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The MLK Day of Service Advisory Board in collaboration with St. Petersburg College has awarded approximately $200,000 to local organizations for service activities scheduled in connection with the Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday on Jan. 16, 2017.  With the help of State Representative, Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, this is the fifth year St. Petersburg College has received funds from the Florida Legislature for the St. Petersburg MLK Day of Service.  These projects will involve nearly 70 nonprofits, organizations and public agencies as part of the MLK Day of Service Advisory Board’s annual effort to transform the holiday into “A Day On, Not a Day Off.”

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The MLK Day of Service Advisory Board provides opportunities for groups, businesses, and people of all ages and backgrounds to serve their communities through a variety of one day and long term initiatives.  Working with nonprofits, faith-based groups, schools, and local agencies, the MLK Day of Service Advisory Board engages neighbors in meeting critical needs in education, health, the environment, public safety, economic opportunity, neighborhood revitalization and other areas.

The organizations and projects receiving funds are:

5000 Role Models of Gibbs High School and Melrose Elementary “Brother 2 Brother” Mentoring
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter St. Vincent de Paul South Pinellas (SVDPSP) Center of Hope Family Shelter – Family Room Transformation
Anointed Word Fellowship Transformed: Community Unity Day
Association of Naval Services Officers (ANSO) Salvation Army Sallie House Refresh
BETHEL AME HUMAN SERVICES AND EDUCATION FOUNDATION, INC. Community Health, Education and Uplift – A Day On
Bethel Metropolitan Baptist Church Young Lions and Daughters of Imani Multi-Generational Health Fair
Caring For Girls Academy Inc. Shakers and Movers Conference
CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse, Inc.) “May Your Days be Full of Promise and Your Nights Full of Peace”
Christ Gospel Church of St. Petersburg, Inc. Virginia M. Leonard Community Education Center (VMLCEC) Beautification
Churches United for a Healthy Congregation – A program of the James B. Sanderlin NFC Health Visionaries Making a Difference
Community EFX, Inc. Interfaith Bus Tour
Cross and Anvil Human Services, Inc. Cross and Anvil Helping the Homeless
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (St. Petersburg Alumnae Chapter) Historical Presentation: Hidden Figures Movie Premiere
Dyvine Appointments Salon and Hair Loss Clinic Targeting the World of Hair Loss-Alopecia Awareness Conference and Hair Show
Eta Rho Educational Services / Eta Rho Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Midtown Neighborhood Family Support Care Packages
Everyday Hero Project 3rd Annual Restocking Food Pantries Project
Excellerated Youth Care for Veterans
Faith House Florida, Inc. “Entrepreneurial Start-up for Homeless Veterans and Others”
Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences The Biggest Loser
Florida Dream Center, Inc Adopt-a-Block MLK Days
Fred G. Minnis Sr. Bar Association Bridge: Pro-Bono Program
Garden Florida Harvest Tools
Girlfriends and 5000 Role Models of Pinellas Park Middle School This Is Our Dream Youth Conference
Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County Habitat’s MLK Day of Service
Hair By Ahsile LLC Giving Back to the Needy
Happy Worker’s Learning Center Inc. Happy Worker’s Wellness Office
Healthy Start at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Healthy Start Infant Academy
HIV/AIDS ACTION COMMITTEE HIV/AIDS Awareness Project & Educational Seminars
Inspirational Ties Girls Inspired Seminar
K-H Edutainment Take A Stand! Show Some Love! Spread the Peace!
Lakewood Elementary School Bullying Awareness Week
Lawson Funeral Home- COLORS C.O.L.O.R.S. – Public Safety Workshop
Love the Golden Rule, Inc. Community Health and Wellness Fair
Melrose Elementary School Girlfriends & 5000 Role Models Hands on Melrose, Neighborhood Project
Meraki Beauti Helping Hands, Feeding Homeless Project
Mercy Keepers, Inc. Knapsacks of Nourishment
Midtown Celebrity Club, Inc. Realizing the American Dream, Home Ownership Workshop
Mt. Moriah Christian Fundamental Academy Neighborhood  Enhancement Project
Mt. Zion Human Services program, Sistahs Surviving Breast Cancer It’s A Family Affair Wellness Festival
My Daughter’s Keeper of Tampa Bay, Inc. Rally 4 Hope – Serving with Dignity, Humanity & Love
New Direction Career Services, Inc Cultivating Future Leaders through Service
NEW EXPRESSIONS GOING FORWARD, INC. A Day of Refreshing
New Hope Missionary Baptist Church Hope for The Homeless
Parent Support for Education Council, Inc S.T.E.M. Dream Box
Phoenix UPLIFT (Uplifting People Living in Fire Tragedy) Fire Safety Education
Pinellas Opportunity Council, Inc. Chore Services – Yard Work for the Elderly
SCLC OF PINELLAS Bring a Smile to Homeless
Sistahs of Compassion Supporting Cancer Survivors Inc. Caring for Cancer Survivors
Sofia Forte’s Catering Wholesome People (Health education)
Sparkly Clean Services, Inc. 2017 MLK Day of Service – Making our Neighborhood Sparkly Clean!
Spirit of Tampa Bay Community Choir Song Festival and Support for Displace Families
St. Petersburg Police Athletic League “Law and You” Hot Shot Contest
St. Petersburg Pregnancy Center /The Next STEPP Center Keeping Displaced Babies Safe Project
Suncoast Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. The Sow, Read and Grow Repository Project
Swiyyah Productions Inc. Live your dreams despite your disability
Tampa Bay Living Green/ Sustainable Urban Agriculture Coalition (SUAC) Urban Food Resilience Gardening Project
Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA Teen Achievers Service Project
The Clinic at 721, Inc. The Clinic at 721 teaching garden
The Deuces Live, Inc. Movies at the Royal and Family Fun Day
The Gathering of Women , Inc. The Dream Through Our Eyes media production
The Links, Incorporated,  St. Petersburg (FL) Chapter STEAM Festival
The Local Food Project/Local Food Park, Inc. R.A.I.N. – Reaping Abundance to Invigorate Next Generation/Nutrition
The Red Tent Women’s Initiative The Red Tent Women’s Initiative Garden Revitalization
Triumph Learning Center, LLC Gardening With A Mentor
Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg-UU’s Helping People Homeless Ministry UU Interfaith Picnic for People in Need
Venture House, a program of Bright Community Trust Inc Venture House: Neighborhoods History Project
WestCare GulfCoast Florida, Inc. WestCare – MLK Day Health & Wellness Fair
Williams Park Partnership All Rise! Criminal Justice Education
Workforce Solutions of Tampa Bay, Inc. Employability Skills Seminar
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated- Zeta Gamma Zeta Chapter Success Party, Care Packages for Needy

