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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. 


FAPSC member ITT Technical Institute Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Festitivies

On Tuesday, February 02, 2011 ITT Technical Institute, Tallahassee campus held it's ribbon-cutting ceremony with Tallahassee City Commissioner Gil Ziffer and distinguished guests from the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerece including President Sue Dick, and Senior Vice President of Membership Advancement, Angela Hardiman-Cole. 

Campus Director, Dan McGrew begain by welcoming all in attendance and thanking the Commissioner for taking time out of his day to attend the event.  McGrew gave attendees a campus tour and wrapped up the day's activities with a student assembly. To read more about this event click here.

To read more about City Commissioner Gil Ziffer click here.

The following day ITT Technical Institute hosted U.S. Representative Steve Southerland to their campus. Representative Southerland gave an inspirational address to the students. Below is a brief video clip highlighting U.S. Congressman Southerland's visit.

To read more about U.S. Representative Steve Southerland click here.

Nursing Workshop Huge Success

FAPSC hosted its first-ever Nursing Workshop in West Palm Beach on Jan. 24, 2011. The event was a huge success bringing in 143 attendees who took advantage of networking and learning opportunities.

The workshop kicked-off with a special pre-recorded welcome from Representative Denise Grimsley RN, District 77, House Appropriations Committee Chair. Kathy Mizereck, FAPSC’ Executive Director, led the attendees through a thorough review of Florida Nursing Education Law and the major changes from 2009 and 2010 legislation.

Dr. Patricia A. Seabrooks, Director of Education, Florida Board of Nursing covered an array of topics from the approval process for new and existing nursing programs, as well as reporting requirements and program comparisons.

Mary Ann Hogan presented an extensive overview of how to map a curriculum to the NCLEX RN and PN tests in a session sponsored by Pearson, and Pam Corrigan led attendees through a critical evaluation process of understanding how to examine their program for variables that impact NCLEX results.

A special thank you to the event sponsor, Pearson; exhibiting companies: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, and InfoLab, Incs; and door prize donor PocketNurse!

If you would like to view the presentations from this event please click here.

FAPSC day Participants Took Florida's Capitol by Storm

On Wednesday, February 9 FAPSC members came together to spread the good news through the Florida Legislator regarding Florida's career college sector.

Over all we had around 50 participants representing 25 FAPSC member schools.  Well over 60 appointments were made with Senators and Representatives, including meetings with Speaker of the House Dean Cannon and Senate President Mike Haridopolos.

" This was my first hill day in Florida and I must say that I think it was incredible!" stated Shane Clem, RVP- Operations with Everest Florida Central Region. "I was proud to be part of something so great for our sector and was humbled by so many folks being together to discuss their passion about what we do!"

To view our photo gallery from this event click here.


FAPSC Holds Regional Scholarship Events

FAPSC promoted our scholarship program by hosting regional events in Jacksonville, Orlando and Miramar the week of February 15-18, 2011.

Over 2,000 invitations were mailed to public and private high school principals, guidance counselors, career counselors with career academies, G.E.D. testing facilities, Adult Education and Learning Centers and workforce regions. 

Deadline for students to apply is March 11, 2011.  We hope these events will not only boost interest in the $1.5 million dollars our schools and colleges are offering but also create awareness amoung Florida high schools and other learning centers.

To check out an event in your area visit our web page

Realize - Resolve- React - Renew your FAPSC Membership

Renew today, and let's continue improving education and protecting the interests of your students and the members of our sector. Deadline to renew dues is February 28, 2011.

You are an important part of the association's mission, strategies and accomplishments.

Your membership has made a difference this past year - let's do it again!

Renewing your membership can be done in 4 easy steps. To renew your school or company's membership you must be the designated primary contact. If you are unsure please contact Wanda Minick at or call (850) 577-3133.

