Friday, December 5, 2014

Valencia College (FL) History

Valencia College's web site offers a history of the institution written several years ago by Peter Klingman.  Bill Castellano and Susan Kelley served as editors and the book can be read on-line or it is possible to download as a .pdf file.  Valencia is located in Orlando, FL.   

The decision to open a public junior college was not easy for the community, in part, due to an existing private institution, Orlando Junior College.  The author explores these tensions and how they played out in local and state politics over several decades.  The institution ultimately opened in 1967 as Valencia Junior College.  The name was changed to Valencia Community College in 1971 and Valencia College in 2011.