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2/6/2017 Member News
Media Brief from St. Petersburg College for the week of Feb. 6, 2017

Media Brief from St. Petersburg College for the week of Feb. 6, 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.

Former homeless SPC student named Outstanding Online student
SPC Student William Wantling will be awarded the 2017 Outstanding Online Student Award during the Annual International Technology Council (ITC) eLearning conference Feb. 19-22. Wantling worked in the IT field for 18 years, but emerging technologies had outpaced his credentials and he became unemployed . This, coupled with other personal issues led him to become homeless. In 2015, he enrolled at SPC and landed a full-time job, which allowed him to get his own apartment. Wantling is now 48 years old, working 35 hours a week at his job and taking a full load of online classes.

SPC’s Pipeline to Success Forum on Feb. 9
SPC will host the Pipeline to Success Forum from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 at SPC’s St. Pete/Gibbs Campus – SS Building, 6605 fifth Ave. N. The forum will focus on on strengthening community and school partnerships to support African-American male students. Forum panelists include:

• Luke Williams, Assistant Chief of Police, St. Petersburg Police Department
• Rev. Louis M. Murphy Sr., Senior Pastor, Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church
• Dr. Antonio Burt, Director of School Transformation, Pinellas County Schools
• Judge Patrice Moore, Sixth Judicial Court, Unified Family

For more information, contact Keron Jean-Baptiste at 727-341-4398.

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. Feb. 24. For more information on Foundation Scholarships, contact the Foundation at 727-341-3312 or [email protected]

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.

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 will be held 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 benefits. For more information, call 727-302-6504

African American Art Exhibit scheduled for 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 Women 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. Through 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 N. 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 an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Meetup from 6 to 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, who will talk about 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.

Five-day UAS Remote Pilot Certificate Prep Course
The Workforce Institute at St. Petersburg College will offer Five-day UAS Remote Pilot Certificate Prep Course on Feb. 13-17, (Mon-Fri) 4 to 8 p.m. at SPC Epicenter, 13805 58th St. N., Largo. 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. For more information and to be included in these courses, please contact Fred Tucker at 727-791-2409 or [email protected]

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

Honors Program Information Session
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Seminole Campus
9200 113 St. N.

Honors Program Information Sessions
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus
6605 5th Ave. N.

Orthotics & Prosthetics Information Session
Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
9 to 10:30 a.m.
Health Education Center
7200 66th St. N., Pinellas Park

Music Industry Recording Arts (MIRA) Program Tour
Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
10 to 10:45 a.m.
St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus
6605 5th Ave. N.