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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, 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. 


Why You Should Share Your Student Success Stories

To explain in detail why you should share your students success stories I refer to this excellent piece by Loren Eiseley part of a sixteen page essay published in 1969 in The Unexpected Universe. The Starfish Story (or "the star thrower") is also the title of a 1978 anthology of Eiseley's works (including the essay) which he completed shortly before his death.

The Starfish Story” by Loren Eiseley

Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”

“I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, “It made a difference for that one.”

The above story is excatly what you do each and everyday with the students that attend your schools.  YOU make a difference in their lives because you believe in your students and inspire them to achieve their dreams.  Why not share their success stories with FAPSC? 

We made it real simple! Complete the online submission form and with each submission your school has the chance to win prizes!!  But wait... there is a catch.  The story which is deemed the most inspiring will be presented at the FAPSC Annual Conference (August 3, 2011 at the Fairmont Turnberry Resort and Club, Aventura, Florida) during the conference kick-off general session.  

The Ask!  Please take a moment and speak with your team members today and submit a success story.  Your story could not only inspire another but will benefit our entire sector. 

Take a moment and tell us your thoughts. Please complete this 1 question survey by clicking this link.


FAPSC Annual Awards Nominations

The FAPSC awards committee is seeking nominations for our annual awards program. Deadline to submit nominations is May 6, 2011. This is a prime opportunity for you to recognize those special individuals that make your campus such a wonderful place!

These schools have submitted nominations. Don’t delay – and remember: YOU CAN’T WIN IF YOU DON’T PLAY!

Fortis Institute – Pensacola
Florida Career College - Pembroke Pines
Fortis Institute - Jacksonville
Fortis Institute - Jacksonville
Fortis Institute - Pensacola
Florida Technical College - Orlando
Fortis College - Miam
Florida Technical College - Lakeland
IADT - Orlando
The DAVE School - Orlando
Fortis College-Miami

Note: Each listing represents one nomination; some campuses have submitted multiple nominations in a variety of award categories. This list was last updated April 17.

Click here to get started and submit your award nomination today

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.  For a complete listing click here

House Bill Senate Bill
49 - Massage Therapy 584- Massage Therpay
357 - Independent Postsecondary Education Institutions 1264- Background Screening - TP in Higher Ed. on 3/14
175 - Barbering 544- Barbering
875 - Nonpublic Postsecondary Educational Institutions 260 - Nonpublic Postsecondary Educational Institutions - passed committee w/ strike all on 4/4; in Budge committee
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
7151 - Postsecondary Education - only one committee on 4/13 then floor 1732 - Postsecondary Education - amended to include similar HECC languages; SB thru 2ns comm. 4/13


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


Get your Engines Revvin' in 2011

FAPSC 2011 Annual Conference planning is now underway! Save the date and make plans now to attend the Administrator Conference (August 3 & 4) and Faculty Conference (August 5) at the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club, Aventura, Florida. We’re focusing on our “Drive to Student Success” and you won’t want to miss out!

Venue Info: This year's host hotel is the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club, Aventura, FL. Use this link to book your hotel room online, or 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.

Session & CEU Info: FAPSC Continuing Education Committee has been working feverishly to make this conference lineup one of the best yet! If you have an idea for a breakout session – submit your session proposal online before May 1 for consideration! A more detailed schedule and session listing will be posted on the website soon. Get in gear for this tremendous learning and networking opportunity! Eight CEUs may be earned by attending the Administrator or Faculty Workshop in its entirety.

School Employee Registration: FAPSC will open registration for school personnel in May. Please check our website frequently for updates.

Vendor Registration: Exhibitor and Sponsorship Registration are fully underway! Only a handful of sponsorship packages remain and exhibit space is filling up quickly – don’t miss out on participating in the speedway of student success! Click here for more details. Don’t forget – Exhibitor Early Registration Rates Expire May 13!

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

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.  Last  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 FAPSC 2010 School of the Year, Everest University- Orange Park.

Everest University, Orange Park provides educational success to more than 1,200 students in any of nine degree and diploma programs.  Their campus’ motto is “The Student Comes First” and that is evident from the progressive curriculum to the end-goal of providing a meaningful higher education experience, as well as effective preparation for a wide variety of careers.

