Valencia Community College / Staff, education
I am not at all satisfied with Valencia. When I attempted to enroll, in December 2007, they had three different people handling my file. Two on the East Campus, one on the West. I had originally applied and taken the entrance test at the West Campus in 2002. They still had my original file, under my maiden name. I guess they could not figure out that I was the same person, with a different last name. (That's what Social Security numbers are for!). They lost my documents. I had my transcript sent from another school and they claimed they never received it. A month or so later, it mysteriously "showed up". They were rude when I tried calling them to straighten out the mess.
The placement test is a joke. If you flunk it, they put you in "remedial classes". I flunked the math part, so they put me in remedial algebra. I learned almost all of the material in 9th grade (I went to school in NJ). Some of it I learned in elementary school (like adding or multiplying fractions!!). I refused to finish the class and flunked out. I am 30 years old and I do not belong in a dummy class.
The instructors are a joke too. The algebra teacher was about my age and teaches full-time at a local high school. She doesn't have a clue about teaching at the college level. My real estate law class was taught by an attorney who had never taught before. She raced through the lecture, and we all had to constantly ask her to wait while we caught up. All of her tests were from her lectures. If you did not take good notes, you were out of luck.
Please do not waste your money on this school.