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FAPSC Annual Awards

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

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

Administrator of the Year

Faculty Member of the Year

Graduate of the Year

College/School of the Year

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

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

Wayne Slater, President

Janis Schoonmaker, President Elect

William Polmear, Immediate Past President

Arthur Benjamin, Secretary

Dean Bartness, Treasurer

Jorge Alfonso
Nancy Bradley
Peter Crocitto
Joe Hardiman
Audrey Kaplan
Walt Kirby
Ernesto Perez
Randy Proto
Don Slayter
Mitch Talenfeld
Melissa Wade
Claire Walker
Linda Weldon 

FAPSC Executive Staff

Kathy Mizereck, Executive Director
Wanda Minick, Deputy Executive Director/Member Services
Katie Allan, Administrative Director of Continuing Education 

Debbie Odom, Office Manager/Staff Accountant

Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges  

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


Passing of a Friend and Colleague, Chuck Rettinger

It is with heartfelt sadness that we must recognize the passing of one of our valued associate members, Chuck Rettinger.

Chuck lost his courageous battle with cancer on Wednesday, March 9, 2011. He has battled this disease over the last couple years and faced it with the utmost courage, dignity, and grace. Chuck began his career with Deemer Dana & Froehle LLP in 2005. He led their Education Services Group compliance audit team, serving the postsecondary education school industry for almost 25 years. Those who worked closely with Chuck, whether a client or a co-worker, were blessed to have known him. He will be greatly missed.

The memorial service for Chuck Rettinger was held Saturday March 19 at 12:00 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 415 North Main Street, Springboro Ohio 45066.

Chuck requested in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Zion, IL.

Chuck is survived by his wife, Lita.

The firm is gathering remembrances of Chuck's life. If you shared a special relationship and would like to say something in Chuck's honor, please contact Emily Adams at



Central Conference Wrap-Up

The first lap of the “Drive for Student Success” – FAPSC 2011Continuing Education Conferences took place last month at the Westin Lake Mary (February 24 & 25). The Central Conference welcomed over 200 administrators, 190 faculty members and representatives from 7 sponsoring companies.

The Administrator Conference kicked off with a keynote session from Mr. Gary J. Earl, the President & CEO of Workforce Central Florida. Administrators were able to enjoy a variety of topics offered in financial aid, admissions, operations, education and student services. Faculty Members began their day with a keynote presentation full of insights from Hunter Menning, Full Sail University. Faculty benefited from presentations in subjects including: allied health, instructional skills, and Business/IT.

Presentations from the central conference are available on our website.

To view presentations from Adminstrator conference click here.

To view presentations from Faculty conference click here.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the finish line – during the final victory lap at the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club for the Annual Conference, August 2 – 5, 2011. For more details regarding the annual conference click here!

 Welcome New Members

During the Febuary 23 board meeting our directors approved eleven new members to the association.  If you find that time, please take a moment and welcome these new members to the FAPSC family.

 School Members

School Name Director Region
 Aerosim Flight Academy  Shannon Sheppard IV
 Beauty Anatomy Institute of Cosmetology and Wellness  Octivia McDougle II
 Florida Education Institute  Ramon Valenti I
 Florida Vocational Institute  Maritiza Bedoya I
 Medvance Institute – Fort Lauderdale  Michael Beaugard  II
 Medvance Institute – Palm Springs  Brenda Green  III
 Rasmussen College – Tampa  Margaret Cook  VII
 San Ignacio College - Doral  Guillermo Barragan  I
 Total International Career Institute  Hope Gutierrez  I
 Tropical Medical Training Institute  Chess Harrison  III
 Virginia College - Jacksonville  Jack Clark  V

 Associate Member

School Connection, A Product of Education Dynamics – Boca Raton

 Professional Members

Paul Comeau Everest University - North Orlando
Sheamus Hunt Florida Culinary Institute
Lara Rainer College of Business & Technology
Edward Larbi Everest University- Jacksonville
Charles Mahaffey Virginia College in Pensacola
Maikelin Martinez Professional Training Centers
Susan Pirolo Daytona College
German Posada UNAD of Florida
Kathryn Warner Florida Career College – Riverview


Legislative Tracking Update

It's been busy in Tallahassee since the start of the 2011 Legislative session. Here is a quick glimpse of what FASPC is tracking for you. 

