St. Petersburg College
|St. Petersburg College|
|St. Petersburg College|
|Motto||Light and Truth|
|President||Dr. William D. Law|
|Academic staff||2,304 (Fall 2009)|
|Admin. staff||1,707 (Fall 2009)|
|Location||St. Petersburg, Florida, United States|
St. Petersburg College (commonly referred to as SPC, formerly known as St. Petersburg Junior College or SPJC) is a state college in Pinellas County, Florida. It is part of the Florida College System, and is one of the institutions in the system designated a "state college", as it offers a greater number of four-year bachelor's degrees than traditional two-year community colleges. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and enrolls about 65,000 students annually.
The school was founded in 1927 as a private, two-year junior college, the first in Florida. It later became a state institution, and grew to include campuses throughout Pinellas County. Today it has eleven campuses and centers: four in St. Petersburg, Florida and seven more in Seminole, Pinellas Park, Largo, Clearwater, and Tarpon Springs.
St. Petersburg College was founded in 1927 by Captain George M. Lynch, Pinellas County's city superintendent of schools for the city of St. Petersburg, as a private, non-profit institution. It was created in part because of the economic downturn preceding the Great Depression as a way for local students to receive a postsecondary education without having to relocate or pay high tuition. On opening day, the college consisted of 102 students and 14 faculty members, operating from an unused wing of St. Petersburg High School. After one semester, SPC moved its operations to a former high school facility overlooking Mirror Lake, where it remained until January 1942. At this point, the facility was moved into a single building on the corner of 5th Ave. N. and 66th St. N.—a building still in active use today as the James E. Hendry Administration Building, part of the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus.
Beginning in 1953, Clearwater High School began providing several higher-education classes in the evenings. After a 1959 study clearly illustrated the demand for a higher-education facility in northern Pinellas county, SPC began planning the development of a second campus located in Clearwater, Florida. In 1962, the college acquired 72.8 acres (295,000 m2) of land in the vicinity of Drew Street and County Road 32 (Old Coachman Road), land which previously contained an orange grove and a waste disposal site. Construction began on February 25, 1964, ground was broken on the new site, and construction began. In May of the following year, students attending the evening classes at Clearwater High School were transferred to the new campus, which then consisted of only five buildings. The new campus was officially dedicated on November 21, 1965.
St. Petersburg College has no resident-students. This is mostly because no single campus is large enough to warrant a need for student on-campus housing. Many of the SPC campuses do not offer a large curriculum of available courses, but instead specialize in one or two specific fields. For example, the Caruth Health Education Center in Pinellas Park specializes in courses centering around health care, while the Seminole campus is a highly technology-oriented campus. The Seminole campus also serves to house SPC's University Partnership Center, a campus that offers select degree programs from 16 fully accredited institutions, including Barry University, Case Western Reserve University's Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Cleveland State University, Eckerd College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida Institute of Technology, Florida International University, Florida State University, Indiana University, Saint Leo University, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, and University of South Florida. In total, SPC's University Partnership program offers 60 bachelor's degrees and 39 graduate degrees.
Both the Student Services building on the St Petersburg/Gibbs Campus and the Natural Science, Mathematics and College of Education Building on the Clearwater Campus were both recently awarded LEED Gold Certification. The two buildings mark the first LEED Gold higher education buildings in Pinellas County.
As of 2007, of the 65,000 students enrolled in the institution, 36,133 were enrolled in degree seeking programs; while 25,797 were non-degree seeking students. 16,051 of those students were female and 9,417 were male. The average ages of student enrollment proved to be in the range 20-24, which provided education to over 7,698 students.
For four years in a row, St. Petersburg College was designated Florida’s leader in distance learning among the state's 28 other community colleges. It ranked first in the number of courses offered (2,309) and the number of students (16,656). SPC has once again placed near the top of Community College Week’s Top 100 Associate’s Degree Producers List. In the primary category, All Disciplines, SPC was ranked 10th.
The College of Technology and Management (CTM) developed the Sustainability Management BAS degree. The program focuses on sustainable business strategies, energy and resource management, legal aspects of sustainability, and sustainability in built and natural environments. Among other major courses, areas of study include Legal Aspects of Sustainability, Environmental Communication, Sustainable Enterprise Planning, Sustainable Business Strategies, Energy and Environmental Techniques, Sustainability in the Natural Environment and Sustainability in the Build Environment.
