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Miami Dade College Officials to Participate as Panelists during the College Board Prepárate Conference 2012 on May 31

College President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón to deliver remarks at opening ceremony and receive special recognition

Miami, May 30, 2012 - Several Miami Dade College (MDC) officials will participate as panelists during the College Board Prepárate Conference 2012: Educating Latinos for the Future of America, being held May 31 through June 1 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Miami. Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, MDC’s president will deliver welcoming remarks during the opening ceremonies on the morning of May 31.

Known for his energetic leadership and outstanding commitment to community service, Dr. Padrón will be honored with the Modelo de la Comunidad (Community Model) award, along with Cesar Conde, president of the Univision Networks at Univision Communications Inc., that same morning. The Modelo de la Comunidad recognizes individuals who have contributed to increased Latino student achievement in education, who have lead the community into action, and positively impacted many Latino students and their families. The College Board believes both Dr. Padrón and Conde have become models for others trying to make a difference in the lives of Hispanic youth.

Other MDC participants include, Dr. Jeanne F. Jacobs, president of MDC’s Homestead Campus, who will serve as a panelist to discuss Whose Responsibility Is It Anyway? Helping More Students Transfer from a Community College to a Four-Year Institution. Dr. Jacobs will join four other influential leaders in higher education to discuss helping more students transfer from a community college to a four-year institution. The session will focus on initiatives designed to boost transfer significantly.

“Success of and completion for our students is our priority at Miami Dade College,” said Dr. Jacobs.  “I am very pleased to serve on this important panel and share a plan to strengthen and enhance seamless transfer of community college students.”

MDC Provost Dr. Rolando Montoya will also be a panelist along with representatives from other area institutions.

From the conference brochure:  “For the United States to regain its position as the number-one producer of degrees, the transfer pathway from a community college to a four-year institution must play a bigger role, especially for students from underserved groups. Yet community colleges and four-year institutions are often at odds about how best to address the needs of transfer students. This session focuses on a variety of initiatives designed to boost transfer significantly. Panelists will describe new state and institutional models that hold promise in enhancing transfer effectiveness, discuss the ways in which two- and four-year institutions can cultivate a shared responsibility for transfer students, and outline an emerging framework that describes the components of a ‘transfer affirming culture’ that advances student success by leveraging the social and cultural capital of our students.”

For more information about the College Board Prepárate Conference, visit

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