State College of Florida, Manatee–Sarasota
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|State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota|
|Established||September 17, 1957|
|Students||Approximately 30,000 students annually|
|Location||Bradenton, Florida, United States|
|Former names||Manatee Junior College, Manatee Community College|
State College of Florida, Manatee–Sarasota is a state college with campuses in Manatee and Sarasota County, Florida. Part of the Florida College System, it is designated a "state college" because it offers a greater number of four-year bachelor's degrees than traditional two-year community colleges.
Founded in 1957 as Manatee Junior College, it was known as Manatee Community College from 1985 to 2009. Today it operates three campuses in Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice. The Bradenton campus includes the Family Heritage House Museum.
State College of Florida was established on September 17, 1957 by the Florida Board of Education as Manatee Junior College. The college came into existence under a plan of the state Board of Education for providing accessible higher education to Florida's population.
The first classes were held on September 2, 1958 in what was formerly a senior high school; enrollment in the first term was 502. The college began administering classes in its own facilities in 1959, where the Bradenton campus stands today.
The Venice center was opened in 1977 by MCC's Board of Trustees. During this period, the center's functions were funded by donations by residents of the surrounding communities, which include Venice, North Port, and Englewood. It was not until 1983 that the college received an appropriation from the Florida legislature to expand the Venice center into what is now the full-service Venice campus. It was dedicated on March 30, 1985. The name was changed that year to Manatee Community College.
In the beginning of 2003, SCF opened the Lakewood Ranch campus. The land appropriated for this was donated by the Schroeder-Manatee Ranch. The Lakewood Ranch campus offers credit and non-credit programs of study, and technical and workforce development courses. In 2007, the Schroeder-Manatee Ranch donated an additional 5 acres (20,000 m2) to the college. SCF obtained supplementary funding from the Florida legislature, which was allocated for the construction of a new classroom/laboratory building.
In 2009, MCC changed its name to the State College of Florida, Manatee–Sarasota. SCF also started offering bachelor's degrees. The first bachelor's degree was a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, started in January 2010. Other bachelor's degrees are now available.
Organization and administration
The college president is Carol Probstfeld.
State College of Florida, Manatee–Sarasota is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Noncredit education is offered under SCF's Corporate & Community Development programs. More than 50 percent of the college bound high school students in Manatee and Sarasota counties attend SCF each year, with current enrollment of over 30,000 students. SCF is among the top 100 producers of associate's degrees in the country.
College athletic teams are nicknamed the Manatees.
Alumni Status is open to all graduates of State College of Florida, Manatee–Sarasota (formerly Manatee Community College), all former students of SCF who regularly matriculated and left SCF in good standing.
|Bill Galvano||Current member of the Florida House of Representatives|
|Matt Hudson||Current member of the Florida House of Representatives|
|Joe Mays||Former Major League Baseball pitcher|
|Alex Cole||Former Major League Baseball outfielder|
|Lance Carter||Former pitcher for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, he was also honored by playing for the American League All-Star team|
|Rob McKittrick||Notable American filmmaker|
|Ken Roberson||Current member of the Florida House of Representatives|
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