All posts by Marilyn Browne

SPC Workforce Council Hosts Tour of Port Tampa Bay

photo of Port Tampa Bay cranes

St. Petersburg College hosted a tour of Port Tampa Bay on Feb. 16, 2017. Participants included Pinellas County Economic Development, students from the LINCS Supply Chain Management program, industry partners from C.H. Robinson, and SPC faculty and staff. The Tampa Port Authority provided a complimentary tour aboard the Bay Spirit II, and shared information about port operations and the companies housed in Port Tampa Bay.

Port Tampa Bay:

  • Is Florida’s largest and diversified seaport
  • Handles over 37 million tons of cargo per year
  • Is the nation’s closest deep-water gateway to the Panama Canal
  • Generates almost 100,000 jobs
  • Provides over $15 billion in economic impact

According to Enterprise Florida, “each year more than $160 billion worth of goods flow through Florida’s ports and airports.” In fact, Florida contains the 3rd largest cluster of Logistics and Distribution establishments in the U.S.

Marta Przyborowski, Chair with the College of Business, provided information about Supply Chain Management educational programs and newly created industry certifications aligned with the curriculum.

The SCPro™ Fundamentals industry certifications include:

  • Supply Chain Management Principles
  • Customer Service Operations
  • Transportation Operations
  • Warehousing Operations
  • Supply Management & Procurement
  • Demand Planning
  • Inventory Management
  • Manufacturing & Service Operations

Students may enroll in short-term training, offered onsite and fully online, to earn the industry certifications. SPC is working on an articulation agreement by which students will be able to earn college credit for earned industry certifications.  College credits will be applied toward the Supply Chain Management track or certificate within the Associate in Science Degree in Business Administration.

If you are interested in reserving a tour for a group of students or others, visit:
https://www.tampaport.com/About-Port-Tampa-Bay/Port-of-Tampa-Harbor-Tours

If you are interested in learning more about C.H. Robinson, visit:
https://www.chrobinson.com/en-us /

Upcoming Events:

The LINCS Supply Chain Program is hosting a Meet the Recruiters event on Tuesday, February 21 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM.  Students will have the opportunity to network and meet some of the area’s top Recruitment Agencies with open positions across various industries. The event is FREE and open to the public.  It will take place at SPC EpiCenter.  To RSVP, contact LINCS@spcollege.edu.

For more information about the Supply Chain Management program options, contact Marta Przyborowski at 727-341-7973 or at Przyborowski.marta@spcollege.edu.

2016 Career Pathways for Counselors

2016 Career Pathways for Counselors

Twenty-two school counselors, resource teachers, and psychologists from 17 different Pinellas County high schools participated in the  four-day 2016 Career Pathways for Counselors event from June 13-16.

Participants discovered why SPC is a great option for their students. Each day’s presentations were delivered by administrators, deans, faculty, and staff who focused on SPC career and technical education programs, baccalaureate programs, and our College Experience framework to promote student success, completion, and placement.

The Career Pathways office would like to extend its deep appreciation to the 55 presenters and 24 tour guides for this event!

Thank you to the Sponsors

  • SPC Foundation, Inc.
  • SPC Campuses – Allstate, Clearwater, Downtown, Health Education Center, Midtown, Seminole, St. Petersburg/Gibbs, Tarpon Springs, Veterinary Technology Center
  • The Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Education Grant

Thank you to the Campus Coordinators

  • Saied Navab, Career Services Support Coordinator, Clearwater Campus
  • Bethany Greenley, Career Outreach Specialist, Tarpon Springs Campus
  • Sandy DeCarlo, Career Outreach Specialist, Seminole Campus
  • Dwayne Climes, Career & Academic Advisor, SP/Gibbs Campus
  • Shana Sapp, Student Support Manager, Allstate
  • Kerry Carter, Career and Academic Advisor, Midtown Campus
  • Brooke Janik, Career and Academic Advisor, Downtown Campus
  • Jennie Orama, Career Outreach Specialist, Health Education Center & Veterinary Technology Center

For more information, please contact Marilyn Browne.

Did you know that an industry certification may earn you FREE college credit at SPC?

Certification class

If you possess an industry certification in a profession, you can receive up to 15 free academic credits toward certain A.S. degrees at SPC. Opportunities are available in various areas of study. Review the list of industry certifications that qualify for free credit, and how to apply, on the Career Pathways website.

