2012/06/04

The Opportunity of a Lifetime!

In today's economy people are wondering which direction to go to gain the skills necessary for the modern workforce.  Although the modern economy can be confusing or frustrating, this is a prime time to "re-tool" your skill-sets that can help you realize your future.  At Southwest Florida College, we have many career programs that will allow you to add more skills to your personal toolbox to help you start a new, rewarding career. 

Did you know that Southwest Florida College has the following programs?

Associate Degree Programs:
Accounting
Computer Programming and Database Management
Criminal Justice
Digital Design
Early Childhood Education
Health Information Management
Interior Design and Decorating
Management
Medical Assistant
Medical Lab Technician
Network Engineering and Administration
Nursing (R.N.)
Surgical Technician
Paralegal

Bachelor Degree Programs:
Accounting
Cyber Technology and Security Systems
Early Childhood Development
Elementary Education
Healthcare Administration
Information Technology and Security Systems
Interior Design
Management
Public Service Administration

At Southwest Florida College we have top-notch faculty members who are eager to teach you the necessary skills that employers are looking for, and a top-notch support team that will walk you through the whole admissions and financial aid process.  We encourage you to bring your friends and family members with you as they may want to increase their skill-sets too, and it may be possible for you to be in the same cohort where you can travel this exciting journey together.  So, what are you waiting for? Contact your admissions professionals today and jump start your new career at Southwest Florida College. We look forward to seeing you!


Southwest Florida College is an accredited, private institution of higher learning that is listening to employers and providing its students with lifetime placement assistance in today’s most demanding career fields. The college is located in Fort Myers, Tampa, Port Charlotte and Bonita Springs. The Institute of Interior Design is also located within the Bonita Springs campus. For more information, call toll free 888‐279-2342 or visit www.swfc.edu.

2012/02/22

Southwest Florida College Graduate, Maria Segura, delivers speech at the 12th annual Celebration of Reading

Graduate of Southwest Florida College, Maria Segura, was the keynote speaker at the 12th annual, Celebration of Reading. The event raises money for literacy programs and advocates for the importance of family involvement in overcoming illiteracy, both in children and adults. Coverage of the event was published in both the News-Press and in the Naples Daily News.

"Education is so important," former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said. "It's the leading indicator of a successful life. If you can't read, write, calculate math, understand history, you're not going to be successful in life."




Below, is a copy of Maria's speech, which earned her a standing ovation at the event.

All of us at Southwest Florida College, are so proud of you, Maria!

Good evening everyone! My name is Maria Segura, and some of you may remember me as the speaker at the celebration three years ago. I’m happy to be invited back again . . . because I want to share with you my newest accomplishment . . . a real dream come true.


I have a bright horizon before me, thanks to an incredible “celebration” gift. In 2009, I became the first recipient of volunteer USA’s and the Florida Association of post secondary school and colleges scholarship program.


That scholarship landed me at Southwest Florida College. I was offered the opportunity to learn first-hand what it takes to be a teacher. From the time I stepped into my first college class, I knew teaching was what I was meant to do.


This past summer I received my associates of science degree from Southwest Florida College. I recall walking across the stage and saying to myself “those long hours of studying paid off. I am graduating with honors and my family is here supporting me.”


Now, I’m studying for the general knowledge test so I can continue my studies to earn a bachelor’s degree. Many good things have changed since 2009. Because I take seriously the value of an education . . . I am proud to be raising a family of college graduates!


My second son, Juan Carlos, is now a graduate of Ohio State University with two bachelor’s degrees. He works for the attorney general in Columbus, Ohio and plans to attend a program where he can obtain a law degree and a master’s degree at the same time.


My oldest son, Jose Luis Jr., just graduated in December from Ohio State, with a degree in Architecture. He plans to obtain his master’s degree, plus he’s the proud father of a new baby girl! I’m a grandmother!


My third son, Enrique Anthony, that one-time toddler, who 9 years ago helped me change my life at the Family Literacy Academy of Immokalee, is now 12 and a straight A student. And my youngest daughter, Analley, is in the first grade, earning straight A’s as well.


It is hard to express just how grateful I am. For those who don’t know my background, I lived most of my life as a migrant farmworker, same as my parents and my husband. I had no high school diploma, so my only option was to work in the fields to help my family make ends meet. I picked and packed produce everyday, even after I became a mother. I would bring along my children so I would not miss a day of work.


My oldest children sacrificed weekends and summer breaks to work in the fields too. It broke my heart watching them work under the extreme conditions, especially at a young age.


You can say that our life was pretty tough, but we stuck together. This was our life for 18 years. By the time my third son was a preschooler, I knew I had to make a change. I must sacrifice certain things to give my children a better life.


I just needed a chance, but as a mom with young children, I knew going back to school would be tough. That’s when I learned about the Family Literacy Academy of Immokalee. The wonderful people there welcomed not only my desire to learn, but also my toddler. Suddenly, English instruction, reading, writing and preschool classes were real.


I worked very hard to earn my GED and then my child development accreditation. Later, I was hired part-time to help children’s classes. Today, I am proud to be the lead preschool teacher.


It may have taken me a while to get to this point, but I have always taught my children that a good education will provide them with many wonderful opportunities.


