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Tassel-FB504St. Petersburg College’s 130th graduation would not be complete without extraordinary students with family ties.

After completing 20 years of service in the Navy, Guy Critelli’s daughter, Anjanette, challenged him to complete his B.A.S. in Management and Organizational Leadership degree alongside her, as she earned her high school diploma and her A.A. from St. Petersburg Collegiate High School.

“I couldn’t pass up the challenge and her motivation to motivate me,” said Critelli.

This Saturday, father and daughter will walk across the stage together.

The perfect Mother’s Day gift


Just in time for Mother’s Day, two SPC graduates will complete major milestones with their daughters, both students of St. Petersburg Collegiate High School.

Diane Sanchez, a bachelor’s in Business Management graduate and proud mother, graduates with daughter Daniella, a senior at St. Petersburg Collegiate, who will also be receiving her high school diploma and A.A. degree.

“I do think it is good for our children to see us take classes, see how to study, how difficult it is as an adult, and to make a commitment and follow through with a goal,” said Diane Sanchez.

Also, SPCHS graduate Crystal Harvey and mom Marie Rogers will be sharing the stage. Rogers will receive a B.A.S. in Management and Organizational Leadership and plans to open her own business.

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Congrats-FB504St. Petersburg College will mark its 130th commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 7 at Tropicana Field, One Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Approximately, 1,200 of the 2,746 Spring 2016 graduates are expected to participate. View graduation info graphic.

At the ceremony, St. Petersburg College will honor U.S. Rep. Gus M. Bilirakis (FL-12), who also teaches government courses at SPC, as its 2016 Outstanding Alumnus.

The youngest graduate is 16 years old and the oldest is 75 years old. More than two-thirds of the graduates are female.

With this graduating class, St. Petersburg College will have awarded 154,693 degrees since the college – Florida’s first community college – was founded in 1927.

Since 1927, SPC has awarded:

  • 10,413 Associate in Science degrees in nursing
  • 9,792 baccalaureate degrees
  • 2,390 baccalaureate nursing degrees
  • 1,065 baccalaureate elementary education teacher degrees

Courtney Kent, winner of the 2015-16 Apollo Award, and Amy Bhatt, recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award, will address their fellow graduates and guests.

Kent served as president of the Clearwater Campus Student Government Association and was St. Petersburg College’s first Financial Assistance Services Peer-Advisor. He participated in Phi Theta Kappa and is a Student National Education Association member. Kent has a 3.69 G.P.A.

“The student centered pedagogy of SPC was fundamental in assisting me to overcoming my own shortcomings to excel as a husband, a student, an employee, and a leader in our community,” Kent said.

Bhatt has a 4.0 G.P.A. She is vice president of the SPC Legal Studies Society, president of the Honors College Student Consortium, a National Model United Nations delegate, an acting representative for the Florida Model legislator and a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society.

Bhatt, who will graduate with a B.A.S. degree in paralegal studies, touted the active learning opportunities provided by professors with real-world experience that shaped her education at SPC.

“I am an embodiment of SPC’s mission of ‘Student success through education, career development, and self-discovery,” Bhatt said.

SPC’s 2012 Student of the Year and domestic violence survivor, Melissa Dohme, will be graduating with her Bachelor’s of Applied Science in business management and organizational leadership. In January of 2012, Dohme was brutally attacked by an ex-boyfriend who attempted to take her life.

“After the attack, I was told I wouldn’t do well in school, but they didn’t know me,” said Dohme, who previously graduated from SPC with an associate degree. “Everything in my life is falling into place and SPC has been there all the way!”

The cost for parking in Lots 1-7 is approximately $10. Disabled parking will be available in Lots 1, 6 and 7, and a drop-off circle is available by Gate 5 along 16th Street South. Guests can enter through Gates 3, 4 and 5.




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Congressman BilirakisSt. Petersburg College is honored to announce United States Congressman Gus M. Bilirakis (R) as our 2016 Outstanding Alumnus. Congressman Bilirakis (R) will be honored at SPC’s Spring graduation May 7, at 9 a.m. at Tropicana Field.

Representative Bilirakis attended St. Petersburg Junior College before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida in 1986 and a J.D. from Stetson University in 1989.

