SCF Recognizes Career and Technical Education Month

(Bradenton, Fla., February 25, 2014) — In honor of Career and Technical Education Month, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) recognizes the success of its Associate in Science and Certificate programs in assisting graduates in advancing their skills and preparing them to continue their education or enter the workforce.

SCF's 20 plus programs are highly successful, thanks to qualified and caring professors who collaborate with local businesses and mentor students to help them find internships and jobs.

SCF biotechnology student Kristine Cerbone, a Port Charlotte resident, gained valuable on-the-job training during an internship arranged by Biotechnology Program Co-director Dr. Matt Thomas. Her experience helped her land a job as a lab technician at Sanders Laboratories in Nokomis before she graduates in May.

“The professors at SCF are awesome. Since the classes are small, they are able to give you one-on-one attention, guided by their 20-plus years of experience in the field,” she said.

A certified nursing assistant for five years, Cerbone decided to pursue a career in biotechnology because she was more interested in understanding the cause of illnesses and diseases rather than treating patients’ symptoms.

Cerbone was inspired by her mother, who died from cancer, to excel in her classes and later pursue a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology and work in genetics.

Other opportunities at SCF include the highly regarded A.S. in Nursing Program 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.

The application period for the Summer 2014 LPN-to-RN Transition Program, which allows a qualified LPN to become a RN, is Feb. 1 - March 15. The application period for the basic Fall 2014 A.S. in Nursing Degree Program is April 1-May 15.

SCF also now offers an A.S. in Business Administration with a specialization in entrepreneurship. Designed to encourage innovative thinkers to pursue their business ventures with the confidence and the skills they need for success, the entrepreneur track will help budding entrepreneurs learn how to open, manage and market their own small businesses.

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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