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FAPSC Professional Membership

FAPSC offers an individual Professional Membership that is open to all employees of a FAPSC school or associate member.  This membership was designed to help keep your entire staff in direct communication with FAPSC.  Download an application today!

FAPSC Board of Directors

Dean Bartness, President

Linda Weldon, President Elect

Mark Gutmann, Past President

Joe Hardiman, Treasurer

Randy Proto, Secretary

Jorge Alfonso
Gil Bonwitt
Nancy Bradley
Richard Covington, Jr.
Peter Crocitto
Walt Kirby
William Polmear
Jay Ober
Nancy Rodriguez
Mitch Talenfeld
Chris Tilley
Melissa Wade
Claire Walker 

FAPSC Executive Staff

Curtis Austin, Executive Director

Wanda Minick, Deputy Executive Director/Member Services 

Katie Allan, Director of Continuing Education 

Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges  

FAPSC provides leadership, support and advocacy for quality career education. 


Register Now for FAPSC Day at the Capitol, March 11- 12, 2013, in Tallahassee, FL 

Tell members of the Florida Legislature about your program successes and educate them on the challenges you face in Florida's Career College sector.  Let's advocate to keep all higher education on an even and level playing field.

Join members of FAPSC on March 11-12, 2013, in Tallahassee, FL to share your student success stories and how this sector of education is part of the workforce solution in Florida.

 Program Highlights:

 March 11
5:30 p.m. Learn the "art" of advocacy by attending our orientation. Meet with other participants and attend an informative pre-Hill visit briefing,  as well as a networking reception.

 March 12
Attend scheduled appointments with Legislators and their staff to talk about how our sector is a workforce engine and a great bargain for the taxpayers, and ask how we can help them.

Deadline to R.S.V.P is February 25th. Use this link to view more details about this event as well as reserving your spot.

Graduates, Students and Employer advocates are welcome to attend.

FAPSC Scheduled to Host 2nd Nursing Workshop

The FAPSC Nursing Committee has schduled another Nursing Workshop event on February 20, 2013, at the Hilton Orlando | Altamonte Springs. This Workshop is geared to assist schools with nursing programs in the State of Florida.  We have a schedule full of innovative and informative speakers that will help you prepare students with testing taking methods, best practices on exam day, and ways to improve outcomes in the classroom.

Regular registration has ended. However you can still come the day of the event and register.  On-site fees are $230 - FAPSC Member Rate or $285 - Non-Member Rate.

Event Location: Hilton Orlando | Altamonte Springs located at 350 S. Northlake Blvd., Altamonte Springs, FL 32701. If you have any question about this event you may contact the FAPSC office at (850) 577-3139 or via email

Download a copy of the program here.  For more details about this event plus others download the FAPSC App and stay informed.

Forgot to Make Plans to Attend FAPSC Central Conference?  You can Register On-Site

FAPSC wants you to know that if you forgot to register before the February 12th deadline that's okay!  You can still attend either of these two events by registering on-site.  

 ♦ Administrator Conference – Thursday, February 21, 2013
 ♦ Faculty Conference – Friday, February 22, 2013

Conference Venue: Hilton Orlando | Altamonte Springs located at 350 S. Northlake Blvd., Altamonte Springs, FL 32701.

If you have any question about this event you may contact the FAPSC office at (850) 577-3139 or via email

Eight (8) CEUs may be earned by attending each conference in its entirety.

For additional details download the FAPSC App.

How to Log-into the FAPSC Website to Renew and Access Member Benefits

Do you know how to access the "Members Only Center?" Do you know how to determine when your  membership expires?  If not, then click the links below and watch theses informative videos regarding how to access such information.  Each video will walk you through the steps to discover what your renewal date is as well as provide you the information needed to complete the renewal process online, how to access free member benefits, locate other colleagues in your area plus so much more. 

How to Log into the FAPSC Website

How to Renew your FAPSC Membership

If you experience any issues or have questions, please don't hesitate to contact the FAPSC office at (850) 577-3139 or Wanda Minick via email:

Free Resources Available through your FAPSC Membership

2013 Conference Sponsors

Frontier Sponsor



 Lantern Sponsor


 Campfire  Sponsor

Compass Sponsor

S'More Sponsor


Scout Sponsor

 Fire Fly Sponsor

Bisk Education

Bob L. Harris, Messer Caparello Law Firm


Dow Lohnes PLLC


Lippincott Williams & Wilkins / Wolters Kluwer Health

Salmon Sims Thomas & Associates PLLC

Vision Healthcare Staff Managment

World Web Partners, Inc.

Everyone likes freebies! Take advantage of your FAPSC membership free benefit.

Learning Express is an on-line repository of tools for students, and is available to you free of charge through your FAPSC (Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges) membership. All you need to do is contact Learning Express Customer Services team directly at 800-295-9556 Ext. 2 or at to get your subscription activated on your school’s web-site. 

The LearningExpress library helps students overcome test – taking anxiety by allowing them to take multiple practice exams so they can familiarize themselves with timed test, raise their test scores and feel more confident. The library has plethora of e- books, practice tests, and skill based tutorials that can be used as learning supplements in the classroom which can be downloaded and/or saved for access multiple times.

The Job & Career Accelerator guides students each step of the way to search for a career, seek job opportunities, building their cover letters, resumes, and a step by step guide preparing them for the interview and during the interview process, completing a job application and what to do after they received that job.

