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Miami Dade College Awarded $600,000 Service Learning Grant

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Miami, July 8, 2010 - Miami Dade College (MDC) recently received a Learn and Serve Higher Education service-learning grant in the amount of $559,000 from the Corporation for National and Community Service under its Learn and Serve America Higher Education program to engage current and future teachers in service-learning. The grant will help increase student achievement and give teachers the opportunity to use service as an educational tool.  

MDC was one of only 28 colleges and nonprofits to receive a Learn and Serve grant from the Corporation, which awarded $9 million in total. Nearly 200 organizations submitted grant applications.

“This grant is a wonderful opportunity to help grow and sustain service-learning within the public school system and for MDC to graduate a new generation of teachers who understand and are committed to using service-learning in their classrooms,” said Dr. Susan Neimand, MDC School of Education director.

The grant money will be used to fund the Learn and Serve Legacy project, a joint effort between MDC’s Center for Community Involvement, MDC’s School of Education and the Miami-Dade County Public School System (M-DCPS). The project will infuse service-learning into an M-DCPS feeder pattern over a three-year period, serving as a model for the entire district. It will provide opportunities for MDC students in the teacher education program to be mentored by M-DCPS teachers involved in service-learning. MDC will host a Service-Learning Institute and a Service-Learning Showcase annually for teachers and administrators from the selected feeder pattern, and MDC’s School of Education will provide in-depth instruction in curriculum-based service-learning to 300 teachers, resulting in 4,500 K-12 students participating in service-learning. 

“These grants will advance our goal of aligning quality education programs with service opportunities that help address local needs,” said Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation. “We believe that innovation in education should move beyond the classroom, and engage young people in creating solutions that change the world around them.”

Miami Dade College, now celebrating its 50th anniversary, is the nation’s largest and most diverse higher learning institution, providing its students and faculty with many opportunities for enrichment and continuing studies. MDC awards the most associate degrees to Hispanic students and to all minority groups in the nation, offering more than 300 programs of study and several degree options, including associate and baccalaureate degrees.

Learn and Serve America provides an “on-ramp” to a lifetime of civic engagement for more than a million students each year. As part of its goal of making student service and service-learning a common practice, the program provides resources to teachers, faculty members, schools, and community groups across the country. In 2009, 1.1 million Learn and Serve America participants were engaged in service-learning activities for nearly 20 million hours that addressed challenges and unmet needs across the country.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.  For more information, visit


To learn more about Service Learning at MDC, please contact Joshua Young at 305-237-7477,

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