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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

Joe Hardiman, President
Chris Tilley, President Elect
Dan Macferran, Treasurer
Jay Ober, Secretary
Linda Weldon, Past President

Jorge Alfonso
Dean Bartness
Brandon Beiderman
Nancy Bradley
Ramon Garcia
Mark Gutmann
Audrey Kaplan
Nancy Rodriguez
Mitch Talenfeld
Melissa Wade
Claire Walker
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. 


Message from FAPSC President, Joe Hardiman​ 

Hello FAPSC members, colleagues, friends,

I wanted to share my thoughts on the direction that I am advocating we all should be following this year as participative and engaged FAPSC members. It is fairly straightforward “call to action.”

First, let’s all clearly understand that the specter of “Gainful Employment” is out there on our horizon and it appears to be a stormy day ahead. However, there are actions that each of us can take to potentially minimize the impact to our educational sector, most specifically, to the students that we serve.

We need Washington, and everyone who talks to our elected officials in Washington to be advocates for what we do for our students. We want them to understand our students and their educational needs. Our students are career changers, older than a normal high school graduate, career oriented and not fully severed by the current “traditional” postsecondary educational market. And yes, the socio-economics of this population is vastly different than that of the students and their families that are participating in “traditional” postsecondary education. Our students are “non-traditional” and in order to serve them best we are “non-traditional.” We are what our free market economy requires to support this large sector of the population of the United States of America that does not fit into the “traditional” postsecondary educational model, but yet requires postsecondary education to become skilled in their craft, personally satisfied and productive participants in our economy.
To read this letter in its entirety click here.

Ready for FAPSC Summer Cosmetology Workshop?
FAPSC Cosmetology working group will host a summer workshop on August 18, 2014. This event will be held at Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers - Casselberry campus.

Here's what you can expect to LEARN: Curriculum: Benefits of Using a Lesson Plan; Educator Effectiveness: Student Salon Supervision, Teaching Strategies, Special Learning Needs; and Student Engagement: Qualities of a Mindful Teacher

To learn more or to register for this event click here to get started.  Use this link to view the event program.

Our educator will be Jason Russell, Field Educator with Pivot Point International. Jason has more than 10 years of professional experience to draw on as well as his strong educational foundation of Pivot Point cosmetology and teacher training. Jason also earned an applied science degree in Salon Management.

If you have questions feel free to contact Wanda Minick at or at (850) 577-3139.

FAPSC Recognizes Leaders in the Florida Career College Sector
The Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges (FAPSC) presented its most celebrated leadership awards at its recent Annual Conference held at the Turnberry Isle Miami in Avenutra, FL last month. These Award honors those who has displayed and achieved the highest commitment , growth and dedication to advancing Florida’s career college sector.

The awards winners for 2014 are:
School/College of the Year: Full Sail University
Graduate of the Year: Harmony Jones, Full Sail University
The Gail Benjamin Student Services Administrator of the Year: Maria Goodspeed, FORTIS Institute - Pensacola
Administrator of the Year Education: Barbara Rodriguez, Florida National University
Faculty Member of the Year: Omar Escarpio, Florida National University - Hialeah
School Member of the Year: Justin Berkowitz, Daytona College
Associate Member of the Year: Mitch Talenfeld , MDT Marketing

The Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges represents the over 1,000 campuses and 300,000 students in the State of Florida. Our award recipients were nominated by their peers and selected for their outstanding leadership, achievement and volunteerism. Congratulations to each of the honorees for their commitment, pursuit of excellence and the inspiration they give to Florida's career college sector through their leadership.

The Spirit of FAPSC - Do You Have It?
As an additional way of recognizing FAPSC members, associates, and supporters, the FAPSC Board has implemented the “Spirit of FAPSC” Award. This award is intended to be given throughout the year to recognize those who, through a single act, or series of acts, has truly demonstrated the Spirit of our organization. Someone who took the time to mentor, to support, to assist, and all without looking for anything in return. Doing something good because they could and it needed to be done. Going above and beyond to help a student, to help the community, to help another school, to help the sector. And all, without expecting anything in return. This is the best of who we are, as an organization, and as individuals.

