SCF to Host Information Sessions on Educator Preparation Institute

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will host information sessions about its Educator Preparation Institute (EPI, formerly Alternative Certification Program). The program is for anyone with at least a bachelor's degree in a noneducation major or teachers with temporary certificates who need professional certification.

Hour-long sessions start at 6 p.m. on these dates:

Wednesday, April 6 at SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail, Building 800, Room 838;

Wednesday, April 27, at SCF Lakewood Ranch, 7131 Professional Parkway E., Center for Innovation and Technology, Room 215.

After finishing all courses in the program and passing required state and college exams, participants will be eligible for the Florida Department of Education's professional teaching certificate. Blended evening classes, as well as an online schedule of classes allows working professionals to participate. The cost for the program is $2,250.

Applications are available at For more information, contact Araceli Cumbo, coordinator, at 941-408-1481 or

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