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MDC North Campus President and Miami Lakes Mayor Focus on Taking Education to Greater Heights

North Campus

Miami, January 23, 2009 - Miami Dade College (MDC) North Campus President Dr. Jose A. Vicente recently met with Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi to discuss new ways to enhance educational opportunities for area residents. For more than three years, the North Campus has offered an array of educational programs to Town of Miami Lakes residents through partnerships with the Miami Lakes Community Center, Barbara Goleman Sr. High and Miami Lakes Educational Center.

Now, they want to take that foundation to greater heights. The discussion focused on   specialized programs through the campus’ School of Justice, School of Entertainment and Design Technology, Natural Sciences Department, and Community Education. 

“The North Campus stands committed to being a leader in forging workforce training stimulus initiatives in our community,” Dr. Vicente said. “At our meeting, we agreed to bring together the Mayor’s leadership team and that of the North Campus to fully assess the educational and training needs of our neighboring Town of Miami Lakes and to jointly identify the right mix of programs and training to complement our existing offerings.”

Mayor Pizzi was treated to a tour of the campus’ signature learning facilities, including a $40 million three-story Science Complex slated to open this fall. The campus also houses MDC’s state-of-the-art television studio facilities, which provide learning opportunities for students to produce professional-level audio recordings, HDTV and film productions, and radio programming to address the workforce needs of the South Florida’s competitive entertainment industry. In addition, students enjoy a 500-station cutting-edge Computer Courtyard where they have the opportunity to receive academic support as well as work independently on research papers, special assignments and the creation of multi-media presentations.

With nearly some 50,000 students enrolled per year and a workforce of more than 3,000, the North Campus makes a considerable economic impact on the community. In addition to acclaimed academic programs, the campus also hosts an array of performing and visual arts events throughout the year.  

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Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
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