fall semester begins aug. 29; classes still available

More than 42,000 students will return to college classrooms at Valencia College on Monday, Aug. 29, when the fall semester begins.

But the number of students enrolled this fall will likely rise, because students who register late may be able to start classes in October.

Whether they start in August or October, this will be the first incoming class to enter as students of Valencia College. The college changed its name on July 1, dropping the name Valencia Community College.

The semester also launches two new bachelor’s degree programs, the first offered at Valencia. Students can now earn their bachelor’s degree in Radiologic and Imaging Sciences or a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology.

Both degree programs will be based at Valencia’s West Campus on Kirkman Road. However, all of the bachelor’s coursework in radiologic and imaging sciences will be online, except for the practicums.

In addition to the two new bachelor’s degrees, Valencia is offering a new Associate in Science degree in Business Management, Marketing and Administration.

And for parents aggravated that their son or daughter didn’t register in time for fall classes, here’s good news. It’s not too late to sign up for Valencia’s “Flex Start” classes – which start on Oct. 5 and Oct. 22.

“Flex Start” classes are typically eight to 10 weeks long. The fall semester, by contrast, lasts 16 weeks. For more information on “Flex Start,” go to  http://net5.valenciacc.edu/schedule/default.cfm?request=flex

Source: Marketing & Strategic Communications

anita s. wooten 10th anniversary exhibit and reception – friday, aug. 5

valencia degree and career programs

A.A., A.S., A.A.S., A.T.D.? Which one's for you?

No matter your style, Valencia College has a program that fits you.

Valencia has several university pre-majors to try on for size, and an A.A. degree that guarantees admission to a Florida state university.

There are also 33 A.S. career programs that give you the option to pursue a bachelor’s degree or strut directly into a new career with a job placement rate of 93% – 95%.

Check out Valencia Colleges full line of programs below!

Degrees Educational Enhancements
University Parallel Programs

Career Programs

Credit Course Search

Current Students

International Students

High School Students

crew careers

Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Orlando presents the 6th annual CREW Careers: Building Opportunities

Who: Girls, age 16-18, interested in commercial real estate careers

When: Saturday, November 19, 2011, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where: City Hall Orlando, 400 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL  32802

Why: Through this free interactive program, CREW Orlando, the Orlando chapter of CREW Network – Commercial Real Estate Women, introduces the young women of Central Florida to the myriad of career opportunities in commercial real estate including environmental consultants, architects, surveyors, contractors, interior designers, attorneys, bankers and brokers. The 2011 CREW Careers event will allow participants to hear first hand from professionals as they detail their roles in a cutting edge commercial development project, tour the LEED certified City of Orlando Fire Station No. 1, as well as meet local businesswomen and gain an understanding of how to take the first steps toward a successful career in the vibrant commercial real estate industry.

For more information, and sponsorship opportunities, click here.

Valencia president to perform at Orlando Science Center

He may not be the next American Idol, but Valencia president Sandy Shugart will show off his guitar chops in an upcoming performance at the Orlando Science Center.

On Aug. 20, Shugart will perform some of his original songs at the Orlando Science Center, where the museum is currently hosting the traveling exhibit, “Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World.”

Shugart’s performance will be part of the science center’s quarterly Cocktails & Cosmos event.  The August event, “Where Science Meets Mystique,” offers adult guests a chance to experience Arabic culture – in celebration of the new big-screen film, “Arabia,” which is opening in the science center’s Dr. Phillips CineDome theater.

An accomplished musician and poet, Dr. Shugart has performed for crowds worldwide

A published poet and songwriter, Shugart will be performing on a performance stage inside the “Guitar” exhibit. The event opens at 7 p.m.; Shugart performs at 8 p.m.

Shugart has performed in acoustic and folk-rock venues in California, Texas, the Midwest and Canada. In recent years, he has combined his musical life as a singer-songwriter with his speaking life as an academic, weaving songs and poems into his speeches.

Shugart has completed three recording projects over the past 10 years and has a fourth CD ready for release this fall, available through cdbaby.com or direct from Flat Foot Records.

The Cocktails & Cosmos event will run from 7 to 11 p.m. and is only for those ages 18 and up. Admission is $13 per person and includes admission to the Guitar exhibit. Admission is free for science center members.

“GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World,” explores the history and evolution of the guitar-from lutes and lyres to modern high-tech instruments-and show how the instrument became the cultural symbol it is today. It will be on display at the science center until Sept.  11.

And, in case there’s a quiz later, remember this: Shugart plays a Taylor Custom Concert Grand Auditorium guitar.

The Orlando Science Center is located at 777 East Princeton St., Orlando. For more information about Cocktails & Cosmos, contact Heide Evans at 407-514-2036 or visit www.osc.org

internship reflections…

The following post was contributed by our intern for the past two semesters, Ben Kuykendall. Ben is studying for his Master of Nonprofit Management Degree at the University of Central Florida and will be graduating in December. We asked Ben to write a reflection on his internship experience and this is what he had to say.

“My internship experience at Valencia Foundation has made a significant contribution to my career development. Before interning with Valencia, my experience working in nonprofit organizations was limited, and my passion to make a difference outweighed my knowledge of how to do so effectively. After spending the last 7 months learning under the staff at Valencia Foundation, I can say with confidence that I am prepared to enter the challenging field of nonprofit management and contribute to an organization’s success.

Our handsome young intern, Ben.

