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Archive for November, 2010

The Board of Trustees has approved $400,000 to hire additional full-time faculty for the 2011-12 academic year.

It is the first phase in a two-year plan to “reestablish the hiring of faculty as the most important of our budgetary priorities,” President Bill Law said.

The positions will be advertised soon so that the college can conduct interviews in February and March and have the faculty in place by late spring, Law said, instead of waiting until July or August to hire faculty.

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 A new program funded by the Gates Foundation will help SPC students who test into developmental reading, writing, and/or math courses get the academic help they need in reduced time and at a low cost. The goal is to avoid remediation in areas in which students already have shown proficiency and concentrate on the areas where they need instruction. 

SPC will match the three-year $30,000 Gates Foundation grant. 

The program, called My Bridge to Success, will begin next term.

 My Bridge to Success will offer individually tailored, intensive, media-rich instruction in developmental reading, writing and math. Students will be offered developmental courses throughout the term to help them reach transfer-level courses. 

The courses in the program are MAT 0990 (math), ENC 0990 (basic writing) and REA 0990 (reading­). 

The target population is students whose scores fall just below the proficiency level. The qualifying ranges are 50-71 in Elementary Algebra and 80-120 in Arithmetic for MAT 0990; 75-82 on Sentence Skills for ENC 0990; and 75 to 82 on Reading Comprehension for REA 0990.  

Students who score within these ranges receive a card in the Testing Center and an individual score report asking them to fill out an online interest survey. Once students complete the survey, they will receive an e-mail with course descriptions, available sections, software/textbook information, and information about how to complete the diagnostic testing for each course. 

Students will take one or more diagnostic tests to identify the skills areas that need remediation.  In many cases, they can take a one-credit, two-credit, or three-credit course instead of the full four-credit remediation course. 

Dean Martha Campbell

Communications Dean Martha Campbell and Mathematics Dean Sharon Griggs are coordinating the project. 

“This program is aimed at the highest tier of students who take the placement tests and are just below the score necessary to enter transfer-level courses,” Campbell said. “The goal is for students to take just the modules they need to be successful so they don’t have to spend time and money on areas they already know and understand.” 

“We are the only school in the state doing this with all three developmental courses right now,” said Anne Cooper, Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. “It’s something that’s very much needed and is exactly the type of thing that is going to help fast track students into college-level courses and improve remediation success.”

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Two Iraqi doctors and two technicians are being trained in modern orthotics & prosthetics techniques at St. Petersburg College. The four men will spend about three weeks at SPC’s College of Orthotics & Prosthetics. The St. Petersburg TIMES published a story about the visit in Saturday’s edition.

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FIM shutting after 54 exhibitions in downtown St. Petersburg

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Iraqis learn latest prosthetic procedures at SPC

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The St. Petersburg TIMES ran a good story about NASA astronaut and former Clearwater resident Nicole Stott in Monday’s editions. Stott is a former SPC student who delivered SPC’s commencement address last May. She is part of the DISCOVERY crew that launches this week on a mission to the International Space Station. Read the story here.

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     A  group of Iraqi doctors and technicians are at St. Petersburg College to take part in advanced orthotic and prosthetic education to improve the level of care provided to their Iraqi patients. 

            The training is a collaborative effort between the SPC College of Orthotics & Prosthetics; SPC Continuing Education Health; the CE Health Advisory Committee; the Florida Association of Orthotics and Prosthetics; Trulife; Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics; and others.

An Iraqi patient tries out her prosthetic limbs in this 2006 photo.

            The Iraqi group is made up of two doctors and two “bench men” – a term the Iraqis prefer for what Americans would probably call “technicians.” They will learn new technologies that will improve the quality of care provided to war-injured Iraqi citizens. 

            The visit stems from a Rotary International program that gathers used prosthetic devices to ship to an Iraqi clinic for rework and reuse.

             The Iraqi group is sponsored by B.A.S.R.A. (Bringing Assistance and Support to Recovering Amputees) Prosthetics for Life Project, an offshoot of an earlier Rotary International effort. The effort was so successful the U.S. State Department asked Rotary to expand it to include training for Iraqi doctors. Rotary, in turn, approached SPC.

             There are about 50,000 amputees in Iraq, many of whom are women and children. Health care is barely accessible and Iraqi prosthetic technology is perhaps equivalent to American technology of 20 years ago. Used prosthetics and orthotics are the norm.  

             SPC’s Continuing Education Health Program has been working on a three-week training program for the Iraqi clinicians. They will study upper and lower extremity prosthetics, ankle and foot prosthetics as well as orthotic structures for congenital birth defects. 

             Besides the time at SPC, the Iraqis are expected to meet with area surgeons and physicians.

             They are to be officially welcomed Nov. 8 at a reception at Bankers Insurance Group Building, home of SPC’s J.E. Hanger College of Orthotics and Prosthetics, at the Caruth Health Education Center building, 7200 66th Street N, Pinellas Park between 5 and 7 p.m.

            They plan to stay in the area until Nov. 19.

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Space Shuttle Discovery

Today is launch day for space shuttle Discovery as it goes into space for its final mission. This launch is particularly significant for St. Petersburg College because former SPC student and Clearwater resident Nicole Stott will be on board as a member of the crew.    

She was SPC’s commencement speaker at last June’s graduation.

Stott has invited several members of the SPC family to attend the launch at the Kennedy Space Center, and we plan on running a story about the experience in this week’s Blue & White. Meanwhile, be sure to follow the launch, which is scheduled for 4 p.m. today.

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