SPC Gibbs is launching an Educational Ecosystem. An Educational Ecosystem is a resource of partners to wrap around the agreed population of students and their families in order to make a difference in their projected personal and professional paths.
The Gibbs Educational Ecosystem hopes to share resources with students and community partners.
Initial partners include Dixie Hollins, The Florida Dream Center, Azalea Middle School, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, Community Health of Pinellas County and Lealman Innovation Academy.
SPC is grateful for the opportunity to develop meaningful conversations about the needs of the community and develop reciprocal relationships that help strengthen our impact on students and our community.
For more information about the Gibbs Educational Ecosystem, please contact Dr. Meg Delgato at firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Petersburg College honors the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s promise to serve others by dedicating the month of January to diverse volunteer opportunities in Pinellas County through the MLK Month of Service.
Hope to see you at one of these many service projects!
Bauder Elementary Reading and Tutoring, plus a canned food drive
Jan. 18, 9 a.m. – noon
Tampa Bay Watch Oyster Dome Construction
Feb. 2, 9 a.m. – noon
This project involves pouring marine-friendly concrete into fiberglass molds to create oyster domes and taking apart the molds that were previously poured. Oyster communities help stabilize shorelines, provide hard bottom habitats for fish and wildlife resources and promote water quality improvements in the Tampa Bay.
The old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of a cure has never been more true than today. Health literacy and preventative care can mean a longer and healthier life. Having access to healthcare can sometimes be an obstacle. This weekend those challenges are being set aside by North Greenwood’s dedicated Faith Communities and the Martin L. King Center who are hosting a Healthcare fair on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9am-1pm at Martin L. King Center, 1201 Douglas Avenue, Clearwater, Fl.
This collaborative effort is working hard to make sure everyone has access to health awareness and education resources as well as lifestyle screenings. This includes resources for nutrition, heart health, cancer and behavioral health and diabetes prevention.
Lifestyle information screenings will also be offered for blood pressure, BMI, and cholesterol. Flu vaccines will be offered and how to execute an Advance Directive will also be available.
This is free to the community and no pre-registration or fasting is required.
Education and screenings are facilitated by Morton Plant Mease Faith Community Nursing. For more information on their Faith Community Nursing Program visit: BayCareFCN.org.
Hurricane Irma may have hit the St.Pete area but it won’t stop SPC’s efforts to strengthen the community. SPC’s 9/11 Day of Service has been rescheduled in many parts of Pinellas County due to Hurricane Irma but many of those efforts are now underway!
Downtown & Midtown Campuses will remember 9/11 with an annual Day of Service this Friday, September 22 by partnering with Habitat for Humanity.
Please join us on Friday September 22 at 7 am at the Downtown Campus Lobby to drive to the Habitat location and 7:15 am pick up at the Midtown Campus.
To sign up or for more information, please contact the Downtown Student Life and Leadership office at 727-341-4261, sign up in room DC-225.
Join the Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement, the Institute for Policy Solutions and the League of Women Voters for “Democracy 101”. This workshop will remind participants of the foundations of U.S. government and engage in thoughtful dialouge about contemporary political issues and become Citizen Superheros!
Former Congressman David Jolly and Chairwoman & County Commissioner Janet Long will help participants understand the different approaches to contemporary political issues from the local and federal levels.
Learn how to practice your citizenship skills and engage on the local, state and federal level!
Event Information: Monday, August 28th Downtown Campus, American Stage 6-8pm
For more information, please contact Tara Newsom at email@example.com.
This past January, SPC’s Chad Mairn championed the Gadgets for Good electronic recycling initiative in partnership with Tony Selvaggio, founder and CEO of eSmart Recycling, and Tara Newsom, Director of SPC’s Center for Civic Learning. The initiative’s goal was to collect and recycle used electronics to develop a mobile technology incubator, which will deliver equitable access to technology and provide learning opportunities to those in need in our community. Close to 2,000 pounds of electronics were donated to various SPC campuses and picked up by eSmart Recycling to inventory, destroy all data, and to prepare the electronics for recycling. This week, SPC will receive their first installment of 10 laptops as part of a mobile technology lab. This is great timing, as we celebrate Open Access Education Week!
The drive to ensure equitable access to technology started in 2001 when Mairn received a $20,000 grant from the Friends of the Gulfport Public Library to create a mobile laptop lab to teach computer literacy to the elderly, so he has years of relevant experience. Mairn will collaborate with the Center for Civic Learning to develop learning opportunities within the College and will embed the use of this incubator in coursework across disciplines.
“Creating comfortable and open access to learning is what we do at SPC,” Mairn points out. “Accepting these computers will help SPC fulfill one of our goals, which is to bring equitable access to technology so people in need will gain essential technological skills that they can use in their professional as well as their personal lives.”
The first batch of laptops will be used in the community and Mairn and Newsom will work as mentors to “train the trainer” within various disciplines to help expand this effort and increase computer literacy across SPC’s service area.
Esmart Recycling is a collaborative partner with SPC whose mission is to improve core literacy and re-enforce the importance of pre-workforce readiness through access to technology. It is in this context that eSmart Recycling passionately believes creating an agile, 21st Century international economy is vital for the next generation to achieve their full potential. The eSmart Initiatives™ team embraced this idea from a standing start in 2014 while expanding internationally with tech incubators in Venezuela and Peru. Setting a global benchmark in the crusade to end the cycle of poverty by 2030 remains the deep routed commitment of Tony Selvaggio, today’s E-Revolutionary.
This Valentine’s Day, St. Petersburg College wants to celebrate its commitment to caring for our community.
As Tom Shadyac said, ” . . . True Success is Intrinsic. It’s Love. It’s Kindness. It’s Community.”
SPC believes in nurturing the strengths of our students, faculty and partners. The Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement continues to reach into the community and partner with individuals and organizations to build pathways to success with everyone we meet.
The college believes the best way to show our love for our community is by supporting our neighbors. For example, SPC students work regularly, shoulder-to-shoulder, with our partners at the Florida Dream Center, focusing on Adopt-A-Block efforts to clean and restore homes near SPC Midtown.
SPC students also serve as mentors at Pinellas County Schools, helping with literacy efforts, reading to students in Seminole, and continually contributing to the educational ecosystem of our area. SPC also hosts speakers and events that generate collaboration and unity.
Other projects the SPC community has participated in include:
Exploring strategies for engagement in American society through a peacemaking event at the Clearwater Campus
Partnering with eSmart Recycling for Gadgets for Good, a collection effort to gather donated gadgets to support children in the local community without access to technology
Taking part in the Recycled Tunes donation drive, collecting musical instruments that are refurbished and donated to Pinellas County Schools’ music programs
This Valentine’s Day, the SPC family is committed to the success of our students and our community. We love to share our hearts.