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Carnegie Foundation Selects MDC for Prestigious Community Engagement Recognition

Carnegie Recognition (Take Stock in Children)

Take Stock in Children is one of several community initiatives that MDC supports to help further educational opportunities for financially disadvantaged students in Miami-Dade County. Here, during a recent Take Stock project, an MDC student volunteer helps middle school students in a computer training program.

Miami, January 9, 2009 - After a rigorous selection process, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching announced it has selected Miami Dade College (MDC) for its 2008 Community Engagement Classification. MDC was recognized for its extensive community involvement initiatives - particularly for helping first generation and disadvantaged students attend college and for its well-known service-learning program.    

The Carnegie Foundation awards the distinguished classification as part of an effort to encourage more higher-education institutions to reach out to the world around them. The Foundation established the designation in 2006 as part of a broader overhaul of the system it uses for categorizing higher-education institutions.

“We hope that by acknowledging the commitment and accomplishment of these engaged institutions, the foundation will encourage other colleges to move in this direction,” Carnegie Foundation President, Anthony S. Bryk, said in a written statement.

MDC dedicates significant funding to community engagement activities and infrastructure, some of which goes to the Center for Community Involvement; the Earth Ethics Institute; Miami Book Fair International, and other programs. Additionally, many of the College’s employees, particularly its leaders, are actively involved in a variety of service-oriented projects.

MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón has also written many articles on the subject, most recently, “Learning to Serve,” an article for Hispanic Magazine about the power of service-learning to transform education. He also wrote recently, “The Hunger Within,” an article that appeared in El Nuevo Herald about the world hunger crisis and need for action.

Within the last year, the College secured more than $11 million dollars in grants to support worthy projects such as a refugee vocational education project with the Florida Department of Children and Families: academic support for disadvantaged middle and high school students from Take Stock in Children; a youth summer arts camp sponsored by Miami-Dade County; and the College Reach-Out Program, which supports first generation, economically and educationally disadvantaged students.

“In the future, we’d like to continue advancing our community involvement initiatives by further incorporating them into the overall culture here at MDC,” said Dr. Padrón. “We are extremely grateful for the recognition and will use it as a springboard to expand our reach in the community.” 

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