Prior to being elected to Congress, Representative Bilirakis served four terms in the Florida House of Representatives (1998-2006) where he won bipartisan acclaim for his leadership efforts to make communities safer, improve transportation, reform government, recognize veterans and expand community health centers.

As a young state legislator, his leadership and determination became quickly apparent when he sponsored the bill that would expand SPJC into a four-year institution – the first community college in the state to make the transition.

He was first elected to Congress on November 7, 2006, and is currently serving his fifth term representing Florida’s 12th Congressional District, which includes all of Pasco and northern parts of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.

As a young boy, Gus learned the importance of public service from his father, Michael Bilirakis, who represented Florida’s Ninth Congressional District from 1983 to 2006.

The elder Bilirakis also instilled in his son a pride in the family’s Greek heritage, which Gus proudly carries today.

During his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Bilirakis has been selected for numerous leadership and committees posts, including the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, of which he is Vice Chair.

He also serves as Chair of the Veterans’ Affairs Task Force for the Republican Policy Committee, Co-Chairman of the Military Veterans Caucus and Co-Chairman of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus and the Congressional Hellenic-Israel Alliance.

He continues to be recognized for his bi-partisan approach to resolving issues and has made veteran’s affairs, controlling government spending, creating jobs for middle class Americans, finding ways for government to operate smaller and smarter, his top priorities. He is also committed to strengthening homeland security, improving education, increasing access to health care and ensuring the viability of Social Security and Medicare. Congressman Bilirakis and his wife have four sons and reside in Palm Harbor.

He is also committed to strengthening homeland security, improving education, increasing access to health care and ensuring the viability of Social Security and Medicare. Congressman Bilirakis and his wife have four sons and reside in Palm Harbor.

In his spare time, he teaches government classes at St. Petersburg College.

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St. Petersburg College will honor its top graduates and alumnus during commencement ceremonies May 7 at Tropicana Field. Courtney Kent was selected as the Apollo Award winner, the highest honor an associate degree graduate can achieve. Amy Bhatt will receive the Alumni Achievement Award, the highest honor a bachelor’s graduate can achieve.

The Apollo Award is presented annually by the SPC Alumni Association. Winners are chosen for their outstanding leadership abilities, scholastic standing, community service, honors and awards. It has been presented each year since 1966.

This year’s finalists are:


“As a benefactor of the institutional strengths promoting student development and success, the student centered pedagogy of SPC was fundamental in assisting me to overcoming my own shortcomings to excel as a husband, a student, an employee, and a leader in our community. These experiences have equipped me with knowledge and confidence previously uncultivated that will continue to promote my will to succeed in all my future endeavors.”

Courtney Kent, Clearwater Campus, Winner

Mr. Kent is a 2016 A.A. degree graduate. He served as President of the Clearwater Campus Student Government Association and was St. Petersburg College’s first Financial Assistance Services Peer- Advisor. He participated in Phi Theta Kappa and is a Student National Education Association member. Mr. Kent has a 3.69 G.P.A. As a Pinellas County School Board Mentor, Mr. Kent mentored 4th and 5th grade students at Belleair Elementary School. He also was a 5th grade math and science classroom volunteer. He has volunteered for numerous community events, including: Step-Out 5k, Paint-Your-Heart-Out, Human Trafficking Awareness 5k, SVA Beach Clean-Up and Bellaire Elementary School Open House. Mr. Kent was a Field Advocate for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and a volunteer with Alcoholics Anonymous: Tri-County. Mr. Kent received multiple Clearwater Campus Awards, including: Most Dedicated Student of the Year 2014, Student Veteran of Exceptional Character Award 2015, Faculty Governance Organization Award 2015 and Provost Leadership Award 2015. Clearwater Campus Associate Provost Matt Brown said: “Courtney is a student with passion, who constantly strives to do the right thing. He truly is one who puts the needs of others before his own.” His goals are to graduate from SPC with a B.A.S. in Management and Organizational Leadership and obtain a budgeted position within the education community of Pinellas County.


