MANATEE — Seven new four-year degree programs could be headed to State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota.
The new degree programs would join the bachelor’s of nursing, which began in January, and five more degree programs already proposed for 2011.
The SCF board of trustees Wednesday approved signing a letter of intent to seek the new bachelor’s programs.
Among those being considered are three bachelor’s of science degrees in education — middle and secondary school mathematics education; middle and secondary school science education; and elementary education with integrated math/science focus — and four bachelor’s of applied science degrees: marine industry management, technology management, athletic training, and international business and trade.
If all seven win state approval, they could potentially be offered as soon as 2012, said Michael J. Mears, provost for SCF Bradenton.
SCF President Lars Hafner told trustees that the proposed degree programs are not in competition with traditional four-year universities in the area, and that SCF officials had met with USF Sarasota-Manatee, New College of Florida and Ringling College of Art and Design about the plans.
The new four-year degree programs offered by community colleges around the state won’t compete with the four-year universities except in the high-demand areas of teaching and nursing, Hafner said.
No new facilities are anticipated to be needed for the proposed new degree programs, said Kathy Walker, SCF director of public affairs & marketing.
“We believe we can handle with scheduling,” she said.
Among the most expensive degree programs are those that are health-care related.
SCF launched its bachelor’s of nursing program in January with substantial public support.
In presenting the annual report Wednesday from the SCF Foundation, Peg Lowery said the foundation covered a number of costs for the nursing degree program, including staff salaries for new faculty and staff for the first 12 months, $29,750 for library purchases, $1.7 million in equipment and faculty support, and $1.5 million in scholarship support.
The foundation was able to fund those needs through gifts from businesses and organizations, the largest of which was $250,000 from Manatee Memorial Hospital, which was matched by the state.
Schroeder-Manatee Ranch donated five acres for the $11.2 million Medical Technology & Simulation Center, which opened in August at SCF’s Lakewood Ranch campus.
Hafner’s presentation to the trustees on the proposed degree programs included a synopsis of remarks from New College of Florida President Mike Michalson, Ringling College President Larry Thompson, and USF Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Bonnie Jones.
Hafner’s report indicated that New College and Ringling supported all of the new programs.
Jones said Wednesday night that the faculty at USF Sarasota-Manatee looks forward to partnering with SCF on the development of the new courses, and that USF faculty could potentially help teach some of them.
A letter from Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice was also included in SCF’s presentation that strongly supported the new degree programs.
SCF is also considering gerontology and nutrition as areas of concentration in the previously approved health services administration degree, Hafner said. That degree program is anticipated to launch in 2011.
Also launching in 2011: degrees in energy technology management, homeland security, public safety administration, and early childhood education.
In other business Wednesday, trustees:
n Approved submitting a report to the state recommending demolition of Social Sciences Building 9 on the Bradenton campus to make room for a proposed 105,000-square-foot library. The new building would include multi-purpose space.
n Toured softball and baseball fields at the Bradenton campus that are being renovated. Hafner discussed the idea of adding a hub on the west side of the campus that could accommodate a wellness and fitness program, and possibly an aquatic center. No funding has been identified for those additions, and the discussion was conceptual.
James A. Jones Jr., East Manatee editor, can be contacted at 745-7021.