College honored for dedication to service
Miami Dade College ranks alongside some of the nation’s most esteemed universities – including Duke and Georgetown – for service to the community.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recently named MDC among the select group of institutions granted its prestigious Community Engagement Classification. MDC was one of only nine community colleges to receive the classification for curricular engagement as well as outreach and partnerships.
The Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an independent policy and research center that upholds and dignifies the profession of teaching by bringing together researchers, policymakers and those working in and around the field, to develop tools in order to foster advancement in the education sector.
Curricular engagement describes the collaboration of learning and scholarship between teachers, students and the community. Outreach and partnerships refers to how institutions use their resources, such as research and capacity building, to benefit the community.
“MDC should be very proud of our commitment to deepening students’ civic and academic learning and enhancing community well-being,” said Josh Young, director of MDC’s Center for Community Involvement.
MDC was recognized for its participation in service-learning projects throughout the year, including the America Reads program, Miami Book Fair International, Take Stock in Children, Miami International Film Festival, cultural affairs programming, and so much more.
“Other community colleges can look to Miami Dade College as a model for service learning and community engagement activities,” said Gail Robinson, director of service learning at the American Association of Community Colleges and a member of the Carnegie selection committee.
— Elizabeth Tracy