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Miami Dade College’s Project V-Coach Earns Kudos from The League for Innovation

V-Coach Staff

Hialeah Campus Project V-Coach Staff

Miami, May 25, 2011 - Every year The League for Innovation in the Community College honors outstanding programs within institutions as Innovations of the Year. Miami Dade College (MDC) was recently selected as a 2011 Innovation of the Year for its Virtual-Coach System (V-Coach), a real-time, high-impact retention tool targeting at-risk students.    

The V-Coach project manages critical challenges and supports student success and satisfaction by sending proactive alerts on grades, attendance, financial aid status, withdrawals, and other crucial information. V-Coach provides academic support via a Math Portal and a VIP webpage where students access self-assessments, educational videos, articles, practice exams, surveys, and math tutorial software 

In 2010, V-Coach supported MDC’s Summer STEM Academy to awaken students’ interest science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields and increase their passing scores. The Academy, which was made possible with a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, won a Chancellor’s Best Practice Award from the Florida Department of Education.

Established in 1968, The League for Innovation in the Community College is an international organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement. It hosts conferences and institutes, develops web resources, conducts research, produces publications, provides services, and leads projects and initiatives with member colleges, corporate partners and other agencies with the continuing effort to make a positive difference for students and communities.

Miami Dade College is the nation’s largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of more than 170,000 students. It is also the nation’s top producer of associate in arts and science degrees. The college’s seven campuses and two centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including several baccalaureate degrees in education, public safety, supervision and management and nursing. In fact, its academic and workforce training programs have served as national models of excellence. MDC is also renowned for its rich cultural programming. It is home of the Miami Book Fair International, Miami International Film Festival, the Cultura del Lobo performing arts series, the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower, a sculpture park and a large art gallery and theater system. MDC has served nearly 2,000,000 students since it opened its doors in 1960.


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