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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
Nancy Bradley
Peter Crocitto
Ramon Garcia
Mark Gutmann
Audrey Kaplan
Walt Kirby
Dan Macferran
Jay Ober
Nancy Rodriguez
Mitch Talenfeld
Melissa Wade
Debra Weninger

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. 


FAPSC Celebrating our Volunteers

In honor of National Volunteer week, April 6-14 FAPSC would like to recognize those that take action and help FAPSC accomplish its goals each year. Collectively we are able to do so much more and we applaud each of YOU!  (Click here for a listing of volunteers we celebrate)!

It's never too late to get involved and engage with your colleagues.  FAPSC is always looking for a few good men and women! Maybe, now is the time for you to consider giving back, and encouraging others to join the FAPSC movement. Click the "Open Call for Volunteers" button below to get started.

FAPSC Getting a Facelift

FAPSC will soon launch its new website that we hope users will find easier to peruse. This new layout has all of the information you need at your fingertips. Just some of the fresh new features will be a quick view of the calendar and news articles, easier to find login, sign up and renewal links, larger banner display and social media connections all right on the homepage. With this new website launch comes a new database system.  The new system will allow our members to connect easier, manage how you receive communications, and professional development entries, quicker registration process, post job openings and store your resumes.

As with any new system we will experience a few bumps in the road. Please bear with us and know that FAPSC is making these changes to build you a better organization and to get our members better connected with one another.

Watch you email boxes for details on how to log-in and sign up to take advantage of these great new features.

Save the Date!

FAPSC 2014 Annual Conference                                             
Turnberry Isle Miami - Aventura, Florida
Jay Lambeth Memorial Golf Tournament - July 29
Administrator Conference - July 30 & 31
Faculty Conference - August 1

More details and registration information coming soon!

Attendees may earn up to 8 CEUs by attending a conference in its entirety.

Conference Sponsorship Registration Available Online


Over 500 Certified Higher Education Professionals (CHEPs) Recognized by NASASPS

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

The National Association of State Administrators and Supervisors of Private Schools (NASASPS) has now recognized over 500 Certified Higher Education Professionals (CHEPs) from a variety of institutions across the nation.  The names of all current CHEPs are published on the NASASPS website at  

The CHEP certification awarded by NASASPS recognizes employees of career schools, colleges and universities who strive for excellence in their respective positions. The primary goal of this certification program is to enable institutions to develop high performing, compliant, and ethical employees to better serve students. CHEPs have successfully completed forty eight hours of approved training in their area of concentration and are required to complete eight hours of approved training annually to maintain their certification. There are several areas of concentration for CHEPs.

Click here to learn more about several NASASPS Certification Tracts.

Innovative Internship Website Connects Employers and Students

TAMPA (April 2, 2014) – Do you need an intern to help your business grow? Are you a student needing a boost to your career? If so, CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay, formerly known as WorkNet Pinellas and Tampa Bay WorkForce Alliance, are announcing the launch of; a website that connects students looking to gain experience with an internship from companies needing quality interns.

At, employers can search a database of talented students that are looking for internships. By hiring an intern, your company can benefit from increased productivity, new ideas and perspectives, and a cut-down on recruitment costs. Plus, you have the opportunity to mold the skills most valuable to the company. Based on a potential intern's eligibility, employers may also benefit by being reimbursed between 50%-80% of the intern's wages by CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay.

Successful Business Services, a growing Webinarketing™ company located in Tarpon Springs, is currently participating in the internship program. (READ MORE)

Has Your Membership with FAPSC Expired?

Do you know when your school, associate or professional membership dues are up for renewal? If you are unsure please contact Wanda Minick at (850) 577-3139 or via email We have dues renewals going on throughout the year and we don't want you to miss out on any member benefits such as networking, advocacy, CEU's, professional development, or industry information.

While renewing your dues don't forget to include a donation to the FAPSC PAC to support the advocacy work we do on behalf of your students.

Click here to learn more and renew

Deadline Quickly Approaching for Annual Conference Session Proposals

FAPSC' Continuing Education Committee provides support to faculty and administrator staff in their work to provide quality career education and successful student outcomes through relevant and effective training. Our educational breakout sessions strive to be relevant, interactive, and informative sessions aimed toward enhancing job performance, support school and classroom functions, and promoting compliance.

If you are interested in presenting a breakout session at the FAPSC Annual Conference please submit your session proposal by Thursday, May 1 using the online form.

The Continuing Education committee will review all session proposals and make selections for the upcoming Annual Conference following the May 1 deadline. 

