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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

Wayne Slater, President

Janis Schoonmaker, President Elect

William Polmear, Immediate Past President

Dean Bartness, Treasurer

Arthur Benjamin, Secretary

Jorge Alfonso
Nancy Bradley
Richard Covington, Jr.
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, 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. 


State Representative Matt Hudson Visits Rasmussen College Ft. Myers Campus

State Representative Matt Hudson, District 101 (Broward and Collier Counties), and Chair of the Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee visited the campus March 18th, met staff, and spoke with students from Nursing and Health Sciences. Here were a few key takeaways from his visit and speaking engagement:

   • He is an early adopter of technology and pioneered several virtual/social media supported engagement efforts with his constituents in mid-2000’s.

  • He has a major presence in the social media space and uses it as a way to engage his constituents and remain accountable (he updated Facebook and Twitter status to show him at Rasmussen while he was on campus).

  • When off-session he runs one of the largest real estate firms in Florida and also operates a real estate school.

  • Notable legislation passed this session included Medicaid funding reform (requires Federal support to fund other half), “Pill Mill” reforms (Florida the worst offender), funding for Disability, Veteran and Elderly affairs agencies, and a balanced budget.

  • He supported passage of legislation requiring 1 online class for every high school student in Florida and 1 civics class for every middle school student in Florida.

  • He emphasized the view for future healthcare providers will include heavy movement to electronic health records, expanding home health care funding, and “personalized health care” that gets to the DNA level of patients. Costs for those tests have decreased enough to be more cost effective than treatment without DNA screening.

  • He encouraged students to friend him on Facebook, follow his Twitter, and hold him and other public officials accountable.

This piece was contributed by Eric Whitehouse, Campus Director of Ramussen College Ft. Myers Campus.

The Importance of Hosting Legislative Visits on  your Campus

It is more critcal than ever to get Legislators on your campus and the best way to communicate with them is in person.  Why not host a Legislative visit like Rasmussen College, Ft. Myers campus did?

If the task seems daunting then let FAPSC help you.  Download "FAPSC Guide to Legislative Visits" by clicking this link.  It's free!

This membership tool kit will give you step by step instructions on hosting a visit by providing you with sample invitations, press release, letters, sample schedule, and how to develop your colleges' very own Fact Sheet.

This is a free publication thanks to our friends at Celsius Marketing | Interactive.

Florida Technical College Named to President's Honor Roll for the Second Year in a Row

Florida Technical College was admitted to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community, a designation they were awarded for 2009 community outreach as well. This recognition from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which administers the Honor Roll, honors Florida Technical College as a leader among institutions of higher education for their support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

The Corporation for National and Community Service received more than 2,000 applications from colleges and universities across the country of which 650 have been admitted for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. "More and more graduates will be going into the world with a commitment to public service and the knowledge that they can make a difference in their communities and their own lives through service to others, thanks to the leadership of these institutions," said Patrick A. Corvington, Chief Executive Officer of CNCS. “Congratulations to Florida Technical College and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities.”

Click here to read the full announcement

Have a Student Success Story you Would Like to Share?

Why not share them with FAPSC? 

We made it real simple! Complete the online submission form and with each submission your school has the chance to win prizes!!  But wait... there is a catch.  The student story which is deemed the most inspiring will be presented at the FAPSC Annual Conference (August 3, 2011 at the Fairmont Turnberry Resort and Club, Aventura, Florida) during the conference kick-off general session.  

The Ask!  Please take a moment and speak with your team members today and submit a student  success story.  Your story could not only inspire another but will benefit our entire sector. 

FAPSC 2011 Annual Conference is Gearing Up to be a Huge Success!

This is a very life changing time for our sector and for the students that attend our schools.  As part of the education solution we must prepare ourselves and our staff for those changes.  The FAPSC annual conference is being held in a very timely fashion on August 02-05, 2011 to bring you updates on pressing topics such as the Program Integrity Rule which takes affect July 01, 2011, the Gainful Employment regulations, updates on the Post 9/11 GI bill that affect our military students, everyday admissions best practices from advertisement to enrollment to graduation, new ways to get your students more involved, financial literacy plus so much more!  Visit our annual conference web-page  for the most current information regarding our session lineup.