So, as I stand here today, you see a different person. You no longer see a migrant farmworker. I’m still the wife of a supportive husband and the mother of four amazing children, but now I’m a college graduate and a teacher who will inspire a new generation.


Thank you for believing that it is worthwhile to help families learn together. Thank you for believing in me.





Southwest Florida College is an accredited, private institution of higher learning that is listening to employers and providing its students with lifetime placement assistance in today’s most demanding career fields. The college is located in Fort Myers, Tampa, Port Charlotte and Bonita Springs. The Institute of Interior Design is also located within the Bonita Springs campus. For more information, call toll free 888‐279-2342 or visit www.swfc.edu.

Southwest Florida College is preparing graduates for high demand STEM based careers!


Dr. Barbara Calabro, PhD, Chief Academic Officer for Sextant Education which governs Platt College and Southwest Florida College, is on the STEM committee for the Foundation of Lee County Public Schools and works closely with the county-based STEM team.

According to Dr. Calabro, Southwest Florida College is providing education in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math or STEM fields through a number of programs that include:
Southwest Florida College will take part in STEMTASTIC which is being held on the 31st of May at the School Department. Businesses from Southwest Florida will set up unique demos for students, who will come through with their with parents, to interact with at the tables. Last year there were 600 people at the event and 1,000 participants are expected this year.

Lee County’s education director, Sue Roshon has said, “If we’re going to compete in a global society, our students need to be prepared in STEM. STEM is a big emphasis in countries like China and India, and we have to make it an emphasis here, too.”

A recent U.S. Department of Commerce report found, "It’s no longer good enough just to be proficient in reading, writing and arithmetic. Knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math is critical for future success”

The report also noted, “STEM careers pay better and offer more job security than non-STEM jobs because of higher international demand for those workers”

What does STEM stand for?

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. In a report created for congress by Jeffrey J. Kuenzi, who is an Education Policy Specialist, he mentions “There is growing concern that the United States is not preparing a sufficient number of students, teachers, and practitioners in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).”

What are STEM programs?

Engineering and Engineering Technologies
Computer and Information Sciences
Computer Systems Technology
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Math and Statistics

What Careers require STEM skills?

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
Computer and Information Systems Managers
Computer Programmers
Database Administrators

Southwest Florida College is an accredited, private institution of higher learning that is listening to employers and providing its students with lifetime placement assistance in today’s most demanding career fields. The college is located in Fort Myers, Tampa, Port Charlotte and Bonita Springs. The Institute of Interior Design is also located within the Bonita Springs campus. For more information, call toll free 888‐279-2342 or visit www.swfc.edu.

Relay for Life Bake Sale

Southwest Florida College raised $186.00 for the Relay for Life through a Valentine's Day themed bake-sale. Check out all the yummy photos! Thank you to all who participated in the bake sale to make this happen!




Southwest Florida College is an accredited, private institution of higher learning that is listening to employers and providing its students with lifetime placement assistance in today’s most demanding career fields. The college is located in Fort Myers, Tampa, Port Charlotte and Bonita Springs. The Institute of Interior Design is also located within the Bonita Springs campus. For more information, call toll free 888‐279-2342 or visit www.swfc.edu.

Southwest Florida College faculty and staff at the Heart Walk

Southwest Florida College was a proud sponsor of this year's American Heart Association's Lee Heart Walk. 


Lee Heart Walk took place on December 10th, 2011 in Centennial Park of Downtown Fort Myers. Registration began at 8 AM and the walk took place at 9 AM. The total distance of the walk was 5K, with an optional 1-mile route. 
 
 
Southwest Florida College had a walking team, which was led by Team Captain, Dana Thimons
 
Each year, thousands of people will walk at more than 2,000 locations across the U.S. to fight heart disease and stroke. The Heart Walk is a success due to the commitment of corporate walk teams and sponsors.

For more details about Lee Heart Walk, visit http://www.leeheartwalk.org.

Southwest Florida College is an accredited, private institution of higher learning that is listening to employers and providing its students with lifetime placement assistance in today’s most demanding career fields. The college is located in Fort Myers, Tampa, Port Charlotte and Bonita Springs. The Institute of Interior Design is also located within the Bonita Springs campus. For more information, call toll free 888‐279-2342 or visit www.swfc.edu.

2012/01/23

Tampa Job & Internship Fair - March 7 at Southwest Florida College

Southwest Florida College is calling all area employers from the greater Tampa marketplace to participate in a spring Job and Internship Fair on Wednesday, March 7th from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the Southwest Florida College campus, 3910 Riga Blvd. in Tampa.

“Regional employers interested in motivated, well trained and ready to work students from Southwest Florida College can benefit from networking and interviewing students and graduates from Southwest Florida College,” said Stephen Tirey, Director of Industry Relations and Graduate Placement (IRGP) for Southwest Florida College.

