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Miami Dade College Interns Excel in Year Up Program, Geared to Closing the Opportunity Divide

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MDC’s Wolfson Campus launched Year Up in the fall of 2012.

Miami, May 30, 2013 - As part of the national Year Up initiative, Miami Dade College (MDC) students continue to excel in the program’s Professional Training Corps. (PTC). In Year Up’s first year at MDC, dozens of students received extensive business etiquette training and were placed in full-time professional internships, where all of the participating employers recently gave them high marks for their work performance. Year Up students are now ready to complete their degrees at MDC and embark on a successful future. 

“The experience has been very eye-opening. It taught me that everything in life of worth is not given, you have to earn it,” said 22-year-old student David Frederick, who interned in AT&T’s Core Installation and Maintenance Department in Miami. Frederick, who will complete his associate degree this summer, performed so well that he was asked to apply for a full-time position with the company. “I was lucky to be put in an environment like AT&T. My boss and my supervisor were all welcoming and helped me developed leadership skills,” Fredrick said.

MDC’s Wolfson Campus launched Year Up in the fall of 2012, joining a number of colleges across the nation that share the program’s mission of closing the education and opportunity gap in urban communities. A cohort of about 20 or more students are selected for the program each fall and spring, and for an entire semester undergo training in business development, life skills, along with academic support. Those who elect to continue in the program are placed in full-time, six-month internships where they further their career readiness skills, while receiving college credits.

Based on U.S. job market demand, MDC geared the program toward technical fields, such as engineering and information technology. Students receive paid stipends from the program and 24 to 30 credits for the year as a stackable credential that will fully count towards an associate’s degree. MDC’s North Campus will offer the program this coming fall semester.

Boston-based 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. 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.

 “Closing the opportunity divide among urban youth means giving everyone, regardless of their socio-economic background the opportunity to move forward and excel,” said Harold Lockheimer, Year Up executive director for the MDC program. “The combination of MDC’s academia and the professional skills provided by Year Up is what makes the program successful.”

For more information, contact Year Up’s Executive Director Harold Lockheimer, 305-934-6140,

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