“I have found myself growing academically at SPC. I have been more challenged than I have ever been in school, and that has helped me grow. Also, I have had time to learn about my personal interests and further confirm that I am on the correct career path, as well as prepare me for it. SPC has played a big part in my education. SPC is one of the best, if not the best, decisions I have ever made academically and personally.”

Sydnie Coraggio, St. Petersburg Collegiate High School, St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus

Ms. Coraggio is a 2016 A.A. degree graduate. She served as the Secretary for St. Petersburg/Gibbs Student Government Association and Student Ambassador for St. Petersburg Collegiate High School. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the National Honors Society. She was a coordinator for the National High School Ethics Bowl team. Ms. Coraggio has a 3.8 G.P.A. She volunteered at Bauder Elementary School, where she assisted teachers with lessons and tutored students. She also volunteered as an administrative assistant for St. Petersburg Collegiate High School. Ms. Coraggio received the St. Petersburg Collegiate High School Service Award and Outstanding Junior of the Year Award. She also received the National Honor Society Top Junior Community Service Volunteer Chapter Award. St. Petersburg Collegiate High School Counselor Constance Boyle said: “When I think of Sydnie, I would describe her as bright, persistent, dedicated, honest and inquisitive.” Her goal is to attend the University of Florida and pursue a bachelor’s degree in Business Management with the ultimate goal of becoming an entertainment lawyer.


“I must endure several years of college education to become a doctor. Yet, I am looking forward to the process as much as I am the end result. SPC has equipped me with the knowledge and skills to succeed in my bachelor’s degree.”

Michaela Polmann, St. Petersburg Collegiate High School, Tarpon Springs Campus

Ms. Polmann is a 2016 A.A. degree graduate. She participated in the Tarpon Springs Campus Early College Club, Pinellas County 4-H and Phi Theta Kappa. Ms. Polmann served as the president of the Rotaract Club and was a member of the Dunedin High School National Honor Society. She has a 4.0 G.P.A. As president of Rotaract on the Tarpon Springs Campus, Ms. Polmann represented her club and SPC while participating in many events, including International Day, Veteran’s Day and Welcome Back Week. She mentored high school juniors and taught college success skills. Ms. Polmann volunteered at the Florida Hospital North Pinellas, where she assisted Medicare patients and case managers. She coordinated a campus-wide clothing drive for the Tarpon Springs Shepard Center. Ms. Polmann was recognized in the Mayor’s Showcase of Achievement and was a National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Scholar. She won first place in the 2016 Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott’s Black History Month Essay Contest. Early College Program Academic Counselor Alice Hall said: “Michaela is the consummate student who takes joy in the learning process. She maintains the highest expectations for herself in every area of study and vigorously pursues fields of study that interest her both inside and outside of the classroom.” Her goal is to attend the University of Florida to become a registered Dietician, with the ultimate goal of obtaining an M.D. specialized in Internal Medicine.


“I found incredible mentors here who taught me about the amazing resources and opportunities available. Through their assistance and example, they encouraged me to challenge myself, and gave me the tools necessary to meet those challenges. With those characteristics, SPC has set me on the road for success and showed me how to continue forging my path”

Iliana Yanes, St. Petersburg Collegiate High School, St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus

Ms. Yanes is a 2016 A.A. degree graduate. She was the President of the St. Petersburg Collegiate High School Student Government Association and Treasurer of SPC Gibbs Student Government Association. She participated in Phi Theta Kappa, the St. Petersburg Collegiate High School Ethics Bowl, Rotary Interact and was the winner of the 2015 SPC Great Debate. She has a 4.0 G.P.A. She regularly volunteered for the North Branch Community Library, Youth United for Global Awareness and Action and Community Tampa Bay. Through Community Tampa Bay, Ms. Yanes worked with an association dedicated to promoting equality and attended their Lobby Days in Tallahassee to advocate in support of a bill that would protect victims of human trafficking. Ms. Yanes received numerous awards, including the St.Petersburg Collegiate High School Service Award, Anne Frank Humanitarian Award, National Hispanic Recognition Award and the Vilma Fernandez-Zalupski Academic Excellence Award. St. Petersburg Collegiate High School Principal Starla Metz said: “I have known Iliana for the past three years as her principal and know her to be a dedicated scholar and compassionate leader who demonstrates a level of maturity and poise beyond her years.” Her goal is to pursue a baccalaureate degree and higher education while improving her community through advocating for human rights, education reform and equality.