Southwest Florida College graduates and students will meet regional employers between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM. US Military Veterans and members of the general public are invited to attend and network with employers from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

There is no cost for employers to participate but space is limited at the on-campus location. Network and interview with students and graduates from the following disciplines:

ALLIED HEALTH:
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Health Information Technology
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Billing & Coding
  • Surgical Technician
ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS:
  • Network Engineering & Administration
  • Computer Programming & Database Management
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Business Management
  • Digital Design
  • Web Design & Development
  • Computer Animation/Multi-Media
  • Computer-Aided Drafting & Design
  • Criminal Justice
Jan McKenna, Tampa Industry Relations and Graduate Placement (IRGP) Director, is the contact person for this event. The IRGP department is the go-to resource for graduating students and building employer relationships in the Tampa Bay area. Contact her at the campus (813) 630-4401 or by email at jmckenna@swfc.edu.

Southwest Florida College is an accredited, private institution of higher learning that is listening to employers and providing its students with placement assistance in today’s most demanding career fields. The college is located in Fort Myers, Tampa, Port Charlotte and Bonita Springs. The Institute of Interior Design is also located within the Bonita Springs campus.

Since the College was founded in 1974, approximately 6,000 students have graduated with degrees, diplomas and certificates in career fields such as allied health, legal studies, education, business, design and information technology – all of which offer high growth potential. For more information on the event and directions please call (813) 630-4401, email jmckenna@swfc.edu or visit www.swfc.edu.

Southwest Florida College is an accredited, private institution of higher learning that is listening to employers and providing its students with lifetime placement assistance in today’s most demanding career fields. The college is located in Fort Myers, Tampa, Port Charlotte and Bonita Springs. The Institute of Interior Design is also located within the Bonita Springs campus. For more information, call toll free 888‐279-2342 or visit www.swfc.edu.

Chris Kovaz, student at SWFC, will be featured at the Fort Myers Art Walk!

The artwork of Computer Animation and Digital Design major Chris Kovaz will be featured at the Fort Myers Art Walk. See Chris’ work Feb. 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Fort Myers.

Chris is the Director of Graphics for Underwater Planet. His portfolio is extensive and includes shots of marine life from teeny nudibrachs up to great white sharks!

For more information, e-mail Chris at chrisk@diversonly.com.



http://www.swfc.edu/GraphicDesign/DigitalDesign-Disclosures.htm

About Southwest Florida College: Southwest Florida College is an accredited, private institution of higher learning that is listening to employers and providing its students with placement assistance in today’s most demanding career fields. The college is located in Fort Myers, Tampa, Port Charlotte and Bonita Springs. The Institute of Interior Design is also located within the Bonita Springs campus. For more information, call 1-877-455-0107 or visit www.swfc.edu.

2012/01/12

Want a new career as a Registered Nurse?

Southwest Florida College is now enrolling for the NEW Associate of Science degree in nursing.

The Associate of Science degree in nursing is a full time program that can be completed in two years. The program is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing and upon graduation the student is eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse. As part of the program students receive specialized training in critical care or perioperative nursing.

A selective admissions process is in place for this program. Please contact an admissions representative for further details regarding enrollment criteria.

Southwest Florida College is an accredited, private institution of higher learning that is listening to employers and providing its students with lifetime placement assistance in today’s most demanding career fields. The college is located in Fort Myers, Tampa, Port Charlotte and Bonita Springs. The Institute of Interior Design is also located within the Bonita Springs campus. For more information, call toll free 888‐279-2342 or visit www.swfc.edu.

2011/12/12

SWFC takes part of the Children's Home Society: Wagons of Wishes

By Dr. Melanie Yerk, Ed.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs


"I would like to thank the entire college community for the efforts set forth by our staff, faculty, and students to fulfill the needs of the Children’s Home Society “Wagons of Wishes” initiative. Through your efforts and the collaborative efforts of those who led the initiative, we were able to  provide presents for 150 needy children in our local Lee, Collier , and Charlotte County communities. I would like to extend an additional thank you to Mrs. Levine, Mrs. Darche and the Rotorac, and Ms. Fox and Ms. Kunz from the Student Services/ Freshmen Studies Departments.

It is great to see that our collaborative efforts will make the difference in so many young lives this holiday season. Thank you for again for giving back to those in need in our local communities. Your efforts are sincerely appreciated."



Southwest Florida College is an accredited, private institution of higher learning that is listening to employers and providing its students with lifetime placement assistance in today’s most demanding career fields. The college is located in Fort Myers, Tampa, Port Charlotte and Bonita Springs. The Institute of Interior Design is also located within the Bonita Springs campus. For more information, call toll free 888‐279-2342 or visit www.swfc.edu.

2011/12/08

Southwest Florida College is listening to Employers!

We all know the job market is changing and if you didn’t know, you are finding out quickly. The unemployment rate in Southwest Florida is over 10%, has been since 2008. It is becoming increasingly difficult for a high school graduate to find a job without an advanced degree. More importantly, after good money has been spent for an education, it is still challenging to get a job without the specific skills employers want. At Southwest Florida College, we regularly ask local employers and business owners, “What do we need to teach our students, so they can succeed in the workforce?” And employers are talking. In fact, Southwest Florida College has an advisory council for each program (Business, CADD, Graphic Design, Education, Information Technology, Interior Design, Legal Studies and Allied Health). Each advisory board is made up of representatives from local businesses and community leaders that are actively telling us what students need to know upon graduation to succeed. We meet with our advisory boards on a regular basis to review any new technology or updates that may need to be made to our curriculum so our graduates have the best shot at success!
Southwest Florida College is an accredited, private institution of higher learning that is listening to employers and providing its students with lifetime placement assistance in today’s most demanding career fields. The college is located in Fort Myers, Tampa, Port Charlotte and Bonita Springs. The Institute of Interior Design is also located within the Bonita Springs campus. For more information, call toll free 888‐279-2342 or visit www.swfc.edu.

