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