Spotlight on MDC
For too many young people in the nation, a hopeful career outlook seems a chasm away from personal reality. This fall national viewers will tune into CBS’ 60 Minutes to see Morley Safer chatting with MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón and Gerald Chertavian, founder and CEO of Year Up, about innovative means for reaching young adults on the other side of what Padrón has termed the “Opportunity Divide.”
Year Up is a rigorous yearlong training program that offers low-income young adults the chance to earn college credit and to hone skills in real-world internships. To channel participants into secure, in-demand jobs, the “high expectation, high support” program targets the entry- and middle-level information technology needs that most companies have.
Who better to partner with than Democracy’s College? In 2012, MDC teamed with Year Up for its pilot Professional Training Corps (PTC), allowing students to pair an associate degree with professional development and work experience. If PTC sounds like it could mobilize an army, that’s because the pilot is modeled after the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) and destined eventually to serve 100,000 students a year.
“By partnering with Year Up to design and launch the PTC program on our Wolfson Campus, we’re giving students the credentials they need to excel in great careers in a knowledge-based economy,” said President Padrón.
“Nearly one in five young adults in this country is disconnected from the economic mainstream,” Chertavian has said.
But just watch: That can be changed.
CNN: In the months to come, MDC also will figure in a CNN documentary by Andrew Rossi, the filmmaker behind critically acclaimed documentaries Page One: Inside The New York Times and Control Room. Rossi was drawn to MDC to highlight its cutting-edge programs in engineering, technology, justice, nursing and many other disciplines that keep MDC at the hub of the South Florida community and serve as a model to be emulated by institutions across the nation. The documentary will air this fall.
NBC Learn: Youth today approach learning in a more multimedia manner. To cater to their needs, NBC has been expanding its massive online educational project NBC Learn, which is opening the corporation’s vast trove of journalistic archives to students and teachers. Among a select handful of top institutions, MDC is joining Syracuse and Notre Dame universities in contributing video to these archives. MDC’s videos focus on its academic expertise in medicine and health, sustainability, the humanities, community building and the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. NBC Learn will feature everything from MDC’s new LEED-certified building at Kendall Campus to its Miami International Film Festival and state-of-the-art Science Complex at North Campus.