Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘Allstate’ Category

Public-Safety-Summer-Camp-is-a-Huge-Hit-with-Middle-School-Youth---logoMore than three dozen Pinellas County middle school students attended the 2014 Public Safety Summer Camp hosted by the Center for Public Safety Innovation at SPC’s Allstate Center June 16-20.

Campers got a broad and diverse taste of the public safety profession and learned:

  • lifesaving techniques of CPR
  • how K-9 dogs are used to fight crime
  • how criminal investigations are conducted, including fingerprinting, evidence collection and preservation techniques
  • the importance of internet safety
Students participate in a rock wall climbing exercise to better understand the physical challenges faced by law enforcement.

Students participate in a rock wall climbing exercise to better understand the physical challenges faced by law enforcement.

Students got to spend time with SPC Law Enforcement Academy recruits and learned firsthand what it is like to train as a law enforcement officer. Students learned about the physical requirements for a career in public safety and how to overcome challenges through a rock wall climbing experience.

Speakers at the camp included St. Petersburg Police Chief David DeKay, Director of Urban Affairs for the City of St. Petersburg Nikki Gaskin-Capehart and Executive Director of SPC’s Center for Public Safety Innovation Eileen LaHaie. The three discussed the importance public safety plays in the community and how campers would interact with public safety professionals during the summer camp.

The camp also included several field trips to the:

  • St. Petersburg Police Department
  • Pinellas County Justice Center
  • St. Petersburg Fire Department

“I loved the field trips,” said camper Anthony Massa, 12. “We got to see some interesting places and see what those jobs were like.”

The week-long camp culminated in a graduation ceremony where campers received certificates of completion. All of the parents surveyed indicated that the summer camp was a great experience for their children and 96 percent of the students would recommend the camp to their friends.

Several agencies were contributed to this year’s summer camp:

  • Pinellas County Campus Police
  • Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
  • St. Petersburg Police
  • St. Petersburg Fire Department

Read Full Post »

J.C. Brock celebrates being named Honorary Fire Chief by the Pinellas County Fire Chiefs' Association on June 25.

J.C. Brock celebrates being named Honorary Fire Chief by the Pinellas County Fire Chiefs’ Association on June 25.

J.C. Brock, retired Chief Executive Officer at the St. Petersburg College Allstate Center, was named Honorary Fire Chief by the Pinellas County Fire Chiefs’ Association on June 25.

PCFCA President Chief Bert Polk, along with fellow fire chiefs, county staff and SPC Fire Training Center staff, met with Brock to recognize his contributions to fire service education and the fire academy over the years.

Brock retired as the Allstate Center’s Campus Executive Officer on June 30.

View the SPC Facebook gallery to view more photos from the event.

Read Full Post »

St. Petersburg College welcomes three new members to its leadership team. They include:

  • Dr. Susan Colaric, Associate Vice President for Online Learning and Services
  • Dr. Charles “Scott” Fronrath, Provost, Allstate Center
  • Dr. Marvin L. Bright, Provost, Tarpon Springs Campus
Susan Colaric

Susan Colaric

Dr. Susan Colaric has served as the Assistant Vice President of Instructional Technology at Saint Leo University since 2006. In this role she coordinated the development of online courses and was responsible for faculty professional development related to the appropriate use of technology for teaching and learning.

She has worked in the fields of online and instructional technology for 15 years, has written numerous journal articles and book chapters, and has presented at national and international conferences. Her research over the last decade has focused on faculty use of technology to enhance student learning and the management of distance learning programs.

Colaric earned her doctorate in Instructional Systems from the Pennsylvania State University; she holds a master’s degree in Library Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and completed her undergraduate degree at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

Charles “Scott” Fronrath

Charles “Scott” Fronrath

Dr. Charles “Scott” Fronrath comes to SPC from Keiser University, where he served as an Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. His responsibilities include leadership and development of baccalaureate and associate degree programs in criminal justice, homeland security, cyber forensics, crime scene technology, forensic investigations, legal studies, business, information technology, and graphic arts and design. He is also an adjunct faculty at Palm Beach State College.

