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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

Joe Hardiman, Treasurer

Randy Proto, Secretary

Jorge Alfonso
Arthur Benjamin
Gil Bonwitt
Nancy Bradley
Richard Covington, Jr.
Peter Crocitto
Walt Kirby
William Polmear
Nancy Rodriguez
Mitch Talenfeld
Chris Tilley
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. 


FAPSC and LearningExpress Hosts Webinar

Thursday, September 13, 2012 3:00- 4:00 PM, EST

LearningExpress, LLC Job & Career Accelerator & Learning Library is FAPSC Newest FREE member benefit! We want to make sure all of our members are aware of this FREE service.

Please join Wanda Minick, FAPSC Deputy Executive Director/Member Services and Ms. Shawna Tysse, Learning Express Higher Education Specialist as they demonstrate these job-search and guidance tools.

The LearningExpress platform provides interactive college admissions preparation with practice tests, courses, and eBooks for ACT, SAT, PSAT, TOEIC, and TOEFL; advanced and easy to use job-search and guidance tools; academic skills improvement tools including practice tests, courses, and eBooks in math and reasoning, reading comprehension, vocabulary and spelling, writing and grammar, and more; extensive GED preparation with practice tests, courses, and eBooks; computer and software tutorials and training courses.

Job & Career Accelerator provides occupation research & interest matcher; job & internship opportunities; resume, cover letter, and follow-up letter writing tutorials; interviewing skills; and job application tutorials.

Learn how you can take advantage of these powerful tools available to you and your students by joining us for this FREE webinar.

Title: FAPSC and LearningExpress Hosts Webinar September 13, 2012
Date: Thursday, September 13, 2012
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
FAPSC Online Training Center Announces Management Boot Camp

FAPSC and MaxKnowledge are proud to present a focused training program for your school managers! There is truly something for everyone – whether you are new to the sector, new to management, new to the State of Florida or entering into a more advanced level of school management these learning opportunities are for you!

   3 Specialized Programs to Select From:

New Manager (Cadet Training) – for managers new to their position and/or new to the private postsecondary education sector.
New to Florida Sector (Captain Training) – for managers new to the state of Florida.

Advance Training (Lieutenant General Training) – for experienced managers of Florida-operated schools.

   • Each program offers 12 hours of Continuing Education Credit. 
   • Each program is comprised of 3 Online Courses. 
   • A certificate of completion will be issued to those that successfully complete all training
     requirements in their program.

Find out how you can report for duty and enroll today!

New Consumer Information to Help Students Make Financial Aid Decisions

The U.S. Department of Education and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have unveiled consumer information initiatives designed to enhance transparency and provide information to assist students/consumers in making decisions on the use of their financial aid eligibility and enrollment decisions.

These items include:

New website:

Revamped Department social media sites like Twitter; Facebook and YouTube.

"The Student Financial Aid Shopping Sheet"

"The Know Before You Owe-Student Loan" initiative

More information is available by reading this article "Unraveling the Mystery of College Costs" published on July 24, 2012 on the Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Education. Currently, the shopping sheet is not required for Title IV students. Secretary of Education Arne Ducan "would like institutions to make this commitment for the 2013-14 school year to ensure that prospective students clearly understand the cost and financing of their college education."

US DOE Loan Counseling Tool

The Department of Education has released a new, interactive loan counseling tool to provide students with financial management basics, like information about their current loan debt and estimates for student loan debt levels after graduation. This Financial Awareness Counseling Tool provides students with five interactive tutorials covering topics ranging from managing a budget to avoiding default.

Career College Lounge

MaxKnowledge has developed an social media site called Career College Lounge that is accessible through the FAPSC Online Training Center. This is a great resource for members of FAPSC to share best practices, watch interviews with career college professionals, join groups of interest to you, and simply a great place to connect with your peers.

I encourage all of you to login today and get connected.

Students with Disabilities: Is Your School Prepared?

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

Technology has brought about unprecedented opportunities, medical science has advanced dramatically, and people with disabilities have become more visible in our world as a result. According to a longitudinal study from the National Center for Special Education Research, enrollment rates of students with disabilities increased from 1990 to 2005 by nineteen percent, but are career colleges prepared to serve this rising niche of college students?

Whereas many schools provide a number of accommodations, many still fall short. Attending college requires growth in a number of skills such as social skills, academic skills, self-advocacy skills, independence, and self-confidence yet many accommodations don’t address these issues and college staff members who serve the special needs of these students do not have the special training. For instance, if a student with Asperger's syndrome is disruptive, can she/he be removed from a class? Who, besides a blind individual, uses (or needs) a service animal? When are accommodations beyond the legal definition of “reasonable?”

It is reasonable to expect that college enrollment of students with disabilities will continue to rise and if many colleges are already underprepared to serve the unique needs of this particular student population, this trend of higher enrollments deserves higher attention. How can Higher Education serve larger numbers of students with disabilities so we don’t see the higher enrollments resulting in higher drops? How can career colleges and universities help more students with disabilities achieve success so they can graduate?

Interested in learning more about serving students with disabilities?
The FAPSC Online Training Center has two courses facilitated by Dr. Jane Jarrow, Founder and President of Disability Compliance in Career and Online Learning, and of Disability Access Information and Support. Those courses are:
CM251 – Students with Disabilities: Legal Obligations and Opportunities
ED201 – Students with Disabilities in the College Classroom 

APSCU Updates

APSCU Responds to August Jobs Report

APSCU Update Newsletter August 27, 2012

APSCU Regulatory Update   

Have You Visited our Member News Section Recently?

Florida Career College's Lauderdale Lakes Campus has Already Enrolled Over 100 Students in Smart Horizons Career Online Education's Bridge to Start Program

September 12, 2012

Pensacola, FL, Smart Horizons Career Online Education's (SHCOE; Bridge to Start program has been gaining momentum on all 11 Florida Career College (FCC; campuses, but nowhere has the response been as enthusiastic as on FCC's Lauderdale Lakes campus, located in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Bridge to Start Program Enables High School Graduate to Enroll in Florida Career College's Medical Assistant Program

August 29, 2012

Pensacola, FL, – The Bridge to Start program that launched in May of this year as a partnership between Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE; Anthem College ( and Florida Career College (FCC; continues to make a difference in students' lives.

Southern Career College Hosts Annual Student Graduation

August 28, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - Southern Career College (SCC) hosted their annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront.

With over 300 guests cheering them on, 62 students graduated with degrees in Network Administration and Hardware with Wireless Technology, Business and Management Technology, Computer Drafting and Design, Medical Assistant and Medical Assistant Technician.

Dade Medical College Introduces New Psychology Programs

August 28, 2012

MIAMI, FL - Dade Medical College will now offer an Associate of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. The launch of the new programs comes at a time when the college is increasing their reach into the community as well as expanding their scope of programs.

The Associate of Arts program, which will take a little over a year to complete, will introduce students to fundamental knowledge in the field of psychology. Students will acquire the tools and knowledge to continue their education in Baccalaureate Psychology programs or seek employment in a variety of entry-level positions related to the field of psychology.

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FAPSC Announcements

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Upcoming Events

September 2012

13 FAPSC and LearningExpress Hosts Webinar

18 FAPSC Board / Committee Meeting, Lake Mary, FL 

19 The Commission for Independent Education, Orlando Lake Mary Marriott, Lake Mary, FL 

23-24 NACCAS Workshop, Baltimore, MD

October 2012

25-26 The Florida Board of Massage Therapy, Hilton Naples, FL 

26-30 AACS Annual Conventation & Expo, Orlando, FL 

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

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