November 2016, Volume 20, Number 5

Powerful Partnerships

Dr. Lenore Rodicio and Marta Morin
The agreement was signed by MDC Provost Dr. Lenore Rodicio, left, and Marta Morin, chief operating officer of Miami Cerebral Palsy Residential Services.

Closing the Job Gap

Miami Dade College recently signed an agreement with Miami Cerebral Palsy Residential Services (MCPRS) to award college credit hours toward an Associate in Science degree in Human Services to MCPRS employees who are registered Direct Support Professionals (DSP), which provide support, guidance and care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

MCPRS positively impacts the quality of life for people with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities. It meets their multiple needs and those of their families, prevents developmental disabilities and minimizes their effect.

Through this partnership, MDC and MCPRS will help meet the growing demand for DSPs. The field faces high turnover at a time when demand is peaking for additional direct support professionals to assist both disabled and aging populations in the United States. It is estimated that nationally more than one million new DSP positions will need to be filled by 2022.

MDC’s Generalist Human Services Associate in Science degree prepares graduates for a wide variety of jobs in areas including child care, criminal justice, education, health, housing, income maintenance, mental health and disabilities, among others. Organizations offering employment in the field include clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and social agencies. To participate in the program, MCPRS employees must meet MDC admission requirements and Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio program eligibility criteria.

To learn more, contact Prior Learning Assessment Director Tiffani Malvin at tmalvin@mdc.edu or 305-237-3039.


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