Miami-Dade College

Miami Dade College’s Idea Center and LaunchCode Expand Free, World-Class Computer Science Education       

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MIAMI – Registration is underway for CS50x Miami, the in-person version of Harvard University’s flagship introduction to computer science course. It is now being offered completely free of charge through an expanded partnership between The Idea Center at Miami Dade College (MDC) and LaunchCode, a nonprofit that places aspiring developers and technologists into paid apprenticeships and jobs. The Idea Center is MDC’s hub for creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. 

The 20-week class will provide students with a foundation in computer programming and web development that puts them on a path to launch a career in technology. CS50x Miami, which has been offered with scholarship assistance in the past, is now free and open to the public. All applicants must register and complete a skills assessment test prior to enrolling.

“CS50x Miami is the largest and most successful coding bootcamp in South Florida,” said TheIdea Center’s Executive Director, Leandro Finol. “Now, by offering it for free, we are confident in our ability to attract South Florida’s best and brightest applicants, particularly focusing on the inclusion of minorities and women.”

LaunchCode Executive Director Brendan Lind said CS50x has proven to be an extremely effective pathway to finding a job in technology.

“CS50x is the most efficient and cost-effective way to learn the skills needed to be a successful programmer,” Lind said. “We are excited to expand our partnership with The Idea Center at MDC to offer CS50x Miami for free to the entire South Florida community.”

In addition to providing educational opportunities for students interested in learning how to code, LaunchCode places qualified candidates into apprenticeships and jobs in tech. To date, LaunchCode has placed CS50x Miami graduates with companies including MasterCard, Boeing, Modernizing Medicine, and Kairos.

To register or for more information, please visit CS50xMiami.comClasses begin Monday, June 13.

 


Miami Dade College Fall Registration Now Open! Classes Start Aug 26

Check out this news from Miami Dade College. Pay particular attention to the opportunity to earn an Associate in Science in Transportation Logistics and future opportunity to earn a bachelor of science degree to address emerging markets. ~ Team Va-Va

Registration for the fall term at Miami Dade College (MDC) is underway, and students are encouraged to register early in order to get the courses and schedules they need to graduate. Classes are expected to fill quickly, and this year, registration will close at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 25. There will be no late registration once classes start on Monday, August 26.

The Panama Canal expansion and emerging markets in Latin America are expected to create a boom in the workforce, and to address this need, MDC will launch this fall the Associate in Science in Transportation Logistics. A Bachelor of Applied Science in Supply Chain Management is slated to start fall of 2014. Transportation logistics and supply chain management includes a broad range of jobs, from procurement of raw materials, warehousing and transporting of goods, to automobile, rail and aviation fleet maintenance and operations. Students interested in this program can contact Andre Naumann at 305-237-5952.

MDC’s bachelor’s degree options include biological sciences; electronics engineering; film, television & digital production; nursing; several education tracks; physician assistant studies; public safety; and supervision and management.

Please note MDC’s new Priority Registration system is also in effect, which allows early registration by appointment to assist students who need specific courses to graduate. Students can register, pay for classes, check course availability, print schedules, and more at www.mdc.edu. On-line service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A $20 non-refundable fee is charged for processing first-time applications.

For more information, or to register, call 305- 237-8888, or visit www.mdc.edu

 

 

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Miami Dade College Opens Registration for Fall Mini-Term

Miami Dade College (MDC) is offering mini-term sessions for students who did not have the opportunity to register for the regular fall semester. Classes start October 1.

The mini-term allows students to get the classes they need to stay on schedule and graduate.

With more than 300 major areas of study, including associate, bachelor and certificate programs, eight campuses, a major outreach center and other sites, and a growing Virtual College, MDC is the first step toward a prosperous future.

MDC’s bachelor’s degree options include biological sciences; electronics engineering; film, television & digital production; nursing; several education tracks; physician assistant studies; public safety; and supervision and management.

For more information, or to register, please call 305- 237-8888, or visit www.mdc.edu.


