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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

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
Jay Ober
Nancy Rodriguez
Mitch Talenfeld
Melissa Wade

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. 


Update on FAPSC Committee and Working Groups

Have you ever wondered what' s going on in the various committeess and working groups?  Here is a snapshot of what our volunteers have been busy doing making this a better association for YOU!

Member Services Committee is working dilligently on completing the roll out of the FAPSC Partnership Program.  This program was designed to create more value to our members aside from the current benefits of legislative and public relations activities, continuing education, professional development, and the LearningExpress web-based tools. This committee will begin reaching out to various vendors and merchants that want to help us help you and provide our members expanded services.

This committee is also working on developing a program that will allow newly Provisional licensed schools with the Commission for Independent Education to take part in our association so that we can provide them assistance in their first year of licensure.  Look for more details about all of these new programs soon!

Allied Health Working Group met in October and identified ways to better serve schools with allied health programs. One of the group initiatives relates to continuing education and training for allied health instructors. The group is looking for talented and seasoned experts to speak on specific topics including: “Making HIPPA Instruction more Interesting for Students” and “Breaking Away from a ‘Clinician’ Mentality to an ‘Educator’ Mentality in Allied Health Instruction”. If you are interested in presenting either of these topics please contact Katie Allan.

Creative Arts Working Group hosted their inaugural conference call October 29th and discussed the issue that arises with students classified as "Life Long Learners" whose training/education intent is not focused on career or placement.  This group will seek strategies that could result in postive news for our sector. If you are part of the administration or faculty that offer Creative Art programs and would like to join the converstation please reach out to Wanda Minick.  This group will host another call on November 14th at 1:00 p.m., est. 

Cosmetology Arts & Massage Working Group met on October 30th for their first conference call and delved into topics such as Restoring ATB Student Access, ways to streamline the "Proof of Placement" processes, how to address the issues of Cosmetology, Massage, Nail, etc. students not reporting their employement/income as well as building and maintaining relationships with other associations and boards that monitor these programs. If you want to take part and join the conversation and are part of the administration or faculty at a FAPSC member school please reach out to Wanda Minick.

 Calling all members . . . help others as we work together to strengthen our sector and our profession.


Help FAPSC meet the ever-changing needs of its membership by volunteering your services. Take a few minutes to provide the information requested on the Call for Volunteers form.  We want you to identify individuals who would be willing to be part of a peer support network and assist FAPSC with participating in working groups, committees, and task forces.

Help us shape the future of FAPSC while serving your profession. Now is the time to get involved and be active as we work together to optimize the career college environment.

Are you engaging?  Are you connecting? Are you developing a professional network? If you answered no to at least two of these questions then you need to consider volunteering. Click the "Open Call for Volunteers" button above to get started. 

Sound Bites from Executive Director, Curtis Austin

IMPORTANT INFORMATION on CIE and Schools with Nursing Programs

In discussions with the Commission staff, it came to my attention that schools with nursing programs that are appearing before the commission for annual renewal or renewal by means of accreditation will have their NCLEX performance placed before the commission members. Schools should be prepared to discuss the improvement measures and improvement plans (NOT WISHES) with the commission members.

Update on the Higher Education Coordinating Council

The Higher Education Coordinating Council met in Tallahassee on October 28, 2013 at 1:00 pm. Marshall Criser III was elected as chair at the inaugural meeting.

Most of the discussion focused on the commission recommendations that are due to the Governor and Legislature by December 31st. The decision was made to revise year’s report, adjusted for last year’s legislative actions. Chris Hart, President of Workforce Florida, raised great questions about the nature of programs and their alignment with the economy. He also asked questions about how often the Coordinating Council looked at application of policy—how things are implemented at the local level versus policy discussions. That allowed me to discuss the transfer of credit issue and the failure of public institutions to implement the law—which Chair Criser noted that we should explore.

A Special Evening Celebrating the Contributions of Dr. Arthur Keiser

Dr. Art Keiser of Keiser University and a past president of FAPSC is being honored by APSCU on December 9, 2013 for his contributions to our education sector. The celebration will be in Washington, D.C. For more information on tickets and the event—please visit their website or connect by clicking here. The recognition for Dr. Keiser is taking place in conjunction with the APSCU Workforce event.


2013 APSCU - Default Prevention Seminar Approaching

Join APSCU for the third annual Default Prevention Seminar on November 11th and 12th at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, DC. This event brings together experts in the field and financial aid practitioners to deliver education and training that will provide your institution with the tools to assist students in the successful repayment of their student loan obligations, as well as in the positive, proactive management of your cohort default rate (CDR).

For information about the agenda and to register online click here. 

Conference Session Proposals Now Accepted!