Please take advantage of these powerful tools available to you and your students by calling today to have your account activated.

If your school is not a FAPSC member and would like to learn more about this FREE subscription to LearningExpress Library and Job and Career Accelerator please contact Wanda Minick at (850) 577-3139 or via email
5 Benefits of Service Learning Programs

This article was contributed by Robert Starks Jr., Vice President of Learning Initiatives with MaxKnowledge, Inc.

Service learning programs represent a unique learning model with benefits for multiple constituents including the students who participate in such programs, the recipients of the service efforts, and the hosting community. What are some of the benefits of service learning programs that can be realized?

1. Expands community relationships - Just like any organization; schools operate within a business ecosystem in which an institution is supported by a foundation of interdependent organizations and individuals. Service learning programs require that schools develop relationships with their fellow community partners to produce mutually beneficial outcomes. Through service learning programs, the school can become a more active and more significant part of the ecosystem in which it operates.

2. Transfer knowledge and skills from the classroom to the community – Service learning programs engage students in real and positive ways and allows students to “practice” their skills under supervision while expanding their expertise and enhancing their resumes.

3. Promotes teamwork and civic duty - Collaboration provides experience in the challenges of working with individuals and groups that come from diverse settings. Additionally, service learning promotes the concept of civic duty and active involvement in one’s community to help others.

4. Service learning programs generate emotional consequences - Students are invested in the program and are being “counted on” by the community partner who has a real-world stake in the outcome. This creates emotional consequences which can enhance commitment to the learning activity.

5. Involves students in problem solving in the specific context of the service activity and the community - Service learning programs enable students to addresses complex problems in real-world settings rather than in isolation in controlled academic settings. The real world application of skills helps provide practical experience invaluable to a students’ career preparation.

If you are interested in learning more about service learning programs, ED121 - Creating Service Learning Opportunities for Career College Students, is a new course available in our Online Training Center at

College Goal Sunday Volunteer Registration is now open!

CGS events, located throughout the state of Florida the weekend of February 23-24, will provide students and parents with free assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

If you are interested in applying to become a volunteer, please complete the online application no later than February 18, 2013. 

Find out more on their website

FAPSC 2013 Annual Awards Program
Is there someone at your campus that makes it a better place to work, learn and thrive? Why not let FAPSC know about the amazing things happening at your campus!

We have tons of awards categories and sub-categories just waiting for you to submit a nomination and recognize someone’s great work. As an additional bonus all nominators who submitted nominations before March 31, 2013, will automatically be entered to win one FREE Annual Conference registration. Submit an awards nomination today!  

Career Services
Financial Aid (The Rickie Knobel Award)
Student Services (The Gail Benjamin Award)

Degree Granting Accredited Institution
Degree Granting Non-Accredited Institution
Non-Degree Seeking Accredited Institution
Non-Degree Seeking Non-Accredited Institution

Graduate of a Degree Granting Institution
Graduate of a Non-Degree Granting Institution

Accredited Institution
Non-Accredited Institution

Have You Visited our Member News Section Recently?

Smart Horizons Career Online Education and ed2go Announce Newest Bridge to Start High School Partnership with Platt College

February 12, 2013

Pensacola, FL - Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) and ed2go are pleased to announce that Platt College has become the newest partner in the Bridge to Start high school program.

SHCOE is the world's first AdvancED/SACS accredited online school district, offering an instructional program that enables students to earn an 18-credit high school diploma and a credentialed career certificate in one online program. A division of Cengage Learning, ed2go is a leading provider of online courses for adult and continuing education students with over 2 million students enrolled in various courses.

Full Sail University Announces Graduate Results for The 55th Annual GRAMMY® Awards

February 11, 2013

WINTER PARK, FL, – Full Sail University is proud to announce that 18 graduates worked on 13 GRAMMY®-winning projects across 14 categories at the 55th Annual GRAMMY® Awards, which aired live from the Staples Center on CBS, Sunday, February 10, 2013.

In total, 61 Full Sail graduates were credited on 47 artists’ projects that were nominated in 36 separate categories. Of these 61 graduates, two were personally recognized.

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Margaret Mary Carlson (Marge) passed away on Thursday, January 31, 2013, at 3:15 pm. In 1976, Marge co-founded Apollo College, a post-secondary Allied Health school, in Phoenix, Arizona. Marge was a continuous owner of Apollo College until the sale of 7 nationwide campuses to U.S. Education Corporation on December 1, 2003. Following her retirement, Marge kept her larger-than-life personality focused in health education by speaking at school conferences, mentoring others new to education, and donating her time as a member of the Board at BHHS Legacy Foundation in Phoenix, AZ. She felt so proud of her connection to the many, many great associates and allies from private education including school owners and leaders, the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), and the Career College Association (CCA).  You can read her obituary in full click here.

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Upcoming Events

February 2013

18- State Board of Education Meeting Schedule, Orlando, FL 

20- FAPSC Nursing Workshop, Altamonte Springs, FL

21-22- FAPSC Central Conference, Altamonte Springs, FL 

23-24- College Goal Sunday, FL 

25- Private Career Colleges and Schools, Atlanta, GA

27- Miami Faculty Job Fair, Miami Lakes, FL 

March 2013

05- 2013 Florida Legislative Session

11-12- FAPSC Day, Tallahassee, FL 

13- The Commission for Independent Education Meeting, TBA

Please visit our events calendar frequently as events are added daily.

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