Partnering with the Community
St. Petersburg College has formed strong partnerships with community organizations, educational institutions and non-profit groups, including the following.
St. Petersburg College has long been dedicated to providing educational opportunities in Midtown St. Petersburg. The original 10,000-square-foot Midtown Center at 1048 22nd St. S., opened in 2003 as part of a $2 million St. Petersburg Housing Authority's HOPE VI project. As demand for classes and community involvement grew, SPC opened a new 49,000-square-foot, three-story, state-of-the art building at 1300 22nd St. South in 2015. The new center sits on land leased from the City of St. Petersburg and features multiple classrooms, two science labs, three computer labs, a book store, a community room and a career center.
Pinellas County Schools Partnerships
St. Petersburg College has a legacy of partnership and cooperation with Pinellas County Schools and today serves more than 10,000 students in grades K-12. These relationships are mutually beneficial, and SPC is dedicated to continuing to grow and develop innovative programs focused on the success of students of all ages. Some of these continuing partnerships include:
- Dual enrollment and career connections college credit options for high school students
- Teacher training and support
- Student success support for grades K-12, including the creation of new Educational Ecosystems built to prepare students for success in school and life.
Joint-use community Libraries
SPC has partnered with the cities of Seminole, St. Petersburg and now Clearwater to develop joint-use libraries on the St. Petersburg/Gibbs, Seminole and Clearwater campuses. These facilities showcase unique agreements that serve SPC students as well as community members. The Clearwater location is expected to open in 2018.
EpiCenter partnerships benefit community workforce
In keeping with the collaborative nature of improving the workforce and local community, SPC provides office space for several organizations at its EpiCenter in Clearwater. The EpiCenter is joint-use facility between St. Petersburg College and Pinellas County and is home to Pinellas County Economic Development and CareerSource Pinellas.