Board Report: August 18, 2010

SCF Forges Partnerships in New Era of Education

(Bradenton, Fla., August 18, 2010) — The State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) District Board of Trustees at its regular meeting Wednesday, Aug. 18, heard a report from SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner about new and innovative partnerships.

With the dawning of a new era, SCF has been eager to forge partnerships to enhance and support the college’s mission and its offerings to the community.

“We’re starting the era with new and strong partnerships with educational institutions, businesses other government entities,” Hafner said.

SCF recently announced a groundbreaking partnership with Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) that will provide a scholarship program for SCFCS students to continue to FGCU for a baccalaureate degree after graduating from SCFCS with both a high school diploma and Associate in Arts degree.

Hafner estimates the scholarship’s value of the full four-year package for each graduate to be about $22,000 in 2010 costs for two years at a state college and two years at a university.

FGCU President Wilson G. Bradshaw welcomed the partnership with SCF, impressed that SCFCS exceeded its recruitment goal by enrolling 62 percent first-generation students in the first classes.

“It’s nice to be working with an innovative president who catches the vision of an open access education and knows SCFCS will produce high caliber graduates that FGCU wants,” Hafner said.

At a welcome open house for SCFCS, parents and collegiate school students erupted in cheers after Hafner announced the opportunity for SCFCS students to have a free college education.

“We are breaking down barriers and giving more opportunity to more students and families in this area than you can ever imagine,” Hafner said.

SCF also partners with:

• Florida State University to offer 24 new and returning nursing students a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at SCF Lakewood Ranch.

• Barry University to offer a Ph.D. in Leadership and Education to 33 SCF employees.

• Port Manatee and the local Economic Development Council to provide more educational opportunities and assist local businesses as they look to expand partnerships with Panama and Germany.

• The American Heart Association to host a Heart Walk on Sept. 25 at SCF Bradenton. Hafner has been named chairman of the Heart Walk by the American Heart Association, which has recognized SCF as one of only five businesses in the two-county area as a gold-level Fit-Friendly company in national magazines.

The board began its annual organizational meeting by electing Ron Allen, of Bradenton, as chair of the board.

Allen, who has served on the board since May 1999, was nominated for chair by fellow trustee Jennifer Saslaw.

He succeeds trustee Steve Harner, who has served as chair for the past three years.

The board joined Hafner in recognizing Harner with a plaque and thanking him for his leadership in expanding the mission of the college and access to education for the community. Harner will continue to serve in a leadership position as vice chair of the board after being nominated by trustee Joe Miller at the meeting.

“Steve has served us extremely well and we want to recognize him for his exceptional leadership during an unprecedented transformation in SCF’s history,” Hafner said.

At the meeting, board members also received training on iPads used to view board documents.

The board also approved:

• The Capital Improvement Plan and the Educational Plant Five Year Survey Report, which are planning tools that help guide future capital projects. The Library on the Bradenton campus remains the College’s priority project pending availability of state funding.

• SCF has partnered with Tallahassee Community College and Polk State College (PSC) in PSC’s application for a Community-Based Job Training Grant project through the U.S. Department of Labor. Known as Engineering Technology and Advanced Manufacturing (ETAM), the project is designed to support workforce training for high-growth/high-demand industries through community and technical colleges. This is a three-year grant that will award a total of $2,911,597 with SCF receiving $641,237.

• SCF has applied for a $256,950 Green Transportation 4 Education grant from the Florida Energy and Climate Commission. If funded, the grant would provide two electric vehicle charging stations at each campus for public and College vehicle use; replace two existing gasoline powered courier vans with new Ford Transit electric vehicles; and install new photovoltaic arrays at each campus to generate electric power to offset what is used by the electric vehicles. The proposed program is an extension of a current project to provide electric vehicle charging stations at SCF’s new Medical Technology & Simulation Center. SCF will provide a cash match of $57,750.

• SCF has applied for $125,390 from the U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program. If funded, the COPS Secure Our Schools grant would provide for 50 percent of the cost to install sidewalks on the northern and southern edge of the SCF Bradenton campus and electronic access locks and interior classroom video intercom systems inside the SCFCS building. SCF will provide a cash match of $125,390.

• SCF’s grant application for an $854,534 Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education grant through the Florida Department of Education, that if funded, will strengthen the College’s A.S. and A.A.S. Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, thus bolstering the regional workforce. Grant funds will be used to enhance many aspects of the College’s CTE programs and will provide equipment, marketing initiatives, salaries for some program staff, professional development for program managers and curriculum enhancements.

In comments, Hafner also announced:

• SCF’s plans to boost its wellness initiatives for students and employees by offering a weekly farmer’s market at SCF Bradenton beginning Sept. 23.

• SCF is hosting a town hall meeting, “Cut the Red Tape,” led by Sen. Mike Bennett and incoming Sen. Pres. Mike Haridopolos at SCF Lakewood Ranch at 3 – 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 20.

• SCF Faculty are returning to campus this week and will attend Faculty Convocation on Friday, Aug. 20.

The next board meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at SCF Bradenton.

Steve Harner with SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner
   SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner with Steve Harner, who has served as chair of 
   the SCF Board of Trustees for the past three years. Harner was elected vice chair 
   at a regular board meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 18.

 SCF Board of Trustees recognize Steve Harner
   SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner and board members honor Steve Harner with a
   plaque for his service as chair of the SCF Board of Trustees for the past three years.
   Harner will remain on the board as vice chair and Ron Allen was elected chair.
   Back row: SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner with trustees Steve Harner, Ron Allen
   and Joe Miller. Front row: Trustees Jennifer Saslaw and Susan Miller Kelly.

Page Edit