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FAPSC Board of Directors
Janis Schoonmaker, President
Dean Bartness, President Elect
Wayne Slater, Immediate Past President
Arthur Benjamin, Treasurer
Linda Weldon, Secretary
Richard Covington, Jr.
On August 2, 2011 the FAPSC board of directors approved 8 new school and 3 new associate members at their final board meeting of the year. They are as follows:
Alpha Institute of The Treasure Coast, Inc.- Port St. Lucie Ankod Technical – Lauderhill ATA Career Education – Largo ATA Career Education – Spring Hill Health Education Training School – N. Miami Lincoln Technical Institute – Seminole Palm Beach Vocational Institute - Lantana Southeastern Technical Careers Institute, Inc. – West Palm Beach
Caliper, Princeton, NJ – Employee Development, Team Building, Organizational Development
Excelon Associates, Inc. – Coconut Creek, FL – Education recruiters
FAPSC celebrated “Driving Student Success” August 3 – 5 in Aventura, Florida at the FAPSC Annual Conference. It was truly a remarkable educational event with federal updates, insights regarding gainful employment, admissions compliance, clock to credit hour regulations and much more! More than 450 administrators participated in these very timely and valuable educational sessions including keynote presentations from Diane Auer Jones (Vice President at Career Education Corporation and former US DOE Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education) and Dr. Jean Norris and Vince Norton (Managing Partners, Norton Norris, Inc).
Our exhibit hall was sold out with a festive array of car-racing activities and networking opportunities. It was truly an exciting worthwhile learning experience for all! Thirteen amazing administrators and faculty as well as a student from our sector were recognized by their peers during the Annual Award Programs.
The Faculty Conference welcomed over 325 instructors who enjoyed a variety of sessions meant to enhance their teaching skills and provide new ideas for their day-to-day instruction and curriculum. The conference kicked off with a fun filled and interactive keynote session (sponsored by Pearson), “Tuning into WIIFM – Delivering Compelling Content with Real-World Relevance!” presented by Tom Leu, Distance Learning Department Chair, Rockford Career College.
A special thanks to the many sponsors and exhibitors who supported this event. We could not hold our annual conference without you!
And a very special thanks to the volunteers and speakers who dedicated their time and expertise to making this event a success. We hope to see everyone back at the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club for the 2012 Annual Conference – July 25-27!
Many of the conference presentations are available for download on our website!
Each year FAPSC pays tribute to those who dedicate themselves to the career college sector and this year was no different. We had the privilege of introducing our conference attendees to individuals and a university who display leadership, courage, dedication, ethics, compassion, persistence and passion in educating their students and helping their students succeed.
If you attended our conference you felt the warmth and love shared amongst us all during our awards ceremony. If you did not attend please help show your gratitude to those listed below, especially if you are passing them in the halls or attending one of their schools.
I encourage you all to applaud the success in our sector. With people and schools like those listed below, we change lives.
Congratulations to our 2011 FAPSC award winners!
Administrative/Management Administrator of the Year Isis Jones with Full Sail University, Winter Park
Admissions Administrator of the Year Lauren Page with Florida Career College, West Palm Beach
Education Administrator of the Year William Mathers with Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Orlando
Career Services Administrator of the Year Kathleen Baretela, Florida Career College, West Palm Beach
Rickie Knobel Financial Aid Administrator of the Year Glenda Downs, Concorde Career Institute, Tampa
Gail Benjamin Student Services Administrator of the Year Christina Stewart, Everest University, Tampa
Graduate of the Year Sadie Fox, Everest University, Kendall
Faculty Member of the Year Award from a Degree Granting Accredited Institution Jeff Walters Anthem College, Orlando
Faculty Member of the Year Award from a Non Degree Granting, Accredited Institution Katrena Newton, American Institute, Margate
School of the Year Full Sail University, Winter Park
School Member of the Year Linda Weldon, Ultimate Medical Academy, Tampa
Associate Member of the Year Angela Beauregard, MDT Direct, Ft. Lauderdale
The Jack H. Jones Lifetime Achievement Award Al McCloy, Career Path Training, Corp., Palm Harbour
FAPSC has created video highlights from our awards ceremony- enjoy!
Sign up to participate in FAPSC annual scholarship program- Deadline Extended!
The FAPSC Scholarship committee has extended the participation agreement deadline to September 01, 2011. Now is the time for FAPSC member schools and colleges to offer full tuition, $5,000 or $1,000 scholarship in programs of their choice to graduating high school seniors and GED receipeints for the 2012 academic school year.
