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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

Arthur Benjamin, Treasurer

Joe Hardiman, Secretary

Jorge Alfonso
Nancy Bradley
Richard Covington, Jr.
Peter Crocitto
Audrey Kaplan
Walt Kirby
William Polmear
Randy Proto
Don Slayter
Mitch Talenfeld
Chris Tilley
Melissa Wade
Claire Walker

FAPSC Executive Staff

Kathy Mizereck, 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 Celebrates our Volunteers During National Volunteer Week

This week, April 15-21 is National Volunteer Week. FAPSC would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank all of the volunteers who donate their time and talents to keep the FAPSC mission alive and well. 

Jorge L Alfonso, Florida National University- Miami

Heatherann Antonacci, Herzing University

Stan Banks, Virginia College Online Brooke Baran, American Institute
Dean Bartness, Education Training Corporation Pete Beasley, Rasmussen College, Inc - Ocala
Arthur Benjamin, ATI Schools & Colleges Justin Berkowitz, Daytona College
Gil Bonwitt, New Horizons Computer Learning Center

Kevin Boyd, Boyd Public Relations

Nancy Bradley, Daytona College, LLC James Michael Burkett, Kaplan College
Joyce Byrd Strozier, Health Opportunity Technical Center, Inc.

Marie Capps Berry, Education Affiliates

John Carreon, Kaplan University - Ft. Lauderdale Tara Catanzaro, Everglades College, Inc.
Kimberly Chebegia, Underground Elephant Pamela Corrigan, Corrigan Education Consultants, Inc.
Richard M. Covington, Southern Technical College, Sanford Sylvester Covington, Professional Development and Training Center
Peter Crocitto, Everglades College, Inc. Don DeVito, Rasmussen College
Connie Duke, ITT Technical Institute - Deerfield Beach Patricia Edwards, Herzing University
Ken Estrada, Professional Training Centers  Jamie Floer, Corinthian Colleges Inc.
Todd Fox, Everest University - Pompano Beach Mark Gutmann, Fortis College - Tampa
Asher Haines, University of Phoenix- North Florida Campus Diana Hammond, Taylor College
Ron Hansen, Tulsa Welding School Joe Hardiman, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts
Neal Heller, Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers- Miami John Hill, Anthem College
Deborah Janeczko, Elliott Presley Consulting, LLC Don Jones, Compass Rose Foundation, Inc
Gregory Jones, Sunstate Academy - Ft. Myers Audrey Kaplan

John E. Kearney, Roadmaster Drivers School, Inc.

Arthur Keiser, Everglades College, Inc. d/b/a Keiser University
Walt Kirby, Pearson Learning Solutions Kenneth Kistner, College of Business & Technology
David Knobel, Education Training Corporation Mark Knobel
 Pamela Kraska, Daytona College Sophia Langley, Law Offices of Sophia E. Langley, P.A.
Monica Llerena, College of Business & Technology- Hialeah Taryn Lomas, Underground Elephant
Dan Macferran, University of Phoenix- North Florida Campus Ilia Martin, City College - Ft. Lauderdale
Liz Martinez, Dade Medical College Sandra May, Florida Career College- Lauderdale Lakes
Al McCloy, Career Path Training Corp Richard McCulloch, American Institute
Meribeth Mermall, Kaplan Higher Education Corporation Mary Jane Moore, Keiser University - Ft. Lauderdale
Jo Ann Moorman, Daytona College David Murvin, Digital Media Arts College

Gail Naas, American Institute

Francisco de Assis Carvalho da Silva Neto, Ambra College
Jay K Ober, Education Affiliates Margarette Occenad, Ankod Technical
Julie Orloff, Career Education Corporation Joseph Pace, The Pacific Institute
Nery F. Parker, Fortis College - Miami Mark Pelesh, Corinthian Colleges Inc.
William D. Polmear, Education Affiliates Evelyn Presley, Education Affiliates
Mike Presley, Elliott Presley Consulting, LLC Randy Proto, American Institute
Juan Ramirez, Professional Training Centers Mike Ramos, Rasmussen College- Land O'Lakes
Cherly Ratliff, Concorde Careers- Florida, Inc Rick Reikob
Glenn L Robinson, Virginia College Online Nancy Rodriguez, Sullivan & Cogliano Training Centers, Inc. - Miami
Armando Salas-Amaro, Everglades College, Inc. Tracey Schoonmaker, ITT Technical Institute - Orlando
Ravi Seepersad, Bisk Education Diana Simmons, Fortis Institute- Mulberry
Don Slayter Latrenda Small, Everest University - Pompano Beach

