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2/25/2019 Member News

Media Brief from St. Petersburg College for the week of Feb. 25, 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.

The Langston Hughes Project Feb. 26

Celebrate the legacy of the great poet and author Langston Hughes from 11 a.m. – 12: 30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at SPC Clearwater Campus, Arts Auditorium, 2465 Drew St. Attendees will learn about the life and times of Hughes through music, visual images and spoken word. The event, part of the SPC African-American History Month celebration, will be hosted by USC Thornton School of Music Professor Ronald McCurdy. Free and open to the public.  Learn more here.

Community Concert Band and Community Wind Symphony March 7 (flier attached)

The St. Petersburg College Wind Ensembles present an evening of music featuring science and technology themes to bring awareness of STEM happenings and opportunities at SPC, including our new SPC Bay Pines STEM Center. The concert takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at The Palladium, 253 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg. The concert is free and open to the public.

Music includes several aquatic themed works that represent the lagoon and Intracoastal Waterway that the STEM Center overlooks.  The concert will also feature pieces that blend wind ensemble with computer technology including utilization of Super Collider music programing language. Interactive demonstrations in virtual reality and 3D printing will take place before and after the concert.   

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, Advanced 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.

Application fee will be waived during Explore SPC March 26-28

St. Petersburg College will host Explore SPC Week from 2-6 p.m. March 26-28. Attendees can explore campuses and degrees and training programs. The $40 application fee will be waived during Explore SPC Week. The event will be held:

  • Tuesday, March 26, Downtown Center, 244 Second Ave. N.
  • Wednesday, March 27, Clearwater Campus, 2465 Drew St.
  • Wednesday, March 27, St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, 6605 Fifth Ave. N.
  • Thursday, March 28, Tarpon Springs Campus, 600 E. Klosterman Rd.
  • Thursday, March 28, Seminole Campus, 9200 113th St. N
  • Thursday, March 28, Midtown Center, 1300 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg
  • Thursday, March 28, Health Education Center, 7200 66th St. N., Pinellas Park

For more information, visit

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 Associate in Science programs throughout the state, SPC’s is the only ABA-approved program at a state institution. 

Piano Recital with Sean Kennard on March 8

Sean Kennard will perform 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 I n 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.

Rebecca Penney’s Piano Master Class March 9

Rebecca Penney will host a Piano Master Class from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on March 9 at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, Music Center, 6605 5th Ave. N. Penny is a renowned pedagogue that has received extensive recognition for her ability to teach keyboard technique (Motion and Emotion) that allows pianists to achieve individual performance goals without physical strain or injury.  Admission is free. For more information, visit .

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, 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, 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 these upcoming sessions:  

Paralegal Studies Information Session

Monday, Feb. 25
5:30 – 7 p.m.
SPC Clearwater Campus, ES 123
2465 Drew St.

Public Safety Showcase

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


Job Fair

Wednesday, March 6
12 – 3 p.m.
SPC St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus
6605 5th Ave N.