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2/26/2018 Member News

Media Brief from St. Petersburg College for the week of Feb. 26, 2018

Media Brief from St. Petersburg College for the week of Feb. 26, 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.

St. Petersburg College closed March 4-11 for Spring Break
St. Petersburg College will be closed for students and staff March 4-11, for Spring Break. The college will reopen on Monday, March 12.

St. Petersburg College hosts Music Industry Panel Discussion on Feb. 27
St. Petersburg College Music Industry and Recording Arts (MIRA) and The Sessions are co-hosting a Music Industry Panel Discussion from 5 to 10 p.m. on Feb. 27 at The Palladium St. Petersburg, 253 5th Ave N. This panel partnership continues MIRA’s focus to empower students through creative studies and professional experience. The panel topics will include contract negotiations, entertainment law, marketing, self-promotion, social media and artist relations. The panel will feature:

• Chick Corea, legendary Jazz pianist
• Jules Follett, Executive Director and Founder of The Sessions
• Dom Famularo, Drumming Global Ambassador
• Paul Quin, Entertainment Attorney
• Christine Ohlman, SNL Band Vocalist and Musicologist
• Rick Drumm, President of Traction Business Coaching
• Carlos Guzman, Tour Manager
• Ray Luzierm, Drummer for Korn
• Bobby Rossi, Executive Vice President of Entertainment, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Capitol Theatre & Ruth Eckerd on the Road

For more information, contact Rosaria Pipitone at 727-341-4722.

Arts and Humanities Career Exploration Event
SPC will host an Arts and Humanities Career Exploration Event from 12:30 – 2 p.m. on March 1 at St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, SA-1 35, 6605 5th Ave N. Attendees can explore careers and degree programs in arts and humanities. For more information, contact Rosaria Pipitone at 727-341-4722.

Community Impact Day on March 3
St. Petersburg College is partnering with the City of St. Petersburg Police Department, Walmart, Community Health Centers of Pinellas, Pinellas County Urban League, Healthy Start and TASCO to host a Community Impact Day from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, March 3 at the Walmart Supercenter, 3501 34th Street South, St. Petersburg. This free, interactive event will feature community vendors, arts and crafts, touch-a-truck, bounce houses, face painting, music, medical screenings by the Walmart Health & Wellness team, a raffle and free food while supplies last. For more information, contact La’Kesha O’Neal at

Titan Robotics Automation Challenge Lego Design Competition
St. Petersburg College Workforce Institute is hosting a Titan Robotics Automation Challenge (TRAC), a LEGO design and build competition. Participants can submit their best representation of St. Petersburg College. The contest is open to SPC students, faculty, and staff, as well as the larger community. The winner(s) will receive a $200 cash prize and a budget to purchase Legos to build their winning design. The winning design will be used during local and national robotics competitions, conferences, and other events. For more information, contact Susan Garrett at 727-341-4281.

Upcoming PLCs and Drone Certification training at SPC’s Workforce Institute
The Workforce Institute at St. Petersburg College will be offering the following courses in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

• Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) Certification Course on March 12-April 8. 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 wide 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 conducted at BRAAS Company: 230 Douglas Rd, Oldsmar, FL 34677 on Monday, March 26 through Friday, March 30. Lab sessions are available from 1-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Registration can be completed by going to or and selecting the date and lab session that you would like to attend.

• Four-week UAS (Drone) for Public Safety Course on April 5-28, 2018 (class held on four consecutive Thursdays 6-8:30 p.m. and on Saturday April 26 from 12-3 p.m. for hands-on UAS flight), SPC Allstate Center, Room 219, 3200 34th St. S., St. Petersburg. This course is designed for police, fire and EMS personnel. Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or Drones are changing the public safety sector. These devices are life-saving tools to keep officers and communities safe. Topics in the four-week course include: Hands-on UAS flight, UAS Regulations, Flight operations and restrictions, UAS Loading and performance, Emergency procedures, Crew resource management, Radio communication procedures, UAS performance, Psychological effects of drugs and alcohol, Aeronautical decision-making and judgement, Airport operations, Maintenance and pre-flight inspection procedures, and Legal Considerations. Upon successful completion of the course, students will have the knowledge required to pass the FAA Remote Pilot Certificate Exam. Registration can be completed by going to

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

SPC Sports
Basketball season for Titan men and women is underway! Check
for game times and dates.
Upcoming information session:
Prospective students can learn more about our programs at this upcoming information session:
Resume Writing Workshop
Wednesday, Feb. 28
12:30 -2 p.m.
Clearwater Campus
2465 Drew St.

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