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Bryan Hoerbelt

CompTIA Security+ industry certification

Cybersecurity A.S. degree student

Earning an industry certification will help your resume stand out from the crowd. In addition, if your industry certification qualifies for free college credit, let your hard work also pay off by saving yourself time and money toward earning your Associate’s degree at SPC.

Here are some frequently asked questions:

  • How easy was it to earn college credit for your Comp TIA Security+ industry certification?

Very simple, just 3 steps after I learned about it. I filled out one online form, responded to an email and sent a free transcript using the CompTIA website.

  • How did the free college credit save you time and money towards your A.S. degree in Cybersecurity?

I estimate that the award has saved me $900 in books and tuition for 2 classes.  Using the rule of thumb of 3 hours for every credit hour, or 18 hours of study per week, I estimate that the credit saved me 180 hours of work over a 10 week term. I plan on taking the Network+ certification also, to save on additional classes.

  • How will the industry certification improve your employment prospects?

CompTIA allows you to connect any certification to your LinkedIn, so if you are an active LinkedIn user these particular certifications might be a boost.  Also, Security+ is accepted by the Department of Defense, as meeting a requirement for some of the jobs that have piqued my interest. In fact, one of those jobs led me to start this program.

For further information contact Tonita Cheese, Articulations Specialist at 727-302-6525 or cheese.tonita@spcollege.edu.

 

 

Exploratory Lab Boot Camp

Exploratory Lab art

The Exploratory Lab Boot camp is a career development program for all majors.

  • Discover new career options using the skills and knowledge gained in your academic program.
  • Immerse yourself in a 5 day boot camp to learn the business cycle and the exciting career options that are available to you at graduation.
  • 80% of the grads seeking a job or internships were successful!

Location:  Tech Data

Dates:  June 27- July 1st

Click here for more information and to apply!

Note: We do not guarantee you a job or internship, we guarantee you an opportunity to learn new skills businesses are seeking and networking opportunities with key leaders that make hiring decisions.

Tech Data created the Three Pillars Curriculum to fill the skills gap new grads have compared to what technology businesses need.  It also focuses on exposing non-tech degree students to the technology industry in a non-intimidating way. The goal is to provide experiential learning that is real life, real time to augment their classroom learning.

You are assigned a team and required to complete a business plan that incorporated the elements of the Three Pillars Curriculum. The curriculum targets specific topics as key to success in the workplace. The curriculum is delivered by experts in the field with sessions lasting from 60 – 90 minutes with a combination of an interactive presentation followed by hands on exercise.

Area businesses are seeking graduates from a variety of degree programs with the aptitude to learn, that are very passionate about technology and want to explore new skills. This program is an opportunity for you to learn more about pathways to jobs that utilize the knowledge you have acquired in the classroom and ignite your passion for new and exciting careers.

Meet potential employers and hear what they are seeking in new graduates; all sure to enhance your success at finding a job at graduation.

Are you Hungry, Humble and Smart? Apply today!

Do you want to find a job before graduation? Apply today!

Do you want an internship this summer? Apply today!

Do you want to learn about new career options? Apply today!

To apply, follow the link to the application and detailed instructions.

Applications must be submitted by April 24th!

For more information, please contact Patricia Gehant at 727-742-5144 or patriciagehant@gmail.com


Apply now for your summer internship

Photo of an intern

Take advantage of the many opportunities to gain experience and build your resume this summer by completing an internship. Many of St. Petersburg College’s academic programs offer credit internship or co-op courses through partnerships with local businesses. Researching and knowing where you want to intern will help you find the right place to utilize the skills you learned in the classroom. Networking and connecting with professionals will increase the opportunities for locating internship and employment opportunities. A solid professional resume can help you get that interview.  Good interview skills will help you land that internship.

Step 1: For a college credit internship, check your program to see if you completed your prerequisites.

Step 2: Complete the Internship Application.

Step 3: Polish your resume and interview skills.

Step 4: Begin searching for opportunities.

The SPC Career Services team offers several workshops and webinars where you can learn more about researching, networking, resume development and interviewing. These are the building blocks that help you develop your plan to succeed.

Here are a few events happening soon:

 

Deadline: Apply for Summer Term Internships by April 1.

Questions? Reach out to the employment and internship team. We’re here to help you finish what you start!

