SCF Students Excel at Black, Brown & College Bound Summit

(Bradenton, Fla., March 4, 2016) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) was represented at the 10th annual Black, Brown & College Bound (BBCB) Summit Feb. 18 - 22 in Tampa by students Armando Cruz Vasquez and Zabdi Saint-Cyr.

SCF’s College Reach-Out Program (CROP), Summer Bridge Program (SBP) and African American Student Union (AASU) were represented by students. CROP, a statewide program funded through a grant from the Florida Department of Education, was designed to increase the number of students who successfully complete postsecondary education. SBP, an extension of CROP, selects low-income high school seniors from Manatee and Sarasota counties and helps them transition to college success by having them begin their college experience during the summer following their senior year. The AASU seeks to provide the student body with a stronger sense of a culturally diverse society.

Vasquez, a CROP and SBP alumnus, plans to graduate from SCF and attend Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine with the goal of becoming a pharmacist. “I am fortunate to be a part of CROP. It has opened many doors that have allowed me to further pursue my goals, doors such as the BBCB summit. I’ve been able to create networks, discuss topics and collaborate on ideas for future paths, achieve goals and conquer obstacles. I am glad and honored to have represented SCF. I enjoy attending SCF,” he said. Vasquez also served on the student panel at the conference for the second year.

Saint-Cyr, a native of Haiti, attributed his success to the CROP program, which helped him transition from high school to college. “It came at a good time in my life when I needed to dream bigger. It boosted my confidence and provided me with the tools to persevere,” said Saint-Cyr, whose goal is to become an anesthesiologist. He plans to graduate from SCF and pursue a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences. Saint-Cyr is a member of AASU at SCF.

In 2006, Hillsborough Community College created the Black, Brown & College Bound Summit in Tampa to address the national lack of student success, retention and graduation for all high school students, in particular African-American and Latino males. The event was cosponsored by SCF and Trevor Harvey, academic and AASU advisor, attended the conference.

For more information, contact Kristen Anderson, special programs director for SCF, at 941-752-5257 or

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