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isps-bannerSt. Petersburg College is hosting one of the most widely-watched events of the political season on Monday, Sept. 19: a debate by candidates for U.S. House District 13. The debate will be staged at the Palladium Theater, 253 5th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, and is co-sponsored by SPC’s Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions, the Tampa Bay Times and WTSP 10News. WTSP will broadcast the debate live from 7 to 8 p.m.

Political observers in Florida and around the nation are closely watching the campaign in District 13, which covers central and south Pinellas County. That’s because it is one of 15 House seats targeted by the Democratic Party nationally to gain control of Congress, and it features two well-known local candidates with a record for reaching across the aisle to seek consensus. They are former Gov. Charlie Crist, a Democrat, and the incumbent, U.S. Rep. David Jolly, a Republican.

Long held by Republicans, District 13 became a more competitive district after being redrawn by court order in 2015. It is considered a swing district in the battle over control of Congress in this election. Rep. Jolly was elected in 2014 following the death of U.S. Rep. C. W. Bill Young, who held the seat for almost four decades and was a widely respected centrist.

Rep. Jolly has to an extent followed Young’s example, voting against his party’s majority on several key policy issues in his first term and speaking out against Congress’ focus on fund-raising at the expense of legitimate legislative work.

Former Gov. Crist spent most of his political career as a Republican, but switched to Independent for an unsuccessful run for the U.S. Senate in 2010 and to the Democratic Party in 2012.

The event is open to the public and admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at the Palladium box office, limit two per person, beginning at noon Wednesday, Aug. 31. For more information on the event, please visit the Institute’s website or call 727-394-6942. For questions regarding tickets, please contact the Palladium Box office at 727-822-3590.

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spc_horz_rbIn response to the recent, nationwide closure of ITT Technical Institute (ITT Tech), St. Petersburg College (SPC) has developed a transitional team to support ITT Tech students.

SPC has a team of admissions, advising, and financial assistance staff members ready to assist ITT Tech students to enroll in classes as early as September 12 (SPC’s Express Term) or October 10 (one of SPC’s 8-week fall modules). SPC offers several programs aligned to ITT Tech programs, including Information Technology, Business, Health Sciences, Criminal Justice and Drafting and Design.

SPC staff can help answer questions about:

  • Transcript evaluation and credit transfers
  • Financial aid
  • Degrees and certifications
  • Academic programs, including any specific requirements
  • Veterans’ Services

Note: SPC is waiving its $40 application fee to students displaced by the ITT closure.

spc-itt-tech-help“We are prepared to assist ITT Technical Institute students who are looking to finish their degrees or certification programs,” said SPC President Bill Law. “This is an unfortunate situation that has affected thousands of students working to build a better future for themselves and their families through their pursuit of higher education, and we hope we can accommodate ITT Tech students in achieving those goals.”

St. Petersburg College offers regionally accredited college certificate programs, associate degrees and bachelor’s degrees, as well as a number of workforce certification programs. Many industry-recognized certification programs may be completed in just a few months.

SPC, Florida’s oldest community college and the first in the state to offer four-year degrees, has 10 learning centers conveniently located throughout Pinellas County and offers many programs completely online. The college also offers students many free resources, including: advising by certified career and academic advisors, tutoring and homework help, job prep, internships, accessibility services, and much more.

For more information, students can contact SPC at (727) 341-4400 or information@spcollege.edu.

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6-29-10_096-XLIn response to local industry needs, St. Petersburg College announces two newly accredited associate in science degrees: Biotechnology Laboratory Technology and Biomedical Engineering Technology. The programs, which recently received Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) accreditation, began at the beginning of the Summer and Fall 2016 semester.

“The biotechnology program at St. Petersburg College was specifically tailored and designed from the very beginning so that students get the exact skills that employees want,” said Michael Shamblott, a member of SPC’s Biotechnology Laboratory Technology Advisory Committee and associate professor at the University of South Florida’s College of Medicine. “I know that if I hire graduates of SPC’s program, they will be able to perform in a lab and help me be productive.”

The Biotechnology Laboratory Technology A.S. Degree prepares graduates to work as a biological technician, a job that paid $34,500 in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area as of May 2015, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs can be found in clinical research, the pharmaceutical industry or for biotechnology and biomanufacturing firms.

Program Director Kathy Siegler says students are ready for the technical requirements of laboratory jobs because they get hands-on skills.

“They will be very well prepared to jump right into a biotechnology laboratory and be a productive employee,” Siegler said. “They will be better prepared to work in a biotechnology laboratory than a student with a four-year science degree.”

