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Valencia Community College

190 South Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801

General Phone: 407-299-2187
Financial Aid Phone: 407-299-5000
Sector: Public, 2-year
Classification: Associates Colleges

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Capella University PhD Student Helps Develop Program That ... - Business Wire (press release)

The program is called Pathways Into Nursing, an initiative of Valencia Community College in Orlando, Florida. Diane Reed, a retention specialist at Valencia and a PhD student in Capella University's School of Business, developed the program with Dr. Linda Speranza in 2001. The mission of Pathways Into Nursing is to address the nursing shortage by helping disadvantaged students and students of color, particularly those who are Hispanic, become nurses. The students receive personal and academic counseling and individualized instruction in areas where they are having difficulty, and work with peer tutors and mentors. The program typically begins working with students when they are in 10th grade, supporting and mentoring them during high school and on through community college, culminating in an associate in science degree in nursing and RN licensure.