MFS15_200x200St. Petersburg College has been named a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, Inc.

SPC was recognized for going above and beyond to provide transitioning veterans the best possible experience in higher education.

Victory Media is a veteran-owned business that surveys thousands of institutions and compiles lists that capture best practices in recruitment and retention of military personnel and civilian employees, students and franchisees.

Its lists of Military Friendly Employers, Schools, Franchises and Cities are published annually in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse and Vetrepreneur magazines.

View all participating institutions on the list of Military Friendly Schools for 2015.

SPC Women's Basketball Coach Denisha Davidson

Denisha Davidson

St. Petersburg Women’s Basketball Coach Denisha Davidson was inducted into the Kennesaw State University Athletics Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the KSU Sports and Recreation Park Saturday, Oct. 11.

As Head Coach for SPC’s women’s basketball since July 2009, Davidson has coached seven All State Players, the 2013 Southern Conference Player of the Year and the 2013 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All American. She also has been honored by being named three-time Southern Conference Coach of the Year in 2011, 2013 and 2014.

A first-team Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Daktronics Division II All-American, Davidson earned Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year honors in 2003-04 and all-conference honors three times. She concluded her career ranked No. 1 in rebounds-per-game (9.9) and No. 4 in points-per-game (18.6).

Davidson also ranks No. 3 in career points (1,583) and career rebounds (844), and holds the No. 2, 3 and 4 single-season rebounding averages. A three-year letter winner, Davidson helped lead the Owls to a 52-33 (.612) record.

To help celebrate National Veterinary Technician Week, the School of Veterinary Technology will host its annual Open House from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15 at the Veterinary Technology Center, 12376 Ulmerton Road, Largo.


Animal lovers of all ages have fun at the annual Open House held at the Veterinary technology Center.

Members of the public are invited to the event, where they can tour the state-of-the-art facility, learn about programs and career options, meet faculty, and explore a “day in the life” of a veterinary technician.

The event will feature many hands-on activities, such as the opportunity to examine blood samples under a microscope and observe cat clicker training. Additional presentations will be held on pet care and nutrition, avian and exotic species.

Pets will also be available for adoption.

Vendors will include: St. Petersburg College’s International Programs, Animal Lovers Dream Rescue, Avian & Exotics, Animal Services, Humane Society, SPCA, Operation Snip, Paws for Veterans (service dog demo), Dog Tag Heroes, Southeastern Guide Dogs, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Therapy Dogs International, Student Veteran’s Association, Vet Tech Society (VTS), Florida Veterinary Technicians Association (FVTA) and  PSTA (SPC Rides Free).

Civics education and engagement are a top priority at St. Petersburg College.

On Oct. 10-11, the Civics Club at the Clearwater Campus will host the Second Annual Florida Model Legislature event, which gives students hands-on experience in creating and passing legislation. So far, students have drafted 16 bills dealing with public policy issues that will move through their lawmaking process.

“The goal of the Model Legislature is to bring students together for civic dialogue and learning,” said Suzanne Preston, Social Sciences Professor and Civics Club Advisor on the Clearwater Campus.

The event is open to all SPC students to help them develop civic leadership and awareness of local and state issues, Preston said. They can then become better informed citizens and stronger participants in their communities, she added.model-lex

More than 80 students from several campuses participated in the inaugural event last year. Preston said the event let students put on their “legislative hats,” roll up their sleeves, and debate, negotiate and compromise on Florida’s public policy dilemmas, learning more about themselves and their community.

“This event teaches students how government operates, and creates an excitement in them when they see what is actually going on in the legislature and how it effects them in real life,” said Andrew Malyj, former president of the SGA at the campus.

Civics Club members led the initiative to bring this event to the college after members of the Clearwater Student Government Association traveled to Tallahassee in Spring 2013 to participate in a Model Legislature. The students were inspired by the event and proposed bringing a similar experience home to their campus so more SPC students could benefit from the experience.

“Student leadership on the Clearwater Campus brought this initiative to the Clearwater Campus and the Clearwater SGA funded it both years,” Preston said.

Workshops were held this week leading up to the two-day event to encourage students from across the college’s 11 learning sites to participate. The workshops teach students how to draft legislation, participate in the formal debate processes and improve civic dialogue through collaboration.

Civics Club members, as well as past Model Legislature participants, will play leadership roles in this year’s event. Social and Behavioral Science faculty will also lend their support.

“Students are left with a lifelong understanding of the legislative process and how to engage as a citizen leader,” said Tara Newsom, Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Visit the SPC Model Legislature website for more information about the event.

Tait Sorenson

Starting Saturday, Oct. 4, St. Petersburg College celebrates World Space Week, which highlights the benefits and contributions of space science and technology to humankind.

Since its declaration by the United Nations in 1999, World Space Week has grown into the largest public space event in the world.

See what SPC students and alumni have been doing in that field:

To help boost the local skilled workforce in supply chain management, SPC will begin offering entry and mid-level certifications in January 2015. The training is being offered through a $1.5 million federal grant received last year.

The certifications, to be endorsed by the national Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), will cover key aspects of supply chain management like planning and forecasting, purchasing, product assembly, storage and transportation. The training programs will include internships, apprenticeships and on-the-job training opportunities so participants get hands-on, real world experience.

“The initiative will solidify partnerships among colleges, universities and the industry, while at the same time, provide opportunities for students to access the training, skills and resources needed to succeed in today’s competitive job market,” said Greg Nenstiel, Dean of SPC’s College of Business. “Students will be able to earn stackable certifications that lead to in-demand jobs, as well as college credit.”

