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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

Joe Hardiman, Secretary

Jorge Alfonso
Nancy Bradley
Richard Covington, Jr.
Peter Crocitto
Walt Kirby
William Polmear
Randy Proto
Mitch Talenfeld
Chris Tilley
Nancy Rodriguez
Melissa Wade
Claire Walker

FAPSC Executive Staff

Kathy Mizereck, Executive Director
Wanda Minick, Deputy Executive Director/Member Services
Katie Allan, Director of Continuing Education 

Nancy Hillger, Office Manager/Bookkeeper

Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges  

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


Solution for Changes in ATB Legislation – Launch of “Bridge to Start” Online High School Program

This article was contributed by Howard A. Liebman, Ph.D., Superintendent of Schools, Smart Horizons Career Online Education


Education To Go (, part of Cengage Learning, has recently launched the new “Bridge to Start” online high school program as a means of enabling millions of students to graduate from an AdvancED/SACS accredited online high school and continue their education in a post-secondary institution. ed2go is a leading provider of online courses for adult and continuing education students with over two million students enrolled in various courses.

In March of 2011, Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) and ed2go joined forces to launch Career Online High School (COHS). COHS was established as a special high school division within ed2go’s global online system, and now serves as the foundation for the new Bridge to Start program. 

Click here to read article in its entirety.

If Compliance isn’t About Rules, What is it About?

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

With all the changes in the regulatory environment, it’s hard not to associate compliance with rules but is compliance just about following rules? The dictionary says compliance is the tendency to yield readily to others, especially in a weak and subservient way. This definition suggests that compliance is reluctant and/or forced obedience but it misses the point. So, what is the point?

Every career college, regardless of federal regulation, adopts its own mission, vision, and values as its guiding principles but how does any organization nurture a culture that aligns with its values? Rules, regulations and policies are a statement of expectations and they are tools used to shape culture and encourage behaviors that align with institutional values. Compliance, then, shouldn’t be viewed or defined as reluctant obedience, but rather willful acceptance and appreciation of the organization’s culture of which an employee is a part. Compliance is not about following a checklist of rules so much as it is about the spirit of the rules. To put it simply, compliance is about doing the right thing for students.

The next time you participate in compliance training, remember what it’s really about and remember your commitment to do the right thing for students. Watch this powerful, positive video that truly encompasses what compliance is about and be proud in knowing that the amazing art and video editing you’re about to watch is the talent of a career college graduate – Watch and share now! 

Office of Student Financial Assistance Update

A huge thank you goes to Pedro R. Hernandez, Outreach Representative with OSFA for keeping us updated as to what's going on at their offices. Mr. Hernandez is so kind to attend our quarterly board meetings keeping us abreast of deadlines and legislative updates that affect our member institutions.  Mr. Hernandez presentation is available for you to download. Click here. 

Don't Let the Games Begin Without You!  Early Registration ends TODAY!

This is the final week of early registration to attend FAPSC 56th Annual Conference! Save up to $50 by registering before the early registration deadline date of June 15th!   Host venue will be one of the "World's Best Resorts" by Travel + Lesisure, Turnberry Isle Miami located in the exclusive Aventura, Florida. 

By participating in this year's event, you will be "Going the Distance for Students" by earning your 8 Hours of Continuing Education so that you can continue to provide exceptional learning experiences. This year's "olympic-sized" event will provide the latest school trends, and critical information that will impact your institution.

Join the FAPSC Training Team at the Turnberry Isle Miami for excellent networking opportunities, administrator, faculty, student and school awards, imperative sector updates and much more!

Let the Games Begin and let 2012 be the year your campus goes for the gold!

 Registration Information

  ♦ Administrator Conference Registration

  ♦ Faculty Conference Registration

  ♦ Product/Service Providers - Registration Information & Forms

  Take a sneak peak at the line up available for your selection. 

  • Administrator Conference

  • Faculty Conference


We were recently made aware of some changes with the previously advertised hotel information.  Please note:  the new information is listed below to book your arrangements!

Call 1-877-916-1721(be certain to specify FAPSC Conference Room Rate)
Room Block Expires: Monday, June 26, 2012

FAPSC has a special room rate just for you!  At $169+ per night.

Get A Grip!  Sign up to play in FAPSC 4th Annual Jay Lambeth Memorial Golf Tournament


A great confernce starts with great golfing and you won't get any better than this Miami 18-hole championship golf course recently rated 4 ½ stars by Golf Digest Magazine. Sign yourself or a team to play in the 4th Annual Jay Lambeth Memorial Golf Tournament, July 24, 2012.  Registration is open.  Reserve a spot for your team by clicking here.

