Eduardo J. Padrón
Office of the President
300 N.E. Second Avenue
Miami, Florida 33132-2297
Message From the President
Monday, September 27, 2010
MDC one of four schools selected to participate in national broadcast with U.S. Secretary of Education
Miami Dade College is often called on to take part in key national initiatives, especially those that concern the future of education. Today, MDC will continue to lead the charge to improve education in America as students from MDC will participate in a live conversation with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The conversation, which will take place from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m., will be held in the Wolfson Campus auditorium, moderated locally by NBC reporter Kerry Sanders and broadcast for nationwide viewing on MSNBC. Also in attendance will be U.S. Under Secretary Martha Kanter, who will be meeting with MDC faculty and staff during the day.
Titled “Teach for Tomorrow: A Reverse Commencement Address,” this special MSNBC initiative, which is part of NBC’s national education initiative "Education Nation," is aimed at encouraging college students, especially minorities, to consider careers in education. Students from only four colleges and universities across America were selected to participate: MDC, Howard University, Michigan State and Arizona State. I urge you to watch the broadcast on MSNBC, or streamed live on MSNBC.com or educationnation.com.
I would also like to make you aware of a panel discussion I am participating in, along with the presidents of Bard College, Brown University, George Washington University and the Education Trust, as part of Education Nation in New York today at 11:15 a.m. “The Path to the American Dream: A Survey on Post-Secondary Education” will be introduced by national community college advocate and wife of Vice President Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden; and will be moderated by veteran NBC Today and Dateline anchor Ann Curry. You may view this discussion at educationnation.com.
The goal of “Education Nation” is to provide clear information on how schools are performing, re-imagine what education in America can be, build on national momentum within the policy and reform communities, and inspire changes that enable our nation to prepare a skilled workforce to meet the demands of the future. I welcome your thoughts on these timely topics and look forward to the discussion this summit is sure to inspire well beyond this week.