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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. 


A Tribute to FAPSC Board Member Randy Proto    

“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” Shannon L. Alder

Our dear friend, Board Member and trusted colleague Randy Proto lost his battle against cancer Monday, August 12th. Randy is survived by his lovely bride Maria Calamito-Proto and their son, Christopher.
Randy joined the Board of the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges (FAPSC) in 2007. He devoted an innumerable amount of his time to FAPSC by chairing the Scholarship Committee, Public Relations Committee, and also serving as Secretary this past year. In 2012, Randy received FAPSC Member of the Year Award. His contributions were remarkable not only to FAPSC but to our sector as a whole. Work was part of Randy’s essence. Randy loved being an educator and he loved students, teachers and teaching. Randy was instrumental in providing insight and knowledge in many of the public relation editorials that FAPSC produced. As you may know, Randy had a way with words and his contributions will be felt for many, many years.

Randy served as the Chief Strategy Officer at Premier Education Group. Prior to that, Randy was involved in the founding of the American Institute school and later became President of the School of Health Careers. Randy also served as CEO of American Institute Holdings.

Randy leaves a legacy of enriching many people’s lives though his, guidance, quick wit and sense of humor. This loss will be felt by so many for a long time.

A memorial service was held on Monday, August 19th at 11:00 a.m. at Norfield Congregational Church, 64 Norfield Road, Weston, Conn., 06883. There was also a private family burial that week. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Lustgarten Foundation.

Click here to read Randy's Obituary. 

The Passing of Our Friend Christopher J. Eaton

We deeply regret to announce the passing of Christopher (Chris) Eaton, ABHES Associate Executive Director,  on Sunday, August 18, 2013. Long time friend and colleague Chris served with ABHES for over 18 years conducting and coordinating accreditation visits.   Chris also volunteered his time to FAPSC by speaking at our conferences.

On September 1, 2013, The Washington Post included an obituary notice for Chris Eaton (link provided)

Region VII Letting the Good Times Bowl

There's no better way to raise funds for FAPSC Scholarship Foundation than to sign up for a night of bowling with friends on the lane! FAPSC Region VII will host a bowling and networking event on September 19, 2013 at Pin Chasers- Veterans from 6:00-8:00 PM.

Everyone is welcome to play! Sign up yourself or as a team for a night of fun and celebrating scholarships for students!

All proceeds go to the FAPSC Foundation to fund scholarships for students. The FAPSC Scholarship Foundation tax-exempt status is pending.

Fees: $25 per bowler includes: 3 games, shoes, food and beverages and a good time!

Register to play by clicking here.  


Region II Hosts Ways to Grow Your School Workshop

FAPSC Region II will host a regional workshop October 04, 2013 at City College in Fort Lauderdale. This workshop is geared to assist schools either at inception or those that have been in business for a few years. 

We will have Joey Smith with the Commission for Indepedent Education answer questions on Clinicals, Financial, Online Delivery, Programmatic Issues (Nursing, Pharmacy Technician, Permanent Makeup, etc.). Recent and upcoming changes to CIE Rules such as Financial requirements, Form 604 and to Form 804. Joey will also address LBMA New Program Issues, Student level Data Collection processes, Financial, Placement and Retention improvement plans.

This event will also have table discussion with leading experts in the following areas: Financial Aid, Operations, Admissions, Student | Career Services and Community Outreach.  Dr. Arthur Keiser, Chancellor Keiser Universty; Jim Howard, Chief Operating Officer, City College, Denise Ceara, Director of Career Services, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary- Miami, Fred Pfeffer, Associate Vice Chancellor Student Financial Services at Keiser University and Judith Joechmes, Senior Admissions Director at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale will faciliate table discussions.

Come with an open mind and bring your topics for the table discussions as the attendees will create the agenda.

Registeration is now open.  Click here to begin the registration process.

If you have any questions pertaning to this event please contact the FAPSC office at (850) 577-3139 or email  

FAPSC Executive Director Report

What is going on in Tallahassee?

Commission for Independent Education Meetings on September 9th and 10th The rules committee met on Sept. 9th and most of the discussion focused on three issues: 1. Advertising. This is the second meeting of the committee to discuss strengthening the requirement of what must be included if a school advertises a scholarship. The committee previously discussed instances when minimal amounts of funds for scholarships were used to generate contact information with students.

