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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

Linda Weldon, President
Joe Hardiman, President Elect
Chris Tilley, Treasurer
Claire Walker, Secretary
Dean Bartness, Past President

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

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. 


Make FAPSC a Stronger and More Valuable Resource by Sharing Your Knowledge

Calling all members . . . help others as we work together to strengthen our sector and our profession.

Help FAPSC meet the ever-changing needs of its membership by volunteering your services. Take a few minutes to provide the information requested on the Call for Volunteers form.  We want you to identify individuals who would be willing to be part of a peer support network and assist FAPSC with participating in working groups, committees, and task forces.

Help us shape the future of FAPSC while serving your profession. Now is the time to get involved and be active as we work together to optimize the career college environment.

Are you engaging?  Are you connecting? Are you developing a professional network? If you answered no to at least two of these questions then you need to consider volunteering. Click the "Open Call for Volunteers" button below to get started. 


Region II Ways to Grow Your School Workshop Huge Success

Last Friday, 60 career college professionals from Broward, Palm Beach and Miami- Dade counties gathered at City College- Fort Lauderdale campus for a day of learning and networking with experienced career college leaders from our sector. This event was created to give school owners/directors, directors of admissions; financial aid; student|career services; and community outreach personnel an opportunity to ask questions and have an open dialogue about changes in our sector, how their schools can stay effective and compliant by meeting student expectations.   

The day began with a discussion with Joey Smith, Operations and Program Manager with the Commission for Independent Education (CIE) along with CIE Chair Ms. Nancy Bradley. 

Attendees were asked to come prepared with questions and assist facilitators in creating the agenda for the day in the following 30 minute table top discussions:

 ♦ Admissions facilitated by Judith Jochems, Senior Director of Admissions, The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
 ♦ Financial Aid facilitated by Fred Pfeffer, Associate Vice Chancellor Student Financial Services at Keiser University and Siana Stewart, Vice President of Financial Services at Anthem Education
 ♦ Operations facilitated by Dr. Arthur Keiser, Chancellor, Keiser University, and Jim Howard, Chief Operating Officer, City College- Fort Lauderdale
 ♦ Student|Career Services facilitated by Denisse Ceara, Director of Career Services, Le Cordon Bleu- Miami
 ♦ Community Outreach facilitated by Silvia Borges and Bernando Navarro, both Assistant Deans with Florida National University.

Combined these facilitators have over 100 year’s experience. Here are just a few things of what attendees had to say about the day.

"This was one of the best FAPSC events ever!"

"Loved this workshop! It provided me with the education and knowledge I needed to help equip me to truly grow my school, thank you."

"Great Forum!  Gained a wealth of knowledge" 

Attendees not only found the event to be rewarding and productive but a great use of their time.  Since this event was such a huge success FAPSC will host other region events like this in the future. Make sure to visit our calendar of events webpage for details.

A huge thank you goes out to Tribeca Marketing Group for Sponsoring this event and lunch and to City College- Fort Lauderdale for hosting. To see how much fun we had visit FAPSC photo gallery to view pictures from event.

Region VII Bowling Event to Benefit FAPSC Scholarship Program

On September 19th more than 45 representatives from FAPSC member schools and two associate members met in Tampa at Pin Chasers bowling alley to “compete” and have fun while raising funds for the FAPSC Scholarship Program as well as for local charities.  Attendees said that they had some much fun at this event that they can't wait to plan another.

FAPSC raised over $600 at this event alone.  Just think what we could raise if everyone in region VII had participated and if we host other events such as this around the state.

If you are interested in helping FAPSC plan other fundraising events in your area please contact Wanda Minick at (850) 577-3139 or via email  All funds raised will go directly to the FAPSC Foundation to fund scholarships for deserving students.


FAPSC is currently in the application process to secure it's 501 (c)(3) staus to the FAPSC Foundation for the sole purpose is exclusively for charitable purposes to award scholarships to eligible applicants who plan to further their education at a school licensed by the Commission for Independent Education and members of The Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges.  


FAPSC Graduate of the Year Receives Award While at Work
Irene Arteaga was named a FAPSC Graduate of the Year at the FAPSC Annual Conference held this past July in South Florida.

Arteaga started at Sullivan and Cogliano Training Centers (Miami) when she was at a crossroads in her life – looking for a job and in pursuit of the new skills and the education needed in the competitive workplace. Eager to learn and advance, she achieved near perfect attendance in pursuit of her goals. Her commitment and hard work paid off, graduating from the Microsoft Office Proficiency Program and transitioning in a month’s time to start with the City of Doral as an Office Clerk in the Finance Department.

(Left to Right: Angel Llamazares; Irene Arteaga, Graduate of the Year, Doral Mayor Luigi Boria, Janet Garcia and Virginia Varela, Student Service Rep).

Irene’s precision focus on the end goal, positive demeanor, and gracious attitude are her greatest assets not only in the classroom but also at her current job. Irene was unable to attend the FAPSC Awards Ceremony, so she received her award at a later time in her office. Irene’s former teachers and school administrators were so happy to provide this opportunity for special recognition and allow her peers and colleagues to extend their congratulations as well. Congratulations Irene!

For more information on FAPSC 2013 Annual Award Winners visit the FAPSC 2013 Annual Award Winner Webpage. 

