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More than 30 companies from the Clearwater area will be at the Clearwater Job Fair, looking to hire for immediate openings. The event, hosted by St. Petersburg College and CareerSource Pinellas, will be held on Sept. 30 from 12-4 p.m. at SPC’s EpiCenter, 13805 58th Street N., Clearwater.

Belinthia Berry, Acting Dean of Workforce Development at SPC, said that anyone who is unemployed, looking to change careers or nab their first job should attend.

“The job market is in favor of those looking, and employers are in a position to hire those with the skills needed to do the job,” Berry said. 

Job seekers will find human resources professionals from multiple industries, including construction, manufacturing, healthcare, government, information technology and hospitality. There will be opportunities for both full- and part-time work.

Ahmed Amer, an Employment Representative at CareerSource Pinellas, said that this isn’t a typical job fair, but is a more curated event.

“We’re going outside the box,” Amer said. “We’re focused on results, so we have invited companies that we know are hiring, and based on labor market information, will be able meet pay expectations and offer positions that can potentially create careers for job seekers.”

SPC will have staff on hand at the event to discuss short and long-term training programs at the college, so attendees have a real opportunity to get hired, and/or change careers. SPC will also be offering other types of assistance to job seekers.

“The College will provide resume review, interview tips and a ready room to assist those who need a suit or clothing pieces to dress your best,” Berry said. “We hope the support we offer to our students and the community will be key to them getting jobs.”

Since employers are looking to hire, everyone should come with an up-to-date resume and dress for success.

Interested? Register here: stpe.co/clwjobfairrsvp. For more information, please contact Tracy Garrett at 727-341-3172 or garrett.tracy@spcollege.edu.

Many parents will attest that their teens believe that money grows on trees, falls from the sky or can magically be pulled from behind one’s ear. It’s never too early to teach fiscal responsibility, so when St. Petersburg College was given the opportunity to outfit a space at Finance Park, an immersive field trip experience designed to prepare students for making sound financial decisions after high school, the college welcomed the chance to contribute.

After a six-week economics unit, Pinellas County middle schoolers visit Finance Park to practice their skills at creating and living within a budget. During their visit, they are faced with several different financial decisions that they would face in real life, including those regarding housing, transportation, healthcare and, of course, higher education.

Jesse Turtle, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of SPC’s Foundation, seized the opportunity when he heard of the recently opened space at Finance Park.

“It’s a great fit, because a big part of our mission at St. Petersburg College is to uplift families and the community through education and training,” Turtle said. “When they visit our area at Finance Park, the students -some of whom may think they would never be able to afford a college education – will be able to see the programs and opportunities we offer, as well as how we strive to make college affordable and attainable.”

In SPC’s area, visitors will find a beautifully designed space, where they are welcomed by a video of SPC President Dr. Tonjua Williams. Williams’ message outlines SPC offerings, campus amenities, student support and affordability. She also takes the opportunity to encourage young visitors to start thinking about and preparing for college.

“Now is the time to invest in your future,” Williams advises. “Pay attention in class, stay current on your homework and prepare for your exams. Your future depends on you.”

Students can also learn about the variety of programs SPC offers, as well as see a large collage depicting student life. The space is the result of a collegewide collaboration of talents, including those of the Foundation, Recruitment, Facilities, Marketing and Technology, all working together to create a stimulating, engaging and inspirational space.

“Over the last couple of months, our team of extremely talented individuals put together a remarkable space for future Titans to visit and explore SPC,” Jacob Wortock, SPC’s Director of Recruitment Services, said. “It’s such a great opportunity to create something impactful for our community.”

Stavros Institute Director Patricia Jeremiah-Pittman said she is excited that SPC will be Finance Park’s education sponsor, because the college’s presence highlights its commitment to the community and its youth.

“Students, no matter their socio-economic background, will realize that college is within reach as they plan for life after high school,” Jeremiah-Pittman said. “Programs offered at SPC are comparable to large universities, which will be of interest to parents and other chaperones looking for opportunities for themselves and their children.”