House Bill Senate Bill
49 - Massage Therapy 584- Massage Therpay
357 - Independent Postsecondary Education Institutions 1264- Background Screening
175 - Barbering 544- Barbering
875 - Nonpublic Postsecondary Educational Institutions 260 - Nonpublic Postsecondary Educational Institutions
881 - Postsecondary Education 1194 - Postsecondary Education
1149 - Regulation of the Paralegal Profession 1612- Regulation of the Paralegal Profession
691- Verification of Employment Eligibility

518-Verification of Employment Eligibiltity

7066 - Unauthorized Aliens

517 - Firearms

 499- Concealed Weapons or Firearms

234- Firearms

1220- Concealed Weapons or Firearms

909 - Emegency Medical Services 1358- Emergency Medical Services
1197- Surgical Technology 1064- Practice of Surgical Technology


The FAPSC legislative committee meets every Friday via conference call at 9:30 AM to discuss the weekly events at the Capital as well as review each of the bills and their status. These calls are open to all that would like to join.  Dial 1-888-537-7715 Passcode: 35367679


FAPSC Annual Awards Nominations in Full Swing

The FAPSC awards committee is seeking nominations for our annual awards program.  Deadline to submit nominations is May 6, 2011.  FAPSC likes to recongize leaders in our sector each year with a special awards program to be honored in front of their peers.  

If you would like to recognize your school, someone at your campus or a graduate that overcame and previaled then we want to hear about it.

Click here to get started and see who else has been nominated!


Check out the highlights from the 2010 celebration!!!

Get your Engines Revvin' in 2011

Annual Conference: FAPSC 2011 Annual Conference planning is now underway. This year's host hotel is the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club, Aventura, FL.  FAPSC Continuing Education Committee has been working feverishly to make this conference lineup one of the best yet.

Save the date and make plans now to attend the FAPSC 2011 Annual Conference! The Administrator Conference (Wednesday and Thursday, August 3 & 4, 2011) will include a variety of hot topics, and critical issues impacting our sector. School owners and directors, directors of admissions, marketing, financial aid, student services may earn 8 CEUs. You won’t want to miss out on this tremendous learning and networking opportunity! Friday (August 5, 2011) will welcome Faculty Members for exclusive opportunities in continued education. Deans of academics, education directors, professors, and faculty are encouraged to participate in a day full of learning labs, and instructional techniques they can apply immediately in their classroom! Eight CEUs may be earned by attending the Faculty Conference in its entirety.

Stay tuned for more details about the Annual Conference and the Jay Lambeth Memorial Golf Tournament (August 2, 2011)!

Registration:  FAPSC will open registration for schools personnel in May.  Please check our website frequently for updates.However, you can go ahead and make hotel accommodations now!

Hotel Accommodations: Use this link to get started or you may call 1-800-441-1414. Be certain to mention the FAPSC 2011 Annual Conference to receive our special room rate $169+ per night.  Subject to availablity.

Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club
19999 West Country Club Drive
Aventura, FL 33180

Click here for directions


FAPSC would like to thank all our 2011 sponsors

Grand Prix Sponsor


Circuit Sponsor

Accelerator Sponsor

Pedal to the Metal Sponsor

 Indy 5000 Sponsor

 Pit Lizard Sponsors

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Smart Horizons Career
Online High School

TopSchool, Inc.

Tree of Life Books


Sponsorships: Looking for a way to boost your exposure in 2011? Why not take advantage of the sponsorship opportunities available.  Download our 2011 sponsor opportunties packet by clicking this link.  FAPSC has created a variety of ways for you to increase your exposure at our central and annual conference.  If you can't attend those events why not think about advertising with FAPSC.

Advertisements: Yes, we have created ways for you to advertise on our website and in our monthly E-Flashes. Download our media kit today to get started!

FAPSC 2010 Spotlight on Award Winner

Each year FAPSC opens nominations to the general membership to honor colleagues in the career college sector.  These awards are announced at our annual conference.  This year our conference was held in Hollywood, Florida on July 13-16, 2010.  Since some of you did not get a chance to attend this event we will highlight an award winner each month in our e-Flash. This month we highlight Graduate of the Year from a NON-DEGREE GRANTING INSTITUTION presented to Kimberly Colding, Fortis Institute, Mulberry

Ms. Colding was an engaging student who juggled many responsibilities while attending school – a single mother with no child support, and working full time.  She has an unwavering caring attitude, always willing to help out her fellow students and the campus staff.  She enjoys sharing the story of how her life was changed by her opportunity to go to school and become a Medical Assistant.

Kim tutored students and qualified to be a substitute instructor. Her ability to engage students and the hands on skills she learned helped students maintain success.  Upon graduation, she was offered a job opportunity right from her externship. Her great skills in teaching allowed her to continue at Fortis Institute. She wants to continue teaching and is studying to achieve her CMA and X-Ray certification.

Ms. Colding has overcome some tough challenges. Everyone who has witnessed her transformation will attest to the amazing person she is and the positive impact she makes on all that meet her.

