SEMINOLE - The staff at St. Petersburg College’s Seminole campus had a busy summer, readying the college for the fall semester, said Dr. Mark Strickland, provost.
“The theme is about serving students,” he said. “The direct impact of these changes will be the students.”
The biggest change on campus has been the consolidation of all student services under one central hub in the University Partnership Center. Rather than have each aspect of student services - from academic advisers to financial aid - in separate offices, the college has incorporated an open floor plan to create a more welcoming vibe.
ST. PETERSBURG - Eckerd College administrators have announced that the school's Program for Experienced Learners, which serves adult students with night and weekend courses in St. Petersburg and Tampa, will stop new enrollment immediately and begin a phase out of the 35-year-old program.
The decision comes after years of declining enrollment following an explosion of adult education choices in the Tampa Bay area and a significant shift in the adult education market.
"Our mission always has been to provide a personalized education for undergraduate students,” said Don Eastman in a press release. Eastman is Eckerd College president. “We do an extraordinary job, but lifestyle changes and market demands have made it much more attractive for adult students to take courses online. Our decision to close the program is our recognition that the adult market's needs have shifted away from something we are really good at and have provided for a long time."
SEMINOLE - Christopher Juul, commercial and digital arts instructor at Career Academies of Seminole, recently earned an award.
Every fall at District Wide Training for trade and industrial instructors of Pinellas County, the Pinellas Adult, Career and Technical Education Association recognizes outstanding people who have contributed to adult, career and technical education. The nominees are teachers, support and professional technical personnel, programs and other individuals who have excelled in their professions and contributed to the adult and career technical education programs, projects, students and community.
Juul was this year’s recipient of the award for Outstanding CTAE Secondary/Middle School Teacher. His director, Barbara Clare, nominated him for the award.
In response to the recent, nationwide closure of ITT Technical Institute (ITT Tech), St. Petersburg College (SPC) has developed a transitional team to support ITT Tech students.
SPC has a team of admissions, advising, and financial assistance staff members ready to assist ITT Tech students to enroll in classes as early as Sept. 12 (SPC’s Express Term) or October 10 (one of SPC’s eight-week fall modules). SPC offers several programs aligned to ITT Tech programs, including Information Technology, Business, Health Sciences, Criminal Justice and Drafting and Design.
In response to local industry needs, St. Petersburg College recently announced two newly-accredited associate in science degrees: biotechnology laboratory technology and biomedical engineering technology.
The programs, which recently received Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges accreditation, will kick off at the beginning of the summer and fall 2016 semester.
“The biotechnology program at St. Petersburg College was specifically tailored and designed from the very beginning so that students get the exact skills that employees want,” said Michael Shamblott in a press release. Shamblott is a member of SPC’s Biotechnology Laboratory Technology Advisory Committee and associate professor at the University of South Florida’s College of Medicine. “I know that if I hire graduates of SPC’s program, they will be able to perform in a lab and help me be productive.”
Research supports that students who are involved in the arts experience greater academic success in the classroom.
To help foster creativity in PCS students, the district has partnered with the Arts Conservatory for Teens to bring a special arts program to John Hopkins and Tyrone Middle Schools. Instructors with the Arts Conservatory for Teens will perform at Tyrone Middle School to introduce students to the program and what it has to offer.
The ACT program provides trained professionals in the Arts who work with students to build character, improve a student’s respect for themselves and others, build interpersonal and intrapersonal skills, focus on conflict resolution and offer an exposure to the arts and culture. The program will work with 100 students from each school.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation named several Pinellas County schools to its annual list of America’s Healthiest Schools.
The 2016 National Healthy Schools Award Winners included Belcher Elementary and Curtis Fundamental Elementary at the Gold level; Tarpon Springs Elementary at the Silver level; and Clearwater Fundamental, Lynch Elementary and Pinellas Secondary School at the Bronze level. In total, Pinellas County Schools represented six of the 10 Florida schools chosen by the alliance for a Healthier Generation.
The Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce has awarded Largo High School the recipient of their “Silver Hammer Award” for the school’s new redesigned campus.
The award was created to salute the dedication of businesses and municipalities the region that invest in major bricks and mortar projects. The award presentation will take place during the chamber’s 64th annual meeting and awards breakfast.
TAMPA - Due to the tropical weather system continuing to impact the Tampa Bay region, all University of South Florida System campuses - Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee - will remain closed on Friday, Sept. 2. All classes are canceled for Friday, Sept. 2.
All campuses will reopen on Saturday, Sept. 3. Normal business operations will resume on Saturday and weekend classes will be held as scheduled.
The USF Health South Tampa Center for Advanced Healthcare, other south Tampa medical clinics and the USF Health Morsani Center for Advanced Health Care will all be open on Friday.
In the interest of safety for students, staff and families, Pinellas County Schools and all district offices will remain closed on Friday, Sept 2. Schools will open and district business will resume as normal on Tuesday, Sept. 6 following the Labor Day holiday.
Pinellas County Schools is working closely with Pinellas County Emergency Management and the National Weather Service to monitor the tropical system currently affecting the region. Both agencies have advised the school district that severe weather is expected throughout Thursday night and into Friday morning.
Pinellas County is under a tropical storm warning, indicating that tropical storm wind conditions are expected within the next 36 hours. The forecast for intensified weather conditions through Thursday night and Friday morning will likely create unsafe conditions for road travel due to wind and flood.
TAMPA - Due to the tropical weather system impacting the Tampa Bay region, the University of South Florida System will close all campuses - Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee - on Thursday, Sept. 1.
All classes are cancelled for Thursday, Sept. 1.
The USF Health South Tampa Center for Advanced Healthcare and other south Tampa medical clinics will be closed all day Thursday.
LARGO - If Largo head football coach Marcus Paschal had any concerns about whether his team was ready to start the season, they didn’t last long.
The Packers dominated Seminole on Aug. 26 on the way to a 40-2 victory to start what Paschal hopes will be a season that Largo finally turns the corner.
“The last three years we’ve been 6-4,” he said. “The ball hasn’t bounced our way. Those two 6-4 seasons could’ve been 8-2, but it’s just the little detail things and hopefully we can take care of those small things this season and get over that 6-4 hump and try to make a playoff push.”