This award is represented by a circular medallion, symbolizing the circle of support we provide others. This symbolizes us at our best!

To date, the award has been presented to:
  • MDT Marketing, Mitch Talenfeld, CEO for the countless hours they gave and the work they did to get the message to Secretary Duncan that the Gainful Employment Regulation was harmful to our students, and to the state.

 • Steve Gunderson, CEO and Executive Director of APSCU for the leadership and guidance he gives through our national organization.

 • Brian Swanson, FAPSC School member for the time and direction he so willingly gave to see that Distance Education Working Group was organized and able to present a full schedule of sessions at the annual conference to bring together those with experience in the distance delivery modality to assist those just getting started.

 • Julie Orloff, FAPSC School member for the work she has done within her region to reach out to non-member schools and to welcome new members. Taking her time to make others feel a part of our team.

 • Bob Harris, Associate Member, who continually steps up, volunteering his time and expertise to benefit FAPSC and through FAPSC, it’s member schools as we navigate through legal issues. He is also helping the organization in establishing a 501(c)3 foundation that will benefit sector students.

We look forward to your nominations and thank you for helping us seek out those who truly epitomize the “Spirit of FAPSC”!

Do you have the Spirit of FAPSC? Do you know someone who embodies this attribute?  If so, consider nominating them. Click here for more details.

Reaching New Heights 

The FAPSC 2014 Annual Conference was a tremendous success! A big thanks and word of gratitude to everyone who participated in “reaching new heights in higher education” July 29 – August 1 at the Turnberry Isle Miami (Aventura). Administrators and Faculty participated in broad array of professional educational sessions and top-notch training.

The conference week began on Tuesday, July 29 at the 6th Annual Jay Lambeth Memorial Golf Tournament where 36 golfers took on the challenges of the beautiful Miller Course. The annual conference exhibit hall provided a look at some of the most cutting edge and awesome products and services available to our sector with 72 booths displayed.

Administrators spent two days listening and learning from experts on the most critical topics affecting postsecondary schools and colleges. Keynote presenters provided insights and overviews setting a perfect tone for all of the many breakout sessions including administration/management, admissions, education, financial aid, career/student services, distance education and other special topics including nursing. Faculty members enjoyed an educational and fun day of professional development in topics from instructional skills, liberal arts, allied health and nursing.

FAPSC greatly appreciates the many sponsors of this educational conference, whose contributions make the event possible. Thanks also to the many volunteers and speakers for offering their time, expertise and talents to our organization during the FAPSC 2014 Annual Conference.

Some of the PowerPoint Presentations from the FAPSC Annual Conference are now available for download. Please note these sites will be continuously updated:

- Click here to access the Administrator Conference Presentations.
- Click here to access the Faculty Conference Presentations.

New Online Training Course: ED124 – Flipping Your Classroom

This course will provide you with a basic overview of the background of an innovative instructional strategy called the Flipped Classroom. This instructional strategy is gaining popularity and differs from traditional instructional strategies. This course will discuss the background, driving factors, benefits, barriers, theoretical grounding, how to prepare to flip your classroom, and the components of the Flipped Classroom. The impact on student learning will also be discussed in addition to instructor preparation and the future of the Flipped Classroom.
Learn More
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Has Your FAPSC Membership 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

Did you know FAPSC has a Career Center?
Thank You 2014  Conference

Pilot Sponsor

Airplane Sponsor

Propeller Sponsor

Blimp Sponsor

Glider Sponsor

Wing Sponsors
ATI Nursing Education
Bisk Education
Bob I. Harris, Esq.
Celsius Marketing | Interactive
Cooley LLP
Crabtree Legal

Education Loan Source
Kristi Bordelon Consulting
MDT Marketing
Norton Norris, Inc.
Penn Foster
Ritzert & Leyton, P.C.
Salmon Sims Thomas & Associates, PLLC
Wolters Kluwer Health

School and associate members are now able to post career openings with FAPSC.  Of course, to do so you will need to log-in.  All school and associate members have a primary contact listed in their record.  This designee has the access to post career opening for your campus or company.  If you are uncertain who we have listed as your contact please call Wanda Minick (850) 577-3139 or send her an email

Looking for that stellar career counselor? Searching to add to your faculty team?  Let FAPSC help!  FAPSC school, associate and professional members have the ability to search job openings in our new career center. All you need to do is log-in to the FAPSC website to begin.