Congratulations Kim!

If you have an amazing story to tell about one of your students consider sharing your story with us. Please click here to get started on your success submission and found out how you can participate in our contest.

FAPSC Online Training Center Admissions Course Approved by the Commission

As of February 01, 2011 The Commission for Independent Education rule 6E-1.0032 requires training for “all staff who recruit prospective students or who participate in the admission of prospective students, at the institution.” Click here to read the rule in depth.

FAPSC has such a CIE-approved program already in place! Our online training center course CM201 - Admission Training Program, covers admissions requirements from catalog to enrollment. It provides admissions staff with regulatory requirements information to comply in all areas of their jobs. The course also shows participants how to learn the specifics about their institution's organizational structure, policies, procedures, educational programs, and services. Lastly, participants learn how to remain current with institutional and regulatory mandates.

This course requires a purchase of one enrollment key per person.

FAPSC member rate of $129 per key Non-members $149 per key

Click here to read more about this course.

FAPSC 2010 Scholarship Program Deadline Extended

Deadline for “Hottest Jobs” college scholarships extended
FAPSC extends deadline to allow more students opportunity to further education

TALLAHASSEE, FL – March 14, 2011 – Students wishing to qualify for the “Hottest Jobs” Scholarship program now have until May 15, 2011 to submit their applications, essays and transcript. The Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges (FAPSC) is offering scholarships in some of today’s “Hottest Job” career fields.
“We decided to extend the scholarship application deadline to give as many students as possible the opportunity of obtaining assistance in furthering their education, says Wanda Minick, deputy director, FAPSC. Click here to read more.

CFI Launches a New Success - Training - Empowerment Program

The STEP Initiative is about empowering all facets of the CFI community. From our students, graduates, faculty, staff and the public. STEP is a network of people, groups, organizations and resources seeking to help our community facilitate community as well as personal development. Each section of the STEP Initiative is about helping individuals find solutions to their concerns, problems and challenges. From Finance to Work-Life balance to Career Path to even Academic success, our goal is to help each participant overcome the obstacles and challenges.

As we begin this network, we are seeking partners, participants, facilitators and resources to help us build the foundation for a successful organization. Central Florida Institute wants this program to extend beyond the walls of this facility and into our community. Your help and support is valuable to this objective. Please contact CFI with questions, comments, critiques, resources and any support you can provide to help us build our network and help our community take the next STEP.

You may download STEP flyer by clicking this link.


Have You Visited our Member News Section Recently?

If you answered no than you may want to click here to read about the wonderful things happening at other FAPSC member institutions and companies. 

Smart Horizons Career Online Education partners with North Florida Community College to open Career Online High School

Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE), based in Pensacola, FL, announced that it has partnered with North Florida Community College (NFCC) to launch the North Florida Community College Career High School.

Senator Bill Nelson endorses the DAVE School

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson for the State of Florida was invited to attend the digital media job fair held at The DAVE School on Saturday March 5th, 2011. Since he was unable to attend personally he sent this video message to the attendees. We are grateful for his support. Click here to watch video.

Rasmussen College opens new Ocala campus

Rasmussen College students have started classes in a new facility near West Marion Hospital off State Road 200.
More than 1,000 students attend Rasmussen, which now has two campuses in Ocala. The other campus is off Southwest 19th Avenue Road and serves primarily nursing students. 

Should you have exciting things happening at your school or business please share them with us. We love posting our student success stories, legislative visits, graduation celebrations, award winners, new products and services, etc. 

If you would like to be featured here just send an email to to get noticed.


FAPSC Announcements

ITT Technical Institute, Tallahassee campus will be hosting a Nursing Program Open House on Tuesday, May 3rd from
3:00 – 6:00 PM. We will have special guest speakers from the Nursing industry to share their stories, a blood drive from 2:30 – 5:30 PM, giveaways, and dinner catered by Red Elephant. All high school juniors, seniors and high school graduates are invited to attend along with their high school teachers, guidance counselors and parents. Click here to download event flyer.

Please RSVP to Audrey Copeland no later than Friday, April 22nd.

If you would like to share an annoucement, please contact Wanda Minick via email at

Upcoming Events

April 2011

03- 05 Distance Education & Training Council 85th Annual Conference, Williamsburg, Virginia

May 2011

01- 03 National Assoc. of State Admin. & Supervisors of Private Schools, Denver, Colorado

25- Comission for Independent Education, Howey In The Hills, FL 

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

Other Industry News

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

Don't Target Only Career Colleges for Regulation - The Miami Herald, March 23, 2011

Higher-education students can be stymied by loans - The Sun- Sentinel, March 11, 2011


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

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