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1/30/2017 Member News
Media Brief from St. Petersburg College for the week of Jan. 30, 2017

Media Brief from St. Petersburg College for the week of Jan. 30, 2017

This is a media brief from St. Petersburg College about events and items you may find of interest. For more information, contact Rita Farlow, Assistant Director, Marketing and Strategic Communications, at 727-302-6526 or Marilyn Shaw, Public Relations Specialist, 727-341-4712.

Spring Express Term begins Feb. 6
St. Petersburg College’s 12-week Spring Express, term begins Feb. 6. The college’s second eight-week term begins March 17. Both terms go through May 5. For more information, visit or call 727-341-4772.

SPC Foundation summer scholarships
The SPC Foundation offers hundreds of scholarships for new and returning SPC students. The summer semester deadline for applications is 5 p.m. on Feb. 24. For more information on Foundation Scholarships, contact the Foundation at 727-341-3312 or

NFL wide receiver Louis Murphy Jr. will speak at SPC Keys to Manhood Seminar Feb. 11
NFL veteran wide receiver Louis Murphy Jr. will give the keynote address at St. Petersburg College’s fifth annual Keys to Manhood – A Seminar for Men. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 at the SPC Allstate Center, 3200 34th St. S., St. Petersburg. The seminar is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided. Register online at by Feb. 3. This event is presented by Transamerica.

Healthcare Career Event at SPC Midtown Center
SPC Midtown Center will host a Healthcare Career Event from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3 in the Midtown Lobby, 1300 22nd St. S. Meet with Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and Sunstar Recruiters to learn more about healthcare careers. Learn how careers in Respiratory Care and Emergency Medical Services Technician connect in the real world.

SPC’s FAFSA Nights helps students get more financial aid
St. Petersburg College will host Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Nights in February. FAFSA Nights are aimed at helping parents and students complete the FAFSA quickly and accurately so they can qualify for the most financial aid possible. Those who participate can expect to get their FAFSA results in just one week. No matter what college they plan to attend, students and parents can get one-on-one help completing their FAFSA:

• 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 at Dunedin High School, 1651 Pinehurst Rd.
• 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 at SPC Midtown Campus, 1300 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg
• 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Gibbs High School, 850 34th St. S., St. Petersburg

The events are open to Pinellas County High School seniors, their parents and current college students. Those who complete a FAFSA will be entered to win a free iPad. Visit for a checklist of documents to bring to ensure successful completion. For more information, call Gwen Reed at 727-341-7924 or Shirell Essix at 727-302-6802.

SPC Public Safety Recruitment Fair Feb. 8
SPC Allstate Campus will host a Public Safety Recruitment Fair from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 in the Florida Room, 3200 34th St. S., St. Petersburg. More than 20 agencies will be hiring sworn and non-sworn positions in public safety. TSA (Transportation Security Administration) is hiring part-time positions starting at $15.37 per hour plus benefit. For more information, call 727-302-6504

African American Art Exhibit from Feb. 4 – March 4
SPC will host “The Beauty of Truth and Freedom: African American Art in the 20th Century Highlights from the Stewart-Sheffield Collection.” The opening reception is 1-5 p.m. on Feb. 4 at St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus Music Center, 6605 5th Ave. N. The exhibition centers arounds the themes of civil rights, education, family and music. The exhibit will run Feb. 4 – March 4. For the reception, a $10 per adult donation benefiting the St. Petersburg Chapter of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc. (ASALH) is suggested. Admission is free for SPC students and children. Refreshments will be served.

Food drive partnership with Woman on the Way and CASA
SPC’s Women on the Way Program is partnering with CASA (Community Action Stops Abuses) for the second annual “Soup-er Bowl Drive.” The drive supports hunger needs for women, children and men. From Jan. 9-Feb. 28 donors can drop-off non-perishable food at SPC’s campus locations:
• Allstate Center (Safety Office) – 3200 34th St. S. St. Petersburg
• Clearwater Campus (SS107) – 2465 Drew St.
• Downtown Campus (DC225) – 244 2nd Ave. St. Petersburg
• Caruth Health Education Center (Lobby) – 7200 66th St. N., Pinellas Park
• Midtown Center (Lobby) – 1300 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg
• Seminole Campus (UP115) – 9200 113 St. N.
• St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus (SA125, SS Lobby and Library) – 6605 5th Ave N.

Last year CASA held their first annual “Soup-er Bowl Drive” to help pack the shelter’s pantry, bringing in two and half months’ worth of non-perishable food. CASA provides a safe refuge, crisis intervention, advocacy, prevention, professional training, outreach, and community education to end domestic violence and bring hope, independence and peace to families in southern Pinellas County. Learn more here.

UAS Group Meetup on Saturday, Feb. 8
The Workforce Institute at St. Petersburg College will host a Unmanned Aircraft Systems Meetup from 6 – 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 at SPC Epicenter, Workforce Institute, Room 324, 13805 58th St. N. Clearwater. The meeting will include a panel discussion with representatives from different organizations in Pinellas County and their involvement in drone operations. The meeting is open to both UAS students and those interested in learning more about the college’s UAS training program.

Upcoming drone classes at SPC
The Workforce Institute at St. Petersburg College will be offering the following courses in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS):
• One-day UAS Video Production and Editing on Thursday, February 2, 6-9 p.m., SPC Epicenter. In this one day course, students will learn how to import photos and video from the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) SD card and be introduced to Apple’s iMovie video editing software for iPad and iPhone. Features of Apple’s iMovie editing program will be discussed and students will be instructed how to use this software for basic video editing and production purposes using iPad and iPhone.

• One-day UAS Overview Course on Saturday, February 4, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., SPC Epicenter. This one-day introductory course includes hands-on flight lessons for students, flight demonstrations and drone displays, FAA airspace regulations, appropriate use of drones, weather topics, and resources for drone operators

• Five-day UAS Remote Pilot Certificate Prep Course on February 13-17, (Mon-Fri) 4-8pm, SPC Epicenter. This five day course is designed to prepare students to pass the FAA Remote Pilot Certificate exam. The course will include UAS regulations, flight operations and restrictions, emergency procedures, crew resource management, radio communication procedures, aeronautical decision-making and judgement, and maintenance and pre-flight inspection procedures. This course also includes 3-4 hours of hands-on UAS flight training.

Career opportunities for students with drone training include business-entrepreneurship, military drone pilot, firefighter, disaster relief, search and rescue, law enforcement, oil and gas operations, border patrol, agriculture, package delivery, forestry, engineering, computer science, real estate, film and photography, and other industries.
For more information and to be included in these courses, please contact Fred Tucker at 727-791-2409 or

Upcoming information sessions?
Prospective students can learn more about our programs at our upcoming information sessions:

Supply Chain Management Program Info Session
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017
6 to 7 p.m.
SPC Downtown
244 2nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg

Educator Preparation Institute (EPI)
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Clearwater Campus
2465 Drew St.

Music Industry Recording Arts (MIRA) Program Tour
Friday, Feb. 3, 2017
3 to 3:45 p.m.
St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus
6605 5th Ave. N.

Marilyn Shaw
Public Relations Specialist
Marketing and Strategic Communications
St. Petersburg College
(727) 341-4712