3 Key Ideas for Improving Graduate Employment Outcomes

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

Prospective students, parents and policy makers want to know if their investment in higher education will produce a return and they are looking at graduate employment outcomes (placement) for the answer. As institutions consider how to continuously improve graduate employment outcomes, 3 key ideas to keep in mind are shared below:

1. Rethink Career Services – Rather than thinking of Career Services as a department or the “back-end” of a process for preparing students to enter the workforce, rethink career services as a systemic set of strategically designed interventions woven into the fabric of the institution. How might “career services” be a more significant part of the admissions process? How are career services designed and supported throughout the entire institution and throughout the entire student life cycle? Where are the opportunities to expand upon what is already being done?

2. Evaluate Capacity Gaps – Institutions can improve graduate employment outcomes by first ensuring that enrollment management plans consider institutional capacity to serve and employ the students they enroll. Institutions must ask themselves what competitors offer the same programs, what students they will enroll, how many graduates competing schools are sending into the job market, and whether the local market can absorb the number of graduates schools are producing.

3. Prioritize Professional Development – The 21st century economy is drastically different than previous economies. Employers have changed the way they recruit and have more options in a global talent pool increasing competition in the job market and requiring students to improve the way they market themselves. Career services practitioners need to acquire new knowledge and skills to keep up with the pace of change and to provide the best possible service to the students they help. With the speed at which things change, skills become outdated quickly.

If you are interested in learning more about improving graduate employment outcomes, CS201 – Institutional Best Practices to Maximize Graduate Employment Outcomes is an online course available in the FAPSC Online Training Center.

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Allied Health Institute Partners with Smart Horizons Career Online Education and ed2go to Offer the Career Online High School Program

October 08, 2013

Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) and ed2go are pleased to announce that Allied Health Institute has become the newest partner to host Career Online High School. Allied Health Institute is a post-secondary school that offers a variety of degree and diploma programs through distance and blended education.

“We are pleased to expand the Career Online High School program to Allied Health Institute,” said Dr. Howard Liebman, CEO and Superintendent of SHCOE. “The program is a win-win for Allied Health Institute: students benefit from earning a diploma and career certificate, which positions them for enrollment in college, while Allied Health Institute is able to identify a new audience of potential students for whom enrolling in higher education programs was not previously an option.”

Florida Career College-Hialeah Now Offering Cosmetology Program in Spanish

October 04, 2013

Hialeah, FL (PRWEB) -According to the United States Census Bureau, Hispanic and Latino residents represent approximately 95 percent of Hialeah’s population. To make education more accessible for native Spanish-speakers, Fort Lauderdale-based Florida Career College (FCC) is now offering a Spanish-instructed cosmetology program at its Hialeah campus, conveniently located off the Palmetto Expressway and I-75 at 3750 West 18th Ave.

The 12-month, 60-credit diploma cosmetology program teaches students a wide range of beauty skills using modern equipment and professional supplies in classrooms and training areas designed to replicate a real-world work environment.

“Florida Career College strives to bridge the gap between education and success by making practical career training attainable for students who face real-world challenges,” said Lisandra Perez-Zayas, executive director of Florida Career College-Hialeah. “We hope that offering our cosmetology program in Spanish will help members of the local Hispanic community overcome language barriers and get on track for a successful career.”

Datamark Enhances Lead Confidence Toolkit to Help Schools Prepare for the FCC’s Upcoming TCPA Regulations

October 03, 2013

Salt Lake City, UT — Datamark, the leader in data-driven enrollment marketing, has enhanced its Lead Confidence Toolkit for managing lead quality and compliance risk. Through new monitoring, transcription, data capture and confirmation functionality, schools now have greater visibility into how and where CPL leads are generated and can better monitor compliance with the upcoming Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) guidelines, which go into effect on October 16, 2013.

When the FCC begins enforcing the new TCPA regulations, schools will be required to obtain and prove “express written consent” from students prior to making auto-dialed or pre-recorded marketing calls or texts to cell phones. Schools will be required to provide clear and conspicuous consent disclosure, and the student must give consent to be contacted by the school through a documented opt-in process.

“The more we can do to help our client institutions improve and monitor outreach with prospective students, the more likely they will be able to safeguard online leads and avoid infractions,” said Steve Winchester, Vice President of Solutions and Marketing at Datamark. “This is especially important now as more students not only depend on cell phones for information and communication, but also as proposed regulations for these mobile devices take effect and cause a mandated shift in a school’s marketing processes and policies.”

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The FAPSC Board of Directors has scheduled their next board meeting for November 19, 2013 at Howey - In- The- Hills, FL. Please check our calendar of events frequently for updates about this event plus others or to stay fully  connected with FAPSC download the FAPSC App by scanning the QR codes below or search in Google play for Android users and the App Store for iPhone, iPad, iPod users by seaching "FAPSC".


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Congratulations Justin Berkowtiz, Campus Director at Daytona College for being  selected to participate on the CIE Rules Committee.  

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Upcoming Events

October 2013

13- DETC- Fall Workshop, New Orleans, LA

14- FAPSC Office Closed

25- ACCET- Annual Conference, Lake Buena Vista, FL

November 2013

06- DOE- FSA Conference, Las Vegas, NV

07- ACICS Annual Conference, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

11- FAPSC Office Closed

15- AACS Annual Convention, Las Vegas, NV

19- Commission for Independent Education, Howey - In- The- Hills, FL 

19- FAPSC Board Meeting, Howey - In- The- Hills, FL

28- FAPSC Office Closed

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

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