Laura Carreras, treasurer for the Student Government Association at the St. Petersburg College Gibbs Campus, has been named the February FCSSGA Student of the Month. FCSSGA is the Florida College System Student Government Association. See the Facebook post.
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St. Petersburg Police Chief Anthony Holloway will give the keynote address at St. Petersburg College’s third annual Keys to Manhood – A Seminar for Men. The event will be:
8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 6
Seminole Campus, Conference Center
9200 113th St. N.
The free seminar is designed to offer male college students tools and resources to help them succeed academically, personally and professionally. Men are more likely to drop out of high school and less likely to attend or graduate from college than their female peers (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014).
Over the past three fall terms at St. Petersburg College, male First-Time-In-College (FTIC) students had 8% lower success rates than female FTIC students. Success is defined as earning an A, B or C in a class. During that time, male students had a success rate of 66.3%, while females had a 74.7% success rate in their courses.
Keys to Manhood features a variety of breakout sessions designed to address issues that may inhibit academic success for male students. They include:
- Overcoming Legal Obstacles
- Workforce Degrees and Pathways
- “The Endangered Male”
- How to Get an “A” in Class
- Money Management
- Social Media (How to Get a Job Using Social Media)
- Second Time Around (non-traditional students)
Past keynote speakers at the event have included Jimmie Lee Solomon, former executive vice president of Major League Baseball, and Florida House Rep. Darryl Rouson.
The event is presented by Transamerica. Download the program.
- Explore different college majors … and the careers they lead to
- Listen to SPC alumni and community leaders share how their college majors helped shape their careers
- Hear students discuss the benefits of the majors they chose
- Learn about expected salaries and job opportunities that are associated with different majors
- View student work
- Learn about the college’s many academic programs
Sample majors represented at the fair include:
- Computer and Information Technology
- Health Sciences
- Fine Arts
- Paralegal Studies
- Public Policy and Administration
- Social Science
Recent St. Petersburg College graduate Salwa Shamsi has been named a Chancellor’s Student of the Month for January. Shamsi graduated in December 2014 with an Associate in Arts microbiology transfer degree from St. Petersburg College (SPC).
Before graduation, Salwa was very involved in student clubs such as the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the Undergraduate Science Research Society. Along with her colleagues, Salwa helped present research on the antibiotic-resistant bacteria MRSA to the SPC’s Honors Conference.
She also overcame English language difficulties and enrolled in SPC’s English for Speakers of Other Languages program to help others with similar language challenges. Salwa intends to utilize her research skills to help discover some of the world’s future diseases and how to treat them.
The Chancellor’s Students of the Month recognizes outstanding students in the Florida College System who demonstrate leadership skills, academic success and/or commitment to community service.
See more about SPC graduates on Twitter at #spcgrad.
St. Petersburg College offers training programs for nearly half of The 100 Best Jobs of 2015 report released by US News & World Report.
Among the Top 100 Best Jobs, SPC offers certificates and two- and four-year degrees in the following areas listed in the report:
- #3 Software Developer
- #5 Dental Hygienist
- #7 Computer Systems Analyst
- #8 Information Security Analyst
- #9 Registered Nurse
- #11 Web Developer
- #21 IT Manager
- #23 Cost Estimator
- #28 Medical Equipment Repairer
- #31 Computer Systems Administrator
- #32 Radiologic Technologist
- #33 Insurance Agent
- #34 Database Administrator
- #37 Construction Manager
- #38 Substance Abuse Counselor
- #39 Elementary School Teacher
- #40 Bookkeeping, Accounting and Audit Clerk
- #43 High School Teacher
- #45 Middle School Teacher
- #46 Physical Therapist Assistant
- #47 Business Operations Manager
- #51 Respiratory Therapist
- #58 Sales Manager
- #60 Administrative Assistant
- #61 Sales Representative
- #63 Computer Programmer
- #64 Veterinary Technologist
- #65 Financial Analyst
- #68 Management Analyst
- #69 Financial Manager
- #72 Mental Health Counselor
- #73 Patrol Officer
- #77 Computer Support Specialist
- #84 Compliance Officer
- #88 Preschool Teacher
- #91 Paralegal
- #92 Executive Assistant
- #94 Paramedic
- #95 Customer Service Representative
- #97 Bill Collector
- #98 Office Clerk
- #100 Receptionist
Seven St. Petersburg College faculty members will receive the 2014 John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards from the League for Innovation in the Community College. The awards will be presented at the Innovations 2015 conference in Boston in March.
