April 2015, Edition 1 - page 1

ASSOCIATION OF POINCIANA VILLAGES
Valencia College has plans to expand with a campus in the Association of
Poinciana Villages. At the recent APV Board of Directors meeting, Dr. Kathleen
Plinske, Campus President of the Osceola and Lake Nona campuses of Valencia
College shared the exciting plans for their upcoming expansion.
Valencia College boasts some impressive stats –most notably being voted the
#1 Community College in America by the Aspen Institute. In addition, Valencia
College graduates achieve a completion rate of triple the national average for
community colleges. Also of note is that over the course of a lifetime, associate
degree graduates in Central Florida earn $470,400 more than someone with
only a high school diploma.
By 2021, it is anticipated that there will be 377,000 new and replacement jobs
available in Orange and Osceola Counties. Many of those jobs will require
postsecondary education. An additional campus will expand the reach to better
prepare those entering this dynamic, growing workforce.
In researching possible new campus locations, education leaders recognized
the need to add the campus in Poinciana. The future location of the Poinciana
campus is at the intersection of Pleasant Hill Road and Reaves Road.
Don’t start filling out that application just yet. The planning process is in its
infancy stages. The College held community forums, launched a student survey
and conducted student focus groups to create the best possible campus to meet
future students’ needs. They are looking to develop the academic plan this
month. Best-case scenario is that the Poinciana campus of Valencia College
would open in the Fall 2017.
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VALENCIA COLLEGE CAMPUS COMING SOON TO POINCIANA
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APV COMMUNITY ACTIVITY CENTER
CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS IS ONLINE
Since construction is well underway on the new Community Activity Campus at the Association of Poinciana Villages,
we don’t want you to miss a single minute of this exciting expansion.
“Like” the Association of Poinciana Villages on Facebook at
or go to the APV website at
to see the latest photos and videos of construction progress
including monthly aerial shots.
Quick Facts
Enrollment: 59,958
Tuition: $103.06/credit hour; about $6,000 for a degree
Admission Requirements: Standard High School Diploma
Valencia graduates are guaranteed admission in the University of
Central Florida through DirectConnect to UCF
A.S. degree graduates enjoy a 95% job placement rate with media
starting salary of $40,554
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