SCF Marks 54 Years in the Region(Bradenton, Fla., September 14, 2011)— State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), the region's first and largest public college, marks its 54th anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 17.
As a dynamic College dedicated to meeting the educational and workforce training needs of citizens and businesses in the region, SCF serves 30,000 plus college credit students annually at campuses in Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and Venice, and online via eLearning opportunities. The College has graduated 38,000 students since 1960.
SCF has expanded its mission to include workforce baccalaureate degrees while continuing to focus on highly respected associate degrees that prepare graduates for university transfer and professional careers. Six bachelor's degrees currently are available with more being planned for the near future.
The Corporate and Community Development Division annually serves another 25,000 participants in noncredit classes in workforce training, small business development, professional development, personal enrichment and driving safety through workshops, seminars, online classes and on-site training programs at area businesses.
Broadening the continuum of education in Fall 2010, the College opened a collegiate charter school that enables students to complete high school and receive their Associate in Arts degree simultaneously. The innovative school earned an 'A' in its first year.
The College is a member of the Association of Florida Colleges, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the American Association of Community Colleges and the Florida Association of Colleges and Universities.