In an effort to help those looking for a career change or a new opportunity, we have launched Kick Start your Career with Rapid Credentials. After receiving a grant from the Florida Department of Education, we have been able to expand our offerings, bring back programs that were in high demand and add new ones.

Everyone who is awarded this scholarship will receive free tuition, money for books, and a living stipend in the amount of $100 per credit hour. The stipends will not be disbursed in a lump sum payment, and will be awarded in multiple payments throughout the semester.

The only thing you will need to pay for is the $30 application fee to become an MDC student.

We will be accepting students on a rolling bases while grant funds are available. The program ends Summer, 2021.

This scholarship is available for new and returning students.

To qualify for the scholarship, you must:

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalency
  • Apply to MDC
  • Provide proof of Florida residency
  • Commit to completing the College Credit Certificate (CCC) in the time described
  • If applying for the EMT program, you must also assert your ability to pass a background check and a health exam
  • You must have computer proficiency, and you must be comfortable taking classes online

No. We want to make sure people can benefit from this program so we are only allowing you to apply for one program.

This program requires that you complete the College Credit Certificate program in the time described in each program. Please review the program description below to learn whether your CCC is expected to complete in Fall and Spring depending on your program.

If your CCC is split into two semesters, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, you must successfully complete the first semester to advance to the second semester.

The programs will all be taught in English. These are all academic programs offered at MDC, all approved by the State of Florida and, as such, are taught in English.

Yes, this is an academic program. You will receive a College Credit Certificate degree upon completion. Moreover, many of these programs are “stackable.” What that means is, after completing one of these programs, you could potentially enroll in an Associate Degree program and only need to complete additional classes to receive your Associate Degree.

In addition, this program will also allow you to complete industry certifications in your particular field.

It depends on the course. With that said, Miami Dade College has made every effort to offer many classes online. Please, speak to your Kickstart advisor to find out what the set up for your program will be.

The number varies per program. Scholarships will be distributed on a first come first served basis, as long as the student follows the instructions they will receive and completes the necessary paperwork.

Students are not required to apply for FAFSA or receive Financial Aid to qualify for this program. All program costs, including tuition, books, materials and certification exam fees will be covered by the grant. If a program is financial aid eligible, students will be provided guidance on the application process.

To sign up please fill out the interest form here. Once you submit the interest form, you will receive an email within 24-48 hours from an MDC advisor. This person will walk you through the process and the necessary information needed in order to enroll.

If you come across any problems throughout this process, you will need to contact that advisor, as soon as possible. They will be your point of contact.

If you are selected for Business Entrepreneurship, Digital Marketing or Accounting, you will be contacted by Monday, August 24th. If you are applying for any other program, you will be notified if you have been selected by Tuesday, September 8th.

No, you have to commit to take the specific courses an advisor will select for you as part of the CCC.

If you do not get the scholarship you will be notified before Monday, August 31st.

As part of this program, we are working to ensure students will get the certifications they need to find employment as quickly as possible. To that end, we will be working with students to make sure they pass their certification exams and to help them find employment in specific fields.

Eligible College Credit Certificate Programs

Accounting and Budgeting

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The College Credit Certificate in Accounting & Budgeting will prepare students for entry level jobs in the accounting and budgeting field. It covers areas such as taxation for business, financial and managerial accounting as well as the use of accounting software in organizations. Credit earned can be applied towards the AS in Accounting Technology.

Location: This program is offered at Homestead and Wolfson Campuses

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Business Entrepreneurship Specialist - Start-Up Venture

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The Business Entrepreneurship Specialist College Credit Certificate is designed to prepare students for employment in entry-level positions or opening their own business or venture. The start-up venture certificate covers areas such as funding your venture, marketing in a digital world and lean start-up.

Location: This program is offered at Kendall Campus

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Chef’s Apprentice

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The Chef Apprentice Certificate is designed to prepare students with a theoretical and practical foundation for a successful career in the culinary industry. Credits earned can be applied to Associate in Science degree in Culinary Arts Management, which may be transferrable to upper division public institutions.

Location: This program is offered at Wolfson Campus

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Digital Marketing Specialist

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The Digital Marketing Specialist Certificate is designed to prepare students to build and execute a marketing plan using digital tools to design, distribute, promote, and price a product or service. Graduates will understand how to connect with consumers using multiple digital platforms to create effective targeted promotional campaigns.

Location: This program is offered at the Hialeah, Padrón, North and West Campuses

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Graphic Design Support

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The Graphic Design Support College Credit Certificate prepares students with occupational skills in the creation and production of promotional materials for print, multimedia and the Web, including the selection and arrangement of text and graphic elements to communicate a message.

Location: This program is offered at Kendall and North Campuses

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Network Security

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The College Credit Certificate in Network Security prepares students with the skills and certifications needed to fulfill roles and positions in the Information Security industry. Students in this program will be prepared for exams in the following industry certifications: CompTIA Security+, Linux+, Network+, CySA+ and Certified Network Defender.

Location: This program is offered at the Meek Center from North Campus.

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Help Desk Support Technician

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The Help Desk Support Technician College Credit Certificate is designed to prepare students with the technical knowledge and skills for employment as entry-level computer help desk and support technicians in commercial, industrial and government institutions.

Location: This program is offered at the West and Homestead Campuses

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Translation and Interpretation

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This College Credit Certificate (CCC) focuses on the basic preparation needed for a career in Translation and Interpretation. Students learn how language functions and apply this knowledge to the development of Sight and Consecutive Interpretation skills. The development of basic translation competencies is also covered with emphasis on the use of Computer Assisted Translation software.

Location: This program is offered at Padrón Campus

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