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FAPSC Annual Awards

Recognize someone for their handwork and dedication to our sector.  Nominate a colleague today!

Click on the award of interest for details and to download a nomination form:

Admissions Administrator of the Year

Education Administrator of the Year

The Rickie Knobel Financial Aid
Administrator of the Year

The Gail Benjamin Student Services Administrator of the Year

Graduate of the Year - Degree Granting Institution

Graduate of the Year - Non-Degree Granting Institution

College/School of the Year

Contact Katie Allan with any questions regarding FAPSC annual awards program at

FAPSC Professional Membership

FAPSC offers a 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

William Polmear, President

Wayne Slater, President Elect

Don Slayter, Immediate Past President

Dean Bartness, Secretary

Janis Schoonmaker, Treasurer

Jorge Alfonso
Alex Amor
Mayralisa Arbelo
Arthur Benjamin
Nancy Bradley
Peter Crocitto
Joe Hardiman
Walt Kirby
Al McCloy
Ernesto Perez
Randy Proto
Brian Quirk
Melissa Wade
Claire Walker 

FAPSC Executive Staff

Kathy Mizereck, Executive Director
Wanda Taylor, Deputy Executive Director/Member Services
Katie Allan, Executive Assistant

Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges  

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



Associate Member "Hot" Links

Susan F. Schulz & Associates, Inc., Newsletter - March 2009


Member Poll 

Results from last week's poll

50% said FAPSC is doing a great job keeping it's members informed.

50% said they would recommend FAPSC membership to a colleague

Please take a moment to particpate in this weeks member poll. 

Click here to begin

Results will be shared in next weeks E-Flash.   








FAPSC Free Webinar- SEVIS: Big Changes on the Horizon

Register today! The link is now active!

This webinar is being presented to you by Dow Lohnes PLLC on Thursday, April 2, 2009, at 2:00 pm EST.  Aaron Lacey will discuss the significant changes occurring in the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, including the reorganization and expansion of SEVP, the new Recertification process, and the introduction of SEVIS II.  Aaron will focus on the timing and substance of these changes, and review basic steps schools should be taking in preparation.

The webinar will last approximately one hour, including time for a question and answer session.

This webinar is a free service provided by FAPSC. Feel free to share with your colleagues, members or non-members.

Legislative Update

Week four is past and we continue to make progress.

Appropriations:  House and Senate plans are emerging, and it looks as though stimulus and gambling funds may be used to relieve budget cuts.  Financial aid is still in pretty good shape and we will continue to request that any cuts to our financial aid funds be proportionate to cuts made to other sectors.

Prepaid (HB 315 by Van Zant/SB 606 by Wise) Both the House and Senate bills are ready to be voted on by the full House and Senate.  This bill allows any school that is eligible to participate in federal Title IV programs to accept the Prepaid benefit.  Many schools – FAPSC members and non-members – benefit from this bill.

Transfer of credit (HB 751 by Patterson/SB 920 by Baker) The House bill moved through the final committee of reference with a unanimous vote.  FAPSC is working to have the Senate bill heard in committee.  The bill opens the door for discussion about allowing CIE-licensed schools to use existing statewide articulation agreements.  For example, there are agreements that translate industry certifications and postsecondary adult vocational programs at school district tech centers into college credit.  FAPSC' position is that our students should benefit from that articulation, when appropriate.

Nursing (HB 1209 by Grimsley/SB 2284 by Haridopolos FAPSC worked with others on compromise language that was amended onto the House bill last week.  With a few changes, the same language should be added in the Senate this week. Our goal is to provide quality nursing programs to produce more nurses for the people of Florida.

Other bills of interest that FAPSC is tracking:

SB 442 – Fasano/HB 685 – Proctor:  Educational Dollars for Duty Program – Allows all CIE-licensed institutions to participate in a National Guard tuition assistance program.  Passed two House committees; on agenda in the Senate this week. 

SB 156 – Ring/HB 619 – Heller:  Nonpublic Postsecondary Institutions/Accreditation – was amended to require degree-granting, licensed institutions to become accredited within five years of licensure. 

SB 2096 – Olerich/HB 7055 McKeel:  Changes licensure by means of accreditation requirements; passed first Committee in the House; waiting for a hearing in the Senate.

HB 861 Hooper/SB 948 Jones: Allows required field internship for paramedic programs to be provided aboard any advanced life support permitted “vehicle” – monitoring for any amendment regarding EMT training.

Bills that are new this week:

Career & Adult Ed HB 7079 McKeel/SB 1616 Olerich – HB includes OPPAGA study on relative costs of private v. public career education.

Tatooing SB 1130 Sobel/HB 1343 Brandenburg  – Tatooing:  SB has 5 committees and has not been heard; HB has 4 committees.

Barbering SB 1566/HB 1415 – Barbering:  SB has passed first committee; has 2 more; HB has 4 committees and has not been heard.

Cosmetology HB 1413 Williams /SB 2598 Gaetz – Regulation of Professions; has some cosmetology in it.

