SCF Launches Initiative to Help Underemployed and Unemployed Community Members

(Bradenton, Fla., Oct. 8, 2020) State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) announces a rapid credentialing initiative, “Get Credentialed. Get Noticed!,” to help underemployed and unemployed community members in its service region transition to enter new occupations or advance their existing careers. SCF offers associate degrees, workforce certificates and workforce training that corresponds with high-demand jobs and expanding career fields.

The initiative, which is part of the Florida Department of Education’s statewide workforce campaign offers levels of education ranging from single-day training programs to two-year degrees. Enrollees will acquire the knowledge, skills and credentials necessary to become eligible for new jobs as well as promotions or raises with their current employer.

As part of its launch, the initiative features incentives for students that pursue workforce certificates, most of which can be completed in less than one year. Those who register and enroll in one of 16 select SCF certificate programs are eligible to receive a scholarship up to $1,000. Every workforce certificate program yields credits that are applicable to corresponding associate degrees. Enrollees can pursue the level of education suitable to their current career requirements and their future goals.

Through a partnership with CareerSource Suncoast, students also receive personalized career coaching, placement assistance, post-employment check-ins and other hands-on career services. Funding for the initiative is provided by the Florida Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

For more information, visit or contact Workforce Education Outreach Specialist, Jennifer Boris, by emailing, calling 941-363-7216.

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