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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. 


FAPSC Logo Transition

You may have noticed that FAPSC is using a new logo. The board approved the change as a way of communicating to policy makers (one of our primary target audiences) of the stability and longevity of the industry in Florida.

You will see a series of messages in the coming days that will be targeted to make sure everyone knows how long we have been here and how much work our sector does to educate Floridians and prepare a quality workforce for Florida employers. 


FAPSC Day 2013
FAPSC Day at the Capitol in Tallahassee was a big success. There were 92 visits with lawmakers and their aides, in addition to a meeting with the Governors chief education liaison. An additional 40 offices were contacted with our materials. We focused on 4 primary statistics:

1000+ Schools; 400,000+ students; 60% of all Healthcare Graduates in 2010-11; 60% of all IT graduates in 2010-11.

Forty representatives of FAPSC gathered to share the message and a good amount of education occurred. All lawmakers were given a reprint of Special Report found in Florida Trend’s March 2013 issue.

Click here to download our latest piece featured in Florida Trend's March edition. This was our distribution piece to all Legislators.

Visit our gallery to see highlights from this event.  

FAPSC Legislative Update

The hard work of past years has paid off. So far, there have not been any pieces of legislation or any amendments that have targeted our industry. There is significant attention to transparency and accountability of higher education, but the focus has been on making the taxpayer supported schools more open and efficient. The House and Senate have some work to do to come to a final version of legislation, but there seems to be consensus that all schools receiving state funds will be treated the same.

The first view of the Senate Budget shows an increased amount of funding (20% increase) for the Florida Student Assistance Grant available to some of our students. The House version of the budget is yet to surface.

Each Friday FAPSC hosts a Legislative call which is open to all our members.  The call starts promptly at 10:00 a.m. EST. Please dial 1-888-537-7715 and use passcode 35367679#.  This brief update typically lasts less than 30 minutes.

Updates from the Commission for Independent Education

Commission Position on LBMA

The Commission for Independent Education has received information indicating the position of the United States Department of Education (US DOE) on Florida's licensure requirements as they relate to federal State Authorization regulations.

It is the Commission's position that institutions licensed by means of accreditation (LBMA) in Florida are not exempt from approval or the licensure requirements of the Commission based upon accreditation or any other exemption. Therefore, LBMA is a license and not an exemption.

Page one is the Commission's letter to US DOE regarding the Commission's position. Pages two to four (also sent to US DOE) contain the official response from CIE legal counsel. The Commission used its letter to open a dialogue with the US DOE. Click here to download position.

States that Comply with New Federal Regulations

Kessenick, Gamma & Free, L.L.P., evaluated the 50 states’ legislative schemes to determine which ones would currently meet the new federal regulations, CFR 34 §600.9(c) (Federal Register, page 66946). The memo provides that, after a cursory review of states’ legislative schemes, only 12 of the states will comply with the new federal regulations. Florida is listed as one of those 12 states. The reference to Florida is contained on page four.  

The Chronicle Of Higher Education: Judge Refuses To Restore Vacated Provisions Of 'Gainful Employment' Rule

March 20, 2013
by Allie Bidwell


A federal judge has ruled against the U.S. Department of Education on a motion asking the judge to modify part of a decision, issued last summer, that vacated key provisions of the department's controversial "gainful employment" rule.

In a ruling issued on Tuesday, Judge Rudolph Contreras of the U.S. District Court here denied the department's request for the court to reinstate the provisions that were invalidated.

The rule, which was released in June 2011, applies to most programs at for-profit institutions, and to non-degree-granting programs at public and nonprofit private institutions. Its intent is to ensure that federal student-aid dollars flowing to those programs are good investments and that the programs are preparing students for jobs that pay well.

The provisions of the rule that Judge Contreras invalidated last summer include three "debt measures" the department wants to use in determining whether programs are in fact preparing their students for gainful employment. Those measures would examine the income earned and debt repaid by students after leaving the programs, and would require institutions to meet at least one of three benchmarks in order to remain eligible to receive federal student aid.  Click here to read the article in its entirety.

FAPSC Member LeCordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts College Hosts the State Board of Education

Dr. Tony Bennett, Commissioner of Education and the Florida State Board of Education Commissioners were treated to an experience at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts College in Orlando Florida. Chefs and students served a fantastic lunch to all of those that attended the Florida Department of Education meeting on February 18, 2013. For those of us who did not attend I was told that the food and service was amazing along with this incredible opportunity to learn more about Florida's State Board of Education’s new leader, Dr. Bennett and his initiatives regarding education in the State of Florida.

Awards Season Ain’t Over YET!

