Second Annual Miami Dade College Tour Takes North Campus TRIO Students throughout the Sunshine State
Miami, June 12, 2008 - Twenty-five deserving Miami Dade College (MDC) North Campus students and a program director recently boarded the “North Campus Express” for a three day jaunt to five Florida university campuses. This annual, enriching academic field trip provided students with a first hand introduction to the educational opportunities Florida’s upper division residential colleges and universities offer MDC students once they have earned an associate degree.
North Campus Dean of Students, Malou C. Harrison, commented that, “we’ve adopted a comprehensive approach to facilitating the transfer of our students to upper division baccalaureate studies. From college catalogs in our Career Center to hosting admissions representatives on Campus for group and individual sessions, the College Tour has proven to be the most impacting resource we’ve made available to students in this regard.”
From South Florida to points north, students visited Florida State University, Florida A & M University, University of Florida, Bethune-Cookman University and the University of Central Florida. Each stop presented unique experiences which included workshops focusing on degree programs, the admissions process and student financial opportunities; campus tours including a preview of dormitory life; interactions with Greek and other student organization leaders; and the treat of having meals in a variety of campus dining halls.
Dr. Bruce Janasiewicz, Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Florida State University stated that, “it is obvious to us which schools are doing a real college tour and which are just on a road trip, and the advance work MDC does with its students is evident in the level of sophistication of their questions and their depth of knowledge about higher education. I always enjoy hosting Miami Dade North Campus TRIO students. It’s such a benefit to already know students when they arrive on the FSU Campus.”
TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded program at MDC North Campus sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The Program serves first-generation college students, economically disadvantaged individuals, as well as students with disabilities, with the aim of increasing students’ college success and transfer to upper division studies. There are currently 160 students in the Program, which recognized its first group of Associate in Arts graduates (25) as part of MDC’s Class of 2008.
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, email@example.com, MDC communications director