MCC Hosts Info Session About New Teaching Certification Preparation Program

(Bradenton, Fla., March 15, 2006) - Manatee Community College (MCC) will host a free information session about its new teaching certification preparation program for noneducation majors with at least a bachelor's degree.  The session begins at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 6, room 106, building 29, MCC Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West.

Applications and more information about MCC's alternative program for teacher certification are available at;  by calling (941) 752-5411 or (941) 408-1300, ext. 65411; or e-mailing

MCC was one of the first colleges to develop an alternative certification program (ACP) when the programs were authorized by the Florida Legislature in an attempt to address the state's critical teacher shortage in a manner that assures quality teachers. The first cohort was offered in September 2005 and a second began in January 2006, both at MCC Lakewood Ranch. A new cohort will begin in May. If student demand exists, the college will offer classes at MCC Bradenton and MCC Venice as well.

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 MCC's ACP is approximately $2,000.

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