SCF teacher collects Excellence in Education honor

February 28, 2014 

State College of Florida Collegiate School teacher LaTonja McNeil with her daughter, Arianna DeCambre, and first lady Ann Scott and Gov. Rick Scott. PHOTO PROVIDED

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SCF teacher collects state education honor

BRADENTON -- LaTonja McNeil, a teacher at State College of Florida Collegiate School, was presented Tuesday with the annual Black History Month Excellence in Education Award by Gov. Rick Scott and first lady Ann Scott at the Governor's Black History Month reception in Tallahassee Feb. 25.

"We live in a very diverse community. It's important to appreciate every culture because it makes America a better place," McNeil said.

McNeil received $1,500 with the award.

McNeil was the state's only middle school teacher to receive the annual award, which recognizes full-time African-American elementary, middle school and high school teachers in Florida for their impact on their schools and communities.

McNeil teaches seventh- and ninth-grade world history and civics and is an academic coach and sponsor of the SCFCS Diversity Club.

Since arriving at SCFCS two years ago, McNeil founded the SCFCS Diversity Club, which hosted several events, including a Black History and Culture Brain Bowl and the Hispanic Heritage Festival.

12th Street West side to be closed Saturday morning

BRADENTON -- The northbound parking and travel lane between Manatee Avenue West and Sixth Avenue West on 12th Street West will be closed from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday for a crane to do roof work at the courthouse. The sidewalk on the east side of 12th Street West will also be closed.

Information: Dan Shelatz, Air Mechanical & Service Corp., 941-475-3715 or 941-345-7022.

SCF explores encore initiative for baby boomers

BRADENTON -- State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota will discuss a program to help baby boomers earn a college degree or re-enter the workforce in another field at 9-11 a.m. Friday, March 14, at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., building 18, room 110.

SCF's Manatee-Sarasota Encore Initiative assists adults age 50 and older in completing degrees or certificates in high-demand occupations, including education and health professions such as dental hygiene, nursing and radiography.

SCF launched the initiative as part of the American Association of Community Colleges Plus 50 Encore Completion Program, a national effort to train 10,000 baby boomers for new jobs in health care, education and social services while helping them complete certificates or degrees.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the percentage of adults older than 55 in the workforce will grow to 25 percent in 2020, up from 13 percent in 2000.

Information: 941-752-5203, SCF Lakewood Ranch at 941-363-7203 or SCF Venice at 941-408-1412.

MTI open house to recognize dental week Wednesday

BRADENTON -- The Manatee Technical Institute Student Chapter of the American Dental Assistants Association will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday to celebrate Dental Assistants Recognition Week.

Visitors will be able to tour the teaching labs and observe students demonstrating many of the tasks and procedures dental assistants normally perform in the dental office.

The open house will be at the MTI East Campus Medical & Dental Building, 5520 Lakewood Ranch Blvd.

MTI's Dental Assisting Technology and Management program is a one-year program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and the Florida State Board of Dentistry. Students are prepared to take the Dental Assisting National Board exam to earn the credential of certified dental assistant.

Information: 941-752-8100, ext. 2110 or blandk@manateeschools.net.

HealthSouth Rehab and partner donate ramp

SARASOTA -- HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota, in partnership with the Suncoast Center for Independent Living, are helping an amputee achieve more independence by building a wheelchair ramp for his home.

A few years ago, John Keane's right leg was amputated above the knee because of his neuropathy. Following the amputation, getting up and down the stairs to his front door proved challenging. The donated wheelchair ramp will allowing him to access his home more easily.

"Helping patients achieve independence after a disability or injury is one of our missions at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota," said Marcus Braz, CEO of HealthSouth Sarasota.

Braz will join HealthSouth Sarasota's leadership team and staff at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 20, to build the ramp at Keane's home.

-- Herald staff reports

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