MTC Admissions - Manatee Technical College

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High School Student?
Do High School and College at the same time!

Contact your high school guidance counselor for more information.


Already Been in College?

Manatee Technical College accepts transfer students from other institutions.


No High School Diploma or GED?

Prospective students should check with one of career counselors regarding the admission status for an individual program. Each program webpage has the career counselor listed.


Admissions Policy

Students enrolling in a career and technical or adult education program must be at least sixteen years of age.  High school students who can benefit by career and technical training are recommended by their high school guidance counselor for dual enrollment between the home school and MTC.

Dual Enrollment:

Dual Enrollment is the enrollment of students in college classes while still in high school. In order for MTC to provide dual enrollment classes, it is necessary to assure the same standards of instruction as in all other college classes, including academic practices and collegiate learning environment.  High school students may not leave campus during the day for lunch or go to the parking lot. If the student must leave for an appointment or due to illness, the parent/guardian will be contacted to confirm that the student has permission to leave and must sign out at the front desk. To be eligible for participation in the Dual Enrollment program, students must meet all of the qualifications listed below:

  • 10th – 12th grade classification (Age 16 minimum)
  • Unweighted GPA of 2.0
  • Written notification from the high school signed by a school official.
  • Written approval of the student’s parent or legal guardian if the student is under 18 years of age.
  • Take the TABE test for programs 450 hours or longer

Students who are taking Dual Enrollment classes at MTC are not eligible to apply for Federal Financial Aid such as Pell grants until they have earned a high school diploma. This is because Financial Aid recipients are expected to have completed high school. However, your efforts in dual enrollment classes may have an effect on your future financial aid eligibility.  Financial Aid offices in every college in the country are required to keep track of every student’s academic progress. This measurement is called Satisfactory Academic Progress which has the following requirements:

  • Students must maintain a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) at their high school.
  • Students must satisfactorily complete (pass) at least 70% of the program in which they enroll.

If a student is projected to graduate from high school before the schedule completion date of an OCP (postsecondary course), the student may not register for that course (OCP) through dual enrollment.  The student may apply to the postsecondary institution and pay the required registration, tuition, and fees if the student meets the postsecondary institution’s admissions requirements (1007.263).

A dual enrolled student attends MTC tuition free.  Students will also receive their textbooks free of charge.  Issued textbooks are the property of MTC and failure to return textbooks at the end of the program will result in a hold on their final OCP certificate.  All textbook fees must be paid in full prior to future enrollment.  High school students pay for uniforms and personal specialized equipment needs.

Adult students are charged tuition and lab fees.    All Main Campus career and technical students are encouraged to join SkillsUSA as a part of their curriculum.  East Campus students are encouraged to join Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) and/or SkillsUSA.


TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education): 

The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is a placement exam used to assess students’ skills in English, Math and Reading.  The score on the TABE will not prohibit a student from entering a specific program.  TABE scores simply tell Manatee Technical College the students’ strengths and weaknesses are and allow MTC to help the student complete the program successfully.  Florida law requires students to pass all three sections of the TABE:


  • To be admitted without reserve to the program of choice. If the student does not meet the program’s requirements, he/she may still be able to begin the program of completion.
  • To be counted as a completer from the FINAL Occupational Completion Point
  • To be awarded a certificate of completion.

If the student is unsuccessful in one part of the TABE, he/she is only required to retake that particular section of the exam.  If the scores do not meet those required for the particular program, he/she may retest under the following circumstances:  Student has completed the required hours of remediation online.  The cost is $25.00 for six months and includes the re-test.

Scores 8.9 or below:

  • Minimum of 15 hours of remediation is required per section

Scores 9.0 and above:

  • Minimum of 10 hours of remediation is required per section

TABE results are valid for two (2) years.


