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Miami Dade College Awarded Campus Compact Grant to Pilot Program

C2C program

Miami, November 21, 2011 - Miami Dade College (MDC) has been awarded a two-year grant from Campus Compact, a non-profit coalition of nearly 1,200 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education, to launch Connect2Complete (C2C), a peer advocacy initiative to help community college students stay in school and graduate.  C2C also aims to increase student civic engagement and leadership in the college and community. MDC is one of only three institutions in the state selected to pilot the Campus Compact-funded project, which is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The MDC Center for Community Involvement, in partnership with Florida Campus Compact, will launch the project at the Wolfson Campus in the 2012 spring term. MDC is one of nine colleges in the nation selected to participate.

“This student-to-student program will strengthen student connections to their peers, the college’s support resources and to the community. As C2C becomes a critical component of MDC’s efforts to empower students through leadership development and meaningful engagement, we expect an increase in the number of students able to successfully stay in school, graduate and become active citizens of our community” said Josh Young, director of MDC’s Center for Community Involvement.

The program will increase opportunities for faculty to seamlessly infuse leadership development, civic engagement and service in developmental classes as a means to build connections between students that lead to persistence and graduation and for campuses to further develop a culture of meaningful engagement. Not only will the C2C program benefit Pell eligible students enrolled in at least one developmental education course, MDC students demonstrating academic success in a variety of disciplines will have opportunities to be actively involved as peer advocates working alongside faculty in Student Life Skills classes, individually, and in engaged student clusters leading awareness events and more. Students recruited as peer advocates will be enrolled in a leadership class and in some cases be eligible for Federal Work Study positions or AmeriCorps scholarships. The grant award is $175,000. 

 “We will mobilize hundreds of peer advocates to support 4,500 students enrolled in developmental education courses. In collaboration with our community college and state Compact sub-grantees, we will develop model strategies that have the potential to be adopted at community colleges across the country to help these students achieve the goal of graduation — so valued by them and their families,” said Compact President Maureen F. Curley. 

Campus Compact is a national leader in building civic engagement into campus and academic life. For more information about Campus Compact, visit  

Florida Campus compact is a state-wide coalition of over 50 colleges and universities committed to promoting community service, service-learning, and civic engagement. For more information about Florida Campus Compact, visit

Miami Dade College is the nation’s largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of more than 174,000 students. It is also the nation’s top producer of Associate in Arts and Science degrees and awards more degrees to minorities than any other college or university in the country. 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, nursing, physician assistant studies, film, engineering, and others. In fact, its academic and workforce training programs are 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 MDC Live! 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.


For more information about the C2C program at MDC, please contact Joshua Young, director of MDC’s Center for Community Involvement, at 305-237-7477, or


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