If you would like more details about this new feature please contact Wanda Minick at (850) 577-3139 or

FAPSC Member News
Florida Governor Rick Scott visited Sanford-Brown College (SBC) Orlando June 5th to participate in Speakout TV with Danny Ramos. This program is filmed and edited on campus by SBC Orlando students.
The interview with show host Danny Ramos covered several issues including education and employment in Florida. Governor Scott also took time to speak with the students who filmed the show and others he came in contact with while on campus.  Click here to read more.

Charlie Crist, former Florida Governor, Attorney General, and Florida Education Commissioner visited the Sanford-Brown College (SBC) Orlando Campus Wednesday July 30th. (Fmr) Governor Crist is once again Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate and visited the campus to film a segment for Speak Out TV with Danny Ramos (similar to Florida Governor Rick Scott’s recent visit to SBC Orlando) to discuss various topics including education and employment in Florida.  Click here to read more.

Got News?

If you would like to be featured here and on our member news webpage just send an email to to get noticed.

Welcome New Members!

Azure College, Miami Gardens
Emergency Educational Institute, Inc.
Jersey College, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Tampa
Naaleh College, N. Miami Gardens
Tampa Vocational Institute, Tampa
Ultrasound Medical Institute, Inc.

Marino Campus, Fort Lauderdale

BocaVox, LL, Weston, FL
Educational Loan Source, San Diego, CA
Iron Bridge Resources, Northboro, MA
Jive Communications, Provo, UT
Krisiti Bordelon Consulting, Longwood, FL
RDAssociates, Inc., Narbeth, PA

New Officers and Directors and By-Laws Amended
During FAPSC annual conference last month new officers and directors were selected at its annual business meeting of the membership. FAPSC new officers and directors are as follows:

President: Joe Hardiman (ascended into Presidency)
President Elect: Chris Tilley
Treasurer: Dan MacFerran
Secretary: Dr. Jay Ober

Directors: Jorge Alfonso, Dean Bartness, Brandon Biederman, Nancy Bradley, Dr. Ramon Garcia, Audrey Kaplan, Nancy Rodriguez, and Melissa Wade!  Congratulations to all and thank you for serving.

In addition to these new officers and directors FAPSC members voted and revised its by-laws.  To view the completed version click here.

FAPSC Calling All Volunteers
Volunteers and the service they provide Committees and Task Forces are vital to the success of FAPSC ! If you would like to become part of our success, volunteer for our upcoming term of service: July 2014 - July 2015.

Serving on a Committee you can participate in activities like:
• Planning educational sessions for our central and annual conference
• Strengthening our membership with recruitment and retention initiatives
• Hosting and planning regional workshops
• Drive public relations development to keep the positive news about our sector at the forefront
• Helping others improve their career by recognizing them for a FAPSC Award
• Assist in our Legislative efforts and organize our annual FAPSC day event at the Capitol

All you have to do is throw your name in the hat (fill out this form) and tell us where you'd like to donate your time and talents.


ABHES to host its 12th Annual National Conference on Allied Health Education Wednesday through Friday, February 25-27, 2015
Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. Visit their website for more details.

Interested in becoming a host site for College Goal Sunday 2015?

The CGS!Florida team is now accepting applications through September 30, 2014. Sites will be selected and notified by October 31, 2014.

If you have any questions, or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact me at (850) 245-1821.

Pedro R. Hernandez, Outreach Representative, Florida Department of Education
Office of Student Financial Assistance
Phone: (850) 245-1821



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Upcoming Events
August 2014

18 - FAPSC Summer Cosmetology Workshop, Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers- Casselberry

September 2014
01 - FAPSC office closed in observance of the Labor Day Holiday 
16 - FAPSC Committee and Board Meeting, Howey - in - the - Hills, FL
16 & 17 -  CIE Meeting, Howey - in- the- Hills, FL

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

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