Additionally, Everest University, Orange Park enjoys the support of Clay County business leaders on its Program Advisory Committees. The school sponsors one of the largest annual free public appreciation events in Clay County, - Community Care Day. In 2010 there were over 2,000+ attendees from throughout the Clay County community. At the event hurricane preparedness seminars and fingerprint identification for 150 local children were provided.

Other community involvement includes scholarship support for the Clay County Education Foundation, involvement in Habitat for Humanity, serving and providing free food and drink to 130 sailors at NAS Jacksonville, bone marrow drives, Red Cross blood drives, cancer benefit walks, Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Fraternal Order of Police and a numerous list of other charitable organizations.

Everest University, Orange Park also is an industry leader in the use of green awareness practices, recycling paper products and metals, reducing the number of paper copies, minimizing energy consumption through the use of extensive window tinting to reduce A/C consumption, and by turning off computers and lights when not needed, and conscientiously promoting awareness of such practices.

Through all of their activities, Everest University, Orange Park is a campus where students, employees and the community as a whole thrive. Congratulations Everest University- Orange Park!


FAPSC would like to thank all our 2011 sponsors

Grand Prix Sponsor


Circuit Sponsor

Accelerator Sponsor

Pedal to the Metal Sponsor

 Indy 5000 Sponsor

Brickyard Sponsor


 Pit Lizard Sponsors

Gragg Advertising

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

MDT Direct

Smart Horizons Career
Online High School

TopSchool, Inc.

Tree of Life Books


FAPSC Online Training Center Admissions Training Course Gets Rave Reviews

FAPSC launched an Admissions Training Course through our Online Training Center due to recent changes in rule 6E-1.0032 by The Commission for Independent Education requiring training for “all staff who recruit prospective students or who participate in the admission of prospective students, at the institution.” Click here to read what people are saying about this course.

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 is $129 per key;  Non-members $149 per key

Click here to read the rule in depth.

Click here to read more about this course.

 The Future of Pell Grant Funding

An issue addressed in the U.S. Congress budget Continuing Resolution (CR) is the Pell Grant funding. The results there are mixed. The CR will keep Pell Grants at the maximum award ($4,860+690=$5,550) throughout FY 2011, rather than reducing it substantially as had been proposed by some. Read More.

The above article was provided by APSCU.

Parents, Teachers & Friends – Please Read for FREE Online and WE Get Books Donated to Family-Friendly Learning Program!

Please help Volunteer USA reach their goal to provide 20,000 books so that parents can share their love of reading with children at home! 

Simply read a book online for FREE with your children, students and others…to support VUSA’s Love. Read. Learn! ™ program – a workshop to give parents skills to help their children succeed. Through the “We Give Books” campaign, the Pearson Foundation is teaming up with us to provide a free book to each of the families participating in Love. Read. Learn!, where families learn simple, effective learning strategies that can be incorporated into already hugely busy lives. Read today and everyday for Love. Read. Learn! ™

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. 

Bridgepoint Education has put together an excellent website chockfull of general information, data citations that could be helpful to all of us.  Click here to read more.

Smart Horizons Career Online Education Launches AdvancED/SACS Accredited, Career Online High School Program for Prison Populations

Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE), the world's first AdvancED/SACS school district, based in Pensacola, announces the launch of a new career online high school program for prison populations around the United States.

Full Sail University Named One of the "Top 100 Social Media Colleges"

Full Sail University is proud to announce that it has been named by as one of the Top 100 Social Media Colleges in the United States. The university, which offers online degree programs in Internet Marketing as part of its business school, currently holds the 34th position among the rankings.

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


FAPSC Announcements

FAPSC is proud to announce the lastest edition to our website FAPSC Blog.  This will be your new source for all industry releated news. Check it out!


In case you missed it ... watch this video inspired by exhibiting and sponsoring at this years annual conference.  


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

Upcoming Events

May 2011

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

12 -  NCLEX® Regional Workshop for Educators, Orlando, FL 

24- The FAPSC Board and Committee Meetings, Orlando, FL

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

June 2011

06 - Career College Association Annual Conference, Grapevine, TX

09 - Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges & Schools Annual Meeting, Grapevine, TX


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

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