The Manatee Community College (MCC) District Board of Trustees at its September 17, 2008, meeting unanimously approved the College sending to the Florida Department of Education a letter of intent as the first step in the state's Baccalaureate Proposal Approval Process for Community Colleges.

The board's action signals the College's interest in offering one or more of three baccalaureate programs, including one with six tracks:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Math/Science Education (middle/high school)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in (tracks):
    • Environmental Studies
    • Exercise Science and Nutrition
    • Health Care Management
    • Nonprofit Leadership and Management
    • Radiologic Sciences
    • Technology Management

The list of programs emerged from the College's ongoing dialogue with the area's workforce, community and business leaders. A regional needs assessment, authorized by MCC trustees at the same time they approved the letter of intent, will confirm student and employee demand for these programs. Pending the outcome of the assessment, formal proposals are expected to be submitted within six months. Since this is the first step in the state's process, MCC officials estimate four-year degree programs will be offered in a year to 18 months.

While the exciting development will bring about some necessary changes, MCC President Dr. Lars A. Hafner emphasized that the College's close ties to the community and open-door policy will remain firmly in place.

MCC officials have heard extremely favorable comments from faculty and staff, current and potential students, and community leaders since the topic of potentially offering four-year degrees was discussed at a previous board workshop. News stories and updates will be posted on the MCC Web site at

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