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Miami Dade College’s Hialeah Campus Receives Health Literacy Grant

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Miami, April 26, 2012 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) School of Continuing Education and Professional Development at the Hialeah Campus has been awarded an important health literacy grant for the third year in a row by the Florida Literacy Coalition through the generous support of Florida Blue (formerly Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida).

The grant money, $5,000, will be used to incorporate health-related curriculum into the existing ESOL program. Through this grant, students will be exposed to meaningful nutrition and health care information while they learn English. The program will culminate with presentations that will be prepared and delivered by program participants. 

“We are very pleased to have the support of the Florida Literacy Coalition and the Blue Foundation to enhance our existing programs with critical health and nutrition information,” said Hialeah Campus Academic Dean Dr. Ana Maria Bradley-Hess. “This will help us continue to do our part to address the alarming rate of childhood obesity in the City of Hialeah.”

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. The college’s campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including several baccalaureate degrees in education, public safety, supervision and management, nursing and others. 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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