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FAPSC Annual Awards

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

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

Administrator of the Year

Faculty Member of the Year

Graduate of the Year

College/School of the Year

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

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

Wayne Slater, President

Janis Schoonmaker, President Elect

William Polmear, Immediate Past President

Arthur Benjamin, Secretary

Dean Bartness, Treasurer

Jorge Alfonso
Nancy Bradley
Peter Crocitto
Joe Hardiman
Audrey Kaplan
Walt Kirby
Ernesto Perez
Randy Proto
Don Slayter
Mitch Talenfeld
Melissa Wade
Claire Walker
Linda Weldon 

FAPSC Executive Staff

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

Debbie Odom, Office Manager/Staff Accountant

Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges  

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






It's Been a Great Year!

Rassmussen Ocala Campus Ground Breaking Ceremony March 2010


Mike Viola,  Rep. Jim Waldman, Art Keiser and Doug Feeny win 1st Place at the 2nd annual Jay Lambeth Memorial Golf tournament

FAPSC President Wayne Slater presents George Ramos, Everest University, Jacksonville FAPSC Faculty Member of the Year

Sen. Mike Haridopolos and Senate Candidates attended FAPSC 2010 Annual Conference 

Daytona College hosted FAPSC Meet Your Candidates
Region V event August 31, 2010

Rep. D. Alan Hays visits Central Florida Institute, Inc. - Orlando Campus September 7, 2010

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Miami hosted FAPSC Region II Meet Your Candidates Event October 6, 2010

 View More Photos and Videos from Recent FAPSC Events

Feel left out?  Don't miss out on YOUR next opportunity to network with Florida Career College Industry.  View the 2011 upcoming events and mark your calendars.  See you soon!

Revive - Refresh - Renew your FAPSC Membership

Before you finish making your New Year's resolutions, please don't forget to put renewing your FAPSC membership at the top of your list.

Renewing your membership can be done in 4 easy steps. To renew your school or company's membership you must be the designated primary contact. If you are unsure please contact Wanda Minick at or call (850) 577-3133.

Step 1: Log into our website (Unless you have logged in before and changed it your username is your first and last name with no spaces.  The first letter in each name is in capital letters. Ex. WandaMinick (W and M are caps- no spaces between the names).  Password is “FAPSC” in all capital letters.

Step 2: Once you log in you will be in your member portal. As the primary contact you will have a "view organization" link.  Click the "view organization" link  to view your school/company's member portal.  Click the "Renew" link to renew membership.

Step 3: This is where you will renew your membership!  The page header is "School Membership Application". Please review and make sure that all the information we have on file is correct.  If not, please make changes where necessary. Most of the information on this page will be displayed in our member directory, so it is very important that you are listed correctly. Once information is completed and verified scroll down. 

If you are renewing a school membership you will need to select your campus' gross revenue range to be assessed the appropriate membership dues.

Associate members renewing will automatically be assessed a $500 dues renewal fee. Next, you will select your response to consider making a contribution to FAPSC PAC. Then click the renew button.

Step 4:  Payment Page!  You should see your renewal amount plus the amount if you chose to contribute to FAPSC PAC. You can either pay immediatley by credit card or click “bill me."  If you choose the “bill me” option you will be brought back to the organization portal, scroll down the page and view "invoices & receipts" box and click on the printer icon to display invoice for printing.  Please remit payment to FAPSC office at 150 South Monroe Street, Suite 303, Tallahassee, FL 32301 and be sure to include the invoice number on your check.

Deadline to renew dues is February 28, 2011.

If you need assistance with renewal, please contact Wanda Minick at (850) 577-3139 or via email

Student Access Student Choice Letter

FAPSC partnered with other state associations, career colleges and universities and graduates and issued a letter to U.S. Senator Tom Harkin responding to the report issued by the General Accountability Office (GAO). We thought our members would like to read the letter.

Dear Senator Harkin:

Over the last several months, the nation’s career colleges and universities have endured withering criticism that stemmed from a report produced by the General Accountability Office (GAO).  Recently, the GAO revised this report, softening many of its examples after reviewing more than 80 hours of audio from its investigation. 

Career schools train the employees and employers that make the economy go, and we are writing to urge you to ask the GAO to withdraw its report in the wake of these revisions.

As you know, career colleges play an integral role in helping millions of Americans pursue advanced degrees.  By allowing this report to remain on the record despite these revisions, the GAO is undermining its own credibility.

Career colleges and universities offer their students training for specialized professions, while providing a flexible learning environment.  Most of their students enroll because they need accommodating schedules and convenient locations.  They often come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, are adult learners and face the added challenge of balancing family life with education. 

To read the letter in it's entirety please click this link.

