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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

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. 


State Association Selects Career Education and Workforce Veteran To Lead as New Executive Director
Curtis C. Austin will direct Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Dec. 6, 2012 – Dean Bartness, President of the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools, announced today that Curtis C. Austin has been selected by the board of directors as the organization’s new Executive Director.

Mr. Austin brings to the association more than 20 years’ experience in higher education, workforce policy and public advocacy in Tallahassee.

FAPSC, founded more than 55 years ago, is a statewide organization representing more than 200 private, career-oriented colleges and schools.

"Curtis Austin has an impressive record of excellence and executive level management in career and professional higher education,” said FAPSC President Dean Bartness. "He is uniquely qualified for this important job to serve association member schools by promoting access, advocacy and accountability.”

Mr. Austin most recently served as Director of State and Government Relations with Keiser University.

Before joining Keiser, Mr. Austin spent seven years as President and CEO of Workforce Florida, the statewide, business-led workforce policy board. Prior to that, Mr. Austin served nine years with The Florida Senate, including time as Staff Director for the Commerce and Economic Opportunity Committee and Staff Director of the Executive Business, Ethics and Elections Committee. He began his career as an assistant professor of communications and director of forensics at Florida State University.

"Mr. Austin has a solid understanding of the role of private career schools and colleges in the state of Florida. His knowledge of the state higher education system, boards, workforce needs and legislative process positions him to be a strong advocate and voice for FAPSC and its member schools," FAPSC President Bartness said.



Thank you for your continued support and participation of FAPSC.  If not for you we would not be able to:
  • Provide valuable resources
  • Support our sector
  • Influence or object proposed legislation

Please don't let it end!  If your renewal date of 12/31/2012 then it's time to renew your membership! If you are unsure of  your renewal date then please watch the video below.  The video will walk you through the steps to discover what your renewal date is as well as provide you the information needed to complete the renewal process online.

If you experience any issues or have questions, please don't hesitate to contact the FAPSC office at (850) 577-3139 or Wanda Minick via email:

Watch our Video on How to Log Into the FAPSC Website and Renew your Membership.



Save the Date & Make Your Plans to Attend FAPSC 2013 Central Conference 

Are you ready to be a trail blazer? Join FAPSC as we celebrate “Pioneering Trails for Student Success”. Eight (8) CEUs may be earned by attending each conference in its entirety. This years event will be held at the Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs property.

Central Conference Registration will open January 2013.

Administrator Conference – Thursday, February 21, 2013
Faculty Conference – Friday, February 22, 2013

For additional details visit the Central Conference web page.

Submit your Central Conference session proposal by December 21!

FAPSC is seeking up-to-date, interactive, and crucial education sessions aimed toward enhancing job performance, support school and classroom functions, and promoting compliance. We strive to keep our training top-notch – so join the growing group of sector’s most talented experts and submit a session proposal today!

FAPSC 2013 Sponsorship Registration is NOW OPEN!

Is your company ready to define the direction it will go in 2013? Join the elite group of companies that provide additional support to our sector through Continuing Education Conference Sponsorships.

Sponsor registration is now open online. All sponsorships are available on a first come, first serve basis – so don’t delay in reserving your place among the growing list of Conference Sponsors. There is a vast array of sponsorship options to select from!

Note: Only sponsoring companies will be eligible to exhibit at the Central Conference (February 2013)

LearningExpress Updating Library

LearningExpress is dedicated to providing you with the best, most up-to-date resources for your students and staff. In 2012, they added more than 90 practice exams and eBooks and extended their test preparation to include WorkKeys® and ACCUPLACER®. In addition to expanding LearningExpress Library every quarter with exciting new and updated products, they review and retire older products on an as-needed basis.

On December 5, 2012 a few changes took place. The list below outlines resources that have been retired in order to keep their library current. It also provides a recap of resources that were added in this past year.

In January, we will be sending quarterly updates on the new resources that will be added to your library, including eBooks, tests and tutorials.

The following tests will be removed:
• AP Biology Practice Exams (Updated versions will be available 2Q 2013)
• Electrician's Licensing Exam Practices (Updated versions will be available 4Q 2013)
• Plumber's Licensing Exam Practices (Updated versions will be available 4Q 2013)
• Praxis II: PLT Practice Tests (Updated versions will be available 2Q 2013)

The following eBooks will be removed:
• Electrician's Licensing Exam
• Plumber's Licensing Exam
• Praxis, 4th Edition (An updated edition will be available 4Q 2013)

The following is a summary of products added in 2012:
• ACCUPLACER® Practice Tests
• ASSET® Practice Tests
• Calculus Skills Improvement Practice
• Civil Service Practice Exam
• CLEP Practice Tests
• COMPASS Practice Tests
• GED®Test Skill Builders
• NCLEX-RN Practice Tests
• PANCE Practice Tests
• Police Officer Practice Exams
• Praxis® I & II Practice Tests
• TExES PPR EC-12 Practice Tests
• WorkKeys®Practice Tests
• eBooks in a range of subject areas

If you have any questions, feel free to contact LearningExpress Customer Service department at

If your campus has not yet actived its FREE subscription to LearningExpress Library and Job and Career Accelerator please contact Wanda Minick at (850) 577-3139 or via email to get started today!  

