Program at SCF Offers Support for Minorities to Obtain STEM Degree

(Bradenton, Fla., Nov. 1, 2018) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) is spotlighting its Tampa Bay Bridge to Baccalaureate (TB-B2B) program on Nov. 8 for National STEM/STEAM Day. Part of a federal grant, the TB-B2B program offers support and services for underrepresented minority (URM) students to help them obtain a baccalaureate degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field. According to the Pew Research Center, STEM college graduates tend to earn more than their non-STEM counterparts.

SCF’s TB-B2B program offers networking and learning events, such as the STEM Speakers Series, which is open to the public, featuring local individuals working in a STEM-related field who share about their journey to a successful career. Participating students also receive dedicated advising, help with coursework and tutoring, social support, conferences, familiarity with STEM professions and workplace expectations, and assistance in identifying scholarships, internships and research opportunities.

“We’re excited to be part of a dedicated group of people in the Tampa Bay region working to increase the number of URM students pursuing careers in STEM-related fields,” said Katy Wallis, a registered pharmacist and student success coordinator for the program. “At SCF, the program is designed for students working on the transferable associate in arts degree, with the dedicated advising component helping them choose classes and prepare for transfer to a university or college while the experiential learning component provides the hands-on experience they need to be successful in a STEM field.”

To view eligibility requirements, upcoming events or to apply, visit For more information, contact Wallis at 941-752-5282 or


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