Join Women on the Way
"Through collaboration and support, Women on the Way empowers and inspires students to be resilient in achieving success".
We inspire through POWER, PASSION, PURPOSE. Women on the Way (WOW) serves as a resource and support program designed to meet the educational needs of enrolled students who are seeking to complete a college degree or certification. Our mission is to provide services that enhance and empower adult learners to achieve academic, professional, and personal success.
Empowering, strengthening and building community
The following services are available to Women on the Way members:
- Academic Advisement
- Clothing Boutique
- College & Community Resource Information
- Community Service
- Early Registration
- Sundry Items
- Textbook & Equipment Lending Library
Women on the Way (WOW) membership is free. To become a WOW member, you must:
- Be currently enrolled at St. Petersburg College
- Attend Women on the Way New Member Orientation (NMO)
NOTE: There are no income requirements to join Women on the Way.
Services are available to WOW members on the following campuses:
Shirley Crumbley, Coordinator
2465 Drew St., SS 105, Clearwater
Tara Allen, Student Support Advisor
Clearwater Campus - The Dr. Vilma Zalupski Women on the Way Center
2465 Drew St., SS 107, Clearwater
Pepper Harth, Student Support Advisor
9200 113th Street North, UP 115, Seminole
Bianca Cage, Student Support Advisor
St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus
6605 5th Ave. North, SU 231, St. Petersburg
WOW Leadership Conferences provide our students with the opportunity to build soft-skills that can be applied within the classroom at SPC and after graduation. This is a chance for students to be empowered, inspired, build confidence, network, learn, and grow while participating in a variety of breakout sessions and presentations. Themes from previous years have included “Marketing Your Brand” and “Leading from the Middle”, where attendees gained valuable insight on how to lead from where they are in life, and how to effect change within their communities.
- Woman overcomes years of adversity, homelessness to graduate college - Story | FOX 13 Tampa Bay Watch Fox13 News.
- Woman Overcomes Addiction To Pursue Education - Story | Bay News 9 Tampa Bay. Watch Bay News 9 Tampa Bay.
- ABC Action News ' Positively TampaBay recently featured Women on the Way. Watch Positively Tampa Bay: Women on the Way on YouTube.
- Passion, Purpose: WOW - Story | Green Bench Monthly. Read Power, Passion, Purpose: WOW
- SPC honors D. Vilma Zalupski: educator, WOW champion - Story | Blue & White. Read This week, St. Petersburg College honored Dr. Vilma Zalupski
- SPC President Bill Law requested that the two science labs at the new Bay Pines STEM Center be named in honor of Dr. John Chapin - Story | Blue & White. Read BOT meeting: John Chapin and Maria Edmonds will be honored with facility names
- WOW coordinator honored - Story | Blue & White. Read Crumbley will be recognized for her outstanding influence in the area of Higher Education
- St. Petersburg College program aims to keep women engaged during the time of Covid-19 Story | Read St. Petersburg Catalyst Article
The mission of the WOW Advisory Committee is twofold: to support the WOW Program by promoting positive community relations to garner increased donations for the program, while fostering greater awareness of the services and resources offered by the program; and to identify and recommend strategies to continue the academic, professional, and personal success of students.
St. Petersburg Colleges Advisory Committees play a vital part in education and serve as an integrated link between St. Petersburg College and the community. Thank you for lending your experience and expertise to our programs. Your efforts will enable the college to continue to provide its students with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need to enter and advance themselves in the workforce.
A St. Petersburg College advisory committee is a group of employers, students, and employees who advise committee officers on the design, development, implementation, evaluation, maintenance, and revision of programs. Each advisory committee is made up of individuals with experience and expertise in the occupational field that the program serves.
Efforts of people like you help St. Petersburg College better meet the needs of our students and community.
St. Petersburg College launched its Women on the Way (WOW) program in 1981 as a resource and support center for women, who were entering college in larger numbers than ever before in the history of the United States. The goal was to provide women - many of them the first in their families to attend college - with the skills and resources to be successful in an academic setting. In its first year, 15 women joined WOW. Today, more than 600 women college-wide participate in WOW programs.
The effort was spearheaded by Dr. Vilma Zalupski, the college's first female Provost (Clearwater Campus); Bobbie Hinson, Career Center Director; and Maria Nieves Edmonds, a psychology instructor who later became an Associate Provost and was WOW's first coordinator. In honor of their dedication, generosity, and tireless support of WOW, the Clearwater WOW center was named in honor of Dr. Zalupski, and the Tarpon Springs WOW center was named in honor of Maria Nieves Edmonds. They will be deeply missed, but their legacies will live on forever.
In June 2015, the SPC Board of Trustees approved a campus-wide expansion to:
- Midtown Cecil B. Keene, Sr. Student Achievement Center (Fall 2015)
- Seminole Campus (Spring 2016)
- Petersburg/Gibbs Campus (Fall 2016)
- Tarpon Springs Campus (Spring 2017)
Ways You Can Help
- Adopt-a-Family Holiday Program
- Clothing Boutique Donations
- Facilitate a Workshop
- Gift Baskets
- Gift Cards
- Sundry Items
Make checks payable to Women on the Way
St. Petersburg College
Women on the Way
P.O. Box 13489
St. Petersburg, FL 33733