SCF Helps Underrepresented Minority Students Earn STEM Degrees

(Bradenton, Fla., Jan. 12, 2021)State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) enrolled 80 students in the Tampa Bay Bridge to Baccalaureate program (TB-B2B) during the past three years. SCF joined the TB-B2B program as part of a federal initiative funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) to help underrepresented minority students obtain baccalaureate degrees in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field.

“Pursuing a STEM degree is challenging, even on the best days, but you don’t have to do it alone,” said Linette Victor, student success coordinator for SCF’s TB-B2B program. “I encourage our underrepresented STEM students who are searching for a community or place to belong to come and explore all the wonderful opportunities available to LSAMP scholars.”

Since 2018, SCF’s TB-B2B program has offered networking and learning events, dedicated advising, help with coursework and tutoring, social support, conferences and more. Students in the program benefitted from undergraduate research experiences, attendance at national scientific conventions, community outreach, and development workshops focused on research methods, communication skills and professionalism. Community partners, including Mote Marine Laboratory, Sun Hydraulics and Trace Eye-D, played a vital role in providing hands-on experience through internships, networking and research opportunities.

For more information, contact Linette Victor at or 941-752-5611 or visit

Two students in the Tampa Bay Bridge to Baccalaureate program

Magnolia Valdez (left) and Ashley Valestin (Right), two students in the Tampa Bay Bridge to Baccalaureate program.

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