2011/12/06

Southwest Florida College is a proud sponsor of the American Heart Association's Lee Heart Walk



Southwest Florida College is a proud sponsor of this year’s Hydration Station for American Heart Association’s Lee Heart Walk!

Lee Heart Walk will take place on December 10th, 2011, rain or shine in Centennial Park of Downtown Fort Myers. Registration begins at 8 AM and the walk takes place at 9 AM. The total distance of the walk is 5K, with an optional 1-mile route.

Southwest Florida College will also have a walking team. Please contact Team Captain, Dana Thimons for more information on how to donate or participate in the walk. Each year, thousands of people will walk at more than 2,000 locations across the U.S. to fight heart disease and stroke. The Heart Walk is a success due to the commitment of corporate walk teams and sponsors.

For more details about Lee Heart Walk, visit http://www.leeheartwalk.org.



Southwest Florida College is an accredited, private institution of higher learning that is listening to employers and providing its students with lifetime placement assistance in today’s most demanding career fields. The college is located in Fort Myers, Tampa, Port Charlotte and Bonita Springs. The Institute of Interior Design is also located within the Bonita Springs campus. For more information, call toll free 888‐279-2342 or visit www.swfc.edu.

2011/11/10

New Updates for the first-ever Southwest Florida College Regional Job Fair!

We have some great updates for the first-ever, Southwest Florida College Regional Job Fair, presented in part by Southwest Florida Works and sponsored by Fort Myers WINK Broadcasting, The Chamber of Southwest Florida and Media Vista Group’s D’Latinos and Azteca Southwest Florida.

Southwest Florida College is also now inviting nearly 3,000 United States Military Veterans from across the five county regions to attend a VIP Session of the Job Fair.

"By reaching out to our Veterans and the Latin American job seeking community we are embracing key elements of opportunity in re-tooling our workforce to meet the demands of our new and changing economy," said Dr. Stephen Calabro, President of Southwest Florida College. "This event, we will provide both employment and educational options for job seekers and career changers all in one location. This event is a winning proposition for all who participate.”

Employers that will be present at the fair, to-date, include: Aerotek Professional Services; All Hearts Home Companion; Alorica; Arthrex; Beasley Broadcast Group' Charlotte Regional Medical; Charlotte County Sheriff's Office; Cintas; Comcast; Comfort Keepers; Enterprise Holdings (Alamo, National, Enterprise); Florida Highway Patrol; Fort Myers Broadcasting (Wink TV, WINK-AM, WTLQ Radio); Fort Myers Police Department; Glades County Sheriff's Office; Gaining Results; Hope Health Care Services; Ingage Networks; Kelly Services; J.J Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc.; LARC, Inc. Lee County; Lee County Port Authority; Lee County Sheriff's Office; Legal Shield; Lee Memorial Health Systems; LYNX Services; NCH: MediaVista Group –Azteca America SWFL; WTPH 14-www.dlatinos.tv; Men's Warehouse; Northwestern Mutual: Sercuritas Security Systems; Sun Broadcasting; Tidewell Hospice; Transportation Security Administration; 21st Century Oncology; US Coast Guard; US Army; US National Guard; US Navy. More employers are being added daily. Let us know if you would like a free table!




Southwest Florida College, in partnership with Southwest Florida Works, will host their first Regional Job Fair at the Holiday Inn Airport Town Center in Fort Myers on Friday, November 18th.

The event will be open to the public between the hours of 1 PM and 4 PM and is “complimentary” to both employers and job seekers. The college is providing a special morning session and luncheon for participating employers. Limited Underwriter opportunities are still available. For more information please contact Betsy Richards with the Industry Relations and Graduate Placement Department of Southwest Florida College at 239-939-4766 or email erichards@swfc.edu.

Southwest Florida College is an accredited, private institution of higher learning that is listening to employers and providing its students with lifetime placement assistance in today’s most demanding career fields. The college is located in Fort Myers, Tampa, Port Charlotte and Bonita Springs. The Institute of Interior Design is also located within the Bonita Springs campus. For more information, call toll free 888‐279-2342 or visit www.swfc.edu.

2011/10/25

Margaret Joffe Earns Financial Health Certified Credit Counselor Desingation.

Margaret Joffe, Default Management
Margaret Joffe, Default Manager for Southwest Florida College, has completed the National Association of Certified Credit Counselors, or NACCC’s, Financial Health Program and has earned the designation of Financial Health Certified Credit Counselor.

According to the National Association of Certified Credit Counselors’ website:

The Financial Health program is designed for professionals working in various fields such as: housing counseling, faith based programs, mental health counseling, mortgage and small business lending, accounting, various non-profit organizations providing assistance to under-served markets, community development programs, employee assistance programs, credit unions, and university counseling centers-student loan prevention. The manual explores the term “financial health” and includes a section containing chapters on housing issues, retirement income options, and student financial aid.

