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SPC-2016-Career-ExpoSt. Petersburg College’s Workforce Institute will host the 2016 Program Showcase and Career Expo on:

Participants can talk to faculty and staff about training and certification programs in manufacturing, information and innovative technologies, business and finance, healthcare, supply chain and international languages.

Additionally, participants can attend breakout sessions and mini courses to learn about funding resources to further their education and career.

This informative showcase is open to students, community partners, association members and the general public.

Topics will include:

  • Coaching for Success
  • Thriving in a Diverse Workspace
  • Bud to Boss: Navigating the Transition
  • Personal Empowerment: Taking the Initiative
  • Excel, Word and PowerPoint Tips and Tricks
  • Office 2016: New Features
  • Windows 10 Skills Update
  • The Basics of Saving and Investing
  • Ten Steps to Financial Success
  • Resources to Protect your Employees from an Active Shooter
  • Branding Yourself as a Business Leader
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (U.A.S.) Overview and Demonstration
  • Careers in Project Management and Project Management Hidden in Job Titles
  • Careers in Medical Assisting
  • Manufacturing: Quality Standards, Careers, job possibilities in Florida and earning certifications

Participating community partners and professional organizations include:

  • Suncoast Project Management Institute
  • Salvation Army
  • Goodwill
  • Clearwater Veterans Center
  • TB Drones and Hobbies
  • Encore
  • Suncoast Credit Union
  • Find My Perfect Job Podcast

For more information, contact Fred Tucker at tucker.fred@spcollege.edu.

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"Woman choosing food"

What’s really on your plate at the fancy restaurant you’ve chosen to celebrate that special occasion?  Was the grouper entrée truly locally-sourced? Is it really grouper, and is it truly fresh? How about the label on that cereal box in the grocery store? Is it actually gluten-free? Is it truly non-GMO?

The complex and confusing issue of food labeling will be the focus of a public forum presented by St. Petersburg College’s Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions on Wednesday, Aug. 31. Titled What’s on Your Plate? Food Labeling, from Seed to Fork, the forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at SPC’s Seminole campus, 9200 113th St. N. The forum is co-sponsored by Nature’s Food Patch, the Tampa Bay Times and WEDU Television.

Regular readers of the Tampa Bay Times know that the answers to the questions listed above may not necessarily be “yes,” despite what the menu or package labels say. In a provocative series titled Fork to Fable, Times’ food critic Laura Reiley exposed shocking disparities between what restaurants and farmers’ markets label their food items and the reality of where they came from and how they were produced. Reiley will lead a wide-ranging discussion of food labeling practices at the forum.

She will be joined by Katherine Miller, founding Executive Director of the Chef Action Network and Senior Director of Food Policy Advocacy at the James Beard Foundation; Robert Baugh, Chief Operating Officer of the Chiles Restaurant Group in Anna Maria, Fla.; and Ben King, owner/manager of King Family Farm in Bradenton, Fla. The moderator will be Dr. Amanda Gilleland, Academic Chair of the Department of Natural Science at St. Petersburg College.

With health-conscious consumers paying more attention to food additives, calories, nutritional value and sourcing, reading food labels has become an important part of the dining and grocery-shopping experience. But this attention to the content and quality of food comes at a time when the labels are increasingly being called into question. Reiley exposed widespread mislabeling by Tampa Bay-area restaurants and outdoor markets.

Consumer advocates also have written extensively about the veracity of labels on processed foods, asserting that labelling standards are so flexible and enforcement so lax that misrepresentation is a common practice of food processors.

Admission to the forum is free, but advance registration is required at solutions.spcollege.edu.

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Belinthia Berry, SPC Workforce Institute’s Program Director- Global Corporate College; Dr. James Connolly, Executive Director of SPC Workforce Institute; and Kathleen Waugh, SPC Workforce Institute, Corporate Training Client Account Representative

St. Petersburg College is one of only eight colleges recently awarded the title of “Outstanding College” for achieving an eighty-five percent completion rate on workforce training network Global Corporate College’s Standards of Good Practice Report Card.

SPC is one of the leading colleges in the Global Corporate College network. The announcement was made in July at the Global Corporate College Conference in Arizona.

In 2015, the college entered into an agreement to join GCC, a higher education network that helps corporations train their workforce to meet today’s needs. It currently is the largest human capital development network in the world. SPC is one of 44 colleges within this network that is committed to helping employers realize the full potential of their workforce. This unique collaboration provides the college with an unprecedented access to highly qualified subject matter experts and innovative curriculum in a wide array of training areas.

