MCC Receives Customer Service Award
The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce presented Manatee Community College (MCC) with a prestigious Excellence in Customer Service Award in September in recognition of the College's quality customer service and commitment to the community.
"Your business is recognized for its high ethical standards," said Vicki Vega, vice president of small business development and innovation at the Chamber.
MCC President Dr. Sarah H. Pappas accepted the award at a Chamber meeting held Sept. 5 at MCC Lakewood Ranch. Daisy Vulovich, executive director of MCC Corporate and Community Development, gave an update on events and services offered at MCC Lakewood Ranch. Better business marketing and management tips were presented by David Auxier, director of MCC Workforce Solutions, and Art Mahoney, Certified Business Analyst, MCC Small Business Develoopment Center.
This year, MCC celebrates its 50th anniversary. Established on Sept. 17, 1957, MCC was the area's first public institution of higher education. Today, enrollment is at an all-time high, with 9,876 credit students attending Fall term classes.
In its 50-year existence, MCC has graduated 30,715 students. An annual average of 973 degrees and certificates is awarded.
The associate in arts degree is the choice of 55 percent of MCC's degree-seeking students, and nearly 80 percent of those graduates go on to four-year universities. Students who choose to take any one of 20 career-track programs have a 100-percent placement rate in their chosen field. Graduates of MCC's nursing, radiography, dental hygiene, physical therapist assistant and occupational therapy assistant programs consistently earn a 100-percent pass rate on required state and national exams.
In addition to degree-seeking students, another 30,000 people annually take noncredit courses in workforce training, professional development, personal enrichment and driving safety, and the College's Small Business Development Center is a hub for information, training and counseling services for new and existing businesses in Sarasota and Manatee counties.
Other recognitions MCC has earned include being named among the top 50 nursing associate degree producers and among the top 100 associate degree producers in all disciplines in the nation by "Community College Week" magazine; and ranking among the top 25 of the world's best film schools in the two-year college category by "Moviemaker" magazine.