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Florida-Caribbean Consortium for Agriculture Education & Hispanic Workforce Development

Florida-Caribbean Consortium for Agriculture Education & Hispanic Workforce Development

What is FCCAgE?

Miami Dade College's Florida-Caribbean Consortium for Agriculture Education & Hispanic Workforce Development (FCCAgE) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Program provides student experiential learning for undergraduate underrepresented students. The main goal is to retain them in BS programs, and channel them to the workforce. As a multi-institutional consortium funded by the USDA Hispanic Serving Institution's Grants Program. The Biology department of Miami Dade College, North Campus works with Florida International University (FIU), St. Thomas University and Universidad Inter-Americana de Puerto Rico, San German, Puerto Rico. Among other institutions, the FCCAgE is partnering with Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden and Earth Learning in order to offer students with a holistic, multidisciplinary, and problem-based approach necessary for tackling tomorrow's agro-ecological challenges. Student participants have the potential to receive funding for their Bachelor's degree in Biological sciences at Miami Dade College.

Learn more about the USDA-HSI program by clicking here

Click here to download the brochure

Click here to download the application

What will be required of enrolled students?

  1. Enrollment in relevant course work
  2. Minimum 12 hours    per  week of research, service-learning, and program activities
  3. Annual Lab-based research engagement
  4. Two community engagement projects
  5. Presentation at annual symposium
  6. Participation in career training fair
  7. Two USDA internships
  8. Move on to USDA or other federal jobs or higher education.

Participants will be engaged in hands on learning at:

  1. USDA
  2. Local farms
  3. Community   organizations

Application requirements:

  1. Resume
  2. Transcript
  3. Two letters of recommendation (Letter from a faculty member or Teacher High School preferred ).
  4. Complete Application Packet

What will you gain?

  1. A Tuition Scholarship at Miami Dade College
  2. A $500 Book award
  3. Funded campus based research
  4. Funded Summer Internship
  5. The professional development required to enter the USDA workforce or to continue on to higher education.
  6. The Necessary tools to stand out of the crowd and land a professional job.




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