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Important Designations for Miami Dade College in Appropriations Bills Recently Signed by President Obama

Designations were championed by Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart and former Senator Mel Martinez

Miami, November 12, 2009 - President Barack Obama has signed into law two appropriations measures containing funds designated for Miami Dade College (MDC). The FY2010 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill includes $400,000 for MDC’s Hialeah Campus and the FY 2010 Interior-Environment Appropriations bill contains $500,000 for the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower at MDC.  

These designations were championed by Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart and former Senator Mel Martinez, respectively, and were supported by the entire South Florida federal delegation. 

The Hialeah Campus will dedicate the funds to develop traditional and online science laboratory learning centers training students in high demand, high tech fields. The Freedom Tower appropriation will be dedicated to the continued restoration and enhancement of the historic building.

“These federal dollars come at a critical time during which we are facing significant budgetary challenges.  I am grateful our leaders in Washington recognize the importance of investing in our college,” said Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, President of Miami Dade College. 

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