September 2011, Volume 15, Number 4


MDC among best places to work

MDC: Best Place to Work, Again!

For the third year in a row, Miami Dade College has been named one of the nation’s best colleges to work for, according to the 2011 survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. In addition, for a second time, MDC made The Chronicle’s distinguished Honor Roll, awarded to institutions that excel in a wide variety of categories.

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MDC Producing Top Teachers

New survey data show that MDC’s School of Education graduates outperformed those from state universities and private colleges in Florida when it came to their own students’ FCAT scores.

Illustration of Miami taxi service

Taxicab Driver Training Brings Back Service With a Smile

First impressions have a lasting impact, and that notion has propelled “Miami Begins With Me,” an initiative designed to improve South Florida’s tourism service profile by training service providers on the front lines of tourism. Its latest target for charm school: taxicab drivers.

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MDC Makes President’s Honor Roll for Fifth Year

For the fifth consecutive year, Miami Dade College has the distinction of making the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

MDC's Moving Image Archive

Moving Image Archives Move Into 21st Century

Moving the preservation of moving pictures significantly forward, the Wolfson family recently donated more than $2 million to expedite the digitization of tapes and films contained in the renowned Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives at MDC.

Former President of Colombia Dr. Álvaro Uribe Vélez

Former Colombian Leader Receives MDC’s Highest Honor

Miami Dade College recently honored former President of Colombia Dr. Álvaro Uribe Vélez with its highest distinction: the Presidential Medal.

MDC President Eduardo J. Padrón and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

A Noble Appointment

Miami Dade College President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón has been elected to the Board of Directors of the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

Dental hygienist with patient

Meeting the Needs of the Underserved

Expanding its strong tradition of serving the South Florida community, Miami Dade College’s Medical Center Campus is now partnering with the Peñalver Clinic and the Miami-Dade Health Department to provide low-cost dental care for underserved populations.

Paramedics will train police

Surviving the Golden Hour

MDC’s Medical Center Campus recently joined forces with the Miami-Dade Police Department to launch the nation’s first medical training course designed to prevent officer fatalities in the first hour after injury at a crime scene.

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Building a Solid Future

For more than 10 years, MDC and Turner Construction have partnered to offer free training courses to small business owners in the construction industry, helping them build a better foundation for growth. This year, 56 students graduated from the Turner School of Construction Management Training Course at Kendall Campus.

V-Coach staff

Virtual-Coach helps at-risk students, wins innovation award

For enabling students to achieve academic success, MDC was recently selected by the League for Innovation in the Community College as a 2011 Innovation of the Year recipient for its Project Virtual-Coach (V-Coach) System at the Hialeah Campus.

Piece from Ciu Xiuwen's Angel Series

East Meets West at MDC’s Confucius Institute

In keeping with its commitment to bring the rich cultural traditions of China to South Florida, MDC’s Confucius Institute along with MDC’s Office of International Education recently teamed up with the College's Asian-­Pacific American Heritage Celebration Committee to offer a series of programs celebrating Asian-American Heritage at MDC’s InterAmerican Campus.

Chilean students learn business leadership techniques at MDC’s Wolfson Campus.

MDC Broadens Business Ties

More than 100 scholars and faculty members from Ecuador’s Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial came to Miami Dade College recently for a three-day seminar on international business.

MDC English Professor Maureen O'Hara directs the annual Fulbright Gateway Orientation

A Gateway to New Horizons

For scores of international students who arrive at Miami Dade College as Fulbright students every year, the Magic City and MDC are their first taste of American life. By participating in the Fulbright Gateway Orientation Program at Miami Dade College, these talented intellectuals get their first glimpse of the rich variety of experiences they will have at numerous institutions across the country.

Business people

MDC Expands Fast-Track Business Program

When MDC launched its accelerated associate degree in business at Wolfson Campus last year, the program generated so much demand the College is now expanding it to Homestead Campus as well.

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Students Give A+ to Bachelor's Programs

As Miami Dade College continues to expand the number of bachelor’s degrees it offers, students are giving the programs top grades, a recent study shows.

Wheaton College President Dr. Ronald A. Crutcher with MDC graduates

MDC, Wheaton Join Forces for Seamless Transfers

To facilitate the transfer of student credits between the colleges, Miami Dade College and Wheaton College recently signed a formal articulation agreement.

St. Thomas University President Monsignor Franklyn M. Casale

Supervision Bachelor's Degree a Hit

Miami Dade College and St. Thomas University have forged a new academic partnership to offer MDC students a smooth transition into graduate-level studies.

Illustration of workers

Work Solutions Puts People Back in Workforce

Always seeking new ways to prepare people for the changing demands of today’s job market, Miami Dade College’s Working Solutions Program takes a proactive approach to job training.

Microscopic bacteria

Bachelor's in Biological Sciences to Meet Workforce Needs

Miami Dade College will soon offer a new Bachelor of Science with a major in Biological Sciences to meet the local demand for trained professionals in the biological/life science industries in South Florida, thanks to unanimous approval from the Florida Board of Education.

From left, Dr. Rolando Montoya, MDC Provost; Jane Ann Williams, executive director of MDC's Office of International Education; Chilean Ambassador to the U.S. Arturo Fermandois;Chilean Consul General Juan Luis Nilo; and Jeff Olesen, Diplomat in Residence.

World Leaders Expand Students’ Global Perspectives

MDC’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Initiatives (CLACI) has embarked on a series of collaborative efforts to bring to light different aspects of the cultural and socioeconomic milieu in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Focusing on Diverse Abilities

Getting her students to think in unique ways about the diverse needs of their future clients, MDC professor Barbara Rosenthal is taking her Principles of Marketing class to a new level this fall.

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