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Katherine Cole

Recently Governor Scott announced the appointment of Katherine E. Cole as the newest St. Petersburg College Trustee.

Cole will join the board alongside Chair Bill Foster, Vice-Chair Nathan Stonecipher and Trustee Deveron Gibbons.

Cole, of Belleair, is an attorney with Hill Ward Henderson, where her practice primarily involves representing real estate owners in the development of commercial projects and residential subdivisions. Her practice areas also include land use and zoning, real estate acquisition and development and governmental relations.

Cole earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee in 1995, and her Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law in 2007.

Cole has been an active community member in Pinellas County, and is currently the Chair-Elect for the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce. She is also a former member of both the City of Clearwater Business Task Force and the Charter Review Committees for the City of Clearwater and Pinellas County.

Additionally, Cole currently serves on the Board of Directors for Morton Plant Mease Hospital. Since 2009 Cole has served on the Omelette Party committee, an annual fundraising event for The Arc Tampa Bay Foundation. In 2013, Cole co-chaired the event.

Cole fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term that began March 24 and ends May 31, 2017.

16797583_10155694708648368_4069859960415698559_oSt. Petersburg College will host Explore SPC week from 2-7 p.m. March 27-30. Attendees can explore campuses and degrees and training programs. The $40 application fee will be waived.

SPC’s faculty and staff, including the college’s nationally certified advisors will be on hand to assist with career choices as well as completing the FAFSA application.

The event will be held:

  • Monday, March 27, Midtown Campus, 1300 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg.
  • Tuesday, March 28, St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, 6605 Fifth Ave. N.
  • Wednesday, March 29, Clearwater Campus, 2465 Drew St. and Downtown Campus, 244 Second Ave. N.
  • Thursday, March 30, Seminole Campus, 9200 113th St. N, and Tarpon Springs Campus, 600 Klosterman Rd.

During Explore SPC week, attendees can learn more about FUSE, a new partnership with the University of South Florida System, which guarantees admission into certain bachelor’s degree programs at a USF System institution for eligible students who first complete their associate degree at SPC within three years and with the requisite grade point average.

FUSE advisors will be on hand during Explore SPC at all campuses and will also hold the following info sessions:

  • 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 27, Midtown Center, Lobby.
  • 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, SS Building.
  • 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, Downtown Center, Lobby.
  • 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, Clearwater Campus, ES Building.
  • 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, Seminole Campus, UPC Building.
  • 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, Tarpon Springs Campus, Lyceum Building.

For more information, visit spc.edu/explore.

tarpon-springs-community-resource-fairSt. Petersburg College’s Tarpon Springs Campus will host its first Annual Community Resource Fair on Feb. 25.

There will be more than 30 vendors providing employment assistance, financial aid workshops and children’s activities. Representatives from Pinellas County Veterans Services as well as Social and Human Services will also be in attendance.

The college will waive the application fee for individuals who complete an SPC application this Saturday.

The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art will offer free admission to the museum.  There will be lots of giveaways including $1,200 worth of gift cards, donated by the Tarpon Springs Rotary. In addition, there will be refreshments at the event as well as complimentary shuttles provided by Friendly Kia.

The event, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., will be held in the Agora Courtyard, at 600 Klosterman Rd., Tarpon Springs. The fair will include:

  • Waiver of SPC’s $40 application fee
  • Employee assistance table
  • Financial Aid workshops
  • Children’s activities
  • Financial services  
  • Health Care services
  • Social and Human services
  • School supply refresh/book giveaway for students

For more information, contact Coleen Ghozali at ghozali.colleen@spcollege.edu or 727-712-5477.

Men 12 to 50-plus attended the 5th Annual Keys to Manhood – A Seminar for Men at the St. Petersburg College Allstate Center on Saturday, Feb. 11.

Keys to Manhood2017 - Louis Murphy Jr

The seminar is an inspiring program to prepare men to go from college to successful career.

This year’s event featured breakout sessions on overcoming legal obstacles, athletics as a road to college, a financial literacy clinic, the inspiring story of SPC student Ernest Gant and a career workshop. The event was sponsored by TransAmerica and GTE Financial. Professional football player and noted philanthropist Louis Murphy Jr. provided the keynote address.

During his speech, Murphy touched on many of the challenges in his own life.

In high school, he ranked 32nd among wide receivers, and the coach told Murphy that he would never play. That prompted Murphy to try harder. He looked for football camps and sent out letters and highlight tapes of his plays. He cut yards to pay for college application fees. He talked about the shame of losing his scholarship and the challenge of working his way through college and holding down a job.

“No matter where you are in life, don’t let anyone or anything deter you from your dreams,” Murphy said.