In addition to Keys to Success, this program includes a supplemental booklet, Essential Financial Topics, which explores the role of the credit counselor and the process of debt management.

Candidates for certification gain access to our online slide presentation, Jeopardy-style quizzes, and a practice test – a proven predictor for success!

Congratulations Margaret Joffe!

About Southwest Florida College: Southwest Florida College is an accredited, private institution of higher learning that is listening to employers and providing its students with lifetime placement assistance in today’s most demanding career fields. The college is located in Fort Myers, Tampa, Port Charlotte and Bonita Springs. The Institute of Interior Design is also located within the Bonita Springs campus. For more information, call toll free 888‐279-2342 or visit www.swfc.edu.

Southwest Florida College’s Director of Education to present at the 2011 NAEYC Annual Conference and Expo.

Mr. Manny Maestre, Director of Education for the Southwest Florida College Fort Myers and Bonita Springs campuses, will be presenting at the 2011 NAEYC Annual Conference and Expo, November 2-5, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.

Mr. Maestre’s presentation entitled: The three Rs of early childhood male educators: Resiliency, respect, and retention, will be an hour and a half session that covers the first to third graders age group and is within the Men in Early Childhood Topic Track.

The session will provide critical analysis of the barriers and best practices that currently exist in recruiting and retaining male early childhood educators in diverse classroom settings, particularly those serving ELL and ESE student populations as well as the different teaching methodologies used by each gender that assists in ensuring student success. Additionally, the session will demonstrate and define a firm correlation between the successes of a diverse student population within an early educational setting as it relates to gender identification and the underlying social and cognitive causes that undermine its premise.

Additionally, according to a letter received from NAEYC, Mr. Maestre’s session has been hand-picked by NAEYC staff “from over 900 other sessions to be recorded because of its broad appeal to a diverse audience of early childhood educators. NAEYC staff considered many factors in the selection process, including the topic, age group, speaker expertise, session popularity and intended audience.”


Southwest Florida College is an accredited, private institution of higher learning that is listening to employers and providing its students with lifetime placement assistance in today’s most demanding career fields. The college is located in Fort Myers, Tampa, Port Charlotte and Bonita Springs. The Institute of Interior Design is also located within the Bonita Springs campus. For more information, call toll free 888‐279-2342 or visit www.swfc.edu.

Tampa Job & Internship Fair at Southwest Florida College big success!


Southwest Florida College is celebrating a success from partnering with area employers from the greater Tampa marketplace and hosting a Job and Internship Fair on Wednesday, October 19 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the Tampa Southwest Florida College campus. Nearly 200 job seekers representing college students, Veterans and members of the general public attended and networked with employers.




The participating employers included:

Aflac – Tampa
Aflac – Clearwater
Alorica
Bright Horizons Family Solutions
Busch Gardens
Checkpoint Technologies
Cornerstone Medical
Easter Seals
Hillsborough County Schools
Metropolitan Life Insurance
One Touch Direct
Patch.com
RADEOS
Stream Global Services
U.S. Secret Service
USF - Graduate School
University of South Florida
VA Hospital
Victoria’s Secret


Jan McKenna, Tampa Industry Relations and Graduate Placement Director and Jennifer Wallace, Campus IRGP Coordinator; served as the organizing team for the event. The department is the go-to resource for graduating students and building employer relationships in the Tampa Bay area. They also received fabulous support from the entire campus staff.




About Southwest Florida College: Southwest Florida College is an accredited, private institution of higher learning that is listening to employers and providing its students with placement assistance in today’s most demanding career fields. The college is located in Fort Myers, Tampa, Port Charlotte and Bonita Springs. The Institute of Interior Design is also located within the Bonita Springs campus. For more information, call 239-939-4766 or visit www.swfc.edu.

WINK - TV Partners for First Regional Job Fair

Southwest Florida College, in partnership with Southwest Florida Works, announced today that Fort Myers Broadcasting and their affiliates, WINK-TV, WINK-FM. WINK-AM, and WTLQ Radio will function as the Broadcast Television and Radio Partner for the upcoming first Regional Job Fair at the Holiday Inn Airport Town Center in Fort Myers on Friday, November 18th.

According to Roberta Voelker, Local Sales Manager at Fort Myers Broadcasting, “We understand that we can help connect job seekers and employers through our support of this innovative Regional Job Fair. Our company wants to lend a hand in this project and make it a successful effort for all concerned. In addition to advance promotion, we will be there on the day of the event, meeting and greeting job seekers. After all, we are a company currently seeking talent to add to our organization!”

Dr. Stephen Calabro, President of Southwest Florida College today offered these words in response to the Fort Myers Broadcasting commitment, “We are grateful for the generous support we see from Fort Myers Broadcasting. They are doing a wonderful thing by partnering with the college and Southwest Florida Works to ensure the success of this event. At the end of the day, job seekers and employers will be the beneficiaries of this collaboration. Working together, we can make a difference!”

The event will be open to the public between the hours of 1 PM and 4 PM and is “complimentary” to both employers and job seekers. The college is providing a special morning session and luncheon for participating employers. Limited Underwriter opportunities are still available. For more information please contact Betsy Richards with the Industry Relations and Graduate Placement Department of Southwest Florida College at 239-939-4766 or email erichards@swfc.edu.