Nursing Workshop Scheduled: Building and Managing a Successful Nursing Program

The FAPSC Continuting Education and Nursing Committee will host its first nursing workshop on Monday, January 24th at the Crowne Plaza in West Plam Beach, Fl.  CEU's will be awarded that satisfy both the Board of Nursing and CIE requirements!

This workshop is for schools currently operating or thinking of starting a nursing program at their school. 

Here is what you will learn from attending:

  - Dr. Patricia Seabrooks, Director of Education for the Florida Board of Nursing, will review reporting requirements, application forms, and the “program compare” portal.
 - Pearson experts will discuss how to align curriculum and instruction with the NCLEX.
 - Pam Corrigan, Consultant, will facilitate a self-assessment of your program.
 - Kathy Mizereck, FAPSC Executive Director, will review the current statutes on nursing education programs.

Registration Fee: School Personnel $25.00 per person. Breakfast and lunch are included in your registration fee.  Click here to register!

If you provide a product  or service that could benefit schools operating nursing programs and would like to attend please click here to register.

Date: Monday, January 24, 2010

Time9:30 a.m. -  3:30 p.m.

Location: Crowne Plaza West Palm Beach Hotel
1601 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406

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Three (3) CEUs for the Board of Nursing requirement will be awarded.

Four (4) CEUs for the Commission for Independent Education requirement will be awarded.

FAPSC 2010 Spotlight on Award Winner

Each year FAPSC opens nominations to the general membership to honor colleagues in the career college sector.  These awards are announced at our annual conference.  This year our conference was held in Hollywood, Florida on July 13-16, 2010.  Since some of you did not get a chance to attend this event we will highlight an award winner each month in our e-Flash. This month we highlight our Career Services Administrator  of the Year, Toni Riggs, Ultimate Medical Academy, Tampa.

Toni Riggs has over 30 years of experience in education, management, career services/placement, academic advising, training and development.  Ms. Riggs has served on many boards, and is a member of Gulf Coast Health Information Management Association and is active with the Florida Health Management Association.

She and her department are committed to seeing that the graduates are not only prepared with the desired technical skills for the marketplace but also have put themselves together personally and professionally to make the right impression to get the job.

Her "can do" attitude has kept her on top of change and the constant restructuring of her departments to meet current needs.  During this soft economic time, she is completely dedicated to her students, and helping them find successful futures.

She has never been given a challenge that she wasn't willing to tackle head-on. Her first action always is to figure out what action needs to be taken and to figure out how to get it done.

Congratulations, Toni

Mark your Calendars for FAPSC Day 2011

FAPSC will host its annual legislative advocacy days Tuesday & Wednesday, February 8-9, 2011.

  • Orientation session will take place on Tuesday, February 8th at Aloft Tallahassee Downtown
  • Legislative visits will be held on Wednesday, February 9th at the Capitol

Additional details forthcoming - please mark your calendars to participate in this event!

Milady and FAPSC Host Cosmetology Workshop

Milday and FASPC will host a cometology workshop designed for faculty and staff at all cosmetology schools, public or private!

Registration Fees: FAPSC Members: $75 per person/ Non-Members: $100 per person

Click here to register!

Date: Monday, February 21, 2010

Time: 9:30 - 5:00 PM

Location: The Westin Lake Mary, North Orlando
2974 International Parkway
Lake Mary, FL 32746

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FAPSC has scheduled its 2011 Central Florida Conference at the Westin Lake Mary, Orlando North. Administrator day is Thursday, February 24 and faculty day is Friday, February 25th.

Additional information regarding this event will be available soon.  Please check our website frequently for updates.

Don't wait for the checkered flag to fly! Sprint on over and make your hotel accommodations TODAY! Use this link to get started or you may call 1-800-WESTIN1 or 1-800-937-8461. Be certain to mention the FAPSC 2011 Central Florida Conference to receive the special room rate.

FAPSC conference attendees will receive our special $119+/ per night room rate. Subject to availability.



Call for Presentations

Do you have an idea for a breakout session for the FAPSC Central Conference? Let us know!  Click here to download our session proposal form to be included in upcoming educational events.

PLEASE NOTE:  This form is for school practitioner use ONLY.  If you are a product or service provider, please see the Sponsorship Information for details on how you may participate in an educational breakout session.

All proposals for the February 2011 Central Conference are due no later than December 30, 2010

Thank you for your interest in FAPSC Continuing Education Programs! If you have any questions email

FAPSC Online Training Center has Added New Courses for the New Year

If you have not logged into the FAPSC Online Training Center lately then you probably missed out on the 6 new admissions tranining courses that have been added centering around ethical enrollment processes.  New Placement, Career Services and Faculty courses have been added as well.  Login and discover what you have been missing in Continuing Education.  

Click here to read more.

