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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

Dean Bartness, President

Linda Weldon, President Elect

Mark Gutmann, Past President

Arthur Benjamin, Treasurer

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. 


Bushes honor success stories at Celebration of Reading

Like many migrant workers, Immokalee’s Maria Segura didn’t know how to read or speak English. Like her parents before her and their parents before them, the 43- year-old mother of four thought she would end up working the fields for the rest of her life.

Then she stepped into a Bush family literacy program, and everything changed.

A high school dropout, Segura learned to read, learned English, got her GED and in 2009 graduated from Southwest Florida College in Fort Myers. Today, she’s the lead preschool teacher at Immokalee’s Family Literacy Academy.

Former first lady Barbara Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush celebrated Segura’s accomplishment as well as the thousands of people their foundation has helped at Friday night’s 12th annual Celebration of Reading at the Hyatt Regency in Bonita Springs. Click here to read the article in length.

Each year FAPSC calls upon our member institutions to assist fulfilling our partnership with Volunteer USA by offering scholarships to students just like Maria.  FAPSC can't thank Southwest Florida College, Keiser Career College, and Everest University enough for stepping up and making these student;s dreams a reality. 

If your school would like to consider offering scholarships through Volunteer USA please contact Wanda Minick at (850) 577-3139 or via email Wanda@FAPSC.org.


Using Social Media to Enhance the Career Services Department

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

Social Media has dramatically changed recruiting, job search, personal branding, networking, marketing, and constituent engagement. The technology is changing rapidly and while many career professionals may grasp how to use popular social media platforms, many may struggle with developing a strategy to establish an effective social media marketing plan to achieve career services objectives. A social media strategy can help career services departments do the following:

• Improve employment reporting capability
• Improve employer, student, and alumni relations
• Improve student participation and engagement
• Improve student career-readiness

Career Services departments must learn how to leverage social media as part of an overall marketing initiative to achieve multiple objectives. A new course is available in the Online Training Center entitled, Developing a Social Media Strategy for Career Services. This course is highly recommended for all Career Services staff. The online course offers 4 hours of continuing education units.

Placement Rates Got you Down?

Look no further, FAPSC is here to help you keep those rates up by offering this new FREE member benefit!

FAPSC has partnered with LearningExpress, LLC to offer online resources to prepare your students for their job search, hone their computer skills and improve workplace skills.

Help your students develop resumes, cover letters, polish their interviewing skills and prepare them for the competitive job force and business world by using Job & Career Accelerator.  This online tool also provides the most effective job search possible to assist your students in finding that perfect placement.

LearningExpress Library offers Computer Skills to help students improve using today’s most widely used applications such as Excel, Word, and Adobe. Students can improve workplace skills such as business writing and networking. This resource also prepares students for professional certification, licensing, and aptitude tests in fields such as health care, civil service/government, law enforcement, firefighting, EMS, military, and real estate, among others.  There are more than 200 titles offered in LearningExpress eBooks providing your students online access to electronic reference books and practices tests.  The eBooks are perfect for students, adult learners, parents, and career professionals all available to download in PDF format.

Click here to read more about how you can get your campus started with these FREE services! 

Click this link  will open an excel document named LESSetupForm2012.xls that explains each method of authentication and provides space to enter the requisite information. Please forward this document to your technical support team or webmaster to complete.  

LearningExpress also provides training on how to get the most out of their products.  Each month traning webinars are conducted the 1st and 3rd Wednesday. Visit their training website to schedule your training today! http://www.learningexpressllc.com/support/webinars/home.cfm

If you have any questions about this new FREE member benefit contact Wanda Minick at (850) 577-3139 or email Wanda@FAPSC.org.

FAPSC Looking for Graphic Design Students to Create New Logo

We are ready for a new look and invite all graphic design and creative arts students attending FAPSC member school's to enter.

The winning logo will be reproduced and used in all FAPSC print and electronic communication tools. Three finalists will be chosen to present their designs during the April 11, 2012 FAPSC board of directors meeting in Tampa, offering an excellent opportunity for students to receive real-world presentation experience. The winning logo design will be revealed in July during the FAPSC annual conference at the Turnberry Isle Resort in Miami. The winning student designer will receive $500 and a one-night stay at the resort during the conference.

From world-class chefs to law enforcement officers, from business to nursing, FAPSC member schools have helped Floridians achieve their dreams for more than 50 years. FAPSC is seeking a new logo that showcases the diversity of the 900 licensed private career schools, colleges and universities that make up FAPSC.

