Lifelong Learning & Workforce Development

Continuing and Community Education focuses on career enhancement, professional licensure, and personal enrichment programming. As a part of Corporate & Community Development (CCD) at SCF, this department emphasizes lifelong learning, from workforce training to personal enrichment for all ages.

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Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development

Lifelong Learning

Whether you are interested in professional development, starting a new hobby, having fun learning with friends, or looking to learn something new, SCF has a Lifelong Learning course for you.

Personal Enrichment

Personal enrichment courses enable people from all segments of the community to clarify values, increase operational skills and enhance personal growth. Programs are available to learners of all ages through multiple instructional deliveries.

Workforce Development

Whether you are in search of a certification for a new career or need customized training to meet your business needs, SCF Workforce Development is ready to serve you. A productive workforce is vital to our local economy. Whether you are in search of a certification for a new career or need customized training to meet your business needs, SCF Workforce Development is ready to serve you. A productive workforce is vital to our local economy. Our Workforce Development programs assist businesses and industries in Manatee and Sarasota counties to ensure companies have the best training possible.

Professional Development

Certification preparation and professional continuing education courses meet the needs of career professionals and enable residents to obtain licensure and to prepare for licensure examinations.

FAQs | Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need accommodations?

Accommodations are available to qualified disabled individuals.* Interested disabled persons need to complete a Classroom Accommodation packet at least 10 working days prior to the class they wish to attend. For more information or to request a Classroom Accommodation packet, contact the Disability Resource Center.

* Must meet program eligibility standards and provide documentation of disability from relevant professional (audiologist, medical doctor, counselor, etc.)

What is the Refund and Cancellation Policy?

For multisession classes: Prior to the start of the first class, a full refund is available. Between the first and second class, a 100% refund less a $5 processing fee is available. After the second class, a refund is not available.

For one-day classes (and certain other workshops, seminars, conferences and computer classes): Refunds may be given if written notification is received by the Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development office before the stated registration deadline and/or the day prior to the event.

Non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal or refund request. We reserve the right to cancel classes due to insufficient attendance; in that case, registration fees will be refunded in full.

What are the Student Fees?

State colleges enroll students in courses at nominal rates. Most of the courses in this catalog are totally supported by collected student fees and receive no additional state funds. Course fees are reflected in the course listings. A $10 fee will be charged for each replacement certificate. A $20 service charge will be assessed on checks with insufficient funds. Check with the Traffic Safety Institute on their fee policies as fees differ between programs.

What skills do I need to enroll in a class?

For personal enrichment courses, just bring your enthusiasm! For computer classes, it varies. We have introductory courses (Absolute Beginner) which require little to no computer experience. Other courses (Excel, PowerPoint, Word & more) require you to have a working knowledge of the Windows operating system.

What do I need to bring to class?

Ordinarily, all of your course materials will be supplied to you once class begins. Materials may include handouts, course manuals, pencils, or folders. Depending on the class, you may or may not be allowed to keep the course manual. In some cases, you must purchase a book from the SCF bookstore at Bradenton or Venice.

What does it cost to enroll in a class?

Class fees vary based upon the type of course, level of instruction, and materials used. As the self-supporting part of the institution, tuition and fees are collected and enrollment levels are set to cover the costs of the program. Class fee payment is required at the time of enrollment.

Who is the instructor of the class?

Our instructors are individuals who are practitioners in their field. They may be our faculty or staff. They may be local business and community leaders. They may be individuals with years of experience in the content area. Because many of our instructors are contracted on a class-by-class basis, contacting the instructor should be done through our Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development office.