The Slurpee is turning 50 years old this year, and today is 7-11 Day. The St. Petersburg College Career Pathways department is celebrating more than just the perfectly frozen, summertime drink. Today, we honor the hard work of 711 students who earned an industry certification or license in the 2015-2016 academic year.
St. Petersburg College is dedicated to promoting student success and workforce readiness. Of the 28 institutions in the Florida College System, SPC is currently ranked #3 in certifications earned by students. With the intention of providing all students in career programs with marketable milestones to achieve while completing their programs, many of our degrees have embedded certifications that students will earn along their path in addition to their college degrees.
Students in our Career + Academic Communities below are already adding these valuable credentials to their Career Portfolio:
- Engineering, Manufacturing, and Building Arts
- Health Sciences and Veterinary Technology
- Public Safety, Policy, and Legal Studies
Here are 3 reasons you should get certified:
- Many industry certifications are “stackable,” this means that a student just beginning in their field could earn an associate level certification, and as they gain more experience will qualify to seek additional certifications, eventually reaching the professional level. This is especially helpful to note during the interview process. If your resume doesn’t yet reflect the in-field career progression you want – your commitment to certification will show any prospective employer that you are dedicated to having the most up-to-date skills in your field and that you are consistently building upon what you have learned to increase your effectiveness. Hopefully, working for them!
- Certifications are marketable assets in your Career Portfolio. While some businesses do not require industry certifications, applicants with certifications stand out to a review committee over candidates without them.
- Licensure renewal and continuing education credit requirements are associated with most certifications. That means your skills will always be in tune with your industry as it changes, as long as you maintain certification.
Weigh in – are you one of our 711 students to hit the workforce with an industry certification? Tell us about your path there! And don’t forget, if you too are celebrating student success with a Slurpee, snap a photo and hashtag it #spcinspires #getcertificationsspc #slurpee50
If you want to learn more about industry certification, licensure, and articulation opportunities at SPC contact Julia Meyer, Administrative Services Specialist.