CROP Students to Investigate SCF’s Biotechnology Program

(Bradenton, Fla., Jan. 11, 2018) — Students in the College Reach-Out Program (CROP) at four Manatee and Sarasota county high schools will take up microscopes, Bunsen burners and test tubes during a visit to State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) where they will investigate the Biotechnology program. The high school students will explore Crime Scene Investigation methods in this Science, Technology, Math and Engineering (STEM) experience beginning at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 19.

Students from Booker, Bayshore, Palmetto and Southeast high schools also will take a tour of the SCF campus and have lunch in the student union. The students are identified by their high schools for the CROP program, which offers exposure to college programs, cultural experiences and leadership opportunities.

CROP is designed to help motivate students to pursue a college education, develop their basic learning skills, strengthen students’ and parents’ understanding of the benefits of postsecondary education and foster academic, personal, and career development. SCF works with middle and high schools in Manatee and Sarasota counties to identify students for the program and to work with them through their transition to college.

The primary objective of CROP is to increase the number of low-income educationally disadvantaged students in middle and high school who are admitted to college and successfully complete postsecondary education.  Participants are students who otherwise would be unlikely to seek admission to a community college, state university, or independent institution without special support and recruitment efforts.

For more information, contact Kristen L. Anderson, program director of special programs, at or 941-752-5257. 

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