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Hundreds attended the April 21 grand opening of the Clearwater East Community Library at St. Petersburg College.

Clearwater East Community Library at St. Petersburg College Grand Opening

Years in the making, the joint-use facility at the SPC Clearwater Campus marks the college’s third such partnership with municipalities. Other library partners include the cities of St. Petersburg and Seminole.

“This is a facility where we convene the dialogues and strengthen the bonds that make this a world-class community and SPC an outstanding institution of higher education,” said SPC Clearwater Provost Stan Vittetoe.

“This is a monumental day for all of us,” said Clearwater Library Director Jennifer Obermaier. “Today we celebrate our partnership with St. Petersburg College. Through this facility, we can change lives: of children, families and students young and old. Today we celebrate knowledge, information, learning and imagination.”

Grand Opening of the Clearwater East Community Library at St. Petersburg College

The $15 million project was cooperatively funded by St. Petersburg College and the City of Clearwater.

SPC Board of Trustees Vice Chair Katherine Cole noted how the new library epitomizes the vision of the college and SPC President Tonjua Williams to create a “Community of Care.”

Other speakers included City Manager Bill Horne and SPC Senior Vice President for Instructional and Academic Programs Anne Cooper.

In his remarks, Clearwater Mayor George N. Cretekos noted that students of all ages will experience a college environment when they attend the library and reminded attendees to “read a book tonight.”

See more photos on the college’s Facebook page.

New library details

The 40,000-square-foot library includes 10,000-square-feet of dedicated public space, 15,000-square-feet of dedicated college space and 15,000-square-feet of shared space.

The library is located on the SPC’s Clearwater Campus at 2465 Drew St. in Clearwater. Canerdy, Belfsky + Arroyo Architects of St. Petersburg designed the building and Creative Contractors of Clearwater coordinated construction.

Clearwater East Community Library at St. Petersburg College

Highlights of the new building include:

  • more than 90,000 electronic and print books and audio-visual materials covering a variety of disciplines and subjects
  • more than 100 print journals and magazines of general and academic interest
  • streaming videos, audiobooks, images, citation tools and music
  • thousands of online research databases; group and individual meeting areas
  • computers, scanners, printers, photocopiers and wifi
  • a dedicated program room and a children’s section
  • a drive-through for item return and pickup

Clearwater East Community Library at St. Petersburg College Grand Opening

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Enjoy the Titan Trot 5K at St. Petersburg College and help support student scholarships at the college.

The Titan Trot 5K is scheduled for Saturday, April 14, and starts at the SPC Clearwater Campus.  The race begins at 8 a.m. on the campus quad and continues down a trail to Cliff Stephens Park. It’s is open to the community as well as SPC students and employees. Please register online.

All levels are welcome. Run or walk. Can’t make it to race day? Sign up as a “virtual” runner and record your race time for yourself another time. Separate scholarship donations also will be accepted.

Prices for participants are:

  • $10 for current SPC students
  • $20 for SPC employees
  • $30 for the public

All proceeds will fund SPC student scholarships.

SPC’s Faculty Governance Organization (FGO) is hosting the event and would like to thank the businesses and individuals who are sponsoring the 5K including:

• Green Bench Brewing Co.
• Orangetheory Fitness
• Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
• Publix
• PureMolecular, LLC
• St. Pete Running Company
• USA Ultra Triathlon
• Sears Cleaning Services and Sears Garage Doors
• SPC Natural Sciences Department
• Dr. Eric Carver
• Dr. Katherine Woods
• Dr. Tonjua Williams

Check out our hashtags on social media to keep up with the action leading up to the race: #SPC5K and #TitanTrot2018. Or check out our Facebook event page for updates.

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The Chick Corea Akoustic Band, the pioneering acoustic trio featuring legendary drummer Dave Weckl and master bassist John Patitucci, will commence their 2018 touring season with a rare, intimate show at St. Petersburg College’s Music Hall, St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, 6605 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg, on Saturday, January 13, with sets at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through the “On Tour” tab at chickcorea.com.

Photo of Chick Corea

Corea, a 22-time Grammy winner and NEA Jazz Master, formed the band with Weckl and Patitucci 30 years ago, and they’ve been redefining the music scene together ever since, as a trio and as the rhythmic backbone of Corea’s Elektric Band. And yet an appearance from the crowd-favorite Akoustic Band is still a rare experience for jazz fans. The trio’s 2018 tour will be its first in more than 20 years.