The current rule requires full disclosure if scholarships are used in advertising, but the language does not explain what constitutes full disclosure. The committee voted to adopt the following definition:

a. Full disclosure requires at a minimum the following information:
i. the eligibility and qualification requirements,
ii. total award amount and number of awards available on a yearly basis,
iii. total number of individual awards granted on a yearly basis,
iv. the minimum and maximum scholarship award amounts and the percent of the tuition and costs covered,
v. any costs that are not covered by the scholarship,
vi. all terms upon which a scholarship will be awarded, renewed and terminated, and
vii. the requirements for submission of a scholarship application,
b. Eligibility or qualification requirements for a scholarship may not include a statement that an award is discretionary.
c. Full disclosure shall be made by a method that does not require a student or prospective student to provide personal contact information. d. Any advertisement of a scholarship shall include the information provided in subparagraph 11 or provide an internet address where the information can be found.  Click here to read report in its entirety.

Assisting Students with Disabilities in the Online Environment

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

In 2010, U.S. News and World Report reported an increase of 832% in online enrollment in higher education from 2001-2009. Many of these online learners are learners with disabilities. While 88% of colleges nationwide report enrolling students with disabilities, these students make up approximately10-12% of the total student population according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

As with non-disabled learners, online learning can afford students with disabilities the convenience, flexibility and ability to participate in education in order to achieve their goals of independence and career aspirations. Whereas online courses are open to all learners, accessibility of course contents, resources and methods of communication are often inadequate or non-existent for those with disabilities. Additionally, many online instructors assume their online learners are using a mouse as the main navigation tool, can see the computer screen, and can navigate online resources with the same visual cues other users can.

As online enrollments continue to increase in higher education, an increasing number of those learners will have disabilities. To help these students succeed, instructors must understand the challenges they face as well as tools that can help them. The FAPSC Online Training Center has recently launched EL111 – Assistive Technologies for the Online Learner for those who wish to learn more.

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Florida International Training Institute- Doral
Humboldt International University- Miami
World Class Beauty Academy of Beauty Careers- Tallahassee

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League classrooms go digital

September 12, 2013

FORT LAUDERDALE — The Urban League of Broward County has turned up the technology switch in its digital classrooms with laptops financed as part of a new corporate partnership by Fort Lauderdale-based Florida Career College (FCC).

Officials said the digital classrooms in the league’s 28,000-square-foot Sunshine Health Community Empowerment Center will serve as a resource hub allowing community members to utilize advanced technology that may not otherwise have been accessible to them, as well as help provide alternative educational advancement tools, and assist with workforce development and financial literacy.

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The FAPSC Board of Directors has scheduled their next board meeting for November 19, 2013.  Location and time TBA.  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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APSCU Comments on Conclusion of First Gainful Employment Negotiated Rulemaking Session

Washington, DC—Following the conclusion of the U.S. Department of Education's first session of gainful employment negotiated rulemaking, APSCU Vice President of Communications Noah Black released the following statement:

"The diverse views expressed by the negotiating committee as to what is a quality program, demonstrates why this matter should be left to the Congress and addressed during reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

"As noted by several negotiators, institutions cannot control the economy, the availability of jobs, where students choose to live and work, yet the proposed regulation would determine program quality on those metrics.

"The Department's actions are out of step with the Congress, risk denying hundreds of thousands of students the opportunity for education, skills and jobs, and will hamper the ability of our country to meet the Administration's goal of closing the skills gap by increasing the number of Americans with postsecondary credentials."

Upcoming Events

September 2013

11- ACCSC- Annual Professional Development Conference

19- Region VII Bowling Night, Tampa, FL 

25- AMTA- National Convention, Fort Worth, TX

27- Virginia Career College Association 36th Annual Conference, Richmond, VA

October 2013

02- CCST 2013 Annual Conference, Horseshoe Bay, TX

02-Florida Board of Nursing, Naples, FL 

04- FAPSC Region II Ways to Grow your School Workshop, Fort Lauderdale, FL 

09- CAPPS 29th Annual Conference, Pasadena, CA

13- DETC- Fall Workshop, New Orleans, LA

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

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

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