Learn About Teaching Certification Preparation Program

(Bradenton, Fla., June 21, 2006) - Manatee Community College (MCC) will host a free information session about its teaching certification preparation program for noneducation majors with at least a bachelor's degree. The session begins at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 22, in the Professional Development Center, building 800, at MCC Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail.

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. The first cohort of 23 students was recognized in a May 4 graduation ceremony.

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.

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

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