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Student Services

The staff of the Advisement and Career Services Department looks forward to assisting you as you pursue your academic and career goals. Through individual consultations, special events, and classroom presentations, the Department actively supports students in the process of academic and career planning and helps them achieve the MDC Learning Outcomes. Your success is our goal. As such, we are committed to providing you with accurate information regarding College policies, procedures, resources, and programs. Some of the services to students the Department provides include the following

  • Quality, developmental academic advisement for all first time in college students and transfer students, students with undeclared majors, or students who are not in clear academic standing.  
  • Completion of an Individual Educational Plan to help you chart your academic course.
  • Transfer information to ensure a smooth transition to the upper division.
  • Graduation reviews and assistance with submission of graduation applications.
  • Assistance with change of majors.
  • Seminars on important topics related to student success and career development.
  • Career assessments and assistance with career research.
  • Job search training including assistance with resume writing and interviews.

Through these and a variety of others services, we hope to become a valuable partner for you as you work to achieve your goals.

Advisement and Career Services Staff

Bruce Smitley, Ed.D. Director   (305) 237-8580
Rafael Vadia Advisor   (305) 237-8940
Ms. Patricia Lively Advisor (305) 237-8517
Rosa Padron  Advisor (305) 237-8995
Marcela Abboud Advisor (305) 237-8972
Marietta Cappannelli Advisor (305) 237-8535

For information regarding the University of Florida Online Business Bachelor’s Degree Program contact:

Ms. Patricia Lively
Enrollment Services Advisor
Miami Dade College/University of Florida
(305) 237-8517
Room 1211, MDC-West

Department Information

Room 1200-2S

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Thursday       
8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


(305) 237-8947


For more detailed information about academic advisement services, for live chat academic advisement, or links to frequently used forms click on the following link:

For further information about career exploration, transfer information, or employment services click on the following link:

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