Have You Visited our Member News Section Recently?

If you answered no than you may want to click here to read about the wonderful things happening at other FAPSC member institutions and companies. 

Should you have exciting things happening at your school or business please share them with us. We love posting our student success stories, legislative visits, graduation celebrations, award winners, new products and services, etc. 

Check out our latest posts:

Mom Needs Help for her 2 Austic Kids

Representative Eddy Gonzalez (R-Hialeah), Dade Medical CEO Ernesto Perez and Oliva Cigar Exec Jose Oliva will appear at Amelia Earhart Elementary to donate an Attainment Workstation to the Viton family. Like so many 'Wish Book' readers, Representative Gonzalez has been incredibly moved by the story of the Viton Family. After reading the story Rep. Gonzalez, Perez and Oliva came together to purchase an Attainment Workstation for the brothers. The Attainment Workstation is a fully functional PC with a built-in 19-inch touch screen. (Read More)

Alpine: Matrix Edition Released to Optimize Analytics

Kansas City, MO – December 20, 2010 – Alpine: Matrix Edition has officially been released to Gragg Advertising’s strategic partners. Matrix Edition allows for optimal report customization and real-time data for clients to monitor and manage campaign performance. (Read More)

13 Full Sail Graduates worked on 2010 SPIKE Video Game Awards "Game of the Year" winner

Full Sail University would like to congratulate the 13 graduates that worked on this year's Game of the Year winner at the 2010 SPIKE Video Game Awards, Red Dead Redemptin.  The awards aired live from Los Angeles, December 11, 2010. Full Sail grads worked on all 5 games that were nominated for Game of the Year. (Read More)

ESPN and Full Sail University Unveil New Full Sail University Sports Lab Powered by ESPN

As of today, innovation has a new home in Winter Park, Fla.  ESPN and Full Sail University debuted the new Full Sail University Sports Lab Powered by ESPN.  ESPN will utilize this state-of-the-art facility for research and development of various new studio and remote technologies. This will be ESPN’s first and only sports technology lab at any Florida college or university. (Read More)

Full Sail University Announces New Sports Marketing and Media Bachelor of Science Degree

Full Sail University is proud to announce the launch of its new Sports Marketing and Media Bachelor of Science Degree Program, for which the curriculum will be available entirely online. The degree program is scheduled to enroll its first class in early 2011. (Read More)

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FAPSC Annoucements

 FAPSC would like to acknowledge our new members that joined us in 2010. Thank you!

School Members Associate Members
American College of Brazilian Studies American Student Assistance
American Institute College of Health Professions Celebration Best Effect, LLC.
Career Learning Institute CB Richard Ellis
College of Business & Technology- Hialeah Corrigan Education Consultants, Inc.
Concorde Career Institute- Orlando Distance Learning Consortium
Dade Medical College- Hollywood Eduplan, LLC
Dade Medical College- Homestead Effective Student Marketing, Inc.
Everest University Online Global Strategy Management Solutions
Florida Career College - Boynton Beach Gordon & Newsom P.A.
Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy Higher Education Assistance Group
FMI Career School Isearch Team
Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers- North Bay Village J Garcia & Associates, P.A.
Innova College Marketlinkx Direct, Inc.
Inter American University of Puerto Rico Remilon, LLC
International Academy Training Center, Inc. Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, LLP
ITSM Academy Underground Elephant
ITT Technical Institute - Orlando UNISA, Inc
ITT Technical Institute - University Park Virco, Inc.
ITT Technical Institute- Fort Myers  
ITT Technical Institute- Tallahassee  
Kaplan College- Jacksonville  
Kaplan College-Pembroke Pines  
MCI Institute of Technology  
Meridian Career Institute- Tampa  
Radiological Technologies University VT  
Remington College of Nursing  
Remington College- Online  
Rose Training Institute, Inc.  
Sacred Heart School of Nursing & Allied Health, Inc.  
Sanford Brown Institute - Orlando  
Smile Smart Dental Assisting School  
Southern Technical College- Brandon  
The Salon Professional Academy- The Villages  
West Broward School For Nursing Assistant, Inc.  
World Class Academy of Beauty Careers, LLC  

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

Upcoming Events

December 2010

24- The FAPSC Office will be closed in observance of the Christmas Holiday.

31- The FAPSC Office will be closed in observance of the New Year.

January 2011

07-  The Commission for Independent Education, Mission Inn Resort & Club, Howey Inn The Hills, FL 
24-  Council for Higher Education Accreditation, Washington, DC
24-  Nursing Workshop: Building and Managing a Successful Nursing Program, Crowne Plaza, West Palm Beach

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

Other Industry News

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

Florida career colleges team with Volunteer USA to provide scholarships

Creating bipartisan education reform- Politico- November 29, 2010

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