Facts and FAQ’s

Quick Facts

  • Opened its doors in 1963
  • Industry-driven curriculum; instructors from industry
  • Workforce training in high-wage/high-demand jobs
  • State-of-the-art campuses; 50+ job training programs


Manatee Tech is a post-secondary adult, career and technical education center. With industry input, we provide training for adults in high-wage, high-demand careers. We also offer classes to adults seeking to earn their GED or to learn English, as well as continuing education and non-credit enrichment classes.


Manatee Tech is accredited by the Commission of the Council of Occupational Education.  For more information on our accreditation, go to the Accreditation page by clicking here.


Career Preparation: These programs are ideal for adults who want to get the training they need to get a job or embark on a new career path. Most programs can be completed in just 6 to 18 months; some in as few as two months. Most programs prepare students for national certification; some programs prepare students for licensure. Participants may attend on a full- or part-time basis, and many classes are available day and evening. Financial aid is available to qualified applicants.

Continuing Education: Continuing Education programs are geared to individuals or groups who want to upgrade their current skills for job retention or promotion. Most classes take just a few months to complete and are offered in the evening and on the weekend to fit a working person’s schedule.

Adult Education: Adult General Education is designed to assist adults who did not complete high school, learn basic skills or earn high school credentials, as well as to assist speakers of other languages to learn English. Courses offered are Adult Basic Education (ABE), English as a Second Language (ESL) and GED Preparation classes. All classes are open to adults 18 years or older who have not completed high school or are not currently enrolled in high school. Classes are scheduled day and evening at our West and North campuses, as well as at many satellite locations throughout Manatee County.

Non-Credit Enrichment: We are proud to offer the community the opportunity to register for a variety of non-credit courses including art and computer classes. For the lifelong learner, we offer enrichment and career enhancement courses both online and in small group settings.


Our Main Campus is a new state-of-the-art facility located at State Road 70 East in Bradenton. This 210,000 square foot facility is home to the career technical programs that were previously located at the original campus on 34th Street.






Our East Campus, located at 5520 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard offers comprehensive training programs in Health Occupations, Law Enforcement and Fire Science.









The West Campus is located at 5505 34th Street West, Bradenton, is home to our Adult Education Center, which offers English as a Second Language, Adult Basic Education and GED preparation programs. The Traffic School is located directly behind the Adult Education Center.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

What is a “technical school”?

Manatee Tech is a post-secondary institution of higher learning that offers applied technical diplomas and technical certificates for a variety of education and training programs focused on career and workforce development, as well as continuing education.

Where is Manatee Tech located?

Manatee Tech has four campuses:

  • Our Main Campus is located at 6305 State Road 70 East in Bradenton.
  • Our East Campus is at 5520 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard.
  • The West Campus (formerly the Freshman Building on Bayshore High School’s campus) is located at 5500 34th Street West, Bradenton.

What are the advantages of attending Manatee Technical College?

Manatee Tech prepares students for employment, licensure and national certifications in over 50 careers in the fields of building and construction, transportation services, hospitality and tourism, medical and health related services, public services, cosmetology, manufacturing, information technology, communication and business management and administration.

In addition to career prep programs, what other programs does Manatee Tech offer?

Manatee Tech also offers classes to adults seeking to earn their GED or to learn English, career training and high school completion opportunities for 16 and 17 year olds, as well as continuing education and non-credit enrichment classes.

Is Manatee Tech accredited?

Manatee Tech is accredited by the Commission on Occupational Education.  Individual programs are accredited by national organizations in their specific career areas.

What is Manatee Tech’s student completion rate?

Occupational Completion Points (OCP’s) are the standard the Department of Education uses to measure successful completion of course study.  An OCP is an important indicator that a student has mastered the skills required for a specific job title. Using the standard set by the Department of Education, we have over a 90% completion rate. 

What is Manatee Tech’s job placement rate for graduates?

Manatee Tech has a job placement rate of over 90%.

How do I know if I qualify for financial aid?

  • You must have a valid high school diploma or a GED.
  • You must have a copy of your latest tax return.  If you are under 24 years of age, you’ll need a copy of your parents’ return unless you can provide documentation that you meet one of the independency situations as outlined on the FASFA application.
  • You must have a Social Security Number and be a citizen or eligible non-citizen (work visas do not qualify as documentation).
  • You must have documentation of child support paid or received from your local Clerk of Courts.  You can go also online to http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/childsupport as listed on the FASFA  to obtain necessary documentation.
  • Proof of SNAP (food stamps) will be required if you answer “yes” to receiving them on the FAFSA.

Click here for full details on applying for Federal Student Aid and the FASFA application process.

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