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MAJOR GROWTH SEEN AT
Ana DeMahy, director of
administrative and student services, checks enrollment numbers daily, sometimes
twice a day. ''It's a huge growth,'' DeMahy said one
recent day, smiling as she turned in her chair to look at the figures again.
The West Campus, at
''This is an exciting place to be, building from the ground
It's that kind of personal attention that draws students
such as Humberto Belisario to the campus, favoring a learning environment where everybody knows one
''Last semester, most of my friends were in the same classes
with me,'' Belisario said. ``It gave us the
opportunity to be close.''
The 18-year-old mechanical engineering student came from
''We have the highest percentage of first-time-in-college
students at MDC,''
The West Campus began primarily as an institution
specializing in business administration, with courses designed to fit the needs
of companies in the city. Today, the campus offers more than 230 classes
offered in a range of subjects, including English, real estate, and computers.
A YoungBiz workshop series,
introduced in 2006, attracted middle and high school students interested in
developing entrepreneurship skills. Doral Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez was
present to address parents and students.
Campus officials partnered with the cultural arts community
to co-sponsor the first gallery night, set for early November. Located on the first
floor, the gallery will open with an exhibition called The Surface -- Beneath and Beyond that will feature contemporary works
by Miami-based artists.
The campus has also created the MDC archives, a compilation
of thousands of photos, documents and memorabilia that show the history of the
college from 1960. This digital library is slated to become a historical
reference for the city, as well.
''We want to keep a grasp on our history, which is tied in
so many ways to the community,'' said college archivist Rene Ramos.
Lilly Madrigal, 19, is taking advantage of the opportunities
the college offers. The mass communications major is a student reporter on MDC In Focus, a television program created by the
college to showcase its students, faculty and staff.
Madrigal, born in
''I have visited six out of the eight campuses and what I
see here is a lot of diversity,'' Madrigal said.
Soon, there will be more to see. Set on about 270,000 square
feet, the campus site includes a three-story building with 22 multi-media
classrooms and two side warehouses where construction of more classrooms will
''My goals are for the campus to offer a complete business
program and continue growing and creating strong ties with the community,''
Media contacts: Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710 firstname.lastname@example.org, Beverly Counts Rodrigues, MDC director of media relations 305-237-3949 email@example.com or Juan C. Mendieta, MDC director of communications 305-237-7611 firstname.lastname@example.org.