Communities of Interest
Building Communities for Student Success

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What are Communities of Interest?

Communities of Interest (COI) represent a network of students with similar academic interests and career goals. Learning experiences and initiatives within the COI framework will:

  • promote student engagement and development.
  • enhance program persistence resulting in completion of a certificate or degree
  • promote global citizenship and lifelong learning

COIs aim to provide structured, intentional, and meaningful experiences around academic support, social engagement, and workforce readiness. In general terms, COI activities would be:

  • delivered in response to significant known and emerging barriers to student success
  • supported by data and applied research
  • purposefully designed for students across all campuses and not just for students who seek them out
  • connected to Shark Path
  • developed to help foster a sense of purpose


Based on the input received from institutional stakeholders, examples of foundational COI activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • COI Kick-off Events
  • Virtual Communities
  • Academic/ Engagement Workshops
  • Career Development
  • Internship Preparedness/Workforce Readiness/Transfer Workshops

Communities of Interest Offered at MDC

COIs will enrich the vibrant campus life and activities that students already experience at the College. MDC will align the College’s COIs with the State of Florida, Department of Education meta-majors, which include:

  • Arts, Humanities, Communication and Design
  • Business
  • Education
  • Health Sciences
  • Industry/Manufacturing and Construction
  • Public Safety
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences and Human Services