ORLANDO, FL — Valencia College announced today that it has been designated a 2015 STEM Jobs Approved College by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting individuals in transition with education and career opportunities, and creator of STEM Jobs media, education and career resources for students interested in science, technology, engineering and math.
The 2015 STEM Jobs Approved Colleges inaugural list is the first of its kind to rate universities, colleges, community colleges and trade schools on their responsiveness and relevance to high-demand, high-growth STEM occupations.
Valencia College was among more than 1,600 schools participating in the STEM Jobs survey process. Schools submitting surveys were scored on publicly available data and responses to questions about three key indicators of success: STEM job alignment, STEM job placement, and diversity in a school’s STEM programs. The assessment and rights to the STEM Jobs Approved Colleges designation were available to qualifying schools for free.
Valencia College will be featured in the winter 2015 issue of STEM Jobs magazine, along with the entire 2015 list of STEM Jobs Approved Colleges.
“Our designation as a STEM Jobs College signifies that Valencia not only offers the courses that students need to major in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, but the college also provides the advising and academic support services that students need to graduate and successfully pursue a career in the STEM fields,” said Dr. Kathleen Plinske, president of Valencia’s Osceola and Lake Nona campuses. “Over the last several years, I have noticed an increase in the number of students interested in STEM, and I’m proud that Valencia offers our students the opportunity to study a variety of STEM disciplines, from astronomy to electrical engineering to computer programming to biotechnology.”
“With the list of STEM Jobs Approved Colleges, we’re able to help parents, students and guidance counselors evaluate how well education is translating into real-world jobs, and how responsive institutions are to meeting those demands,” said Daniel Nichols, president of STEM Jobs. “We’re pleased to showcase schools like Valencia College as a school leading the way in this area.”
For more information about Valencia College’s commitment to students interested in STEM fields of study and careers, visit Valencia’s website at www.valenciacollege.edu
For additional information about STEM Jobs, please contact www.VictoryMedia.com/contact
About Valencia College:
Founded in 1967, Valencia is the third largest of Florida’s 28 community colleges, educating more than 70,000 students a year. The college offers a two-year A.A. program that prepares students to transfer to an upper-division college or university; technical programs and continuing education courses that prepare students to meet the needs of business and industry; and bachelor’s degrees in Radiologic and Imaging Sciences, Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, and Cardiopulmonary Science.
Valencia operates six campuses and centers in Central Florida’s Orange and Osceola counties, with an economic impact on the region of more than $1 billion a year.
Valencia College was named the top community college in the nation for 2011-2012 by the Aspen Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based educational- and policy-studies center. A panel of judges selected Valencia for the inaugural Aspen Prize based on the strength of its graduation and transfer rates, especially among minority students, as well as the high job placement rates of its workforce training programs. More on Valencia can be found at http://www.valenciacollege.edu
About STEM Jobs Ratings:
The STEM Jobs Approved Colleges survey measures how effectively schools align their programs to high-demand, high-paying STEM jobs, and how well they assist students in achieving career aspirations in STEM fields. Ratings are based on a complimentary and rigorous quantitative assessment that measures schools on criteria created by Victory Media with the assistance of an independent academic advisory board. A complete description of the methodology, advisory board and services is available at www.stemjobs.com
About Victory Media:
Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Victory Media is a rapidly growing, veteran-owned business leader connecting individuals in transition with education, business and career opportunities. For more than 12 years, Victory Media has provided members of the military community with resources and information to evaluate civilian opportunities, while working with thousands of post-secondary schools, employers and companies.