Alumni Achievement Award Finalists

Four outstanding St. Petersburg College students have been selected as finalists for the annual Alumni Achievement Award, the highest honor a bachelor’s graduate can achieve.

The Alumni Achievement Award is presented annually by the SPC Alumni Association. Winners are chosen for their outstanding leadership abilities, scholastic standing, community service, honors and awards.

This year’s finalists are:


“I am an embodiment of SPC’s mission of ‘Student success through education, career development, and self-discovery.”

Amy Bhatt Clearwater Campus, Winner

Ms. Bhatt will receive her B.A.S. degree in paralegal studies. She has a 4.0 G.P.A. Ms. Bhatt is Vice President of the SPC Legal Studies Society, President of the Honors College Student Consortium, a National Model United Nations Delegate, an Acting Representative for the Florida Model Legislator and a Member of the Golden Key International Honor Society. Also, as Co-Chair of the SPC Pre-Law Committee, Ms. Bhatt organized an interactive visit to Stetson University College of Law for fellow students. She volunteered for the Teen Court Arbitration Program and mentored the Model United Nations Team at Countryside High School. Ms. Bhatt coordinated the annual Legal Clinic hosted by SPC’s Legal Studies Society that offers free legal advice to students. Ms. Bhatt received numerous awards, including: the SPC Alumni Association Apollo Award, the All-Florida Academic Award, the Dr. Theodore J. Mazzu Scholar of the Year Award and the Honors College Student of the Year Award. Interim Director for the SPC Honors Program Earl Fratus said: “Amy Bhatt is the type of extraordinary student who faculty only get the honor of interacting with a few times in their career.” Her goal is to earn her J.D. at Florida State University College of Law and then L.L.M degree from Harvard University College of Law. Her hope is to work her way up from Attorney to Justice on the United States Supreme Court.


“There have been many joys, memories, and also bumps in the road, but through it all the support I received from administrators and my professor was awe-inspiring.”



Sara Jenkins, Tarpon Spring Campus

Ms. Jenkins will receive a B.S. degree in education. She has a 3.5 G.P.A. She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi and Secretary of SPC Student Government. She traveled to Costa Rica with the science department and became a member of the Florida Reading Association after attending the 2015 conference. Ms. Jenkins is an active volunteer with United Way and assists with day care at local churches. She also runs a basketball ministry in Port Richey with her husband. She was recognized on the President’s Honor List every semester while obtaining her bachelor’s degree. Calusa Elementary School ESE/Intervention Teacher said: “I believe that Sara will continue to grow and become an amazing educator. She has the intellect, passion and motivation to become an outstanding teacher.” Ms. Jenkins’ goal is to work with ESE children who are in need of an individualized education.


“SPC has been instrumental in my success and I fully intend to be a part of theirs.”

Giny Kapili, St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus

Ms. Kapili will receive a B.A.S. degree in technology development and management. She has a 3.8 G.P.A. She participated in the inaugural Exploratory Lab Boot Camp and helped promote the program to other students both on campus and online. She also is a student member of the

SPC Workforce Council and Advisory Committee. Ms. Kapili volunteered with the Pinellas County School system, helping to enhance the reading skills of high school students. She also volunteered as a computer programming tutor on the St. Petersburg/Gibbs campus. She was recognized by the Oracle Certification Program as an Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE Programmer. She also was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from SPC for her service as a tutor. Learning Resources Team Leader Dr. Gail Lancaster said: “Giny is a very talented, selfless young woman. She is gifted in the area of computer programming and openly shares her gift with others.” Ms. Kapili’s goal is to be hired as a Systems Analyst Programmer I at the City of St. Petersburg and ultimately start an apprenticeship program for SPC students.


“My experience at SPC has instilled honorable values and has given me great opportunities to prepare me for my next steps.”


