Manatee Technical College offers a variety of great services to school district employees and the public for nominal fees.  Offering these services provides our community opportunities to receive services at very reasonable prices and provides our students opportunities for real-world experience and a chance to practice what they’re learning—we ask you to please remember MTC is a school.  Thank you for giving our students the opportunity to serve you!


Auto Collision Technology offers headlight restoration; fees range from $10 to $50.  Students can also do vehicle paint and repair work on an estimate-per-job basis.

Barbering, Cosmetology, Facials and Nails—The School of Cosmetology at MTC offers a full-service salon for women and men. Hair services include cut and style, reconditioning, shaping, chemical treatments (perms, relaxers), and color. Esthetic services include facial treatments for each skin type, micro-dermabrasion, chemical peels, hair removal (tweeze/wax), lymphatic drainage, advanced esthetic procedures, tinting eye color, and make-up application. Nail services include manicures, pedicures, hot oil, paraffin, polish, nail art, gels, fiberglass, acrylics, fills, and overlays. • Cost for services ranges between $1 and $65+. Please contact program secretary Lourdes Carranza at for a complete list of services and prices. Call specified extensions at 941.751.7900 for availability and information: x 1144 for Cosmetology & Barbering, x 1145 for Nails and, x 1080 for Facials.

Carpentry—For the cost of materials and a donation to the program (and time allowed), students will do carpentry jobs for local non-profit and government organizations. Contact instructor Barry King at or 941.751.7900 x 1070 or 1071.

Computer Systems & Information Technology The CSIT program asks for a $25 donation for computer repairs, which may include virus removal, application setup, Windows installation, general cleaning, et cetera, plus the cost of any needed replacement parts. For more information, contact the instructor, Jeff Barnum, at

Culinary Arts—the Culinary Arts program at MTC offers two dining options that are open to the public, Café Mirabilis and The Whetstone.

Café Mirabilis- Tuesdays & Thursdays: As Culinary Arts students move into food preparation training during the school year, our Café Mirabilis features delicious lunch selections. The public is welcome to come and enjoy from 11 am to 12:10 pm.  Lunches are $6.00 each  including tax (MTC’s enrolled students save $1 for properly displaying their Student ID.)  Soup costs $1.00 (no discount).   You can also often find fresh baked goods on sale from the Baking & Pastry Arts students, as they move through their training (priced $.50 and up). Please phone ahead for availability. 

The Whetstone- Seasonal: When Culinary students have achieved a more advanced level of training, we welcome you to The Whetstone.  Student chefs create and serve a classically prepared lunch of three courses:  Soup or salad, choice of Entrée, and a Dessert, with one beverage.  Typically open 11:30 am to 1:00 pm on Tuesdays through Thursdays during the school year, we ask that you please contact us for availability and reservations.  Phone (941) 751-7900 x1086 (leave message) or email:

Dental Assisting—students go into the schools and into the community to perform oral health education.
For more information, contact program manager Kim Bland at 941-752-8100 x 2110 or

Digital Design students at MTC design business cards, bookmarks, booklets, brochures, logos, book covers, posters and banners. They also do photography: headshots, studio portraits, food, and pets. Prices range between $30 and $150. Contact instructor Marina Proskurina for details at

Digital Video Technology students offer video production (PSA, promotional, commercial, studio/location), video and animated web content, animation for production, student operated chroma-key studio and camera rental, and photography services. Call instructor Robert Burwell for donation estimates at 751-7900 x 1097.

Electronics—the students in Electronics Technology will look at LED and LCD TVs only (not big CRT TVs) and other small electronic devices. Costs range from$15-25 plus parts.

Major Appliance Technology students provide repair service to all types of major appliances—washers, dryers, microwaves, stoves, refrigerators/freezers, and dishwashers—pending instructor evaluation for instructional value. Customers will be charged for parts, shipping, tax and a shop fee of $25. Other stipulations apply. For more information, contact instructor Paul Labbe, at 751-7900 x 1106.

Marine Service Technology students will perform boat engine and electrical repairs and fix trailer lights and bearings for the retail cost of the parts and a minimum $75 donation to the program. Call instructor Kelly Ewing at x1107 or Bret Watson at 751-7900 x1127.

Massage Therapy—TThe Student Massage Therapy Clinic at MTC’s East Campus is open most Saturdays. Please call the clinic at 752-8100 x 2041 for specific information, dates and times. The cost is $25 for the general public, $20 for Manatee School District faculty or staff. Cash or check only.

Medical Assisting—For a donation to the program, students are available to work health fairs or provide basic health screenings, such as check blood pressure, measure height and weight, and calculate body mass index. For more information, email instructor Linda Chamberlain at

Nursery Management—Visit the Manatee County Central Jail to buy good quality landscape and ornamental plants at a much reduced cost over retail. Sales help fund the program and the Inmate Promissory Fund. Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check or money order only.

Plumbing—For the cost of materials and a donation to the program, students will do plumbing jobs for local non-profit organizations. Contact instructor John Kenney at or 941.751.7900 x 1110.

Web Development —students develop informational websites, blogs, and e-stores for local business and non-profit organizations. They also provide search engine optimization and online marketing. Call instructor Vera Bourenina at 941.751.7900 x 1119 for more information.

Welding—for the cost of materials and a donation to the program, students fabricate anything one can make from metal: trailers, hitches, carts, stairs, platforms, etc. Contact instructor Jim Heaton at 941.751.7900 x 1121 or for more information.