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Miami Dade College Receives $3 Million Grant from U.S. Department of Energy in Support of its Engineering and Nuclear Energy Programs

MDC joins Duke, Georgia Tech, MIT and other top institutions receiving this award

Miami, September 12, 2011 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) renowned School of Engineering and Technology has been awarded $3,000,000 by the US Department of Energy (USDOE). MDC joins Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, among other high profile research universities, in receiving this prestigious award.

The collaborative partnership between the USDOE and MDC addresses five objectives: 1) Assist in addressing nuclear energy technical R&D challenges; 2) Maintain the nation's leading position in nuclear energy R&D; 3) Advance the state of U.S. nuclear technology; 4) Improve the nation's nuclear science and engineering infrastructure so the industry will be ready for future expansion; and 5) Support the ongoing need for personnel who can develop and maintain the nation’s nuclear power technology.

An important aspect of this grant is the ability to offer fellowship and scholarship awards that are expected to attract high-quality undergraduate students into nuclear science and engineering programs at the college.

“This grant, awarded to the School of Engineering and Technology, will provide MDC students with the means and strategies necessary to succeed in nuclear fields,” said Madeline Pumariega, Wolfson Campus President. “This clean energy industry offers tremendous career growth and earnings opportunities.”

A leader in career training in the energy industry, MDC has worked with major employers placing graduates in key positions, including at Florida Power & Light.   

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