Downtown Campus Opening Fall 2019
The Valencia College Downtown Campus, a shared campus with UCF, will serve our downtown community and improve countless lives through the power of education.
Set to open in fall 2019, the Valencia College Downtown Campus in partnership with the University of Central Florida, will offer a multitude of programs, certificates and training to increase access to education in the immediate downtown Orlando area. In addition to providing all general education courses for students at both colleges, Valencia College will offer programs in culinary and hospitality, health information technology and digital media. Accelerated Skills Training programs will also be available, including workforce training and other certificates.
The School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality will house several floors devoted to culinary teaching kitchens and classrooms, as well as include state-of-the-art hospitality equipment such as a point-of-sale system and hotel front desk simulation area.
And with student housing, you’ll be able to live where you learn. The downtown campus includes many safety features to create a vibrant learning and working environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. You’ll be in the center of a community where you can get actively involved in campus activities and events, interact with a diverse group of students, and take advantage of other campus resources.
Enjoy sports games, concerts, theater performances and community events at nearby venues, including Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Amway Center, the Orlando City Stadium and Lake Eola. And with easy access to LYNX bus routes—and free bus fares for students—you can explore other parts of Central Florida during your time at the college.
Areas of Study
General Education Course Requirements
Valencia College offers more than 60 programs of study through our two-year Associate in Arts (A.A.) and Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees, and will teach all of the general studies courses for both colleges at the Downtown Campus.
Culinary Arts and Hospitality
For fledging chefs, hoteliers, restaurant managers and tourism professionals can get a first class education at Valencia College. Our programs stress hands-on experience, which you’ll get through internships as well from the banquet rooms, commercial-sized instructional kitchen, dynamic point-of-sale system, and hotel front desk simulation area housed on the West Campus. From meeting planning to menu planning, we’ll help you prepare for a career in this exciting industry.
Associate in Science Degrees
Arts and Entertainment
Through Valencia College’s arts and entertainment programs, you’ll get the opportunity to learn from and work with industry professionals, build your portfolio, get hands-on training and collaborate with other students, all in a creative environment. Whether you’re interested in graphic arts, music, theater, dance or film, we’ll give you the education and experience you need to turn what you love into what you do for a living.
Associate in Science Degrees
The health sciences field offers a diverse range of careers, but they all have a shared goal—to help people. Whether you see yourself as a nurse providing patient care, a radiographer taking X-rays of injured patients, or an EMT responding to accident scenes, Valencia College can help you develop the skills and expertise you need to be successful in this high-demand career field.
Associate in Science Degree
Valencia offers more than 80 certificate programs that prepare students for immediate entry into a career in the workforce. For students who meet degree-seeking requirements, college credits earned through the certificate programs can be applied toward a related Associate in Science degree.
Accelerated Skills Training and Workforce Training
Prepare for high-demand, higher wage careers in a short amount of time. Valencia College’s Accelerated Skills Training programs focus on intensive, hands-on training designed to help you enter a new career field or advance your current skillset. You’ll have the opportunity to earn industry-recognized credentials, train in essential workplace skills and receive job placement support.
Planned Programs for Downtown
Monday – Friday 10am - 5pm
With DirectConnect™ to UCF, Valencia College students are guaranteed* admission to a bachelor’s degree program at UCF (*Consistent with university policy).
At the Downtown Campus, you’ll have the opportunity to earn both your associate and bachelor’s degree without ever having to leave the campus.
- Joint advising from Valencia College and UCF
- Take Valencia College and UCF courses at the Downtown Campus
- Valencia College and UCF staff available on site to help with advising, admissions, financial aid and academic support
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|AUGUST 26, 2019|
Student Housing Building at Creative Village (Opening August 2019)
|May 9, 2017|
School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality
Center for Accelerated Training Opening
• Advanced Manufacturing
UnionWest at Creative Village
Student housing will be available for Valencia College and UCF students.
2,300 Valencia College students are expected to join 5,400 UCF students at the Downtown Campus.
$6,180 (based on Valencia College students earning an associate degree)
$18,920 (based on 2 years at Valencia College, and 2 years at UCF)
Valencia College will provide all general education courses for all downtown students.
Demand for hospitality and culinary workers is expected to grow 10.8% in Central Florida through 2023.
UnionWest at Creative Village will offer student housing for Valencia College and UCF students.
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An estimated 1,800 degrees will be awarded annually.