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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
Mark Gutmann
Audrey Kaplan
Walt Kirby
Dan Macferran
William Polmear
Jay Ober
Nancy Rodriguez
Mitch Talenfeld
Melissa Wade

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 Advocacy Event Held Is a Success

Over 40 career college leaders and professionals attended FAPSC annual FAPSC day event, held February 4-5 in Tallahassee. Attendees visited 100 offices during the event.  FAPSC day offers participates an opportunity to share their schools' state legislative and regulatory priorities, concerns, strategies and tactics with advocacy leaders. This event focused on key educational issues that FAPSC will address in the coming legislative session, such as state nursing education requirements, dual enrollment, transfer of credit and student funding.  Click here to download FAPSC 2014 agenda.  Regular session opens March 4.

FAPSC day is an event that all members are encouraged to attend. Attending FAPSC day will help empower you to be an advocate for your students; the career college profession and the future of education. Click here to download FAPSC 2014 Florida Trend sponsored report that were given to Legislators.  This report can also be found on our homepage on our website under "Latest News."

Here's what a few participaints had to say about their experience this year. 

Mark Page, IADT Online, Campus President
I had the pleasure of attending FAPSC Day in Tallahassee for the first time this year and the experience was so energizing and the outcome so fruitful that I will plan to attend every year from now on. I was not sure what to expect from the experience, but was pleasantly surprised. Appointments with House Representatives and Senators had been pre-scheduled throughout the day, where participants were to meet with the legislators within the districts where their institutions are physically located, as well as others, to communicate legislation that is supported by FAPSC to assist our sector. In addition, where appointments could not be scheduled, we were given the opportunity to meet with legislative aides to communicate the FAPSC agenda. Participants were assigned to teams, pairing up experienced participants from past years with newbies such as myself, which greatly eased my mind and allowed me to be an observer on the first few visits but feeling like a pro by the end of the day. To be able to get face to face with so many legislators in one day was phenomenal and something that I could never have accomplished on my own. An unexpected outcome of the experience was how open so many legislators were to agreeing to visit my campus when they returned to their home districts. I have sent letters of invitation to legislators inviting them to visit my school numerous times in the past to no avail. But when meeting with the legislators face to face, they were very receptive and many genuinely excited about the idea. An unexpected bonus of the event was a scheduled meeting with Will Weatherford, Speaker of the House, accompanied by Jeanette Nunez, Education Committee member and Chair of the Higher Education & Workforce Subcommittee, as well as a visit with Governor Scott.  As with everything FAPSC does, the event was extremely beneficial and rewarding.

Dr. Carolyn Farrell EdD MBA RN, Compliance Director, Christian International College
Thank you so much for FAPSC Day! The opportunity to speak with Florida Representatives and Senators and have the time to provide information on our sector is really an honor. Each of the members of the House and Senate I spoke with were interested in the issues within our sector. I also appreciated the spirit of FAPSC members who put aside their individual school focus and spoke with one voice for our entire sector. Many thanks to you and FAPSC for arranging the legislative appointments and making the day such a tremendous success.

Did You Forget to Register to Attend Central Conference?

If you have forgotten to register to attend FAPSC Central Conference February 20-21 don't worry, you can register at the on-site check-in area. We will have all of the registration forms needed to complete when you get here.

Conference Venue:
Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®
6677 Sea Harbor Drive, Orlando, Florida 32821
Google Map to property.

If you still need hotel accomondations we still have a few rooms in FAPSC room block.  Make sure you click here to make your reservations online or contact the reservation specialist via phone 1-888-789-3090. Be certain to mention that you are attending the FAPSC Conference to receive the discounted room rate.
FAPSC Special Room Rate of $199+ per night.

Event Details:

Administrator Conference (2.20.14)
Faculty Conference (2.21.14)
FAPSC On-Site Member Rate $290 FAPSC On-Site Member Rate $240
FAPSC On-Site Non-Member Rate $345 FAPSC ON-Site Non-Member Rate $275

The FAPSC Continuing Education committee has lined up a variety of speakers to educate you on the latest legislative and regulatory developments from Washington, D.C., addressing CIE concerns, an assortment of admission, financial aid and student/career service topics as well as some in depth educational discussions in a multitude of areas. Take a peek at what you will be missing if you don't come!

Click here to download Administrator Conference Program
Click here to download Faculty Conference Program

As always, attendees can expect to earn up to 8 CEU's by attending anyone of these conferences in its entirety.

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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 

Spotlight of FAPSC Career Servcies Administrator of the Year: Marbelin Perez

Marbelin Perez from Universal Career School in the Miami suburb of Sweetwater received a top honor from FAPSC, being named the 2013 Career Services Administrator of the Year.

Marbelin is a graduate, with honors, from Universal Career School, and her experience was such a positive one that she chose to help students find rewarding opportunities through career placement. Marbelin added creative initiatives in the Career Service Department at her campus to expand the programs available to better prepare students for the workforce. She takes care and pride with each student she works with – from the job search to eventually retaining employment.

Congratulations to Marbelin and kudos on a job well done!

If you know someone like Marbelin who excels at your campus – take a few minutes and show your appreciation by nominating them for a FAPSC Award! FAPSC recognizes administrators, faculty, graduates and schools through its 2014 Annual Awards Program. Click here to access nomination information!

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. Nominations are accepted and reviewed all year prior to May 12.

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

ABHES - National Conference and Christopher J. Eaton Celebration of Life Luncheon

This year’s National Conference will be held at the magnificent Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The Conference will begin with a welcome reception at 5:00 p.m., on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, with all breakout and other sessions held Thursday and Friday, February 27-28, 2014.

