SCF Recognizes Career and Technical Education Month

(Bradenton, Fla., February 20, 2013) —In honor of Career and Technical Education Month, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) recognizes the success of its Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science and Certificate programs in assisting graduates in advancing their skills and preparing them to continue their education or enter the workforce.

SCF's programs are highly successful thanks to qualified and caring professors who collaborate with local businesses and mentor students to help them find internships that lead to permanent employment.

Students are able to find jobs before they graduate. SCF studentSaida Jennell was the first student in the new A.S. in Biotechnology Program to land a job at Cambryn Biologics in Sarasota after completing a summer internship arranged by Dr. Matt Thomas, assistant professor, natural sciences.

While Saida is continuing her coursework as she works full-time at her new job, other biotech students look forward to future employment opportunities as they approach graduation.In May 2103, SCF's new A.S. in Biotechnology Program will graduate its first class.

Andrew Sink was one of only eight students enrolled in associate engineering technology programs in the Florida College System to be selected to study alternative and renewable energy and participate in project-based learning in San Sebastian, Spain. Sink attributes his success to his education at SCF and Adrienne Gould-Choquette, SCF emerging technologies program director, who assisted him in finding a job as a test laboratory technician for ETCO Inc. in Bradenton. He is continuing toward SCF's Bachelor of Applied Science in Energy Technology Management.

Opportunities in SCF's highly regarded A.S. in Nursing Program are available for current and prospective students who have no previous nursing coursework or licensed practical nurses (LPNs) who are interested in becoming registered nurses (RNs). SCF's graduates' pass rates on the RN exam are consistently above national and state averages.

Evening and weekend courses for the LPN-to-RN Program will begin in May 2013. The new schedule for the program, which is designed for working LPNs, will include lectures on Tuesdays from 3 – 9:30 p.m. and clinicals on Saturdays at area hospitals. An information session for the program is scheduled at 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, at SCF Lakewood Ranch, Medical Technology and Simulation Center, room 205.

The A.S. in Nursing Program is accepting applications for the Fall 2013 term until March 1. Visit for more information.

SCF's A.S. in Business Administration/Accounting complete degree can be earned through Saturday College, a new program at SCF Lakewood Ranch that allows a student to earn a complete degree in an accelerated time frame by only attending Saturday classes.

Other A.S. programs include computer science, construction management technology, criminal justice, fire science, education, graphic design, film technology, and digital media, paralegal/legal assisting, and health professions and more.

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