Established in 1957, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) is the region's first and largest public college, serving 11,000 college credit students annually at campuses in Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice, and via online classes. Another 14,000 participants annually attend professional development and personal enrichment classes. The College has graduated more than 50,000 students since 1959.
SCF is a dynamic College dedicated to meeting the educational and workforce training needs of citizens and businesses in the region. SCF has expanded its mission to include workforce baccalaureate degrees while continuing to focus on highly respected associate degrees that prepare graduates for university transfer and professional careers.