September 2014, Volume 18, Number 3

Making Their Mark

Lifelong Success Began at MDC

MDC alumna Marydell Guevara
MDC alumna Marydell Guevara recently became the first Hispanic woman to serve as the director of the Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department.

Marydell Guevara, who recently became the first Hispanic woman to serve as director of the Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department, credits her education at MDC for getting her started on her impressive career path.

“My studies at MDC opened a new world of learning and pragmatism for me,” said Guevara, who oversees six facilities that house more than 5,000 inmates. “MDC gave me the tools to know how to ask questions, seek knowledge and view things critically. That’s what higher education is all about. The cornerstone of lifelong success is higher education.”

After MDC, Guevara earned a bachelor’s in criminal justice. She later went on to complete government courses at Harvard University’s JFK School of Government. She then took all that higher education and poured it into a rewarding career that now spans 31 years with Miami-Dade County’s Corrections and Rehabilitation Department.

— WV


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