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

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 in most programs, who will benefit by attending a Manatee Technical College training program.

Admission to Programs with a High School Diploma

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

Limited Access Programs such as the Criminal Justice Academy, Practical Nursing, Paramedic, etc., have strict admissions standards set by the program’s certifying agency. These standards include but are not limited to: passing a background check, passing a drug screening, and having a clean driving history. All applicants to these programs must have a standard high school diploma from an accredited* high school or its equivalent is required for all limited access enrollment programs.

Open Enrollment Programs will admit all students with a standard high school diploma from an accredited high school based on program openings. They 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. However, these students are not eligible for federal financial aid until they have earned a standard high school diploma from an accredited high school or its equivalent.

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. 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.
• Have taken the TABE test.
• Filled out an online application.

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 Occupational Completion Point (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. Public school dual enrollment students also receive their textbooks, registration and lab fees free. 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. Private school/home school dual enrollment students are responsible for lab fees, registration fees, and purchasing textbooks. All dual enrollment students are required to purchase uniforms, student ID, and personal specialized equipment needs.

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 the student must sign out at the front desk.

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 an exam used to assess students’ skills in English, Math and Reading. Your score on the TABE will not prohibit you from entering a specific program. TABE scores simply tell Manatee Technical College what your strengths and weaknesses are and allow us to help you complete your program successfully. Florida law requires you to pass all three sections of the TABE:
• If you do not meet your program’s requirements, you may still be able to begin your program. However, you will not be able to graduate.
• To be counted as a completer in the FINAL Occupational Completion Point
• To be awarded a certificate of completion.
If you are unsuccessful in one part of the TABE, you are only required to retake that particular section of the exam. If your scores do not meet those required for your particular program, you may retest under the following circumstances: You have completed the required hours of remediation, or after 3 months have passed.

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
If a student is exempt from the TABE test, that student is totally exempt. The student cannot be required to take the TABE for any reason (programs under 450 hours, placement into a program, etc.).
The exemption statute reads as follows;
1. A student who possesses a college degree at the associate in applied science level or higher.
2. A student who demonstrates readiness for public postsecondary education pursuant to s.1008.30 and applicable rules adopted by the State Board of Education.
a) 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 common placement test and shall not be required to enroll in developmental education instruction in a Florida College System institution.

3. A student who 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.
4. An adult student who is enrolled in an apprenticeship program that is registered with the Department of Education in accordance with chapter 446.
If the student is not exempt the following rules apply;
1. The student is required by law to take the TABE within 6 weeks of being admitted. Note that the requirement is admitted, not enrolled. If a student has made application to MTC, the countdown clock on the 6 weeks commences at the point that the guidance counselor admits the student to MTC in Campus Solutions
2. The TABE cannot be used as a pre-requisite for admission or placement.
3. The TABE continues to be an exit requirement IF the student is NOT exempt. If the student is exempt, the TABE is not required.

The basic skills requirements (TABE) for CTE programs are exit requirements from those programs, not entry or placement requirements. A student may enter the CTE program before reaching minimum basic skills levels, but may not receive a local Career Certificate of Completion until basic skills requirements are met, except students exempted in accordance with s. 1004.91, F.S.

R Remediation must be available to assist students in attaining the required basic skills levels. The remediation may be provided concurrently with enrollment in the CTE program, or, in certain cases (i.e., programs with waiting lists), prior to entry into the CTE program.
Students with documented disabilities may also be exempt after successful completion of the program. No TABE is required for programs with less than 450 hours. Students who have taken the 2014 GED and scored at least 145 on each subject and a total score of 580 or higher across all 4 subjects within 2 years prior to admission are also exempt.

TABE Accommodations
To receive accommodations for the TABE test, documentation must be provided a counselor prior to scheduling the first test. Example: Copies of IEP’s, 504’s, ESOL services

Students with a Disability

Manatee Technical College accepts secondary students with documented disabilities identified in the Individualized Education Plan or 504 Plan 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 to their career counselor. 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. Plans will be placed in the appropriate student’s folder and on file in the Exceptional Student Education coordinator’s office.

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.

Program Transfers

Any student who wishes to transfer from one vocational program to another must see a counselor. Since each program has its own entrance requirements, openings, and start dates, the counselor can assist in making this decision. Some programs may have common student performance standards; the counselor can provide accurate information. Please note, transferring programs after the start date will have an impact on students using Financial Aid for registration costs, including money used from Financial Aid to purchase books.


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  • Commission on Occupational Education (COE)


Affiliations and Certifications

  • Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology & Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA)
  • AdvanceED
  • American Culinary Federation (ACF)
  • American Dental Association (ADA)
  • American Medical Association (AMA)
  • American Welding Society (AWS)
  • Automotive Service of Excellence (ASE)
  • Bureau of Fire Standards and Training
  • Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) Training Center
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) sponsored by the American Association of Medical Assistants
  • Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Professions (CoAEMSP)
  • Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
  • Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC)
  • Department of Labor Apprenticeship Programs
  • Electronics Technician Association (ETA)
  • Environmental Protection Agency Certification for Refrigerant Transition Recovery
  • Florida State Board of Dentistry
  • Florida State Board of Nursing (BON)
  • Florida State Department of Education (DOE)
  • Florida State Health and Rehabilitative Services
  • Industry Council on Auto Collision Repair (ICAR)
  • Manufacturing Skills Standard Certification (MSSC) authorized training and testing site
  • Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB)
  • National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences (NACCAS)
  • National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)
  • National Home Builders Association (NHBA)
  • National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT)
  • Veteran’s Administration approved training agency

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