April 2012, Volume 16, Number 2

Features


Bachelor’s Programs Open Doors to Success

Miami Dade College’s high-quality baccalaureate programs are fulfilling workforce needs in the community as well as raising living standards, providing a crucial but otherwise largely inaccessible opportunity to pursue higher education to its diverse and hard-working student body.

With tough economic times driving an ever more competitive job market, the importance of attaining higher education has grown pointedly evident. A sad irony rests in the fact that, while Americans vie for jobs, many employers report difficulties in finding skilled workers to fill the nation’s 3.4 million vacancies. Through its baccalaureate programs, MDC is making notable strides in helping match the demand for work with employers’ need for skilled labor, gearing students up for successful, well-paying careers in promising fields.

Outstanding Job Placement

Of MDC’s 2010 baccalaureate graduates, an impressive 86 percent found work
after graduation
– a full 25 percent more than graduates from Florida’s state universities and 34 percent more than those from private institutions in the state. More than 90 percent of the jobs obtained by graduates were full-time positions, boosting those students’ prospects for a stable financial future and access to important benefits such as health care and retirement.

Graduates are not only having an easier time of finding work, but the average earnings of MDC bachelor’s alumni also far exceed those of graduates from state and private universities, at $43,353 a year.

Overcoming Obstacles

These rewards are especially well-earned for MDC’s students, who tend to face a greater variety of challenges than typical for college students. The College’s predominantly minority baccalaureate students are hard-working, with 87 percent of 2010-11 students carrying full- or part-time jobs while enrolled. More than half were the first in their families to go to college, and 71 percent either low-income or living in poverty.

The low cost of MDC’s bachelor’s programs brings a bright future within reach for those who would otherwise be unable to afford a degree, and the College’s flexible schedules make it possible for students with work or family obligations to achieve their dreams despite the many hurdles that often are before them.

Enrollment in MDC’s baccalaureate programs is increasing healthily year by year. Overall enrollment increased 36 percent in the 2011 fall term over the previous fall. Several programs experienced more than 100 percent growth in enrollment.

Growing by Leaps and Bounds

MDC offers:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Film, TV and Digital Production
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Sciences with option in Physician Assistant Studies
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Safety Management
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education*
  • Bachelor of Science in Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technologies
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences*

*Pending final program accreditation

— MR


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Miami Dade College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees.
Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Miami Dade College.
Miami Dade College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, marital status, age, religion, national origin,
disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or genetic information. Contact the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs/ADA Coordinator, at 305.237.2577 for information.