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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

Linda Weldon, President

Joe Hardiman, President Elect

Chris Tilley, Treasurer

Claire Walker, Secretary

Dean Bartness, Past President

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

FAPSC Executive Staff

Curtis Austin, 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. 


A Message from FAPSC New President, Linda Weldon

For those of you who attended our Annual Conference last month, we trust you had a good time and feel you benefitted from the sessions and sharing time together.

Hearing Steve Gunderson, CEO of APSCU share with us the state of our industry nationally and how we can help in the months ahead as we stand together, stronger in our numbers, to promote accessibility and accountability in education across the spectrum, continues to resonate with me. We are fortunate to have a leader of his stature for our national association.

The conference kicked off what we think is going to be an exciting year for FAPSC—a year when we look forward with what we think will be some exciting new initiatives to work together to make our industry even stronger through mentoring programs, expanding our reach through regional workshops, and expanded programmatic specific training opportunities similar to the ones we launched a few years ago for nursing and cosmetology. We also plan to look back as we establish a Hall of Fame to honor those who have contributed so much to our sector over the years and built a foundation that has allowed us to expand and prosper. You will be hearing more about the kick off function we have planned for early next year—a function that will also help us launch the FAPSC Foundation Scholarship fund.

All in all, the year ahead looks exciting and I thank you for allowing me to serve as president of the FAPSC board, and I promise to serve you as well as I can in this capacity.


FAPSC 2013 Annual Awards

FAPSC recently recognized the best of the best during the FAPSC 2013 Annual Awards Program. Graduates, school administrators, faculty, legislators, schools and FAPSC members were honored with special awards. Two Graduates, Jonathan Levy from Full Sail University and Irene Arteaga from Sullivan and Cogliano Training Centers, were recognized for outstanding achievements, community involvement and campus participation. Florida National University (Hialeah) took home the esteemed title of FAPSC 2013 School/College of the Year Award for their remarkable innovation, positive impact on students and community, unwavering commitment to professional and ethical standards as well as numerous other accomplishments. FAPSC recognized 3 members of the year: John Hill (Anthem Education); Jay Ober; and Robert Starks Jr. (MaxKnowledge). Numerous deserving Administrators and Faculty were recognized for their excellence and achievement. A brief listing of those award winners is outlined below.

Administrator of the Year Awards
• Administration/Management: Kathaleen Cole, Fortis Institute, Pensacola

• Admissions: Vicky Irizarry, Virginia College, Tampa

• Career Services: Marbelin Perez, Universal Career School, Sweetwater

• Education: Robin Koman, Full Sail University, Winter Park

• Financial Aid (The Rickie Knobel Award): Colleen Bradshaw-Russell, City College, Fort Lauderdale

• Student Services (The Gail Benjamin Award): Kamil Francois, International Academy of Design & Technology, Tampa

Faculty Member of the Year Awards
• Faculty Member of the Year from a Non-Degree Seeking Accredited Institution: Stacey Farrar; Sullivan and Cogliano Training Centers, Inc. Miami

• Faculty Member of the Year from a Degree Granting Accredited Institution: Carlos Cuervo; Florida National University, Hialeah

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2013 Annual Awards Program and Congratulations to the Winners! We received many worthwhile nominations.  If you would like to view photos of our award recipients please visit our event gallery on our website.

Look for nomination information for the FAPSC 2014 Awards Program in upcoming months!  

Region VII Letting the Good Times Bowl

There's no better way to raise funds for FAPSC Scholarship Foundation than to sign up for a night of bowling with friends on the lane! FAPSC Region VII will host a bowling and networking event on September 19, 2013 at Pin Chasers- Veterans from 6:00-8:00 PM.

Everyone is welcome to play! Sign up yourself or as a team for a night of fun and celebrating scholarships for students!

All proceeds go to the FAPSC Foundation to fund scholarships for students. The FAPSC Scholarship Foundation tax-exempt status is pending.

Fees: $25 per bowler includes: 3 games, shoes, food and beverages and a good time!

Register to play by clicking here.  



The FAPSC 2013 Annual Conference was a huge success! Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Turnberry Isle Miami (Aventura, Florida) as we celebrated “Pioneering Trails for Student Success”. Experts from around the country shared their knowledge with over 340 administrators and 250 faculty members.

The conference week began on Tuesday, July 23 with the 5th Annual Jay Lambeth Memorial Golf Tournament where enthused golfers enjoyed the challenges of the Turnberry’s Soffer Course. This year's 1st place team was Matt Donavan and Chris Ignaut with Ultimate Medical Academy and Brandon Jones with Vision Healthcare Staff Management.  2nd place team went to Mike Viola, Oasis Outsourcing, John McMurray, Peter Crocitto., Jr. and Peter Crocitto with Keiser University. 3rd place team was Ryan Stenmark, John Padget, Jim Howard and David Higley with City College. Congrats to all the players and winners that participated in this years tournament.  

