SCF Hosts Admissions Express Events for Prospective Students and Families

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(Bradenton, Fla., June 23, 2020) — Prospective students and parents are invited to learn more about State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) programs and services at Admissions Express events in Bradenton and Venice. Admissions Express will be 3-6 p.m. July 7, 14 and 21 at SCF Bradenton in the Library & Learning Center, 5840 26th St. W., and July 16 at SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail, Bldg. 100, Room 174. Appointments are required and may be scheduled by visiting Virtual appointments are also available.

SCF’s student services will cover important topics like class registration, degree pathways and career choices, and provide step-by-step assistance to complete an application. Students and parents can learn about available opportunities for financial assistance, tour the campus and get insight on student life. Advisors will be available for questions.

Applicants can get a head start on their application at and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at SCF’s federal school code 001504.

SCF offers associate and bachelor’s degrees as well as workforce certificates at its campuses in Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Venice and Online. For more information, visit, text 941-304-5443 or email

Go Live with SCF Online Creates Virtual Classroom at Home

(Bradenton, Fla., June 16, 2020) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) is launching “Go Live with SCF Online” to enhance their students’ learning experience. The expanded online learning format, which provides additional structure and real-time interaction with SCF professors and classmates, allows students to receive live lectures and have question and answer sessions.

The expanded format, which provides more structure and one-on-one interaction with SCF professors and classmates, allows students to receive live lectures and have real-time question and answer sessions. Go Live with SCF Online joins the existing traditional online courses where students log in and complete studies at their own pace, and a blended format that consists of online and onsite face-to-face instruction.

“We wanted to provide an option to our students who were concerned about what returning to college in the Fall might look like,” said Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Todd Fritch. “We’re going to continue to be flexible and responsive to the needs of our students by modifying our face-to-face and online course options.”

SCF’s in-state tuition for online courses is half that of state universities at $102.48 per credit hour for lower division courses and $112.08 per credit hour for upper division courses. In the wake of the coronavirus, SCF transitioned 97% of its courses to online instruction this past Spring, and for the Fall 2020 semester will offer students the option to take classes online or face-to-face based on student preference and subject to availability.

Current SCF students can register via and new students can apply online at For more information, text 941-304-5443, call 941-752-5050 or email

SCF Online Summer Camp Programs Offer Expanded Opportunities

(Bradenton, Fla., June 16, 2020) — Kids ages 8-13 are invited to not just play video games this summer but learn to create them while focusing on development of technology skills at SCF Kids’ Online Summer Technology Camp program running June 8-July 31. Due to Coronavirus concerns, face-to-face enrichment camp has been cancelled, but SCF Summer Camp will continue with online technology offerings. Expanded technology options include Javascript and Python coding, 3D design with professional-level modeling software and video game development, including Minecraft, Fortnite and Mario Kart style games.

Camp sessions include:

  • 3D Game Design with Unity.
  • Battle Royale: Make Your First Fortnite Style Video Game
  • Code Breakers
  • JavaScript Developer Jam
  • Make Your First Video Game!
  • Minecraft Designers
  • Minecraft Modders
  • Minecraft Redstone Engineers
  • Pokemon Masters: Designers & 3D Makers Unite!
  • Python Programmers
  • ROBLOX Coders & Entrepreneurs!
  • ROBLOX Makers
  • Rocket Kart Racers: Design A Mario Kart Style Game
  • Video Game Animation

Campers may register for the week-long sessions at 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1:30-4:30 p.m. or both. The cost per session is $135. For the complete SCF Kids’ Online Summer Technology Camp schedule and registration information, visit or call 941-752-5290.

SCF Offers Information Technology Certificate Online

(Bradenton, Fla., June 16, 2020) – State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) is offering an affordable self-paced course for entry-level computer technicians to earn the CompTIA A+ certification.The CompTIA A+ certification course provides expertise to work with mobile devices, networking technology, hardware, installing and configuring operation systems, system security, software troubleshooting and more.

Cost of the 100% online course, which includes interactive lab sessions and two certification exams, is $299. After registering at, students can start anytime and have six months to complete the course. If unsuccessful on the first attempt of either exam, there is a $75 examination retake fee per exam.

This course is available through SCF’s Corporate and Community Development (CCD) division, which provides quality learning for personal and professional improvement to people of all ages. More than 30,000 participants have taken advantage of personal enrichment classes, workforce training or driver improvement courses through CCD in the past year.

For more information, visit or contact Lee Kotwicki by emailing or calling 941-363-7218.


Students in SCF’s College Reach-Out Program Recognized


(Bradenton, Fla., June 16, 2020) – State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) honored 143 local middle and high school students in the College Reach-Out Program (CROP), including 48 graduating seniors from area high schools.

CROP, a statewide program serving 3,000 students statewide and funded through a grant from the Florida Department of Education, is designed to increase the number of low-income and educationally disadvantaged students who successfully complete postsecondary education. The program aims to develop students’ basic learning skills and foster academic, personal and career development through supplemental instruction, including workshops, visits to college campuses and other experiences.

