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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 

Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges  

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


Jump Start 2012 by Renewing your FAPSC Membership Dues

We thank you for your membership and your loyalty to your state association.  We're always here if you'd like to talk more about how to maximize your membership.

Here is what FAPSC is working on for 2012:

  • Let FAPSC serve as your clearinghouse and store your earned CEU's through our secure online database. To do this you will be asked to log in and register for FAPSC hosted events. This will enable us to store your earned CEU's and gives you the ability to view them at anytime.

  • Adding a career/job board for your students to search for jobs with built in tools to assist with creating resume and cover letters.

  • Continuing our public relations efforts to provide information about our sector and quick response to criticism.

  • Meeting your professional development needs with education programs around the state. Our speakers represent more than $100,000 of talent that we bring to you at affordable event registration prices.

  • An Awards Program to honor our colleagues and our business partners, reaching out into our communities making an impact.

  • Advocacy work continues at your state Capitol to ensure students and our members receive fair treatment, access and choice.

  • Maintaining our partnership with the Higher Education Coordinating Council to guarantee all educational institutions are held to the same standards.

Click here for step by step directions on how to renew!

Deadline to renew dues is February 03, 2012

Act now to assure that you will continue to enjoy the benefits of FAPSC membership. Members who do not renew within 65 days of their expiration date will be classified as "Inactive" and will have to rejoin instead of renew. Please contact Wanda Minick, FAPSC’s Director of Membership, with any questions at (850) 577-3139 or Wanda@FAPSC.org

Best wishes for your continued success. We hope to see you soon and often!

Jan Schoonmaker                       Kathy Mizereck
FAPSC President                         FASPC Executive Director

Dean Cannon: Constitution should be basis for fixing higher education

Below is an opinion article by Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon. It was first published in the Orlando Sentinel on December 2, 2011.

Higher education is vital to our state’s future, and the need to change our current group of state universities into a great university system is long overdue.

I mention our group of universities, because currently we do not have a coordinated system, but 11 separate fiefdoms. Balkanized, our state universities compete among themselves for the same state funding, faculty talent and research grant money, redundantly offering, or hoping to offer, the same programs and each aspiring to become the next UCLA, UVA or Michigan.

I wish I could say we have several top 10 universities in Florida, but we don’t even have one. By failing to decide that one of our universities will be a top-ranked public university, we are effectively deciding that none of them ever will. We are allowing ourselves to be mired in minutiae, while our collection of universities regresses toward mediocrity.

How do we fix this? Click here to read this blog in its entirety.

Membership Poll

FAPSC 2012 Scholarship Program Seeking Applicants

The Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges (FAPSC) scholarship program is in progress and we encourage participating institutions to promote your scholarships.

The FAPSC scholarship application is electronic this year! Applicants can apply directly online or they can download an application and submit via mail. The application is posted on two websites: www.FAPSC.org and FLCareers.org as well as linked through a variety of scholarship databases such as Scholarships.com, College Board, Cappex.com, Zinch.com, Peterson’s, Scholarship Experts.com, and Fastweb. We hope this will broaden the exposure and outreach of this program.

Soon you will all be receiving copies of printed applicatons, flyers, email and press release templates for your use to promote this program to your local public and private high schools, career centers, and G.E.D testing centers by making appointments to speak with career counselors or securing booth space in your community’s college fairs.

We encourage all participating schools to add a direct link to the FAPSC scholarship application for additional exposure. Also, please access the FAPSC member logo and post it on your website!

If you have questions regarding this program plesae contact Wanda Minick at Wanda@FAPSC.org or call (850) 577-3139.

FAPSC Announces a New Community Leadership Award

New for 2012 FAPSC will recognize community leaders outside the private postsecondary education sector. This award will be in recognition for outstanding service to the community in each of the FAPSC 8 regions. Each region will have the opportunity to recognize one outstanding community award recipient and name their local award in honor or memory of someone. For more information regarding this new award click here.

OSFA’s News To Know is now available

OSFA’s News To Know is now available. 

Please visit the following link:http:// www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/FFELP/ntk_archives/2011/ Dec11ntk.pdf

In this month’s issue: 

  • Special Direct Consolidation Loan Information

  • Navigating Your Financial Future updates

  • Important deadlines and announcements 

  • State Scholarship & Grant Programs updates

Volunteer Opportunity

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The nation’s recession and resulting budget cuts have wreaked havoc on our beloved parks and that’s why we need your help. eco-VolunteerUSA Membership is a new, easy way for you to make a lasting impact on our pristine environment; annual membership is available at just $30 or higher if you can do more. Click here to read more. 

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Dade Medical College to Sponsor Miami Children's Hospital Magical Winter Wonderland Festival Sunday

December 14, 2011

Dade Medical College are proud sponsors of the Magical Winter Wonderland Festival at the Miami Children's Hospital Cancer Center, to be held Sunday, December 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Organized by the hospital's Division of Hematology-Oncology & Community Organizations, the event will feature entertainment by the Amazing Andy and the Great Gaston, plus a magic show and a special visitor who will bring surprise gifts. Dade Medical will be donating 20 Kindle Fire readers and goody bags for all attendees. To RSVP, please contact Melissa Martin | 305.666.6511, ext. 5376 or iris.garcia@mch.com. Click here to view the official event flyer.