The Biomedical Engineering Technology A.S. Degree prepares graduates to work as a medical equipment repairer, a job with a median salary in the Tampa MSA of $40,560, as of May 2015, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Graduates can find job opportunities at health care facilities, companies that manufacture, install, manage and service medical equipment and public health and government agencies.

Program Director Lara Sharp said that the training biomedical students receive in the program is a direct reflection of what they will see in a job, and the jobs are good.

“Biomedical Engineering Technology is an opportunity to enter a growing field with good pay that allows a student to work with technology that can make a person’s life better,” Sharp said.

“For someone who is interested in working in a medical device field, I would definitely recommend St. Petersburg College because their program is very applicable to what you’re actually going to do in the industry,” said James Moore, Director of Operations at CardioCommand, a certified medical device manufacturer based in Tampa. “Nationwide, there is a skills gap in regards to technical skills. The programs that St. Petersburg College have put in place are right on target with regards to what we need for biomedical technicians.”

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Since the Summer of 2015, the Women on the Way (WOW) program has hit the ground running by opening three new centers. They are now celebrating 35 years of service since 1981.


On Monday, Aug. 22 at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs campus, faculty, staff and students attended the WOW Center’s grand opening.

“It is such a needed program on this campus,” said St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus Provost Jamelle Conner. “I know it will make an impactful difference for our students.”

SE-Open-House-169x300Over the summer, WOW opened a new location at the Seminole Campus in the University Partnership Center, with Pepper Harth as an Advisor. Prior to that, in August of 2015, the Cecil B. Keene, Sr. Student Achievement Center welcomed the program and Nikishea Wright-Richardson took the role of Advisor. Next, the Tarpon Spring Campuses will host the program starting in Spring of 2017.

“I am very excited about the growth of the program, and the tremendous support we receive from the college and the community,” said WOW Coordinator Shirley Crumbley. “This year we not only celebrate 35 years, but the expansion to other campuses.”

St. Petersburg College launched its Women on the Way (WOW) program in 1981 as a resource and support center for women who were entering college in larger numbers than ever before in the history of the United States. The goal was to provide women – many of them the first in their families to attend college – with the skills and resources to be successful in an academic setting.

WOW-doors-and-sign3-1-300x256The effort was spearheaded by Dr. Vilma Zalupski, the college’s first female Provost (Clearwater Campus), Bobbie Hinson, Career Center Director, and Maria Edmonds, a psychology instructor who later became an Associate Provost. Edmonds was WOW’s first coordinator.

Services provided by WOW include scholarship assistance, workshops and seminars on topics such as time management, parenting, and success strategies, a Textbook Lending Library, and access to additional resources and referral information for social services.

Today, more than 300 women college-wide participate in WOW programs.

“I am very proud of the students in our program, and I get to see first-hand lives being transformed. WOW!” said Crumbley.

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13087555_383250398512235_2517148250162013955_nThe Seminole Community Library at St. Petersburg College invites you to attend the third annual Pinellas Comic and Maker Con (PCMCon). It is the biggest comic convention in Florida’s most densely populated county and is for fans of comic books, gaming, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, costuming and maker culture. More than 4,000 people attended last year’s PCMCon convention. Event details include:


There will be exciting activities for people of all ages including costume contests, video and board gaming tournaments, and appearances by the Star Wars 501st Legion, the Real Tampa Bay Ghostbusters, and many others.

This convention has proven especially attractive to Pinellas residents who may not be able to attend other fan cons because of the distance or cost. Young adults, children and older fans alike will find something to enjoy. All events are free.

Dozens of local businesses and organizations will have booths to sell fan collectibles, promote upcoming events and share services and resources.

Attendees can expect:

  • costume contests
  • food trucks
  • live entertainment
  • a haunted nature trail
  • expert presentations on a variety of topics
  • movies
  • crafting and maker culture
  • displays themed around superheroes
  • sci-fi
  • anime
  • emerging technologies
  • gaming
  • collectible toys.

Science and technology geeks will get a look at the library’s new Innovation Lab that includes a 3-D printer built locally by FreeFab3D, robots, Arduino and Raspberry Pi kits, virtual reality headsets, littleBits Synth Kit, a DIY hologram viewer and more that the public can explore throughout the day. Other exhibitors specializing in “all things maker” will be on hand as well.


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David Brooks

David Brooks

Best-selling author and op-ed columnist David Brooks will be speaking at the Second Annual St. Petersburg College Foundation Distinguished Speaker Event at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at The Palladium Theater, 253 5th Ave. N. St. Petersburg.

As a widely acclaimed political and social analyst, David Brooks is a keen observer of the American way of life and a savvy commentator on present-day politics and foreign affairs. He has a gift for bringing audiences face-to-face with the spirit of our times with humor, insight and quiet passion.

