1994 – MDC receives three-year Learn and Serve (Corporation for National and Community Service) grant to help establish academic service-learning program. Service-Learning Center is created with efforts focused on the Homestead and Medical Center Campuses.
1997 – MDC President Dr. Eduardo Padrón joins President Clinton’s America Reads Advisory Team and creates nation’s largest community college America Reads Federal Work Study tutoring program.
1997 – MDC receives AmeriCorpsVISTA grant to help with county-wide America Reads implementation.
1997 – 2nd three-year Learn and Serve grant received to expand service-learning program college-wide and develop the America Reads program. Service-Learning Center renamed “The Center for Community Involvement.”
2002 – MDC-led America Reads program featured in “So That Every Child Can Read”published by the U.S. Department of Education – 10,000 copies distributed nationally.
2004-05 – 30,000th students participate in service-learning since 1994, with more than 720,000 hours of service documented.
2006 – MDC named to the inaugural President’s Community Service Honor Roll.
2008 – MDC one of only nine community colleges in the nation to earn the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching “Community Engagement Classification” in both “Curricular Engagement” and “Outreach and Partnerships.”
2009 – MDC named “most engaged higher education institution in the state” by Florida Campus Compact.
2010 – MDC receives Washington Center 2010 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award, one of only six higher education institutions in the nation selected, and the only community college.
2011 – MDC joins the Democracy Commitment.
2012 – 420 MDC students earn the President’s Volunteer Service Award for completing at least 100-hours of service in a 12-month period.
2012 – 85,000th student participates in service-learning, and cumulative service hours since 1994 surpasses 1.8 million.
2012 – MDC named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the 6th consecutive year, one of only 47 community colleges in the nation to earn this distinction.
2012 – Program changes name to the Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy, and refocuses efforts on civic and democratic engagement, and the role of higher education in the health of our democracy.