About Southwest Florida College: Southwest Florida College is an accredited, private institution of higher learning that is listening to employers and providing its students with placement assistance in today’s most demanding career fields. The college is located in Fort Myers, Tampa, Port Charlotte and Bonita Springs. The Institute of Interior Design is also located within the Bonita Springs campus. For more information, call 239-939-4766 or visit www.swfc.edu.

Southwest Florida College Tampa Hosts Business Week Speaker Series

Southwest Florida College Tampa Campus, Department of Industry Relations and Graduate Placement, is hosting Business Week on October 24 through 26, which will provide an opportunity for students to participate in workshops designed to prepare both students and graduates employment and success in the business field.

Three scheduled topics include:

Job Search Techniques
by Michael J. Lashbrook, Monday, October 24th (6:30pm-7:45pm)
This workshop introduces students to the art of job searching, including how to develop parameters to streamline a search, determining job qualifications, and exploring company websites. Students are also exposed to current market trends, various job search strategies and resources, and how to complete applications.

Government Talk
by Matthew Boggs, Tuesday, October 25th (6:30pm-7:45pm)
This workshop provides students with an understanding of government contracting and how it can stimulate revenue for small businesses. The students receive basic knowledge of the process of bidding, and how to compete and receive government contracts.

Personal Finance
by Robert Jefferson, Wednesday, October 26th (6:30pm-7:45pm)
This workshop provides a information in personal finance, including how to assess needs, set goals, and create a financial plan for individuals and families. It also addresses how to budget, save, and invest funds to maximize long term-benefits.

Michael J. Lashbrook
is a Florida native who earned his B.A. in History/American Studies and M.A. in U.S. History from USF. He has 12 years teaching experience at the collegiate level, with courses ranging from Florida History to Career Skills. Mr. Lashbrook also has 8 years of college administrative experience, serving as Program Director and Associate Dean, overseeing 70 instructors. Mr. Lashbrook joined SWFC as Student Service Coordinator in November 2010, assisting students in identifying and pursuing job opportunities.

Matthew Boggs
is currently pursuing his A.S. in Management from SWFC. Mr. Boggs began his professional career with GSA Access Group Schedule Services, establishing government contracts and building relationships between GSA Schedule Holders and Prime Vendors. After one year with GSA, he was promoted to Account Executive, focusing on teaming and subcontracting. Mr. Boggs is now employed with Award Eagles LLC, a full-service government-consulting firm, assisting with registration, research, reporting, proposal preparation, and grant writing.

Robert Jefferson
is a Michigan native who relocated to Florida in 2004, working as a District Manager for Global Communications Solutions. He transitioned into the banking industry in 2007 is currently a Personal Banker at Fifth Third Bank. Mr. Jefferson reinvests into the community by participating in activities with various organizations such as United Way, Ronald McDonald House, Junior Achievement, and The Great American Teach-In, and conducting financial workshops for business and schools.

There is no cost to attend the seminar series. RSVP’s will be accepted on a space available basis with preference to students and graduates of Southwest Florida College. To register for Business Week, contact Jennifer Wallace, Coordinator, Industry Relations and Graduate Placement at jwallace@swfc.edu.

Southwest Florida College is an accredited, private institution of higher learning that is listening to employers and providing its students with lifetime placement assistance in today’s most demanding career fields. The college is located in Fort Myers, Tampa, Port Charlotte and Bonita Springs. The Institute of Interior Design is also located within the Bonita Springs campus. For more information, call toll free 888‐279-2342 or visit www.swfc.edu.

Southwest Florida College Coding Bootcamp


SOUTHWEST FLORIDA COLLEGE
Coding Boot Camp
WINTER 2012 SESSION
This intensive course will prepare the student to sit for the AHIMA certified Coding Associate (CCA) coding credential examination.
WHERE:
Southwest Florida College
1685 Medical Lane
Fort Myers, FL 33907

Room 221
WHEN:
SATURDAY, JANUARY
21st and 28th, 2011

FEBRUARY 4th, 11th  and 18th, 2012
TIME:
9:00 AM - 5:00PM with 1/2 hour break for lunch

Registration Fee $200.00
(Includes 2011 CCA Review book)

Fee must be paid in full before January 13th, 2012.
(No payment plan is available for this course.)
Please pay at Bursar office

INSTRUCTOR:  Katherine E. Baus, RHIA, CCS-P
The course is limited to the first 40 paid registrants.

The student must bring completed registration form to the bursar with the payment and verify graduation date with the registrar.
Email kbaus@swfc.edu for more information
or to obtain a registration form.

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Southwest Florida College is an accredited, private institution of higher learning that is listening to employers and providing its students with lifetime placement assistance in today’s most demanding career fields. The college is located in Fort Myers, Tampa, Port Charlotte and Bonita Springs. The Institute of Interior Design is also located within the Bonita Springs campus. For more information, call toll free 888‐279-2342 or visit www.swfc.edu.

