SCF, Manatee-Sarasota One of Three Florida Colleges to Receive Federal Title III Grant

(Bradenton, Fla., Sept. 9, 2016) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) has been awarded a $2.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education based on its proposal “Paving Academic Pathways for Student Success.” The Strengthening Institutions Program grant – one of three awarded to Florida College System institutions – will help SCF increase student performance, help low-income students stay in school and first-time-in-college students persist and receive their degrees and/or certificates.

The grant, which begins Oct. 1 and will be disbursed over five years, will be used to help more than 9,000 SCF students with academic planning, as well as the tools and technology they need to be successful. The tools include a specific, easily tracked path to their degree or career, free access to college-prep classes and extensive data analysis designed to make sure students excel. The grant also will help pay for a college-readiness program that includes adaptive learning technology and tutors.

SCF’s students can expect to complete their degrees faster with the tools provided through this grant. The goal is to increase the number of first-time-in-college students who earn at least 12 college credits their first year, to increase the percentage of students who stay in college and to increase the number of students who earn their credential in three years or less.

“This grant will propel SCF to be among the best in how we support our students,” said SCF president Dr. Carol Probstfeld. “Our job is to ensure we make the most of every opportunity this grant provides to them.” 

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