Career Credentials Stories

At Valencia College, we’re redefining workforce education so that it’s less linear. Rather than ask students to finish two or four years of college and then go into the workforce, we are arming students with credentials and nationally recognized certifications so they can go into the workforce and, if they choose to do so, they can come back and continue to build upon their credentials.

Tomoko Goddard

For #VCGrad Tomoko Goddard, it’s just another day in the office. Or, technically, on the set.

Kyle Scharfenberg

The son and grandson of carpenters, Kyle Scharfenberg was always interested in skilled trades. And now, Scharfenberg has completed Valencia's welding program and, thanks to Osceola Prosper, is working on an associate degree.

Carl Roc

Carl Roc didn't have the money for college, but he used an Osceola Prosper scholarship to enroll in Valencia College's Accelerated Skills Training program. There, after only 22 weeks he was certified as an industrial maintenance technician, and today he is working in the high-speed rail industry.

Oscar Camargo

Oscar Camargo is planning a career in medical research or academia, thanks to the start he received after earning his A.S. degree in biotechnology laboratory sciences at Valencia College.

Selena Chaves

Selena Chaves is the first female graduate from Valencia's electrician training program.

Faith Weber

After Earning Degree in Neuroscience, Culinary Student Turns to her First Love – Baking

Molly Donahue

Culinary Student is Chasing Her Dreams and a Little Pixie Dust Too.

Salma Sanchez

Creative Thinker: Valencia College Graphic Design Student Wins International Competition

Savannah Wilson

'Places!' Valencia College Theater Student Dives into Orlando Fringe Role

Laura Cepero

Raising the Bar: Valencia College paralegal grad excels in the classroom and courtroom to become a defense attorney.

Warren Evans

From firefighter to surgical resident, Warren Evans credits Valencia College for sparking his love for learning.

Emma Lynn Ponds

Behind the Bay: Metallica Scholar finds empowerment through welding.

Geovanny Perez

After leaving military service, Geovanny Perez studied cybersecurity and computer forensics at Valencia College. Now he's helping to catch bad guys, using his computer detective skills.

José Romero

The Music Plays On: Valencia College Alum continues his rise in opera despite global pandemic.