Before interning at Valencia I knew little of how to actually go about raising support for a worthy cause. Sure, I had read about what was expected in my textbooks, but I had no direct experience and, to be honest, the idea of asking for money intimidated me a bit. Taking part in the various aspects of development and donor relations for Valencia Foundation gave me the experience, and with it the confidence, necessary to overcome any hesitation I may have had about developing support.

Whether I was writing letters to donors, organizing information in the Raiser’s Edge database, managing the Wall of Scholars donor recognition program, or even creating my own grant proposal, the foundation staff was there every step of the way; guiding me in my projects, while giving me the freedom to learn and take ownership of my work.

I can’t think of a better introduction to nonprofit management than to have interned with Valencia Foundation for the past two semesters. The work I was given was meaningful and applicable to my degree program and eventual career goals, but the people I was able to work under are who made my time as rewarding as it was. Specifically, Donna Marino, manager of donor stewardship, poured into me her wealth of knowledge and experience. Donna showed me daily how to effectively maintain relationships with donors and, most importantly, how enjoyable and how rewarding working for the benefit of others can be.

Armed with the knowledge and experience passed down to me from Valencia Foundation’s 37 years of success, I’m much more prepared now to begin my career in nonprofit management after graduation this December.

Thanks Valencia Foundation!”

Ben Kuykendall

Master of Nonprofit Management Candidate

University of Central Florida

2011-2012 arts season launched with new online ticketing

Valencia Launches New Arts Season — and New Website to Buy Tickets Online

Every year, Valencia College stages a wide variety of arts programs, from theater to film to visual arts and dance productions. 

This fall, for instance, theater lovers will be lining up to see Valencia’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperone,” a comedy that critics have called a delicious and wildly comic spoof of musical comedies and their desperately loyal fans.

In June, check out “The Laramie Project,” a documentary-styled play that examines the 1998 beating and murder of Matthew Shepard, an openly gay college student who was killed because of his sexual identity. Critics say the creator has used the power of theater to force audiences ”to face the unsettling questions about the potential for violence in even the most ordinary corners of the American landscape.”

If theater’s not your thing, there are plenty of other arts events at Valencia.  Starting Aug. 19, the East Campus will be home to “Graphic by Design,”  an exhibition showcasing exceptional work created by Orlando-area graphic and advertising art professionals. Dance lovers can kick off the arts season with Valencia’s Choreographers Showcase in November. And in December, music lovers can take in the Winter Choral Concert, the Fall Symphonic/Jazz Band Concert and the Fall Opera Workshop.

To learn about Valencia College’s 2011-2012 arts events — and buy tickets to the events — check out the college’s new arts website at


 There, you can purchase tickets for individual events or buy a season ticket package. That’s good news for arts patrons because, in the past, tickets to Valencia arts events were available only at the box office, by phone or through Red Chair Project website.  Using Valencia’s new arts website, you can receive priority seating and get your choice of show dates and times.

Have questions? Call the box office at 407-582-2900.

bird’s eye view: professor wins coveted prize for photo

Jack Rogers, East Campus geology professor, won the grand prize in a photography contest sponsored by WildBird magazine, one of two national birding magazines in the country.

Rogers said his winning image of a sandhill crane was taken on the edge of a retention pond near a friend’s house in southeast Orlando.

“I found them along the pond’s edge, the parents digging for food and the chick (known as a colt) following along waiting to be fed,” said Rogers. “The shot captures the moment when the colt is flipping a mole cricket to better get it into position to swallow.”

Rogers used a Sony DSLR camera with a 400-millimeter telephoto lens to bring the viewer up close. As the grand prize winner, his photo appears in the September/October issue of WildBird which is on newstands now. He will also receive a pair of Zeiss binoculars.

Rogers has dabbled in bird and nature photography most of his life, but took it up seriously when he moved to Florida eight years ago to teach at Valencia.

“I like to use my photography to share with others the beauty of our natural world and hopefully lead them to consider the value of preserving it,” Rogers said.

His images have been published in Florida Wildlife Magazine, National Wildlife Magazine, and a variety of other publications, including a National Geographic book on bird coloration that came out last year. You can find some of his published prize-winning images here: http://www.pbase.com/paleojack/award_winning_and_published_images

Rogers also regularly donates his images to conservation organizations such at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, the Florida Wildlife Federation and the Audubon Society.

In addition to geology, Rogers teaches a course on nature photography which is offered in the spring on the East Campus. The course includes four field trips where his students practice in the techniques they learn in the classroom. Examples of the students’ work is now on display around the East Campus.

Source: Carol Traynor, Marketing and Strategic Communications

student thank you: sylvia

I would like to thank you for the scholarship that was given to me. I am a single mother who started my venture to return to college almost two years ago. This spring will be my final semester here at Valencia. I will be transferring to UCF and continue my studies there. My passion is to work with children. I want to get my degree in psychology and work in the school system or with the Department of Children and Families.

Since I came back to school I have been a full-time student and have juggled work, being a mother and school and have been able to maintain good grades. I am very proud of my achievements and thank you for the scholarship, because without scholarships like these, continuing my education would not have been possible. I have worked hard and am pleased with where I am academically. I am a very determined person and I want to be a wonderful example to my two sons and other children. I want them to know that the sky is the limit in life, and as long as you dedicate yourself to something, no matter what anyone says, your goals can and will be achieved. It is never too late! Scholarships like the one you have given me are truly a blessing. Thank you for your generosity.