Walmart Donates $2,500 for Veteran Services at SCF

The Walmart store at 6225 State Road 64 E. in Bradenton 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 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 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 To make a donation to the Veteran Services Program contact the State College of Florida Foundation at 941-752-5390.

Together Manatee Donates $25,000 for SCF’s Library & Learning Center

Together Manatee has donated $25,000 to the State College of Florida Foundation for construction of a community room in the new Library & Learning Center at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), Bradenton campus. The donation qualifies for matching funds from the Foundation’s Board of Directors and SCF’s Board of Trustees, bringing the total donation for the community room to $50,000.

The “Together Manatee” community room will be a place that brings the campus and community together for creative, cultural and academic experiences. The space will showcase programs that highlight learning, research, culture and creativity. The room also includes multiple visual displays, LED monitors, teleconferencing and video/audio capture. Two large white video screens and high definition laser short throw projectors for large group projection will be available.

The space, designed for community use, can split into two rooms with a maximum capacity of 100 each or one large space for a maximum of 200. There is an attached kitchenette for catering and a separate entrance to the lobby and bathrooms so the room can be accessed even when the library is closed.

“Together Manatee made the grant as an ongoing part of their commitment to create a better Manatee County community through both philanthropy and project based gifts,” said Darren Haimer, general manager and vice president of advertising for the Bradenton Herald and Together Manatee board member. “The SCF donation is one of many community projects the board has supported with organizations and nonprofits such as the Manatee Performing Arts Center, Manatee Community Foundation, and Pace Center for Girls.”

For information or to support SCF Foundation’s capital campaign, contact Barbara Bourgoin, Director of Development for the State College of Florida Foundation, at or call 941-752-5398.

Community Foundation of Sarasota Awards Grant for SCF Nursing School Equipment

The Arthur T. Esslinger Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of Sarasota has donated $2,284 in an immediate impact grant to allow the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) to purchase Otoscopes/Ophthalmoscope Diagnostic Kits that will allow nursing students to master skills of patient physical assessments for Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT) and eye ailments. The new kits will be available to students, faculty and lab personnel at the SCF Lakewood Ranch Nursing Simulation Center.

These diagnostic kits are critical tools. They enable nurses to perform efficient exams and accurate assessments for a full range of patient conditions from runny noses and sore throats to diabetes and hypertension. BSN nursing students will actively practice ENT and eye assessments using these kits in real-life teaching scenarios. The kits also will help BSN nursing students gain skills in using clinical reasoning.

The college has 14 kits for more than 90 students who need access to them this semester. The grant will help SCF purchase an additional four kits. Training on the kits will have an immediate impact on the quality of nurse preparation as SCF graduates begin clinical training. Most of our nursing graduates stay in the area upon graduation working in our local hospitals, medical offices and nursing homes.

To help purchase equipment for any of SCF’s programs, contact Barbara Bourgoin at or call 941-752-5398.

SCF Nursing Program Receives Donation to Purchase IV Infusion Pumps

The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation has awarded a grant in the amount of $2,579 to State College of Florida Foundation to allow State college of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) to purchase four IV infusion pumps for the Medical Technology and Simulation Center at SCF Lakewood Ranch.

The new IV pumps will allow the nursing program to offer additional student practice. Infusion pumps offer significant advantages over manual administration of fluids, including the ability to deliver fluids in very small volumes and at precisely programmed rates or automated intervals. They can deliver nutrients or medications, such as insulin or other hormones, antibiotics, chemotherapy drugs and pain relievers.

Nursing students gain in-demand skills using the IV infusion pumps, which are incorporated into training scenarios to replicate a wide range of real-life healthcare situations in medical facilities. The IV infusion pumps can be used to teach nursing students to develop consistent habits of responsible practice to avoid life-threatening medical dispensing errors. The more SCF can provide such experiences in a safe and controlled simulated clinical environment, the better prepared SCF nursing graduates will be.

SCF offers the most comprehensive, quality, affordable and accessible nursing education in the area. Because of the community support and outstanding faculty, SCF Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN) graduates typically outperform state and national averages on the National Council Licensure Exam – NCLEX RN for Registered Nurses.

The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund is a component of Manatee Community Foundation and has awarded more than $1 million since 2002 to enhance the quality of life for those who live in and around Lakewood Ranch.

To donate to SCF’s nursing program or for more information, contact Barbara Bourgoin, director of development for the State College of Florida Foundation, at