Mitch Talenfeld, MDT Direct

Chris Tilley, Corinthian Colleges Inc.
Tatsiana Tuchinsky, Florida Career College- Lauderdale Lakes Natalie Turotte, World Web Partners
Melissa Wade, Florida College of Natural Health - Pompano Beach Claire Walker, Rasmussen College-New Port Richey

Linda Weldon, Ultimate Medical Academy

Eric Whitehouse, Rasmussen College- Ft. Myers

 We Salute You All!

It takes a lot of volunteers to keep an organization like FAPSC around for 56 years. We always are looking for individuals to assist with advancing the organizations specific goals and objectives defined in FAPSC' strategic plan.

FAPSC committees offer members a forum for providing valuable input on topics from legislative policy and student access to continuing education programming and membership services.

Learn more about each of these committees and how you can lend your time and talent to FAPSC! Sign up to volunteer.

If you would like more information about each of our committees please download a committee brochure. 

Placement Rates Got you Down? 

Look no further, FAPSC is here to help by offering this new FREE member benefit! FAPSC has partnered with LearningExpress, LLC; to offer online Job Placement/Career Services System resources that will prepare your students for job searches, hone their computer skills and improve workplace skills.

FAPSC will be hosting a series of region events around the state promoting this new FREE member benefit. Region VII was the first to host events on April 10 & 11at Rasmussen College, Tampa/Brandon campus. Members and non-FAPSC members located in that region were invited to come learn about these new FREE tools available to all FAPSC members. Attendees gave postive feedback on the features and benefits of these new services.  Please check our calendar of events webpage frequently for an event coming near you!

These tools will provide your students FREE unlimited access to:
• Interactive skill-building courses
• Practice tests based on official exams
• Online career and job search platform
• Assistance creating resumes, finding jobs and internship opportunities

The following FAPSC members have already started their services with LearningExpress! Way to go!
Advanced Science Institute
American Intercontinental University
Career Tech
City College
Daytona College
Florida Institute of Animal Arts
ITT Orlando
Lincoln Tech – Fern Park
New Horizons-Gainesville
ITT Orlando
Sullivan & Cogliano, Miami Gardens & Miami campus

Click here to read more about how you can get your campus started with these FREE services!

Clicking this link will open an excel document named LESSetupForm2012.xls that explains each method of authentication and provides space to enter the requisite information. Please forward this document to your technical support team or webmaster to complete.

LearningExpress also provides training on how to get the most out of their products. Each month training webinars are conducted the 1st and 3rd Wednesday. Visit their training website to schedule your training today! http://www.learningexpressllc.com/support/webinars/home.cfm

If you have any questions about this new FREE member benefit contact Wanda Minick at (850) 577-3139 or email Wanda@FAPSC.org.

Empowering Students to Find and Secure the Right Job

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

In 2011, the average duration unemployed individuals remained unemployed before landing a job peaked at slightly over 10 months. To put this into perspective, this was the longest duration since this statistic had been tracked by the Department of Labor since 1948! Career services professionals have been challenged with limited resources and an increase in demand for their assistance from students and returning alumni because of the challenging economy.

Today’s generation will have more jobs in their first several years after graduating college than most baby boomers will have had in their lifetime. What was once known as job hopping is no longer a negative characteristic of an individual, but rather a new, emerging norm known as the serial jobs trend. Because today’s generation will hold many more jobs over their lifetime than their predecessors and face one of the most challenging economies ever seen, more than ever, students need to be empowered with the life skills necessary to help them achieve career success.