To register for the conference, workshops, and or extracurricular events, simply visit the ABHES website or click Registrations for ALL EVENTS are to be completed online. All major U.S. credit cards accepted.

For those interested in attending only the Celebration of Life luncheon on Thursday, February 27, at 12:30 p.m., the fee is $50.00. The luncheon is being held in memory of Chris Eaton, former Associate Executive Director, who passed away suddenly last August. The details of a scholarship program, in memory of Chris, will be announced during the luncheon. In order that we may provide the Gaylord with an accurate number of attendees for lunch, please send an email to Laurie Hart, if you are interested in attending only the luncheon. Tickets for the luncheon can be purchased on-site with a major credit card, check or cash.

Feds Launch New Online Consumer Complaint Reporting System for Veterans

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

With a cost of about $30 billion since 2009 to help 1 million veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars go to school, the federal government has been increasingly vigilant in ensuring the money spent helps veterans transition to the civilian workforce. Along with increased vigilance, there has been increased scrutiny of higher education institutions, with a particular focus on career colleges.

In the context of this heightened scrutiny, the FTC, Defense Department and VA have created a new online portal in collaboration with the Department of Justice and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that veterans and servicemembers can use to file consumer complaints about education institutions. Students can file complaints with the VA and DOD directly about the cost of attendance, marketing, graduation rates, program quality, employment prospects, and course credit.

For institutions seeking ways to enhance the level of service they provide to military students and graduates, the following courses offered in the FAPSC Online Training Center may complement existing efforts: CS108 – Supporting Veterans in Becoming Gainfully Employed and CM104 – Compliant Interactions: Acting with Integrity.

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Datamark Changes Name to Helix Education

February 13, 2014

Salt Lake City, UT — Datamark, a longtime leader in data-driven enrollment marketing, today announced that it has changed its name to Helix Education, reflecting its growth and expansion across the student lifecycle. The company has broadened its technology and service solutions, which are underpinned by big data, to help schools find, enroll, retain and teach students.

“As Helix Education, we are redefining what it means to effectively support the needs of students throughout the entire education experience, making it more productive and meaningful,” said Matthew Schnittman, president and CEO of Helix Education. “There are so many opportunities to connect with and track students, from the first time they inquire about a program, throughout the admissions and learning process. Through technology and big data, schools can gain greater visibility into each student’s progress. They can make better decisions – decisions that are relevant to students’ needs along the way – and in turn, achieve better outcomes.”

In 2013, the company acquired the technology assets of Altius Education with the intention of further developing the infrastructure. This includes enrollment management and student retention systems, as well as Helix, a competency-based online learning platform recognized by EDUCAUSE and the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation as a promising technology to support breakthrough learning models.

Private Online School District Battles America’s High School Dropout Crisis and Offers a Solution to Educational Trauma

February 13, 2014

Students who have been failed by the traditional education system are finding success in an alternative online career-based program with student support as its cornerstone. Smart Horizons Career Online Education’s partnerships with public and private entities ranging from non-profits to prisons to corporations enables the district to reach various types of learners.
Dr. Howard Liebman

Dr. Howard Liebman founded Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) in late 2009 with one central mission in mind—to reach the approximately 45 million adults in the U.S. population who do not have a high school education and prepare them for the workplace.

“There is a growing dropout crisis in the United States. I believe Smart Horizons Career Online Education is beginning to serve an increasingly significant function in addressing this crisis that affects so many in our nation’s underserved populations,” Dr. Liebman said.

Full Sail University Adds Music Festival to 5th Annual Hall of Fame Celebration Schedule - February 19-21, 2014

February 03, 2014

WINTER PARK, FL, – Full Sail University is proud to announce the addition of a three-day music festival to the 5th Annual Hall of Fame celebration featuring nationally and locally recognized bands and artists performing live on Full Sail’s campus. The Hall of Fame music festival will also include gaming exhibits, film screenings, food trucks and more.

This year’s Hall of Fame Music Festival, sponsored by WWE®, will feature performances by: Beartoe, Beebs and Her Money Makers, Courrier, Jeremy Ellis, Melodime, Solillaquists of Sound, The Pauses, Thomas Wynn & The Believers, and many more. Admission to the music festival is free and open to the public, with doors opening at 12pm daily and performances held on the university’s Hollywood-style backlot from 3pm to 9pm. Full Sail’s Hall of Fame Week is sponsored by Sony Electronics’ Professional Solutions of America, with supporting sponsors WWE, Adobe Systems, Inc., Avid, CDW-G, Cisco, Hewlett Packard Co., Murphy Lighting Systems, and Sennheiser.

During Hall of Fame week, guest lectures and panel discussions will take place featuring new and past Hall of Fame inductees and industry leaders from notable companies including, but not limited to, ESPN, Sony, and WWE. Select events within the week will be streamed live to the university’s online students and the public.

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The FAPSC Board of Directors has scheduled their next board meeting for March 26, 2014 at the Mission Inn Resort and Club located in Howey- In- the -Hills, FL. 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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 Upcoming Events

February 2014

20- FAPSC Central Florida Administrators Conference, Orlando, FL 

20- FAPSC Hall of Fame Inaugural Induction Dinner

21-FAPSC Central Florida Faculty Conference, Orlando, FL 

22- Florida College Goal Sunday

24- PCCS Region IV Conference, Atlanta, GA

26- ABHES11th Annual National Conference on Allied Health Education, Nashville, TN

March 2014

03- 2014 APSCU Hill Day, Arlington, VA

04- Florida's 2014 Regular Legislative Session, Tallahassee, FL 

26- FAPSC Board Meeting, Howey-In-The-Hills, FL 

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

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

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