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!

SPC expands suicide prevention and mental health awareness

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.

St. Petersburg College President to Deliver Keynote Address at RCC Inaugural Gala

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.

11-year-old William Maillis graduates St. Petersburg College

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.”

FAMU’s New Transfer Program Partnership with Florida Colleges Ignites Statewide Impact

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.

Fannye Ayer Ponder: Her story lives on

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.

What’s in a name?

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.

Trailblazers in local history honored

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.