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2/19/2019 Member News

Media Brief from St. Petersburg College for the week of Feb. 18, 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.

Middle and high school males gain keys to manhood through education

In an effort to eliminate the academic challenges middle and high school male students experience, St. Petersburg College and community leaders are providing resources through the Keys to Manhood Seminar. This seventh annual seminar for men will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the SPC Allstate Center, 3200 34th St. S., St. Petersburg.

This year, several graduating high school seniors will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship to St. Petersburg College and one participant will win a grand prize award. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Koco Eaton, the orthopedic surgeon for the Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tampa Bay Rowdies.

SPC celebrates National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month

St. Petersburg College celebrates National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month in February, also referred to as Workforce Education. Recently, Governor DeSantis announced his intent to make Florida number one in Workforce Education by 2030. Workforce Education is a short-term training alternative that prepares students to enter high-wage, in demand careers, such as Information Technology, Health Sciences, Advance Manufacturing and more.

SPC wins a 2019 D2L Excellence Award!

Desire 2 Learn (D2L) recently awarded St. Petersburg College’s Online Learning & Services a 2019 Excellence Award, which recognizes those who have used the Brightspace platform to deliver innovative and impactful learning experiences. Learn more here.

SPC Legal Studies Program gets American Bar Association Re-Approval

This month, St. Petersburg College’s Legal Studies programs gained re-approval from the American Bar Association. The approval is for a period of seven years, and follows the previous one held since 2012. According to SPC’s Dean Susan Demers, there are more than 1200 paralegal programs in the United States, but only 266 have received approval from the ABA. Though there are a few other AS programs throughout the state, SPC’s is the only ABA-approved program at a state institution. 

Dementia Caregivers Are Focus of SPC Conference

The Fifth Annual Caregivers Conference at St. Petersburg College will offer a look at how dementia sufferers can benefit from re-experiencing 1950s small-town America and how their caregivers can benefit from 21st century technology. Preparing caregivers for the Future is the theme of the conference, which will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 22 in the Digitorium at SPC’s Seminole Campus, 9200 113th N. The conference is hosted by the SPC Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions and co-sponsored by Maria’s Adult Day Care Center and AARP Florida. Admission is free, including lunch, but advance registration is required at

Piano Recital with Sean Kennard on March 8

Sean Kennard at 7:30 p.m. on March 8 at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, Music Center, 6605 5th Ave. N. Kennard has won top prizes in competitions around the world, including the Queen Elisabeth Competition of Belgium.  Admission is $10 at the door and is free for SPC students and employees with an ID.

SPC Music Workshops with Nestor Torres and Martin Bejerano

St. Petersburg College will host two free music workshops with Latin Grammy Award winning Nestor Torres and Great American Jazz Piano Competition winner Martin Bejerano. The workshops will be held on:

  • Nestor Torres - 2 p.m. Friday March 1 at SPC St. Petersburg Gibbs Campus, HS 117, 6605 5th Ave. N.
  • Martin Bejerano – 10 a.m. Monday, March 4 at SPC St. Petersburg Gibbs Campus, HS 109, 6605 5th Ave. N.

Learn more here.

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 March and April.

  • One-Day UAS (Drone) Overview Course on Saturday, March 23rd, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., SPC St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, LI-22, 6605 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg. 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 April 4 – 25th (class held on four consecutive Thursdays) 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
  • Six-week UAS Video Editing and Production Course on April 23 – May 28 (class held on 6 consecutive Tuesdays) 6 - 8:30pm, SPC Epicenter Campus, Room 306, 13805 58th St. N., Clearwater. This course provides video professionals, at the introductory level, with the comprehensive skills they need to import, edit and encode video projects using Final Cut Pro X.  The course will also cover pre-production areas such as determining client needs, shot lists and storyboarding, and obtaining licenses, permits, and waivers prior to filming. Through instructor led demonstrations and exercises you will learn how to edit video, add video effects and titles and export your finished video.  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 sessions:
Prospective students can learn more about our programs at this upcoming information session:  

Public Safety Showcase

Wednesday, Feb. 20
3:30 – 7 p.m.
SPC EpiCenter, Board Room
13805 59th St. N., Clearwater

Paralegal Studies Information Session

Tuesday, Feb. 26
5:30 – 7 p.m.
SPC Clearwater Campus, ES 104
2465 Drew St.

Public Safety Showcase

Tuesday, Feb. 26
4-7 p.m.
SPC Allstate Center, Florida Room
3200 34th St. S.