 

These projects include delivering meals to the needy, refurbishing schools and community centers, collecting food and clothing, signing up mentors, health education, promoting nonviolence, and more. The MLK Day of Service shines a spotlight on service as a powerful force to unite our community. The MLK Day of Service provides each of us with an opportunity to join neighbors and local leaders to tackle community challenges and strengthen our communities.

 

Go to www.spcollege.edu/mlkservice to find out how to get involved with service projects on MLK Day and learn more about the MLK Day of Service in St. Petersburg.

 

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The MLK Day of Service Advisory Board is a local group of citizens, community leaders and business professionals that leads the annual MLK Day of Service in St. Petersburg, in collaboration with St. Petersburg College. For more information or to sign up to volunteer visit our website: www.spcollege.edu/mlkservice or contact Dr. Shameka Jones, MLK Day of Service, Project Manager, at 727-341-4601 or jones.shameka@spcollege.edu

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Approximately 700 of St. Petersburg College’s 1,778 fall graduates crossed the stage at the two graduation ceremonies held Saturday, Dec. 10 at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks.

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SPC President Bill Law welcomed guests and celebrated the accomplishments of the many students who were graduating with honors.

“The graduation ceremony is a time to honor you – the graduates – as well as a time to honor those who have helped make this college the great institution it is today,” Law said.

This term’s youngest graduate is 17 years old and the oldest is 68 years old. Seventeen graduates were over the age of 60. Sixty-seven percent of the graduates were female.

