Manatee Technical College Fire Academy salutes 38th graduating class

by:  Vin Mannix Columnist Women made their presence felt in Manatee Technical College Fire Academy’s 38th graduating class. Six of the 20 grads were women and four were award winners. Among them was Caroline Curran who tied with Larry Haymore for the top practical skills performance...

Affordable A/C Simulator Invented | From ACHR News

BRADENTON, FL —  The School District of Manatee County is a patent holder, due to Dr. Michael Afanasiev, an air conditioning, refrigeration, and heating technology instructor at the district’s Manatee Technical College (MTC). Afanasiev invented an air conditioner educational demonstration system and...

MTC course sets the bar to hirer | From the Observer

Advanced manufacturing program draws the interest of local businesses. by: Andrew Atkins Staff Writer Country Club’s Michael Baillie faces a tough choice — picking from one of his many job offers. In six months, students in the Advanced Manufacturing...

Skill on display | From the Observer

Manatee Technical College hosts SkillsUSA competition. by: Andrew Atkins Staff Writer P.J. Miller’s finished product represented 60 hours of time and energy. At least 20 of those hours were spent welding his metal log cabin, his sculpture welding entry...

Lakewood Ranch talent on exhibit | From the Observer

MTC student work gets world audience. by: Pam Eubanks Senior Editor The work of Lakewood Ranch artist Kathryn (Mazzanti) DeYoung has earned a bigger audience. Her photo entry of mannequin heads at the Manatee Technical College’s cosmetology program was...

Bill could help cure nursing shortage | From the Observer

Proposed state legislation could allow MTC to produce registered nurses. by: Pam Eubanks Senior Editor Five years ago, Cindy Coffman, vice president of human resources at Tidewell Hospice, had heard about the national and statewide shortage of registered nurses....

Not enough nurses, but limited space in state nursing schools

Amid an unprecedented nursing shortage, students trying to enter the field find few affordable options. Getting accepted to a community college for a two-year associate’s degree program is not usually considered a monumental academic accomplishment. But students who land...

New Florida Bill Aimed to Help State Nursing Shortage | From Daily Nurse

Technical schools have been lobbying Florida state legislators so more students can become registered nurses. As a result, Florida House Bill 381 is under review with the Florida House of Representative’s Higher Education and Career Readiness Subcommittee. Language from the...