The League is an international, nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering the community college movement by hosting conferences and institutes, developing Web resources, conducting research, producing publications, providing services, and leading projects and initiatives with member colleges, corporate partners, and other agencies.
Michael R. Gordon
Outstanding Student Engagement (On-Campus or Blended)
An associate professor in the College of Computer and Information Technology, Gordon designed a blended Cisco Certified Network Associate certificate program that can be completed in just one semester – half the time it normally takes. The blended format allows students to spend their time in the classroom devoted to hands-on lab work. His work was funded in part by a U.S. Department of Labor grant to help the long-term unemployed gain employment.
Results have been outstanding, with 80 percent of the first cohort completing the program successfully and 86 percent of these students passing the CCNA exam on their first attempt. Many graduates have since found jobs with local companies like Tech Data, American Computer Telecom, YMCA, NetWolves, Vology and Cisco Systems.
Cynthia Grey and Wendy Rib
Outstanding Student Engagement – Online
Cynthia Grey and Wendy Rib, professors of Veterinary Technology, collaborated to restructure the curriculum for the college’s online bachelor’s degree program in veterinary technology.
The pair created a more individualized, learner-centered experience to improve learner outcomes and increase student success. Using collaborative web technology, students “attend” at least two senior capstone presentations of their peers and actively participate in a question and answer period. Students also contract with a mentor outside of the course who has specific skills and support that will help them complete their capstone. As peer champions, they support, encourage and act as a resource for at least one other classmate’s project.
Students also receive individual guidance from their professors, as both Rib and Grey spend time consulting with each student, usually by telephone, on their progress throughout capstone journey.
Excellence in Student Coaching and Support
As an associate professor of Natural Science, Ray Menard has worked to help develop students’ technical skills in microbiology research for the past seven years. Students visit the lab on their own time to learn the theory behind the techniques they use and gain hands-on experience in performing the experiments that make them successful and better prepared for the workforce. They develop critical thinking skills, learn to work individually and in groups, and also learn about science in a low pressure environment.
With Menard’s coaching and support, students have investigated how spices inhibit microbial growth, and isolated an antibiotic-producing microbe that was identified as being Bacillus clausii. They have performed several molecular and biochemical analyses, and have isolated and characterized both DNA and proteins. The students have acquired good sterile techniques, are able to successfully culture microbes, and also have learned how to analyze the data and format figures and graphs.
Therezita K. Ortiz
Innovation in the Use of Technology
Therezita K. Ortiz has been a full-time faculty member at St. Petersburg College since 1999 and teaches in the College of Computer and Information Technology. As of Fall 2014, she has taught more than 165 online courses, including Microcomputer Applications, Operating System Security, and Ethical Hacking, Network Defense and Countermeasures. She also has developed courses for traditional, blended and online formats.
Ortiz was the first in CCIT to use virtual machines in her courses. She also implemented LABSIM, a web-based tool that creates real-world, high-fidelity lab simulations, for networking, operating systems, Linux and security-related courses. Her use of multiple online communication resources like showmewhatswrong.com has allowed her to generate step-by-step video tutorials as she provides assistance to her students by walking them through particular tasks. This tool also enables the student to generate videos of what they are doing – right down to their key strokes as they work on assignments and projects. This capability is an asset to any learning environment, especially if it is online.
Innovative Pedagogical Approaches to Teaching and Learning
Anthony Valentine is a professor of Communications with more than 30 years’ experience as a professional actor and acting coach, including appearances on Days of Our Lives, Miami Vice, Night Court, Cybill and Murder, She Wrote.
He incorporates his professional performance experience into his speech courses by demonstrating to students how speaking in public is a form of performance that is similar to acting onstage. His acting experience helps students with both the performance and the business sides of theater and film, and his research includes acting for the camera based on a model of interpersonal communication, public speaking as performance, and teaching diversity in the classroom.
Valentine holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications, a master’s degree in communication/performance and a doctorate in fine art/theatre. He currently teaches Introduction to Speech Communication, Public Speaking, Introduction to Theatre Arts, and Acting for the stage and for the camera.