This program is fully funded by the participating institutions. The requirements to participate are as follows:
• The school or college is a current FAPSC member
• Pay a $500 participation fee
• Offer a full tution, $5,000 or $1,000 scholarship in the program or programs of your choice
As a bonus FAPSC has placed an advertisement in Florida Trend's NEXT Magazine™ August 2011 publication. The ad will feature FAPSC website along with school members who purchased ads through our promotional deal with the publication. This publication reaches 9th - 12th graders in 900 public and private schools statewide. NEXT is distributed and used in the classroom by teachers and counselors.
To get started visit our website www.FAPSC.orgto download FAPSC 2012 scholarship promotional flyer and to complete a participation agreement.
Questions regarding the scholarship program and advertising opportunity? Please contact Wanda Minick at Wanda@FAPSC.org or call (850) 577-3139.
MDT Direct was approached after their recent APSCU Internet advertising panel to write an article summarizing the session, MDT's recent research and perception of the new regulatory advertising environment. We think that you will find it of interest.
The new regulations set forth by the Department of Education were on everyone’s mind at the 2011 APSCU Convention. Higher education marketers and education institutions must be diligent to include the correct disclosures and avoid any advertising that may be construed as misleading. The broad definition presented by the DOE has created confusion for many as to what is required of them and this sparked numerous lively discussions, permeated almost every speaking session.
What We Learned at APSCU
Our breakout session; Fixing the Student Recruitment Problem: Best Practices Initiatives by Institutions and their Vendors, sought to help dispel some of the rumors and set the record straight for institutions in search of how to handle Internet vendors in the face of the new regulations. Internet inquiry generation takes many forms, and sometimes these practices are not well understood by institutions. Changes to federal regulations make institutions responsible, however, whether erroneous recruitment practice is intentionally misleading or not. Steps are being taken both by the vendor (Education Marketing Council) and the school (APSCU Student Recruitment Task Force) communities to improve the situation for all.
The biggest disconnect seemed to be between institutions' need for information and Internet companies looking to find ways to continue business as usual. Unfortunately, the business model that works so well for the vendors provides the institutions with little control over the online advertising associated with the school’s name. Click here to read the article in its entirety.
Since our partnership with Wragg and Casas, FAPSC has been feverishly hosting media traning events around the state to prepare FAPSC members to serve as ambassadors in our sector. We need all the help we can get when it comes to educating media outlets, civic organizations, groups and others about who we are and what we do to educate and prepare students for the workforce in our state. With the assistance of the Wragg and Casa team we have been able to professionally train 17 FAPSC members.
Congratulations to the trained ambassadors from our sector and the schools they represent!
Nancy Aft - Smile Smart Dental Assisting School, Brandenton
Justin Berkowitz - Lincoln Technical Institute, Fern Park
Shayne Cade - Full Sail University, Winter Park
Kim Collidge - Virginia College, Pensacola
Richard Covington - Orlando
Kristy Croom - Rasmussen College, Tampa
Donald Cunningham - Lincoln College of Technology, West Palm Beach
Steven Dick - Florida Institute of Animal Arts, Winter Park
Ted Gilson - New Horizions Computer Learning Centers North Florida, Gainesville
Mark Gutmann - Fortis Institute, Winter Park
Donna Hallam - Concorde Career Institute, Tampa
Fran Heaston - Heritage Institute, Ft. Myers
Mark Judge - Everest University, Melbourne
Cate Montuoro - Florida Technical College, Deland
Julie Orloff - Career Education Corporation
Wendy Rolon - College of Health Professions, Margate
Diana Simmons - Fortis Institute, Mulberry
A huge thank you goes out to all of our members who have agreed to assist FAPSC with this project. But, we are not done yet. There is still plenty more training to be done. Don't be surprised when we call you and ask you to serve.
If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity contact Kathy Mizereck, Kathy@FAPSC.org or (850) 577-3139.
An exposition created to build a network between employers and skilled workers
WHAT: Workforce Symposium
WHO: Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges (FAPSC) invites employers, recruiters and career counselors to build a strong network with representatives of the licensed career colleges in Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties that are training students in 200 occupations to enter the workforce as skilled employees.
WHEN: 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011
WHERE: Everest University, 5701 E. Hillsborough Avenue, Suite 2300, Tampa, FL 33610
WHY: The Workforce Symposium was created by FAPSC to introduce a source of skilled and job-ready workers to Tampa area employers. Career colleges in Florida are training tomorrow’s workforce. The symposium is being hosted by the FAPSC Region VII leadership team.
GUEST SPEAKER: Audrey Kaplan, senior vice president, regulatory affairs, with Florida Career College will summarize recently enacted rules issued by the United States Department of Education.
Have you visited our professional development resources on the FAPSC Online Training Center lately? It's your complete training center for executives, managers and faculty. You receive 4 hours of continuing education credit for completion of each online course. And our online courses are self-paced, so they always fit into your schedule.
Check out our catalog and enroll in a course today.
FAPSC would like to thank all our 2011 sponsors for making our conference a HUGE SUCCESS!