Florida Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp & Rep. Bill Galvano Visit MCC
(Bradenton, Fla., Sept 11, 2007) - Florida Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp and Rep. Bill Galvano visited Manatee Community College (MCC) Bradenton Sept. 4, meeting with MCC President Dr. Sarah H. Pappas and students, and viewing a demonstration of nursing students practicing their skills on a human patient simulator.
Kottkamp and Pappas discussed a proposed Spring tuition increase to ease the impact of budget cuts required by a revenue shortfall at the state level, the need to serve more students at a time when MCC enrollment is at a record high, and the role community colleges are playing in meeting critical workforce needs. Students participating in a question-and-answer session with Kottkamp and Galvano included representatives of the African-American Student Union, Circle K service club, Inter-Club Council, Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Student Ambassadors and Student Government Association.
The nursing laboratory demonstration was designed to highlight the critical workforce need for qualified nurses. In conjunction with local health care partners, MCC has responded by expanding the Nursing Program at MCC Bradenton and MCC Venice, and developing a successful accelerated program that allows students to complete the program in 18 instead of the regular 24 months. Rated among the top 50 nursing associate degree producers in the nation in "Community College Week" magazine in July 2007, the college graduates an average of 135 to 150 nursing students each year.