Miseanne (Nguyen) Tang, Clearwater Campus

Ms. Tang will receive a B.S. degree in biology. She has a 3.8 G.P.A. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, High Achiever’s Club and Tri Beta Biological Honors Society. She also participated in the Clearwater Campus Student Government Association. Ms. Tang volunteered as a Researcher at Bay Pines VA Medical Center and as a Receptionist at Homeless Emergency Project Dental Clinic that provides free dental care to the homeless through volunteer dentists. Through Junior Achievement, she taught a first-grade class about the meaning of community. She was awarded the Excellence in Writing award by the B.S. Biology faculty and was recognized on the President’s Honors List throughout her time at SPC. SPC Professor Dr. Katherine Siegler said: “I have rarely met an individual so focused on her final goal. She sees this as a tribute to her family and their struggles to provide her with every opportunity to success and obtain her goals.” Ms. Tang’s goal is to become a dentist and hopes to attend dental school next year.



“New and flexible characteristics have become part of my learning devices that have helped push my passion and desire to succeed; while teaching others to strive and never give up on their dream as well.”

Robert Vigre, Caruth Health Education Center

Mr. Vigre will receive a B.A.S. in health services administration. He has a 3.5 G.P.A. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the Golden Key International Honor Society. He participated in the inaugural Exploratory Lab Boot Camp and the Capstone Student Experience. Mr. Vigre volunteered at the Awana Kids Club and East Bay Rehabilitation, a 120-bed skilled nursing facility. He received a scholarship from St. Petersburg College Foundation as well as the Nadine and Dan Carlisle “New Life” Education Scholarship. Lakeside Community Chapel Pastor Ben Kreloff said: “Rob Vigre is a hardworking, devoted husband, giving of his time to serve those around him.” Mr. Vigre’s goal is to obtain a master’s degree and become a servant leader, helping co-workers succeed and lead in their respective industry.






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Joseph Leopold has been selected as the new Dean of Communications, replacing leopoldDr. Martha Campbell, who retired this month after 29 years at the college.

Leopold has served as the director of Learning Resources at St. Petersburg College since 2012. He headed up the process that combined libraries and tutoring to make out-of-class support more intentional and learner-centered. The centers have now become the learning hubs on each of our campuses.

He began his career at St. Petersburg College as a full-time instructor in Communication in 1991 teaching writing, rhetoric and composition and, later, political science and anthropology. From 2005-08, he served as Faculty Senate President. In 2008, he was named Academic Department Chairman for Social and Behavioral Sciences on the Clearwater Campus.

Leopold has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Florida State University and is a doctoral candidate in education and leadership at Barry University.

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Campbell_Martha-200x300Dr. Martha Campbell, Dean of Communications, was honored at Tuesday’s Board of Trustees meeting on the occasion of her retirement from St. Petersburg College after 40 years in higher education.

“Martha is a dynamic educator with a warm heart,” said Clearwater Provost Stan Vittetoe. “We are sorry to lose her on the Clearwater Campus. I hope that she will return often!”

Dr. Campbell began her career in 1974 in Dallas as an adjunct faculty member. From 1977 to 1985, she was full-time faculty at DeKalb Community College (now Georgia Perimeter). In 1987, she joined then-St. Petersburg Junior College, teaching at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus. In the fall of that year, she moved to the Tarpon Springs Campus, where she served as Program Director for 11 years.

In 2008, Dr. Campbell became SPC’s Dean of Communications at the Clearwater Campus, where she has supervised 65 full-time faculty, including five Academic Chairs, and approximately 125 adjunct faculty. She spent 29 of her 40 years in higher education serving St. Petersburg College.

Dr. Campbell earned a Master’s degree from Duke University and an Ed.D. from the University of South Florida.

Over the years, she has taught 15 different Communications courses and was a pioneer in teaching online courses. She also served as Faculty Governance Organization Senate president for three years.

With a particularly strong concern for developmental education, Dr. Campbell was active at the state level, and in 2012 was awarded the Chancellor’s Best Practice Award for My Bridge to Success, a developmental reform grant co-written with former SPC Math Dean Sharon Griggs. She also authored two textbooks for Pearson Publishing, both with a strong and important focus on writing paragraphs and essays.

SPC President Bill Law said Campbell was a “kind-hearted, spirited role model who has inspired many.”

“It is with bittersweet parting – with happiness for her, and a great loss for us – that we wish her all of the delights that retirement may offer,” Law said.

