SPC: Don't let college credits slip away
On Monday, St. Petersburg College will enter into an agreement with several local colleges to allow "reverse credit transfers." That means the colleges will work together to identify students who have earned enough credit to be awarded an associate's degree, but who have not received the degree because the credit is spread among two or more institutions. Other institutions entering the pact are the University of South Florida, Hillsborough Community College, Pasco-Hernando Community College and Polk State College. This agreement builds on a partnership established by USF, HCC, PHCC and SPC in November 2011, to provide students with a clear pathway to earning associate's and bachelor's degrees. It follows a report released in January by the National Commission on Higher Education Attainment that called on colleges and universities to find ways to provide students with credit for previously completed coursework, in hopes of improving graduation rates.
Council to discuss library, flags
At its work session Monday afternoon, the Clearwater City Council will discuss several issues that may be voted on at the regular meeting Thursday night. Council members will discuss whether to renovate the existing Countryside Library or build a new one at Countryside Community Park next to the Countryside Recreation Center. They will discuss whether to post the flags of U.S. service academies in the center of the Clearwater Beach Roundabout. And they'll talk about whether to create an incubator program for technology businesses downtown. Council meetings can be viewed live on the city's website, myclearwater.com, or on the city's cable station, C-VIEW TV, which Clearwater residents can find on Ch. 615 on Bright House, Ch. 15 on Knology, and Ch. 30 on Verizon.
Lecture topic: 'My Father Was A Nazi'
Bernd Wollschlaeger will present a lecture entitled "My Father Was A Nazi" at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 as part of the Chabad of Clearwater's Distinguished Speaker Series. Wollschlaeger, who grew up in Germany, will talk about discovering as a teenager that his father had been a Nazi tank commander decorated for heroism by Adolf Hitler. He will share the story of his subsequent decision to move to Israel and convert to Judaism. His lecture will be at the Holiday Inn Express, 2580 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., in Clearwater. To make reservations to attend, call (727) 265-2770 or visit jewishclearwater.com. Admission is $10. The event is sponsored in part by the Jewish Press.