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New Degree Program Gives MDC Student Chance to Rebuild His Life and Help the Community

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MDC student Pedro Mendoza

Miami, May 17, 2011 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) bachelor degree programs have given many students the opportunity to extend their education beyond the two-year associates degree typically offered at community colleges.

One such program to benefit several MDC students recently is the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Supervision and Management, one of the College’s newest degree programs through its renowned School of Business at the Kendall Campus that recently had its first graduates. 

This spring, 46 MDC students from Kendall, North and Wolfson campuses, were the inaugural recipients of the BAS in Supervision and Management, which provides students with training in leadership roles in various industries such as retail, financial, business services and hospitality among others.

Of the 46 spring graduates, one MDC student, 21-year-old Pedro Mendoza, has endured both personal and professional challenges on the road to completing his education yet has maintained a humanitarian spirit by giving back to those less fortunate. 

The personal setbacks Mendoza endured never discouraged him from completing his college education. In 2007, it was a personal illness and his family’s housing crisis that nearly derailed his dreams of earning a bachelor’s degree. Having already earned an AA degree from MDC one year prior, Mendoza was attending another institution when he was forced to drop out of school. Eventually he returned to MDC last year just in time to enroll in the new BAS in Supervision and Management degree program. 

He graduated last month from the North Campus with honors and has been working as a freelance product specialist for Ford Motor Company. He has volunteered with Hands on Miami and teamed up with a marketing company that raised funds for charitable organizations such as Humane Society of Greater Atlanta, Florida Center for the Literary Arts at MDC and the American Lung Association of Orlando. Mendoza credits MDC’s leadership classes and service learning initiatives for teaching him the importance of giving back to the community.

“Throughout my adversities, MDC always allowed me to learn beyond the classroom and is the reason why I was able to accelerate my studies,” said Mendoza. “I’m very appreciative of MDC.” Mendoza plans to join the Peace Corps in January 2012.  

 BAS Program Highlights: 

•The BAS program started at MDC’s Kendall Campus in spring 2010 as a new approach to the college’s current baccalaureate programs

•Currently, the program is available at Kendall, North and Wolfson campuses

•This spring, a total of 46 graduates completed the program; 26 from Kendall Campus, 18 from North Campus, and two from Wolfson Campus

•When the program was launched, college officials anticipated 105 students within the first year. The expectation was surpassed and currently there are 1,233 enrolled in the program; 683 at Kendall Campus, 461 at North Campus, and 144 at the Wolfson Campus

•It is part of the School of Business, which has many distinguished faculty members who have a combination of both real-world and classroom experience

•It is a flexible baccalaureate program designed to accommodate the unique demands for entry and advancement within specific workforce sectors 

•Provides degree completion opportunities for students with a variety of educational backgrounds including those with an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or Associate of Applied Science degrees.

•It is SACS accredited



For more information about the BAS in Supervision and Management degree program, visit or call 305-237-2225.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
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Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist

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