Dr. Fronrath has 17 years of law enforcement experience. His teaching experience includes police tactics and officer survival techniques for a variety of law enforcement agencies throughout Florida. He has been very involved in the community and serves on several boards, committees, and labor unions, including the Police Benevolent Association, International Union of Police Association, Florida Law Enforcement Canine Association, the National Police Canine Association, and National Fire, Emergency Medical Services, Inlet Grove Community High School Governing Board, and the Palm Beach County School Advisory Council. He also serves as an evaluator for the Department of Justice; Bureau of Justice Assistance, and several criminal justice organizations.

As an educational leader in today’s progressive career driven society he believes the optimal goal must be to empower students to take control of their educational journey and provide for them a focus that ensures necessary skill development designed to help them obtain a meaningful career.

He holds a Doctorate of Education from Nova Southeastern University in Organizational Leadership and Human Resource Management and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Public Administration.

His first day at SPC is June 23, 1014.

Marvin L. Bright

Marvin L. Bright

Dr. Marvin L. Bright is from the Virginia Community College System where he serves as the Chief Officer of Student Success Initiatives. The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) oversees a network of 23 community colleges in Virginia.

Prior to this role, Dr. Bright served as the Chief Administrative Officer of Tidewater Community College’s Norfolk campus where he provided leadership as the Provost responsible for advancing the College’s mission and strategic plan by articulating the resources needed to ensure that the campus efficiently and effectively developed and delivered requisite programs and services.

With more than 20 years of experience in higher education, Dr. Bright has held several administrative positions in academic and student services, including Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students, Director of Athletics, Associate Professor and Counselor.

Dr. Bright’s philosophy on student success is simply put: that students derive the greatest benefit from their college experience when their levels of campus engagement – academic, civic, global awareness, civility, and respect for diversity – are mutually supportive of and relevant to a particular educational outcome.

A community college graduate himself, Dr. Bright also holds a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Towson University, a master’s in Educational Psychology from Temple University and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Morgan State University.

His first day at SPC is July 14, 2014.

Read Full Post »

J.C. Brock, Campus Executive Officer for Allstate Center

J.C. Brock, Campus Executive Officer for Allstate Center

J.C. Brock doesn’t know a stranger. Whether it’s the night janitor or a prominent official, Brock has a smile, a handshake and personal greeting for them all.

After a quarter century of working for and leading public safety and criminal justice programs at St. Petersburg College’s Allstate Center, Brock will retire as Campus Executive Officer on June 30.

“I’ve had a great team over the past 25 years,” said Brock, who began his career in education in 1989, shortly after the Allstate Center opened. “I am very appreciative of all my colleagues. Historically we’ve always had very, very pleasant and professional relationships.”

Since 1960, the Southeastern Public Safety Institute (SEPSI) at SPC has offered specialized training and education for those preparing to enter a public safety profession, in-service professionals and administrators. Today, SEPSI includes in-service training for law enforcement officers and public safety training academies for recruits.

The Allstate Center also is home to the College of Public Safety Administration, which offers academic degrees and grant-funded training programs through the Center for Public Safety Innovation.

Brock was hired in 1989 as an ethics instructor by former SPC President Carl Kuttler, who wanted to bolster the college’s reputation in applied ethics.

At the time, Brock was a lieutenant for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, having spent 12 years in law enforcement. During that time, he worked in narcotics and undercover investigations, and eventually administered training and personnel programs.

It was in his roles at the sheriff’s office and later at SPC that Brock strengthened the relationship between the two agencies forged by former Allstate Associate Provost Bob Tegarden. In 2000, Brock was promoted to replace Tegarden as associate provost.

“He was a pioneer in law enforcement (training) and I was very fortunate to take over something that he spent almost 30 years building,” said Brock.

Ten years ago, Brian Frank pursued the job of law enforcement academy coordinator at SPC because of the reputation Brock built for it.

“He’s a large part of why I wanted to work here and the reputation we’ve achieved at the training center,” said Frank, who is now dean of the College of Public Safety Administration and training center director. “He’s been a great mentor to me. He’s been able to build an international presence and at the same time fostered great relationships with our local agencies.”