Sure the oscars were great and the grammys were fun- but the FAPSC Annual Awards Nomination Process has just begun!

Administrators, Faculty, Graduates and Schools will be recognized this summer at the FAPSC Annual Conference (Turnberry Isle Miami). FAPSC cannot recognize the best of the best without your help! Submit a nomination using the online nomination forms – because everyone knows, “it’s an honor just to be nominated”!

Looking for another great reason to nominate? All nominators who submit nominations before March 30, 2013 (that’s the end of THIS month) will be automatically entered to win one FREE Annual Conference registration
(= cost savings of $410+).

All nominators will automatically be entered into a prize drawing for a great gift basket (announced at the Awards Ceremony).

Administrator and Faculty Award Winners and their Nominators will also each receive a $100 discount on conference registration fees.

The school that submits the most nominations (among all of the categories combined) will receive a FREE Faculty Conference registration (That’s a cost savings of $155+).

Give the grammys and the oscars a break – help FAPSC recognize the winners - our sector’s finest schools, administrators, faculty and graduates! Nominate Now!

FAPSC 2013 Central Conference Wrap- Up

Thanks to everyone who participated in the FAPSC Central Conference (February 21 & 22, Hilton Orlando | Altamonte Springs) – it was an overwhelming success! Administrators and Faculty members enjoyed informative and interactive breakout sessions aimed at improving their campuses. A special word of appreciation to the volunteers and speakers who provided their time, and shared their valuable insights. Some of the presentations from the conference are now available for download – click here to check them out.

If you missed out on the Central Conference – don’t despair Annual Conference is just around the corner – SAVE THE DATE! FAPSC will host its Annual Conference July 23 -26, 2013 at the Turnberry Isle Miami – Aventura, Florida. More details coming soon!

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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 Healtcare Staff Managment

World Web Partners, Inc.

Do you have what it takes to be a FAPSC Conference Presenter? Take our brief quiz and find out!

1. I am good at my job.
      True or False

2. I enjoy helping others.
       True or False

3. I do NOT like sitting through boring presentations.
        True or False

4. I often have good ideas worth sharing with others.
        True or False

5. I am committed to improving our sector by contributing an hour of my time to present a breakout session at the FAPSC Annual Conference.
        True or False
Mostly False’s = You would probably enjoying attending the FAPSC Annual Conference more than you would enjoy presenting a breakout session. You should plan to attend the FAPSC Annual Conference this summer in Aventura.

Mostly True’s = Congratulations! You are on your way to becoming a FAPSC Conference Presenter!

FAPSC strives to make our continuing education programs relevant, helpful, engaging information to our attendees. You should submit an Annual Conference Session Proposal using the online form by the May 1 deadline! Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity – submit a session proposal!  

3 Benefits of Using 21st Century Technology in the Classroom

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

Technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace. In today’s world, using technology is just as fundamental as reading, writing and arithmetic; thus, technology integration in the classroom is as much about engaging students as it is about reinforcing much needed work skills. What are some of the benefits of using technology in the classroom?

1. Promote Collaborative Learning – Connective technologies enable massive-scale collaboration despite physical separation. Social networking outlets allow learners to reach outside their circle of friends and communicate and collaborate with learners with different viewpoints, social constraints, and varied socio-economic levels. Using social networks and other connective technologies can enhance learning while enabling students to practice the skills necessary for collaboration, a high-demand workforce skill.

2. Increase Student Productivity – Research has shown that technology can increase the complexity of the tasks that students can perform successfully and raise student motivation. Used effectively, technology can also change the roles within a classroom environment enabling instructors to function more as facilitators and less as lecturers while students move toward self-directed learning enhanced by peer-to-peer coaching.

3. Enhance New Media Literacy – Technology continues to change the way we consume and produce information. New forms of media that enable digital interactivity have become commonplace. Using these new tools to produce videos, animated presentations, infographics and other types of content represent new skills that will be commonplace in the 21st century workforce. Integrating these tools in the classroom reinforces new media literacy in the context of solving problems, synthesizing information and effectively presenting and communicating – all skills necessary to be prepared for the workforce.

The following are examples of courses available in the Online Training Center for those interested in learning more about the use of technology in the classroom: ED119 - Using Technology to Engage and Educate, ED203 – Technology Integration for Instructors, EL110 - Effective Use of Social Media in Online Courses.

Name Badges, M&M’S® & Ultimate Road Warrior

This article was contributed by Michael Cooney, Editor of Career Education Review.

Phil Rosen (Educational Financial Services – retired) died of an apparent heart attack on February 16, 2013. In the absence of a formal obituary, Phil’s fellow sector roadies were invited to share their stories and remembrances.

