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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. 


Let the Games Begin!

FAPSC is hosting its Cosmetology and 2012 Central Conference workshops next week February 20th, 23rd & 24th as we celebrate "Going the Distance for Students."  If you have not yet registered and would like to take part in these workshops you can register on-site the day of the event.


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

Google Map of Venue Location  

Cosmetology Workshop

February 20

Administrator Conference

February 23

Faculty Conference

February 24

Member Rate: $120 Member Rate: $285 Member Rate: $225
Non-Member Rate : $165
Non-Member Rate : $340 Non-Member Rate: $260


Take a look at our conference line up!  It just might inspire you to make the trip and earn CEUs along the way.

Administrator Conference Program

Faculty Conference Program


Creating a Compliant Culture

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

The private postsecondary education sector is changing rapidly. Federal and state agencies continuously revise and update their regulations to guide the daily operations of our sector. Because these changes can be rapid, extensive or slight, it is challenging to maintain accurate, up-to-date knowledge of the rules that guide every employee’s daily interactions. Being knowledgeable of the regulations that guide our sector must never be viewed as the responsibility of a compliance department of an organization, but rather, as the responsibility of every employee. Compliance isn’t just about following the rules; it’s about doing the right thing to serve students. Moreover, compliance isn’t a checklist, it’s a culture fostered through every employee’s understanding and implementation of the regulations that guide daily interactions. How can you ensure that you and your organization are a model of compliant interactions with students?

Whereas one may be able to research existing regulations, constantly monitor multiple regulatory agencies for updates, develop internal training programs for employees, and seek an expert for help in understanding and applying such regulations, this painstaking and perpetual task may not be very practical. Thus, consider educating your faculty and staff by having them take an online, self-paced course guided by an expert facilitator that covers compliant communications under the Federal Program Integrity Rules and relating Florida State regulations for the private postsecondary education sector. Completing the course offers 4 hours of continuing education and more importantly, peace of mind knowing your daily interactions with students are compliant. A certificate of completion is issued upon successfully passing all course requirements making it convenient to document the training and update employee files.

FAPSC Newest Member Benefit

FAPSC is excited to annouce a new FREE member benefit we hope will make a huge difference to you and your students!

FAPSC has partnered with LearningExpress,LLC to offer three different online resources to prepare your students for their job search, hone their computer skills and improve workplace skills. Job & Career Accelerator helps students develop resumes, cover letters, polish interview skills and prepare for the competitive job force and business world. Computer Skills helps students improve skills using today’s most widely used applications such as Excel, Word, Adobe. Students can improve workplace skills such as business writing and networking with LearningExpress Library. 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.

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

Click this link which will open a document 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.

FAPSC Region II & III Career Services Workshop a Huge Success

Presenters Julie Orloff and Sheri Leach provided a plethora of information on how to handle non-placed graduates, how to establish externships with employers and led a conversation regarding law interpretations centered on our industry.

There was a great dialogue between our panel of employers and attendees regarding how to develop relationships with employers. Our employer panel suggested the following:

1. Encourage employers to visit your campus when students are in their classrooms
2. Invite employers to speak with your students
3. Ask employers for their input when building curriculum
4. Continue to nurture that bond and relationship throughout the years
5. Get involved in your local workforce groups 

Only 49 More Days.....

There are only 49 days left for your school to promote its participation in FAPSC 2012 Scholarship Program.

All participating institutions should have received applications, posters, and flyers to assist you in promoting scholarships to high schools, career acadmies, GED testing centers and your local workforce offices.

FAPSC also created a press release template for your school's use.  We encourage all of our particpating institutions to download the 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 experience issues logging into our website contact me directly at Scholarship@FAPSC.org.

Seeking Graphic Design Students to Create New Logo

FAPSC is ready for a new look and invites graphic design and creative arts students attending FAPSC member schools to enter our first-ever logo design competition.

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 Public Relations Project Update

In 2011 FAPSC broadened its public relations outreach and hired Wragg and Casas public relations firm to assist us with an aggressive campaign and implement a comprehessive outreach to negate the harmful press our sector has endured.

FAPSC would like to share with our members our 2011 Public Relations Report and a complete set of the media materials from the past year. The FAPSC Board has approved the 2012 budget, which includes funds to continue our media relations efforts this year.

Click this link to read the 2011 Public Relations Report and to view the media materials.   

Have You Visited our Member News Section Recently?


Miami Campus School of Nursing Open House

The Dade Medical College Miami Campus School of Nursing Open House event will be held March 7, 2012 from 4-8 p.m. at 901 NW 39th Avenue. 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 plus chair massages courtesy of our AS in Massage Therapy program. Call 786.363.4910 for more information.

Dade Medical College Adds Jacksonville Campus

Dade Medical College has received approval from the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) to launch a fifth campus in Jacksonville, FL, and enrollment is now open at the new location in 9550 Regency Square Boulevard, Suite 1200. Classes are slated to begin in April.

Dade Medical College Hosted Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) at Miami Campus

Dade Medical College welcomed Congressman Michael Grimm to the Miami Campus on Friday, January 27, 2012. College President and CEO Ernesto Perez lead the Brooklyn and Staten Island representative on a tour of the college's main campus, giving the congressman a first-hand look at what private-sector career colleges are doing to help educate tomorrow's healthcare work force.

Full Sail University Announces Nine Graduates Have Been Nominated for 2012 GRAMMY® Awards

Full Sail University is proud to announce that nine of its alumni were nominated this year for GRAMMY® Awards which aired live on Sunday, February 12, 2012 on CBS. A total of 71 Full Sail University graduates worked on 52 nominated projects, spanning 38 categories including: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Engineered Album-Classical, Best Engineered Album Non-Classical and Best Rap Song.

Got News?

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

FAPSC Announcements

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

February 2012

20- FAPSC Cosmetology Workshop-Facilited by Milady, Lake Mary, FL 

22- ABHES - Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools 9th Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV

22 -FAPSC Committee and Board meetings, Lake Mary, FL 

23- FAPSC Central Florida Administrato Conference, Lake Mary, FL 

24- FAPSC Central Florida Faculity Conference,  Lake Mary, FL 

27- Regional Private Career Colleges and Schools Conference, Atlanta, GA

March 2012

TBA - Region VI Advisory Council of Private Career Schools Financial Aid Conference

01- Bright Futures Scholarship Program Awards Posted

05- FAME - Annual Financial Aid Conference, Las Vegas, NV

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

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

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