It’s no secret that some truly impressive people attend and work at St. Petersburg College (SPC). Two such individuals are Davon Miller, a second-year student, and Dr. Tashika Griffith, Provost for the Downtown and Midtown Centers. Both Titans are finalists in this year’s Good ‘Burger Awards.

The Good ‘Burger Awards is an annual competition hosted by the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce that recognizes businesses, organizations, and individuals making a positive impact in St. Pete and contribute to making our community a special one. Miller and Griffith certainly meet those parameters.

Spreading Positivity Through Books

Headshot of Davon Miller

When Miller’s not taking classes at the SPC Clearwater Campus, he’s giving back to his community. He’s a published children’s author and illustrator of five books in the series titled Mr. Tickety-Toc Clock and donates part of the proceeds from his book signings to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in benefit of asthma. Miller also does book readings in the community.

In 2020, Miller launched the #Imagine2020ChildrenStories campaign with the objective of helping other African American authors. The campaign resulted in a significant number of books being collected and donated to local schools and center.

Miller is a 2019 recipient of the Citizenship Award in the Tampa Bay’s Mayor’s Youth Showcase of Achievement and a 2021 Sunshine Ambassador for the city of St. Petersburg.

Leading With Resiliency

Headshot of Dr. Tashika Griffith

In addition to being Provost for the SPC Downtown and Midtown Centers as well as the Palladium Theater, Griffith was also the 2020 Chair of the city of St. Petersburg’s Grow Smarter initiative, a comprehensive economic development strategy that focuses on inclusive prosperity and equitable economic growth. The initiative is currently in its seventh year.

Griffith has worked to bring the equitable ideals of Grow Smarter to the SPC centers she oversees through initiatives like the 12 in 12 program, a unique Express Session at the college that allows students to take four classes, earning 12 credits in just 12 weeks. The program offers students the convenience of a flexible schedule that works for their needs, especially if they’re balancing a job and family in addition to school.

Griffith was recently awarded the “Passing the Torch in Leadership: A Legacy of Excellence Award” from The National Coalition of 100 Black Women’s Tampa Bay chapter. She won in the Education-Post Secondary category.

Voting Open Until October

Finalist voting run through September and end on October 1, so be sure to cast your vote for Miller and Griffith before then. Miller is a finalist in the MVB – Most Valuable ‘Burger category, while Griffith is up for the top spot in the Trailblazers & Change Agents category. Winners will be announced on October 28 at the annual Good ‘Burger Awards ceremony.

The Planetarium at St. Petersburg College is rolling out its schedule for September shows, which are free and available to the public via Zoom.

SPC’s resident astronomer and professor Dr. Joseph Craig will be live streaming from his home, using a desktop planetarium program called Stellarium to give participants a guided tour of the current evening sky. The shows promise the year’s last peeks at the summer sky, planets reappearing in the night sky after a hiatus, and more.

Though the SPC Planetarium remains closed for in-person showings through all of September, they do have hopes for a re-opening, but the near future is uncertain.  

“It is pretty tight quarters in our planetarium,” Joseph said. “That means that we can only fit about 10 visitors in there and still observe social distancing. Hopefully, the remote shows will serve to remind participants that we still have a planetarium waiting for them after the pandemic is under control.”

All shows are free, open to the public and start at 7 p.m. on Friday evenings. Check the college’s Planetarium page for more details on these and other upcoming shows this fall.

Here are the scheduled shows for September:

Star Home Theater: The Stars of Summer

Sept. 3

The Scorpion reaches its peak in the early evening sky, followed later by the nebulous band of the Milky Way – but only if you escape from the light pollution of the city! Join us as we learn about the stars, constellations and telescope attractions of the summer sky.

REGISTER

Star Home Theater: Dance of the Planets

Sept. 10, 17, 24

After a long drought, the evening sky is once again adorned with planets. Venus shines brightly in the west after sunset, while Jupiter and Saturn rule the southeastern sky. Join us as we explore these gems of the evening sky!

REGISTER

Titans Live webinars are back! This helpful series of online seminars has announced its first three events, which promise information and support regarding anything one might be wondering about how to become a St. Petersburg College Titan. Keep your eyes open for more great installments coming throughout the Fall and Spring terms.

