February 2018
Students Find Success in Cell Phone Repair Program
SPC Students Quincy Youngs (L) and
Malik Moore repair a tablet.
Two years ago, the last thing on Quincy Youngs' mind was pursuing an education. Quincy was living in a homeless shelter in St. Petersburg and struggling to find work due to a past criminal record. Luckily, Quincy was encouraged to enroll in SPC's PITCH (Persistence Incorporated into College, Hired) program, a course designed to help at-risk African American men gain work readiness skills, obtain workplace certifications and enroll in postsecondary education.

The PITCH program provides cell phone and tablet repair instruction and is funded in part through the Silverberg Family Academic Excellence Grant. SPC Instructor Dwayne Johnson is enthusiastic about the program's success. He said, "All the students in the course have given 110 percent to the program. Each day I see them putting in the hard-work needed to be a success in the field. It has been my honor help these young men get the real-world experience they need."

Quincy's impressive commitment to the PITCH coursework led to a position as an Instructor Assistant where he will mentor other students. His confidence has soared; upon completing the PITCH program he enrolled in SPC's Cybersecurity program and has his sights set on a career with Apple.
Rothman Family Promotes Early Literacy
SPC Early Childhood Development students pose with the supplies they will distribute to young 
Pinellas County learners.
The Rothman Family Foundation's commitment to improving student success, particularly among learners with the fewest resources, was the impetus for their partnership with the SPC Foundation. As part of this partnership, SPC students completing coursework in Early Childhood development were recently presented sets of books encased in toddler-sized SPC book bags. The students, each of whom is currently employed in a licensed Pinellas County childcare center or home care environment, will share and/or distribute the books to pre-school learners.

Working together to improve literacy among our community's youngest learners, as exemplified through the efforts of the Rothman family, will help close the achievement gap, promote early success and build a strong foundation for life-long learning.
Soroptimists Make Dreams Come True for Women
SPC student Lory White (R) receives award from Soroptimist member Cathy Wagner.
Soroptimist members from chapters across the country and Canada gathered to recognize two very special SPC students at the Soroptimists of Pinellas County Awards Luncheon. The Soroptimists' Live Your Dream Award is given to women who are the primary sources of financial support for their families and provides them with the resources they need to advance their education, skills and employment prospects.

Award recipient Lory White, a single mother, enrolled at SPC in search of new skills to jump start her career. Lory said, "My college education is very important to me and I am breaking the generational course of my family. I am showing my daughter leadership skills, and the ability to never give up, which is priceless."
Preparing Students for Careers in Tech
Tech Data employees lead TechCamp session.
Launched in partnership with Tech Data, the Tampa Bay New Skills at Work initiative hosted 18 students from SPC, USF and South University in a six day "TechCamp" program in February. The initiative is designed to help students strengthen a broad range of high-demand skills with a focus on improving employability and responding to the needs of area employers. 

During one of the sessions, SPC Foundation Board Member Angie McCourt and more than a dozen of her fellow Tech Data employees joined students to discuss career paths at Tech Data. Tampa Bay is the nation's second-fastest growing technology hub and this program works to create a pipeline of talented tech workers to take full advantage of these high- wage careers.
Upcoming Events
SPC Theater Presents: Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
March 21-24 7:30pm & March 24-25 at 2pm
Clearwater Campus Arts Auditorium
2465 Drew St., Clearwater
During a blizzard in 1940, a group of theater artists gather in an isolated house to work on their new musical. What they don't know is that the "Stage Door Slasher" might be behind any of the bookcases and ready to pounce. This comic murder mystery will leave you in stitches! General admission tickets are $10 each, and the event is free for SPC students, faculty and staff. For more information, contact Scott Cooper at 727-791-2548. 

4th Annual Caregivers Conference
March 23 at 8:30am-4pm
SPC Seminole Campus Digitorium
9200 113th Street North - Seminole
Join us as experts address the needs of caregivers as well as those for whom they selflessly devote their lives, providing information on medical advances, legal aspects, Medicare coverage, hospice care and more. Admission is free including lunch but advance registration is required. Register HERE.
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