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U.S. Department of Education Awards $10 Million to Miami Dade College to Support STEM Programs

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Miami, September 30, 2011 - The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) announced the 2011 Hispanic Serving Institutions STEM awards, granting Miami Dade College’s (MDC) North Campus $10 million dollars to support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education.  Two separate grants were awarded. 

The STEM TRAC Project will support an educational center designed to attract Hispanic and disadvantaged students to enter and complete educational opportunities in STEM fields and attain a four-year degree.  A combination of high-impact practices will be used, including peer-led tutoring, service learning, virtual advising and coaching, and research experiences. This project will be a cooperative grant with three MDC campuses and St. Thomas University. The College will receive $6 million during a five- year period to support this cooperative project. 

The STEM Ladder to Success Project will assist to increase enrollment of Hispanic and low-income minorities in programs leading to STEM degrees at MDC’s North Campus. The program will be designed to include summer research institutes, high school summer campus, interdisciplinary teaching, service learning, and undergraduate research internships at four-year institutions. More than 800 college students will benefit, as well as 11th and 12th-grade students within the Miami Dade County Public School System.  This Project is an individual grant awarded to the North Campus for a five-year period in the amount of $4,035,626. 

“We are extremely pleased that the USDOE has recognized MDC’s North Campus and the power it has to impact the number of underrepresented minorities graduating with degrees in the sciences,” said Dr. Jose A. Vicente, North Campus president.  

Collectively, these grants represent a solid foundation on which to build the newly formed School of Science at MDC, which is housed at the North Campus. The grants will empower the school to form an extensive network of support for students wishing to pursue degrees and ultimately careers in the sciences.  “Under these grants, we will be able to create STEM student support centers at North, Kendall, and Wolfson Campuses.  All students will be able to readily access services specifically geared toward STEM student success and completion.” said Dr. Heather Belmont, dean of the School of Science.

For more information, please contact the School of Science at 305-237-1101.

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