Businesses including manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, warehouses, healthcare providers and government agencies utilize supply chain management principles to plan, assemble, store, ship and track products from beginning to the end consumer. Successful companies rely on the skills of supply chain management professionals to ensure their products are delivered to the marketplace in a quick, efficient and cost-effective manner.

Meeting workforce needs

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for supply chain talent has been rising and jobs in logistics are estimated to grow by 26 percent between 2010 and 2020. SPC will meet this growing urgency by educating and training a local, skilled and qualified workforce.

Career paths span a variety of functions covering planning, procurement, manufacturing, and logistics to include job roles as logistics assistants, warehouse and production associates, supply chain specialists and analysts, fulfillment supervisors, purchasing, fleet and transportation managers.

Certifications through SPC will include Supply Chain Management Principles, Customer Service Operations, Transportation Operations, Warehousing Operations, Demand Planning, Inventory Management, Manufacturing and Service Operations and Supply Management and Procurement.

Community partners

SPC is looking for local experts in supply chain management for the following:

  • Serve as curriculum subject matter experts
  • Become an advisory board member
  • Provide internship opportunities for students
  • Host educational tours of supply chain in action
  • Refer prospective students to the program for training
  • Employ qualified graduates

Initially slated as non-credit training, the LINCS Supply Chain Management program is funded by a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration last year.

For information on the LINCS Program, please contact Marta Przyborowski, at 727-341-7973 or Przyborowski.marta@spcollege.edu

SPC alumna Nicole Becker looks over X-rays from one of her four-legged patients while working as lead veterinary technician and office manager at North Boulder Companion Animal Hospital in Boulder, Colo.

SPC alumna Nicole Becker looks over X-rays from one of her four-legged patients while working as lead veterinary technician and office manager at North Boulder Companion Animal Hospital in Boulder, Colo.

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History of successful vet tech alumna
SPC alumna Bonnie Loghry received the 2013 Linda Markland Outstanding RVT of the Year Award – Non-Private Practice from the California Veterinary Medical Association. Read more about Loghry.

St. Petersburg College School of Veterinary Technology alumna Nicole Becker was named 2014 Technician of the Year by the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association Sept. 20.

Since she was a child, Becker, 30, knew that her future would revolve around the love and care of animals.

“Ever since I was 9 years old, I always wanted to be a veterinarian or work with animals,” said Becker, who serves as office manager and lead veterinary technician at North Boulder Companion Animal Hospital in Boulder, Colo. “I never really strayed away from that; my feelings for it never changed.”

Born in Colorado, Becker grew up in Pinellas County, where she attended high school in Indian Rocks Beach. She remained local for college, and received an associate degree in veterinary technology from SPC in Summer 2008.

“The biggest thing I find that I am grateful for during my time at SPC was all of the hands-on training that we did,” Becker said. As a student, she worked on animals every day in the kennel – taking X-rays, placing catheters, performing dental and other medical care.

Her dream is to own and operate her own veterinary clinic.

“Nicole was always a great student,” said Rich Flora, dean of the School of Veterinary Technology. “She was dedicated to her courses, her learning and mastering the skills required to be an effective, contributing, valuable member of our profession. I have no doubt that she will be a very successful practice owner.”

A few years after graduation, Becker moved back to Colorado in August 2011, where she began working as a veterinary technician at North Boulder Animal Companion Hospital. After a short period of time, she realized she wouldn’t be satisfied in the entry-level position. When the hospital’s lead veterinary technician quit with only a week’s notice, she jumped at the opportunity to take on the role.

“I told my boss that I would like to try to take on the responsibility of head technician, so I took the reins and ran with them,” Becker said. When the animal hospital’s office manager left a few months later, she decided this was her chance to do and learn more.

“I asked her to let me also take on this responsibility,” she said. “I want to keep going and don’t want to stop – I want to work my way as high up the ladder as I can go.”

What she wasn’t expecting was the difficult she faced hiring new employees. The lack of direct animal contact in veterinary education in Colorado was a shock to Becker, who spent nearly every day working hands-on with the animals as an SPC veterinary technology student.

“Out here in Colorado, animal rights organizations are a huge thing,” she said. “The students out here don’t seem to get to practice on real animals. I get CVTs (certified veterinary technicians) who come in who are certified but have never placed an IV catheter in a real animal.”

“From an office manager’s point of view, where I am now trying to hire people, I think that is the biggest factor that stands out for me,” she said.

Becker said that at SPC, she learned how to not only understand what she was reading and learning through hands-on instruction, but how it also applies to her work as a veterinary technician.

“I see it too with my new hires,” she said. “They want to understand it – and they think they do. But when they try to work through a problem, you realize that their knowledge is completely based on what they memorized from their books.”

Becker said she wants to continue her education online to receive a Bachelor of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from SPC, where she knows the faculty are dedicated to her education and success.

Flora said it is no accident that Becker and many other SPC graduates are successful in their profession.

“The dedication and concern shown by our faculty and staff toward our students is reflected by their success after they leave St. Petersburg College,” he said. “We look forward to having her back in our BAS program.”

The SPC School of Veterinary Technology recently received full accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association, signifying the highest level of medical care within the veterinary medical profession. Only three of the 221 veterinary technology programs accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association also are AAHA accredited.


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