September 2014, Volume 18, Number 3

Powerful Partnerships


An Insider’s View of Law Enforcement

Miami Dade College recently partnered with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Miami-Dade County Public Schools to offer the FBI Youth Academy, a one-week camp for 40 young students.

The program was open to 11th- and 12th-graders with a minimum of a 2.5 GPA, a proven record of good conduct and a letter of recommendation from a teacher.

Those selected for this inside look at the FBI were indeed fortunate, said Miami Dade College’s North Campus President Malou C. Harrison.

Vital Insights

“Creating early experiential learning opportunities for our youth is critical to their educational development,” Harrison said. “This one-week immersion experience ignited their interest in the wealth of careers that exist within the FBI and also with the law-enforcement industry as a whole.”

The program was made possible by MDC’s acclaimed School of Justice, which collaborated with the FBI to develop an academic-based program that includes a dynamic mix of classroom, laboratory and field-work activities.

On-Site Learning

Included were field trips to the U.S. Coast Guard and the Miami Division of the FBI and an awards ceremony attended by parents and school administrators.

All in all, it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many of these students to engage with FBI agents, forensic experts and other law-enforcement professionals to explore great careers.

— WV

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