To view House bills, go to

To view Senate bills, go to

FAPSC Member Survey

Please take a moment and complete the FAPSC member survey.  It's easy to complete and online.  I encourage all school and professional members to complete the Member Survey.   We want to know how we are doing in meeting your needs. We know how valuable your time is so we made this short and sweet. Click here to get started.  You can remain anonymous or if you would like a chance to win a FREE Online class include your name, phone number and email address when you complete the survey.  Please remit the survey on or before April 3, 2009. 


Getting to Know: Arthur Benjamin, Board Member

Arthur Benjamin, Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Favorite book: Paws to Protect

Favorite movie: As Good as it Gets

Favorite music or musician: R & B, Issac Hayes

Favorite quote: "The being used for a purpose recoginzed by yourself as a mighty one. The being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and greivances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.  I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and that as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.  I want to be thoroughly used up when I die.  For the harder I work, the more I live.  I rejoice in life for its own sake.  Life is no brief candle to me.  There's a sort of splendid torch which I've got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations." George Bernard Shaw

Someone you admire in the school profession and why?  Mr. Deluca, my high school English teacher, for engaging each of his students on their own level and make education a personal, enjoyable and exciting experience. 


Dade Medical College Adopts Hialeah Senior High

Dade Medical College's "Adopt-a-School" program supported yet another area facility with a $5,000 donation to Hialeah Senior High and Principal Dr. Verena Cabrera on Friday, February 27th, 2009. Present were Hialeah City Councilman Luis Gonzalez, former State Representative Rene Garcia and current representative Eddy Gonzalez, along with Dade Medical CFO Dr. Ernesto Perez, Pedro Martinez and others. The proceeds will benefit the school's music program and the Academy of Medicine and Health. "We remain steadfastly committed to helping schools in our community during this time of economic hardship," says DMC CEO Ernesto Perez, Jr. "It is our hope to alleviate the effects of public school budgetary cuts while offering quality healthcare education to our students."

FAPSC applauds Dade Medical College on it's philanthropic stance.

School Offering New Hair, New Career

FORT MYERS: In Southwest Florida, discounted hair cuts are all the rage. And while a number of people go to the Sunstate Academy in Fort Myers to change their look, some are also going there to change careers!

Deborah Rodriguez, of the Sunstate Academy, explained that a wash, cut, and blow dry is only $9.

And in this economy, that is attracting all kinds of new customers.

"I'm a college kid. But it's not just college kids, old people, young people, guys, girls," said Sunstate customer Rachel Chastain.

Rodriguez said business at Sunstate is up 10-percent over the last year.

"It's a $9 a haircut. It's like $30 or $40 at a salon and that's a big difference," said Chastain.

"It's making them feel happy that they're not having to spend a lot of money to still look good," said Rodriguez. Read more

Free Jobseekers Boot Camp

At the Southwest Florida College Fort Myers campus located at 1685 Medical Lane, Fort Myers FL 33907 Tuesday, March 31 from 8 am to 4 pm.

Tough times call for tough measures. Find the hidden job market, put a polish on your resume, and take a crash course in self-marketing from one of the leading out-placement companies in the nation. Click here to read more.


Commercial Online School Keeps Costs Low For Military Personnel


For active duty soldiers, the price can't be beat. American Public Education's (APEI) courses are free to military personnel, thanks to government tuition benefits.

But the government doesn't pay that much, just $750 per three-credit course. That forced the for-profit educator to keep its expenses low.

But those low prices, often half what some competitors charge, could give APE a leg up on the civilian side.

"Convenience and cost, that's what working adults are looking for," said Harry T. Wilkens, APE's executive vice president and chief financial officer.

The school saw revenue climb 55% last year. It has grown by double-digits in each quarter since APE went public in 2007. Enrollment jumped 50% in 2008 to 45,200 students. (Read more)

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 State Education Activities to Support Mission Growth

Executive Summary

The significant growth in the mission of many military bases across the country is placing substantial demands on the capacity and curriculum of the educational systems in their respective states as a large number of students are expected to arrive within a very short time frame. In response, states are employing a host of new education strategies and initiatives that will allow them to meet the needs of military families and the surrounding communities and take full advantage of the economic development that accompanies mission growth. The states predicted to be most affected are Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. (Read more)

 Health care help wanted: Job openings, job security

By Jeremiah Jacobsen, WINK News

LEE COUNTY, Fla - Health care is one of the few fields that hasn't had major struggles because of the economy. One area in particular could continue to be a big boom for new jobs.

"We are the behind the scenes workers processing the samples for you," said Melissa Rose of NeoGenomics Laboratories. Inside their labs in Lee County, technicians carefully study blood and tissue samples, looking for signs of cancer. It's critical work for diagnosing disease, but finding people willing to do it has been difficult.(Read More)


 Other Industry News

Posted are "links" to news relating to our sector that may be of interest to you

Dade Medical College Campus News & Notes, March 2009

AIF- Episode 5 March 30, 2009

AIF Daily Brief March 27, 2009

AIF Daily Brief March 26, 2009

AIF Daily Brief March 25, 2009


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