Task Forces

In the spirit of collaboration, Valencia College formed interdisciplinary taskforces to carefully plan and prepare for the phased reopening of the College. Four taskforces were formed to focus on preparing the facilities, the workplace, the workforce and our learning environments. Each taskforce had a specific charge and worked together to craft recommendations and considerations for each of the four phases of the reopening process, taking guidance from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local and state health agencies, and Orlando Health, our local planning partner. Each taskforce developed recommendations with the following principles to help guide the decisions.


For questions related to the plans for reopening or COVID-19, contact Organizational Development and Human Resources at HR4U@valenciacollege.edu or call 407-299-5000, extension 4748.


Roadmap for Reopening

This document contains the four phases of our reopening plan and considerations for each phase.


Our roadmap for reopening and the underlying plans will:

 

  • Provide guidance and operational details and steps to be employed once a decision has been made to reopen a building, facility, location, or campus. Contemplate how the college will open in stages as needs and resources for different programs, facilities, etc. may differ. 
  • Be aligned with college direction including the Roadmap for Reopening, academic plans for fall 2020 and the operating budget.
  • Be designed to minimize disruptions to teaching and learning, engagement, and student persistence in the event that stay-at-home or strict social distancing orders are implemented.
  • Recognize that individual employee and student readiness for returning to campuses is different than organizational readiness for reopening which may require flexibility in scheduling, remote work, and absence/leave. 
  • Reduce population density on campuses and in individual locations in Phases 2 and 3 of our roadmap. 
  • Provide a framework for determining which work/roles will remain remote into Phases 2 and 3 of our roadmap.
  • Be well coordinated across locations, departments, and teams.

Planning Taskforces and Members


Preparing the Facilities

Focus: After a decision has been made to reopen a facility and before members of our community return to a campus/building that has been vacated for a significant period of time, staff should complete a variety of pre-return checks, tasks, and assessments to ensure a healthy and safe environment. Specific areas of focus include:

  • Safety for those employees returning to prepare the facilities
  • Cleaning, disinfecting, and supplies needed to prepare the facilities
  • Core building infrastructure assessment (water, air conditioning, elevators, etc.)
  • Building systems: mechanical and HVAC
  • Business operations including food/beverage services, other vendors
Members:
  • Shaun Andrews, Assistant Vice President, Facilities and Maintenance Operations (Co-chair)
  • Neisa Farley, Manager Campus Operations West (Co-chair)
  • Paul Rooney, Assistant Vice President, Operations
  • Mike Favorit, Managing Director Safety and Security
  • Max Arb, Manager, Campus Operations 
  • Sal Navarro, Manager, Campus Operations, Winter Park
  • Boris Feijoo, Superintendent, Plant Ops, East
  • Troy Rogers, Superintendent, Plant Ops, West
  • Michelle Sever, Director, Policy and Special Projects
  • Jeffrey Filko, Director, Auxiliary Services
  • Yaremis Fullana, Managing Director, Procurement
  • Rudy Darden, Professor , English, Downtown
  • Chara Young, Director, Organizational Communication
  • Joe Battista, Vice President, Global, Professional and Continuing Education

Preparing the Workforce

Focus: After a decision has been made to open a facility, building, location, or campus, the College needs a plan to support employees who may be returning to a physical work location, ensuring a safe, smooth and successful transition for individuals, teams and the organization.

  • Addressing anxiety  and change management
  • Communications
  • New or adjusted policies, procedures, and practices
  • New or adjusted roles and responsibilities
  • Information security 
  • Remote work plans
Members:
  • Carla McKnight, Assistant Vice President, Organizational Development (Co-chair)
  • Jenni Campbell, Dean, Communications and Languages, Osceola (Co-chair)
  • Katie Tagye, Director, Organizational Design and Development
  • Jennifer Page, Director, Organizational Development and Human Resources Projects and Planning
  • Carolyn McMorran, Assistant Vice President, Professional and Continuing Education
  • Eda Davis-Lowe, Assistant Vice President, Partnerships for Educational Equity
  • Orin Monrose, Director, Enterprise and Storage Security
  • Edna Jones Miller, Dean of Students, Downtown 
  • Max Arb, Manager, Campus Operations, Osceola
  • Carin Gordon, Dean Business, Information Technology and Public Service, East
  • Jamie Prusak, Professor, Biology, Winter Park
  • Lauren Thomas, Professor, Mathematics, Osceola
  • Vanessa Dela Paz-Ramos, Assistant Director, Budget/Analysis
  • Wendy Jo Moyer, Assistant Director, Organizational Communication
  • Wendy Givoglu, Interim Campus President, East and Winter Park

