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Title V Osceola - College to Careers

News and Updates

Residential Property Management Program Prepares for Students*

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Valencia College's Residential Property Management AS Degree program, the development of which was funded through the U.S. Department of Education's Title V Osceola Grant, has taken several steps forward to prepare to welcome students for the first time this fall.

 

  • Eldon WarfieldVeteran of the industry Eldon Warfield will serve as a faculty member and Program Chair for the new Residential Property Management AS Degree program beginning this fall. Eldon is the President of IREM's West Coast Florida Chapter and has over 30 years of experience at all levels of the Residential Property Management industry. He has been working, through funding from the Title V Osceola Grant, this summer to build the program's Advisory Council and to market the program to potential students.
  • The Advisory Council for the program, which is made up of experts from across the industry, including our partners at the National Apartment Association, Florida Apartment Association, the Apartment Association of Greater Orlando, and a number of management companies from across Central Florida, met for the first time on July 10th. The group's goal will be to guide the program to ensure it remains current with the industry.
  • Throughout July, Valencia staff and our new Residential Property Management faculty member, Eldon Warfield, teamed up with Title V Osceola Grant staff to host two webinars for incumbent workers in Residential Property Management to explain the new degree program and to answer questions before potential students apply to Valencia. A meeting for current Valencia students is scheduled for July 25th.

*pending approval from SACSCOC

 

Hospitality Partners Help Guide Program Growth

Hospitality

As we search for new ways to expand our Hospitality program at Valencia College, the Osceola Campus reached out to area partners in the Hospitality industry to look for new ways to reach out to potential students. On July 10, 2017, partners from SeaWorld, Reunion Resort, Marriott, Holiday Inn Vacation Clubs, and more gathered with Hospitality program staff from our Osceola and West campuses to discuss new ideas for course scheduling and marketing the program to their incumbent workers. The new elements will take time to develop, but check back on our News and Events page for updates.

Ad Astra Configuration Underway

A project is underway to implement software that will help the Osceola Campus, and ultimately all Valencia campuses, to increase capacity for students through better space utilization. The project aligns with Goal 3 of the Title V Osceola Grant; and through U.S. Department of Education funding, the Osceola Campus was able to purchase the Ad imageAstra Scheduler software to complete this task. The software was purchased earlier this year and configuration began in July. On July 19th and 20th, Ad Astra representatives visited the Osceola Campus to meet with the college wide configuration team to make key decisions about how the software will be set up. Implementation tasks will continue into the fall and we hope to be scheduling classes in the Scheduler by the Summer of 2018.

 

Next Stop: Transportation, Logistics, and Supply Chain

Valencia Moves Forward With Exploring Transportation, Logistics, and Distribution Programs

On June 14, 2017, experts in the fields of Transportation, Logistics, Supply Chain, and Distribution met at the Valencia College Osceola Campus to discuss the needs of the industry and how Valencia College might develop a program to train students to meet those needs. Representatives from Disney, Sea World, Rooms to Go, FreshPoint, HNM Global Logistics, Saddle Creek Logistics, and FedEx joined representatives from Osceola County, Port Canaveral, and the Florida Department of Transportation to talk about the job and educational skills needed to keep Osceola County competitive in the 21st century marketplace when it comes to moving goods from their manufacturer all the way to the consumer.

The next step in this process will be for the team at Valencia to work together to determine what kind of program we will create. Fortunately, many of our participants expressed an interest in continuing to be a part of that process. Stay tuned for more information as we move forward in this process.

 

New Property Management A.S. Degree Finds a Home in Osceola County

Valencia College's new A.S. Degree program in Residential Property Management will soon be ready to start accepting students for the Fall 2017 semester. The 60-hour degree program will include classes in all aspects of residential property management with an aim toward preparing graduates for careers in areas such as apartment complex management. Students will also be prepared, through the program, to sit for the Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) license. Look for details on the program and a link to the program website in the coming months. The work to develop the project is being managed through the Title V Osceola grant office, including curriculum development and program marketing.

 

Future Teachers Academy Creates Community Partnership

Valencia College School District of Osceola County University of Central Florida

Building partnerships across our community is an important part of the Title V Osceola grant and one new program is doing just that in a big way. The Future Teachers Academy began accepting a pilot group of students at the Osceola Campus in the fall of 2016 and will admit a new set of students in the fall of 2017. The students are joining a cohort that will go through their Associate of Arts (AA) degree program at Valencia together and then apply for admission to the University of Central Florida's Elementary Education program. Their UCF classes will be taught at the UCF regional campus building on Valencia's Osceola Campus. The School District of Osceola County has also gotten involved in the project, providing substitute teaching opportunities to students on Mondays and Fridays, while their classes are offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The students will also have first access to jobs in the Osceola County School system.

