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Sarasota County Technical Institute

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About Sarasota County Technical Institute

Established in 1967, Sarasota County Technical Institute (SCTI) is a 2-year, public college specializing in career training and certificate programs. In addition to the main campus located in Sarasota, Florida, the college has three learning centers and a fire academy. SCTI holds classes seven days a week and 50 weeks per year. It is accredited by 13 program-specific agencies, as well as the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Additionally, the school has five student organizations.


SCTI offers 39 training programs in fields such as automotive technologies, business, child care, information technology, cosmetology, drafting, veterinary science, and health science. Furthermore, SCTI provides evening and online classes, apprenticeships, and continuing education opportunities. Seventy-eight percent of the faculty have earned a bachelor's degree, and forty-seven percent hold at least a master's degree. General education programs include a GED program, an adult high school diploma program, and an English as a second language program.

High school students over the age of 16 may attend 11 different technical programs at SCTI. The Tech Tots Laboratory Preschool works in conjunction with the SCTI Early Childhood Education program and provides child care for preschool children. The Applied Academics for Adult Education program is a self-paced individualized course for students having difficulty with the school's placement test. Course curriculum focuses on reading, math, and language skills, as well as program specific criteria and job placement skills. The Traffic School at SCTI offers driving courses to the general public.


SCTI has an open admission policy, and students applying to a technical program must schedule an appointment to speak with a school counselor. Students must submit an application and $45 application fee and take placement testing. Additionally, some programs require a background check or additional requirements. Students who have achieved an associate's degree or higher are exempt from placement testing. Of the 552 students attending SCTI in the fall of 2011, 72% were full-time students, 51% were female, and 60% were 25 years old or older.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The cost of attending SCTI varies by program. Furthermore, out-of-state residents pay roughly three times the amount of Florida residents. The most expensive program in 2012-13 is automotive technology; the 1,800-hour program is $6,262.86 for in-state and $21,361.20 for out-of-state residents. Conversely, the least expensive program in 2012-13 is the nursing assistant program; the 120-hour program is $734.08 for in-state and $1,740.64 for out-of-state residents. Tuition and lab fees are calculated into the program costs. Additionally, tuition is free for high school students, but students may need to cover the cost of uniforms, laboratory fees, and supplies. Financial aid may be available through various grants or scholarships.

School Type Public, 2-year**
Degrees Offered Certificate programs**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Quarters*
School Setting Suburban**
Student Body 552 students, all undergraduate in 2011**
Student Housing No student housing available*
Schools (and) Programs One professional school with 39 programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 3 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010:
Less than one year certificate: Health Professions (128),
1-2 year certificate: Health Professions (101)
2-4 year certificate: Engineering Technology (4)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 62% within normal time
67% within 150% of normal time
69% within 200% of normal time**
Admission Rate Open admission policy**
Entering Class Size 326 in 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 60% for full-time and 56% for part-time students**
Application Due Date Rolling admissions*
Tuition (2012) Varies depending upon certificate program*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Beginning Students Receiving It) In 2010: Federal grants (24%), state and local grants (17%), institutional scholarship (2%), federal loans (0%)**
Percent of Beginning Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 46% in 2010**

Sources: *Sarasota County Technical Institute, **College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, ***IPEDS, National Center for Education Statistics.

Contact Information

  • Address: Sarasota Technical County Institute, Office of Admissions, 4748 Beneva Road, Sarasota, FL 34233
  • Phone: (941) 924-1365
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