Follow internship news at SPC on Twitter at #spcintern

 

CCIT Career Exploration at SPC Seminole Campus

Photo of man plugging network cable into a switch

The St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus will host the third CCIT Career Exploration Event, focusing on computer and information technology job opportunities, on April 14. The last event brought in more than 150 participants.

The Internet age has transformed how businesses operate. Today,  it’s hard to find an industry or business that doesn’t depend on digital information. At SPC, the College of Computer & Information Technology gives you guided pathways for degrees and certificates in a number of areas and a bachelor’s degree in technology management. We offer state-of-the-art laboratories, equipment and advanced and specialized classes in online or traditional classroom settings.

Event details

TheCCIT Career Exploration Event runs from 6 – 8 pm and will be held in the Conference Center at the Seminole Campus.

The first hour will feature a Q & A with a panel of distinguished IT professionals addressing industry hiring trends and recommendations on how to break into the IT field. Following the panel discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to network with 15 employers. This is an excellent opportunity for students who are seeking internships or employment and would like to have an information interview to learn more about the IT field. Resumes and dressing for success are recommended.

Please contact 727-341-4724 for more information or RSVP.

Career opportunity in the Tampa Bay area

Employers in the Tampa Bay area can’t find enough qualified workers to fill technology jobs, according to recent news stories in the Tampa Bay Times and Fox 13 News and an area study by business leaders. The study’s findings showed local employers need IT employees who:

  • have three – five years experience and bachelor’s degrees
  • value lifelong learning
  • possess high-demand skills like Java, .NET and mobile app development and IT security

The need for qualified IT workers and their salaries will remain robust, particularly in Florida, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Across Florida and the Tampa Bay Region, careers in IT are expected to grow at a much higher pace over the next 10 years than other jobs. The median hourly wage for the industry in this region was $29.55 in 2011. Those with flexible and portable skills who can adapt to ever-changing IT processes will be highly valued.

SPC to host job hiring event for Frontier Communications

Frontier Communications typeset logo

St. Petersburg College will host a hiring event with Frontier Communications at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus on Jan. 12 and 13.

The Frontier hiring event is from noon-2:30 p.m. and 4-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, and Wednesday, Jan. 13, on the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, Room SA-114, 6605 Fifth Ave. N. It is open to the public.

After acquiring cable and internet services from Verizon in Florida earlier this year, Frontier is looking to hire 200 people in network engineering and customer support areas from the Tampa Bay area. About a dozen hiring managers will be on site. Employees are sought for the following positions: Network Operations Center Managers, Supervisors and Team Leads – Call Center and Network Operations Specialists –Network Maintenance Administrators – Center Operations Technicians – Circuit Design/Layer 1 Provisioning – VoIP Network Engineers and IVR Programmers – Testers and Test Supervisors for DS0, DS1, DS3, Ethernet and 911 – Switch Translations Implementation/Support Specialists

Be evaluated on more than just your resume

In many aspects of the job search, your resume and cover letter are all the employer sees to determine whether to interview you. At a hiring event, you have an opportunity to stand out in person in a way that might not be on your resume.

Interpersonal skills, communication skills and workplace-appropriate social skills are critical. Many employers evaluate these skills heavily because they want to hire people who can make a good impression on their clients and customers.

Learn more about Frontier’s mission and values

Frontier’s mission is to “be the leader in providing communications services to residential and business customers in our markets.”

The business’ core values are:

  • Put the customer first
  • Treat one another with respect
  • Keep our commitments; be accountable
  • Be ethical in all of our dealings
  • Be innovative; take the initiative
  • Be team players
  • Be active in our communities
  • Do it right the first time; continuously improve
  • Use resources wisely
  • Use Frontier products and services
  • Have a positive attitude

Event tips

  • Dress to impress
  • Bring several copies of your resume
  • Be prepared for on-the-spot interviews

Risk Management and Insurance Career Networking Event

Risk Insurance Career Networking flyer

Please join us Tuesday, February 9, 2016 – 5:30 – 730 p.m.

SPC EpiCenter

13805 58th Street

Clearwater, FL

Click here to get directions.

