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Disney Invests $1.5 Million in Valencia College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Program

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Besides its amazing attractions, friendly folks and fantastic food, Central Florida’s recipe for success includes one very important ingredient: a heaping helping of culinary arts and hospitality talent. Quite simply, this is a world-class destination for one reason: the people who make it possible.

That’s why Walt Disney World Resort just announced a $1.5 million investment in the reimagination and relocation of Valencia College’s culinary arts and hospitality program. The College is creating a new campus in downtown Orlando and, with this boost from Disney, it will feature state-of-the-art classrooms and cutting-edge technology for students.

The campus will serve as the heart of Valencia’s culinary arts and hospitality programming, offering degree programs, certificates, and workforce training. As the program evolves, Disney will continue investing in students by lending our award-winning chefs to engage with the school in a variety of ways.

This $1.5 million donation will not only enhance the education experience for local culinary and hospitality students, it will add an exciting new flavor to Downtown Orlando’s burgeoning hub for education. The Valencia College Downtown Campus, a shared campus with the University of Central Florida, will open to students for the fall 2019 semester and serve the downtown Orlando community to improve countless lives through the power of affordable education. 

When it comes to hospitality and the culinary arts, Disney has been an integral part of these thriving industries in Central Florida for decades. More than 16,000 cast members are employed in our award-winning food and beverage program.

Walt Disney World Resort is proud to help shape the future for Central Florida’s aspiring students in these key industries, and we can’t wait to see the amazing achievements they cook up as our community’s future leaders.