State College of Florida, Manatee–Sarasota

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State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
Former names
Manatee Junior College, Manatee Community College
Established September 17, 1957
Type Public College
President Carol Probstfeld[1]
Students Approximately 30,000 students annually
Location Bradenton, Florida, United States

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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]


Students attend classes at campuses in Bradenton, Venice, and Lakewood Ranch, many business and public sector sites throughout the community, and from their homes via eLearning opportunities.

Organization and administration[edit]

The college president is Carol Probstfeld.

Academic profile[edit]

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.[6]

Student life[edit]


College athletic teams are nicknamed the Manatees. They participate in the Suncoast Conference of the Florida State College Activities Association (FSCAA) in Division I of NJCAA Region VIII.

Family Heritage House Museum[edit]

The Bradenton Campus is home to the Family Heritage House Museum, a gallery and resource center for the study of African-American achievements. Exhibits include a timeline of significant events in African-American history, including slavery, fights for freedom, community building and education, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights movement, Kwanzaa, and the modern era in South Africa. There are also displays about the Underground Railroad and a collection of African masks. Admission is free.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]

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.

Alumnus Notability
Bill Galvano Current[when?] member of the Florida House of Representatives
Nick Goody Professional baseball player[8]
Matt Hudson Current[when?] member of the Florida House of Representatives
Joe Mays Professional baseball player
Alex Cole Professional baseball player
Lance Carter Professional baseball player
Rob McKittrick American filmmaker
Ken Roberson Current[when?] member of the Florida House of Representatives

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Locations, Maps & Directions". State College of Florida, Manatee–Sarasota. 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ Florida Association of Community Colleges
  4. ^ MCC Website
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ [3]
  7. ^ "Official site". Family Heritage House Museum. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  8. ^

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