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Lindsey Velde and Samantha Spoto addressed fellow graduates and guests during the 9:30 a.m. ceremony. Velde earned an Associate in Arts degree and Spoto earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology.

Jacob Thompson and Tara Hunter-Dexter addressed fellow graduates and guests during the 1 p.m. ceremony. Thompson is a dual enrollment student who earned an Associate in Science degree in Digital Arts, Media and Interactive Web Design. Dexter earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Services Administration.

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Thompson was the Web Arts and Visual Media (WAVE) Club president and managed many student video projects during his college career.

“I have given this a lot of thought and I’ve come to the conclusion that the entire point of college isn’t to teach us things to think about, but to instruct us on how to think about things,” Thompson said.

With this graduating class, St. Petersburg College has awarded 158,775 degrees since the college – Florida’s first community college – was founded in 1927.

At the 132nd commencement, SPC awarded:

  • 800 Associate in Arts degrees
  • 370 Associate in Science degrees
  • 237 Bachelor of Applied Science degrees
  • 314 Bachelor of Science degrees
  • 85 certifications

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Hunter-Dexter gave a moving speech that highlighted her triumphs through serious life challenges, including a stint of homelessness and the death of her mother.

“Throughout my academic career I’ve had some of the most motivating and compassionate instructors here at SPC and for that I am grateful. I’m also grateful for the (SPC) Foundation scholarships that were awarded to me during my time here at St. Petersburg College,” she said. “St. Petersburg College gave me the opportunity, in the midst of my adversity, and afforded me the tools and support needed to succeed. I’m proud to stand before you as a SPC graduate and a graduate of the Health Services Administration program.”

See photos and updates from commencement on the college’s Facebook page or at #spcgrad.

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summer16_spotlightSt. Petersburg College will hold its 132nd commencement ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Approximately 700 of the 1,778 fall graduates are expected to participate in the ceremonies.

The youngest graduate is 17 years old, the oldest is 68 years old and 17 graduates are over the age of 60. Sixty-seven percent of the graduates are female.

With this graduating class, St. Petersburg College will have awarded 158,775 degrees since the college – Florida’s first community college – was founded in 1927.

SPC will award:

  • 800 Associate in Arts degrees
  • 370 Associate in Science degrees
  • 237 Bachelor of Applied Science degrees
  • 314 Bachelor of Science degrees
  • 85 certifications

fall-2016-graduation-infographicLindsey Velde and Samantha Spoto will address fellow graduates and guests during the 9:30 a.m. ceremony. Velde will earn an Associate in Arts and Spoto a Bachelor of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology.

Jacob Thompson and Tara Hunter-Dexter will address fellow graduates and guests during the 1 p.m. ceremony. Thompson is a dual enrollment student who’s earning an Associate in Science in Digital Arts, Media and Interactive Web Design. Dexter will earn a Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Services Administration

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featured-300x126The St. Petersburg College Model UN team participated in the Florida Model United Nations Conference in Gainesville on Oct. 21-22. The conference allowed for students at Florida colleges and universities to discuss global issues and propose solutions to those issues. All but one of the SPC team was new to Model United Nations. The group discussed issues such as:

  • Implementing International Year of the Pulses (IYP) 2016
  • Protecting Women and Minorities in Armed Conflict: The Case of Yazidis in Iraq
  • Achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  • Combating Zika and Other Mosquito Viruses
  • Drugs and International Terrorism: Breaking the Links
  • Increasing Support Systems for Women in Agriculture

The group won the following awards:

  • The delegates representing Poland received Distinguished Delegation Award.
  • The delegates representing Japan received Honorable Delegation Award.
  • Maura Salac, representing Poland, received Outstanding Position Paper Award.

On Thursday, November 10, a team of 10 students will travel to Washington, DC, to participate in National Model United Nations Conference. The team will represent the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

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ftc2SPC’s Southeastern Public Safety Institute received a perfect audit for the 2014-15 year. The results were released to the college this week. At the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission’s meeting on Thursday, Nov. 3, St. Petersburg College was named one of six training centers out of 40 that received a perfect audit in the preliminary report.

