Info Session: New Teaching Certification Prep Program

(Bradenton, Fla., April 26, 2005) - Manatee Community College (MCC) will host an information session Monday, May 9, from 7 to 9 p.m., about its new teaching certification preparation program for noneducation majors with at least a bachelor's degree that will prepare them for professional state certification as K-12 teachers.

The information session will be held at the Center for Innovation and Technology in the corporate park off Lakewood Ranch Boulevard and Professional Parkway at MCC Lakewood Ranch, 7131 Professional Parkway East, Sarasota.

Officials from the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee campus, and Sarasota and Manatee counties' public schools also will provide information about their institutions' teaching certification options. School district certification programs are for district employees. University certification options are offered at undergraduate and graduate levels.

The Florida Legislature authorized community colleges to create alternative certification programs (ACPs) in an attempt to address the state's critical teacher shortage in a manner that assures quality teachers. Qualified participants will be accepted into MCC's ACP throughout the summer and instruction will begin in Fall 2005. Successful participants in MCC's ACP will complete a minimum of 295 contact hours and pass three state exams to qualify to apply for a Florida teaching certificate.

Classes will be taught at an MCC location in Bradenton, Venice or Lakewood Ranch. The cost of the ACP will be under $2,000.

The information session is open to the public. Call (941) 363-7000 or visit MCC's Web site at for directions or more information.


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