While leading Allstate, Brock helped oversee federal grant funding for law enforcement training through the Center for Public Safety Innovation. At its funding peak, the center was bringing in more than $33 million in grants to train local, state and federal law enforcement officers.

The center is led by Executive Director Eileen LaHaie and today offers training on an international scale. LaHaie has spent her 20-year career at SPC working with or for Brock.

“Once you earned his trust and proved yourself to him, he trusted your judgment and let you run your own shop,” said LaHaie. “He was very big on making sure that all the departments at Allstate knew what the others were doing and making sure we didn’t operate in silos. He also wanted everyone to know how our work fit in with the college overall.”

LaHaie said Brock’s retirement party May 9 summed up his tenure.

“The amount of people who showed up; the breadth and depth of the people who were there, that kind of said it all,” LaHaie said. “It really showed the impact he’s had on so many people’s lives.”

Ask Brock and he’ll tell you his proudest accomplishment was “seeing the growth of so many people moving into leadership roles. We had a very large group of talented people who went on to take leadership roles at outside agencies and here at the college.”

Upon his retirement, Brock will continue to enjoy golfing and all things related to Florida State University.

Read Full Post »

The Institute for Family Violence Studies in Florida State University’s College of Social Work has partnered with the Center for Public Safety Innovation at St. Petersburg College to create a Spanish-language version of an online training program to prevent domestic violence in the homes of law enforcement officers.

siteThe Spanish-language online training went live March 17 and is free to all law enforcement agencies in Puerto Rico.

The new training is based on the curriculum offered in the National Prevention Toolkit on Officer-Involved Domestic Violence, a first-of-its-kind national initiative that was developed by Florida State researchers and launched in 2013 with funding from the Verizon Foundation.

“Our research tells us that officers in Puerto Rico, like all officers in the United States, need information about civilian domestic violence as well as information about keeping their own families free of the crime,” said Karen Oehme, director of the Institute for Family Violence Studies (IFVS).

SPC’s Center for Public Safety Innovation (CPSI) contacted IFVS to offer funding to support the translation of the existing online course in Spanish. CPSI receives funding from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to develop and deliver law enforcement training on a variety of topics, including community policing, ethics and domestic violence.

“When CPSI staff saw the National Domestic Violence Prevention Toolkit created by IFVS available online, we knew it would be another beneficial training resource for the law enforcement community in Puerto Rico, especially if it could be offered in Spanish,” said Eileen LaHaie, CPSI executive director. “This excellent tool will help us provide communities with information about preventing a terrible tragedy — the crime of domestic violence in the homes of officers who are hired to prevent crime.”

Staff from both the FSU institute and the SPC center saw the value in partnering to offer the training, according to LaHaie and Oehme.

“We are pleased to provide a Spanish-language version of the training,” Oehme said. “CPSI is committed to working in Puerto Rico and hired the staff needed to create a mirror-image in Spanish.”

The centerpiece of the National Prevention Toolkit is the online training, which is based on a Florida pilot prevention program that was launched in 2009. It uses a prevention-focused curriculum as the cornerstone of a multifaceted approach to educating criminal justice officers on how to prevent domestic violence in their own relationships.

The toolkit emphasizes healthy relationships and provides tips on how to support a professional workplace environment that promotes zero tolerance for officers’ domestic violence, Oehme said. The training provides interactive information about the dynamics, impact and signs of officer-involved domestic violence; new officer training through case scenarios; and video messages from fellow officers. Additional Spanish-language material will be added throughout the spring.

Read Full Post »

AAHM

All St. Petersburg College campuses will celebrate African-American History Month with events and awards ceremonies throughout February.

Angie

Angie Shaghaghi

Among the highlights will be an appearance by Tarpon Springs native Angie Shaghaghi, a successful entrepreneur who has appeared on a number of Food Network shows, including Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen and Hey, Can You Cook?

She will be the keynote speaker at the north county Mac J. Williams Excellence Awards at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Clearwater Campus Arts Auditorium. The Mac J. Williams awards honor outstanding high school students.

Shaghaghi runs a business called Creative Cooks, which teaches cooking classes to children in public/private after-school programs, community centers, nursing facilities and homes.