Careers in Insurance

Demand for insurance agents, underwriters and claim representatives is projected to grow 10 percent through 2022, as fast as the average for all occupations. – Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

What is Risk Management?
Risk management is a process for identifying, assessing, and prioritizing risks of different kinds. Once the risks are identified, the risk manager will create a plan to minimize or eliminate the impact of negative events. A variety of strategies is available, depending on the type of risk and the type of business. There are a number of risk management standards, including those developed by the Project Management Institute, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the National Institute of Science and Technology, and actuarial societies.

Join us at this event to:

  • Learn about careers in the dynamic and growing risk management and insurance profession
  • Network with local insurance carriers
  • Talk to hiring managers
  • Learn about advancement opportunities
  • Learn more about what degrees you can earn to work in the risk management and insurance industry
  • Learn about scholarship opportunities
  • Ask employers questions in an informal environment is

RSVP online or call Bethany Greenley at 727-302-6487 for more information.

Joint Sponsorship between the Florida Association of Insurance Agents (FAIA) and St. Petersburg College

Please RSVP by clicking here

 

2015 St. Petersburg College JOB Fair!

Join us on Monday, November  30th at the Clearwater Campus from 11 a.m.-2 p.m!

Use this opportunity to meet with employers and stand out from other candidates. Get an overview of what it’s like to work for a company or a sector that seem interesting to you.

Participating Employers will collect resumes and exchange business cards. This is a great opportunity for you to share who you are and your work experience. You are encouraged to talk to employers about their expectations.

This is your opportunity to be evaluated on more than just your resume. In many aspects of the job search, your resume (and cover letter) is (are) all the employer sees to determine whether to interview you. At a fair, you have an opportunity to stand out in person in a way that you might not on your resume. Interpersonal skills, communication skills and work-place-appropriate social skills are critical. Many employers evaluate these skills heavily, because they want to hire people who can make a good impression on their clients and customers.

Before you go…..

  • Know which employers are attending.
  • Do enough research to make “A” &”B” lists of employers to meet.
  • Have plenty of copies of your resume ready. You might need to prepare more than one version.
  • Prepare a 20 to 30 second introduction to use with employers.
  • Prepare questions in advance

Come ………

  • Dressed to impress
  • Bring Copies of your resume
  • Be prepared for an-the-spot interview

Participating Employers

Child Care Careers

Arcadia

AMVETS

Marines

Bright House

AKM Care Services Inc.

TSE Industries Inc.

Target

Career Source

U.S. Navy

National Guard

U.S. Army

Oldsmar

Dunedin

AmericaII Electronics

Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections

City of Largo

WinnTech

A&K Energy Conservation Inc

Diagnostic Clinic

MaRCADEN

Vector Marketing/Cutco Cutlery

Hillsborough County Government

For more information, contact Marci Martinez, Career Specialist at 727-791-5951- or Martinez.Marcia@spcollege.edu.

 

Frontier- Network Engineering Job Fair

Frontier Communications Network Engineering Job Fair art

St. Petersburg College will host a hiring event with Frontier Communications from noon to 2:30 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 and Wednesday, Nov. 18 on the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, Room SA-114, 6605 Fifth Ave. N. After acquiring cable and Internet services from Verizon in Florida earlier this year, Frontier is looking to hire 200 people in network engineering and customer support areas from the Tampa Bay area. About a dozen hiring managers will be on site. Employees are sought for the following positions: Guava tester, VoIP Network Operation Center (NOC), Guava maintenance administrator, team leader, NOC supervisor, NOC manager and NOC specialist I. frontier

This is your opportunity to be evaluated on more than just your resume. In many aspects of the job search, your resume and cover letter are all the employer sees to determine whether to interview you. At a hiring event, you have an opportunity to stand out in person in a way that might not be on your resume. Interpersonal skills, communication skills and work-place-appropriate social skills are critical. Many employers evaluate these skills heavily, because they want to hire people who can make a good impression on their clients and customers.

Frontier’s Mission and Values

Mission
Be the leader in providing communications services to residential and business customers in our markets.

Core Values

  • Put the customer first
  • Treat one another with respect
  • Keep our commitments; be accountable
  • Be ethical in all of our dealings
  • Be innovative; take the initiative
  • Be team players
  • Be active in our communities
  • Do it right the first time; continuously improve
  • Use resources wisely
  • Use Frontier products and services
  • Have a positive attitude

FRONTIER

SPC Computer Networking A.S. Degree Information

Plan ahead and attend this event:

  • Dress to impress
  • Bring several copies of your resume
  • Be prepared for on-the-spot interviews

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