2014 Central Conference

Pilot Sponsor

Airplane Sponsor

Blimp Sponsor

Glider Sponsor

Wing Sponsors

Cooley LLP
Vision Healthcare Staff Management
Wolters Kluwer Health


April is National Financial Literacy Month

Since April is National Financial Literacy Month, we’d like to take a moment to recognize and tip our hats to the many school financial aid officers and administrators that strive every day to increase financial literacy. One such Administrator was recognized as the FAPSC 2013 Rickie Knobel Financial Aid Administrator of the Year. Colleen Bradshaw-Russell from City College (Fort Lauderdale) was the recipient of this prestigious honor that was presented at the FAPSC 2013 Annual Conference held in South Florida. The award is named for Rickie Knobel, an advocate for students’ rights and the first from the private, postsecondary sector to serve on the board of the Florida Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. Colleen is ethical, knowledgeable and involved in many campus committees and initiatives. She is committed to doing the right thing for students to ensure not only that they have a successful education experience, but also a successful future. Colleen is a shining example of an administrator who takes on the role of “teaching” through efforts made to further improve financial literacy among students. Congratulations Colleen!

 If you know someone like Colleen at your campus – help us recognize and thank them! FAPSC hosts an Annual Awards program each year where school administrators, faculty, graduates and campuses are credited for a “job well done!”

FAPSC Annual Award winners will be honored during FAPSC Annual Conference, July 2014, Turnberry Isle Miami (Aventura, FL). Nominations Must be Received by Monday, May 12, 2014. As a special treat:

• All nominators will automatically be entered into a prize drawing for a great gift basket (announced during the Administrator Conference Awards Ceremony)

• Administrator and Faculty Award Winners and their Nominators will also each receive a $100 discount on conference registration fees

• The school that submits the most nominations (among all of the categories combined) will receive a FREE Faculty Conference registration

Submit your nomination online today!

Have You Visited our Member News Section Recently?  

Florida Department of Corrections’ Private Partnership with Smart Horizons Career Online Education Provides Online High School Programs to Support Inmates’ Re-Entry Into the Community

March 27, 2014

FLDOC Online Campus is the nation’s first Internet-based high school program in the corrections field. The use of private-public partnerships to support successful offender re-entry into society via online education is an example that correctional systems across the nation should pay attention to.

For the first time, Florida inmates are earning high school diplomas online while in prison. The unprecedented program delivering Internet-based secondary education to Florida correctional facilities is called the FLDOC Online Campus—a career-focused high school born of a partnership between the Florida Department of Corrections (FLDOC) and Smart Horizons Career Online Education, the country’s first SACS accredited online school district.

“Our work with Smart Horizon Career Online Education on this effort is a tangible expression of our commitment to the FLDOC’s vision of changing lives to ensure a safer Florida,” said Dr. John L. Lewis, Chief of Education for the FLDOC’s Office of Re-Entry. “Earning a high school diploma is a very important event in people’s lives and this is especially so for inmates who have traditionally had problems with schooling.”

The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale’s 3rd Annual Arts Festival is April 12 at ArtsPark at Young Circle - Annual Event offers artwork for sale - plus food, fashion and fun!

March 24, 2014

The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale’s 3rd Annual Arts Festival is scheduled for April 12, 2014, 3 to 8 pm, at ArtsPark at Young Circle in Hollywood (1 Young Circle, Hollywood, FL 33320). The festival offers students, alumni, faculty, staff and local guest artists the opportunity to showcase their artwork and services. A variety of entertainment is also planned, including a fashion show of designs created by students at several local high schools that have teamed up with the Fashion department. The public is invited to attend the Arts Festival at no charge. Those interested in participating as a vendor or sponsor should contact Dr. David Walzcak, assistant dean of academic affairs, at 954.308.2370.

This year, The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale is partnering with ArtServe ( ArtServe’s mission is to provide programs, events, business opportunities, and facilities that help local and emerging artists turn their art into business.

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FAPSC Adds Two New Board Members

At the FAPSC March 26th Board meeting the Board of Directors voted in two new board members to fill vancant seats left by Richard Covington and Randy Proto (Deceased). Ms. Debra Weninger and Dr. Ramon Garcia come to FAPSC with a vast array of experience in the career college industry.

Ms. Weninger has served on the Board of the Pennsylvania Department of Education since 2006 and is currently President of Lincoln Technical Institute, Fern Park. Ms. Weninger has a deep knowledge of the for -profit higher education sector and served as an officer of the Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators (PAPSA) and Team Leader of the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

Dr. Ramon Garcia currently is the Executive Campus Director of Ana G. Mendez University System and has over 30 years experience as Academic Dean in the for-profit higher education sector. Dr. Garcia is a member of the Advisory Board of Hispanics to Hispanic Support and an evaluator with Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).

The FAPSC Board of Directors have scheduled a meeting on May 28, 2014 at the Mission Inn Resort & Club located in Howey In the Hills, FL. Visit our calendar of events for more details.

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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April 2014

06 - DETC 88th Annual Conference, The Hammock Beach Resort

09 - The Pacific Institute Best Practices and Great Ideas, Hollywood, FL 

22 - 50th day — last day for regularly scheduled Legislative committee meetings

May 2014

02- AACS Spring Operations Conference, Chandler, AZ

02- The Last Day of Florida's Regular Legislative Session, Tallahassee, FL

26- The FAPSC Office Closed for the Memorial Day holiday

28- FAPSC Board|Committee Meeting, Howey-In-The-Hills, FL

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

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