Jacob Wortock, SPC’s Director of Recruitment Services, said that organizers seek to directly offer the expert support and advice that students get on SPC campuses – in the comfort of their homes.

“We want to help current and prospective students feel connected with the incredible support system here at SPC in a way that fits their hectic schedules,” Wortock said.

Register for these Titans Live events and watch for new ones throughout the Fall and Spring terms at spcollege.edu/titans-live-webinars.

Fall enrollment is open at SPC. The next session starts Sept. 13 and features Express classes that can completed in just 12 weeks. Learn more at spc.edu/express.

The Basics

The Zoom-based series begins Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. with the aptly named How to Become a Titan webinar. In this installment, SPC’s Recruiting team offers guidance on programs of study, application questions and anything one might be wondering about SPC. 

“Getting started with any college program begins with knowing what you want to do for your career,” Wortock said. “We’ll show what we have to offer at SPC and that we have trained advisors who can help students decide on a path. We also know that the application process can be a barrier to some students, and we want to make this process as easy as possible.”

Get Enrolled

The second webinar, Focus on Enrollment, will be held a couple of days later on Sept. 2 at 6 p.m. SPC’s Enrollment Specialists will offer all the details and answer questions on residency requirements, transcript requests and testing needed for enrollment.

SPC Director of Student Affairs Christine Costello said these topics are subjects that top the list of call topics at SPC’s Call Center.

“This session focuses on three areas that could prevent students from receiving financial aid, have them paying higher tuition, or prevent them from being able to enroll in classes,” Costello said. “We want to provide clear communication to make sure these steps are completed.”

Be Advised

The third installment in the series, on Sept. 9 at 6 p.m., will focus on Registration and Advising. Attendees will learn how to find the classes they need, will be able to explore the Virtual Advising Center, and more.

“We want every new and returning student to feel confident in the process of registering for classes and knowing that they are on the right path,” Wortock said. “This webinar will serve as a great introduction and will connect people with the support system they will have during their time at SPC.”

The three webinars will all have time for a question-and-answer period, so if there’s a question not covered on the agenda, it can still be answered.

“We get tons of great questions during these live webinars, and a team of SPC staff will be on hand to answer them live or in a chat system, or we’ll follow up individually with questions that may fall outside of the specific topic area of the webinar,” Wortock said. “Titans Live is here to meet students where they are, so we hope people will come chat with our experts and take the next step toward an education.”

It’s that time of year again! The St. Petersburg College (SPC) Theater Department is once more competing to win Creative Loafing’s “Best of the Bay” award in several categories and needs your votes.

SPC Theater is represented in four different categories this year:

A sunset graphic that reads 'vote for us, best of the bay, bottampabay.com'

This annual competition highlights everyone’s favorite people, places, businesses, events, and more from the Tampa Bay area. For the 2021 contest, only the top 20 nominees with the most nominations moved on to the final voting phase, so it’s quite significant that the Theater Department was able to be a finalist in four different categories. This also isn’t the first time that an SPC theater production was named a Best of the Bay finalist. The fall 2019 production of The Laramie Project was also up for Best Theater Production in the 2020 competition.

The college overall is also a finalist in the Best College or University category against some tough competition, so be sure to vote for SPC, too. Supporters can cast their votes through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, September 9, 2021. You are only allowed one vote per category.

Winners will be announced in Creative Loafing’s annual Best of the Bay Issue on September 30, 2021. Fingers crossed that SPC runs away with the top spot in each category!

To learn more about the SPC theater program, visit the college website at stpe.co/theater. If you’re an SPC student who’s interested in auditioning for an upcoming production, auditions for the fall production of Peter and the Starcatcher will be held on August 24 and 25 at the Clearwater Campus.

Judging by the teams introduced at St. Petersburg College’s Media Day, it’s going to be another great year in Titan sports!

On Saturday, August 14, Titan athletes gathered at the Gibbs Campus for Media Day, where they had orientation, got their uniforms, and had headshots taken before mingling with fans and their teammates. The athletes and attendees also played games and enjoyed a delicious lunch provided by Heavy’s food truck. We’re looking forward to a promising year of athletic highlights from our Titan teams!

