Manatee Community College 1957-2007 Celebrating 50 Years

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50th Anniversary 1957-2007
Collage of original building site and 3 current campuses

Looking Back...Moving Forward

Please join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the community’s FIRST public institution of higher education--MCC.

It was 1957 when the Florida Legislature awarded a charter to (then) Manatee Junior College. The new College quickly became one of Florida’s outstanding community colleges and today Manatee Community College is a leader in all manner of learning opportunities.

From the first 502 students who met in borrowed space, MCC has grown to 9,000-plus credit students and 21,000 residents taking noncredit classes at two 100-acre campuses in Bradenton and Venice, the Center for Innovation and Technology at Lakewood Ranch, and online classes.

MCC’s remarkable progress is a credit to an involved community. Come participate and enjoy!

Sarah H. Pappas
Dr. Sarah H. Pappas

  Fun Facts
Full accreditation was granted in 1963 by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).