St. Petersburg College is committed to working hard to make a difference in our community. We believe that a quality education prepares students for their responsibilities as citizens in our democracy.

Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement

The Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement works to engage students, faculty and staff with the community through a variety of civic outreach, service learning and volunteer community service opportunities.

National Council on Black American Affairs

St. Petersburg College's Dr. Johnnie Ruth Clarke (JRC) Chapter is an official body of the National Council on Black American Affairs (NCBAA), an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). The chapter was founded in 1999, and received an NCBAA Southern Region Charter in October 2000.

The Applied Ethics Institute

The Applied Ethics Institute sponsors a variety of community ethics programs throughout Pinellas County and the Tampa Bay area. Through partnerships with a wide variety of community organizations, SPC faculty and students are involved in local activities designed to elevate the awareness of ethical issues.

Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions

The Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College provides a forum to help people deal with the uncertainty around them. Housed on the Seminole Campus, the Institute seeks to be a major participant in public policy debate. The Institute addresses real-world problems and the needs of the community served by St. Petersburg College in a strategic and technologically savvy way. The Institute also prepares its students for careers in a global marketplace and builds on SPC's reputation as a source of innovation, academic excellence and community involvement.

TurboVote and SPC: We make voting easy

TurboVote is a non-partisan, non-profit online tool that makes voter registration easy, especially for students with no previous voting experience and little knowledge of civic affairs. TurboVote makes sure that you have all the materials and information you need in order to vote in every election. With the free online tool, you can:

  • Register to vote
  • Get reminders of upcoming local, state and national elections
  • Easily update your address or other voter information
  • Request absentee ballots

For every election, TurboVote will send you a text message and email reminder with important election information, dates and deadlines, to ensure that you never miss another election.

"I encourage you to register to vote and participate in a process that is integral to our democracy and to our nation as a whole," said SPC President Bill Law in a recent email to SPC students. "I care a great deal that students participate and educate themselves on key issues. We don't endorse any candidates but we strongly endorse participation in the process."

The partnership with TurboVote is funded by the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions (ISPS) at St. Petersburg College and the Knight Foundation. It was the first system-wide project of the Florida College System's Civic Literacy Initiative, launched by ISPS in 2013 to make civic engagement a part of the student experience for every student in the FCS system.