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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

Janis Schoonmaker, President

Dean Bartness, President Elect

Wayne Slater,  Immediate Past President

Arthur Benjamin, Treasurer

Linda Weldon, Secretary

Jorge Alfonso
Nancy Bradley
Richard Covington, Jr.
Peter Crocitto
Joe Hardiman
Audrey Kaplan
Walt Kirby
Ernesto Perez
William Polmear
Randy Proto
Don Slayter
Mitch Talenfeld
Melissa Wade
Claire Walker

FAPSC Executive Staff

Kathy Mizereck, Executive Director
Wanda Minick, Deputy Executive Director/Member Services
Katie Allan, 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. 


Loss of a Friend, a Leader and Humanitarian: Dave Bitner

On September 8th, the Republican Party of Florida’s Chairman Dave Bitner lost his courageous battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Chairman Bitner was a friend of our sector and was always on our side advocating for student choice.   FAPSC executive director, Kathy Mizereck said it best, "Dave Bitner was a true friend to our sector, and a fine human being. He was a man of integrity and tremendous strength, and our state has lost a wonderful asset. His wife, Wendy, has our prayers and support at this difficult time."   

Sunshine News: RPOF Chairman Dave Bitner Praised for Courage, Professionalism
By: Kenric Ward | Posted: September 8, 2011 2:04 PM

FAPSC Extends School Participation Scholarship Sign Up Thru September 30th

The FAPSC board of directors have extended the school participation sign up for the scholarship program to September 30, 2011. Why?  To garner more interest in offering full tuition, $5,000 or $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors and GED recipients 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

Below is a complete listing of current members already participating in the program. 

Anthem College
Beauty Anatomy Institute of Cosmetology and Wellness, Inc.
Career Learning Institute
City College - Ft. Lauderdale
Concorde Career Institute - Tampa
Daytona College
Everest Institute- Fort Lauderdale
Everest Institute- Hialeah
Everest Institute- Kendall
Everest Institute- Miami
Everest University - Lakeland
Everest University - Melbourne
Everest University - Pompano Beach
Everest University - Tampa
Everest University- Brandon
Everest University- Largo
Everest University- North Orlando
Everest University- Orange Park
Everest University- South Orlando
Everest University-Jacksonville
Florida College of Natural Health - Bradenton
Florida College of Natural Health - Maitland
Florida College of Natural Health - Miami
Florida College of Natural Health - Pompano Beach
Fortis College - Largo
Fortis College - Miami
Fortis College - Winterpark
Fortis Institute- Jacksonville
Full Sail University
Herzing University
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Miami

If your institution is not on the list and would like to participate; please contact Wanda Minick at or call (850) 577-3139.

As a bonus FAPSC has placed an advertisement in Florida Trend's NEXT Magazine™ August 2011 publication.  The ad features 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.

Click here to get started

Pearson, Imagine America Foundation, Launch College and Career Readiness Website for Private Sector College Students

New site includes financial literacy, time management content

Pearson and the Imagine America Foundation (IAF) plan to launch a college and career readiness website designed to support private sector college students’ success in higher education and the workplace.

Pearson is a FAPSC Associate member and the world’s leading learning company. IAF is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing scholarships for education, research and training for the career college sector. The new website will offer content and activities, at no cost to students, on topics including financial literacy, time management, setting and achieving goals and tips on securing employment after graduation.

If you would like to view the prototype website click here.

“Private sector colleges play a significant role in higher education, and we look forward to collaborating with the Imagine America Foundation in our ongoing efforts to support these students and their continued achievement,” said Don Kilburn, CEO of Pearson Learning Solutions.

“Our goal in launching this site is to reinforce our mission of helping students succeed in career school and beyond,” said Robert L. Martin, President of the Imagine America Foundation. “Pearson’s expertise and commitment to career colleges, coupled with its high quality content for this sector, make it an ideal partner in this endeavor. We are excited to contribute this valuable resource to the career school community.”

Pearson is a supporter of the IAF’s 21st Century Workforce Fund, an initiative to conduct research that elevates the public’s understanding of the vital role of career colleges and their students nationwide. 

FAPSC President Jan Schoonmaker Hosts First Meeting of the Year

FAPSC newly elected President Jan Schoonmaker hosted her first meeting of the year on August 24th at Everest University South Orlando campus. The Strategic Planning retreat was attended by the board and committee co-chairs for the 2011-2012 year.

The goal of the strategic planning retreat was to set goals and outcomes for FAPSC for 2011-2012. Ms. Schoonmaker met with key leaders within our organization to determine that the overarching goals are:
1. More diversified membership growth
2. Deeper participation of our current membership
3. Assisting our school members in reaching employers

Committee co-chairs convened and developed plans for each of our nine committees to present to the board for approval.

At our annual conference, FAPSC presented attendees with an "Accountability Report to the Membership” outlining committee goals for 2010-2011 and providing our members with the results. To view this report please click here.

If you would like to help FAPSC move our mission forward consider volunteering.  We have nine committees eager to have your expertise.  Be a FAPSC Star and complete a volunteer form TODAY!

FAPSC Board and Committee Members Scheduled to Meet

The FAPSC Board and committees will meet on September 20, 2011 at the Westin Lake Mary, Orlando North, 2974 International Parkway, Orlando, Florida 32746.

Committee meetings begin at 10:00 a.m. and run through 11:30 a.m. The Board meeting will convene from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Interested in attending? Click here to RSVP.

Has Your School or Company’s Website been FAPSCified?

The saying around the FAPSC office is “you are not fully satisfied until you have been FAPSCified.” To be fully FAPSCified school and associate members of FAPSC should log onto our website and download your respective member logos to show that you are FAPSCified.

