Valencia College

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Valencia College
Seal of Valencia College.svg
Former names
Valencia Junior College
Valencia Community College
MottoWe Say You Can.
TypePublic college
Established1967; 54 years ago (1967)
Parent institution
Florida College System
Endowment$72.5 million (2020)[1]
PresidentKathleen Plinske
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students68,351 (2015)[2]
Location, ,
United States
Colors   Red and Gold[3]
Logo of Valencia College, Color.svg

Valencia College is a public college in Orlando, Florida. It is part of the Florida College System. 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.[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[edit]

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 eight campuses and three sites in its service area, which encompasses Orange County and Osceola County.

East Campus

  • Downtown Campus - A state of the art campus inaugurated over Fall 2019. The only Valencia Campus that currently offers student housing, and is also shared with UCF.
  • West Campus - Which houses High-tech programs like engineering, architecture, math, and health sciences.
  • East Campus - Home of the School of Arts and Entertainment[6]
  • Winter Park Campus
  • Poinciana Campus
  • Osceola Campus
  • Lake Nona Campus
  • School of Public Safety

Schools and facilities[edit]

  • District Office: Orlando
  • Fire Training Facility: Orlando
  • Advanced Manufacturing Training Center: Kissimmee


The average class size is around 23 students.[7] 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. The DirectConnect to UCF program 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.[8]

School of Public Safety[edit]

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.[9]

  • 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.[10]
  • 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.[11]
  • 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.[12]

Valencia Continuing Education and Professional Training[edit]

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.[13]
  • 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.[14]


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 ten national community college championships at NAQT[15] and six state championships.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2020. U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20 (Report). National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. February 19, 2021. Retrieved February 21, 2021.
  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 June 5, 2011.
  5. ^ "Facts". Valencia College. Retrieved September 27, 2014.
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Just The facts" (PDF). Valencia College. Retrieved February 3, 2013.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Valencia CC News".
  9. ^ "School of Public Safety - Valencia College".
  10. ^ "Criminal Justice - Valencia College".
  11. ^ "Fire Rescue - Valencia College".
  12. ^ "Safety and Security - Valencia College".
  13. ^ "Valencia College receives Aspen Prize". Community College Times, Matthew Dembicki. Archived from the original on August 4, 2012. Retrieved December 12, 2011.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 3, 2010. Retrieved November 10, 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "NAQT | Valencia College | Results".

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