The Seminole Campus based Environmental Science Technology AS  includes three sub-plans: Water Resource management, Environmental Resources/Energy Management and Sustainability and includes newly developed courses in Renewable Energy Resources, Solar Energy, Environmental Regulations, Environmental Compliance, Hydrology, Urban Resources Pollutants and Hazardous Waste/Materials Management.
In addition, St. Petersburg College’s Corporate Training  department has partnerships with Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the US Green Building Council to offer online LEED examination training courses and with Solar Source Institute to provide online and face to face solar energy generation, installation and inspection training. SPC/CT offers nearly 50 other sustainability focused certification and continuing education programs.
In 2010, St Petersburg College was named Outstanding Business of the Year by Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the US Green Building Council.
Caruth Health Education Center: Human Services Organization, Physical Therapist Assistant Club, Radiography Club, Student American Dental Hygienists Association, Student Caruth Health Information, Management Association, Student Nurses Association, and Veterinary Technician Society.
Clearwater: Badeya (Black Student Union), Chess Club, College Democrats, Computer Club, Club Green, Emerging Green Builders, Ethics Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, High Achievers, International Club U.N.I.T (United Nations Integrating Together) and Latinos Unidos, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Math & Science Club, Phi Theta Kappa- Tau Zeta Chapter, Positive Directions Association, Silent Titans, Student Ambassadors, Student Government Associations, The World Percussion Club, and Wheels in the Wind.
Downtown: Anime Club, Band/Jazz Ensemble, Brother to Brother, Campus Crusade for Christ, Campus Green Party, Chorus & Madrigalians, Circle K, College Democrats, Collegiate Music Educators, CoMotion Dance Theatre, Ethics in Action, Forensics, Friends of Internationals, Harmabee (Black Student Union), High Achievers Club (Affiliated with the Student Support Services Program), International Club, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Intramural Sports, Phi Theta Kappa- Eta Nu Chapter, Student Government Association, SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise), and Student Republican Association.
St. Petersburg/Gibbs: Academic Team/Brain Bowl, Band/Jazz Ensemble, Brother to Brother, Campus Crusade for Christ, Chorus & Madrigalians, Circle K, Colleges Against Cancer, Collegiate Music Educators, CoMotion Dance Theatre, Ethics in Action, Friends of Florida Environmental Club, Harmabee (Black Student Union), High Achievers Club (Affiliated with the Student Support Services Program), International Club, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Intramural Sports, Latinos United, Medical Club, Peer Academic Advisory Club, Phi Theta Kappa- Eta Nu Chapter, Space Physiology and Medicine, Student Government Association, and Student Republican Association.
Tarpon Springs: Art Club, Billiards Club, Chess Club, Coffee House, Cultural club, COE Kappa Delta Pi Drama Club, Fitness Club, Christian Club, Latinos United, Phi Theta Kappa- Alpha Zeta Tau, Photography Club, St. Petersburg College Students Counsel for Exceptional Students, Student Ambassadors Program, Student Government Association, Sustainability Club, Tabletop Titans (gaming club), and View from The Hill Campus Newsletter.
Notable alumni include Gus Bilirakis, the current U.S. representative from Florida's 9th District; Henry Lyons, the former president of the National Baptist Convention; Jim King, the former president of the Florida Senate; Frank Wren, the current general manager of the Atlanta Braves; Carl M. Kuttler, Jr., the former president of St. Petersburg College; and Nicole P. Stott, NASA astronaut, Daryl L. Bortel, US Air Force, Retired. Jim Morrison of the Doors attended SPC briefly. Bryan LaHair played baseball for SPJC
- SPC: Online Catalog
- SPC: Just the Facts
- History of St. Petersburg College
- An Informal History of the Clearwater Campus
- University Partnership Center: Partnering Institutions
- University Partnership Center: Degrees
- SPC: Future Student
- SPC: Corporate Training
- Florida Gulf Coast Chapter US Green Building Council
- SPC: Student Activities