About 26 West Center

Start Here.

The new 26 West Center was created with one goal in mind – to make entrepreneurship and careers in technology accessible to everyone. That, of course, includes State College of Florida students, alumni, faculty and staff. What makes the 26 West Center so unique is that all the services are also available to residents of the  Bradenton/Sarasota area and beyond. In other words, the 26 West Center is not just for students.

Entrepreneurs are Successful Here.

The 40,000 square-foot 26 West Center is home to a suite of services for entrepreneurs including the Business Growth Lab that includes 11 offices and 29 desks that can be leased by anyone to start or expand a business.

Entrepreneurs and small business owners can also experience the Entrepreneurship Academy that offers short courses, like the 5-class “Entrepreneurship Essentials” course or 3-class “Digital Marketing for Entrepreneurs” course. Most classes take place once a week during early morning or evening hours to accommodate those that may be pursuing entrepreneurship as a side hustle. The courses do not require admission to State College of Florida or college prerequisites. That makes it easy to quickly learn important concepts and best practices needed to launch and grow a successful business. The courses are designed to be interactive and hands-on and are taught by successful entrepreneurs and subject matter experts. This provides a natural ecosystem of peers, mentors, and advisors that are critical in the launch and growth of any business.

Coders are Successful Here

The SCF Coding Academy helps you learn the skills you need to launch your career in a high-demand technology job in less than six months. Anyone can start here to train for careers in coding, cloud computing, data science and cybersecurity. The Coding Academy leverages SCF’s faculty, career planning resources and industry connections to lead you to career success at an accelerated pace.

All courses are open to the public and do not require college admission or college prerequisites. Coding Academy courses are powered by industry leaders, such as Flatiron, AWS, and ThriveDX to deliver industry-recognized training and certifications. Simply put, taking a course at the SCF Coding Academy can be career changing and life changing. Learn and grow with peers and award-winning instructors who provide a powerful network of mentorship and collaboration leading you to career success that lasts long past the classes.

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Be successful Here.

Learn how the 26 West Center can help you realize your goals for yourself, your business, and your future. 

26 West Center


26 West Center
SCF Center for Advanced
Technology & Innovation
5480 26th St. W.
Bradenton, FL 34207

Entrepreneurship Academy & Business Growth Lab





SCF Coding Academy





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26 West Center is located on the State College of Florida Bradenton campus in the Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation (Building 8).

When you enter the campus from 26th Street West, turn left at the first stop sign. Then, turn right at the second stop sign after that. Building 8 (Center for Advanced Technology & Innovation) is the second building on your right. See picture above.

You may park anywhere in the lot. Parking permits are not required.

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