State College of Florida
Established in 1957, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) is the region's first and largest public college, serving 30,000+ college credit students annually at campuses in Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and Venice, and online via eLearning opportunities. Another 25,000 participants annually attend professional development and personal enrichment classes. SCF is a dynamic College dedicated to meeting the educational and workforce training needs of citizens and businesses in the region. SCF has expanded its mission to include workforce baccalaureate degrees while continuing to focus on highly respected associate degrees that prepare graduates for university transfer and professional careers. The Medical Technology & Simulation Center at SCF Lakewood Ranch opened for Fall 2010 classes. The two-story, 42,000 sq. ft. building houses nursing, other health professions, education and SCF"s new Energy Technology Management Program. The center is SCF's first green certified building and achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification. Important features in this building include the nursing skills lab, nursing assessment lab and Intensive Care Unit lab with state-of-the-art technology including patient simulators, electronic medical records, drug recognition system and medication-dispensing devices.