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FAPSC FOCUS E-Flash March 23 09
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FAPSC Annual Awards

Recognize someone for their handwork and dedication to our sector.  Nominate a colleague today!

Click on the award of interest for details and to download a nomination form:

Admissions Administrator of the Year

Education Administrator of the Year

The Rickie Knobel Financial Aid
Administrator of the Year

The Gail Benjamin Student Services Administrator of the Year

Graduate of the Year - Degree Granting Institution

Graduate of the Year - Non-Degree Granting Institution

College/School of the Year

Contact Katie Allan with any questions regarding FAPSC annual awards program at

FAPSC Professional Membership

FAPSC offers a 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

William Polmear, President

Wayne Slater, President Elect

Don Slayter, Immediate Past President

Dean Bartness, Secretary

Janis Schoonmaker, Treasurer

Jorge Alfonso
Alex Amor
Mayralisa Arbelo
Arthur Benjamin
Nancy Bradley
Peter Crocitto
Joe Hardiman
Walt Kirby
Al McCloy
Ernesto Perez
Randy Proto
Brian Quirk
Melissa Wade
Claire Walker 

FAPSC Executive Staff

Kathy Mizereck, Executive Director
Wanda Taylor, Deputy Executive Director/Member Services
Katie Allan, Executive Assistant

Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges  

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



Member Poll 

Please take a moment to particpate in this weeks member poll. 

Results will be shared in next weeks E-Flash.

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Loss of a dear friend, James "Jay" Otto Lambeth II  1956-2009

Just like all of you I was shocked to hear the news about Jay Lambeth's death on March 18, 2009.  Chills resonated through my body as the information was relayed.  This is a huge loss to our sector as he touched many lives. It's Sunday, March 22nd at 1:40 p.m. and as I type this I can't help but think that right now Jay's family and friends are gathering to celebrate this wonderful man's life. 

My interaction with Jay was mostly during the FAPSC golf tournament and annual conference and as I recall, he was always on the winning team.  Jay had a passion for golf and education. As a result, the FAPSC Board of Directors decided to pay tribute to Jay by naming the golf tournament in his memory.  Jay served Keiser University as Associate Vice Chancellor of Operations.

I will always remember Jay for his southern charisma, warm smile and how he brought laughter into the room. 

Please keep Rhonda and the rest of Jay's family and friends in your prayers as they try to find peace. 

Help celebrate Jay's life as FAPSC shares some of our fond memories with each of you.



Legislative Update

The first three weeks of session have been very busy for FAPSC. 

Appropriations:  We continue to monitor the state budget picture, and the $6 billion plus revenue shortfall.  We will continue to request that any cuts to our financial aid funds be proportionate to cuts made to other sectors.

Prepaid (HB 315 by Van Zant/SB 606 by Wise) Both the House and Senate bills are ready for the floor!  This bill allows any school that is eligible to participate in federal Title IV programs to accept the Prepaid benefit.  Many schools – FAPSC members and non-members – benefit from this bill.

Transfer of credit (HB 751 by Patterson/SB 920 by Baker) The House bill moved through the first committee of reference with a unanimous vote.  FAPSC is working to have the Senate bill heard in committee.  The bill opens the door for discussion about allowing CIE-licensed schools to use existing statewide articulation agreements.  For example, there are agreements that translate industry certifications and postsecondary adult vocational programs at school district tech centers into college credit.  FAPSC position is that our students should benefit from that articulation, when appropriate.

Nursing (HB 1209 by Grimsley/SB 2284 by Haridopolos)  FAPSC has been hard at work with others on compromise language for this bill.  We are asking for legislation that addresses our underlying concerns of one clear set of program approval standards that are fairly applied.   The Senate bill has moved through its first committee of reference, and the House bill will be heard on Wednesday, March 25.  Stay tuned!

Other bills of interest that FAPSC is tracking:

SB 442 – Fasano/HB 685 – Proctor:  Educational Dollars for Duty Program – Allows all CIE-licensed institutions to participate; passed first House committee; on agenda in the Senate Thursday, March 26

SB 156 – Ring/HB 619 – Heller:  Nonpublic Postsecondary Institutions/Accreditation – requires licensed institutions to become accredited within five years of licensure; seeking an amendment to limit that requirement to degree-granting institutions

SB 2096 – Olerich/HB 7055 McKeel:  Changed licensure by means of accreditation requirements; passed first Committee in the House; waiting for a hearing in the Senate

HB 861 Hooper/SB 948 Jones: allows required field internship for paramedic programs to be provided aboard any advanced life support permitted “vehicle” – monitoring for any amendment regarding EMT training

To view House bills, go to

To view Senate bills, go to


FAPSC Member Survey

Please take a moment and complete the FAPSC member survey.  It's easy to complete and online.  I encourage all school and professional members to complete the Member Survey.   We want to know how we are doing in meeting your needs. We know how valuable your time is so we made this short and sweet. Click here to get started.  You can remain anonymous or if you would like a chance to win a FREE Online class include your name, phone number and email address when you complete the survey.  Please remit the survey on or before April 3, 2009. 


Getting to Know: Melissa Wade, Past President and Board Member

Melissa Wade, Vice President of Compliance, Steiner Education Group

Favorite book: Gone with the Wind

Favorite movie: Steel Magnolias

Favorite music or musician: Carolina Beach Music

Favorite quote: "There are many ways to measure success; not the least of which is the way your child describes you when talking to a friend."  Author Unknow

Someone you admire in the school profession and why?  Dr. Art Keiser- he built an incredible organization of schools yet he always has the time and really seems to enjoy sharing his knowledge with others in the industry. 

Register to attend FAPSC Free Webinar- SEVIS: Big Changes on the Horizon

Register today! The link is now active

This webinar is being presented to you by Dow Lohnes PLLC on Thursday, April 2, 2009, at 2:00 pm EST.  Aaron Lacey will discuss the significant changes occurring in the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, including the reorganization and expansion of SEVP, the new Recertification process, and the introduction of SEVIS II.  Aaron will focus on the timing and substance of these changes, and review basic steps schools should be taking in preparation.

The webinar will last approximately one hour, including time for a question and answer session. 

This webinar is a free service provided by FAPSC. Feel free to share with your colleagues, members or non-members.


Rasmussen College awards $5,000 to Lee County Schools Foundation

Eric Whitehouse, campus director, and the faculty of Rasmussen College presented The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools with a $5,000 donation.

The donation will enable the foundation to continue with its mission of enhancing the quality of Lee County public education.

According to Whitehouse, his college became involved as volunteers first and the opportunity to provide financial support was the next logical step.

"I am a product of the Lee County school system, an education that has paved the way for me to lead Rasmussen College in Fort Myers today," he said. "The foundation plays a critical part in supporting our public school system, and we are honored to join in their efforts." (Read more)

Join FAPSC on Facebook

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Click here to sign up -Join the FAPSC group today!

 Other Industry News

Posted are "links" to news relating to our sector that may be of interest to you

News from Senate President Jeff Atwater

AIF Daily Brief March 23, 2009

AIFTV- Episode 4, March 23, 2009 

AIF Daily Brief March 19, 2009

AIF Daily Brief March 17, 2009

P.S. Check the website frequently for the latest information.





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