Other highlights include:

  • African-American History Month Quad Event, all day, Feb. 13, St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus
  • Jump Start Your African-American Genealogy, 1 p.m. Feb. 13, Clearwater Campus
  • Munch & Learn: Race & Ethnicity: Perceptions, Prejudice 7 Power, 12:30 p.m., Feb. 18, Seminole Campus
  • Taste of Soul, noon, Feb. 19, Tarpon Springs Campus
  • The Rhetoric of Dr. Martin Luther King, 12:30 p.m., Feb. 19, Clearwater Campus
  • Poetry Slam, 5:30 p.m., Feb. 19, Clearwater Campus
  • South county Mac J. Williams Excellence Awards, 7 p.m., Feb. 24, Palladium
  • Soul Food Festival, noon, Feb. 25, SPC Midtown
  • Black Trivia Competition, 6 p.m. Feb. 25, Clearwater Campus
  • Soul Food Festival, noon and 4 p.m., Feb. 26, SPC Downtown

For complete listings, see www.spcollege.edu/aahm.

Read Full Post »

The Westcare Foundation and the St. Petersburg College Center for Public Safety Innovation present nationally renowned experts, speakers and authors Edward Tick, Ph.D, and Kate Dahlstedt, MA, LMHC, for a workshop titled “Effective Approaches for Skilled Helpers Working with Veterans.”

The day-long session will explore the emotional, moral and spiritual wounds of veterans, their families and community. Trainers will also focus on understanding and healing from post-traumatic stress disorder and military sexual trauma.

The workshop is from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 28, at the Allstate Center, 3200 34th St. S, St. Petersburg.

Attendance is free, but registration is required by Wednesday, Jan. 22. To register, email Mary.Coburn@westcare.com.

Read Full Post »

Two firefighters with the Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue District, one who started his career through St. Petersburg College, received commendation medals from the Sons of the American Revolution earlier this month, TBNweekly.com reported.

Lt. Matthew Carpenter, firefighter/EMT, and Robert Williams, firefighter/paramedic, received the awards. Williams began his career in emergency services by attending SPC’s paramedic program and now serves as a field preceptor for EMT and paramedic students at the college, according to the article.

Read Full Post »

The St. Petersburg College Allstate Center will host a collegewide Master Your Capstone Project on Thursday, Oct. 24, 6-8:30 p.m. in lab rooms 101 and 102. The seminar is open to all students who need to complete a capstone project regardless of their program enrollment.

A capstone project is a mandatory graduation requirement for many SPC students and may seem overwhelming. This seminar will be presented by library staff and faculty. It includes information about research methods, source evaluation, citation help and assistance in tackling the literature review. The seminar will end with a question-and-answer session.

Seating is limited. To RSVP, send an email to Carol Rasor no later than Wednesday, Oct. 23. Parking will be available in the back student lot. Students are encouraged to bring a jacket or sweater as the computer labs can be quite chilly.

For more information, call or email Betty Jo Gaston at 727-341-7179.

Read Full Post »

The Center for Public Safety Innovation at St. Petersburg College will present a seminar on Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, the Castle Doctrine and the legal responsibilities of using a firearm.

The half-day seminar, from noon to 4 p.m. or from 5 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 9, is open to the public, law enforcement officers and others who carry a gun. It will be at the Allstate Center, 3200 34th St. S, St. Petersburg.

The training will examine Florida law, case law and the importance of knowing licensing requirements when carrying a concealed firearm.

The seminar presenter, Attorney Chip Purcell, will share his knowledge and expertise of these laws. He is a graduate of Oklahoma City University, College of Law. He is a practicing attorney in the State of Oklahoma and the State of Florida. He is a member of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Western District of Oklahoma and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Purcell is a former prosecutor for the State Attorney’s Office in Tampa and has lectured on constitutional law, criminal trial procedure and construction lien laws in Florida. He is a member of the Florida Bar, the Hillsborough County Bar Association and the Hillsborough County Trial Lawyers Association. He has served as a board member for state and local charities.

The seminar cost is $59. To register online, sign in or create a profile, then select the class under the category Public Safety, Criminal Justice In-service. Questions: Contact Mary Weingart at weingart.mary@spcollege.edu or 727-341-4500.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 152 other followers