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New and Exciting Programs for MDC Fall Term 2008

~Fall term begins Aug. 27~
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Miami, August 21, 2008 - Each semester Miami Dade College (MDC) gets bigger and better. And the 2008 fall term promises to be one of the most exciting yet. From a jazz institute taught by some of the most talented musicians around the globe to biotechnology and agriscience certificate programs, MDC continues to deliver new opportunities across the academic spectrum. The fall term begins Aug. 27, but the time to register is now as classes are quickly filling. Learn more about what’s to come.

Latin Jazz finds a home   

MDC’s School of Community Education based at the Kendall Campus will launch the Miami Dade College Jazz Institute, offering master workshops and seminars, music business classes, conferences, and concerts. At student workshops, MDC, high school and middle school students will have the opportunity to jam with major recording artists in the Latin jazz world. In addition, the institute will also host the annual Latin Jazz Festival held at the campus in November. Also new at the Kendall Campus, the School of Business is offering a newly-created certificate program in entrepreneurship, the first of its kind to be offered in the State of Florida at the community college level. Courses include Introduction to E-Commerce and Fundamentals of Selling, among others.     

Experts in growing industries  

The North Campus Biology/Health & Wellness Department is proud to announce three new certificate programs in agriscience and biotechnology. Agriscience for the Horticulture Specialist is an introductory certificate to prepare students for positions in the nursery and landscape industries, while Agriscience for the Horticulture Professional is an advanced study program for managerial positions in nursery and landscape technology industries. A College Credit Certificate in biotechnology helps prepare students for immediate entry-level employment in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing industry.   

Exceptional medical training   

The Medical Center Campus offers a five-semester medical coder/biller certificate program to train individuals to work directly with the reimbursement of medical care. Students also earn 27 college credits toward an MDC Associate of Science degree in health information management. The campus offers three unique tracks to become a Licensed Massage Therapists (LMT). The generic track can be completed in two semesters and individuals are eligible for the credentialing process to become a licensed therapist. The accelerated and transitional tracks allow credentialed health care providers to receive credit for coursework previously completed. No other program in the State of Florida offers these various programs to become an LMT.  

Aviation and power plant technology  

At the Homestead Campus, aviation programs continue to soar. The School of Aviation offers training in aviation administration, aviation maintenance management and professional pilot technology, five college credit certificates, continuing education, vocational programs, and FAA knowledge exams. Most recently, the campus launched the Electrical Power Technology (EPT) program in partnership with FPL. The skilled worker pipeline program was created to address the nationwide nuclear workforce shortage. Students will gain an understanding of power plant operations and technologies, equipment and systems maintenance, and health, safety and environmental issues while working towards an Associate in Science degree. The program includes paid summer internships at FPL’s Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant for those who qualify. 

Enhancing human services  

Social science at the Wolfson Campus includes three tracks in human services studies. The human services (generalist) program provides basic education in human service and counseling skills for entry-level employment. The human services program with a specialization in addiction studies prepares students for a career as an addiction specialist, chemical dependency practitioner and human services specialist, among other fields. Both programs lead to an Associate in Science degree in human services. There is also a certificate in addiction studies available, which also provides supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in these growing occupations. 

Business and art blossom  

With a focus on business programs, MDC’s newest campus is growing rapidly.  Already established as a leader in business education, the West Campus located in Doral has built strong ties with City of Doral agencies and businesses to design courses to meet the needs of the area and provide internship opportunities for students. The campus offers Associate in Art and Associate in Science degrees, as well as credit certificates and community education non-credit courses. This semester, the West Campus will begin offering two introduction education courses. In addition, art talks and exhibitions are being planned for the campus’ West Art Gallery.

An Art Institute for the community 

The InterAmerican Campus will further enhance Community Education with the creation of its very own art hub and culture hub. The InterAmerican Art Institute, which officially opens this fall, is a community enrichment center offering exhibits, concerts, workshops, lectures, and classes in the heart of Little Havana. Open to art enthusiasts of all ages, the goal with the Institute is to provide a venue where members of the community can discover and develop their creative skills.   

These are just a few of the new and exciting things happening at the nation’s largest institution of higher education this semester, which marks the start of the new academic year. By the way, MDC students will also get a chance to attend the 25th anniversary of the college’s Miami Book Fair International this semester in November.

Register Now!

Students can register, pay for classes, check course availability, print schedules and more at On-line service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A $20 non-refundable fee is charged for processing first-time applications. Classes begin Wednesday, Aug. 27, which is also the last day to register for the fall term. Registration at a later date incurs a $50 late fee. Classes are filling quickly, so please register early.

For more information call:  Registrar’s Office (305) 237-8888 or visit

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