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
Samuel R. Neel Jr. was named the first president in 1957.