Dade Medical College buys Jacksonville College

December 08, 2011

Miami-based Dade Medical College acquired Jacksonville-based Southern Career College.

Both colleges are private institutions. Dade Medical College has undergone rapid expansion, including a new campus in West Palm Beach and expanded facilities in Hollywood, Homestead and Miami Lakes. It has about 1,800 students, according to Dade Medical College spokesman Michael Mut.

Its plans in Jacksonville, which will lead to 60 new jobs there, are part of the college’s statewide expansion, he added.

Southern Career College has about 170 students at its campus on the 11th and 12th floors of the building at 9550 Regency Square Blvd. Eventually, its programs in business, network administration and computer drafting and design – programs not offered at Dade Medical College – will be consolidated into one floor. The other floor will become Dade Medical College’s Jacksonville campus and introduce nursing classes that are not currently offered at Southern Career College, Mut said.

ITT Technical Institute Graduates First Students

December 08, 2011

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The ITT Technical Institute in Tallahassee will award its first associate of science degrees in Information Technology - Computer Network Systems, Computer and Electronics Engineering Technology and Criminal Justice to 25 students at its commencement on Dec. 17 at Capital City Country Club.

Motivational speaker Vincent T. Edwards will serve as the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony.

Who: ITT Technical Institute
What: Graduation Ceremony with Guest Speaker Vincent T. Edwards
When: Dec. 17, 2011, at 3 p.m.
Where: Capital City Country Club
1601 Golf Terrace Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Florida National College Announces the Approval of its First Master’s Degree

December 06, 2011

Hialeah, Florida – Florida National College (FNC) proudly announced that they received official approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to offer their first Master?s Degree program. This is a great accomplishment, and marks another milestone in FNC?s history. Mrs. Maria C. Regueiro, one of FNC?s three founders and President, joyfully stated “I am so very proud, happy, and pleased that we have been approved for a level change! We are now able to offer Graduate Degrees to our students. This has been a long journey, and we have worked very hard to reach our objective to provide quality higher education to our community!”

FNC?s first Master?s Degree will be a Master of Business Administration (MBA), a degree designed to provide Bachelor students with an opportunity to continue on to the Master?s level, and students with work experience an opportunity to enhance their careers with higher level education in Business Administration. Students can choose from one of three concentrations: General Management, Finance or Marketing. Dr. James Bullen, Business and Economics Division Head, emphasizes that “Every course in the curriculum has, in addition to Academic components, a real-life case study to provide students with virtual „on-the-job? exercises in applying the material learned, and thus help prepare them for the workforce.”

If you would like to be featured here just send an email to Wanda@FAPSC.org to get noticed.

FAPSC Announcements

Save the Date!

 • FAPSC Cosmetology Workshop facilitated by Milady – Monday, February 20, 2012. Special Topic: “Teaching Essential Business Skills for Success."  Westin Lake Mary – North Orlando. Registration details coming soon!

 • FAPSC Central Florida Conference: February 23 – 24, 2012. Westin Lake Mary – North Orlando. Registration details coming soon!

 • FAPSC is seeking experienced, qualified, dynamic speakers for our upcoming conferences. Interested? Click here to learn more about submitting a conference presentation proposal. We present informative education sessions education sessions aimed toward enhancing job performance, supporting school and classroom functions, and promoting compliance for school administrators and faculty. Submit your proposal for a breakout session today!

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

New Courses Available through FAPSC Online Training Center

The FAPSC Online Training Center is pleased to announce new courses to improve your job skills. These new courses cover compliance, admission, financial aid and student service topics that are a must for all career institutions.   Course topics include:

 • Best Practices in an Ethical Enrollment Process

 • Compliant Communications with Students

 • Compliance: The Do's and Don'ts of Ethical Communications

 • Empowering Students to Find and Secure the Right Job

 • Setting up an Effective Alumni Association

 • Teaching English Language Learners

Log in today and discover all of these courses plus others! 

In addition to the structured learning and interaction opportunities offered through these courses, tutorials, lessons, and webinars, we provide an informal space for career college professionals to exercise their own thoughts, and make their own connections.

The Lounge was created for the career college community to announce their learning and development interests, create learning groups and post blogs. This learner-centered component of our training center allows users to find and link up with other users with similar interests to create ad-hoc learning communities.  

Check out the Lounge and all of the courses FAPSC Online Training Center has to offer!

Upcoming Events

23-26- FAPSC Office Closed in Observance for the Christmas Holiday

January 2012

02- FAPSC Office Closed in Observance for the New Year

04- The Commission for Indenpendent Education Meeting

23- CHEA - Council for Higher Education Accreditation Annual Conference

23- PCCS - Private Career Colleges & Schools Regions VII & VIII Conf. Financial Aid Training

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

Other Industry News

APSCU Federal Governmental Relations Newsletter, APSCU -  December 05-09, 2011

POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION: Student Outcomes Vary at For-Profit, Nonprofit, and Public Schools, GAO-12-143: United States Government Accountability Office, Report to Congressional Requesters - December 2011


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