Issue No. 14, Fall 2009, Volume 9, Number 1


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Technology Is the Future

Being adept at using and learning technology is a fundamental skill that all college graduates will need to thrive in a competitive marketplace. Faculty and students named this skill as as one of the 10 Miami Dade College Learning Outcomes.


  • Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón hands U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis an honorary degree. U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis was one of six high-profile speakers at MDC’s 2009 commencement ceremonies. Solis, who spoke to graduates of Wolfson Campus, encouraged MDC’s newest alumni to use their talent to support their communities and their country. Solis became the first Hispanic female in the Presidential Cabinet. The former California Representative accepted an Associate in Science, Honoris Causa, from MDC.
  • Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan met with students at Wolfson Campus. “Community colleges like [MDC] are going to be an extremely important part of restoring the economy ... and ensuring that our students can compete not just with their neighbors down the block, but along with their peers in China and India,” Duncan said.
  • Photo illustration includes images of Dr. Martin Luther King and the late President John F. Kennedy Lynn Wolfson and MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón signed an agreement transferring the reknowned Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archive to MDC. Lynn Wolfson and the Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Foundation also contributed $7 million, including matching funds, to maintain and grow the center. Mrs. Wolfson donated $2 million, which also includes matching funds, toward the construction of a new facility.
  • Branford Marsalis Branford Marsalis, a Grammy-winning jazz saxophonist from a musically blessed family, exudes a grace and adventurous spirit all his own. He and his tight-knit quartet visited South Florida as part of the College’s Cultura del Lobo Performing Arts series. Featuring the prodigious pianist Joey Calderazzo, supple bassist Eric Revis and protean drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts, the quartet marked its 10-year milestone in 2009. The Chicago Sun-Times called the group “one of the most impressive working today.”


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Wired Society

How the College is bridging the digital gap for thousands in our community.

An EMS student administers oxygen to a human patient simulator.

Treating Stan

Enter MDC’s Medical Center Campus, where students hone their clinical skills in a complete human patient simulator laboratory.

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Building for the Future

A $40 million science complex will make an MDC campus a regional hub of STEM education, research.

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Beyond 2.0

How Miami Dade College’s libraries are meeting and exceeding the demands of the digital age.

Alberto Chestaro

A Student and a Soldier

MDC’s Virtual College keeps military students plugged in even when they are deployed overseas.



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