Check out some athletic highlights from last year:

SPC Women’s Basketball

The Lady Titans were the Champions of the Central Conference this past season, which was the inaugural season of the conference. Head Coach Denisha Davidson was named the conference Coach of the Year, and SPC sophomore Domenica Zamora was named Player of the Year. Zamora was also named the State of Florida Female Academic Player of the Year!  The team also made the state tournament, but fell to Indian River State College. 

Men’s Basketball

The team qualified for the state tournament last year because of a secondi  place conference finish. Have a couple D1 prospects in sophomore Amadou Sole Faye and Bronco Balingate. The Titans are coached by Juco hall of fame Coach Earnest Crumbley and are one of the favorites for a state title this year. 

Baseball

The team is looking to build off last year’s success, which saw SPC Sophomore Gabe Rincones be named the FCSAA player of the year, first team NJCAA All-American, and get drafted in the 2021 draft. This season, several Titan baseball players are looking to improve their draft status while earning a trip to the state tournament. We are also looking to build off the success of Titan Alumnus Trey Amburgey, who was recently called up by the New York Yankees to play this season. He is one of the 20 players who have gone directly from SPC to professional baseball.

Tennis

Our Lady Titans finished fourth in the Nation and second in the state. SPC Freshman from the Ukraine, Valeria Cherfus, won the State Championship at #1 singles, earning her Player of the Year for the state. Freshman Naomi McKenzie finished #1 at #2 singles. The two also won a state championship at #1 doubles. The Lady Titans are the favorite to win a state championship this spring. 

Don’t miss a single game from any of the amazing Titan teams. Check out schedules at SPC Athletics.  

St. Petersburg College (SPC) leadership and supporters came together on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at Seminole Campus to celebrate the latest group of Presidential Scholars joining the college.

This year there were 35 students honored with the prestigious award which recognizes outstanding achievement among Pinellas County high school students. They are graduating seniors from public, private, parochial, and home school environments who have a weighted GPA of 3.5 or higher. These students are also automatically accepted into the SPC Honors Program and are provided a full tuition scholarship for 60 credit hours of study at the college.

“Being named a Presidential Scholar is a testament to your choices, your dreams, and your persistence,” remarked Dr. Matthew Liao-Troth, Vice President of Academic Affairs.

SPC’s 2021 Presidential Scholars are certainly an impressive bunch. Earl Fratus, Director of the SPC Honors Program, shared that collectively, the average weighted GPA of the group is 4.3, the average SAT score is 1229, and the average ACT score is 26.

Strong Alumni Presence

SPC alumni Cierra Reynolds sings on stage while wearing black pants, a blue blazer, and black broad-rimmed hat. She holds a mic while singing.

Past SPC Presidential Scholars have gone on to do amazing things as well. Cierra Reynolds (’21) sang a moving rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine” to begin the ceremony. She has previously sung the National Anthem at Tampa Bay Rays baseball games and auditioned for national competition shows like America’s Got Talent.

The student speaker for the evening, Amy Bhatt, JD (’16), was unfortunately under the weather and could not attend, but Dr. Mark Strickland, Provost of the Seminole Campus, assured guests that she would be sending a personal message to each Presidential Scholar.

Strickland went on to extoll the many achievements of Bhatt which include being an SPC Presidential Scholar as well as being the only student in the history of the college to have won both the Apollo Award, the highest honor an associate degree graduate can achieve, and the Alumni Achievement Award, the highest honor a bachelor’s graduate can achieve. Bhatt is now a Senior Staff Attorney for Judge Daniel Sleet at the Florida Second District Court of Appeal.

A Future at SPC

Dr. Williams bumps elbows with a young Presidential Scholar to congratulate her as she walks across the stage.

After each Presidential Scholar was recognized on stage Dr. Liao-Troth gave the official closing remarks before SPC President Dr. Tonjua Williams approached the podium to impart some final wisdom for the students. She spoke candidly about how higher education is meant to challenge and shape you and that students should study hard, but also participate in the social aspects of being an SPC Titan.

“College is about way more than higher education,” said Williams. “It’s about discovering who you are and what you’re made of and finding out what kind of grit you have.”