Individual schools also select their top students of the school year. The 2020 CROP Students of the Year are:

  • Bayshore High School: Ku’tur Williams
  • Booker High School: Jaela Dennis
  • Lee Middle School: Katherine Vasquez
  • Manatee High School: Antonio Resendiz II
  • Palmetto High School: Mario Arredondo
  • Riverview High School: Daniela Sanchez
  • Southeast High School: Anayeli Alvarado

CROP site coordinators from participating schools are Dwight Gilmer from Bayshore High School; Lem Andrews from Booker High School; Keenan Wooten from Lee Middle School; Rui Fernandes from Palmetto High School; Angela Kasapakis from Riverview High School; and Laura Roberts from Southeast High School.

Of the 48 seniors in this year’s program, 47 plan to continue their education. Sixteen of the seniors will start taking college courses at SCF in June through the College’s Summer Bridge Program. These students will receive a scholarship of approximately $1,000 to cover tuition for two classes, as well as books and educational materials.  CROP graduates who attend SCF also are eligible to receive tuition and book scholarships.

Ten SCF students in the CROP program received their degrees May 1. They are Yvette Alanis, Associate in Science, Occupational Therapy Assistant; Raul Alvarez, Associate in Arts; Erykah Bazan, Associate in Science,  Criminal Justice Technology; Nayya Bowers, Associate in Arts; Dapheney Brinvert, Associate in Arts; Jefferson Brinvert, Associate in Arts; Megan Mellott, Associate in Arts; Mickerly Pierre, Associate in Arts; Grecia Quevedo, Associate in Arts; and Leonardo Reynoso, Associate in Arts.

For more information, contact Dr. Kristen L. Anderson, director of special programs at SCF, at

SCF Extends Dual Enrollment Deadline for High School Students

(Bradenton, Fla., April 24, 2020) – The State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Early College Program is extending the Fall 2020 deadline for qualified high school students to enroll until Aug. 1.

Dual Enrollment enables qualified public, private and home education students to enroll in college credit courses offered by SCF. The credits they earn count toward both a college degree and a high school diploma, and all dual enrolled students have access to the SCF resources including the Library, Academic Resource Center, Student Solution Center and the Advising Center.

Dual enrollment at SCF is available to qualified high school students in Manatee and Sarasota counties free of charge. Programs include Dual Enrollment, Early Admission for rising high school seniors and Accelerated Dual Enrollment for rising juniors.

Students are urged to complete the process as early as possible and should work closely with their high school counselor to determine appropriate coursework for high school prior to summer break. As PERT, ACT and SAT testing reopens, students will be allowed to test this summer for the Fall 2020 term. Please remember students may PERT test twice per calendar year but no more than once per semester.

Dual Enrollment courses at SCF are offered in the fall and spring and can be taken at campuses in Bradenton, Venice, Lakewood Ranch and online.

For additional information, visit or email

SCF Moving Spring Graduation on the Air, Online

(Bradenton, Fla., April 21, 2020) – State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will honor its Spring 2020 graduates with a virtual ceremony Friday, May 1, from 3-5 p.m., to be broadcast on Sarasota Community Radio WSLR, 96.5 FM. A video conference of the platform party and a presentation will also be streamed live on the College’s Facebook page, Students, family, friends and community members can participate in the ceremony by calling or texting the radio station or via Facebook posting.

SCF had made the decision earlier to postpone the traditional commencement program for the wellbeing and safety of students, faculty, staff and the community, and in alignment with the recommendations of the CDC, DOH, and local and state authorities.  However, they were looking for an alternative way to celebrate this milestone for graduating students.

SCF President Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld said, “This is a bittersweet time for our graduating class, who are being denied the experience of a traditional commencement due to the Coronavirus. So, we’ve decided to do something different — something out of the box — to create a meaningful experience that can be shared with classmates, friends and family, wherever they may be.”

The broadcast will include music, an invocation as well as College dignitaries who will join the ceremony via video conference. Outstanding Graduate and Outstanding Faculty Excellence awards will also be announced. This will be a unique way of celebrating with SCF graduates and recognizing their success. After the degrees are conferred, there will be an opportunity for family, friends and members of the community to be able to call and text congratulatory messages to individual graduates or the entire SCF Class of 2020 on the air. Anyone watching on Facebook Live will also be able to add congratulatory messages throughout the event.

“As a community-owned-and-operated radio station, WSLR is seeking nontraditional ways to serve our community during the COVID-19 crisis,” said Arlene Sweeting, WSLR Manager. “We were happy to provide airtime to SCF to help ensure that their graduation ceremony is accessible to all that are interested in participating.”

2020 Spring graduates will receive their diplomas by mail, accompanied by a special commemorative program. Graduates are also invited to walk at the Winter 2020 ceremony in December if they choose to do so. To learn more about SCF, visit

Scholarships Available for Incoming SCF Music Students

(Bradenton, Fla., April 9, 2020) — The State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Music Program and SCF Foundation will award more than $200,000 in scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year.

Students graduating from high school who wish to perform in the SCF Choir, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Guitar Ensemble, or Bradenton Symphony Orchestra, as well as all pianists, should apply for ensemble scholarships at and SCF Foundation music scholarships at Students need not be music majors to be eligible for the scholarships.