Step 1: Log into our website (Unless you have logged in before and changed it your username is your first and last name with no spaces.  The first letter in each name is in capital letters. Ex. WandaMinick (W and M are caps- no spaces between the names).  Password is “FAPSC” in all capital letters.

Step 2: Once you log in you will be in your member portal. As the primary contact you will have a "view organization" link.  Click the "view organization" link  to view your school/company's member portal.  Click the "Renew" link to renew membership.

Step 3: This is where you will renew your membership!  The page header is "School Membership Application." Please review and make sure that all the information we have on file is correct.  If not, please make changes where necessary. Most of the information on this page will be displayed in our member directory, so it is very important that you are listed correctly. Once information is completed and verified scroll down. 

If you are renewing a school membership you will need to select your campus' gross revenue range to be assessed the appropriate membership dues.

Associate members renewing will automatically be assessed a $500 dues renewal fee. Next, you will select your response to consider making a contribution to FAPSC PAC. Then click the renew button.

Step 4:  Payment Page!  You should see your renewal amount plus the amount if you chose to contribute to FAPSC PAC. You can either pay immediately by credit card or click “bill me."  If you choose the “bill me” option you will be brought back to the organization portal, scroll down the page and view "invoices & receipts" box and click on the printer icon to display invoice for printing.  Please remit payment to FAPSC office at 150 South Monroe Street, Suite 303, Tallahassee, FL 32301 and be sure to include the invoice number on your check.

Deadline to renew dues is February 28, 2011.

If you need assistance with renewal, please contact Wanda Minick at (850) 577-3139 or via email

Get your Engines Revvin' in 2011

Conference: FAPSC 2011 Central Florida Conference February 24th -25th. This year's host hotel is The Westin Lake Mary, North Orlando.  FAPSC Continuing Education Committee has been working feverishly to make this conference lineup one of the best yet.

FAPSC will kick off the conference Thursday with Administrator Day.  School owners and directors, directors of admissions, marketing, financial aid, student services can come learn and earn 8 CEU's along with networking with your colleagues.  We will wrap up the conference with Faculty Day on Friday.  Deans of academics, education directors, professors, and faculty are encouraged to participate on this day as they will be awarded  8 CEU's upon completion of a day chockful of learning labs and instruction they can take back to the classroom and implement.

Not Registered? If you have not registered but want to attend "Driving Student Sucess" FAPSC 2011 Central Florida Conference you may register on - site. See hotel accommodations below for directions to conference venue. 

Hotel Accommodations: Sprint on over and make your hotel accommodations TODAY! Use this link to get started or you may call 1-800-WESTIN1 or 1-800-937-8461. Be certain to mention the FAPSC 2011 Central Florida Conference to receive the special room rate. FAPSC conference attendees will receive our special $119+/ per night room rate. Subject to availablity.

The Westin Lake Mary Orlando North
2974 International Parkway
Lake Mary, Florida 32746

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

McGraw-Hill Career College Division

 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 advertiste 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 The Gail Benjamin Student Services Administrator of the Year Award presented to Eden Klinedinst, Everest University-Tampa

Eden Klinedinst stands for honesty, integrity and high moral standards and excels in all of these areas. She has contributed to the development of a tutoring service for potential Ability to Benefit students before they take the entrance exam.

Ms. Klinedisnt makes all students feel welcome at tutoring and provides the individual attention they need, and finds the additional resources to assist students in tutoring to ensure they understand the material and are prepared for a successful testing experience.
With her dedicated efforts, her campus has constantly maintained a pass rate of 50% or higher. She works hard to find resources within the community for our students to ensure they can succeed such as seeking out auto repair facilities, day care facilities that will offer discounts to our students. She has also been instrumental in securing low cost housing for our students.
Congratulations Eden!


If you would like to be considered for one of these amazing awards, please visit our website to learn more.

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.

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. 

The No-Name School That Mints Grammy Winners

At this year's Grammys, the five nominees for Album of the Year have something peculiar in common: they were all mixed or engineered by graduates of Full Sail University. In fact, this year's Grammy-nominated projects were worked on by 74 alums of Full Sail U in total. Read More.

