February 2012, Volume 16, Number 1

Powerful Partnerships

Bill and Melinda Gates Visit MDC

Melinda and Bill Gates
Melinda and Bill Gates recently visited MDC’s Wolfson Campus.

Impressed with Miami Dade College’s trailblazing efforts to transform higher education in the United States and increase retention and graduation rates, Bill and Melinda Gates recently visited the College. MDC is one of four community colleges that has received a planning grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to be used to identify and implement innovative solutions to increase the number of college graduates across the nation.

“The Gates Foundation has shown tremendous commitment to increasing postsecondary graduation rates,” said MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón. “They know students will have a hard time excelling in today’s workforce without an affordable, flexible postsecondary credential that gives them valuable, marketable skills.”

The Gateses, who co-chair the Gates Foundation, toured Wolfson Campus, met with MDC leaders and visited the College’s new state-of-the-art Miami Culinary Institute, where they enjoyed lunch at the Institute’s popular Tuyo restaurant and spent time with students.

“It was my pleasure to have Bill and Melinda on campus so they can see the difference we are making in students’ lives, and how their Foundation can bolster these efforts,” Padrón said.

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