GCC provides the highest quality training and performance improvement support to employers worldwide. Founded by leaders of entrepreneurial colleges and universities, their unique organization leverages the best learning industry practices with the resources of accredited academic institutions. The network’s goal is to work in partnership with clients to provide learning support services that build a high performance workforce and enable employees at every level to contribute to their organization’s success.

Corporate training for your company

At the St. Petersburg College Workforce Institute, we proudly prepare innovative and customized training for individuals and organizations. Our training programs and certifications can range anywhere from providing leadership skills to earning Microsoft and project management certifications to training your staff how to be prepared in emergency situations such as a hurricane or active shooter situation.

We will help you assess any skills gaps, then work with you to provide customized training programs from our portfolio of services to address your most critical needs in improving your most valuable resource – your staff. We offer a variety of delivery options to help minimize impact to your workflow. Your team can use our industry standard training sites or, if time or travel are an issue, we’ll come to you.

For more information, call us at 727-341-4445.

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i-HPbHnLX-X3Since the announcement of the creation of St. Petersburg College’s state-of-the-art Midtown Center, some Midtown citizens expressed concerns about the college’s agenda for the previously abandoned property. But their fears were unfounded, said Dr. Kevin Gordon, Provost of the Douglas L. Jamerson, Jr. Midtown Center.

“Our only agenda is community partnership and providing high-quality educational opportunities to our local community,” Gordon said.

“All hands on deck”

Since the grand opening one year ago, more than 30 civic organizations, have collaborated with the college to impact St. Petersburg’s historical “Deuces” community, confirming Gordon’s belief that the Midtown Center serves as a community connector.

The Midtown Center has expanded the vision of St. Petersburg College’s Educational Ecosystem, a collaboration of Pinellas County educators who help elementary, middle and high school students successfully transition through grade levels and to inspire them to think about college at an early age. SPC’s students, faculty and staff mentored students at Melrose Elementary in hopes of providing a positive connection within the community.

“The St. Petersburg College Mentor Partnership has made a positive impact on the mentees at Melrose Elementary School by giving their time, commitment and building quality relationships with the students they served,” said Melrose Elementary Family and Community Liaison Demetrice Lane. (View the appreciation video, provided by Melrose Elementary, thanking St. Petersburg College and several volunteers for their support.)

Making a difference in the “Deuces” community has become a shared adventure among SPC and community leaders to revitalize the minds and well-being of the people.

“Our connections to the community is our way of reaching families to provide more than just an education,” said SPC Community Relations Coordinator La’Kesha O’Neal. “The partnerships we’ve established are a shared responsibility to mentor, collaborate and educate the community.”

According to Chuck Egerter, President of Deuces Live Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes revitalization to the 22nd Street South district, St. Petersburg College has already jumped in as a strong community partner.

“St. Petersburg College has been a partner of the Deuces Live Main Street since our organization relaunched in December 2011,” Egerter said. “Deuces business owners have been invited by the college as featured speakers, and SPC routinely allows the use of its’ facilities for workshops hosted by other community organizations.”

Faith-based community leader, Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, provides outreach services targeted to single mother’s at Midtown every second Tuesday of the month.

“It has been our desire to be centrally located in Midtown in efforts to meet with and provide services to the single mothers population,” said Outreach Leader Jewel Murphy. “St. Pete College allows the ministry to utilize the Midtown Center’s Community Room to execute this endeavor. The ministry participants appreciate the location and the warm reception that we receive upon our entry there.”IMG_5947-X3

“Transforming property to new economic opportunities”

The original 10,000-square-foot Midtown Center at 1048 22nd St. S., opened in 2003 as part of a $2 million St. Petersburg Housing Authority’s HOPE VI project.

In 2012, as demand for classes and community involvement grew, SPC’s Board of Trustees approved a $14 million expenditure to build the new three-story building on land leased from the City of St. Petersburg. The new center includes multiple classrooms, two science labs, three computer labs, a book store, a community room and a career center.

Shortly after opening in August 2015, St. Petersburg College received the 2015 EPA Brownfield Phoenix Award for being an innovative leader in solving critical environmental problems by transforming the abandoned property into a productive site for new economic and community opportunities and assets.

The new campus is named in honor of the late Douglas L. Jamerson, Jr., a longtime legislator and a Florida Commissioner of Education. Jamerson, a graduate of St. Petersburg College, was one of the most prominent politicians in the state of Florida and a fierce advocate for education.

“The first-year of operations at the Douglas L. Jamerson, Jr. Midtown Center has been filled with excitement,” said Dr. Gordon. “We have experienced a tremendous amount of community engagement and look forward to countless more opportunities to partner with our friends in Midtown.”

