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|Valencia Junior College
Valencia Community College
|Motto||We Say You Can.|
|Location||Orlando, Florida, USA|
|Colors||Red and Gold|
|Affiliations||Florida College System
Association of Florida Colleges
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
The college was founded in 1967 as "Valencia Junior College," taking the name "Valencia Community College" in 1971. In December 2010, Valencia's Board of Trustees voted to change the name to "Valencia College," because the academic scope of the school had expanded to include bachelor's degrees. Valencia has several campus locations in Orlando with additional campus locations in Winter Park and Kissimmee. Valencia is ranked first in the United States for the number of associate's degrees.
The Aspen Institute awarded Valencia the first Aspen Prize for College Excellence after a year-long effort to recognize extraordinary accomplishments in individual institutions of the nation’s 1,200 community colleges. The Aspen award was granted based on "a rigorous, yearlong effort to... assemble and review an unprecedented collection of data on community colleges and the critical elements of student success: student learning, degree completion, equity, and employment after graduation."
The official seal of the college includes the coat of arms of Valencia, Spain, in the middle and the entire diamond design stems from it. However, the college is not named for the city in Spain, but rather for the Valencia oranges which used to be prevalent in Central Florida.
The mascot of Valencia College is a Matador.
College-wide Headcount was 68,351 for 2015.
51.6% AA 48.6% AS/AAS/Certificate
Race/Ethnicity Diversity Enrollment: 17.9% African American, 4.9% Asian/Pacific Islander, 32.5% Caucasian, 32.5% Hispanic, 0.3% Native American, 11.5% Other
The Valencia Foundation's $68 million endowment is about 12 times the average community college endowment, which reflects an abnormally large commitment of local business, organizations, and individuals, including the foundation's board of directors.
Valencia College operates a total of six campuses and three sites in its service area, which encompasses Orange County and Osceola County.
The average class size is 23 students. A longstanding partnership between Valencia College and the University of Central Florida has contributed to Valencia’s transfer rate, considered to be the highest in the country. DirectConnect to UCF guarantees Valencia graduates acceptance and streamlined admission to the University of Central Florida. Since the program’s inception in 2006, approximately 45,000 students have indicated that they are DirectConnect students.
The Valencia College School of Public Safety houses three major program areas: Criminal Justice, Fire Rescue and Safety and Security. Valencia College will train the next generation of public safety professionals using state-of-the-art technology and the latest in simulation training. Programs for firefighters, law enforcement, corrections, security officers and homeland security elevate and unify training standards across all divisions of public safety. This interdisciplinary approach promotes cross-sector training and collaboration between public safety agencies that help make our communities safer—both in times of crisis and in maintaining the peace.
Valencia Continuing Education and Professional Training is located at West Campus. Valencia's continuing education, training and professional development division of Valencia College serves businesses, government agencies, individuals and organizations of all sizes, across every industry throughout the Central Florida community.
Valencia International and Continuing Education is located alongside the continuing education and professional training division at West Campus. Valencia's International and Continuing Education division offers conversational English and Spanish courses, cultural diversity workshops, American sign language and corporate training programs to prepare students for entry into a college degree program.
Tuition for Florida residents is $103.06 per credit hour for students pursuing an associate degree. Tuition is $390.96 per credit hour for out-of-state students pursuing an associate degree.
(So for a Florida resident taking 15 credits per semester, the cost of 30 credits – or a full year of attendance – would be $3091.80 per year, while an out-of-state student would pay $11,728.80 for a full year of classes.)
Tuition is $112.19 per credit hour for Florida residents pursuing a bachelor's degree at Valencia. Tuition is $427.59 per credit hour for out-of-state students pursuing a bachelor's degree at Valencia.
Although Valencia is not a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), Intramural sports are available. The Valencia College Brain Bowl team participates as a member of the Florida State College Activities Association and has won five national community college championships at NAQT and six state championships.
Valencia College maintains an active Student Government Association on all of its campuses:
On March 20, 2014, President Barack Obama visited Valencia's West Campus to discuss women's rights and increasing the minimum wage.