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POSTSECONDARY TRANSITION

ACCESS Initiative

A special initiative for Hispanic and African-American students in elementary, middle, and high school to encourage school achievement and understanding of postsecondary education options. Once enrolled at Valencia, students participate in enrichment programs and special events, and are guided through processes to access various campus services.

ALCANZA: Reaching for the Best!

An after-school program for 10th and 11th grade students, for which special invitations are given to Hispanic youth. Workshops focus on discovering and developing talents, preparing for college, and developing peer support to assist in reaching goals. Mentors, tutoring, field trips and a week long summer component on a Valencia campus are included.

America Reads

A reading literacy program targeting 3rd grade students in low performing schools.  Valencia students on work-study funds receive training to serve as reading tutors.

Articulation Agreements

Over 30 articulation agreements have been established between Valencia and Orange County and Osceola County high schools to increase transition to postsecondary education by reducing students' cost and time-to-degree.

Best Practices Awards

Faculty from K-12, technical, and community college are invited to submit applications for the Best Practices Award program. Winners in gold, silver, and bronze categories receive awards and recognition for their work in tying classroom learning to career preparation at an annual award ceremony held at Valencia.


Bridges

Summer program to assist at-risk high school graduates to make successful transition to college. Successful completers receive a two-year tuition scholarship at Valencia.

Career Exploration

Ninth grade students complete a three-phase curriculum-based process that focuses on career planning, self-awareness, career exploration, and preparation for college transition. The first two phases occur in the school setting and the third phase takes place at Valencia where students use Valencia educational planning software to plan their college career.

Career Safari

High school students see and ask about jobs in Central Florida through interaction with business and community agency representatives, Valencia degree program faculty, and a motivational speaker. The program includes a campus tour and an interactive presentation of current job market statistics.

College Night

High school juniors and seniors and their families are invited to visit Valencia and over 170 other college representatives in a fair-like forum during two evenings in October.

Counselor Staff Development Workshop

Middle and high school counselors from three area counties are invited for a one-day workshop held at Valencia to enjoy a keynote address, learn about new Valencia programs, and share ideas about how to better assist students in college transition decisions.

College Placement Test (CPT)

Valencia provides assessment in the high schools as requested to 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students to provide feedback on preparation in reading, English, and mathematics so that remediation improvement can be achieved through the high school curriculum.


Destination 2001

High school faculty is invited to participate in a summer faculty development workshop with Valencia faculty that focuses on issues of instructional improvement and curriculum re-design.

Dual Enrollment

Accelerated mechanism that allows high school students with a 3.0 grade point average or higher to take college level courses and earn both high school and college credit. Over 2,000 high school students are enrolled this year.

Educators in Industry

High school and college faculty visit business and industry partners to improve their understanding of the needs and requirements of the workplace.

Fast Track to Enrollment

A special "one-stop" program for new students from under-represented ethnic populations held in July. Students complete all steps from orientation to course selection in a one-day Saturday program and leave with a schedule for the fall semester. The program includes workshops on success strategies, motivational speakers, and parent/family programs.

Financial Aid Workshops

As requested, Valencia staff provides workshops to parents and students in high schools and community groups in English and Spanish.

GEAR-UP

Students start the program in the 7th grade at selected middle schools and continue in it through high school completion. Through skills assessment, academic enrichment programs, tutoring, cultural and college events, teacher and parent programs, students improve school performance and prepare for college.

Mock College

10th grade students experience a day in the life of a college student. Students experience placement testing, advising, orientation, financial aid, lunch, and classes. Students learn about how to prepare to enroll in college and that college is attainable for them.


Preview Tours

The Postsecondary Transition Team/Ambassador program provides tours to schools, groups, and community agencies that are interested in visiting the college as they make their career decisions.

Reach

High school students participate in a Saturday program on campus at Valencia throughout the school year with a focus on academic assistance in English, math, reading, and career exploration. Highlights include a tour of colleges and presentations by local professionals who share their experiences to achieve career success.

Readiness

Students in grades 6-8 participate in a seven-week summer program on campus in which they experience fun career, academic, and personal exploration exercises and learn about postsecondary education and career options.

Remediation Reduction

A pilot-test program in selected high schools in which students use computer based instruction similar to that used at Valencia to complete mathematics requirements, and are able to enter Valencia ready for College Algebra.

Road Rules

Special new student orientation workshops designed for previous year high school graduates and held in June to allow students to complete their entry requirements and get registered for fall classes early.

Scholarship Program

The Presidents. Matador, and Principal Merit scholarships are awarded to high school graduates from Orange and Osceola counties who graduate in the top 15% of their class or who are recommended from their principal.

Senior Campaign

Intentionally designed system of written and program contacts with the current year Senior Class in Orange and Osceola county high schools. Begins with parent letter during the summer before the senior year and continues with program invitations, follow up correspondence, guided steps to complete entry requirements, and ending with a unique t-shirt contest for students who enrolled and a check-up phone call to assure that students "start right."


Senior Choice Day

Undecided and uncommitted 12th grade students are invited to a special program hosted by a prominent area business (Universal Studios, Disney) that includes a motivational speaker and an exploration to postsecondary choices including military, technical centers, and Valencia. Students make a written commitment at the end of the day.

Students-in-Industry

Students participating in a magnet or academy program explore their career of interest by visiting a local business for a day and learning the complete options available in that industry as well as the career requirements.

Teach In

Orange County Public Schools sponsor the program for a day in November in which Valencia faculty and staff go to elementary, middle, and high schools and make presentations to students on a variety of topics.

Tech Prep

High school students enroll in career programs and earn college credit by completing specified coursework and an assessment. Articulation agreements allow students to achieve a seamless transition from high school to college and save time and money by earning college credit while in high school.

Transitions

A one-act theatrical production for 8th grade students that help students understand that they have a unique gift or talent, that college is affordable, and college is fun. The production is followed by a Tech Prep presentation, and a tour of campus. Transitions won a Student Development Exemplary Practice Award from the Florida Association of Community Colleges.


Upward Bound

High school students who qualify may be selected for this prestigious program that includes academic year and summer program components that focus on academic achievement and preparation for college. Activities include field trips, educational planning, enriched academic instruction, academic and personal advising, tutoring, mentoring, and cultural exploration.

Whose Brain Is It Anyway?

9th grade students are invited to a fun-filled, improv presentation that creates potential life scenarios for students that help them understand a variety of career paths and educational tracks that they can begin to prepare for while in high school. It focuses on three main themes: "Get Serious. Get Focused. Get Moving."

 

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