MCC Hosts Info Session About Teaching Certification Preparation Program

(Bradenton, Fla., Nov. 4, 2005) - Manatee Community College (MCC) will host an information session from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17, about its new teaching certification preparation program for noneducation majors with at least a bachelor's degree. Applications are being accepted now for a cohort that could start in January 2006 if enough qualified applicants enroll, as well as for a cohort that will start in June.

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.

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. MCC was one of the first colleges to develop a program. Twenty-six students are enrolled in the college's first ACP cohort that began in September.

Evening and weekend scheduling of classes allows working professionals to participate. After finishing all courses in the program and passing required state and college exams, participants will receive certificates of completion that make them eligible to apply for the FDOE teaching certificate. The cost of the ACP is approximately $2,000.

The information session is open to the public. Representatives from the Sarasota County School District also will provide information about the District's teaching certification options.

For driving directions to the Center for Innovation and Technology, call (941) 363-7000 or visit MCC's Web site at Applications and more information about MCC's alternative program for teacher certification are available at

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