State College of Florida
Founded in 1957, SCF Manatee-Sarasota is the region's first and largest public college, serving 27,000 college credit students per year at campuses in Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Venice, and online.
SCF is dedicated to achieving educational and workforce training requirements of citizens and businesses in the area. SCF has expanded its mission to include workforce baccalaureate degrees while it continues to focus on associate degrees which prepare graduates for university transfer and professional careers.
The Corporate and Community Development Division provides year-round noncredit classes in workforce training, small business and professional development, personal enrichment and also driving safety via workshops, seminars, online classes and on-site training at area businesses.
The College opened a collegiate charter school in fall 2010 which enables students to complete high school and receive their Associate in Arts degree simultaneously.
The College is a member of the Association of Florida Colleges, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the American Association of Community Colleges and the Florida Association of Colleges and Universities.
SCF College Reach-Out Program was established to increase the number of low-income educationally disadvantaged students who graduate from high school, and are admitted to, and successfully complete postsecondary education. Participants are students who would be unlikely to seek admission to a community college, a state university, or an independent institution without special support and recruitment efforts.