**All entries must be received by March 15, 2012 *Only one entry per individual*

Click here for required forms and official rules and regulations.

For questions please contact Wanda Minick at (850) 577-3139 or Wanda@FAPSC.org.

FAPSC Scholarship Program Wrapping up Another Year

We are less than one month away from the April 06, 2012 deadline for scholarship applications.

Currently, FAPSC has only received 17 eligible applicants. There is still time for participating institutions to get out and visit your high schools, career academies, GED testing centers and local workforce offices to promote your schools scholarships.

FAPSC has offered schools a variety of tools to promote the program such as press release template for your school's use, flyers, posters and applications.  We encourage all of our participating institutions to download the press release template and send to your contacts.  All you need to do to download the template is click on the Members Only Center located on our website www.FAPSC.org which is located underneath the Membership tab to download theses items electronically. Once you are logged in you will need to use the following secure password: 2012.

We encourage all participating schools to add a direct link to the FAPSC scholarship application for additional exposure. Also, please use the FAPSC member logo and post it on your website which is also available to download in the Members Only Center on the FAPSC website. 

If you need additional materials or if you experience issues logging into our website contact me directly at Scholarship@FAPSC.org.

Have You Visited our Member News Section Recently?

Congratulations to Sullivan and Cogliano Training Centers, Inc North Dade and Kendall Campus Staff  for being recognized as the #6 Best Places to Work in South Florida by the South Florida Business Journal for a medium sized company. This is their third nomination and the highest performance to date!  The Best Places to Work is based on the community's feedback . The Best Places to Work program highlights companies in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties whose operations are changing the business landscape, and create a positive work environment that attracts and retains employees through a combination of employee satisfaction, working conditions and company culture. Congratulations in making this happen by living Sullivan and Cogliano Training Centers, Inc core purpose everyday for their students and everyone on their team!

FAPSC School Member Florida Technical College's Cate Montuoro,  V.P. Corporate Development is among the nominees for the Orlando Business Journal's annual awards honoring women in business. Congraulations Cate!  Click here to read more.

Hollywood Campus School of Nursing Open House
Dade Medical College's Hollywood Campus School of Nursing Open House event will be held March 21, 2012 from 4-8 p.m. at 7029 Taft Street. Here's your opportunity to tour our campus, meet nursing faculty and college officials and find out more about our programs of study. Enjoy FREE cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure checks. Call 954.843.7930 for more information.

Florida National College Designated “Military-Friendly”

Many service members in our Armed Forces select private career institutions because of their military-friendly approach and supportive environment. Our military students face challenges every day to meet their responsibilities in the Armed Forces in defending our nation.


In addition to their military commitment, they also commit to further their education and pursue another career, spending time to meet the requirements of their courses. This situation becomes complicated when the student is faced with orders for deployment or a change of duty station. At this moment, the institution’s support system engages the student to provide academic advising and tutorial services. Another benefit we offer the service member is an opportunity to request a leave of absence without any penalty.

Got News?

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

FAPSC Announcements

Presentations from Central Conference are Available to Download

FAPSC has uploaded Central Conference presentations to the FAPSC website.  Click this link to access Administrators sessions or if you are interested in Faculty presentations click here.

If you attended this conference we would appreciate your feedback. Please complete the survey below by clicking on the corresponding link to the conference you attended. Surveys help us prepare for future events.

When conference CEU's become available in your professional development portal FAPSC will send an email with a link to log in and download your certificate.  If you have any questions please contact the FAPSC office at (850) 577-3139.

FAPSC 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.

Got Announcements?

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

 Upcoming Events

March 2012

13- FAPSC Awards Committee Conference Call

28- The Commission for Indepenedent Education, Howey In the Hills, FL

April 2012

01 - Deadline to Apply for Rosewood Family Scholarship Fund

11 - The FAPSC Committee and Board Meetings, Tampa, FL

15 - DETC- Distance Education & Training Council 86th Annual Conference, Wailea-Maui, HI

16 - PCCS - Private Career Colleges & Schools Regions I, II & III Conf. Financial Aid Training, Philadelphia, PA

21 - AACS - American Association of Cosmetology Schools Spring Management & Financial Aid Conference, Las Vegas, NV

22 - NASASPS - National Assoc. of State Admin. & Supervisors of Private Schools, Arlington, Virginia

25 - TPI - Best Practices and Great Ideas 9th Annual Conference, Kansas City, MO


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

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