The exhibit hall, which housed over 74 booths, welcomed top-notch product and service providers and created a perfect atmosphere for post-education sessions.

Faculty benefited from a full day of breakout sessions across a broad range of instructional subject areas including Allied Health, Business, IT, Nursing, Creative Arts, and innovative topics: Technology & Teaching Techniques and Instructional Skills. The faculty conference began on Friday, July 26 with the good humor, wit and insight of Eric Winegardner (Monster Worldwide) in the keynote session sponsored by Pearson.

FAPSC appreciates all of the many volunteers and speakers for their help at this event! Also, a special thanks to the exhibitors and conference sponsors – through their support we are able to maintain a quality education program for our attendees. We hope you enjoyed CAMP FAPSC!

If you would like to view photos from this event please visit our event gallery


2013 Conference Sponsors

Frontier Sponsor



 Lantern Sponsor


 Campfire  Sponsor

Compass Sponsor

S'More Sponsor


Scout Sponsor

 Fire Fly Sponsors

Ambassador Education Solutions

Bisk Education

Bob L. Harris, Messer Caparello Law Firm

Celsius Marketing | Interactive

Collegiate Housing Services

Dow Lohnes PLLC


Homer Bonner Jacobs

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins / Wolters Kluwer Health

MDT Direct

Ritzert & Leyton, PC

Salmon Sims Thomas Accountants & Consultants


Closing the Skills Gap with New Career Programs

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

Today, only 4 in 10 U.S. adults possess a two- or four-year degree and approximately 3 million jobs go unfilled because employers can’t find people with the right skills. While the U.S. is falling in its proportion of college graduates relative to global competitors, the need for postsecondary education is rising for jobs in the 21st century global economy. If the U.S. is to close the widening skills gap, it will require more than increasing the number of graduates from existing career programs. Postsecondary institutions will also have to design new career programs to prepare students for emerging employment opportunities in new and expanding fields. As enrollments at many institutions have declined, new career programs aren’t only necessary to prepare tomorrow’s workforce, they are also needed to continue to attract students.

Designing new career programs requires extensive research analyzing multiple factors from forecasted employment outcomes and expected job growth to anticipated enrollment and local competition just to name a few. If schools do the necessary research to design new career programs that meet market demands, they can help be a much-needed solution to the widening skills gap. The 21st century economy is going to require new skills and new jobs will be created that haven’t previously existed. The opportunity to prepare students for this new economy is something that should excite us all.

If you are interested in learning more about developing new career programs, OP106 – Developing New Career Programs: Research and Selection is a new course in the FAPSC Online Training Center.   


FAPSC Welcomes our Newest Members

School Members

Cambridge Institute of Allied Health- Altamonte Springs
Fortis Institute – Miami (formerly Medvance Institute)
Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers- Casselberry
Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers- Westpalm Beach
International Academy of Film and Television- Miami, LLC
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale- Fort Lauderdale

Candidate Member

PharmTec Pharmacy Technician School- Fort Myers

Associate Members

American Medical Certification Association, LLC
Collegiate Housing Services
Diamond SIS
ED MAP, Inc.
Education for Advancement
Great Exposure
Training Maters, Inc.,
Prism Medical
Winnergy Consulting  

Have You Visited our Member News Section Recently?  

Smart Horizons Career Online Education Prepares to Go Live at Five Additional Florida Department of Corrections Facilities

August 06, 2013

Dr. Howard Liebman, CEO and Superintendent of Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE), announces that the school district will soon expand its operations as an official provider of online education for inmates in Florida prison facilities. The Florida Department of Corrections (FLDOC) named SHCOE as an official provider of online education for inmates in Florida prison facilities in February of 2012, and the program went live at the Madison Correctional Institution in April and at the Lowell Annex in May of that year. These programs were the first online secondary education programs at any correctional facility in the United States and have produced 68 graduates to date.

Now, preparations are underway for an impending expansion into five additional facilities.

“From the time we received our AdvancED/SACS accreditation in 2011, we had this goal of serving inmates in correctional facilities,” Dr. Liebman said. “I believe our leading-edge online program offers an effective approach to lowering recidivism and preparing inmates to rejoin society in a productive manner. SHCOE’s goal is to be the leading provider of education and career training for corrections facilities across the country.”

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The FAPSC Board of Directors has scheduled their next board meeting for September 09, 2013.  Location and time TBA.  Please check our calendar of events frequently for updates about this event plus others or to stay fully  connected with FAPSC download the FAPSC App by scanning the QR codes below or search in Google play for Android users and the App Store for iPhone, iPad, iPod users by seaching "FAPSC".


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Upcoming Events

August 2013

08- Florida Board of Physical Therapy, Ft.Myers, FL 

September 2013

02- The FAPSC Office will be Closed

09- The FAPSC Board Meeting, TBA

09-10 Commission for Independent Education, TBA

19- Region VII Bowling Night, Tampa, FL 

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

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