Do you have a great idea for an educational breakout session at a FAPSC Conference?
Now is the perfect time to share! FAPSC strives to provide interactive, up-to-date, critical informative breakout sessions aimed toward enhancing job performance, supporting school and classroom functions and promoting compliance.

FAPSC is accepting session proposals for the 2014 Central Conference (due by December 20, 2013) and the 2014 Annual Conference (due by May 1, 2014).

Submit your session proposal using the online forms today!

Spotlight on FAPSC Award Winner Jonathan Levy

This month we’d like to spotlight one of our 2013 Annual Award Winners from Full Sail University. Jonathan Levy was named a FAPSC 2013 Graduate of the Year.

Jonathan Levy graduated from Full Sail University in just 21 months with a bachelor’s degree. He earned academic honors as class valedictorian, instructor recognition with four director awards, and the respect of his classmates who selected him “Most Likely to Succeed.” Jonathan also uses his talents to give back to the community at charity events and causes such as cystic fibrosis and breast cancer research.

Since his graduation Levy has had the opportunity to work with music industry legends, and is employed at the Atlantic Records in the department of artist and repertoire. Congratulations Jonathan!

Submit your awards nomination for a graduate, administrator, faculty of school of the year for the FAPSC Annual Awards Program. All nominations are due by Monday, May 12, 2014. All award winners will be recognized at the FAPSC 2014 Annual Conference.


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Supporting Veterans in Becoming Gainfully Employed

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

The Post-9/11 GI Bill has paid for nearly 1 million veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to go to school at a cost of about $30 billion since 2009. With an influx of over one million more veterans projected to enter higher education in the next several years, institutions should be prepared to serve veteran students. Military veterans represent a unique type of non-traditional student who must overcome distinctive challenges to reintegrate into the civilian workforce yet many employees never have special training to serve this population.

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) Executive Director and Founder, Paul Rieckhoff, has stated "The GI Bill is a promise we made to the veterans of World War II: that those who defend our country should be able to take advantage of America's opportunity.” The promise of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, however, isn’t fulfilled when a veteran enrolls and completes a degree program; it is fulfilled when they become gainfully employed.

CS108 – Supporting Veterans in Becoming Gainfully Employed is a new online course facilitated by Dr. Garland H. Williams, Associate Regional Vice President, Military Division, for the University of Phoenix and retired U.S. Army Colonel. This course helps career services practitioners understand the unique obstacles veterans face in the reintegration process, how to help them translate their military experience into civilian language and provides strategies & tools that can support veterans in becoming gainfully employed.

Learn More about this New Online Course!

Have You Visited our Member News Section Recently?  

Congrats to Nancy Bradley and her team at Daytona College for a successful campus visit with Congressman Ron DeSantis of the 6th District. The Congressman toured their beautiful school and sat for over a half hour, discussing federal and state policy. Congressman DeSantis is a champion of the private sector. He spoke with school officials, students and instructors.

Datamark’s New Attribution Analytics Provide Greater Visibility into Marketing Channel Effectiveness
November 04, 2013

Salt Lake City, UT —Datamark, the leader in data-driven enrollment marketing, has launched its new attribution solution, which is designed to help colleges and universities measure the impact of their marketing campaigns and optimize media buys so they can increase enrollments. Datamark’s attribution technology tracks and attributes results at every touch point along the inquiry funnel so that schools better understand which channels have the biggest impact with prospective students.

“We see a lot of marketers struggle with the last-click-wins model whereby 100 percent of the credit is given to the marketing channel that ultimately drives a prospect to inquire – they simply don’t have the resources or technology in place to gauge the impact of each channel the student encounters along the way,” said Steve Winchester, Vice President of Solutions and Marketing at Datamark.. “With our attribution analytics, schools can rely on data to tell them exactly which campaigns resonate with students, as well as how the various channels work together, so they know where to allocate their marketing dollars.” 

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The FAPSC Board of Directors has scheduled their next board meeting for November 19th at Howey - In- The- Hills, FL and the next will be January 07, 2014. 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

November 2013

06- DOE- FSA Conference, Las Vegas, NV

07- ACICS Annual Conference, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

11- FAPSC Office Closed

15- AACS Annual Convention, Las Vegas, NV

19- Commission for Independent Education, Howey - In- The- Hills, FL 

19- FAPSC Board Meeting, Howey - In- The- Hills, FL

28- FAPSC Office Closed

December 2013

03- DOE-FSA Conference, Las Vegas, NV

04- Florida Board of Nursing, Deerfield Beach, FL 

06- MAPCCS- Annual Conference, The Westin - Baltimore Washington Airport

09- APSCU Workforce Event, Washington, DC

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

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