State Board Approves Three New SCF Bachelor Degrees

(Bradenton, Fla., March 26, 2010) — The Florida State Board of Education (SBE) at its March 26, 2010, meeting approved proposals by State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), to offer a bachelor of science degree in early childhood education, birth to age 4; and bachelor of applied science degrees in health services administration and public safety administration/homeland security. The three new baccalaureate degree programs are scheduled to start in 2011.

SCF’s workforce baccalaureate proposals were developed in response to requests from community and business leaders and professionals in the fields, several of whom joined SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner and college officials at the SBOE meeting in Tampa.

Approval was deferred on SCF’s proposal to offer a bachelor of applied science in energy technology. Describing the SCF proposal as having identified a need in an emerging field, SBOE members strongly encouraged college and energy technology industry officials to further develop the proposal, especially in the area of demonstrating that jobs would be available for graduates, and present it at the SBE May meeting.

College officials indicated they remain committed to the program and business leaders that requested local access to the specialized degree and they will continue developing the proposal with the intention to return to the SBOE in May.

More information about SCF workforce baccalaureate degree programs is available at

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