Because SCF is limiting on-campus activity due to the coronavirus, applicants will audition via video instead of in person. After registering as a “Future Student” at, applicants are asked to record a video audition of up to six minutes in length and provide a link to the video in the application.

In addition, full tuition scholarships of $3,500 are available for musicians accepted to the Presidential String Quartet and the Presidential Jazz Combo. Auditions for those ensembles are tentatively scheduled for Friday, Sept. 4. Scholarships for private lessons are also available for all music majors.

For more information, contact Robyn L. Bell, music program director, at, 941-752-5579, or visit Deadline for early scholarship applications is May 1.

SCF Donates Much-Needed Medical Supplies to Local Hospitals

(Bradenton, Fla., Mar. 24, 2020) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota’s (SCF) program directors, faculty and lab managers worked together this past weekend, gathering supplies from SCF’s Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and Venice campuses to respond to the need of two local area hospitals: Manatee Memorial Hospital (MMH) and Venice Regional Bayfront Health. Both hospitals are accepting donations of supplies while challenged with responding to the pandemic Coronavirus – COVID-19.

Having representation on Manatee Memorial’s and Venice Regional’s Board of Directors, SCF reached out to offer its supplies understanding there may be a need. “In times like these, we need to work together and help each other where we can,” said Dean of Nursing and Health Professions Matt Connell. “Our faculty were eager to help local healthcare providers serve our community. And we know our students would be proud.”

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that included masks, isolation gowns, exam and sterile gloves in the thousands from the College’s health sciences program were delivered Monday and Tuesday. Since its founding in 1957, SCF has offered an Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN) Degree for those wishing to obtain a Registered Nurse (RN) license. In 2009, SCF expanded its nursing program to include the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

“On behalf of our patients, staff and physicians, I want to personally thank President Probstfeld and Mr. Connell for stepping up and supporting our community. Their donation during this healthcare crisis is much appreciated. We are all in this together.” Kevin DiLallo, CEO, Manatee Memorial Hospital.

Students within SCF’s nursing program benefit greatly from the close partnership the College has with Manatee Memorial Hospital and other local hospitals. In January 2019, MMH opened its first Dedicated Education Unit for SCF’s nursing students. Students complete their clinical hours in-part at area hospitals, providing them with invaluable hands-on learning and interpersonal skills; and as of 2019, approximately three in five nurses at local area hospitals were SCF alumni.

“We are grateful to SCF for donating supplies to help protect our medical teams and patients,” said Venice Regional CEO Karen Fordham. “Ours is a special community where people and institutions pull together to help one another. Thank you, SCF!”

To learn how you can donate supplies to MMH, contact Betty Chambliss, Director of Marketing and Communications at 941-745-7545. To donate to Venice Regional, contact Julie Beatty, marketing manager at 941-483-7797.  To learn more about SCF, visit

Thousands of PPE supplies delivered to Manatee Memorial Hospital.

SCF PPE supplies being unloaded at Manatee Memorial Hospital.

Venice Regional Bayfront Health staff receiving thousands of SCF PPE supplies.

SCF Van filled with PPE supplies for Venice Regional Bayfront Health

SCF Photography Instructor Earns Honorable Mention in International Competition

(Bradenton, Fla., March 12, 2020) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) photography instructor Peter Gedeon was recently recognized with an honorable mention award for a 10-image series titled “Planet Ag” from the London International Creative Competition.

The competition judged work in 11 different categories including painting, video and film, application design, architecture and fashion.

“Planet Ag” features nudes covered in silver paint against minimalist backgrounds. In his entry, he writes, “I am exploring the delicate balance between avoiding the objectification of the unclad bodies and the celebration of the divine beauty of the human figure.”

The title comes from the periodic table  Ag is the symbol for silver. “My models often pose in unusual postures or with unusual objects,” he explained. “Planet Ag” asks the question: “What if we finally encounter one another, a different civilization originated from outside of planet Earth? How receptive, tolerant, resilient we are; how do we react when we come face to face with strangely different customs, cultures?”

The stark texture of silver paint on skin is something Gedeon has experimented with for several years, but the concept goes back farther than that. “It goes back to when I was 5,” he said. Using an old pencil sharpener, “my hands would get messy. I would get amazed at the transformative power of how the graphite changed the appearance of the skin.”

Gedeon is an accomplished artist with group exhibitions in 56 countries, 220 major awards and 35 solo exhibitions in six countries. Gedeon says he enters competitions for the critiques he gets from judges. “It’s a great source of information and it’s very useful feedback.” It’s a concept he tries to impart to his students at SCF. “One of the most important aspects I try to emphasize — you cannot properly judge your own work. There’s so much involved in the making of it, it will be clouding your critical eye. You need someone who can pull your head out of the work and ask ‘Step back and look now, can you see this?’”

And that, he said, is the key. “To tell a student why a good picture is good is kind of explaining one kind of recipe. But if you can drive them to the cookbook, they can make their own beautiful dishes in multiple ways and in a creative way.”

To learn more about the Art, Design and Humanities department at SCF, visit

Photo Caption: State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) photography instructor Peter Gedeon.

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