The Valencia Foundation:
Valencia College was named the top U.S. community college in the nation in 2011. The Aspen Institute awarded Valencia College the first annual Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence after a year-long effort to recognize excellence in the nation’s 1,200 community colleges, based on student performance and graduation data collected by the U.S. Department of Education.
Valencia Foundation‘s board comprises nearly 60 community leaders who volunteer their time and talents to support scholarships, faculty chairs and learning programs.
Of the top five reasons students cite for dropping out of college, four are financial. This makes Valencia’s work building scholarships especially urgent.
Where does the money go?
Gifts to the general scholarship fund for students in need have allowed the foundation to make education possible for thousands of students.
Because many of our students are working a full-time or several part-time jobs — as well as balancing family, community, volunteer and personal commitments — scholarships make a tremendous difference in their ability to attend college.
How does this benefit Central Floridians?
89.3% of Valencia AA graduates who transferred to the Florida State University System in Fall 2010 continued their studies at the University of Central Florida.
The average annual starting salary of a worker with an A.S. degree from Valencia is more than double that of a high school graduate – $36,372 versus $15,376. The average full-time salaries of A.S. grads also top what the average bachelor degree holder will make ($31,048).
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