Board Report: March 4, 2011

(Bradenton, Fla., March 4, 2011) —SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner and SCF District Board of Trustees members at the monthly March meeting celebrated the success of SCF’s associate and baccalaureate nursing programs for receiving glowing verbal reports from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

A site visit in January for SCF’s Associate in Science in Nursing program resulted in a preliminary verbal report with no recommendations for another eight years. In a more recent visit earlier this month, SCF’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program received a positive verbal recommendation from the NLNAC for initial accreditation for five years. Official written confirmations for both programs are expected this summer.

Trustees also heard about A.S. nursing graduates’ accomplishments on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). For the 2010 year, the first-time pass rate on the NCLEX for SCF associate-level nursing students is 96.8 percent, far surpassing the national pass rate of 87.95 percent for the same time period.

Maintaining a high quality of instruction and responding quickly when the community needs new workforce education programs are hallmarks of SCF, Hafner said.

Pointing out that SCF has partnered with Florida State University to provide local master’s and doctoral-level nursing programs, Hafner said, “Just three years ago, the local community was limited to nursing education at the LPN and RN levels. After the hospitals and healthcare community came to us asking for local access to advanced nursing education, we worked quickly to put the programs in place.”

“With strong community support, including more than $500,000 in contributions, we overcame hurdles to bring home a full continuum of nursing education starting with SCF’s excellent associate and baccalaureate programs all the way to a doctorate degree from FSU,” Hafner said.

Ron Allen, Board chairman, said, “We did it fast and we did it with quality and that’s something we can be proud of. We are on the right track and providing the community a program that was not previously here.”

Four additional baccalaureate programs requested by the community will start at SCF this year, including an Early Childhood Education Program that already has received more than 100 inquiries for the program’s fall start, representing the overwhelming need for the program in the area.

SCF has signaled its intention to offer additional baccalaureate programs identified as needed in the local community, including science and math education. Several benefactors have expressed an interest in funding the new education programs.

In other board news, Traci Steen, SCF associate vice president of facilities planning & management and government relations, and Dr. Carol Probstfeld, SCF vice president of business and administrative services, presented a rebate check for $162,340 from Florida Power & Light.

SCF earned the rebate for the effectiveness of the new Thermal Energy Storage (TES) installed at SCF Lakewood Ranch’s chiller plant. The TES system effectively removes SCF “from the grid” by producing and storing ice at night when power is less expensive, and cooling the buildings efficiently during peak hours to lower energy bills.

“I’d like to thank FP&L for offering programs that allow us to participate in this program that benefits the College and the community,” Allen said.

The technology helped SCF earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification for the Medical Technology and Simulation Center from the U.S. Green Building Council.

“Earning gold on our first LEED certification effort is a remarkable accomplishment and we’ve already seen tangible benefits of building a facility that is friendly both to the environment and our budget,” Hafner said. Click here for release.

Hafner also announced:

• For the first time in SCF’s 54-year history, SCF hosted Florida State Board of Education (SBE) members and Education Commissioner Dr. Eric Smith for their regular February meeting, which was videotaped and webcast live from SCF Collegiate School. Representing all sectors of SCF were five students enrolled in the collegiate school and SCF programs including Associate in Arts, Associate in Science (Early Childhood Education), and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Hafner thanked Trustee Jennifer Saslaw for hosting a reception for the SBE guests.

• Thirteen universities participated in the University Transfer Fair held at SCF Venice in February. Some participating universities included the University of Alabama, University of Central Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida A& M University, New College and University of South Florida (Tampa and the Sarasota-Manatee branch campus).

• SCF’s tobacco-free policy has encouraged SCF employees and students to attend cessation classes, resulting in 12 people quitting smoking. Hafner applauded the cross-section of faculty, staff and students for being leaders in recommending the tobacco-free policy at SCF.

In official board action, the board approved:

• Construction documents for the second phase of the building 19 remodel project for the SCF Collegiate School. The project will accommodate the planned progression of the middle school to include eighth grade in addition to sixth and seventh grades in the 2011-2012 year. Kelly Monod, SCFCS head of school, gave an update to the board about the strong interest in SCFCS in the community as evidenced by the five applications submitted so for each space available for the entering sixth grade.

• A grant proposal, in partnership with the Manatee and Sarasota counties school districts, from the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program to form the Biotechnology Alliance for Suncoast Biology Educators.

Peg Lowery, executive director of The SCF Foundation Inc., presented the foundation’s quarterly update.

The next regular meeting of the SCF Board of Trustees is scheduled for April 20 at SCF Venice.

FP&L check
Traci Steen, SCF associate vice president of facilities planning &
management and government relations, SCF Board Chairman Ron Allen,
SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner and Dr. Carol Probstfeld, SCF vice president
of business and administrative services.

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