 

Articulation Opportunities Abound for Osceola Students

Valencia CollegeTECO

Through the work of the Title V Osceola grant, we are pleased to announce the creation of several new articulation agreements with our community partner, TECO, the Technical Education Center Osceola. These agreements will help educate students so they can meet community employment needs.

  • Students in TECO's Medical Laboratory Assisting program can now earn up to 4 credits in Valencia's Biomedical Technology A.S. Degree program.
  • Students in TECO's Cosmetology and Pharmacy Technician programs can now earn 24-27 credits in Valencia's Supervision for Management & Industry A.S. Degree program.
  • Beginning in 2018, students in TECO's Medical Coder Biller program who earn the Certified Coder Associate (CCA) certification from AHIMA or Certified Professional Coder (CPC) from AAPC will be able to earn 25 credits in Valencia's Health Information Technology A.S. Degree program.

We look forward to the creation of new pathways for TECO's students in the future.

A new articulation agreement is also now in place with the Academy of Construction Technologies (A.C.T.). A.C.T. works with high school juniors and seniors to train them in construction-related trades. Students completing the A.C.T. program can now earn 2-4 internship credits in Valencia's Building Construction Technology A.S. Degree program.

 

TECO Students Gain New Student Experience

Tanisha Castor

The partnership between Valencia College and TECO is growing even stronger as TECO students engage in Valencia's New Student Experience (NSE) class. Valencia NSE Professor Tanisha Castor is teaching Valencia's coordinated experience for all first-year students on the TECO campus. The class is required for almost all of the Valencia A.S. Degree programs that TECO students can bring their industry certificates into for college credits through our articulation agreements.

In the fall of 2016, 22 Dual Enrollment (DE) students from the TECO Paths High School program completed the class, and an additional 10 DE students and 5 adult students in TECO certificate programs completed the class in the spring of 2017. The adult students were granted tuition waivers and were only required to purchase their books for the class. A new class is already forming for fall of 2017.

The goal of the NSE class is to teach study skills, acclimate the students to the college experience, and to provide an avenue for career exploration. The 3-credit class also makes their TECO certificates immediately eligible for credit awards once they enroll for a new semester at Valencia. The class will help fulfill the goal of the Title V Osceola grant to make more students aware of the certificate articulation opportunities and to help them to take advantage of those opportunities.

 

New Classroom Equipment Provides Opportunities

Synchronized Learning Classroom

In addition to the Blackboard Collaborate project, the Title V Osceola grant has partnered with Valencia's Office of Instructional Technology (OIT) and our East Campus to pilot a new way to help Osceola Campus students gain access to A.S. Degree programs on other campuses. Over $111,000 in grant funds was used to help purchase equipment to outfit a classroom at Osceola Campus, and one at the East Campus, with touchscreen monitors, cameras and microphones. We are calling the experience Synchronized Learning because the two classrooms are in synch, in the same class, at the same time.

The pilot class, Introduction to Paralegal Studies, was held in the Spring of 2017. Instructor Wendy Toscano was able to see, to hear, and to fully interact with the students at Osceola Campus from her classroom at East Campus. The students at Osceola Campus told Title V Grant Director Dr. Jennifer Keefe after the class ended that they felt connected to the instructor and appreciated the chance to take their class without having to drive to the East Campus. 

A second pilot of Introduction to Paralegal is scheduled for this summer and there are plans to add new class offerings over the Synchronized Learning System in the fall.

 

Changes to Supervision A.S. Degree Will Help Students

Valencia College is making it easier for students to transfer credits from certificate programs into our Supervision for Management and Industry A.S. Degree program. In the past, students transferring credit through articulation from TECO would only be awarded a lump-sum of credits that did not equate to actual classes in the program. Now, those credits apply to actual program coursework.

In the process of making the change, we also updated the name of the degree, which used to be called Industrial Management Supervision. The new name reflects the more broad scope of the degree. We also added the required New Student Experience class to the A.S. Degree to help students get better acclimated to college. The change impacts TECO students in the Industrial-related programs, such as Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating, Automotive Service Technology, Cosmetology, Pharmacy Technician, and Electricity. They can earn 24-27 credit hours for earning any of those certificates from TECO and then coming to Valencia College.

 

 

Serving the Community

 

For more info about the College to Careers
Title V Osceola campus grant, contact:

Dr. Jennifer Keefe, Grant Director
Jkeefe1@valenciacollege.edu
(407) 582-4823

Dr. James McDonald, Osceola campus Dean of Career & Technical Programs
Jmcdonald4@valenciacollege.edu
(407) 582-4401