Photographer Donnalyn Anthony Selected for Prestigious NABJ Student Multimedia Project

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Congratulations to one of our favorite photographers, Donnalyn Anthony, on her selection for the coveted National Association of Black Journalists Student Multimedia Project.  Anthony is a photographer with Miami Dade College’s (MDC) award-winning student newspaper, The Reporter, also freelances for The Miami Times, and has shot photos of high profile politicians and community events.

The program will be held at the NABJ Convention and Career Fair in New Orleans on June 18 through June 22. Anthony, 33, will work alongside professional journalists and journalism educators to produce breaking news and long-form multimedia stories.

“I’m looking forward to it because it will give me access to work alongside people in the industry who have been doing this work,” said Anthony, who has a bachelor’s degree in studio art from South Carolina State University, and is currently working on an associate in science degree in photographic technology at MDC.  

While at The Reporter, Anthony has taken photographs of Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, a deployment ceremony at North Campus honoring 175 U.S Army Reserve soldiers departing for Afghanistan, and a rally at Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami for supporters of Trayvon Martin.

“I'm very proud and excited for Donnalyn,” said Monique Madan, editor-in-chief of The Reporter. “I know she will wow them and learn how to take her photography to an even higher level.”

Anthony’s interest in photography was ignited in 2001 while taking part in the study abroad program, Semester at Sea. During the voyage, Anthony visited 10 countries and snapped photos of the townships in South Africa, the Maasai villages in Kenya and the favelas in Brazil.

But it wasn’t until 2010 that Anthony got her first formal training in photography while taking courses at MDC. Since then she has taken portrait and studio photography, intro to photography and illustration II (for photography). She expects to finish her associate in science degree at MDC in the fall of 2013.

“I like the idea of being able to capture a moment when something is happening," said Anthony, who aspires to work as a photojournalist or photo editor for a major news publication one day.

 


Miami Dade College Chamber Singers and the Civic Chorale of Greater Miami to Present Benefit Concert April 22

The Miami Dade College (MDC) Kendall Campus Chamber Singers and the Civic Chorale of Greater Miami will present Flights of Hope, a benefit concert for Safespace Foundation at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 22 at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center.

The Safespace Foundation is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization committed to the advocacy and empowerment of domestic violence victims and survivors.

Tickets for the Flights of Hope concert will be available at the door the day of the concert, or in advance by calling 786-573-5300, or visiting www.smdcac.org/shows.html.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 seniors, $10 for students with I.D., and free for children under age 12.

There will be clothing bins on-site for donations of clean, gently used clothing, small houseware items and used cell phones for the Safespace residents.

For more information, call 305-490-5930 or email kboos@mdc.edu or civicchoralemiami@gmail.com, or visit www.civicchorale.info


Miami Dade College Welcomes New Softball Head Coach

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The Miami Dade College (MDC) Department of Athletics has hired Gina De Aguero as head coach of its women’s softball team. An MDC alumna and a former member of the Lady Sharks softball team, De Aguero earned an Associate in Arts degree in Education in 1999 and later transferred to St. Thomas University to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Social Studies in Secondary Education in 2003.

As an educator and former athlete, De Aguero understands what it takes to excel in both academics and sports. Presently, she is a Special Education teacher in Miami, and, until recently, served as head coach for the Miami Lady Canes, a traveling softball team. Over the years, her teams have won various district, state and national championships.

“De Aguero’s coaching background both as a softball player and coach of winning teams makes her a formidable new addition to the MDC Athletics family and especially to a team that continuously makes us proud,” said Dr. Lourdes Oroza, president of MDC’s Kendall Campus. “We are sure that her energy and passion will propel the team to new heights.”

MDC’s Department of Athletics prides itself in the sponsorship of academic development and promotion of sports. MDC teams have earned a total of 33 NJCAA titles, including 13 in women’s sports.

The intercollegiate athletic program at MDC works in partnership with its dynamic, multi-cultural community to provide accessible and high quality guidance and direction by keeping the needs of the student-athlete at the center of decision-making.

