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6/23/2020 Member News

Media Brief from St. Petersburg College for the week of June 22, 2020

SPC industry expert available for interviews

Michael Ramsey, SPC’s Dean of Workforce Development, can provide insight on the following topics:

  • How furloughed or laid off individuals can reskill or upskill
  • The impact of COVID-19 on the workforce

To learn more about Dean Ramsey’s expertise, read this article: SPC Dean Serves as Panelist in Job Webinar

News & Announcements

St. Petersburg College has released its preliminary “comeback plan” and guidelines for the Fall 2020 Term. 

Starting Aug. 17, SPC will hold a portion of classes on campus, including labs, healthcare, public safety, and other programs that require hands-on learning, as well as some general education courses where research shows students are more likely to succeed in a face-to-face environment. The rest of SPC’s classes will be offered fully online or LIVE Online, which provides a virtual classroom experience where students can interact with faculty and peers in real time through video conferencing. The college will ask those coming to campuses to practice personal safety precautions such as wearing face coverings - which will be provided - when social distancing cannot be maintained. Read more here.

Attorney Benjamin Crump to speak virtually at SPC on June 23

Criminal justice attorney Benjamin Crump will be featured on a virtual program called Criminal Justice Reform: Progress and Challenges hosted by the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at SPC.  The event will be hosted from 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. on June 23 on Zoom. Crump, who is currently representing the families of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, will offer glimpses of the disturbing accounts revealed in his book Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People.  He will discuss civil rights in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the Breonna Taylor, Pamela Turner, Arbery and Floyd cases. Also offering a look at local statistics, progress and efforts for reform will be Sixth Judicial Circuit Public Defender-Elect Sara Mollo. Click here to register for the event.



Virtual workshop for artists, small businesses on how to access funds and community resources

The Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at SPC will host a virtual workshop for the arts and small businesses community on how to access funds and resources. This event will take place from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. on June 25 via Zoom. Community partners include: the City of St. Petersburg, Creative Pinellas, the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, The Greenhouse, Grow Smarter St. Petersburg, Pinellas County Economic Development, the Pinellas County Urban League, the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, and the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. Participants will learn about grant resources and additional opportunities from a panel of experts including:


  • Jessica R. Eilerman, MA - Small Business Liaison, Office of the Mayor, and Manager, The Greenhouse, Economic & Workforce Development Department
  • Kim Vogel – Manager, The Greenhouse
  • Jocelyn Howard – Manager, Grow Smarter
  • Dr. Cynthia Johnson - Director of the Pinellas County Office of Small Business & Supplier Diversity
  • Daisy Rodriguez - Director of Human Services, Pinellas County Economic Development
  • Rev. Watson L. Haynes II - President and CEO, Pinellas County Urban League
  • Shaina Bent – COO, St. Petersburg Free Clinic


To register for the workshop, click here:

Fall registration is open

Current and future students can now register for the fall semester at St. Petersburg College. Classes offer a variety of schedules, including shorter six, eight- or 10-week sessions. SPC’s full fall term and first eight-week session start on Aug. 17. For more information, visit here.

Displaced workers can get fast training at SPC

When COVID-19 forced the closure of shops, restaurants, hotels, bars, and entertainment venues, many people found themselves without jobs. In response, the college has launched a new tool for people who are looking to earn credentials that will land them a job in a short amount of time – as little as 16 weeks, in some cases. The Get Job Ready at SPC webpage offers plenty of helpful information that will get people on the path to a new career. Learn more here.

Busting myths about online classes on June 24

Join SPC from 6-7 p.m. on June 24 for an inside look at why the college has become one of the best in online education in Florida. During a one-hour webinar, participants will hear from faculty who are leaders in facilitating the online classroom experience. Student activities and services coordinators, instructional support specialists and librarians will walk you through the online support resources available at SPC. Plus, learn about the virtual classroom experience called SPC Live Online, where students can connect with faculty and peers and access class resources, all in real time. To register, click here.

SPC Theater performance from a distance

Over the summer, St. Petersburg College’s theater department will offer a performance virtually on Zoom:

The Rimers of Eldridge

  • June 26, 7 p.m.
  • *Please note that The Rimers of Eldritch contains mature themes and content. Not recommended for children under 16.

From acting, stage production, costume and set design to house management, the theater arts program at SPC empowers students to explore their creativity and hone their stagecraft. For more information about the performance, contact Scott Cooper at