Nelson Rafael Placa

Director of Continuing International Education
BASBOL & NSE Professor

I'm Professor Nelson Rafael Placa. Yes, my brother is Professor Nelson Manuel Placa. No, we are not twins but we have the same name. I'm your BASBOL or NSE professor. If you are in the hospitality field, you will have my brother as your professor.

I like to start with this story because my brother receives all of my emails from my students and I receive all of the emails from his students. This will help you be successful in my class. Please write emails to the correct Nelson.

Let me tell you about my professional journey! I have been working in the education field for 25 years. In the education field, I have worked as a bilingual teacher, administrative dean, assistant principal, adjunct professor, and currently Director of Continuing International Education at Valencia College. I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University in bilingual bi-cultural education. I completed my Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Barry University. Like you, I'm in school finishing my Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership.


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