Fellow Traveler: Most anyone who attended a sector meeting in the last twenty years will remember Phil as the guy who gave them a name badge with his company EFS’ advertising conveniently on the back, and supplied endless M&M’S in breakout sessions, also conveniently attached to EFS advertising. Fellow allied members and exhibitors remember Phil as someone who lived for the exhibit hall and was always on a quest for the perfect prospect-generating booth design.

Phil was my friend and fellow explorer of new cities and places of interest. For over twenty years we ate our way across the country at unique, remarkable and always casual restaurants. Phil was an early adopter of GPS technology, which, given the obscurity of some of his restaurant choices, made GPS a requirement.

Traveling with Phil meant you would engage in conversation with most anyone you came across —random doormen, hotel maids, wait staff and anyone else. Phil had the ability to engage in interesting and prolonged conversation. After one such spontaneous conversation in the streets of New Orleans he turned to me and proclaimed he didn’t know where that came from; neither did I, but it was a remarkable gift. Once, in a highly rated diner north of Atlanta, what started as a classic “where did you go to school” question with the staff got so involved that we discovered the entire kitchen crew had stopped cooking and was at our table comparing school stories. Click here to read more. 

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University of Southernmost Florida and Dade Medical College Introduce Monthly Coral Gables Speaker Series

March 25, 2013

MIAMI, FL - The University of Southernmost Florida (USmF) will be hosting the first monthly Speaker Series of many on April 2 from 5-7 p.m. at the Coral Gables Museum. The panel of speakers includes City of Miami Commissioner Francis X. Suarez, Coral Gables Commissioner Frank Quesada and Mayor of Pinecrest, Cindy Lerner. Former City of Coral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick-also Dean of the USmF School of Public Administration-will act as moderator for the panel. Former Chief Learning Officer for GE, Steve Kerr, will serve as host for the interactive discussion.

This particular panel will discuss why they chose to become public servants, how they reached their goals and what their goals are going forward. The discussion is meant to be an informative session on the career choices of people who work in public administration, for anyone interested in learning more about the field or those hoping to participate in a lively question and answer session with their local legislators.

Smart Horizons Career Online Education Announces Its First High School Graduate at the Lowell Annex Correctional Institution

March 19, 2013

Dr. Howard Liebman, CEO and Superintendent of Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE), is pleased to announce the first SHCOE graduate at the Lowell Annex Correctional Institution in Ocala, Florida.

Established in 2010, SHCOE is the world’s first AdvancED/SACS accredited online school district, offering students the opportunity to earn an 18-credit high school diploma and credentialed career certificate in one, comprehensive online program. The Florida Department of Corrections named SHCOE as an official provider of online education for inmates in Florida prison facilities in February of 2012. Pilot programs went live at the Madison Correctional Institution in April of 2012 and at the Lowell Annex, a women’s facility, in May. These programs are the first online secondary education programs at any correctional facility in the United States.

Solar Speaks: Why The Sunshine State Isn’t So Solar Friendly

March 14, 2013

Welcome to another edition of Solar Speaks, Solar Power World’s podcast series that gives you the opportunity to hear from the industry’s biggest newsmakers in their own words.

We spoke with Rick Gilbert, vice president of Solar Source (which is one of Solar Power World’s Top 100 Solar Contractors). As a Florida-based solar installer, Rick tells us why, at this moment, the “Sunshine State” is actually one of the least solar friendly. Florida actually lags behind many others on total installed capacity. In fact, Rick says the state actually has policies that block solar development on any kind of medium to large scale.

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Welcome FAPSC Newest Members!

Florida Career College – Margate
Florida Career College- Orlando
Florida Technical College- Pembroke Pines
ISEAD Business School – Doral
Mech-Tech Institute – Orlando
Medical Career Institute – Bonita Springs

Save the Date! FAPSC 2013 Annual Conference is scheduled for July 23-26, 2013 at the Turnberry Isle in Aventura, FL.  Remember, we kick off this educational conference with our annual Jay Lambeth Memorial Golf Tournment.   Make plans now to play and attend this 3-day of learning, networking and fun! Registration will open first week in April. Check our website for updates.

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Upcoming Events

March 2013

31- The FAPSC Office Closed in Observance of Good Friday

April 2013

03- Florida Board of Nursing, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

14- DETC- Distance Education & Training Council 87th Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA

17- The 10th Annual Best Practices and Great Ideas Conference, Hollywood, FL 

21- NASASPS - National Assoc. of State Admin. & Supervisors of Private Schools Annual Conference, Sacramento, CA

30- FAME Annual Financial Aid Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL 

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

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