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7/21/2020 Member News

Media Brief from St. Petersburg College for the week of July 20, 2020

SPC industry expert available for interviews

Tara Newsom, JD, LLM, SPC’s Faculty & Director of the Center for Civic Learning & Community Engagement, can provide insight on the following topic:

  • Voter education

If you are working on a story and would like to schedule an interview with Tara Newsom, email shaw.marilyn@spcollege or call 727-341-4712.

News & Announcements

Free Youth Experience kicks off this week

St. Petersburg College is partnering with the Clearwater Neighborhood Family Center to offer the third annual Rising Above: Not An Option! Youth Experience. The free event offers a safe environment to discuss issues, find common ground and produce solutions that even youth can participate in to create a better community. Attendees can join the program virtually on July 22, 23 and 24 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., and anyone interested can register here.

Pinellas County School Board 2020 Candidates Forum July 23

The Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at SPC will hosted a virtual 2020 Pinellas County School Board Forum from 7-9 p.m. on July 23. Community members are encouraged to view this event to learn more about the candidates and their positions. Click here to register for the event.  

SPC President Tonjua Williams recently shared how to build “The Learning Experience”

St. Petersburg College created “The College Experience” to transform the way out-of-classroom is provided to significantly improve student success rates. Now President Tonjua Williams is moving that work inside the classroom. President Williams was recently interviewed on the Deep Dives Podcast and shared how she engaged faculty and staff to build “The Learning Experience” and the challenges she faced. She provides honest insight on how SPC used transparency and collaboration to engage every member of the College to complete the work, and the lessons learned along the way. Click here to listen to the episode 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.

SPC scholarships available for St. Petersburg residents

St. Petersburg residents, whose jobs in the service, retail and hospitality sectors have been impacted or lost due to COVID-19, could be eligible for this opportunity to gain new skills at SPC and discover a new career path. Grow Smarter, in collaboration with the St. Petersburg College Foundation, is offering this scholarship, which covers full tuition, books and materials. Recipients will earn credentials that will make them eligible for jobs in the areas of: creative arts and design, data analytics, financial services, marine and life science, or specialized manufacturing. The application deadline is Friday, July 24. Participation is limited, so apply today at

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.