SCF Emerging Technologies Video Now Available

(Bradenton, Fla., May 23, 2012) — A new video about State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota’s (SCF) Emerging Technologies programs is available at

The video features Program Director Adrienne Gould-Choquette as the narrator who describes SCF’s Emerging Technologies including Associate in Science degree programs in Construction Management and Engineering Technology and the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) in Energy Technology Management Program.

Students are trained on industry-standard equipment housed in labs at SCF Venice, including an SMC robotic work cell, 3D printers and computer-aided design software.

“We are answering industry’s call for an educated workforce. Our students not only master current technology, but they also are equipped with a tool set that includes critical-thinking skills that will enable them to remain relevant as employees and advance in their future careers,” Gould-Choquette said.

A renewed national emphasis on manufacturing recognizes that the industry is emerging from the economic downturn as a leader in high-wage, high-growth jobs. Locally, manufacturing has been hailed as a bright spot of economic development with the growth rate in the job market surpassing that of the state. By focusing on emerging technologies and other industry-specific programs, SCF is collaborating with workforce partners in Manatee and Sarasota counties to ensure the region’s businesses have access to a skilled employee base.

Designed with an emphasis on sustainability and alternative energy, the A.S. in Engineering Technology Program is aligned with the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council and connects the pipeline of manufacturing education from the certification to the bachelor’s degree.

Students entering the A.S. in Engineering Technology Program can build their credentials in the field by taking the core courses to earn their Production Technician Certification and completing their degree to qualify for positions as manufacturing production technicians, solar energy system designers, CAD designers and electronics engineering technicians. Graduates of the program also may advance their education at SCF by applying to the new B.A.S. in Energy Technology Management program.

The Construction Management Technology Program, which trains students in energy efficient building construction and solar energy systems, prepares them to sit for the Florida General Contractors license. Students graduating from the program are qualified to become energy auditors, construction managers, architectural and civil drafters.

Equipment and program support for SCF’s Emerging Technologies were provided by the State College of Florida Foundation Inc.; Gulf Coast Community Foundation Inc.; Carl D. Perkins Fund for Postsecondary Career & Technical Education Programs; U.S. Department of Labor Engineering Technology & Advanced Manufacturing Grant; National Science Foundation/Florida Advanced Technological Education Center; and Tampa Bay TRANE.

The video was produced by SCF public affairs and marketing with videography, directing and editing services by Sarasota-based Mars Vision Productions Inc.

Enrollment is underway for the Fall semester for all Emerging Technologies programs. Persons interested in learning more about these and other career-related programs are invited to email .





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