Recent Grads of MCC Teaching Certification Program Celebrate

(Bradenton, Fla., May 15, 2007) - Thirty recent graduates of Manatee Community College's (MCC) teaching certification preparation program gathered at MCC Bradenton May 7 to celebrate their achievements. Participants in the celebration included MCC President Dr. Sarah Pappas; Darlene Wedler-Johnson, dean of arts and letters & social and behavioral sciences; Dr. Cynthia Reynolds, chair, social and behavioral sciences department; Daisy Vulovich, executive director, corporate and community development; and Dr. Susan Sheffield, director of the Alternative Certification Program (ACP).

MCC was one of the first colleges to develop an ACP for noneducation majors with at least a bachelor's degree when the programs were authorized by the Florida Legislature in an attempt to address the state's critical teacher shortage. Approximately 84 students have completed MCC's program and 47 more are expected to finish at the end of June. A new cohort of 37 students started the program May 8. Cohorts are offered at MCC Bradenton, MCC Venice and MCC Lakewood Ranch.

After finishing all courses in the program and passing required state and college exams, participants receive certificates of completion that make them eligible for the Florida Department of Education's professional teaching certificate. Evening and weekend scheduling of classes allows working professionals to participate. The cost of MCC's alternative certification program (ACP) is approximately $1,500.

More information is available at; by calling (941) 752-5411 or (941) 408-1300, ext. 65411; or e-mailing

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