Campbell said she is looking forward to retirement, when she will spend quality time with her husband, daughters and grandchildren. She plans to travel, read as much and as late at night as she wants, play the organ and volunteer.

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small logoSt. Petersburg College to receive $25,000 grant to help Expand Financial Education and Empowerment Programs

Achieving the Dream (ATD) and St. Petersburg College (SPC) today announced that SPC will receive $25,000 over a two-year period to expand and strengthen financial empowerment activities designed to strengthen students’ money management skills and knowledge.

The grant, funded by OneMain Holdings, Inc. and administered by Achieving the Dream, recognizes that students’ ability to manage their money, including financial aid, plays a significant role in students’ ability to persist and complete their studies. St. Petersburg College is one of the five community colleges in the ATD network that are receiving grants to launch or expand student financial empowerment efforts.

“One of the challenges students face is in making wise decisions regarding student loans, along with understanding the serious consequences of defaulting on their student loans,” said Michael Bennett, SPC’s Associate Vice President of Financial Assistance Services. “We are very excited to have been awarded this grant, especially during national Financial Literacy Month. The funds will go far in helping us educate students and provide much needed guidance on a peer-to-peer level.”

“As the largest personal finance company in the U.S., OneMain recognizes the significant need for greater financial education, especially within the country’s college student population,” said Sheldon Caplis, Director of Community Relations for OneMain. “OneMain is dedicated to supporting the communities in which we live and operate, and we are honored to expand our partnership with ATD to provide students with the critical financial empowerment tools necessary to achieve long-term collegiate, career and personal success.”

With the launch of the OneMain grant program to colleges, OneMain’s overall investment in building community college students’ financial skills to support greater persistence and academic achievement has reached nearly a half-million dollars.

“Helping students become knowledgeable, confident financial managers is a critical dimension of increasing student persistence and success,” said Dr. Karen A. Stout, President and CEO of Achieving the Dream. “This award recognizes St. Petersburg College’s readiness to deepen the network of supports inside and outside the classroom that help students reach their goals.”

With the funds, St. Petersburg College will expand their current financial literacy efforts. It’s MY FUTURE! is a targeted program aimed at ensuring college students understand the financial implications of their decisions, the array of choices they have and the importance of debt management. Using the theme: “Smart loan choices today = financial freedom tomorrow,” SPC is seeking to reach a considerably larger audience and allow for more targeted and in-depth outreach.

According to the College Board’s Trends in College Pricing 2015, the average tuition and fee for students at public community colleges was $3,435. However, this figure represented only 20 percent of the annual budget of students who pay for off-campus housing. Other costs include transportation, food, and child care.

In addition, the percentage of first-time, full-time students at public two-year colleges who took out loans increased from 15 percent in 2000-2001 to 27 percent in 2012-2013, according to “The Condition of Education 2015,” published by the National Center for Education Statistics. The average amount of loans taken out by community college students also increased 52 percent from $3,200 to $4,900.

At the end of the two-year time period, ATD will release a toolkit informed by the participating colleges’ experiences launching or expanding financial empowerment efforts to help additional colleges seeking to launch or expand their own efforts to build students’ financial skills and knowledge. Each college also will develop and report on two measures of impact relevant to its specific activities.

About Achieving the Dream

Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Evidence-based, student-centered, and built on the values of equity and excellence, Achieving the Dream is closing achievement gaps and accelerating student success nationwide by: 1) guiding evidence-based institutional improvement, 2) leading policy change, 3) generating knowledge, and 4) engaging the public. Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, today, Achieving the Dream is leading the most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. With over 200 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams – working throughout 35 states and the District of Columbia– the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network helps more than 4 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.

About St. Petersburg College

St. Petersburg College (SPC) alumni rank first in the state of Florida for possessing the most valuable job skills. Founded in 1927, SPC is Florida’s first two-year college. Regionally accredited and nationally recognized, SPC was the first community college in Florida to offer bachelor’s degrees. SPC offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs, including many high-demand, high-skill industry-recognized workforce certifications. The college’s career-focused curriculum is created with input from industry experts to give students real-world skills needed to meet the needs of today’s employers.


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