Scholarship steers high school seniors, G.E.D. recipients to "Hottest Jobs"

High school seniors and G.E.D. recipients have until March 11 to apply for the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges' "Hottest Jobs" scholarship.

The scholarship aims to provide career options for many who would otherwise join the 1.1 million people already seeking jobs in Florida.

Scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000 to full tuition and can be used for programs ranging from short-term diplomas to four-year college degrees at participating career colleges in Florida.

“Students can get assistance for training in a wide variety of Florida’s fastest-growing careers from the healthcare industry like surgical technologists and sonographers to computer science as network administrators programmers and technicians,” says Wanda Minick, deputy director of FAPSC.

FAPSC, in partnership with member schools and colleges throughout the state, will offer more than 400 of the scholarships, totaling over $1 million.

In addition to healthcare and computer technology, the group named digital media, culinary arts and paralegal services as Florida’s hottest fields.

Visit to download an application and find a list of participating institutions to contact directly. You can also e-mail for more information.

About the photo: Culinary arts student Tara Leister of Palm Bay makes Cherries Jubilee at Keiser University in Melbourne. (2011 FLORIDA TODAY file/Craig Bailey)

APSCU: Important Battle Won; Work Continues to Protect Student Choice

APSCU: Harris Miller

February 18, 2011


We Win an Important Battle…But Just a Battle…More Work to Be Done to Protect Student Choice

The U.S. House of Representatives today passed a bipartisan amendment to prevent the U.S. Department of Education from bypassing Congress to implement the “gainful employment” regulation. The proposed regulation would restrict access to federal aid for over two million students at private sector colleges and universities in the next ten years. APSCU urges Congress to include the amendment as part of the final Fiscal Year 2011 Continuing Resolution legislation.

The Kline-Foxx-Hastings-McCarthy-Payne amendment prevents the Department of Education from using federal funds through September 30, 2011 to implement the highly controversial "gainful employment" regulation. The amendment passed on a vote of 289 to136.

The House vote sends a strong message to the Department: keep the door to opportunity open to the millions of non-traditional students who want options in higher education.

Policy ideas exist for reducing student over-borrowing and lowering default rates. These include:

· allowing financial aid officers to tell students ‘no’ when they are over-borrowing, an action not permitted under current law;

· assuring that loan servicing is working properly and not allowing borrowers to fall through the cracks;

· expanding the scope of income based repayment and loan forgiveness to encompass a larger number of in-demand fields.

APSCU believes that any changes should come out of the legislative process, should cover all colleges and universities, should be focused on real outcomes, such as completion rates, and be subject to vigorous debate and public scrutiny.

But Disagreement Over Gainful Employment Continues

While the vote in the House is a critical first step to slowing the gainful employment train down, the train has not stopped. Detractors will redouble their efforts to kill the amendment, working to assure that the provision is dropped from the Continuing Resolution in a House/Senate conference on this “must pass” spending bill, required to keep the government operating after March 4, 2011, when the current Continuing Resolution expires.

So now attention shifts to the Senate and the Senate/House/White House negotiations on the final bill. APSCU is in active conversations with Congressional higher education leaders, Administration officials, and other stakeholders about the most constructive ways to ensure that students and taxpayers get the best return on their investments, and that will continue. APSCU shares the Department’s goal of having the best higher education system in the world.

APSCU will continue to push for inclusion of the amendment in the final CR and looks forward to working with Congress and the Department on mechanisms that more effectively and appropriately address the issue of excessive student debt.

Kudos to the many, many schools, faculty, administrators, students, graduates and employers who hire our graduates--all who lit up the phones—and the scoreboard—with their calls to Congress on this important amendment.

Well done.

Harris Miller



APSCU: Kline/Foxx/Hastings/McCarthy/Payne Amendment!

From: Brian Newman []
Sent: Friday, February 18, 2011 8:57 PM
To: Brian Newman
Cc: Brian Moran; Lyndsey Hall
Subject: Final Vote Count

TO: State Association Leaders

Thank you for your efforts in support of the Kline/Foxx/Hastings/McCarthy/Payne Amendment!

As you likely know, the final vote count on the Amendment breaks down to 58 Democrats and 231 Republicans voting AYE (289 total AYE) and 132 Democrats and 4 Republicans voting NAY (136 total NAY), with one Member voting “Present” (abstaining).

While the full roll call vote has not yet been posted online at we have posted the Republicans who voted Yea and the Republicans who voted Nay at the links below.

Democratics Yea

Republicans Nay

We look forward to continuing to work with you to push for inclusion of the amendment in the final CR. Please extend our appreciation and gratitude to your members for making hundreds (if not thousands) of calls to Congress on this important amendment.