The easiest way to download FAPSC member logos is to complete the following steps:
1. Go to
2. Click on the “Membership” tab (underneath photos on homepage)
3. You will be prompt to login with your Username and Password
4. Click on “Members Only” picture
5. School member logo is item 12; Associate member logo is item 13

While you are in the “members only center” you can explore other member benefits such as FAPSC Guide to Legislative Visits and our Media Tool Kit. Keep checking back as new benefits are developed and placed here.

Prizes will be awarded to members that post our logo on their websites. The FAPSC staff will be checking so login and download and get FAPSCified.

Schools that place the FAPSC School Member logo will receive a $25 coupon to use through the FAPSC online training center. Associate members will receive a free banner ad on the FAPSC website for one month. (The banner ad must meet certain specifications)  


FAPSC Region VII Hosted Workforce Symposium at Everest University

FAPSC Region VII hosted a Workforce Symposium at Everest University Online, Tampa campus on September 15, 2011. There were 30 people in attendance including Alisa Bosworth with Pasco - Hernando Workforce Board. 

The event was kicked - off by John Kearney, Jr., Career Path Training Corporation. and Region VII co-chair.  FAPSC President Jan Schoonmaker gave opening remarks regarding FAPSC direction for the 2011- 2012 year.  Ms. Schoonmaker encouraged participants to mark their calendars for two important upcoming events.  The FAPSC Committee and Board meeting on September 20th and the Commission for Independent Education meeting on September 21st both in Lake Mary, Florida. "These meetings are open to the public and you are encouraged to attend as it's a great opportunity for you to build relationships with CIE staff," said President Schoonmaker.  Please visit the FAPSC calendar of events for further details.  

Audrey Kaplan. Esq. Sr. Vice President Regulatory Affairs, Florida Career College gave an update regarding Gainful Employment and Program Integrity regulations that are in place.  This update provided attendees with ways to move cohesively through the new regulations as a group.  November 15, 2011 is the deadline for the submission of information from institutions for programs that prepare students for gainful employment.  For further details click here to view Ms. Kaplan's presentation. 

The purpose of these regional events are to get your ideas, input and learn ways on how FAPSC can partner and assist you our members.  For information on FAPSC regional structure and to locate your region leaders click here. 

The event ended with a video about graduates who have been successfully placed in jobs and their employers who recognized the value of a career college education.

Thanks to Everest University for hosting the event.  If your campus is interested in hosting a region event please contact Wanda Minick at or call the FAPSC office at (850) 577- 3139. 

 FAPSC Online Training Center Adds New Course - Compliant Communications with Students

FAPSC is pleased to announce the availability of an online compliance training course for Florida institutions that are licensed by the CIE and participate in federal financial aid programs.

This 4-hour course focuses on compliant communications with students and is designed for all school employees. The course has been sponsored by the National Association of State Administrators and Supervisors of Private Schools (NASASPS) and reviewed by the CIE.

The course provides an awareness of prohibited acts which could adversely impact operations. Topics focus on Federal Department of Education Program Integrity rules and the state regulations with references to other agencies' impact on student communications including the Federal Trade Commission guidelines. The course covers requirements which must be adhered to in order to maintain good standing with both state and federal regulators. Emphasis is on areas of misrepresentation related to advertising and recruitment activities, interactions with prospective students and appropriate communication of disclosures and other publications.

CM112 - Compliant Communications with Students (Florida) is available through the FAPSC Online Training Center. Below is a direct link to the course:

FAPSC strongly recommends that all school personnel, including administrators, staff and faculty complete this training course. All employees are in communication with students and must be aware of the relevant rules and regulations. Employees need to learn and understand the regulations with the goal of providing the best possible service to students. This interactive online course provides effective compliance training in a positive and enjoyable context.

Check out our catalog  and view all of our amazing offerings and enroll in a course today!

 Have You Visited our Member News Section Recently?

Read about what's happening around the state

Dade Medical’s new West Palm Beach campus will provide 30 to 60 jobs

September 08, 2011

Dade Medical College is expanding into Palm Beach County, transforming the Shoppes at Cresthaven into a bustling center in suburban West Palm Beach.

It will be the fifth campus for the for-profit, South Florida school, which offers degrees and certifications in nursing, ultrasound, medical billing and other health-care-related professions that are a current bright spot in the lingering unemployment blight. Employment rose 2.5 percent in health care and social assistance sector in July from the year before, according to the Agency for Workforce Innovation.

Everest Wins Two Statewide Awards for Excellence

September 01, 2011

Everest took two top honors, including Graduate of the Year and Student Services Administrator of the Year, at the annual awards ceremony by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges (FAPSC), a statewide organization representing more than 200 career-oriented schools.

Miami native Sadie Fox, who graduated from Everest Institute-Kendall with a diploma in pharmacy technician and attended the awards ceremony with campus dean Claudette Thompson, accepted the Graduate of the Year honor.

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

FAPSC Announcements

Dates to Mark on your calendar:

2011-2012 Legislative Committee Weeks
September 19, 2011
October 03, 2011
October 17, 2011
October 31, 2011
November 14, 2011 – Tentative FAPSC Day held during this week.
December 5, 2011

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

Upcoming Events

September 2011

19- ACCSC- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools & Colleges Annual Professional Development Conference, Long Beach, CA

20 - FAPSC Board and Committee Meetings, Lake Mary, FL 

21- The Commission for Independent Education, Lake Mary, FL

October 2011

04- Higher Education Coordinating Council

16- DETC- Distance Education & Training Council Fall Workshop, Nashville, TN

19- AMTA - American Massage Therapy Association National Convention, Portland, OR

26- ACCET- Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training Annual Conference, Tucson, AZ

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

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