State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) has purchased 74 acres in Parrish to build a new campus in alignment with SCF President Dr. Carol Probstfeld’s first strategic priority. Aimed at increasing the College’s physical presence in the rapid growth area east of I-75 and north of the Manatee River, SCF Parrish is located at 11680 Erie Road, Parrish, FL 34219.
“The new Parrish campus will provide those living north of the Manatee River an open access institution for enhancing their skills and furthering their education,” said Probstfeld. “SCF plans to offer general education courses leading to an A.A. degree as well as workforce degrees and certificates that are relevant and will benefit students and employers in the region.”
The population in SCF’s new service area is nearly 40,000 and continually increasing, according to county data. The Manatee County School Board has purchased 95 acres directly across the street from the SCF property to build a new 334,000-square-foot high school to open in 2019. SCF Parrish will be easily accessible to students, meeting another strategic priority of increasing student enrollment and retention rates. It also will provide accessibility and expanded opportunities for dual enrollment students.
“SCF will collaborate with the community to make sure SCF Parrish meets the needs of the surrounding area and our greater Manatee and Sarasota communities,” added Probstfeld.
The addition of SCF Parrish has been the vision of President Probstfeld since her inauguration in November 2013. This vision foresees SCF being at the center of the economic, educational and cultural life of the community. SCF’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan also sets bold goals that ensure open access to all students, a concierge-style student experience and curriculum and programs responsive to workforce needs.