Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

SPC president Carl Kuttler wants St. Petersburg College to help fight human trafficking

SEMINOLE — President Carl Kuttler wants his college to lead the way in fighting human trafficking.

And to help jump start his goal, Kuttler was scheduled to meet with Nobel Prize winner Betty Williams last Friday in Tallahassee. Williams, a native of Northern Ireland, is best known for denouncing violence and war. She is president of the World Centers of Compassion for Children and chairperson of the Institute for Asian Democracy. Williams is also working to end human trafficking in women and children.

"St. Petersburg College sees this as an opportunity," Kuttler told members of the Seminole Chamber of Commerce during a Thursday lunch. "Hopefully, (we) can be the lead college in this country in fighting human trafficking."

Such a program, if established, could work in conjunction with the college's public safety study curriculum that offers a specialization in gangs. As part of that specialization, students travel to Guatemala, where many Tampa Bay area gang members come from.

The program gives participants a chance to meet with Guatemala's Civilian National Police to hear firsthand the problems they face in combating gangs and other crime. It also gives students a chance to study the factors — social, economic and political — that influence gangs, policing and life in Guatemala.

Kuttler said thinking creatively, forming partnerships and being open to new ways of doing things have made the college an example to others across the United States. But, as successful as Kuttler has been with many of his programs, he had to report a bit of bad news.

A potential partnership with the University of Florida that would have established a school of veterinary medicine at SPC, likely on the Seminole campus, probably won't happen.

At least not in the near future.

The economy has made it hard to establish such new programs. But Kuttler said he has not completely lost faith in landing a vet school: "I haven't given up."

SPC president Carl Kuttler wants St. Petersburg College to help fight human trafficking 03/21/09 [Last modified: Saturday, March 21, 2009 4:31am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Half of Florida lawmakers fail or nearly fail review of support for public records

    State Roundup

    WEST PALM BEACH — Half of Florida's legislators failed or nearly failed in a review of their support for public records and meetings given by Florida newspapers and an open-government group after this year's legislative sessions.

    State Senator Bill Galvano, R- Bradenton (left) and Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran ranked on opposited sides of the spectrum in an analysis of support for open records. Galvano scored a B-minus and Corcoran scored a D-plus.
[Times file photo]
  2. Yale dean on leave over offensive Yelp reviews leaves post

    Bizarre News

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A Yale University dean who was placed on leave over offensive reviews she posted on Yelp has left her position at the Ivy League institution, school officials said Tuesday.

  3. Federal agencies demand records from SeaWorld theme park

    Tourism

    ORLANDO — Two federal agencies are reportedly demanding financial records from SeaWorld.

    Killer whales Ikaika and Corky participate in behaviors commonly done in the wild during SeaWorld's Killer Whale educational presentation in this photo from Jan. 9. SeaWorld has been subpoenaed by two federal agencies for comments that executives and the company made in August 2014 about the impact from the "Blackfish" documentary. 
[Nelvin C. Cepeda/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS]
  4. The people you meet along O.J. Howard Lane

    Bucs

    OJ Howard (far right) is seen in a photo from his adolescent years at Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church in Prattville, Ala., on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Howard served as an usher in addition to attending regular services at this church.