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4/20/2020 Member News

New short-term programs starting this fall at SPC

St. Petersburg College has added two new certificate programs that will kick off this fall term. These short-term training certificates, Laboratory Specialist Advanced Technical and Event Planning Management, provide students the opportunity to earn in-demand skills.

SPC's Laboratory Specialist Advanced Technical Certificate prepares students to work as a laboratory technician in a range of work environments, from government laboratories to manufacturing laboratory environments. The program focuses on the principles of biological sciences, chemistry and mathematics necessary for success in a scientific work environment.

Students can also transfer the credits to SPC’s Biotechnology Laboratory Technology Associate in Science and Bachelor of Science in Biology.

Dr. Natavia Middleton, SPC Dean of Natural Science and Engineering, said employment opportunities for laboratory staff are expected to grow at least 10-15 percent in the next decade.

“The laboratory specialist certificate at St. Petersburg College will help to build a pipeline of personnel, who will work within diverse settings that include healthcare, industry, research and educational institutions,” Middleton said.

SPC’s Event Planning Management Certificate prepares students to become a supervisor in event planning management in the hospitality industry. In Florida, the average salary for meeting, convention and event planners is $45,130. This certificate transfers to the college’s  Associate in Science in Hospitality & Tourism Management.

“Companies are looking for individuals who have a well-rounded understanding of the industry and are able to manage different events that result in an enhanced customer experience,” said SPC Dean of College of Business Marta Przyborowski. “The hospitality and tourism industry is one of the main drivers of economic activity in Florida, and the certificate will provide students with the skills and knowledge to be successful in this area.”

For more information about the certificates and programs at SPC, visit