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Miami Dade College among National Finalists for Excellence Award

American Association of Community Colleges

Miami, February 6, 2014 - No stranger to accolades and distinctions, Miami Dade College (MDC) has once again garnered a spot among the finalists for The American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) second annual Awards of Excellence. MDC joins 22 other two-year colleges in this prestigious recognition.

 The organization selected MDC in the student success category for its extraordinary – and often visionary – work at its campuses and outreach centers that may serve as models to benefit all community colleges across the nation.

 “I congratulate Miami Dade College on this recognition and commend them for their outstanding work,” said Florida College System Chancellor Randy Hanna.

Four Florida colleges were recognized as finalists in the 2013 inaugural awards. Miami Dade took top honors in the advancing diversity category. The awards program is tied to the key recommendations of the 21st-Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges, a national, blue-ribbon group of education experts. The Awards of Excellence finalists have put those recommendations into action and have made differences in the lives of the students on campus and the members of their community.

Awards will be given in six categories: Emerging Leadership, Student Success, Faculty Innovation (new this year), Exemplary CEO/Board, Advancing Diversity and Outstanding College/Corporate Partnership. The winner in each category will be announced April 7 during the Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner at the 2014 AACC Annual Convention in Washington, D.C.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the American Association of Community Colleges is a national organization representing the nation’s close to 1,200 community, junior, and technical colleges and their more than 13 million students. Community colleges are the largest sector of higher education, enrolling almost half of all U.S. undergraduates. For more information about AACC and community colleges, see www.aacc.nche.edu

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359, khill1@mdc.edu, media specialist
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366, rromero3@mdc.edu, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, arios1@mdc.edu




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