SCF Hosted State Board of Education Meeting Feb. 15

(Bradenton, Fla., February 15, 2011) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) students were in the state spotlight when the Florida State Board of Education (SBE) members and Education Commissioner Dr. Eric Smith met at SCF Bradenton February 15, 2011. It was the first time in the College’s 54 years to be selected to host a meeting of the policy-making body for Florida’s schools and colleges.

SBE members were greeted by SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner, who turned over the podium to students representing all aspects of the academic continuum at SCF. Speaking for SCF Collegiate School were Jordan Ward, sixth grade, and Dallas Finley, seventh grade. Both students talked about the connectivity of technology and independence as major appeals of SCF Collegiate School.

Representing the Associate in Arts degree, Zaph Manigat, president of the SCF Student Government Association, Venice campus, spoke about the leadership skills and relationships gained from participating in student activities that inspired him to pursue a degree in public service. Sandra Waddell, upcoming graduate of the Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education program, thanked the SBE for approving the Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education degree, a new program starting at SCF this fall that she plans to pursue. Representing the first class to graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from SCF, Jenifer Heffner thanked the SBE for making the milestone possible for the College and creating a pathway for her to realize her dream of becoming a nurse.

The SBE meeting was held at SCF Collegiate School and members were given a tour of the innovative school, the nation’s first college-operated middle grades charter school on a college campus. Following the tour, SBE Chairman T. Willard Fair remarked, “If I had gone to a school like this, I think about how smart I would be.”


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