SCF Signature Programs

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) is pleased to offer an array of Signature Programs in its mission to boldly engage students and the community to be the region's first choice for innovative, responsive and quality education. These programs are designed to meet the changing educational needs of our students and employers to enrich the community where we live, play and work. 

Accelerated Dual Enrollment Program

The State College of Florida and Sarasota County Schools have teamed up to offer an Accelerated Dual Enrollment Program. This program is open to students in public high schools within Sarasota County Schools  students.  The Accelerated Dual Enrollment Program allows qualified juniors to gain college credit and high school credit by attending SCF full time. These students are provided additional advising support and resources to successfully navigate college. In addition, these students will continue full time at SCF as seniors and are on track to graduate with their high school diploma and potentially an AA degree from SCF. Students should meet with their high school counselor to learn about this option. The deadline to apply for the 2017-2018 school year has past. Students who will be incoming juniors for Fall 2018 may apply by May 15, 2018. Students interested in more information should contact Heather Shehorn at or by calling 941-408-1416. Early College>>>

Gator Engineering at State College of Florida

The Gator Engineering at State College of Florida program is a collaboration between the University of Florida Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering and SCF. The program allows a cohort of students to begin their coursework at SCF and gain admission to UF as early as after their first semester. Students will continue coursework at SCF for two semesters (or until completion of all math and science critical tracking courses are met), then matriculate to the UF campus in Gainesville to continue their engineering studies in their chosen major. Learn more>>>

Programs include: Computer Science, Digital Arts & Sciences, Computer Engineering & Electrical Engineering.

Honors Program

This interdisciplinary program is designed to challenge students and develop critical thinking. A Capstone service-learning project, which is part of the program, helps lead to an understanding of civic engagement. Students accepted into the program can enroll in two interdisciplinary honors courses offered during the academic year. A series of seminars featuring guest speakers will be held at SCF Venice throughout the year. Students in the honors program will be required to attend a minimum of nine of these events and will be able to complete their Capstone project in the program's second year. Students interested should speak with Dr. Auld at or Heather Shehorn at  Learn more>>>

Manufacturing Opportunities for Skills Advancement and Innovation Collaborative

SCF has received a grant from The Mosaic Company for more than $350,000 to be awarded over two years for a Manufacturing Opportunities for Skills Advancement and Innovation Collaborative. The collaboration will enhance SCF's Engineering Technology (ET) program to offer 10 new employer-requested manufacturing courses beginning in Fall 2017. This expanded SCF and Mosaic partnership fills a critical advanced manufacturing skills gap and strengthens our community's economic development with increased job opportunities for students and well-trained graduates for local employers.

"This important partnership started two years ago as State College of Florida and Mosaic sat down together determined to make the right training for mining and production jobs accessible in Manatee County," said Walt Precourt, senior vice president of Phosphate Operations. "The development of this curriculum is a meaningful step toward that goal and makes it possible for those entering the job market to call Mosaic or many other local industries home, while growing their future and the future of Manatee County."

Additional program and course information will be announced at a later date.

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