2021 Presidential Scholars

  • Andie Adrian
  • Brad Aurich
  • Jaida Barber
  • Sarah Beardsley
  • Jace Bray
  • Kimberly Bui
  • Brooke Cliborne
  • Lena Conway
  • Alex Crews
  • Dylan DeSantis
  • Josephine Grchan
  • Meredith Hall
  • Jasmina Hasikic
  • Alicia Holley
  • Savannah Jewett
  • Alejandro Jimenez
  • Kimberly Kerwood
  • Nevaeh Kirk
  • Jackson Lemon
  • Mariam Mansy
  • Aldin Music
  • Kiana Nieves
  • Ciara Noe
  • Rafael Orozco
  • Zoei Ortega
  • Elizabeth Pettit
  • Valeria Ramirez
  • Danielle Santhouse
  • Danielle Schultz
  • Myranda Smith
  • Daisy Stephens
  • Angelina Woodring
  • Matthew Young
  • Nicholas Young
  • Isabella Zdrubecky

A new Duke Energy grant will strengthen St. Petersburg College’s mission to fill local jobs by training the future workforce.

Duke Energy is currently investing in workforce programs in the energy sector to help build the next generation workforce, as well as create access to training and job skills programs that meet community needs. Duke Energy’s recent $50,000 donation to the college’s Foundation for the Electrical Lineworker program is the latest contribution to the partnership between Duke and St. Petersburg College.

SPC’s Lineworker Program, a 14-week program at SPC’s Allstate Center in St. Petersburg, partially funded by an initial $100,000 grant from Duke Energy, debuted in March 2021 and graduated its first cohort in May 2021. Florida has the fourth highest number of lineworker jobs in the nation, with a median salary around $53,000 a year.  

The Lineworker program is just one of SPC’s programs that offer fast training in dozens of different programs, where students can be ready to work in high-demand jobs with great pay in just a few weeks. Almost 1000 students have taken advantage of Rapid Credentialing opportunities since June 2020, with well over a half a million dollars in scholarships offered to almost half of those students.  

“These programs have already made a tangible impact on the community and several different industries in the region,” Jason Boys, SPC’s Director of Workforce Education, said.

Boys said the Duke Energy grant will further strengthen an impactive program.

“The original 100k was great for building the training yard and purchasing equipment and setting up dedicated classrooms,” Boys said. “We can use the $50,000 to continue construction and grow the training yard. A large portion will go to direct student support, like climbing boots, protective gear and more. This new grant speaks to Duke’s dedication to the sustainability of the program.”

Since students all learn in different ways, it’s essential to offer different forms of support and context to encourage success. St. Petersburg College’s 12-in-12 program was created with optimized student learning in mind. The program, which successfully piloted last fall and has expanded this year, allows students to complete 12 college-level credits within 12 weeks in a structured community learning environment.

Ideally, 12-in-12 students complete core courses as a group. Student Support Manager Brooke Janik says that by being a part of a learning cohort, students find support and belonging that makes them more likely to succeed.

“They can engage and encourage each other in the persistence of completion of their goals,” Janik said. “They hold each other accountable and support one another along the way.”

Since 12-in-12 classes begin in mid-September, the program is also great for students who missed the beginning of the traditional 16-week semester.

“Sometimes people start too late in the registration game,” Janik said. “We don’t want them to miss an entire semester, so this makes it possible for them to complete a full semester with a later start date.”

Janik said the general education courses offered in 12-in-12 are perfect for students looking to earn Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degrees.

“We tried to make it as universal as possible so that students aren’t wasting time on classes that won’t transfer or go towards their degree.”

The program offers classes at SPC’s Downtown and Midtown centers, and includes the following courses:

Downtown Center
Composition I, Humanities, American Government, and Intermediate Algebra or Liberal Arts Math I

Midtown Center
Humanities, American Government, Ethics and Computer Applications

Interested students should contact their advisor or reach out to Angela Trujillo Trujillo.Angela@spcollege.edu for questions about the Downtown program or Takita Cuthbertson cuthbertson.takita@spcollege.edu for questions about the Midtown program.