AI for All

The overall goal of Artificial Intelligence for All is the development of AI courses and an interdisciplinary certificate that will expose all college students to AI, while building capacity for the development of a four-year degree in applied AI. This project aims to serve the national interest by increasing community colleges’ capacity to attract and train students in AI.

Leadership team: Antonio Delgado MIS, (P.I.), Joseph A. Weathers (Co-P.I.),Sarah Rodriguez (Co-P.I.) and Diego Alvardo (Co-P.I.)


The overall goal of ASCEND is to provide opportunities for underrepresented minorities to enter the cybersecurity workforce by preparing them to meet the evolving needs of the cybersecurity field and strengthening the pipeline from high school – to college – to employer.

Leadership team: Dr. Diego Tibaquirá (P.I.) and Dean Antonio Delgado (Co-P.I.)

Black Students in Tech

MDC and FPL partnered to provide scholarships for Black students to facilitate the completion of baccalaureate degrees in the technology field. The funds from FPL will be used to cover tuition, fees, books, and transportation costs for eligible Black students. This support will allow students to focus on their education, accelerating completion and entry into the tech workforce.

Leadership team: Manny Perez, Blanca Velez

Expanding Cyber Pathways

The overall goal of Expanding Cyber Pathways is to increase the number of trained professionals that are prepared to fill cybersecurity jobs in Florida. The grant will cover tuition and stipend for cybersecurity courses, internships, competitions and more.

Leadership team: Manny Perez and Jorge Ortega


ECHO, partnered with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google and IBM is working to provide a multi-cloud College Credit Certificate program to help meet industry cloud needs in the areas of multi-cloud DevOps and Data Analytics. This program will both up/reskill current professionals as well as train current college students in these technologies.

Leadership team: Prof. Lawrence Meyer, Jr. (P.I.) and Dr. Elodie Billionniere (Co-P.I.)


Are you ready to get started in the fast growing, high-earning technology field? Let Women RISE take you where you want to go with our student-centered, hands-on approach to learning. At the point of entry to MDC, Women RISE offers a tech-based summer program for students to jump start their academic experience. Throughout their studies, students are offered the opportunity to connect with industry professionals, receive academic and internship guidance, and prepare for in-demand industry certifications. Come see how opportunities in tech changes everything.

Leadership team: Nelly Delessy, PhD (P.I.) and Monica Minchala (Co-P.I.)

Cyber Skills for All

As part of this grant, MDC joined the Cyber Skills for All Community of Practice to work with AACC and Microsoft in strategies to increase participation of students from groups that have historically been underrepresented in the technology and cybersecurity industry. Additionally, MDC is implementing new cybersecurity courses focused on preparing students to obtain industry certifications relevant to the local market in South Florida.

Leadership team: Antonio Delgado, Jorge Ortega and Dr. Diego Tibaquirá


To aid Reboot Representation in attaining their goal to double the participation of Black, Latinx, and Native American women in computing by 2025, a comprehensive approach was designed to support MDC women through the 2-year to 4-year pathway to a bachelor’s degree in computer science at FIU. Leveraging evidence-based practices, this program provides community, access, support, and role models.

Leadership team: Dr. Elodie Billionniere (P.I.) and Dr. Monique Ross (Co-P.I.)

Lennar A+ Fund

Lennar Foundation and Miami Dade College partnered to prepare students with the technical knowledge and skills to obtain the CompTIA A+ certification and become successful IT Help Desk/Support Specialists. Funding from the Lennar Foundation will allow up to 100 students to prepare for the CompTIA A+ certification and earn up to 8 college credits, all at no cost to the student. Upon successful completion of the program students can seamlessly transition to a College Credit Certificate at MDC.

Learn, Work, Earn – Generation USA

Generation USA and Miami Dade College partnered to support local, underserved communities by giving residents the opportunity to earn industry-recognized credentials, an MDC certificate, and credits, and real-world experience in either cloud computing or IT, all at no cost to the student and in less than a year. During the first step, participants will learn technical skills and receive the necessary support to secure their first industry-standard credentials through Generation’s boot camp program in either cloud computing or IT. After achieving their first milestone, students transition to a College Credit Certificate at MDC and a part-time job at ConSol USA Inc., allowing them to gain paid professional experience while learning at MDC. After approximately 9 months, students will graduate with credentials, credits, and real-world work experience in a tech job.

Cybersecurity Opportunities and Methods that Promote Access and Student Success (COMPASS)

The overall goal of COMPASS is to increase the number of underrepresented minorities entering the cybersecurity workforce by providing them with opportunities to obtain cybersecurity credentials and degrees. The project is also creating the foundation for a seamless pipeline in cybersecurity across a critical educational transition from high school to college. Additionally, the grant provides scholarships for cybersecurity students and coverage for students and faculty for a trip to Israel.

Leadership team: Dr. Diego Tibaquirá (P.I.) and Dean Antonio Delgado (Co-P.I.)

Dade Enterprise Cloud Computing Initiative (DECCI)

DECCI is a partnership between the School of Engineering and Technology and Amazon Web Services that aims to increase the number of certified cloud computing technicians from underrepresented minority groups to meet local and national workforce needs. The program is designed to provide fast-track training for students in Miami-Dade County, while strengthening existing career pathway programs at Miami Dade College.

Leadership team: Dr. Elodie Billionniere (P.I.) and Prof. Lawrence Meyer, Jr. (Co-P.I.)

Mozilla Responsible Computer Science Challenge

The School of Engineering and Technology was awarded by Mozilla to empower future technology builders to create a healthier internet for all. As part of this project, the School of will integrate ethics content into computer science courses and develop social-impact projects in partnership with industry, nonprofits, and government. More information about the activities developed by EnTec for this grant.

Leadership team: Prof. George Gabb (P.I.)

Geographic Information Systems for Environment and Communities (GISEC)

GISEC is developing an academic pathway from High School to undergraduate and graduate studies in Geographic information Systems. GISEC will create a project learning platform with a natural disasters risk reduction and a public interest orientation. The project, which includes EnTec faculty and external academic specialists, will put technology and knowledge at the service of the local communities. This grant was awarded by the Public Interest Technology University Network.

Leader: Dr. Carlos Genatios (P.I.) for this grant.