Preparing the Workplace

Focus: In preparation for the return of our colleagues to the physical workplace, and after a decision has been made to open a facility, building, location, or campus, the College should consider a variety of pre-workforce return checks, tasks and assignments. We need a plan for ongoing facilities cleaning, supplies, signage and other facets of facilities maintenance including a COVID-19-specific workplace plan that outlines strategies and tactics to combat and/or minimize the likelihood of spread of virus in the workplace including: 

  • Physical distancing plans
  • Protective equipment for high-traffic, face-to-face service areas
  • Frequently-touched surface cleaning protocols and supplies
  • Contaminant control
  • Continued remote work
Members:
  • Paul Rooney, Assistant Vice President, Operations (Co-chair)
  • Ryan Kane, Assistant Vice President, Equity and Access (Co-chair)
  • Shaun Andrews, Assistant Vice President, Facilities and Maintenance Operations
  • Jonathan Hernandez, Manager, Campus Lake Nona
  • Jamie Rost, Managing Director, Campus Technology Services
  • Adam Vierbikas, Assistant Director, Procurement
  • Roger Corriveau, Manager, Campus Operations, East
  • Bryce Cook, Manager, Campus, Poinciana
  • Marty Campbell, Superintendent, Plant Ops, Osceola
  • Jodi Staller, Manager, Campus, Evening/Weekend Manager
  • Diane Gomez, Professor, Nursing
  • Sam Murugan, Professor, Mathematics
  • Bob Gessner, Dea, Science
  • Tom Keller, Director, Total Rewards
  • Judy Jackson, Director, Business Operations
  • Chara Young, Director, Organizational Communication
  • Falecia Williams, Campus President, West and Downtown

Preparing the Learning Environment

Focus: When we decide to open a learning environment on a campus, we need a plan to prepare the space. In preparation for the return of our students to the learning environment, the College should pay particular attention to how students and faculty will experience the campus, classroom, co-curricular experiences and learning. We need a plan for specialized learning spaces like labs, learning support, co-curricular spaces, etc. to include plans for:

  • Physical distancing
  • Frequently-touched surface cleaning protocols and supplies
  • Contaminant control
  • Protocols for campus events
Members:
  • Stanton Reed, Professor, Business and Accounting, and Faculty Association President (Co-chair)
  • Michelle Foster, Dean, Academic Affairs (Co-chair)
  • Paul Rooney, Assistant Vice President, Operations
  • Shaun Andrews, Assistant Vice President, Facilities and Maintenance Operations
  • Lisa Eli, Assistant Vice President, Global and Continuing Education
  • Wendi Dew, Assistant Vice President, Teaching and Learning
  • Nelson Sepulveda, Director, Student Development
  • Josh Austin, Director, Student Development
  • Joe Sarrubbo, Dean of Students, East Region
  • Leonard Bass, Dean of Learning Support
  • Michael Blackburn, Manager, Learning Support Services
  • Melissa Pedone, Interim Executive Dean, Osceola
  • Roberta Carew, Professor, Mathematics
  • Paul Chapman, Professor, Humanities
  • Angelica Vagle, Professor, Chemistry
  • Karene Best, Librarian
  • Andrew Piercy, Professor, Biology
  • Justine Monsalve, Manager, Laboratories
  • Jade Lewis, Manager, Instructional Technology
  • Amy Downs, Instructional Lab Supervisor
  • Wendy Jo Moyer, Assistant Director, Organizational Communication
  • Amy Bosley, Vice President, Organizational Development and Human Resources