The first students accepted into Gator Engineering at State College of Florida, Manatee Sarasota (SCF) joined the ribbon cutting celebration for the new Gator Den, a study area for the students who have been accepted into the University of Florida Gator Engineering at SCF program.
Students, faculty, donors and representatives from the University of Florida were on hand as SCF President Dr. Carol Probstfeld kicked off the celebration at SCF Venice. Participating in the Gator Engineering program was the “easiest yes” of her presidency, she said.
“The aspect of this program that really excites me is the ability for these students to build and maintain their ties to our region through internships and the relationships they develop with our local companies,” Dr. Probstfeld said. “With our partners at the UF Innovation Station these Gator Engineering students will be able to find local opportunities and bring their skills back to our region after they finish in Gainesville.”
Gator Engineering develops pathways for students to be admitted to UF’s Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering while starting their education at SCF. The students take their coursework at SCF until they complete their necessary math and science courses and then move to the UF campus to continue their engineering education. The program, with its smaller class sizes and supportive cohort of fellow students, offers advantages to ensure student success. As part of the concierge services, students receive dedicated support with an SCF advisor and access to UF departmental advisors.
The program wouldn’t be successful without community support. SCF Foundation worked with the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation to help make the program a success. The Barancik foundation gave $60,000 to the program and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation gave $10,000 for the Gator Den. In addition, DTC Engineering created a scholarship for Gator Engineering and Engineering Technology students through its Altura Family Foundation. In addition, the company plans to hire interns from the program.
A steady stream of State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) students, staff and faculty visit SCF’s Foundation in the weeks before school begins. The Foundation, a nonprofit organization, raises the money for student scholarships and capital projects that directly impact learning at SCF.
The Foundation will be busy on National Nonprofit Day, recognized on Aug. 17, as Cassandra Holmes, executive director of the SCF Foundation, participates in the ribbon cutting for Gator Engineering at SCF. The Foundation’s efforts helped pay for a Gator Den for students in the new engineering program. The Foundation’s Board of Directors worked with the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation to pay for the space and are still working to raise another $130,000.
It’s been a busy year for the Board as they continue to raise money for the new Library & Learning Center under construction at SCF Bradenton and have begun to promote new projects, including a $3.5 million Studio for Performing Arts and a $6 million Health & Human Performance Center. Through its work, the nonprofit Foundation focuses on supporting students as they further their education or obtain workforce training. A recent economic impact study for Manatee and Sarasota counties shows that students’ success at SCF results in more than 7,700 jobs in the community.
The SCF Foundation receives nearly 3,000 scholarship applications every year and awards about 900 scholarships across every discipline.
For more information or to donate, contact Holmes at holmesc@SCF.edu or 941-752-5654.
Sam’s Club on Cattlemen Road in Sarasota has donated $2,500 to provide new technology for the Veteran Services Program at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF).
Veteran Services at SCF serves about 300 students a year, providing them access to a structured college environment that includes college advising teams, full-time advisors, veterans’ support networks and customized coursework.
The Veteran Services Center provides technology assistance and the updated computers provided through the grant from Sam’s Club and Walmart Community Fund will be used to access vital online veteran resources, such as VA benefits, scholarship opportunities, career information, upper-level transfer services, veterans’ health and wellness services, and transportation access.
G.I. Jobs magazine has consistently named SCF a Military Friendly School, ranking SCF in the top 20 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools.
To learn more about Veteran Services at SCF, visit SCF.edu/veterans. To make a donation to the Veteran Services Program contact the State College of Florida Foundation at 941-752-5390.