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Year Up and Miami Dade College to Get Up and Get Out to Eliminate the Opportunity Divide


Wednesday’s walk is also aimed at celebrating Miami’s rich cultural diversity.

Miami, May 6, 2013 - Walking is very important for health, but it will take on a new meaning on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, when Year Up and its partner Miami Dade College (MDC) hold the “Year Up Miami Walk for Opportunity” in downtown Miami beginning at 2:30 p.m. Year Up, MDC’s partner in the innovative Professional Training Corps. (PTC) program that aims to help students with professional development and work experience while in college, spearheaded the Walk to shed light on the Opportunity Divide that exists for so many young people in Miami and across the nation.

The walk will begin at MDC’s Wolfson Campus - Building 5 and will proceed to the campus’ Building 2 Plaza, where a special rally will take place. The speakers will include members of Year Up’s class one and class two, as well as the President of the Wolfson Campus, Ms. Madeline Pumariega, and important corporate sponsors.

 Year Up believes millions of young adults in this country lack access to higher education and careers that provide them with a living wage despite talent and motivation. At the same time, the U.S. economy needs help and businesses are calling for more and better-trained talent to compete on the global stage. That’s where MDC, the nation’s largest institution of higher and one of the most respected, provides a solution. With affordable tuition and quality programs developed in concert with industry, MDC, and institutions like it, are making a difference.

 Wednesday’s walk is also aimed at celebrating Miami’s rich cultural diversity. For more information, please visit

About the Professional Training Corps                                                                                               

Modeled after the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), the Professional Training Corps (PTC) is a free program that helps students earn an associate degree while providing them with professional development and work experience closely linked to labor market demand. PTC students take community college courses and Year Up courses at Miami Dade’s Wolfson Campus for one semester and then participate in a six-month, full-time, credit-bearing professional internship in information technology. Students will receive 24 to 30 credits for the year as a stackable credential that will fully count towards an associate’s degree, which they can complete the following year. Year Up announced its partnership with MDC at Clinton Global Initiative America, where its commitment to create the Professional Training Corps was selected as an exemplary approach to overcoming challenges in the youth sector. The Year Up and MDC partnership has been lauded in the media, including The New York Times.

Year Up Miami Walk for Opportunity, at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus

  • WHEN: Wednesday, May 8, 2:30 PM - 4:35 PM
  • WHERE: Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, Building 5 and Building 2 300 NE Second Avenue

For more information, contact Year Up’s Executive Director Harold Lockheimer, 305-934-6140,;or Associate Site Director Janelle Viruet,, 305-849-2325.


Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
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