New CIE-Approved Admissions Training

The Commission for Independent Education (CIE) requires all Admissions personnel to complete CIE-approved training annually pursuant to Rule 6E-1.0032 (12). We are happy to inform you that the FAPSC Online Training Center has just launched a new CIE-approved Admissions training course to help you meet this annual training requirement.

CM221 – Florida Admissions: Complying with the Rules and Regulations is specifically designed as a 2nd level course for admissions personnel who have completed CM201 – Admissions Compliance Training for Florida Career Institutions but still need to fulfill their annual training requirement. This course provides 4 Hours of Continuing Education credit and is facilitated by Patty Aronoff, a former CIE staff member.

FAPSC members; use your VIP code to apply your membership discount when purchasing this or any other course through the FAPSC Online Training Center. Contact to obtain your member VIP Code.

Want more intensive management specific training? Find out how your administrators and school managers can become a FAPSC Management Boot Camp graduate. There’s specialized training available to those managers new to our sector, new to Florida and experienced high-level training.

If you have any questions regarding these courses please contact FAPSC Online Training Center or call (888) 626-2407 Toll Free.

2013 Awards Program - Why Wait to Nominate?

With the holiday season upon us it can be tough to find that “perfect” gift for someone. Kind words of appreciation are one of the best gifts anyone can give! Submit a nomination today for a FAPSC Award – and give the gift of gratitude.

Administrators, Faculty, Graduates and Institutions will all be recognized at the 2013 Annual Conference. All nominators who submitted nominations before March 31, 2013 will automatically be entered to win one FREE Annual Conference registration. So why wait to nominate? Give the gift of thanks today – submit an awards nomination online.  

APSCU Updates

 APSCU Newsletter

Have You Visited our Member News Section Recently?

Bravo’s Blow Out and Shear Genius Star, Jonathan Antin, Visits The Spa at Daytona College Celebrity Stylist to the Stars Consults with Cosmetology Students on Client Hair Styles

Ormond Beach, Fla.—World-renowned hairstylist Jonathan Antin, who has starred in highly-acclaimed television shows from ABC’s Extreme Makeover to Bravo’s Blow Out and Shear Genius, spent two days sharing the hottest trends from the world of styling with Daytona College’s Cosmetology students. During his two-day visit, Antin worked directly with students in the classroom and then guided them as they worked on clients at The Spa at Daytona College. Special VIP chairs featured cancer survivors from Florida Hospital Memorial’s Cancer Center in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Florida Career College offers nursing program at Pembroke Pines

Florida Career College Pembroke Pines location will offer two associate’s degree nursing programs beginning on Jan. 3.
The college, at 7891 Pines Blvd., will offer a Level 1 beginner course and a transition course for licensed practical nurses to become registered nurses.

The Level 1 program is a two-year, four-semester program which qualifies students to take the exam to receive the registered nurse designation. The one-year, three-semester transitional program is designed for LPNs seeking to become RNs. 

Smart Horizons Career Online High School Offers a Path to Expanded Career Horizons for Security Guard Emmanuel Gonzalez (Dec 2012)

Pensacola, FL - Security guard Emmanuel Gonzalez has always regretted his decision to drop out of high school 6 years ago. This March, he began his studies with Smart Horizons Career Online High School (SHCOHS) and he is now on track to receive his high school diploma and credentialed Career Certificate in Homeland Security within the next 4 months. Upon graduating, he plans to continue his studies at the post-secondary level and eventually pursue a career in law enforcement, possibly as a detective, park ranger, or FBI agent.

DMC President and CEO, Ernesto Perez, attended this week's White House Business Council Forum

Ernesto Perez, Dade Medical College president and CEO, visited the Capitol and was invited to attend the White House Business Council Forum, one of President Obama’s Business Forward initiatives.

At the event, business leaders from across industries got together to discuss how to engage businesses and create jobs through education by finding solutions that transcend businesses, and also involve the community.

Perez is excited to implement many of these strategies, as well as to continue creating jobs by helping intelligent, driven graduates move from the campus to the workforce. 

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FAPSC would like to welcome its newest members as of the November board meeting.

School Members:
American University of Leadership- Orlando
Larkin School of Nursing - Miami
Miami Media School - Miami

Associate Member:
Sisk, Alvarez & Mattia, Inc. - Miami

Professional Member:
Jennifer Morris ATA Career Education - Spring Hill

Update on FAPSC Scholarship Program

The FAPSC Board of Directors and scholarship committee have elected to take the next 7 months to restructure the FAPSC scholarship program.   The purpose of the reorganization is to better meet the needs of the students attending our member schools. The committee hopes this reorganization will not only increase school and student participation but awareness in the local community.

If you have any questions about this please contact the FAPSC office at (850) 577-3139 or via email

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Upcoming Events

December 2012

24-25- FAPSC Office Closed

31- FAPSC Office Closed

January 2013

01- FAPSC Office Closed

07- The Board of Cosmetology announces a public meeting, St. Augustine, FL

10- DETC- Accrediting Commission Meeting

15- FAPSC Board and Committee Meetings, Orlando, FL 

16- The Commission for Independent Education, Howey In the Hills, FL 

28- CHEA- Council for Higher Education Accreditation Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.

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

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