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College Credit courses to be offered in the Town of Miami Lakes by Miami Dade College’s Hialeah Campus

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Miami, December 19, 2008 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Hialeah Campus and the Office of the Mayor of the Town of Miami Lakes will launch the first public college credit classes in Miami Lakes on January 7, 2009.  Beginning with three foreign language courses, MDC’s Hialeah Campus plans to expand course offerings to provide increased access to college degrees and certificates for Miami Lakes area residents.

This initial course offering also represents the first step toward development of a new Global Studies Institute (GSI) at the College, intended to provide a rigorous interdisciplinary education to prepare global leaders in business, education, government, and the non-profit sector.

Classes beginning in January include introductory Italian, French, and Chinese courses that meet once a week on Monday or Wednesday evenings and use an integrated (multi-media) approach to language proficiency acquisition in the basic skills (listening comprehension, speaking, reading, writing, and cross-cultural awareness). Through support from the Office of the Mayor, these first courses will be held at Miami Lakes Town Hall located in the town center, known as Main Street.

“This is an exciting partnership benefiting our residents and bringing to life a long-held dream of both the college and the Town of Miami Lakes,” said Dr. Cindy L. Miles, Hialeah Campus President.  According to Mayor Michael Pizzi, “Miami Lakes has one of the most educated citizenry in South Florida, so it is only appropriate that we bring higher educational opportunities to this important community.”

For more information, please contact Chairperson Maria Jofre (305-237-8749) or e-mail

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist

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