September 2013, Volume 17, Number 3

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Wilmer Valderramma and MDC students
Students visited with actor Wilmer Valderrama, center, who is Ready to Lead’s official spokesperson.

Ready for College and Lifelong Success

Maffio gives a speech
Grammy Award-winning artist, producer and songwriter Maffio inspired the students with his motivating speech.

Miami Dade College recently welcomed hundreds of high school students to North Campus to participate in Ready to Lead (R2L), the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s college readiness program. Now in its fifth consecutive year at MDC, the program promotes higher education for Latino youth.

MDC and CHCI led workshops on college planning, leadership development and financial literacy to motivate students to complete high school, empower them to serve and lead in their communities, and show them the long-term value of earning a college degree. Univision’s entertainment reporter and educational spokesperson Carlos Calderón as well as actor and official R2L spokesperson Wilmer Valderrama, and Grammy Award-winning artist, producer and songwriter Maffio inspired the students with their powerful speeches to the crowd.

“CHCI is proud of its strong relationship with Miami Dade College as we share a common dedication to providing educational and career advancing opportunities for young Latinos,” said Esther Aguilera, CHCI president and CEO. “Ready to Lead is a shining example of the impact we have working together.”

MDC also hosted a career and educational fair in which students and parents learned about MDC’s academic programs and its American Dream Scholarship, which covers in-state tuition and fees for the first two years of college to all of Miami-Dade County’s hardworking, newly graduated high school seniors who want a quality education but could not otherwise afford it. More than 50 representatives from a wide variety of local and national organizations participated in the Mentoring Power Hour, which allowed students to interact and build professional relationships with community leaders.

“I commend MDC for its commitment  to making higher education available to all,” Aguilera said. “We look forward to many more years of collaboration.”

— JG

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