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4/16/2018 Member News

Media Brief from St. Petersburg College for the week of April 16, 2018


Media Brief from St. Petersburg College for the week of April 16, 2018

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.

SPC Summer and Fall registration is open

Registration for the fall and summer semester is open. The regular summer term begins Monday, May 14, and the Summer Express term begins June 11. The regular fall term begins Monday, Aug. 13 and the Fall Express term begins Monday, Sept. 10. SPC has guaranteed scheduling, so no class will be canceled once it is posted. The last day to register for an online course for the regular summer session is Sunday, May 13 and for the regular fall session is Sunday, Aug. 12. Learn more here.


Clearwater East Community Library at St. Petersburg College Grand Opening Celebration April 21

St. Petersburg College and the City of Clearwater will celebrate the grand opening of the new Clearwater East Community Library at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 21 at the SPC Clearwater Campus, 2465 Drew St. The new library is a joint partnership with the City of Clearwater and is located on the SPC Clearwater Campus. The public is invited to join city of Clearwater Mayor George N. Cretekos, SPC Clearwater Provost Stan Vittetoe, members of the City Council, City Manager Bill Horne, and Clearwater Public Library System Director Jennifer Obermaier at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.


Max Matheu wins coveted scholarship

St. Petersburg College Spring 2018 Graduate Max Matheu was one of only 47 students nationwide who received the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. This highly competitive national scholarship will provide Matheu with up to $40,000 annually for a maximum of three years to complete his bachelor’s degree. Matheu served as the president of the Honors Program Student Consortium this year. He also interned for Congressman Charlie Crist and the Borgen Project. He will be attending the University of Florida in the fall, and he plans to double major in economics and political science. (photo attached)


St. Petersburg College Announces Partnership with Community Foundation of Tampa Bay

St. Petersburg College (SPC) is pleased to announce a partnership with Community Foundation of Tampa Bay (CFTB), an organization focused on connecting donors, nonprofit organizations and community leaders in an effort to make Tampa Bay a better place to live. Through this partnership, SPC was awarded a $15,000 grant to expand its mental health awareness efforts on campus. This funding will allow SPC faculty and staff to undergo training that will help them identify and support students with mental health issues. In addition, each SPC campus will have a designated mental health awareness ally who will serve as a liaison between students and campus and community mental health resources. Learn more here.


St. Petersburg College joins LEAP Tampa Bay College Access Network

St. Petersburg College joins LEAP Tampa Bay College Access Network, previously known as the LEAP Hillsborough College Access Network. This organization is a cross-sector network of regional partners who work together to promote their community-wide commitment to college access and attainment in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, with the goal of ensuring that Tampa Bay has a globally competitive workforce. Learn more here. (Photo attached) Marlene Spalten, President & CEO, Community Foundation of Tampa Bay; Dr. Stacy Carlson, President, Pinellas Education Foundation; Charles Hokanson, Vice President, Helios Education Foundation; Laurie Meggesin, Executive Director, Florida College Access Network; Dr. Martin Tadlock, Interim Regional Chancellor, University of South Florida – St. Petersburg; Dr. Michael Grego, Superintendent, Pinellas County Schools; Dr. Tonjua Williams, President, St. Petersburg College; Bill Goede, Tampa Bay Market President, Bank of America; Bob Rohrlack, President & CEO, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce; Madeline Pumariega, Chancellor, Florida College System


SPC to Screen ‘A PLASTIC OCEAN’ Documentary

The grave threat posed by plastic waste to the world’s oceans – and the marine life within them – is the focus of a documentary film that will be screened by St. Petersburg College’s Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions. The film, “A Plastic Ocean,” and a follow-up discussion of the implications of toxic seas will be presented from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. April 26 at the SPC Seminole Campus, 9200 113th Street N. The event is co-sponsored by the University of Florida IFAS Extension Service. Admission is free, but advance registration is requested at


SPC, Manufacturers Collaborate on $1.6 Million Training Grant

St. Petersburg College (SPC) will work alongside top Tampa Bay manufacturers to launch an innovative workforce training program that is modeled after a premier automotive industry-education collaboration. Under this new program, participants will receive paid training to become mechatronics and electromechanical technicians. This emerging, high-demand field, involves the synergistic application of mechanical, electrical, and automation skills. Learn more here. (Photo attached) (L-R) Willy Ormond (Lockheed), Jackie Skryd (SPC), Andre Trotter (Lockheed), Cissy Proctor (DEO), Lara Sharp (SPC), Amy Snyder (BAMA), Natavia Middleton (SPC)


‘The Value of Poetry’ Lunch and Learn Event

To honor National Poetry Month, St. Petersburg College will host “The Value of Poetry.” a lunch-and-learn event, from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on April 26 at the SPC Allstate Center, Desoto Room, 3200 34th St. S., St. Petersburg. The keynote speaker will be Florida’s Poet Laureate Dr. Peter Meinke, a national award-winning author of more than 20 books. Attendees will receive a poem to share on social media using #pocketpoem. For more information, contact Cathi MacKay at 727-341-4486.

Upcoming Drone Certification and Manufacturing Training at SPC’s Workforce Institute

The Workforce Institute at St. Petersburg College will be offering the following courses in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Manufacturing in May.

  • Four-week UAS Remote Pilot (Drone) Certificate Prep Course on May 3- 24, 2018 (class held on four consecutive Thursdays) 6-8:30 p.m., SPC Downtown Center, Room 356, 244 2nd Ave S., St. Petersburg.  This four-week 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 judgment, and maintenance and pre-flight inspection procedures.  Registration can be completed by going to 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.

  • Nine-week MSSC Certified Production Technician Course on May 1-July 2 (class held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays) 5:30-8 p.m., SPC Epicenter Center, Room 318, 13805 58th St. N., Clearwater.  This course provides entry-level training in manufacturing essentials to include safety awareness, production and processes, quality assurance, and maintenance awareness. Upon successful completion, students earn the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification.  Fifteen credits from this course can transfer to an associate degree in Engineering Technology.  Registration can be completed by going to

  • Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) Certification Course on May 7-June 3.  PLC Technicians install and repair industrial electronic equipment including I/O networks, data highways and variable speed drives, process control equipment, and write PLC programs for a variety of automated control systems ranging from simple on-off controls to robotics. The 30-hour SPC Workforce Institute PLCs Certification Program is a hybrid program providing 12 hours of online courseware, 15 hours of intensive hands-on lab activities and three hours of online preparation for the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI) exam.  The five-day hands-on lab classes are from 1 - 4 p.m. and 5 - 8 p.m. on Monday, May 21 – Friday, May 25 at the BRAAS Company, 230 Douglas Rd, Oldsmar. Lab sessions are available.  Registration can be completed by going to and selecting the date and lab session you would like to attend.

For more information regarding these courses, please contact Fred Tucker at 727-791-2409 or

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

College of Business Expo

Wednesday, April 18

3-6 p.m.

SPC EpiCenter, 1-452 and 453

13805 58h St. N.

Health Sciences & Vet Tech Students Success Showcase Open House

Thursday, April 19

5:30 – 7 p.m.

Health Education Center

7200 66th St. N