“Dave, John and myself are all excited about playing as a trio again! The Akoustic Band is back! There’s so much to explore – past, present and future. Yes, and the Adventure begins in St. Petersburg,” said Corea.

The 300-seat St. Petersburg College Music Hall invites the audience in close for a dynamic, thrilling performance of acoustic music by a band that perfected the art form. Expect the quintessential mix of brilliant Corea compositions, thrilling new takes on standards, and many more surprises.

The full Chick Corea Akoustic Band touring schedule, featuring a roster of shows throughout Europe and Australia, will be announced in early 2018.

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St. Petersburg College celebrates the launch of Ignite, a guaranteed admission program into Florida A&M University (FAMU). The new program guarantees admission for eligible students to a specific program at FAMU after earning an associate degree from SPC.

SPC will host an information session from 4 – 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16 at the SPC Midtown Community Room, 1300 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg.

“We are excited about this great partnership with one of the nation’s most esteemed HBCUs,” said SPC President Tonjua Williams. “This relationship allows us to expand educational opportunities for our students, who can start their college career as an SPC Titan and finish it as a FAMU Rattler.”

After completing an associate degree at SPC, eligible Ignite students will transfer to one of five programs at FAMU including:

  • Biology
  • Accounting
  • Engineering
  • Criminal Justice
  • Journalism

For more information about Ignite, visit why.spc.edu/ignite.

 

 

 

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SPC College Visit Day

Eligible Pinellas County seniors are invited to St. Petersburg College’s “College Visit Day” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11, for open house events. These open house events count as an official college visit day. While events will vary slightly from campus to campus, students can:

  • Explore different majors – and the careers they lead to
  • Tour campuses
  • Learn how to pay for college
  • Attend College 101 Seminars
  • Learn how to apply to SPC

Students should ask for an official college visit letter to take back to their school as proof they attended the event. Campuses hosting College Visit Days are:

For more information, call 727-341-3400 or visit stpe.co/collegevisitdayfall17.

 

 

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St. Petersburg Collegiate High School (SPCHS) at St. Petersburg College has been recognized as an Exemplary High Performing School National Blue Ribbon for 2017 by the U.S. Department of Education.

The award recognizes SPCHS for being among the state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.

“I am immensely proud of our students and grateful for the dedicated St. Petersburg Collegiate High School and St. Petersburg College faculty and staff who guide and inspire our students to become scholars and leaders who achieve their goals,” said Starla Metz, Principal, St. Petersburg Collegiate High School.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, launched in 1982, recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. Public and private schools may be nominated only once within a five-year period.

“National Blue Ribbon Schools are active demonstrations of preparing every child for a bright future,” U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos told honorees during a livestreamed announcement.

At SPCHS, a public charter school governed by the SPC’s Board of Trustees, students are able to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an Associate in Arts (AA) degree. For the past six years, SPCHS’ high school graduation rate has been 100%, and the average AA graduation rate has been 97%.

Since its inception in 2004, SPCHS has earned an “A” rating from the state of Florida. In 2016, Newsweek named it the 55th best high school in America. Only one of 10 in Florida to make the list, SPCHS held the second ranking in the state.

St. Petersburg Collegiate High School and SPC will be honored at an awards ceremony on Nov. 6 in Washington, D.C.

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More than 60 people witnessed the groundbreaking for the Student Success Center on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at St. Petersburg College’s St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus. College President Tonjua Williams gave opening remarks and welcomed faculty, students, and guests.

Groundbreaking-Student-Success-Center-SPC

“It is a distinct honor and privilege to be here today at St. Petersburg College’s original site to celebrate the groundbreaking of our new St. Petersburg/Gibbs Student Success Center,” said Williams. “At St. Petersburg College, we believe student success is our purpose.”

SPC’s Board of Trustee’s Chair Nathan Stonecipher thanked everyone for attending and acknowledged the college’s dedication to student success with the new center. Stonecipher said he was particularly excited because Gibbs was his home campus when he attended SPC.

In closing, Provost Jamelle Conner gave remarks about the future center and thanked all who participated in the planning process.

The state-of-the-art center will replace the 80-year-old administration center, which was demolished due to its age. The new 48,000-square foot center will provide students with easy “one-stop” access to critical support services, such as:

  • Registration
  • Admission
  • Financial Aid
  • Testing
  • Advising
  • Accessibility Resources
  • Veterans’ Services
  • Career Center
  • Learning Resource

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