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4/2/2018 Member News

Media Brief from St. Petersburg College for the week of April 2, 2018

Media Brief from St. Petersburg College for the week of April 2, 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 registration is open

Registration for the summer semester is open. The regular summer term begins Monday, May 14, and the Summer Express term begins June 11. 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 session is Sunday, May 14. Learn more here.


SPC Community Author Series: Tim Dorsey

St. Petersburg College will host a Community Author Series with Tim Dorsey at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 12 at Seminole Community Library at SPC, Annex Conference Center, 9200 113th St. N. Dorsey is the author of 23 books and will be discussing them at the event. In 2006, SPC launched ONE BOOK, ONE COLLEGE, a program that enables faculty, students and administrators to come together and discuss a common book(s) and their themes. For more information, contact Jennifer Gregor at 727-394-6184.


“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. to 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 training at SPC’s Workforce Institute

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

  • UAS (Drone) for Public Safety Course on April 5-April 28 (class held on four consecutive Thursdays from 6-8:30 p.m. and from 12-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 for hands-on UAS flight), SPC’s Allstate Center, Room 219, 3200 34th St. S., St. Petersburg. This course is designed for police, fire department and EMS personnel. Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or Drones, are changing the public safety sector. These devices are no longer toys, but tools used to keep officers and communities safe. They’re becoming an essential life-saving tool for public safety departments. 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 judgment, 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

  • Four-week UAS Remote Pilot (Drone) Certificate Prep Course on May 3-May 24, 2018 (class held on four consecutive Thursdays) 6-8:30 p.m., SPC Downtown Campus, 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 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.

  • Nine-week MSSC Certified Production Technician Course on May 1-July 2, 2018 (class held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays) 5:30-8 p.m., SPC Epicenter Campus, 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.  Fiftteen credits from this course can transfer to an Associate’s degree in Engineering Technology.  Registration can be completed by going to

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

SPC Sports
Baseball, tennis and softball season is underway! Check for game times and dates.

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

Career Exploration Workshop – Communications

Tuesday, April 3

12:30 – 2 p.m.

St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus

6605 5th Ave. N.

Sports Journalism Panel Discussion

Wednesday, April 4

11:30 a.m. – 12: 15 p.m.

Tarpon Springs Campus

600 E Klosterman Rd.

Risk Management and Insurance Careers Social

Wednesday, April 11

5-6:30 p.m.

SPC EpiCenter, Room 1-453

13805 58th St. N

Marilyn Shaw

Public Relations Specialist

Marketing and Strategic Communications

St. Petersburg College

(727) 341-4712