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3/5/2019 Member News

Media Brief from St. Petersburg College for the week of March 4, 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 Spring Break March 10 - 17

St. Petersburg College will be closed for students and staff on Sunday, March 10 – Sunday, March 17 for Spring Break. The college will reopen on Monday, March 18. For more information about applying and registering, visit

SPC President shares a vision for economic prosperity with Vinoy Business Alliance March 11
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 St. Petersburg College President Tonjua Williams will join the Vinoy Business Alliance for an afternoon event titled “A Vision for Achieving Economic Prosperity.” This event will be hosted from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Monday, March 11, at the Sunset Ballroom, 600 Snell Isle Blvd. Followed by a candid, one-on-one conversation with President Williams about her personal story.

President Williams will discuss her own story of growing up in poverty in Midtown St. Petersburg and her 31 years of experience at SPC that led her to a new vision for the college and community – the creation of an Educational Ecosystem that leads to economic prosperity and growth. To attend the event, tickets are $25 in advance or $35 are the door. To register, call 727-824-8012.


Community Concert Band and Community Wind Symphony March 7

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.   

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

St. Petersburg College will host its Explore SPC Even at various locations 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. 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

Piano Recital with Sean Kennard on March 8
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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 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 Workshop with Martin Bejerano

St. Petersburg College will host a free music workshop with the Great American Jazz Piano Competition winner Martin Bejerano. The workshop will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 4, at SPC St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, HS 109, 6605 5th Ave. N. Learn more here.

Piano Master Class with Rebecca Penneys March 9

Rebecca Penneys 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. Pennys is a renowned pedagogue who 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 .

SPC partners with Eckerd College to screen documentary about lynching

A new documentary that looks at the case of a black Tampa native in 1960, sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit, is set to screen at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at the Miller Auditorium at Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S., St. Petersburg.

The film entitled “Fair Game: Surviving A 1960 Georgia Lynching” tells the story of James Fair Jr. who was innocent but arrested, jailed, tried, convicted and sentenced to the electric chair in less than three days for a child’s rape and murder in a Southwest Georgia town. Click to view trailer.

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 23, 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 – 25 (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 six 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:  

Job Fair

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

Open House: Discover SPC Programs and Degrees

Wednesday, March 20
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
SPC Clearwater Campus, Library Community Room
2465 Drew St.