2011/10/21

Southwest Florida College Interior Design Students Win Big at the 2011 ASID Student Design Competition


Left to Right: Adjunct Interior Design Instructor, Jeannette Dera; Full-Time Interior Design Instructor, Tamara Chesney; Program Manager of Interior Design for the Institute of Interior Design at Southwest Florida College, Linda Petersen MA, LEED AP, IDEC, ASID, IIDA, AIA; 2011 ASID Design Excellence Award Winners: Vicki Clay, Alexandra Hutchinson, Christopher Robinson, and Lina Abril.
Bonita Springs, Fla. (October 20, 2011) – Alexandra Hutchinson, Lina Abril, Christopher Robinson and Vicki Clay, all students at the Institute of Interior Design at Southwest Florida College in Bonita Springs, Fla., won all but one award at the 2011 ASID Design Excellence Awards, Student Design Competition.

President Elect for the Southwest Florida Chapter of ASID, Peggy Oberlin, came out to Southwest Florida College last night to present the winners. “There were so many who won awards from Southwest Florida College, that we thought it would be nice to come out and present the awards all together,” Oberlin said.

Alexandra Hutchinson with ASID President and President-Elect
According to Oberlin, “Southwest Florida College has shown to be a much more well balanced college regarding the technical and creative skills. The Interior Design program at Southwest Florida College is an all around quality program,” she said.

The 2011 ASID Student Design Competition was open to all colleges that have certified interior design programs in the South Florida area. Participating schools include the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Florida State University, Miami International University of Art & Design, Indian River State College, Palm Beach Community College, and the Art Institute of Miami, to name a few. Projects are judged on the overall professionalism of the design, the presentation of the design, and the appropriateness of the design in relation to the design requirements.


Commercial Design awards: 

Alexandra Hutchinson – Commercial Project: “Dupree Family Law” – First Place
Vicki Clay – Commercial Project: “Tanglewood Elementary Library” – Second Place
Alexandra Hutchinson – Commercial Project: “Community College” – Honorable Mention

Residential Design awards:

Alexandra Hutchinson – Residential Project: “Lawson Residence” – First Place
Christopher Robinson – Residential Project: “Russell Residence” – Second Place
Lina Abril – Residential Project: “Osborne Residence” – Third Place
Alexandra Hutchinson – Residential Project: “Tyler Master Suite” – Honorable Mention

“Among nine other schools in the South Florida area who entered the competition, Southwest Florida College demonstrated the broadest area of skill,” Oberlin said. “Judging was completely blind and the criteria is very broad. It’s not just about the artistic presentation, but how well the student carried out the principles of design in their project, including technical skills, a basic understanding of lighting and an understanding of code, among other areas.

About Southwest Florida College: Southwest Florida College is an accredited, private institution of higher learning that is listening to employers and providing its students with placement assistance in today’s most demanding career fields. The college is located in Fort Myers, Tampa, Port Charlotte and Bonita Springs. The Institute of Interior Design is also located within the Bonita Springs campus. For more information, call 239-939-4766 or visit www.swfc.edu.

2011/10/20

Attention Job Seekers: Southwest Florida College is hosting a Regional Job Fair!


SOUTHWEST FLORIDA COLLEGE
TO HOST REGIONAL JOB FAIR.

Presenting Partner: 
Sponsors

 Time:
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18th, 2011

9 AM to 4 PM

Location:
Holiday Inn Airport-FGCU
9931 Interstate Commerce Drive
Fort Myers
 
JOB SEEKERS:

 Join us for an excellent opportunity to network with employers, share your resume, and apply for jobs and internships during the VIP morning segment of the Job Fair.
9:00am - NOON  VIP Session with Employers for SWFC Graduates & Students only
NOON -  1:00pm  Break
1:00pm - 4:00pm  Job Fair Open to Public & General Job Seekers

Employers Attending:
Employers are being added daily. Please see Graduate Placement for a recent list of all the employers who will be an attendance.


JOB FAIR CHECKLIST: 
  • Mark your calendar 
  • Have Graduate Placement review your resume
  • Attend the "Prepare for the Fair" workshop

    Attendance at Prepare for the Fair session is required for access to the Job Fair VIP session.
    "Prepare for the Fair"
    is being held on the following campuses on the following dates:

    Port Charlotte:   October 26 and 27   1 pm - 5 pm  
    Fort Myers:  November 2 and 3  2 pm - 5 pm
    Bonita Springs: November 9 and 10    2 pm - 5 pm 

    Be sure to attend both days to participate in the workshop and in mock Interviews
    and resume reviews!
    Workshops on all campuses are on the first day
    Mock interviews and resume reviews are on the second day for all campuses
     
  • Research the companies attending 
  • Dress " Business Professional"
  • Bring 10-20 resume copies
  • Bring paper and pen to take notes
  • Create a follow-up plan 

Visit Graduate Placement or email erichards@swfc.edu with questions.
1685 Medical Lane, Fort Myers, Florida 33907    Tel  239.939.4766
950 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, Florida 33953     Tel  941.391.8888
24311 Walden Center Drive, Bonita Springs, Florida 34134    Tel  239-221-7249


Southwest Florida College is an accredited, private institution of higher learning that is listening to employers and providing its students with lifetime placement assistance in today’s most demanding career fields. The college is located in Fort Myers, Tampa, Port Charlotte and Bonita Springs. The Institute of Interior Design is also located within the Bonita Springs campus. For more information, call toll free 888‐279-2342 or visit www.swfc.edu.

