This December, we will celebrate an historical occasion – SPC’s 150,000th graduate. What does an SPC graduate look like? Check out our graduates’ stories and be prepared to be inspired.
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ADRIANA HULLAND B.S. Degree in Public Policy and Administration
In Adriana’s neighborhood, going to college is not the norm. Her honest, emotional account of the struggles and joys she experienced as she persevered to earn a bachelor’s degree at St. Petersburg College is inspirational. While she will be the first person in her family to earn a college degree, she won’t be the last. Following Adriana’s lead, her mom and sister are now attending SPC.
“Before St. Petersburg College, I never thought I’d have a chance to make a difference in the world,” said Adriana Hulland.
PETYA GETSOVA B.S. Degree in Public Policy and Administration
When Petya Getsova came to the United States from Bulgaria, she was very shy. Her involvement in student government at St. Petersburg College helped her come out of her shell and uncovered a passion for public policy. Today she works for the city of St. Petersburg and hopes someday to be an American ambassador.
SPC Public Policy students met United States Customs and Border Protection Commissioner and St. Petersburg College alumnus R. Gil Kerlikowske at this week’s Public Policy Leadership Speakers Series luncheon.
The 64 bachelor’s degree students in SPC’s Public Policy Administration program were the focus of the event, asking the commissioner questions about drug policy, human trafficking, border security and more. About 125 people attended the event, including local law enforcement and politicians, SPC administrators, faculty and staff.
The Public Policy Leadership Speaker Series luncheons, organized by SPC Professor Jeff Kronschnabl, gives students the opportunity to engage with highly acclaimed professionals from local, state and federal government in an intimate setting.
Recently, United States Customs and Border Protection Commissioner and St. Petersburg College alumnus R. Gil Kerlikowske was the featured speaker.
Kurt S. Browning, former Florida Secretary of State (March 21, 2012)
Discussed the value of a higher education and the duties of the Secretary of State.
Major General Karl M. Horst, Chief of Staff-U.S. Central Command ( 27, 2012) Discussed his experiences in leadership from his 39 year military career and also discuss his leadership and how it pertains to the USCENTCOM area of Responsibility.
Charlie Crist, former Florida Governor (March 19, 2013)
Discussed policy leadership while serving Florida as an elected official for over 15 years.
Judge Nelly Khouzam and Judge Morris Silberman, Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal (Oct. 16, 2013)
This husband and wife duo discussed “A Nation of Laws: What is the role and responsibility of appellate courts as relates to the rule of Law?”
Bob Lasala, County Administrator for Pinellas County, and Bill Horne, City Manager of Clearwater (April 2, 2014)
Discussed collaborative leadership within local governments.
Jack Latvala, Florida State Senator, and Ed Hooper, Florida State Representative (Oct. 29, 2014)
Discussed collaborative leadership within the Florida Legislature.
James Olliver, Seminole Campus Provost, and Frank Edmunds, Seminole City Manager (March 25, 2015)
Discussed their distinguished public service careers and collaboration between the SPC Seminole campus and the City of Seminole.
The City of Seminole and St. Petersburg College signed an agreement today that will place one SPC public policy student or graduate in a one-year paid position with the city each year starting Aug. 1. Each year for 10 years a new student/graduate will be selected for a position with the city.
Recently passed by the Seminole City Council, the new Frank Edmunds Public Service Associate in Training program is named after 20-year Seminole City Manager Frank Edmunds who is retiring in August.
The trainee will be assigned by the city manager and will rotate through four departments: administration, public safety, community development and public works, to receive exposure to and specialized expertise in the various areas of city government.
St. Petersburg College’s Public Policy Administration program is not just about politics. Senior Rafael Murga will graduate this summer with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy but hopes to use the degree to pursue a career in technology.
“My initial reaction is to say that this program changed the entire direction of my life — but the truth of the matter is that it gave me one,” he said. “Professor (Jeffery) Kronschnabl sparked the drive inside of me the first time I set foot in his classroom and made me realize what a true educator is. He has instilled the fact that what I am doing is truly a calling.”
With his wife due to deliver their baby any day, and a job interview scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, SPC Public Policy student and United States Air Force Veteran Peter Parapon expected the coming week would be busier than usual. But when he woke up on Monday, Nov. 17, he could not have dreamed what the next 48 hours would hold.