State College of Florida receives reaccredidation for 10 years

SCF receives accreditation for next decade

BRADENTON -- The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges informed State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota that it has received reaffirmation of accreditation for 10 years with no sanctions.

The full accreditation without sanctions is the highest rating that an educational institution can achieve from the regional accrediting body.

Accreditation by SACS also ensures easy transfer of students' courses to other institutions, and makes SCF eligible for financial aid that is disbursed annually to SCF's students.

A team from SACS met with College employees in October and reviewed reams of documentation compiled by college staff.

Palmetto High teacher receives fellowship

PALMETTO -- Sanna Lockart, a teacher at Palmetto High School, has been awarded a Buchwald Summer Fellowship by the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University in Ohio.

The center is a nonprofit provider of educational programs for U.S. history and government teachers, as well as high school and college students.

Middle- and high-school teachers chosen as Buchwald Summer Fellows receive the full cost of tuition, room, board and books for the week-long summer graduate course offered through Ashbrook's Master of Arts in American History and Government programs.

Participants in the course earn two graduate credit hours from Ashland University.

The Buchwald Summer Fellowships are named in honor of Jim Buchwald, founder of the Mount Vernon, OH-based Ariel Corporation.

'Summer learning day' to take place Friday

BRADENTON -- The South Florida Museum will highlight summer learning opportunities during "Summer Learning Day" at the Museum on Friday.

The event, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is part of more than 300 Summer Learning Day activities nationwide. It offers free museum admission to Manatee and Sarasota County students -- up to age 12 -- along with one adult chaperone.

Students will receive a "Summer Survival Booklet," which will guide them in Museum activities, encourage reading, and provide opportunities for free return trips to the museum.

Early Learning Coalition wins nonprofit award

BRADENTON -- The Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County, Inc. was awarded the 2015 Non-Profit of the Year Award in Education by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

The Tampa Bay Business Journal recognizes Tampa Bay-based 501(c)(3), non-foundation community organizations benefiting residents of Greater Tampa Bay who are fiscally responsible and accountable with regard to program outcomes.

The ELC was one of 48 finalists that were selected from hundreds of Tampa Bay non-profit entries by a distinguished panel of independent judges.

-- Herald staff report