James A. Wallis
Innovation in the Use of Technology
A professor of Natural Science, Wallis has led numerous study abroad trips to Belize, Costa Rica and Ecuador, giving his students a greater appreciation of the tropics and related conservation issues.
With the help of a grant from SPC’s Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning, Wallis has acquired a repository of 700 videos and images from these trips and from around Florida. With these, he has developed multimedia virtual field trips, allowing students to experience places they may not be able to travel to.
The repository includes science and ecology images cataloged for quick reference, including tropical species, reefs, aquatic species, and images of students engaged in science-related activities. All materials are available to other SPC instructors to develop classroom support materials.
“St. Petersburg College is honored to have the opportunity to work in such close partnership with Tech Data, the Tampa Bay Technology Forum, Valpak, and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg in support of IT employment. The ability to strengthen our programs to better meet the needs of world-class employers is fundamental to our vision of success for our students. Getting real-time feedback from students, employers, and partners will allow us to keep our courses current, focused, and highly relevant to the challenges of a global economy,” said Dr. Bill Law, St. Petersburg College President. “The Exploratory Lab Boot Camp is a great example of creative partnerships that move education out of the classroom and into the real world.”
The Exploratory Lab is a new and innovative model for career development that will be expanded through the strength of 250 Tampa Bay Technology Forum members.
“TBTF is proud to be a part of this partnership and believe the Exploratory Lab Boot Camp will offer a valuable connection between our area’s booming technical job growth and the talented student population in our area,” said Brian Murphy, Chair TBTF and President/CEO of ReliaQuest. “Programs like this help to turn the workforce conversation from what is viewed as a challenge in most regional areas to what I believe is an opportunity in the Tampa Bay area.”
The 70-hour program, slated to kick off on Feb. 10 with pre-planning sessions, will give Tampa Bay area companies local talent for their high-demand positions. The program, which is free for students, will give students a leg up on the job market – without increasing their credit hours – by giving them the ability to meet specific job requirements.
“The Exploratory Lab is a great example of business and university leadership partnering together to create a unique learning experience that exposes students to the vast tech opportunities in the Tampa Bay area,” said Chris Cate, Vice Chair TBTF, and CIO of Cox Target Media/Valpak.
Before the camp, which will begin March 23, students will spend the first 30 hours developing and presenting a business plan and networking. The camp itself includes all-day sessions taught by industry professionals on topics that include: integrated business; technology solutions; process and tools to create the user experience; and networking. At the end of the weeklong boot camp students will go straight into interviews for jobs and internships with Tech Data.
“Tech Data is excited about the opportunity to be part of a collaborative effort with leaders in the Tampa Bay area and to create best-in-class curriculum and collateral for the Exploratory Lab Boot Camp,” said Angie Beltz, Vice President of Product Marketing for the Cisco Solutions Group at Tech Data. “We find this initiative very important because we are exposing non-Technology degree (students) to the opportunities in the technology industry, as well as reinforcing the skills necessary to be qualified for jobs at a company like Tech Data.”
The partnership and boot camp arose from a 2012 IT skills gap analysis conducted by Pat Gehant, Director of Workforce Initiative at TBTF. That study showed that Tampa Bay area technology companies are facing a critical shortage of qualified personnel to fill open jobs. The new program will help create a pipeline of skilled employees to meet the needs of local businesses.
“Companies hire for skills and character, not necessarily degrees,” said Gehant, a former IT director with a master’s degree in social science education. “It’s about the art of managing technology in the real world.”
The initial cohort will include 25 students from St. Petersburg College, USFSP and University of Tampa.
“Students can come from any major, because they’re as interested in psychology and education majors as they are IT majors,” said Jim Connolly, Director of Corporate Training at St. Petersburg College. “We’ve put together this curriculum in a five-day experience that will be hands-on … in a flipped classroom.”
To be eligible, participants must be enrolled in an academic program at one of the partnering institutions and seeking a bachelor’s degree, with sufficient credits to be a junior or senior, or be enrolled in a master’s degree program. Students with a bachelor’s or master’s degree who are enrolled in SPC’s “24” technology training program are also eligible. Students need not be enrolled in an IT area of study to apply.
Applications for the Exploratory Lab Boot Camp will be accepted through Jan. 23, 2015.