Administrators and faculty will experience some very powerful and impacting keynote presenters and of course relationship building with your colleagues.   FAPSC conferences are always a great place to learn and share new ideas and meet a new friend.

Early registration ends June 24. Save money - register early!

Administrator Conference

08/03 -08/04

Faculty Conference


Early Registration
ends 06/24        
Early Registration
ends 06/24          

Member Rate $400

Non-member Rate $505

Member Rate $145

Non-Member Rate $185

Regular Registration
06/25 - 07/15
Regular Registration
06/25 - 07/15

Member Rate $450

Non-Member Rate $555

Member Rate $175

Non-Member Rate $215

On-Site Registration
08/03 - 08/04
On-Site Registration

Member Rate $500

Non-Member Rate $605

Member Rate $205

Non-Member Rate $245

 Click here to get registered!

Dont' forget to book your hotel room! Let the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club host your stay while attending FAPSC annual conference.  They will provide you with accommodations that will make your conference experience even more enjoyable.  Oh and don't forget, FAPSC has arranged for you a special room rate of only $169 +per nightRoom block expires Monday, July 11, 2011.  Book early before room block sells out. Click here to book your room today!

The FAPSC Conference has Something for Everybody

Have a new product or service you would like to showcase or educate Florida's career schools/colleges about?  Let the FAPSC annual conference be your venue to unveil such product or service.  We have a user friendly exhibitor hall layout designed just for you.  However, space is limited so contact the FAPSC office at (850) 577-3139 and secure your space today!  You may also visit our website to learn more about our conference and how you can join in the fun. 

Maybe you don't have a product or service you would like to display.  Maybe you just want to come to the conference and network.  You can do that too. We have a few sponsorship packages available that will allow you to come to our event.  Click this link to view what's still available.

Still have questions?  Email them to Kate Allan, Director of Continuing Education or call her at (850) 577-3139. 

Get on the Leaderboard!  Sign up to Play in FAPSC 3rd Annual Jay Lambeth Memorial Golf Tournament

Registration to play in FAPSC 3rd Annual Jay Lambeth Memoral Golf Tournament is in full swing!  Treat yourself, staff, customer, co-worker or your boss to a round of golf and the $150 million renovation to the Fairmont Turnberry Isle legendary golf course.   This course features a 64-foot waterfall - the largest in the state- and is surrounded by colorful indigenous flora and tropical trees.

Tournament Information:
Price per Player: $175
Price per Foursome: $675

Price Includes: Green fees, cart fees, practice area privileges, beverage cart and awards luncheon

Click here to register today!

Pedal to the Medal Sponsor: McGraw Hill Career College Division

Educational/Training Materials

Company Description: The Career College Division of McGraw-Hill publishes textbooks and digital products specifically designed for the career college student. Our focus throughout the development process of these products is student success. Click on the “watch the video” link to learn more about one of our latest adaptive learning technologies at

Navigate Student Success by Participating in FAPSC 2012 Scholarship Program

The FAPSC Scholarship committee is now accepting participation agreements from FAPSC member schools and colleges who would like to offer full tuition, $5,000 or $1,000 scholarship in programs of their choice to graduating high school seniors and GED receipeints for the 2012 academic school year. 

This program is fully funded by the participating institutions.  The requirements to participate are as follows:

 • The school or college is a current FAPSC member

 • Pay a $500 participation fee 

 • Offer a Full tution, $5,000 or $1,000 scholarship in the program or programs of your choice

As a bonus for participating, you are eligiable to receive special advertising rates in Florida Trend's NEXT Magazine™.  

To get started visit our website to download FAPSC 2012 Scholarship Promotional flyer and to complete a participation agreement.

Questions regarding the scholarship program and advertising opportunity?  Please contact Wanda Minick at or call (850) 577-3139.

To Mentor or Not to Mentor, that is the Question......

You have heard it before and I will say it again, our sector is changing so we must adapt to deliver what we are promising our students.

