Career Pathways

Meet the Staff

Vicki Fine, Manager

Vicki Fine,

Vicki joined Valencia College in 2012 as a coordinator in Conferencing and College Events where she was actively involved with college-wide, department, and community events as well as Valencia hosted conferences. Vicki joined the Career and Workforce Education team as coordinator of Career Pathways in 2015. In the coordinator role and as part of the Perkins Grant, Vicki worked with the Career Pathways Consortium, comprised of Valencia College and Orange and Osceola County school districts, to build pathways from secondary to post-secondary education for Career Pathways students interested in attending Valencia College. Vicki is actively involved with Career Pathways on the state level as a Region Vice President in the Florida Career Pathways Network.

In 2016 Vicki's role expanded to manager, Career Pathways. While Vicki continues to work with the Career Pathways Consortium to build secondary pathways, she also works with technical college campuses and Valencia's Tech Express coaches to develop the exciting Tech Express initiative between Valencia, Orange Technical College and the Technical Education Center Osceola. This initiative will serve to create more clearly defined pathways for students at technical college campuses and a better understanding of options available at Valencia. As manager, Career Pathways, Vicki continues to work on strengthening relationships in the community by giving students more opportunities to develop skills, abilities and knowledge that provide life-sustaining wages and meet employers' needs.

Vicki brings her collaboration and organizational skills to this position along with over a decade of experience serving faculty, staff, and students in higher education. She holds a Master in Business Administration and Bachelor of Business Administration from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA. Vicki also received her certifications as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) in 2013, a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) in 2015, a Career Pathways Leader in 2015 and was a graduate from the 2014 PIVOT 180 Leadership Academy.

Vicki enjoys helping others develop professionally, reading on the beach, and spending time with her family in Apopka, FL.

Laurie Staiger, Career Pathways Specialist

Anita Gentz

Laurie joined Valencia College as a Career Pathways Specialist in 2018 but is not new to Valencia. She earned an AS degree in Electronics Engineering and an AA in pre education from Valencia, which she transferred to UCF for a BS in Elementary Education, and went on to earn a Master's in Library and Information Science from USF. Laurie has worked in higher education for the last seven years including two years as a fulltime faculty member. She previously worked at the Orlando Science Center as an educator and curriculum designer.

Laurie has spent her weekends volunteering as a docent at the Central Florida Zoo for over 14 years which is where she realized her interest in education. She has a passion for animal rescue, the environment and just being outdoors enjoying the nature of her adopted state of Florida. When she is not outdoors, she spends time with her many rescued pets. Laurie plans to continue traveling each year to new destinations and her goal is to visit all 59 national parks.

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