SCF Marks 57 Years in Region

(Bradenton, Fla., September 17, 2014) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), the region's first and largest public college, marks its 57th anniversary on Wednesday, Sept. 17.

SCF has continued its rich multigenerational tradition of offering the community an affordable and quality education since Sept. 17, 1957, when the State Board of Education established SCF, then Manatee Junior College, as an approved college with the primary mission of providing college training for young people and adults.

The College began its first classes on Sept. 2, 1958, in the old Manatee County High School building on Manatee Avenue West.

In 1959, the first classes were held on the southwest Manatee County campus with a full-fledged sophomore class and a large freshman class enrolled in university-parallel courses. SCF has grown to include locations at SCF Venice and SCF Lakewood Ranch.

In March 2009, the State Board of Education approved the College's proposal to deliver a complete Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. In July 2009, the College changed its name to State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota to reflect the institution's new status as a four-year degree-granting state college.

SCF now offers eight bachelor’s degrees while continuing to focus on highly respected associate degrees that prepare graduates for university transfer and professional careers.

SCF serves 25,000 college credit students annually at locations in Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and Venice, and online. The College has graduated more than 43,000 students since 1959.

The Corporate and Community Development Division annually serves another 14,000 participants in noncredit classes in workforce training, professional development, and driving safety through workshops and online classes.


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