Southwest Florida College to Host Regional Job Fair.

Southwest Florida College, in partnership with Southwest Florida Works, will host their first Regional Job Fair at the Holiday Inn Airport Town Center in Fort Myers on Friday, November 18th.

According to Dr. Stephen Calabro, President of the college, “We want employers to know that Southwest Florida College Graduates have been and continue to be an essential part of the regional workforce. Our graduates are ‘job ready’ and very eager to put their training and experience to work. We are thrilled to provide employers with this exclusive opportunity to meet each of our graduates up close and personal.”

“As part of our commitment to the community,” said Calabro “we are extending an invitation to job seekers throughout Lee County to attend the event later in the afternoon to meet with employers. Job seekers who wish to explore coming back to college and retraining or sharpening their knowledge can visit with members of our Admissions Team and our Industry Relations and Graduate Placement Staff at the Regional Career Fair event.”

Joe Paterno, Executive Director of the Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board, is pleased to partner with Southwest Florida College and the region’s businesses to help job seekers explore prospective career options and educational opportunities. Mr. Paterno stated “This will be a great opportunity for students who have or will soon graduate, as well as under-employed and unemployed Southwest Florida residents to connect with hiring officials at some of the region’s best places to work.”

The event will be open to the public between the hours of 1 PM and 4 PM and is “complimentary” to both employers and job seekers. The college is providing a special morning session and luncheon for participating employers. Limited Underwriter opportunities are still available. For more information please contact Betsy Richards with the Industry Relations and Graduate Placement Department of Southwest Florida College at 239-939-4766 or email erichards@swfc.edu.

About Southwest Florida College
: Southwest Florida College is an accredited, private institution of higher learning that is listening to employers and providing its students with placement assistance in today’s most demanding career fields. The college is located in Fort Myers, Tampa, Port Charlotte and Bonita Springs. The Institute of Interior Design is also located within the Bonita Springs campus. For more information, call 239-939-4766 or visit www.swfc.edu.

2011/10/13

Dont forget about the Fall 2011 Job and Internship Fair!

Tampa Campus Fall 2011
Job & Internship Fair

Wednesday, October 19th 11am-3pm
 
New Employers Added!
Aflac – Tampa 
Aflac - Clearwater 
Alorica 
Bright Horizons Family Solutions 
Busch Gardens 
Checkpoint Technologies, Inc. 
Easter Seals 
Fifth Third Bank 
Hillsborough County Schools 
Medical On Demand 
Metropolitan Life Insurance 
Mortgage Contracting Services, LLC 
Patch.com 
RADEOS 
Stream Global Services 
U.S. Secret Service 
USF – Graduate School 
University of South Florida – Human Resources 
Verizon Wireless 
Victoria’s Secret

Students & Alumni
Please plan on attending the Southwest Florida College Job and Internship Fair. The fair will be an excellent opportunity to network with employers, share your resume, and apply for jobs and internships. Check with the Graduate Placement Office for a list of employers attending.

Attend "Prepare for the Fair" Workshop
to learn how to maximize your participation in the job fair.
Contact the Graduate Placement Office for details.

Job Fair Checklist
Mark your calendar
Have your resume reviewed by Graduate Placement prior to the fair 
Attend Job Fair workshop
Research companies attending
Dress "Business Professional"
Bring 10-20 copies of your resume 
Bring a pad of paper & pen to take notes
Create a follow-up plan

Josten's will have rings and graduation products available for purchase.

Visit Graduate Placement or email jmckenna@swfc.edu with questions.

www.swfc.edu
3910 Riga Blvd.
(813) 630-4401
Tampa, FL 33619
 
Southwest Florida College is an accredited, private institution of higher learning that is listening to employers and providing its students with lifetime placement assistance in today’s most demanding career fields. The college is located in Fort Myers, Tampa, Port Charlotte and Bonita Springs. The Institute of Interior Design is also located within the Bonita Springs campus. For more information, call toll free 888‐279-2342 or visit www.swfc.edu.

2011/10/10

Southwest Florida College to Host Regional Job Fair!


SOUTHWEST FLORIDA COLLEGE
TO HOST REGIONAL JOB FAIR.

Presenting Partner: 
Sponsors

 Time:
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18th, 2011

9 AM to 4 PM

Location:
Holiday Inn Airport-FGCU
9931 Interstate Commerce Drive
Fort Myers

EMPLOYERS:

Does your company have immediate openings for full-time, part-time, or internship positions?  Please join the students and alumni of Southwest Florida College for a job and Internship Fair.

Participation is complimentary and includes:

  • 5' table and two chairs
  • Table signage 
  • Company name listed in Job Fair Program
  • Electrical outlet upon request 
  • Lunch

Space is limited!
For details, contact Betsy Richards at
239.939.4766 or erichards@swfc.edu

Click here to reserve your seat today!




About Southwest Florida College: Southwest Florida College is an accredited, private institution of higher learning that is listening to employers and providing its students with placement assistance in today’s most demanding career fields. The college is located in Fort Myers, Tampa, Port Charlotte and Bonita Springs. The Institute of Interior Design is also located within the Bonita Springs campus. For more information, call 239-939-4766 or visit www.swfc.edu.