There has never been a more important time to support young men and help them achieve their dreams.

Since 1995, the rate at which men are graduating college is in decline. Men’s participation in the labor force and in the professions are also in decline. According to a 2016 study by the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, “prime-age male labor force participation has been falling for more than a century,” and that “men between the ages of 25 and 54 are increasingly disconnected from the labor market.” As low-wage, low-skill jobs disappear to automation and baby boomers move into the retirement, the decline could become a crash. Unemployed men are more likely to suffer from poverty, adverse health and legal difficulties. In contrast, the unemployment rate for college graduates is less than half that of those with only a high school diploma. They will make an average of twice as much in their first weekly check and are more likely to be in a career track job. A strong, supportive community of mentors and peers is key to male academic and professional success.

The connections made at this year’s Keys to Manhood pave the way for a better life. Thanks to the members of Men Achieving Excellence club, college staff and the community, young men who attended Saturday’s event get a chance to start out on the right foot.

St. Petersburg College will host two community forums to discuss the college’s search for a new president. The public is invited to attend to give input into the attributes and qualifications they wish to see in presidential candidates.

The forums will be held:

  • 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, Tarpon Springs Campus, Room FA 132, 600 Klosterman Rd.
  • 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, Douglas L. Jamerson, Jr. Midtown Center, 1300 22nd S, St. Petersburg.

The forums are intended to inform the work of the Board of Trustees (BOT) as it finalizes the job description for a new president. SPC is seeking applicants for its seventh president after current president Bill Law announced his retirement – effective July 1 – in November. 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 December, at a special Board of Trustees meeting, the BOT created a 13-member Presidential Search Committee that includes current and former trustees, community members, students, faculty and staff. Former BOT Chair Terry Brett is chairing the search committee, and the nationwide search is being led by Dr. Jeff Hockaday, the college’s search consultant.

Once the forums are held and feedback is received, the BOT will finalize the job description and advertise the position. Brett, Hockaday and Faculty Governance Organization (FGO) President Dr. Rich Mercadante will review all of the applications before narrowing a list to about 20 candidates for examination by the search committee. In the next phase, committee members will narrow the list to about 10 candidates, who will all be asked to submit an 8-minute video responding to questions posed by the committee.

The committee will review the videos and present the BOT with a list of 4-6 finalists. Each finalist will come to SPC for a two-day visit, in which they will visit with a variety of stakeholders. Committee members will make final recommendations and Trustees will vote on the final selection.

Please visit the college’s presidential search website for updates.

newsite-newsblogWe are excited to announce that our new public website for prospective students and the community will launch Monday, Feb. 20! This is the first of a three-part project aimed at tailoring our online information to three distinct audiences:

  1. Prospective students and the community
  2. Current students (student portal)
  3. SPC employees (intranet site)

The new site has an intuitive, mobile-friendly design so you can find what you need to know from any device.

Why Choose SPC?

The new site was designed to provide prospective students with timely, relevant information about what they need to know as they are exploring and applying to SPC including:

  • Why thousands choose SPC to build their dreams
  • Details on our more than 100 industry-based degrees and training programs
  • How to apply to SPC
  • How to apply for financial aid

Connecting with our friends and partners

The site will also have information that is pertinent to our community friends and partners like:

  • How to hire an SPC intern or graduate
  • Giving to, and partnering with, the SPC Foundation
  • Sharing your expertise through our advisory committees
  • Volunteering at SPC
  • SPC’s leadership and history
  • High school and summer programs

Starting Feb. 20, the new site will be located at www.spcollege.edu. Current students, faculty and staff will be able to access information pertinent to them through other channels, including the student portal, MySPC, and other web pages reserved for their usage.

Students, faculty and staff are receiving email communications regarding the changes, as well as information posted on appropriate platforms.

NFL veteran wide receiver Louis Murphy Jr. will give the keynote address at St. Petersburg College’s fifth annual Keys to Manhood – A Seminar for Men. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 at the SPC Allstate Center, 3200 34th St. S., St. Petersburg. The seminar is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.

keys-to-manhood-louis-murphyKeys 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
  • Calling all Athletes
  • From Dropout to Knock
  • Be the King of your Finances
  • Career Decisions

Louis Murphy Jr. is an NFL veteran wide receiver, who is passionate about impacting the lives of youth and ensuring they have an opportunity to learn from his experiences. Louis is often honored for his philanthropic work in the Tampa Bay community, where he has served 5,000+ youth after starting 1st Downs 4 Life. First Downs 4 Life seeks to empower and inspire youth by providing opportunities that assist them in making positive choices.

Register online at www.spcollege.edu/max by Feb. 3. This event is presented by Transamerica.