his mother’s extraordinary survival of the Holocaust. She was a 14-year-old musical prodigy when the Nazis invaded Ukraine in January 1942 and set out to murder Jews by marching them to their execution.  Just over a mile from the ravine where the Nazis would gun down her family and thousands of others, her father bribed a guard with a gold watch—persuading him to look the other way while she escaped.    

The title of the book refers to how his mother Zhanna (pronounced Zsa-nah), and her sister Frina, who also escaped the massacre at Drobitsky Yar, spent the rest of the war hiding their Jewish identities.  They were forced to showcase their musical talents for the occupying Germans.  After the war, Zhanna moved to the U.S., studied music at Juilliard, and became a professor of music at Indiana University.    

Dawson has been a journalist for 43 years in a variety of writing positions.  He was 20 years old before he knew he was Jewish and 50 before he knew the full story of his mother’s plight during the war.  

The research and writing of “Hiding in the Spotlight” spanned eight years and took him and his wife Candy to Ukraine and Israel.  A video they made while traveling to the Ukraine and his mother’s hometown will also be shown during the lecture.  “Hiding in the Spotlight” is being acclaimed for its contribution to the history of the Holocaust in Ukraine. 

The lecture at Valencia is free and open to the public. A book signing and reception will follow.  The East Campus Performing Arts Center is located at 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail in Orlando.

 Source: Marketing and Media Relations, Valencia Community College, 407-582-1016
(News and Information, January 28, 2010)