 

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About 300 graduates of St. Petersburg College crossed the stage during the 131th Commencement Ceremony at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks on Saturday, July 23.

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A total of 1,030 students earned 1,046 degrees from SPC this term, President Bill Law told the crowd of well-wishers. Graduates ranged in age from 17 to 72, with 15 graduates over the age of 60. Check out all the graduation stats.

With this graduating class, the college has awarded 156,574 degrees since the college was founded in 1927.

Among other milestones, since 1927 SPC celebrated the following:

  • 122,737 associate degrees
  • 9,906th baccalaureate graduate
  • 2,406thbaccalaureate nursing graduate
  • 1,071th baccalaureate elementary education teacher graduate
Sane Haidara

Sane Haidara

Sane Haidara, an international student from Timbuktu, Mali, address fellow graduates and guests.

“I encourage you, graduates of today, to use the skills and knowledge you learned at SPC to help your communities through civic engagement,” Haidara said. “By doing so, you will not only make a difference in the world but you will also feel a sense of great accomplishment.”

At St. Petersburg College, Haidara served as the vice president of SPC’s ICMA (City/County Management Association and received the 2016 Most Engaged International Student award. He participated in Phi Theta Kappa, the American and Arabic Cultural Association and served as the former president of the International Club. Haidara’s mother has traveled to St. Petersburg from their home in Mali to see her son graduate.

Also addressing guests, Darcy Warms, who is graduating with her Associate in Arts degree.

“SPC helped me academically and personally, faculty was always there for me,” said Warms. “We all fail sometimes, we are all humans. All we can do is grow from our mistakes.”

See more photos from the event on the college’s Facebook page or look at the event Tagboard with posts and pictures from the graduations and their family and friends.

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Summer16_HeroSt. Petersburg College will hold its 131st commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 23 at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Approximately 300 of the 1,030 summer graduates are expected to participate in the ceremony.

Sane Haidara, an international student from Timbuktu, Mali, will address fellow graduates and guests. He will earn a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy Administration with a 3.3 GPA.

Haidara has overcome many hardships to study in the United States. His family was forced to flee Mali due to political unrest in the country and lost their livelihood. His family has only recently returned to Mali to try to start over. In Mali, Haidara had his own business as a tour guide and saved up enough money to begin his studies.

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SPC’s 2016 Summer Graduation by the numbers

At St. Petersburg College, Haidara served as the vice president of SPC’s ICMA (City/County Management Association and received the 2016 Most Engaged International Student award. He participated in Phi Theta Kappa, the American and Arabic Cultural Association and served as the former president of the International Club. Haidara’s mother has traveled to St. Petersburg from their home in Mali to see her son graduate.

“At St. Petersburg College, I was able to gain leadership and community service skills, which I believe will allow me to help the people of Mali address the issues such as malnutrition, illiteracy, and instability,” Haidara said. “SPC has made me feel at home and I was welcomed as a valuable member of the college community.”

Also addressing guests will be Darcy Warms, who is graduating with her Associate in Arts degree.

With this graduating class, St. Petersburg College will have awarded 156,574 degrees since the college – Florida’s first community college – was founded in 1927. The youngest graduate is 17 years old, the oldest is 72 years old and 15 graduates are over the age of 60. Fifty-nine percent of the graduates are female.

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About 80 people witnessed the groundbreaking on Thursday, July 21, for the Clearwater East Community Library at St. Petersburg College’s Clearwater Campus. Dr. Stan Vittetoe gave opening remarks and welcomed faculty, students and guests.

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“I’m so glad this day has come,” Senior VP Instruction and Academic Programs Dr. Anne Cooper said. “This library is a learning hub for our students and community.”

Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos talked about the impact a library has in the community. “The college and the city have worked really hard for this day,” Cretekos said. “The library has always been important to the community and vital to students.”

Student SGA Representative Courtney Kent described the new facility as “a safe place for the imagination to grow.”

The state-of-the-art, two-story building will be an open-space concept and will replace the existing facility, which was built in 1964. The $15 million library will house more than 90,000 electronic and print books.

SPC operates two other joint-use libraries in Pinellas County with the cities of St. Petersburg and Seminole. Both are thriving facilities where students and community members share access to an expanded range of resources. A joint-use library is a place where patrons can discover new ideas and enjoy cultural enrichment opportunities while students can focus on their academic pursuits.

Dr. Shannon Ulrich, a representative of the Faculty Governance Organization at SPC, gave closing remarks. “We believe a vast amount of knowledge will be cultivated at this site.”

 

 

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