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9/8/2020 Member News

Media Brief from St. Petersburg College for the week of Sept. 7, 2020

SPC offers free training for Pinellas County residents unemployed, furloughed due to COVID-19

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be felt by many in the area’s workforce, who have lost jobs or seen their income shrink. St. Petersburg College is offering free short-term training so Pinellas County residents can get back on their feet in high-demand industries.

SPC’s Rapid Credentialing Scholarship Program, which is now available, provides full-tuition scholarships to eligible applicants. In as little as a few weeks, they can earn credentials in one of 17 programs and re-enter the workforce in fields including business, technology, healthcare, public safety, or engineering and manufacturing.

Scholarship funds are limited. More information, including eligibility requirements and application information, is available at

SPC students featured on NPR to discuss voting

St. Petersburg College recently partnered with National Public Radio to contribute to a national conversation about voting. National Public Radio's America Amplified National Listening Session about Voting recorded the input from 25 SPC students on Aug. 27. Florida was one of five states chosen for the virtual listening sessions, and SPC was one of two Florida schools chosen to contribute. The sessions will inform the content of a national talk show launching this fall.

SPC Foundation application period open for college’s Spring Term

SPC Foundation is accepting scholarship applications until Sept. 23 for the Spring 2021 Term. Last year, the Foundation awarded more than $2 million in student scholarships to fund tuition, books and supplies. Not all Foundation scholarships are based on financial need. Students are also awarded scholarships for academic achievement in specific areas of study, community involvement, and a variety of other factors. For more information and to apply, visit here.

Still time to register for fall

The 2020-21 academic year is now underway, but it’s not too late to take fall classes at SPC! The college is offering convenient shorter sessions, including a 12-week session beginning Sept. 14 and an 8-week session that opens Oct. 12. Students can choose from face-to-face and online classes, as well as our SPC LIVE Online classes – the college’s virtual classroom experience that uses Zoom video conferencing. For more information, visit here.

Students can meet with advisors virtually, without scheduling an appointment. Advisors are available online through Zoom for personal help and to provide quick answers. Learn more here.

Fast-track your degree at SPC

SPC’s Downtown and Midtown centers are offering a unique Express Session that allows students to take four classes and earn 12 credits in just 12 weeks. For more information, email Angela Trujillo at or Takita Cuthbertson at

Career Summit: Social and Behavioral Sciences/ Human Services

SPC will host a career summit for individuals who are interested in social and behavioral sciences or human services. This virtual event will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Participants can learn more about jobs in fields such as healthcare support, social and human service assistance, and more. To register for the event, click here.

SPC and UCF offer Transfer Connect program

St. Petersburg College and the University of Central Florida have partnered to offer the Transfer Connect program, starting this fall term. This partnership allows students interested in staying in Pinellas County the opportunity to earn an Associate in Arts degree from SPC and a bachelor’s degree from UCF Online. Interested students should contact Sheryl Mundorff at or 727-791-2763. Read more here.

SPC Last Mile Scholarship available for returning students

St. Petersburg College is removing financial barriers for their students who are close to achieving their academic goals. Through SPC’s Last Mile Scholarship, students who left college with 12 or fewer credit hours remaining to complete their first associate or baccalaureate degrees could receive a scholarship to help them finish strong. The SPC Last Mile Scholarship is a collaborative initiative to support Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Last Mile Program at the 28 Florida colleges and the Florida Department of Education. The program accelerates the pathway for returning students to earn their degree and strengthens the talent pipeline for Florida’s workforce. Read more here.