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10/3/2016 Member News
Media Brief from St. Petersburg College for the week of October 3, 2016

Media Brief from St. Petersburg College for the week of October 3, 2016

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.

St. Petersburg College ranked #1 among Florida online colleges
Online Colleges ranked St. Petersburg College number one out of 112 Florida peer institutions for Best Online College. The college received a 99.61 overall rating. Each year, more than 20,000 students take classes through SPC’s award-winning eCampus online learning program. More than 650 online courses and dozens of degrees can be taken completely online.

First Annual Breast Health Event Wednesday, Oct. 5
St. Petersburg College will host its first Breast Health Event from 4-8 p.m. on Oct. 5. This free event will be held at SPC’s Caruth Health Education Center Auditorium and Lobby, 7200 66th St. N. Pinellas Park. This event will include an exhibit hall and a panel discussion of doctors, survivors and a certified mastectomy fitter from 5-6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Mary Boucher at 727-341-4171 or email

ISPS will host debate featuring multiple Pinellas races
To help citizens go to the polls as informed voters, St. Petersburg College is presenting a debate for local candidates seeking public office in the Nov. 8 general election. The debate, sponsored by SPC’s Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions and co-sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times, will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Digitorium on the Seminole campus, 9200 113th Street N. Admission is free, but advance registration is required at Read more here.

SPC Speaker Series: Music Licensing and Publishing
St. Petersburg College will host Jorge Brea and Janette Berrios from Symphonic Distribution as part of their Speaker Series: Music Licensing and Publishing. This free event is from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6 at SPC St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus (SA 114), 6605 Fifth Ave. N. Brea is the founder and CEO of Symphonic Distribution, one of the largest independent music companies in the industry. Berrios is the Director of Marketing for Symphonic Distribution. For more information, contact Rosaria Pipitone at 727-341-4722. The series also includes:

· Setting Social Media Goals
o Presented by Ray Roa, Music Editor for Creative Loafing and Founder of SubAp
o 12:30-2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14
o SPC St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus SA 114, 6605 Fifth Ave. N., 33710

SPC will host two transfer fairs on Oct. 12 -13
St. Petersburg College will hold two transfer fairs this month. Students will have the opportunity to meet representatives from Universities and Colleges on:

· 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Oct. 12 at Tarpon Springs Campus, 600 Klosterman Rd.
· Noon – 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, 6605 Fifth Ave. N.

Transfer fairs are designed to help students understand the process of transferring to another college or a university and introduce them to a variety of institutions that might meet their education goals. Read more here.

The Art of Politics: Propaganda, Protest and Satire
St. Petersburg College’s Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement (CCLCE) 2016 Fall event series is “The Art of Politics: The Art of the Possible.” This series is tied together by the diverse threads of civic thought and expression often represented through art, be it politically motivated art or meaningful civic dialogue. CCLCE is committed to providing a variety of opportunities to build civic pathways between SPC and our community. The fall series includes:

· Propaganda, Protest and Satire
Aug. 17-Nov. 16
SPC Downtown, 244 Second Ave. N., St. Petersburg
SPC Allstate Center, 3200 34th St. S., St. Petersburg
This show will display aspects of political and civic thought including patriotism, community involvement, dissonance and propaganda. Artists are encouraged to interpret the Art of Politics to include issues of social justice, the community, and the individual's place within.

· Civic Public Mural Art
SPC Seminole, 9200 113 St. N.
SPC St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, 6605 Fifth Ave. N.
SPC Downtown Campus, 244 Second Ave. N., St. Petersburg
Large, highly visible mural pieces on display at these campuses will depict social justice and address student success in a variety of themes.

SPC Vet Tech program will host annual open house Oct. 26
SPC’s School of Veterinary Technology will host its fifth annual open house event from 4-7 p.m. on Oct. 26 at the Vet Tech Center, 12376 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Members of the public are invited to tour the state-of-the-art facility, learn about programs options and career opportunities, meet the program’s dean, faculty, staff and advisors, interact through Veterinary Technician activities and visit vendor tables to learn about a variety of topics and services available to pet owners. Attendees can RSVP online at or call 727-302-6720.

SPC will host Women in Technology event
The College of Computer and Information Technology at St. Petersburg College will host their first Women in Technology Career Exploration event from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 at SPC’s St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, SS building, 6605 Fifth Ave. N. The event will include a panel discussion including some of the Tampa Bay area’s most influential women in the technology industry. The event will be moderated by state Rep. Kathleen Peters. After the panel discussion, participants will have an opportunity to network and speak with employers and non-profits, including Women Who Code, Girls Develop it, Power Design, Netwolves, Tech Data, Cisco, TekSystems and more. For more information, contact Joy Carta at or 727-341-3681.

SPC’s Workforce Institute offering new courses in October
The following courses are now registering students. All of these classes will meet at SPC’s Epicenter, 13805 58th St. N, Clearwater.

· Introduction to Podcasting
Oct. 22-Nov. 19 (Saturdays), 10 a.m.-1 p.m. In this five-week introductory course, students are provided step-by-step guidance through creating and distributing a dynamic, engaging and high-quality podcast, whether they plan to share their creative expertise, interview people in their field or just tell great stories to an audience. This will be the first in a series of four modules of coursework in the area of podcasting that Workforce Institute will be offering during the next several months.

· UAS Video Production and Editing
Oct. 13, 6-9 p.m. 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 iPads and iPhones. Students will be instructed how to use Apple’s iMovie editing program for basic video editing and production purposes using iPads and iPhones.

· UAS Remote Pilot Certificate Prep Course
Oct. 24-28, 4-8 p.m. This five-day course is designed to prepare students to pass the FAA Remote Pilot Certificate exam. It 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 three-four 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 or to register for these courses, please contact Fred Tucker at 727-791-2409 or

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

LINCS Supply Chain Management Program Info Session
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016
6 to 7 p.m.
Clearwater Campus
2465 Drew St.

College of Public Safety Tour
Friday, Oct. 7, 2016
10 to 11 a.m.
Allstate Center
3200 34th St. S. St. Petersburg

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