Volume 48, Number 1 - August 16, 2010

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Access services offers assistance to disabled students

Access Services—located in building six—is a free, confidential program at the North Campus that offers students with disabilities assistance.

Services include tutoring, note-taking, interpreting, and technology training.

Students must provide documentation from a certified physician or licensed professional to be eligible.

The program was originally established at Miami Dade College’s North Campus in 1970.

More than 600 students are registered in the Access Services program at the North Campus.

“It is cool to direct a program that enables disabled students to have a better future,” said North Campus Access Services Director Paul Edwards—who is blind.

“They have nothing to lose by identifying themselves as disabled; they only increase their chances of being better in the future.”

- Wesly Urrutia


Kresge foundation grant

In an effort to improve college completion rates, Miami Dade College and SingleStop USA have secured a $1.2 million grant from the Kresge Foundation.

The funds will be used to create MDC/SingleStop outreach centers at the North and Wolfson campuses; a third campus will be added in 2011.

The centers will offer MDC students at these three campuses eligibility screenings for a full range of federal and state benefits. Each on-campus site will provide free tax filing, health insurance, food stamps and legal and financial counseling.

“The grant will help to provide a lot more financial resources for low-income students,” said Carlton Daley, who is on the committee that will be hiring staff members for the project.

- Alexandra  Kramer


Financial aid director

Yadira Codina will serve as the interim financial aid director at the North Campus while Chimene Garrison is on medical leave.

Codina—an MDC alumnus— will also continue in her duties as the college-wide director of scholarships. Codina has also previously served as the Kendall Campus budget director.

She started at MDC as a student assistant in 1993 and then worked part-time in the Financial Aid Department in 1994 before starting on a full-time basis at the College in 1997.

“We’re [here] to work with our students,” Codina said. “It’s what I love to do.”

- Rafael A. Tur


Torture exhibit

The Instruments of Torture through the Ages opened on April 2, at Miami Dade College’s Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd.

It will be open until Sunday Aug. 29.

The exhibition features nearly 100 instruments designed for torturing and executing people. It first opened in Florence, Italy in April 1983 and has instruments such as the pendulum, the iron maiden and the spiked collar.

“I had to go to the exhibit for my history class and I loved it,” said Michael Perez, 20, a mechanical engineering major. “It was amazing to see all the different instruments. I’ll probably go again before it closes.”

Tickets are $15 for the general public, but free for all MDC students and staff.

- Alexandra Kramer 

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