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Miami Dade College Selected to Participate in National Walmart Brighter Futures 2.0 Project

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Miami, October 22, 2013 - Miami Dade College (MDC) has been selected as one of only 12 community colleges in the country to participate in the Walmart Brighter Futures 2.0 Project, which aims to provide low-income youth and adults with the skills necessary to obtain middle-skill jobs, enabling them to become financially self-sufficient. The project is supported by a $3.5 million grant from the Walmart Foundation to the League for Innovation in the Community College.    

“We are excited to be selected to participate in this project,” said MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón. “We appreciate the generosity of the Walmart Foundation and the leadership of the League for Innovation in making this work possible. This effort underscores part of our mission to strengthen the local economy and improve the condition of families in our communities through the power and opportunity of education.”  

An analysis by the Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that middle-skill jobs – those that require more than a high school diploma, but less than a four-year degree – will account for 45 percent of new job openings over the next decade. However, currently there is not enough trained workforce to supply that demand.

Over the next two-and-a-half years, MDC will work with the League to develop programs and services to move low-income, low-skilled individuals into middle-skill jobs The League will disseminate the best practices from the project to other community colleges throughout the country. In addition, the project is modeled to provide participants with the confidence they need to know they’ve acquired the skills employers want, which will empower them to document those skills and communicate them effectively to employers.

“As with an earlier project funded by the Walmart Foundation, Brighter Futures 2.0 will lead to best practices that will expand the capacity of community colleges to enhance middle-skill job training opportunities. The League will share the work of the 12 colleges with other institutions around the country,” said League President and CEO Dr. Gerardo E. de los Santos.     

Through the project, each college will receive up to $233,333 to provide training and services for the targeted individuals. The training will focus on jobs requiring 21st Century skills in an effort to provide a promising career future. In addition to specific job training, individuals will receive career counseling and assistance, such as job search, résumé writing and interviewing techniques.

“The Walmart Foundation supports programs that provide people with ways to improve their lives through skills training, job readiness, job placement and support services,” says Julie Gehrki, senior director of the Walmart Foundation. “We are proud to continue our work with the League for Innovation and expect to help 9,000 workers gain the skills they need for today’s job market through this continued effort.”

About the League for Innovation in the Community College

The League for Innovation in the Community College is an international organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement. The League hosts conferences and institutes, develops web resources, conducts research, produces publications, provides services, and leads projects and initiatives with more than 800 member colleges, 160 corporate partners, and a host of other government and nonprofit agencies in a continuing effort to make a positive difference for students and communities. Information about the League and its activities is available at  

About Philanthropy at Walmart

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving:  Hunger Relief and Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. Walmart has donated more than one billion meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit

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