TABE Exemption:  A student who entered 9th grade in a Florida public school in the 2003-2004 school year, or any year thereafter, and earned a Florida standard high school diploma or a student who is serving as an active duty member of any branch of the United States Armed Services shall not be required to take the TABE. In addition, a student possessing a college degree at the associate in applied science level or higher is exempt from the TABE.  Students enrolled in an apprenticeship program registered with the Florida Department of Education are also exempt.  Any student that passes a state or national industry certification or licensure examination that is identified in State Board of Education rules and aligned to the career education program in which the student is enrolled can waive the TABE requirement once the program has been completed successfully.  Students with documented disabilities may also be exempt after successful completion of the program.  No TABE is required for programs with less than 45 hours.


Admission Policy for Applicants without a High School Diploma


All adult applicants to Manatee Technical College are urged to earn a high school diploma or its equivalent prior to admission.  However, the college will accept students without a diploma who have the ability to benefit by attending a Manatee Technical College training program.


Admission to Programs:   Prospective students should check with a counselor regarding the admission status for an individual program.


  • Restricted-enrollment programs such as the Criminal Justice Academy, Practical Nursing, Paramedic, etc., have strict admissions standards set by the program’s certifying agency.  All applicants to these programs must meet or exceed the established entrance requirements to include the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE); a standard high school diploma from an accredited* high school or its equivalent is required for all restricted-enrollment programs.


  • Open-enrollments programs will admit all students with a standard high school diploma from an accredited* high school based on program openings.


  • Open-enrollment programs will admit students who have not earned a high school diploma or have a diploma from a non-accredited high school whose math and language achievement levels meet exit standards on the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) as established by the Florida Department of Education.  These students are, however, not eligible for federal financial aid until they have earned a standard high school diploma from an accredited* high school or its equivalent.
  • Applicants to open-enrollment programs who have not earned a high school diploma or a diploma from a non-accredited high school and who are experiencing academic deficiencies (no more than two grades below the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) scores as established by the Florida Department of Education for the program), may be accepted into a program based on advisory committee input and/or an instructor’s interview with the prospective student based on openings in the program.  Remediation would be required for these students.  Failure to complete remediation will result in withdrawal from the program.  It is the goal of Manatee Technical College to accept all applicants who express a strong desire to succeed in the program.




Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Accreditation (SACS) – Florida, Alabama, Georgia,

Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and Texas

Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) – Online accrediting organization

      Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Accreditation (MSACS) – Delaware, District of

Columbia (Washington D.C.), Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and

U.S. Virgin Islands

      New England Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation (NEASC) – Connecticut, Maine,

Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont

      North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Accreditation (NCACS) – Arkansas, Arizona,

Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico,

North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming

      Northwest Accreditation Commission Accreditation (NACA) – Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada,

Oregon, Utah and Washington

Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation (WASC) – California, Hawaii, Guam,

American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Northern Marianas, Palau and Tokyo


Students with a Disability:  Manatee Technical College accepts secondary students with documented disabilities identified in the Individualized Education Plan or 504 that indicates the student can benefit from the training offered at MTC.  Adult students with disabilities are to self-disclose and self-identify their disabilities.  He/she must provide documentation of disability from qualified personnel such as physicians, school records, vocational rehabilitation, etc.  Upon determination of eligibility, a 504 accommodation plan is written.


Financial Aid for Ability-to-Benefit Students:  Manatee Technical College does not offer non-high school graduates “ability-to-benefit” status to qualify them for federal financial aid.  However, the institute does offer locally funded scholarships based on need to individuals without a high school diploma or a non-accredited high school diploma.

Entering Students with Advanced Standing


Manatee Technical College accepts transfer students from other institutions.  Students who seek advanced standing based on training received from another educational institute or from on-the-job experiences should see the counselor.  Advanced standing may be granted based on proper documentation of the specific program’s curriculum.   Entering students may be required to demonstrate specific skills for advanced standing.  Final decisions on placement are based on the student’s skill and his/her ability to complete the program and be successfully employed in the field.


The guidance counselors at Manatee Technical College have an open-door policy.  They encourage student contact and work to develop a strong relationship with the instructors on campus.  Instructors are encouraged to ask them any school-related question.  If they do not know the answer, they will get an answer for you or refer you to a different source.


For more information, contact a career counselor today at 941.751.7900 or