For more information about MDC athletics, visit http://www.mdc.edu/athletics/ or contact Pía Cruzalegui at 305-237-2753 orpcruzale@mdc.edu.

 


MDC Engineering Student Selected by FAA for Prestigious Job Training Program

Miami, FL – Kedar Souffrant, a stellar student in Miami Dade College’s (MDC) renowned School of Engineering and Technology (EnTec), was recently selected by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its Technical Operations - Collegiate Training Initiative (TO-CTI) program. The prestigious pipeline program will enable Soufrrant to work part time as a technical operations intern at an FAA facility in Miami for the duration of her studies at MDC. Upon successful completion of the TO-CTI program and graduation, Souffrant will be eligible for a non-competitive, full-time entry level position as a technical specialist with the FAA. 

Over the years, MDC has established and maintained valuable partnerships with local and national organizations to help students attain employment and meet the demands of today’s workforce. Other MDC pipeline partnerships with a track record of successful student hires include: the Florida Power & Light (FPL) “Nuclear Maintenance Apprentice Training Program;” the FPL/Nuclear Energy Institute’s “Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program;” the Hospitality Institute’s Job Readiness Training Workshop; and the Disney College Program. 

In addition to the respective academic programs and faculty, the Career and Advisement Services department at MDC also provides students with a quality, learning-centered experience that enables them to establish and fulfill their educational and career goals. The advisors help students make decisions regarding their educational, transfer options, career goals, and assist them with referrals to other resources and opportunities such as the FPL and Disney job training programs.   

MDC’s School of Engineering and Technology programs and degrees are various and are designed to help students enter the workforce almost immediately upon graduation. Some degree programs include the Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology; Associate in Arts degrees in Electrical, Computer, Mechanical, Biomedical and Civil Engineering; and Associate in Science degrees in Electronics Engineering Technology, Computer Engineering Technology and Electrical Power Technology.

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MDC engineering student Kedar Souffrant (center) on the day she was sworn in at the FAA. She is joined by FAA Technical Operations Manager and MDC alumnus Darrell Roberts (far left), MDC EnTec Engineering Chairperson Dr. Miguel Alonso, and MDC EnTec’s Director of Industry Relations Maria Poviones-Bishop.

 


MDC Hosts Free Concert with Wolfson Latin Jazz Big Band Nov. 1

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Miami, FL – The community is invited to attend a free concert featuring Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Wolfson Latin Jazz Big Band at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the Wolfson Campus Auditorium.

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MDC North Campus and Hispanic Scholarship Fund Host ‘College is Possible’ Town Hall Meeting and EXPO Nov. 5

A special opportunity for eligible high school seniors to complete and submit online scholarship applications in hi-tech computer courtyard with individualized assistance

 

Miami, FL – For the third consecutive year, Miami Dade College (MDC) and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) will join hands to bring a wealth of scholarship, financial aid and college admission information to middle and high school students and their parents. The College is Possible Scholarship Town Hall and College EXPO will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 from 8 a.m. to noon at MDC’s North Campus. The event will feature special workshops about financial aid and scholarships and a college fair where attendees will learn about career and educational options, including how to apply and pay for college. 

 

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MDC Hosts Community Events for Hispanic Heritage Month

Miami, FL – Considering Miami Dade College’s (MDC) track record for enrolling more Hispanic students than any other educational institution in the nation, it is no wonder that the month of October would be any less exciting for the students, faculty, staff and community. This month, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, MDC’s eight campuses will host an exciting array of events including lectures, exhibitions, live performances, food tastings, and more. Most of the events are free unless otherwise noted and are open to the public. Some events may require advanced registration.

Here are some highlights from this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month events:

Mon., Oct. 17 – Noon

Did You Know? Home Remedies, Herbs and Medicinal Practice of Our Culture

Dr. Cindy Cork and Teresita Pedraza will lead a panel discussion on Hispanic culture and the health field. Refreshments will be served.

Medical Center Campus, 950 N.W. 20th St. – Student Life Lounge, Room 1163 – 305-237-4213

 

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