CROP Students Visit SCF to Sharpen Science Skills

(Bradenton, Fla., Mar. 14, 2019)Thirty-four high school students from the College Reach-Out Program (CROP) in Manatee and Sarasota counties visited State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota in January to learn investigative techniques and work with DNA material in the biotech labs at the College. The visit was part of the CROP program’s mission to introduce Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to middle and high school students and to make the subject matter accessible.  

One-hundred percent of students responding to a survey after the program said that they enjoyed the workshop and that it was a positive learning experience and 94 percent indicated that they better understand the benefits of a college education.  

For the second year in a row, in partnership with SCF’s Natural Science department, the students completed the workshop with a better understanding of biotechnology. In the open-ended portion of the survey, students described the experience as leading them to consider science-related careers. Others described how it helped to get a feel for college life and the work that takes place in laboratories.  

Grant-funded through the Florida Department of Education with additional funding from SCF, the program is designed to increase the number of students successfully completing a postsecondary education.  The primary objective of the program is to strengthen the educational motivation and preparation of low-income students in grades sixth through 12th, who otherwise would be unlikely to seek and attain a postsecondary education without special support and recruitment efforts.  

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

SCF CROP Participant Francis Clercius

SCF CROP Participant, Francis Clercius

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