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1/8/2019 Member News

Media Brief from St. Petersburg College for the week of Jan. 7, 2019

Media Brief from St. Petersburg College for the week of Jan. 7, 2019

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 Martin Luther King Jr. Day

St. Petersburg College will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The college will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 22. For more information about applying and registering, visit

SPC Spring 2019 registration

Registration for the Spring 2019 semester is open. See the following dates for details.

  • Spring term begins: Monday, Jan. 14
  • Spring Weekend term begins: Friday, Jan. 18
  • Spring Express term begins: Monday, Feb. 11 

    Learn more here.


Advanced Manufacturing Lab Open House on Jan. 16 (flier attached)

St. Petersburg College will unveil its New Advanced Manufacturing Lab from 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 16 at the SPC Clearwater Campus, CC Building, 2465 Drew St. At the open house, attendees can tour the facility, demo the new equipment and enjoy refreshments. To RSVP, visit


St. Petersburg College will host telescope viewing of Jan. 20 Lunar Eclipse

SPC St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus will host a public telescope viewing of the lunar eclipse from 10 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20, if weather permits. The event will take place outside the Natural Science building, on 69th Street at 5th Avenue North. Parking is available.

The eclipse will begin at 10:34 p.m., as the full moon enters the darkest part of the Earth’s shadow. Over the next hour, more of the moon will disappear, with totality beginning at 11:41 p.m. The moon will remain totally eclipsed until 12:33 a.m. when it begins to slowly emerge from the Earth’s shadow.  The eclipse ends at 1:50 am. This eclipse will be visible in its entirety over all of North America.

The eclipse can be easily viewed with the naked eye, binoculars or a small telescope. The moon is expected to have a striking orange or red color at mid-eclipse, popularly known as a “blood moon.”

SPC Theater's URINETOWN named top 10 production in Tampa Bay

Broadway World has named St. Petersburg College theater department’s performance of URINETOWN the top 10 production in Tampa Bay for 2018. Broadway World described the production as “smart, incisive and funny, that everyone can enjoy.” Also, Chelsea Hooker, who played Penelope Pennywise, was mentioned as “Great performances of the year to cherish.” Broadway World is the “#1” website for Broadway, theatre, and live entertainment around the world! Read more here.

SPC’s business students wins international competition

Four capstone teams from the College of Business at St. Petersburg College competed in a two-week international Best-Strategy Invitational (BSI) business simulation and won first and second place. BSI is a global competition among high-performing Business Strategy Game (BSG) simulation companies from around the world.

Piano Recital with Kevin Kenner on Jan. 18 (photo attached)

St. Petersburg College will host a Piano Recital with Kevin Kenner at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 18 at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, Music Center, 6605 5th Ave. N. Kenner is recognized around the world as an exceptional interpreter of the music of Chopin and has been singled out by leading reviewers for his Chopin performances and recordings. Admission is $10 at the door and free for SPC faculty and students with an ID.

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:

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 February.


  • One-Day UAS (Drone) Overview Course on Saturday, Feb. 9 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. SPC Seminole Campus, Room LI-119 (Library building), 9200 113t St.  This one-day introductory course includes hands-on flight lessons for students, flight demonstrations and drone displays, FAA airspace regulations, appropriate use of drones, weather topics and resources for drone operators.  Registration can be completed by going to

  • Four-week UAS Remote Pilot (Drone) Certificate Prep Course on Feb. 21 – March 21 (class held on four consecutive Thursdays) 6-8:30 p.m., SPC Epicenter Campus, Room 312, 13805 58th St. N., Clearwater. There will be no class on Thursday, March 14 due to the college being closed for Spring Break. 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

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

Early College, Dual Enrollment and Early Admission Info Session

Tuesday, Jan. 8

6-8 p.m.

SPC Clearwater Campus

2465 Drew St.

Rising seniors: ES 102

Rising juniors: Arts Auditorium

Early College, Dual Enrollment and Early Admission Info Session

Thursday, Jan. 10

6-8 p.m.

SPC Seminole Campus

9200 113th St. N.

Rising seniors: Library 270

Rising juniors: Conference Center

Early College, Dual Enrollment and Early Admission Info Session

Wednesday, Jan. 16
6-8 p.m.
Palm Harbor University High School

1900 Omaha St.

Rising seniors: Teaching Auditorium

Rising juniors: Main Auditorium


Early College, Dual Enrollment and Early Admission Info Session

Thursday, Jan. 17

6-8 p.m.

Gibbs High School

850 3th St. S., St. Petersburg

Rising seniors: 4-105

Rising juniors: Grande Theater