State College of Florida, Manatee–Sarasota is a state college with campuses in Manatee and Sarasota County, Florida. Part of the Florida College System, it is designated a "state college" because it offers a greater number of four-year bachelor's degrees than traditional two-year community colleges.Founded in 1957 as Manatee Junior College, it was known as Manatee Community College from 1985 to 2009. Today it operates three campuses in Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice. The Bradenton campus includes the Family Heritage House Museum.HistoryState College of Florida was established on September 17, 1957 by the Florida Board of Education as Manatee Junior College. The college came into existence under a plan of the state Board of Education for providing accessible higher education to Florida's population.The first classes were held on September 2, 1958 in what was formerly a senior high school; enrollment in the first term was 502. The college began administering classes in its own facilities in 1959, where the Bradenton campus stands today.The Venice center was opened in 1977 by MCC's Board of Trustees. During this period, the center's functions were funded by donations by residents of the surrounding communities, which include Venice, North Port, and Englewood. It was not until 1983 that the college received an appropriation from the Florida legislature to expand the Venice center into what is now the full-service Venice campus. It was dedicated on March 30, 1985. The name was changed that year to Manatee Community College.