2010 a year of honor, high praise for MDC
Florida Senate Resolution
The Florida Senate paid tribute to Miami Dade College in honor of its 50th Anniversary by adopting Senate Resolution 2422 unanimously. More than 50 members of the MDC family – students, campus presidents, student deans, student life directors and others – were present as the primary sponsor, Senator Alex Villalobos, presented the five-page Resolution lauding the growth and evolution of the College, the honors received from national organizations, the excellent teaching and training MDC provides, and the role it plays in Miami-Dade County's artistic and cultural heritage.
Senators Dan Gelber, Frederica Wilson and Larcenia Bullard also praised the College, with Senator Gelber pointing out that more than half of MDC’s students are the first in their families to attend college. "And when you think about," he said, "in your own families, what that transformation moment was, it was when that one person in your family said, ‘I’m going to go past high school. I’m going to try to improve myself,’ because everybody after him likely will do that."
State House Resolution
At the Florida House of Representatives, Rep. Juan Carlos Zapata also recognized MDC on its 50th anniversary by sponsoring House Resolution 9119, which was adopted on April 22.
In addition to this recognition by the Florida Legislature, the College Board recently presented MDC the "CollegeKeys Compact 2010 Innovation Award" for its Learning Outcomes Initiative, in which MDC revised its 25 general education goals and adopted a new, focused set of 10 learning outcomes that provide a foundation for learning that is consistent with today’s global and technological demands and that effectively prepare students for the workforce.
MDC was also named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
National Science Foundation
The Wolfson Campus won a $1 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to develop a project called BPC-LSA: Scaling and Adapting Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions Initiatives. This NSF-funded group of seven universities is committed to increasing the number of Hispanics and other underrepresented groups in computing fields.
With these accolades, 2010 is proving to be quite a banner year for Miami Dade College.