Today’s student will use their career skills more than any generation before them. Four essential elements of finding and securing the right job are now covered in a course to help career professionals provide these necessary skills to today’s students. The key areas covered include conducting a targeted job search, writing powerful resumes and cover letters, presenting professionally, and developing effective interview skills. Learn More.

Excelencia in Education releases new research on Latino college completion in each of 50 states to inform action

WASHINGTON, April 10, 2012 - To inform state-level action on Latino college completion, Excelencia in Education today released 50 separate research-based fact sheets detailing the current status of college completion among Latinos in each state.

"The United States cannot retain its international competitiveness unless we improve Latino college completion. While there are things we must do in Washington to advance this cause, this is an issue thatrequires leadership at all levels - from school boards to statehouses across America. True to its unique ability to provide actionable data and to engage a multitude of stakeholders to accelerate Latino college completion, Excelencia in Education has given leaders in all 50 states information they can use to engage the talents of Latino students and make their states and our country stronger." said U.S. Rep. Charles Gonzalez, chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

"We are committed to bringing together stakeholders across America and empowering them with the information they need to advance Latino student success in higher education -- from statistical data to empirical research, and from tactical analysis to promising academic practices," said Sarita Brown, president of Excelencia in Education. "These 50 state fact sheets will put all of that into the hands of state, institutional, and community leaders who need it."

Learn More

Click here to download the PowerPoint Presentation

FAPSC Extends Scholarship Application Deadline

The FAPSC Board of Directors voted to extend the scholarship applicication deadline date to May 04, 2012.  All students applying for a FAPSC scholarship should have their application and transcripts postmarked by the new deadline date of May 04, 2012.

Currently, FAPSC has received less 100 eligible applicants. There is still time for participating institutions to get out and visit your high schools, career academies, GED testing centers and local workforce offices to promote your schools scholarships.

FAPSC has offered schools a variety of tools to promote the program such as a press release template for your school's use, flyers, posters and applications.  We encourage all of our participating institutions to download the press release template and send to your contacts.  All you need to do to download the template is click on the Members Only Center located on our website www.FAPSC.org which is located underneath the Membership tab to download theses items electronically. Once you are logged in you will need to use the following secure password: 2012.

We encourage all participating schools to add a direct link to the FAPSC scholarship application for additional exposure. Also, please use the FAPSC member logo and post it on your website which is also available to download in the Members Only Center on the FAPSC website. 

If you need additional materials or if you experience issues logging into our website contact Wanda Minick directly at Scholarship@FAPSC.org.

Top 5 Reasons YOU Should Submit a Nomination for the FAPSC Annual Awards Program

5. You are automatically entered into a prize drawing for an awesome gift basket. (Each nomination = 1 submission to the prize pool; the more you nominate the more likely you are to win!)

4. The people who work hard day in and day out and make a difference go often go unrecognized. Wouldn't it be nice if they received some recognition for all they do?

3. All award winners AND their nominators receive a $100 discount on Annual Conference registration fees!

2. The school submitting the most nominations gets a FREE Faculty Conference Registration. That's right - someone can earn their 8 CEUs at $0 registration cost.

1. Take 5 minutes to shine a little extra light on how spectacular your campus is. Unfortunately not everyone knows!

So what are you waiting for?
All nominations are due by
Wednesday, May 9, 2012.

Awards Categories:
Administrator of the Year
Faculty Member of the Year
Graduate of the Year
School/College of the Year

The FAPSC Board of Directors Appoint New Leaders

With the recent resignation of FAPSC President Jan Schoonmaker, President Elect Dean Bartness, Sr. Vice President of Regulatory Affairs with Education Training Corporation steps into the FAPSC President's seat.  The executive committtee made a few more adjustments to the executive team and appointed Linda Weldon, Sr. VP Academics, Accreditation & Community Relations with Ulimate Medical Academy as President Elect.

The board met on April 12, 2012 at Rasmussen College, Tampa/Brandon campus and appointed Joe Hardiman, President of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Orlando as Secretary of the Association and Chris Tilley, Regional Vice President of Operations with Corinthian Colleges Inc. to Mr. Hardiman's vacant at large seat.

For a complete listing of all board of directors please visit our website www.FAPSC.org.  If you are interested in serving on FAPSC board please email Kathy@FAPSC.org.  

