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Miami Dade College and Digiport Launch New Co-op Technology Program

MDC and Digiport

Miami, February 9, 2010 -

Miami Dade College’s (MDC) School of Computer and Engineering Technologies and Miami-based developer of telecommunications products and services, Digiport, recently created a new technology co-op program. It allows students to earn college credit hours through a structured educational strategy integrating field experience in information technology, independent study under the supervision of qualified instructors and hands-on experience at Digiport’s headquarters in downtown Miami.

“In the current economic climate, we feel this co-op is a wonderful opportunity for our students to gain hands-on experience with cutting-edge technology in real world situations, while also adding to their employability skills and resume,” said Maria Poviones-Bishop, director of industry relations at MDC’s School of Computer and Engineering Technologies. “This partnership provides a unique educational opportunity that does not currently exist anywhere else in South Florida.”

The program is designed to support workforce development and respond to the growing demand for locally-trained professionals. The program is offered through an Associate in Science in networking services technology and Cisco Network Associate College Credit certificate. Industry jobs include Network Technician, Network Designer, Network Engineer, and Network Operations Center Engineer.  

 “Our co-op program with Miami Dade College is a significant step in cultivating a successful and steady pipeline of highly-skilled local talent from the technology industry,” said Rob Thorell, chief technology officer with Digiport. “We are excited to be able to teach these valuable concepts and shape the future of Miami-Dade County. By offering technology students the opportunity to learn valuable skills while still in school, we hope to foster a more productive and advanced work environment for the future.”

About Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College is the nation’s largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of more than 170,000 students. It is also the nation’s top producer of associate in arts and science degrees. The college’s seven campuses and two centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including several baccalaureate degrees in education, public safety management and nursing. In fact, MDC’s academic and workforce training programs have served as national models of excellence. MDC is also renowned for its rich cultural programming. It is home of Miami Book Fair International, Miami International Film Festival, the Cultura del Lobo performing arts series, the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower, a sculpture park and a large art gallery and theater system. For more information about Miami Dade College, please visit www.mdc.edu.

About Digiport           

Headquartered in Miami, Digiport is a managed service provider that develops efficient and environmentally sustainable IT infrastructure services for commercial office properties.  With its unique eco-friendly, in-building data centers, Digiport helps to reduce energy usage for commercial office properties while maintaining 24-hour security, generator backup power, diverse fiber optic pathways to the Internet and on-site technical support to provide a complete end-to-end hosting solution. For additional information about Digiport, please call (305) 424-0016 or visit www.digiport.com.

For more information about the co-op program, please call 305-237-7774.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359, tcarroll@mdc.edu, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, arios1@mdc.edu




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