Strategic Planning at Valencia

Knowledge & Innovation Economy


Vision Statement:

All students should be prepared to compete in an economy that is increasingly globalized and entrepreneurial


Working Theory:

Innovation transforms knowledge. (Advancement of knowledge in relation to economic activities.)


1. Foster entrepreneurial spirit to encourage business growth


  • Create certificates, programs or institutes in entrepreneurship.
  • Provide continuing education courses for evolving industries.
  • Develop new programming, degrees and certifications that integrate entrepreneurial skills.

2. Entice business relocations by aligning educational programs to company needs


  • Conduct job task and skill-gap analysis with businesses and educational partners to track modern-day needs and tailor programs appropriately.
  • Hold collaboration summits to encourage cross-sector collaboration.
  • Identify emerging career pathways and career progression in Central Florida.

3. Create new pathways to well-paying careers


  • Create opportunities for students to interact with a wider cross-section of business leaders in sector summits.
  • Connect Valencia College's students with CareerSource and other community partners for higher job placement rates.
  • Expand students' understanding of multiple careers available within industries.
  • Explore with industry partners new sectors that respond to emerging training and educational needs.



If you are interested in becoming part of this strategic initiatives work team, or if you would like to learn more, please contact one of the sponsors below:

Falecia Williams

Lead Sponsor

Campus President, West & Downtown

Kathleen Plinske

Lead Sponsor

Campus President, Lake Nona, Osceola, Poinciana

Stacey Johnson

Lead Sponsor

Campus President, East & Winter Park

Joe Battista


Vice President, Global, Professional, and Continuing Education

Susan Ledlow


Vice President, Academic Affairs & Planning

The Power to Serve: Valencia's Five-Year Impact Plan

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Contact Information:

Susan Ledlow
VP, Academic Affairs & Planning
P: 407-582-3423

Karen M. Borglum
AVP, Curriculum & Assessment
P: 407-582-3455

Noelia Maldonado Rodriguez
Coordinator, Institutional Advancement
P: 407-582-3487


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