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SPC graduate Bryan Calhoun works at LumaStream, an LED manufacturing company in St. Petersburg.

SPC graduate Bryan Calhoun works at LumaStream, an LED manufacturing company in St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg College joins the Florida Department of Education in celebrating Florida Career and Technical Education Month. In honor of the observance, Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued a proclamation that highlights career and technical education opportunities throughout the state.

SPC’s workforce associate degrees and certificate programs prepare workers for jobs that are among the fastest growing in a number of industries. It is one of 12 state and community colleges in the state that are part of the Florida TRADE Consortium, delivering accelerated training that leads to internships and jobs in manufacturing.

According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Employment Projections Data, by the year 2022 Pinellas County employment in the following careers is expected to grow by the following estimated percentage:

The college also offers training programs for nearly half of the jobs listed in The 100 Best Jobs of 2015 report by US News & World Report.

According to the Florida Department of Education, more than 500,000 Florida students are enrolled in secondary and postsecondary career and technical education programs and job preparation programs.

“It’s critical that we provide Florida students a high-quality education that will prepare them for the jobs of the 21st century,” Scott said. “Career and technical education programs across the state are helping our students gain the skills and training they need to be successful now and in the future. Increased funding will help our schools better respond to the workforce needs in their communities.”

In January, Scott announced the 2015-16 “Keep Florida Working” budget proposal, which includes a $30 million for a new STEM-focused occupation workforce training initiative and $5 million to incentivize $10,000 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees at state colleges.

It has been a focus of SPC to make higher education more affordable and results-oriented. In November 2012, the college became the first state college to accept the “Governor’s $10,000 Degree Challenge” and created a $10,000 tech management degree program.

The governor’s proposed budget also includes a $41 million tax cut for college textbooks and an expansion to the Bright Futures Scholarship program. The January 2015 Florida College System newsletter says the price of college textbooks has continued to increase over the years, often exceeding $100 per book, and estimates that a student taking five courses per term will save, at minimum, $60 per year.

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Professor Sandy Campbell, PhD, RN and her Professional Roles class (first course in the RN-BSN program) co-created a code of conduct using concepts and principles from Dr. Cynthia Clark, author of the book, Civility in Nursing, and the work of Joe Tye, the Values Coach ("Pickle Pledge").

St. Petersburg College Professor Sandy Campbell, PhD, RN and her Professional Roles class (first course in the RN-BSN program) co-created a code of conduct using concepts and principles from Dr. Cynthia Clark, author of the book, Civility in Nursing, and the work of Joe Tye, the Values Coach (“Pickle Pledge”).

In class, the students first ranked civil behaviors (from Clark and their course syllabus) then combined them with Tye’s pledge. They chose to focus on positive or civil behaviors rather than negative or uncivil behaviors, and included the SPC commitment to complete bracelet statement, thus the “Positive Pickle Pledge Plus”.

Students signed individual pledges that they kept and the large poster shown here with Dr. Campbell, center front row.

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Patricia Price Sattler met her husband, Manny, as part of her work with paraplegic veterans during World War II.

For the next 25 years, a new scholarship in honor of a former World War II Army nurse will help a single parent who is a student at St. Petersburg College pursue the dream of a nursing degree.

The Pat Sattler RN Nursing Scholarship, established at the St. Petersburg College Foundation, honors Patricia Price Sattler, who died in 2011 at the age of 88. In 1942, she joined the Army Nurses Corp. She was assigned to Cushing Army Hospital, a major center for the rehabilitation of injured GIs.

She became an evening charge nurse in the paraplegic unit, where she met and fell in love with her husband, Manny, who had suffered a spinal cord injury when his tank was blown up in Germany.

After the war, her husband became one of the founders of the Wheelchair Basketball League, which traveled the country performing in exhibitions.

She was proud of the Army nursing service. When they moved to Florida, she continued her nursing career at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, where she remained for 25 years until she retired at the age of 70. She retained a love for the “old school” nursing caps, starched white uniforms and polished white shoes. Her nursing students considered her formidable, even though she stood just 5 feet tall.

The scholarship honors her proud service in the Army and civilian life.

Applications for scholarships offered by the St. Petersburg College Foundation are being accepted through Sept. 27. For information on this and other foundation scholarships, contact the foundation.

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Museums have long been essential pillars in America’s educational infrastructure. But, increasingly, museums of all types and sizes — including the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art on the Tarpon Springs Campus at St. Petersburg College — are integral to U.S. health care in a variety of ways.

LRMA’s initiative, ArtHaven, is a free, weekly art therapy program for adolescents experiencing mental health, developmental or social challenges. Since 2004, the museum’s program has provided a licensed art therapist who works with children through the Chi Chi Rodriguez Academy and PEMHS (Personal Enrichment through Mental Health Services). Patti Buster, LRMA’s Education Coordinator, oversees the program which has been operational since 2004, and notes that grants have enabled this important work, including funding from the Pinellas Community Foundation, the Silverberg Endowment for Academic Excellence and the Maren Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

LRMA’s program was documented in a new report, “Museums on Call: How Museums are Addressing Health Issues,” released by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). The full report, including a state-by-state appendix of examples, is available.

“This report showcases just one of the many ways museums have become essential community assets and service-providers,” said AAM President Ford W. Bell. “In addition to conserving and exhibiting our natural, scientific, cultural and historic heritages, museums also meet urgent community needs, and in today’s America health care is very much at the forefront of our field’s commitment to public service. On June 17th, the Alliance organized a congressional briefing where museum colleagues presented their stories on how they are addressing healthcare issues in Washington, D.C.

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Health Services Administration

If you have previous training in a health field and want to move up in your career, St. Petersburg College’s Health Services Administration bachelor’s degree can be your ticket. Conveniently designed for working professionals, the program features:

  • Classes offered online
  • Scheduled in eight-week mods
  • Specialized concentrations for YOUR background

Learn more at June 26 Info Session

Meet our faculty and get information about our bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration.Wednesday, June 26, 5:30-7 p.m. Caruth Health Education Center, Room 177.

Get started now!

  1. Explore career data and program details at www.spcollege.edu/hsa
  2. RSVP online for June 26 info session

Call us with your questions at 727-341-3687.

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Community health care stakeholders recently gathered at St. Petersburg College’s Collaborative Labs to work with Dr. Claude Dharamraj, Director of the Pinellas County Department of Health, to develop the Pinellas County Community Health Improvement Plan for 2013-2017.

Among the many participants were community leaders:

  • Beth Houghton, Executive Director, St. Pete Free Clinic
  • Denise Kerwin, Director of Continuing Education, St. Petersburg College
  • Gary Hendrickson, Health Information Technology Professional, Paperfree Free Florida USF Health

Working collaboratively through the morning resulted in a robust strategic plan consisting of 12 goals, assigned with champions, time frames and metrics in the areas of access to care, behavioral health, health promotion and disease prevention, and healthy communities and environments.  The Collaborative Labs accelerated process made this possible in less than half a day.

Follow Collaborative Labs on Facebook or on Twitter with #spcolabs.

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openhouseLearn about St. Petersburg College’s bachelor’s degree in nursing on Friday, May 31, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Caruth Health Education Center Library, 7200 66th Street N., Pinellas Park.

  • Spend time with the advisors, faculty and dean
  • Tour our state-of-the-art simulation center
  • Speak with current students in the program

SPC’s R.N. to B.S.N. completion program has been equipping nurses to advance their career by earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing for 10 years.

RSVP online at www.spcollege.edu/bsn or call 727-341-3172.

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