 $ per Player: $175  • $ per Foursome: $675

Green and cart fees, practice area privileges, beverage cart and awards luncheon are all included.

Don't Miss Out!

FAPSC Helping You Help Your Students in Developing Skills to Land A Career!

A new FAPSC member benefit this year are two online training tools for our member schools to utilize at their campuses.  The LearningExpress Library™ and Job & Career Accelerator™ are cutting edge online web-based products that are easy to use and is all yours FREE with your paid FAPSC membership.

FAPSC has been traveling around the state offering 1 hour orientation session for our members to see and use the product first hand. Our next session is scheduled for June 26 at Florida National University, Hialeah campus.  We will host two session at different times for your convenience.  To sign up and attend one of these events or to view see if an event coming to your city click here.

If you would like more information about this new member product download a LearningExpress information packet. It contains all the information you need to get started.  Once the services are implemented you will begin receiving your free subscription to LearningExpress, LLC monthly Fast Track e-mail communication.  Click here to read June edition.  

Get In on the Facebook Action.  Like a Logo Today!

The FAPSC Public Relations committee has been considering the idea of a redesign of the FAPSC logo. The committee solicited input from our member schools offering design programs to encourage their students to submit logos. The logo submissions received were overwhelming in both volume and quality.

Now, it’s your turn to comment on the logo you “Like”. We ask you all to go to the FAPSC Facebook page and visit FAPSC Logo Contest photo album and click the “Like” button on the logo of your choice. Feel free to leave a comment and to share with your colleagues.

Remember, you must log into Facebook and already "Like" the FAPSC page then "Like" a logo. 

Have You Visited our Member News Section Recently?

June 07, 2012

Full Sail University’s Institute for Research in Entertainment (F.I.R.E) Develops Game-based Learning Aboard the National Flight Academy’s Ambition

Winter Park, FL - Full Sail University is proud to announce that the university’s research arm - F.I.R.E. – Full Sail University’s Institute for Research in Entertainment – has completed the development of the immersive game-based learning experiences that students receive aboard Ambition, the new land-locked, scenically and theatrically outfitted aircraft carrier that was recently commissioned at the National Flight Academy in Pensacola, Florida.

June 06, 2012

Smart Horizons Career Online Education Launches First Online High School Program For Inmates At Florida's Madison Correctional Institution

Pensacola, FL, On May 14th, 2012, Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE; went live at Florida's Madison Correctional Institution. This marked SHCOE's first step as an official provider of online education and career training for the Florida Department of Corrections. The Madison program is the first online secondary education program at any correctional facility in the United States.

Got News?

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

FAPSC Announcements

The FAPSC board of directors met on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at Virginia College, Jacksonville campus and approved new members. Please help us welcome them!

School Members

Central Florida Institute of Palm Harbor
Fortis College- Cutler Bay

Associate Members

Gold Sponsor

Thank You to our 2012 Sponsors

 Torch Sponsor

 Champion Sponsor

 Fanfare Sponsor

 Hydration Station Sponsor

 Cool Down Sponsor

 Qualifier Sponsor


 Medal Sponsors

Bisk Education

Blackboard ProEd

ECMC Solutions

ESM, A Xerox Company

Gragg Advertising

Homer Bonner

Langley Law Offices


MDT Direct

PRN Services, Inc.

Ritzert & Leyton, P.C.



American Student Financial Group, Inc. – Solana Beach, CA
Career Masters International- Charlotte, NC
College Services Group- Tampa, FL
ECSI- Coraopolis, PA
Homer Bonner- Miami, FL
Jones e-Global Library- Centennial, CO
Koplas & Company CPA PA- Palm City, FL
Medline – Mundelein, IN
PRN Services, Inc. – Imlay City, MI
RXinsider – Higher Education Group- West Warwick, RI
Turning Technologies – Youngstown, OH
Wragg & Casas Public Relations, Inc. – Miami, FL

Due to the resignation of FAPSC Board Member Don Slayter,  President Dean Bartness appointed Ms. Nancy Rodriguez, Vice President of Operations with Sullivan & Cogliano Training Centers, fill his seat for the remander of the year.  Welcome to the board Ms. Rodriguez!

Got Announcements?

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

Upcoming Events

June 2012

20- APSCU - Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, Las Vegas, NV

26- Region I Job Placement /Career Services Event- Miami, FL 

30- State of Florida Fiscal Year Ends for State Scholarship and Grant Program

July 2012

23-  The Commission for Independent Education, Lake Mary, FL

24-  4th Annual Jay Lambeth Memorial Golf Tournament, Aventura, FL

24-  The FAPSC Board Meeting, Aventura, FL

25- FAPSC 2012 Annual Conference/EXPO, Aventura, FL

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

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