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12/10/2018 Member News

Media Brief from St. Petersburg College for the week of Dec. 10, 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, Executive Director, Marketing and Strategic Communications, at 727-302-6526 or Marilyn Shaw, Communications/PR Coordinator, 727-341-4712.

SPC closed for Winter Holiday Dec. 19 – Jan. 1

St. Petersburg College will close on Tuesday, Dec. 19 for the Winter Holiday. The college will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

New online accelerated classes offered

St. Petersburg College launches a new Winter Session from Dec. 10, 2018 – Jan. 10, 2019. Students can take online accelerated courses in four weeks. These classes count towards your spring term goals and can be paid for with your financial aid. To view course offerings, visit here

SPC expands Weekend College offerings

St. Petersburg College has added two programs that can be completed entirely on the weekends through its Weekend College. This option gives students an additional way to earn their degree if they cannot attend classes during the week. Classes are offered online and at a variety of times, from Friday evening to Sunday afternoons, on the Clearwater Campus. The new programs include:

  • The Computer Programming Specialist Certificate – Java subplan is 18 credits and prepares students for careers as computer programmers and industry certification. Tuition covers the exam fee to take the Java Foundations Certified Junior Associate Industry Certification.
  • The Addiction Studies Certificate is a 24-credit program that meets the educational requirements and prepares graduates for the Florida Certification Board exams to become a Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC), Certified Addiction Professional (CAP), or Certified Behavioral Health Technician (CBHT).

Both programs can be completed in one year. SPC also offers the Associate in Arts Degree and the Business Administration A.S. Degree through Weekend College. Learn more at:

Call for proposals: Keys to Manhood seminar

On Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, St. Petersburg College will be hosting the seventh annual Keys to Manhood Seminar at the Allstate Center from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event, sponsored by TransAmerica Corporation, aims to close the achievement gap for males of color – from “cradle to career.” SPC is bringing together middle and high school students, in addition to mentors, educators, parents and community leaders from around the Tampa Bay area to emphasize the importance of education, best practices and choices to make as a man of color in today’s society. This year’s theme will have a heavy emphasis on the medical industry.

SPC is inviting community partners to submit proposals that focus on a range of engaging topics specifically for middle and high school students. If you’d like to submit a proposal, complete this survey by Dec. 14. Submit here:

Holiday Season Piano Concert

St. Petersburg College will host a Holiday Season Piano Concert with Jeffrey Biegel at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 14 at St. Petersburg Gibbs Campus, Music Center, 6605 5th Ave. N. Biegel is respected for his incomparable performances of the standard works for piano and orchestra and has become the 'go to' pianist for new compositions and special recording projects. Admission is $10 at the door and free for SPC faculty and students with an ID. For more information: 

Operation Toy Soldier

St. Petersburg College Health Education Center has a donation bin for Operation Toy Solider. Operation Toy Soldier is a nationwide initiative to help provide toys to children of military families. All donations will be picked up Wednesday, Dec. 14. For more information, contact Fred Tucker at or 727-791-2409.

SPC Alumni elected president of the Florida Dental Hygiene Association (FDHA)

St. Petersburg College Alumni Dr. Alwyn Leiba was elected president of the Florida Dental Hygiene Association (FDHA). Dr. Leiba is the first male dental hygienist in the 92-year history of the FDHA to be elected. Read more here.

Upcoming drone certification training at SPC’s Workforce Institute

The Workforce Institute at St. Petersburg College will be offering the following course in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in January.

  • Four-week UAS Remote Pilot (Drone) Certificate Prep Course on Jan. 8 – 29, 2018 (class held on four consecutive Tuesdays) 6-8:30 p.m., SPC Epicenter Campus, Room 314, 13805 58th St. N., Clearwater.  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 judgement, 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.

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