Valencia Community College
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Valencia Community College

Valencia College
Seal of Valencia College.svg
Former names
Valencia Junior College
Valencia Community College
MottoWe Say You Can.
Endowment$68 million[1]
PresidentSanford Shugart
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students68,351 (2015)[2]
Location, ,
United States
Colors         Red and Gold[3]
AffiliationsFlorida College System
Association of Florida Colleges
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Logo of Valencia College, Color.svg

Valencia College is a public college in Orlando, Florida. It was founded in 1969 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.[4] Valencia has several campus locations in Orlando with additional campus locations in Winter Park and Kissimmee.


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.

Student profile

College-wide Headcount was 68,351 for 2015.[5]

51.6% AA 48.6% AS/AAS/Certificate

Race/Ethnicity Diversity Enrollment:[2] 17.9% African American, 4.9% Asian/Pacific Islander, 32.5% Caucasian, 32.5% Hispanic, 0.3% Native American, 11.5% Other


Valencia College operates a total of seven campuses and three sites in its service area, which encompasses Orange County and Osceola County.

East Campus


  • East Campus: Orlando
  • Osceola Campus: Kissimmee
  • West Campus: Orlando
  • Winter Park Campus: Winter Park
  • Lake Nona Campus: Orlando
  • Poinciana Campus: Kissimmee
  • Downtown Campus: Orlando

Schools and facilities

  • District Office: Orlando
  • School of Public Safety: Orlando
  • Fire Training Facility: Orlando
  • Advanced Manufacturing Training Center: Kissimmee


The average class size is 23 students.[6] 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.[7]

School of Public Safety

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.[8]

  • The Criminal Justice Institute occupies a 77,000-square-foot (7,200 m2) state-of-the-art criminal justice training facility. The CJI is certified and approved by Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to operate law enforcement and corrections academies, advanced courses and specialized training. Valencia is one of 4 colleges in Florida that trains Department of Juvenile Justice recruit officers.[9]
  • The Fire Rescue Institute provides career pathways to meet the needs of the fire service community in Central Florida and prepares all levels of fire service professionals, including the fire fighter, fire officer, fire inspector, fire investigator and fire instructor.[10]
  • The Safety and Security Institute is still in development. The Safety and Security Institute will build upon programming already being offered by Valencia College and the School of Public Safety to provide professional and leadership training for private security officers and managers, as well as homeland security specialists. The Safety and Security Institute will be the first of its kind to provide standardized training and certifications to the security professionals working within Central Florida's many airports, hotels, theme parks and attractions.[11]

Valencia Continuing Education and Professional Training

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.



  • Winner of the 2011 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.[12]
  • Named "best community college in the nation" for dedication to student success by the Aspen Institute.
  • Chosen by Time Magazine in 2001 as one of the nation's best schools at helping first-year students excel.[13]


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.

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "Endowment Information" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 17, 2012. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Facts - Valencia College - Orlando, Florida".
  3. ^ Valencia Identity Summary Sheet. Valencia College. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  4. ^ Postal, Leslie (December 14, 2010). "Say hello to Valencia College". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ "Facts". Valencia College. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ "Just The facts" (PDF). Valencia College. Retrieved 2013.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Valencia CC News".
  8. ^ "School of Public Safety - Valencia College".
  9. ^ "Criminal Justice - Valencia College".
  10. ^ "Fire Rescue - Valencia College".
  11. ^ "Safety and Security - Valencia College".
  12. ^ "Valencia College receives Aspen Prize". Community College Times, Matthew Dembicki. Archived from the original on August 4, 2012. Retrieved 2011.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 3, 2010. Retrieved 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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