Have You Visited our Member News Section Recently?


Dade Medical College Names John Murphy Vice President of Financial Operations and Pammaree Campbell Corporate Director of Financial Aid

April 18, 2012

MIAMI, FL - As part of Dade Medical College's growth and expansion plans, the college names John Murphy as the new Vice President of Financial Operations and Pammaree Campbell as the new Corporate Director of Financial Aid.

Ernst & Young announces Gragg Advertising CEO Greg Gragg is an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 finalist in the Central Midwest

April 13, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO, – Ernst & Young LLP today announced that Greg Gragg, CEO of Gragg Advertising, a Kansas City based direct response marketing agency, was named a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 program in the Central Midwest region. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Gragg was selected by a panel of independent judges. Awards will be presented at a special gala on June 5, 2012 at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel in Overland Park, Kansas.

Dade Medical College Opens New Miami Lakes Campus

April 04, 2012

MIAMI LAKES, Fla., PRNewswire-iReach/ -- As part of their continuing effort to broaden the healthcare educational opportunities offered to the community, Dade Medical College has relocated their Hialeah campus to the new, modern and upscale environment at the Miami Lakes Business Center. The space, formerly occupied by Bank of America, is easily accessible from all major thoroughfares including I-75, I-95, SR 826, Gratigny Expressway and the Florida Turnpike.

Got News?

If you would like to be featured here just send an email to Wanda@FAPSC.org to get noticed.

FAPSC Announcements

FAPSC Welcomes New Members

School Members

American Advanced Technicians Institute, Corporation - Hialeah
PiBerry Institute - Naranja

Associate Members

CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP - Orlando
Leads360 - El Segundo, CA
Vision Healthcare Staff Management - Lakeland

Professional Members

Risha Ali, - Florida Career College- Pembroke Pines, Stephanie Egleston - Ultimate Medical Academy, Aubree Harper - Steiner Education Group, Michael Royer - ITT Technical Institute- Lake Mary, Andrea Schulmeyer - Everest University Online

FAPSC New Community Leadership Award

New for 2012 FAPSC will recognize community leaders outside the private postsecondary education sector. This award will be in recognition for outstanding service to the community in each of the FAPSC 8 regions. Each region will have the opportunity to recognize one outstanding community award recipient and name their local award in honor or memory of someone. For more information regarding this new award click here.

Got Announcements?

If you would like to share an announcement, please contact Wanda Minick via email at Wanda@FAPSC.org.  

FAPSC 2012 Annual Conference

July 24 – 27, 2012
Turnberry Isle Miami – Aventura, Florida

 4th Annual Jay Lambeth Memorial Golf Tournament

Get into the swing of things at this exciting golf tournament on Tuesday, July 24. Join us at the Turnberry’s Soffer Course for a round of golfing fun!

Exhibitor Registration
Exhibitor Registration is underway and the exhibit hall is filling up quickly! Make sure your company plans to exhibit or sponsor in order to participate at this year’s conference. Want to know whose smiling faces will be in the 2012 Exhibit Hall? Check out the growing list of companies that have registered and plan to join us as we celebrate “Going the Distance for Students!”

Session Proposals
If your idea of a terrific session involves reading PowerPoint slides verbatim, please skip reading the remainder of this paragraph. It’s not too late to submit your idea for a conference breakout session! All session proposals are due by May 1, using the online proposal form. We’d love for you to share your thoughts on great session topics and speakers!

Attendee Information
Attendee registration will open in May. Stay tuned for more details! In the meanwhile, you can get a preview and updates of all conference information using the Annual Conference website.  

Upcoming Events

April 2012

21 - AACS - American Association of Cosmetology Schools Spring Management & Financial Aid Conference, Las Vegas, NV

22 - NASASPA- National Assoc. of State Admin. & Superviosrs of Private Schools

25 - TPI - Best Practices and Great Ideas 9th Annual Conference

May 2012

04 - FAPSC Scholarship Application Deadline Extended

15 - Deadline to File Free Application for Federal Student Aid

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

30 - Deadline for Bright Futures reinstatment/restoration applicants

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


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