New Student Experience

Welcome to the New Experience webpage, where you will find valuable resources to help support you in your first semester and beyond! The New Student Experience (SLS 1122) is a credit-earning course designed to assist students in formulating their purpose in life. Through self-discovery, students will investigate their interests, strengths and personal values that align with their educational and career goals.


The New Student Experience is designed to improve student learning and overall progress in college and beyond. This course is based on the foundation of the following "Six Ps": 

The Six Ps: place, purpose, pathway, plan, preparation and personal connection.
  • Place: Students will demonstrate awareness of college support systems
  • Purpose: Students will create a personal purpose statement that outlines and articulates their values, goals, interests and strengths in relation to their educational and career aspirations
  • Pathway: Students will choose an academic program aligned with their educational/career goals, interests, strengths, and values
  • Plan: Students will design an education plan that includes goals for learning and a financial plan
  • Preparation: Students will apply college success skills, and
  • Personal Connection: Students will demonstrate effective communication skills with diverse groups

Need help getting started? 

Links to help guide you on your journey to success at Valencia College
  • Getting Started: How to get started in your online classes
  • How to Succeed: Strategies to help you be successful in online classes
  • Getting Help: College resources that can help you with assignments and technology



First Year Tips for Success

Valencia Student Leaders share their first year tips for success

Student Support and Services

Students in class raising hands


Did you know Valencia College offers more than ten different Student Life Skills courses such as "Job Search", "Digital Learning Strategies", and "Career Development"? Please note other Student Life Skills courses will not replace SLS 1122, if required by your degree program. Check out the full list of courses and see which one is right for you!

Full List of Courses 


Department Contact Information

Leonard BassExec Dean's Office DTCExecutive Dean, DTC(407) 582-2745
Marg LambLearning Support Office WECAdmin Asst, Learning Supt(407) 582-1031
Leslie LeadbeaterLearning Support Office OSCAdmin Asst, Learning Supt(407) 582--4915
Nicole NormandinExec Dean's Office DTCExecutive Assistant(407) 582-2823
Melissa ShankCareer Program Advising EACCoord, Program Advisor(407) 582-2074
Landon ShephardLearning Support Office OSCDean, Learning Supp OSC(407) 582-4877
Jennifer TomlinsonLearning Support Office WECDean,Learning Supp WEC(407) 582-1908

*EAC = East Campus | OSC = Osceola Campus | WEC = West Campus