That is why FAPSC is establishing a mentor program to assist our member schools/colleges with challenges they face on a daily basis in running their institutions. This program will allow them to tap into the knowledge of their more experienced peers who can guide and advise them and also help develop less-experienced employees.

The areas of focus FAPSC is seeking mentors in are as follows: Admissions, Accreditation, CIE Licensure, Curriculum/Instruction, Financial Aid, General School Management, Student Services and Workforce Boards.

FAPSC is seeking mentors to coach and take an active role in contacting mentees, providing resources and assistance, and follow through with their progress.

The time commitment to mentor someone is small compared to the time and energy we all expend trying to resolve  negative press or fixing an error.

Consider giving back to the sector you created by serving as a mentor. Click here to download our mentor questionnaire.

If you have questions regarding this program, please contact FAPSC at (850) 577-3139 or via email


FAPSC would like to thank all our 2011 sponsors

Grand Prix Sponsor


Circuit Sponsor

Accelerator Sponsor

Pedal to the Metal Sponsor

 Indy 5000 Sponsor

Brickyard Sponsor

 FAPSC Cup Qualifier

 Pit Lizard Sponsors

American Central High School

Gragg Advertising

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

MDT Direct

Ritzert & Leyton, P.C

TopSchool, Inc.

Tree of Life Books

FAPSC Online Training Center has a NEW Course!

CM112 - Compliant Communications with Students

This course was designed for employees of all roles and levels governed by The Commission for Independent Education.   The online course focuses on aspects of the Program Integrity Rules which take effect July 01, 2011.  This course covers rules and regulations which must be adhered to in order to maintain compliance with both state and federal regulators. 

What you can expect to learn from taking this course:

 • State requirements related to the new federal regulation

 • Guidelines on recruitment and advertising activities

 • Integrity best practices

 • Requirements related to catalogs, websites, and other publications

 • Ethical standards and guidelines for employees

 • plus so much more!

Login on to FAPSC Online Training Center to get started and earn CEU's while staying compliant!

This course requires a purchase of one enrollment key per person.

FAPSC member rate is $129 per key;  Non-member rate is $149 per key

 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.  For example:

Smart Horizons Career Online Education partners with Education Online Services Corporation to launch the Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis High School

Dr. Howard A. Liebman, Superintendent of Schools for Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE), the world's first AdvancED/SACS accredited online school district, has announced a large-scale partnership with Education Online Services Corporation (EOSC) to design, build-out, and launch the Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis High School (BFCHS).

ECMC Solutions Announces Executive Hire
Ted Sparks Joins as Senior Vice President to Oversee Operations

ST. PAUL, Minn., June 6, 2011 – ECMC Solutions, a student loan repayment and default prevention services provider, today announced the appointment of Ted Sparks as senior vice president. Sparks' extensive experience in higher education, financial services and operations management will further position ECMC Solutions as a leading provider of repayment and default prevention services to schools and their students.

If you would like to be featured here just send an email to to get noticed.

FAPSC Announcements

ACCSC Earns NACIQI Recommendation for Re-recognition

At its June 2011 meeting, the National Advisory Committee for Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), which is charged with advising the United States Secretary of Education on accreditation matters, voted to recommend that ACCSC’s recognition as a reliable authority on quality education be continued for five years, the maximum timeframe allowed under the federal guidelines. ACCSC was one of only two accrediting agencies on NACIQI’s June 2011 agenda to earn the committee’s recommendation for a full five-year term with no additional reporting required.

Have you visited our FAPSC Blogspot lately? Login now to stay in the know!

Have you liked us on FACEBOOK? If not, what are you waiting for???

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

Upcoming Events

July 2011

15-18 - CEA- Cosmetology Educators of America, Scottsdale, AZ

17-20 - NASFAA- National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators National Conference, Boston, MA

27 - The Commission for Independent Education Meeting, Location TBA

August 2011

02 - FAPSC 3rd Annual Jay Lambeth Memoral Golf Tournament, Aventura, FL 

03 & 04- FAPSC Administrators Conference, Aventura, FL

05 - FAPSC Faculty Conference, Aventura, FL 

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

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