The School Board of Sarasota County approved the name change of Sarasota County Technical Institute to Suncoast Technical College on Nov. 4, 2014. The school uses the new name not only at the main campus, but also at the satellite campuses in Newtown, Venice and North Port. The school chose its original name, the Sarasota County Vocational Technical Center, at its founding in 1967.
A committee of students, teachers, district staff and the business leaders created the name Suncoast Technical College. The committee chose to use the technical college designation to better reflect the school’s role in the community. The school's employees and the School Advisory Council, made up of staff, student and parent representatives, unanimously approved the name.
Suncoast Technical College has accreditation from the Council on Occupational Education, authorized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit technical colleges. The school does not issue degrees. The college encourages students to pursue additional study at the State College of Florida. The State College of Florida has an articulation agreement with Suncoast Technical College so that students receive credit for their studies there.
Programs at Suncoast Technical College include Culinary Arts, Fire Science, Digital Video Production, Cosmetology and Health Science. The college also offers adult and community enrichment classes.