Full Sail University Graduate To Be Awarded The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) 2011 William A. Fraker Heritage Award

Full Sail University would like to congratulate 2010 Film graduate Boyd Hobbs who has been selected to receive The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) 2011 William A. Fraker Heritage Award for outstanding artistic achievement in student filmmaking for his work as Director of Photography on the Full Sail student film Loves Me Not. The award will be presented during the 25th Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards ceremony, which will be held in Los Angeles this Sunday, February 13, 2011. Read More.

Smart Horizons Career Online Education Receives District Accreditation from AdvanceED/SACS at the World's First Online School District

Dr. Howard Liebman, CEO and Superintendent of Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE), has announced that SHCOE has been granted District Accreditation from the AdvancED/Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Accreditation Commission as the world's first online school District. Read More.

Kottkamp Joins Tallahassee Law Firm

TALLAHASSEE- Former Lieutenant Governor Jeff Kottkamp has joined the Tallahassee law firm of Messer, Caparello and Self. The 35 year old Capital City firm handles a wide range of matters including State and Local Governmental Affairs, Ethics and Elections, Education Law, Civil and Commercial litigation, Employment law, Financial Institution regulation, Mediation, Health Care law, and Environmental law. According to the Firm’s Managing Partner Tom Findley, Kottkamp will primarily practice in the Legislative and Governmental Affairs division of the Firm. Kottkamp will join an experienced and well-respected Legislative and Government Affairs team at Messer, Caparello and Self that includes Bob L. Harris, Mark Herron and Marlene Falmlen. Read More.

Deemer Dana & Froehle Announces Launch of New Website!

Deemer Dana & Froehle LLP, Georgia’s premiere full-service certified public accounting firm, is pleased to announce the launch of the firm’s newly designed website. ”We wanted a site that truly captured the essence of the firm – to create value in each relationship. Through staff, client and community representation, we feel our new site is a true reflection of who we are as a firm,” John Matthews, Managing Partner, stated. Read More.

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

Southwest Florida College Hires a New Director of Industry Partnership and Graduate Placement

Please join us in welcoming Stephen Tirey, former CEO and President of The Chamber of Southwest Florida as their new Director of Industry Partnerships and Graduate Placement. Mr. Tirey has served as the CEO of the chamber since 1989 and has worked with many business and political leaders throughout the state.  In his new role, Mr. Tirey will concentrate on pulling together all of the college's graduate placement activities and will assist the Southwest Florida College in obtaining strategic industry partners, employer endorsements for every program of instruction, expanding externships and cooperative education, and development of an active alumni network. 


Full Sail University graduate Gary Rizzo has been named as an OSCAR® nominee in the category of Best Achievement in Sound Mixing for his work on Inception. This is Gary’s 3rd Academy Award nomination as he was also nominated for The Incredibles (2004) and for Batman: The Dark Knight (2008).

More details about Full Sail graduates’ contributions to this year’s Academy Award nominated projects are forthcoming.


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


Upcoming Events

February 2011

Feb 17 - American Massage Therapy Association School Summitt, San Francisco, CA

Feb 21- FAPSC and Milady Cosmetology Workshop, The Westin Lake Mary Orlando North

Feb 21 - PCCS Region IV National Financial Aid Training

Feb 23- FAPSC Committee & Board Meeting, The Westin Lake Mary Orlando North

Feb 24 -25 - FAPSC 2011 Central Florida Conference in Lake Mary, The Westin Lake Mary Orlando North


March 2011

Mar 05 - American Association of Cosmetology Schools, Spring Management Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada

Mar 11 - Delmar Cengage Learning Nursing Forum, Marriott Orlando Airport, Orlando, FL

Mar 16 - The Commission for Independent Education , Mission Inn Resort & Club, Howey Inn The Hills, FL 


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

Other Industry News

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