Board Report: January 19, 2011

(Bradenton, Fla., January 19, 2011) — The State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) District Board of Trustees at its regular meeting celebrated the previous day’s successful launching of The Deal, a major collaboration initiative with a significant regional impact and focus on job creation, workforce development, economic growth and community prosperity.

In an area ripe for innovative solutions for economic development, the concept for The DEAL was developed by SCF with partners Schroeder-Manatee Ranch Inc. and Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice.

SCF Board Chairman Ron Allen expressed his excitement about the venture and the enthusiastic response it received from a standing-room-only crowd at the press conference, held on the symbolic county line in the median of University Parkway, near the border of Manatee and Sarasota counties and beside the 300-plus acres designated for the project.

Trustee Jennifer Saslaw was pleased with interest shown by high-profile officials, including Florida’s Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll who said SCF and partners are “the brainchild and catalyst … for a way for us to think outside of the box.”

“The lieutenant governor’s participation and comments show we have support from the governor’s office,” Saslaw said.

“A lot of good ideas happen in this area, but they get put on the shelf. The Deal is different because it’s a vision with an implementation plan that allows those plans to unfold,” Hafner said.

As plans for The DEAL continue to unfold, Allen encouraged ongoing collaboration with future partners.

“The conversation with the community started yesterday, and as it continues we need to communicate how important it is for them to come to the table. That’s the way this is going to be a huge success. It’s a new model that’s not being done in other areas,” Allen said.

Hafner said the Board members will receive regular updates as the initiative progresses.

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At the meeting, the board also approved proposals to pursue a Quick Response Training Grant and Administration of Postsecondary Readiness Assessments to High School Students. If approved, both would enhance the college’s ability to quickly assist the community with vital services.

The Administration of Postsecondary Readiness Assessments to High School Students grant, if funded, would provide up to $32,589 to reimburse SCF for tests administered to 11th grade students in Manatee and Sarasota counties to identify those who need remediation in their senior year.

“Our goal is for students to be remediated early on so that they are eligible for dual enrollment in high school and/or credit courses upon entering college,” said Dr. Bowman, SCF vice president of educational and student services.

The Quick Response Training Grant is a state-funded program that provides funding to selected businesses to train their new, full-time employees and is designed to increase the competitiveness of Florida businesses in the global economy. If funded, SCF would serve as fiscal agent and provide part of the training for new employees of a super regional insurance carrier.

Dr. Crocker, vice president of academic quality and success, commended Daisy Vulovich, associate vice president, Corporate and Community Development, and her staff for their fast contributions to the grant proposal.

“The staff turned it around in a week and this is an example of how quickly SCF responds to local training needs,” Crocker said.

The board also approved a recommendation to revise and establish selected courses and programs, including new courses for the general education curriculum. In addition, SCF will begin to offer biotechnology courses in anticipation of a new Associate in Science degree in Biotechnology that will begin pending funding.

In comments, Hafner asked Dr. Mike Mears, SCF Bradenton provost and vice president of baccalaureate programs, to comment on the recent passing of Bradenton Fire Chief Mark Souders, SCF’s program director of fire science technology. Souders, who played a vital role in developing the Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Safety Administration and Bachelor of Applied Science in Homeland Security degrees at SCF, accompanied SCF administrators to the State Board of Education meeting to emphasize the need for these programs in the area.

“He was a part of the core group that really wanted the four-year degree locally so students did not have to travel to Tampa or pay the high costs at a private college,” Mears said. “He really laid the groundwork for that and we’re going to miss him.”

Hafner also announced that:

• SCF received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design gold-level certification for the Medical Technology and Simulation Center which opened in August.

• SCF will host the Florida State Board of Education meeting at the Bradenton campus February 15.

Kelly Monod, head of school for SCF Collegiate School, gave an update to the board about the first recruitment session for the 2011-2012 school year. Of the 85 applications received so far, 65 were first-generation students whose parents did not complete college.

“We’re staying true to the mission of the Collegiate School, and we are moving forward in a way that has truly made a difference,” Hafner said.

The next SCF board meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 16, at SCF Bradenton.

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