  “We are very pleased to host Mr. Brooks at our second annual distinguished speaker event,” said SPC VP of Institutional Advancement Frances Neu. “Proceeds from the event will support student scholarships at SPC,” she said. “With more than 60 percent of our students relying on tuition assistance, attending this event is a particularly good investment – it’s the chance to hear one of the nation’s top commentators while helping to support the education of hard-working students.  It doesn’t get much better than that.”

Brooks holds several prestigious positions including op-ed columnist for The New York Times and analyst on the PBS NewsHour and NPR’s All Things Considered. Additionally, he appears regularly on NBC’s Meet the Press. His latest best-seller, The Road to Character, tells the story of ten great lives that illustrate how character is developed. In a society that emphasizes success and external achievement, The Road to Character is a book about inner worth.

Event tickets are $65 for orchestra seating and $55 for balcony seating. Tickets available at www.mypalladium.org or by calling the Palladium box office at 727-822-3590. For more information contact the SPC Foundation at 727-341-3302 or email foundation@spcollege.edu.

Event sponsors are: Raymond James; Bright House Networks; Cisco; Duke Energy; Merrill Lynch; LEMA Construction; Carroll Family Foundation; Ken and Sandee Cherven; John and JoAnn Nestor; Rothman Family Foundation; Creative Contractors Inc.; Gregory, Sharer and Stuart; Biltmore Construction; Jagged Peak. Media partners: Tampa Bay Times; WEDU; WUSF Public Media and Tampa Bay Business Journal.

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On Monday, August 22, Collaborative Labs at St. Petersburg College and Empower Adventures Tampa Bay will launch their new partnership by providing Habitat for Humanity Pinellas’ 45-person staff an unparalleled leadership and team building experience, together.

Collaborative Labs’ Executive Director Andrea Henning said, “We are thrilled to partner with such a strength-based organization like Empower Adventures Tampa Bay. We’ve spent the past decade designing and executing strategic-planning sessions for hundreds of unique organizations using our accelerated process and technology to accomplish in hours, what takes weeks or months using traditional methodologies. Gone are the days of the uber expensive strategic planning getaways for only the wealthiest companies; we provide affordable and customized solutions, and with EATB by our side, we are going to change the landscape together.”

According to Henning, Monday’s group from Habitat for Humanity Pinellas will build a Team Success Plan for the year at Collaborative Labs in the morning, and then they will reinforce the team experience and trust at Empower Adventures Tampa Bay in Oldsmar in the afternoon. The full day experience will result in increased team accountability and trust, as the Habitat for Humanity Pinellas’ Team takes action on implementing their success plan for the next year.

smalloogoEATB Founder and former Army Airborne Ranger Captain Joe DeRing said, “We have been searching the Bay Area for the right partner and feel that Collaborative Labs really fits the bill and connects our sense of adventure and empowerment. Our big differentiator is that we are not a theme park with thousands of visitors each day. Our location on the Mobbly Bayou Preserve inOldsmar is an ideal venue for the perfect eco-friendly team-building experience; and our leadership model is based on my years of survival training and individual empowerment.”

“Together, Collaborative Labs and Empower Adventures Tampa Bay will offer a high-engagement/high-impact program for any size business or organization wanting to tackle strategic planning and team building at the same time. Team consensus building and bonding opportunities happen in an informal setting around some pretty formal and important issues,” Henning added.

For more information on Collaborative Labs, please visit their website at www.collaborativelabs.com or call 727-341-3154. For more information on Empower Adventures Tampa Bay, please visit www.zipontampabay.com or call 813-448-5635.

About Collaborative Labs
Collaborative Labs facilitates organizational problem solving for companies and organizations ranging from a few people to large teams. Their unique approach incorporates interactive technology, strength-based techniques and real-time documentation to develop an actionable plan that produces tangible results. They carefully analyze each client’s needs and goals, and then synthesize their findings into a custom solution that ensures consensus, team building and accountability.

About Empower Adventures Tampa Bay
EATB’s mission is to empower teams and individuals to seek their highest potential. We achieve this mission by delivering powerful adventure experiences in beautiful settings that take people outside of their normal comfort zone. The course features five zip-lines and a 200-foot rope suspension bridge traversing the natural beauty of Oldsmar’s Mobbly Bayou Wilderness Preserve, near Bicentennial Park in the northwest Tampa suburb. Zip-liners begin the course by ascending a 60-foot tower, making it a great way to take in some amazing scenery – and perhaps conquer one’s fear of heights in the process.


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