The collaborative partnership between St. Petersburg College and the University of South Florida is strong and continues to strengthen due to our shared focus on new initiatives to increase higher education access for all students. Together, we are creating pathways for students to pursue their educational goals starting with an associate degree at SPC to a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida, one of Florida’s most-esteemed, preeminent research universities. We are stronger together, and so are our students. Go Titans and Go Bulls!
St. Petersburg College recently received a $283,781 grant for the Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention initiative from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This grant will fund Project HEAL (Healthy Emotions and Lives), a collaborative infrastructure targeting suicide prevention and mental health and substance abuse awareness. In addition to SAMHSA contributions, SPC will provide a one-to-one match for the project.
In 1986, while pursuing her second bachelor’s degree in business, McKnight alumna Tonjua Williams became a Senior Accounting Clerk at St. Petersburg College (SPC). Thirty-one years later, after having worked in most key administrative departments at SPC, Dr. Williams began her tenure as its President. Recently, FEF Focus spoke with Dr. Williams about her journey
Dr. Tonjua Williams, President of St. Petersburg (Fla.) College, has been chosen as keynote speaker for the September 12 Inaugural Gala of Dr. Michael A. Baston as President of Rockland Community College. RCC’s first Gala, at the Hilton Pearl River, kicks off a three-day celebration revolving around the inauguration ceremony/reception on September 13 at the College’s Cultural Arts Theater and bookended by a faculty symposium on September 12 and student/alumni social on September 14.
He can’t vote. He’s not even old enough to drive. But William Maillis already has a college degree. William, 11, walked across a stage Saturday to receive his Associate in Arts degree from St. Petersburg College in Florida. “I am totally fascinated by William and the work that he has done,” Dr. Tonjua Williams, President of St. Petersburg College, told CNN affiliate Bay News 9. “He’s extremely brilliant, very open and collaborative.”
In partnership with Florida College Systems (FCS) schools and community colleges, the program offers an alternative option for students to earn their degree after completing their associate’s degree. The 2+2 system (two years at community college, two years at the University) helps students to reduce the overall cost of attending a four-year university, in addition to reducing debt by offering scholarship programs and helping to eliminate excess credit hours.
NISOD’s conference offered 300-plus outstanding presentations—including pre-conference seminars, special sessions, breakout sessions, and roundtable discussions—with topics ranging from how to use new technologies in the classroom to meeting faculty and staff professional development needs.
The St. Petersburg Metropolitan Section National Council of Negro Women, Inc.(NCNW) celebrated 76 years of serving the St. Pete community last month at the historic Manhattan Casino. “It is the shoulders of our founders that we all stand on,” declared mistress of ceremony and President of St. Petersburg College Dr. Tonjua Williams.
St. Petersburg College Student from Nigeria, Margaret Moku-olu, speaks about her admiration of Dr. Tonjua Williams. Among her short-term goals is to meet SPC President Dr. Tonjua Williams, whom she greatly admires. Both Margaret and Dr. Williams have brought honor to their family’s name.
New scholarship opportunities aim to boost higher education accessibility. Dr. Tonjua Williams helps to facilitate these pathways to education.
USFSP wants to reach students who could be left behind in the education system. Tonjua Williams talks of creating an “Education Ecosystem” in Pinellas.
USF St. Pete announces plan to expand scholarship opportunities. Tonjua Williams hopes that this expansion reaches beyond college.
Dr. Tonjua Williams receives the Erica Riggins Community Service Award at the Men in the Making event at the Vinoy.
The Vinoy Renaissance is a luxurious million-dollar resort in downtown St. Petersburg, but it’s doubtful if it had ever hosted such a distinguished group of young men before the Men In The Making (MIM) held their rite of passage celebration last Friday, May 11.
Dr.Tonjua Williams helps couple that has been together since 1976 graduate along with 1,947 other students, helping them achieve a long awaited dream.
The Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum held its fourth First Ladies in African American History event honoring local trailblazer in Pinellas County last Sunday. Held at the St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater, the community, local politicians and even gubernatorial candidate Philip Levine stopped by to congratulate the honorees.
Hundreds attended the April 21 grand opening of the Clearwater East Community Library at St. Petersburg College. Years in the making, the joint-use facility at the SPC Clearwater Campus marks the college’s third such partnership with municipalities. Other library partners include the cities of St. Petersburg and Seminole.
Last Friday, April 6, the Palladium Theater hosted St. Petersburg College’s (SPC) presidential investiture ceremony of Dr. Tonjua Williams, who was unanimously selected on May 31, 2017.
St. Petersburg College (SPC) will work alongside top Tampa Bay manufacturers to launch an innovative workforce training program that is modeled after a premier automotive industry-education collaboration.
The investiture ceremony ushers in a new era at St. Petersburg College by officially welcoming Tonjua Williams, Ph.D., to the helm of the college. She is the college’s seventh president. She is the first woman and the first African American to be appointed.
St. Petersburg College (SPC) will host the Presidential Investiture of Dr. Tonjua Williams at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 6 at The Palladium at St. Petersburg College, 253 5th Ave. N., St. Petersburg.
The Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum in partnership with One City Chorus and Studio@620 will host a tribute commemorating the anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination April 4, 1968.
St. Petersburg College President Tonjua Williams was named one of the top 25 women in higher education by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, a news source about diversity and higher education.
SPC received more than $1.5 million for a new mechatronics training program, partnering with several regional businesses to meet demands for workers having automation and troubleshooting skills.
Dr. Tonjua Williams, who made history last year for being the first black person and the first woman president of St. Petersburg College was honored for overcoming obstacles, becoming a success in life and reaching back to help others follow in her footsteps.
Nearly 70 students applied by submitting essays focused on the financial hardships they face as well as their personal story. Each student will receive a $1,000 scholarship for each year they attend USF, for up to five years.
Congressman Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) visited St. Petersburg College’s Midtown Center to announce a $1.5 million federal grant award for the Tampa Bay Bridge to the Baccalaureate (TB-B2B) program, helping increase diversity in STEM academic degree programs as well as the STEM workforce.
Today, Congressman Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) visited St. Petersburg College’s Midtown Center to announce a $1.5 million federal grant award for the Tampa Bay Bridge to the Baccalaureate (TB-B2B) program, helping increase diversity in STEM academic degree programs as well as the STEM workforce.
Tonjua Williams, the president at St. Petersburg College, in Florida, said her institution changed from a standard approach that treats all students the same to one that recognizes that students have different personal and academic situations.
St. Petersburg “did a marvelous job of getting their folks up to speed on the new level of conversations and the new level of preparedness that they wanted their academic advisors to have,” Waiwaiole said.