Valencia Stories



Two Paths, A Shared Dream: Culinary Students Create Gingerbread Version of U.S. Capitol

Molly Donahue and Faith Weber both loved baking as kids, when they worked alongside their mothers to bake cookies and [...]


Chasing His Dream: Deaf Student Earns CDL License to Become Valencia’s First Hearing-Impaired Trucking Grad

Driving a big rig was an idea Stuart Randles had always toyed with, a dream that had been percolating in [...]


Down But Not Out, Valencia Grad Battles Challenges to Earn Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity

As a young girl growing up in Fort Myers, Manvella Pope got her kicks from taking things apart. Cassette players, [...]


Medical School for Two: Valencia Grads Marry, Attending Medical School Together at Rutgers

For two students in medical school, Marco Santos Teles and Isabel Silva seem remarkably calm. Maybe this married couple – [...]


Creative Thinker: Valencia Student Wins International Competition

When Salma Sanchez arrived in the U.S. at age 15, she had never taken an art class. Sure, she’d been [...]


Arts Dual Enrollment Student Earns Trip to the Big Apple – and Brings Home a Jimmy Award

If anyone asks Jackson Chase to write an essay about his summer vacation, what a story he can tell. Jackson, [...]


Non-traditional student starts college at 37, now heading to Yale University

While many think college is no longer an option for them after a certain age, Miranda Rublaitus never gave up [...]


Two Valencia Students Named Jack Kent Cooke Scholars, Win Life-Changing Scholarships

Two Valencia College students have been named recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s prestigious Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The highly [...]


Going for Gold: VC Student Now Training for 2024 Paris Olympics

Florida may be known for producing Olympic swimmers and, now, Olympic speed skaters. But in the next summer Olympics – [...]


Turning Tragedy into Triumph: Distinguished Graduate Chooses a Career Path to Help Others

When Leah Basaria arrived on campus at Valencia College, she took one look around and decided to get her credits [...]