The audit reviews the trust fund monies allocated to the training center, as well as the compliance of all class and recruit files kept during this time. The commission thanked the center for its “cooperation and assistance.”

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dr-law_preferred-photoAt this morning’s monthly Board of Trustees meeting, St. Petersburg College President Bill Law announced his resignation effective July 1, 2017.

“It’s been my pleasure to serve,” Law said.

In the coming weeks, the Board of Trustees will outline the process to ensure a smooth transition to new leadership. Faculty and staff were notified via email after the meeting.

“President Law has been instrumental in creating an environment at the College where student success is paramount,” said Board Chair Lauralee Westine. “While his leadership and friendship will be missed by our College community, our focus on student achievement will not waiver. We will be ever grateful for Dr. Law’s transformative dedication to St. Petersburg College.”

Law became St. Petersburg College’s sixth president on June 7, 2010. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from LeMoyne College and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Design and Management of Postsecondary Education from Florida State University.

Law previously served as president of Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College and Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Ill., and was the founding president of Montgomery College in suburban Houston. In his current and previous positions, Dr. Law has been well known as an advocate of economic and workforce development, student success and community outreach. He currently serves on multiple local, state and national boards.

His effort to increase student success has allowed him to work at state and national levels and has provided opportunities such as consulting with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Aspen Institute, providing expert testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives, and serving as a member of the Florida Task Force on Community College Baccalaureate Education. Dr. Law also serves as the Co-Chair of the SPC Strategic Issues Council, the core team for the Achieving the Dream Initiative.

Law was a vocal champion of the creation of the Douglas L. Jamerson, Jr. Midtown Center, which opened in St. Petersburg in August 2015 to high acclaim for its community focus and commitment to providing educational equity.

Under Law’s leadership and guidance, SPC was selected as one of only 30 community colleges in the nation to participate in the prestigious Pathways Project led by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). He also ushered in The College Experience, which was awarded the Chancellor’s Best Practices Award in 2014 and recognized as a Model of Excellence by University Business magazine in 2015 for its effectiveness in improving student success rates, particularly among First-Time-In-College (FTIC) students and especially FTIC minority males.

During his tenure at St. Petersburg College, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Eta Rho chapter, named him the 2012 Citizen of the Year. In 2013, the Chronicle of Higher Education featured him in a report that was part of a series called The Idea Makers: Ten Tech Innovators.

Board Member Deveron M. Gibbons called Law “a strong, capable, knowledgeable leader.”

“We are a better college because you came here. I remember your interview, here on this campus and you promised us that you were going to get certain things done…and you’ve done that,” Gibbons said. “I appreciate you and all that you’ve done.”

In a letter he presented to Board Chair Westine, President Law said that his “six and one-half years here has been fulfilling and rewarding” and assured the Board he would do everything in his power “to facilitate the process of finding the next president.”

“I only have good feelings for the work we’ve accomplished,” Law said. “For all of us there’s a time to move on.”

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best-vocational-trade-schoolsSt. Petersburg College has been recognized as one of the best online vocational trade schools in the nation by The Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org). As a leading resource for higher education and college accreditation information, the site released its annual ranking for the 2016-2017 school year, honoring St. Petersburg College as the #6 Best Online Vocational Trade School in the Nation.

“We wanted to highlight schools like St. Petersburg College, who are striving for excellence in education,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “These colleges offer an exceptional educational experience, upholding rigorous accreditation standards and showing an overall commitment to maximizing student success.”

In order for universities to qualify for this ranking they must hold public or private not-for-profit status and carry institutional accreditation. Top schools are determined by using a value-based methodology that analyzes more than a dozen qualitative and quantitative data points.

“St. Petersburg College prides itself on providing excellent educational opportunities for students to advance in their professions or move to new careers,” said Dr. Anne Cooper, SPC Senior Vice President of Instruction and Academic Programs. “From accounting to Veterinary Technician, our students online have a clear path from academics to careers.”

For a complete list of online vocational trade schools for 2016-2017 and more information on the methodology used to rank each school, visit the following page:

http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/vocational-trade-school/online/

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