Progression to Degree

LifeMap Stage

Students enrolled while completing their 16 to 44 credit hours of college course work are implementing career and educational plans and confirming decisions about their goals. Students benefit from exploring, adjusting or confirming their career and educational goals and connecting with Valencia resources and educational experiences to enhance their educational experience.

Success Indicators

  • Revise education plan as needed documenting progression toward goal.
  • Determine career options in My Career Planner.
  • Develop financial literacy and a financial plan for continued education and life after graduation using My Financial Planner.
  • Complete General Education requirements.
  • Examine and reflect on what you learned in terms of the defined program learning outcomes for chosen degree.
  • If seeking an Associate of Arts degree to transfer to an upper-division program, determine pre-requisites that may be needed for intended degree at the transfer institution.
  • Explore chosen career field by participating in internships, job shadowing, information interviews, volunteer experiences or by conducting internet searches.
  • Explore options for continued education or employment after graduation.
  • Maintain social connections on campus with staff, students, advisors, and faculty.
  • Continue to participate in campus activities or organizations.
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Student on Winter Park Campus
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Programs and Services

For more information about these programs, go to the Answer Center on any campus.

Academic Warning System

Students whose grade point average and completion of course rates fall below 2.0 G.P.A. are placed on academic warning or probation and receive special advising intervention and coaching in success strategies to assist them in improving their academic performance. Students who are re-admitted after academic suspension must meet with an Academic Advisor, Career Advisor or Counselor and are required to have their educational plan and to meet with them during the term.

AA Degrees with Degree Pathways

In an effort to assist students with their long-term career plans, Valencia has articulated pre-majors. These pre-major programs are designed for easy articulation into Florida’s State University System. They also facilitate a student’s academic progress through Valencia by providing a well-developed plan of action from term to term.

Career Centers

The Career Center assist students with the opportunity for take assessments and make career decisions. Those students who have already taken the Student Success class may choose to use My Career Planner and My Job Prospects to be sure they are aligned with current skills and training requirements for today’s fast-paced job market. Students may also check current transfer requirements for their chosen University or College.

Core Competencies

As students progress toward their degrees, they are given repeated opportunities to employ Valencia’s Core Competencies – THINK, VALUE, COMMUNICATE, ACT. The goal of the college is to assist students to THINK clearly, critically, and creatively; to analyze, synthesize, integrate, and evaluate in many domains of human life; to make reasoned VALUE judgments and responsible commitments; to COMMUNICATE with different audiences using varied means, and to ACT purposefully, reflectively, and responsibly.

My Portfolio

My Portfolio enables students to work with faculty and staff to document mastery of the Core Competencies: think, value, communicate, act. The portfolio enables students to capture demonstrations of learning (via assignments, written work, art work, co-curricular activities) from specific courses and experiences throughout their educational program.

Ethnically Diverse Student Programs

The Coordinator of the Recruitment and Retention of Ethnically Diverse students has developed a number of strategies to specially assist these traditionally under-represented students. Letters are sent to all students at the beginning of the academic year to inform them about special services, collegewide workshops, and strategies for success. Career interest forms are included which students are invited to return. Follow-up with the students that return the interest cards includes academic warning interventions, congratulations on academic achievement, and invitation to special programs based on career interests.

Honors Program

Valencia’s Honors Program provides the academically gifted and highly motivated student with an enriched program of course work and extra-curricular activities. The program focuses on developing the student’s critical thinking skills and helping the student become an independent learner.


Valencia boast one of the largest internship programs in Florida. Each year over 200 employers provide opportunities for more than 500 students in areas ranging from accounting to zoology. To see what opportunities are available, visit our website at:

Leadership Development

The Student Development office fosters the development of leadership skills. The annual Student Leadership Symposium is one opportunity for students from all campuses to explore leadership theories and practices and to interact with each other.

Student Leaders

Peer Educators are student leaders who are recruited for a one-year term to work at Valencia. They assist with office responsibilities, become educators in health and wellness issues, such as alcohol awareness, personal safety, safe sex, and general wellness practices, and serve as ambassadors to the college.

Welcome Team are student leaders who assist with individual tours, orientation tours and assist the Student Development Office with other college-wide activities. They assist students in the Information Station and provide assistance with college-wide and campus events.

Atlas Access Lab leaders are student leaders who assist inside the Atlas Access Labs on each campus. They assist students with registration, financial aid, and admissions processes. In addition, they support New Student Orientation by giving the overview of Atlas and support the Student Success classes by presenting the LifeMap Tools introduction.

DirectConnect to UCF®

Valencia has a partnership with UCF that will guarantee admission to UCF for any student who graduates with an AA degree from Valencia. UCF staff are located on Valencia campuses to meet with students and encourage a smooth transition

DirectConnect to UCF®