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Miami Dade College

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Established 1959
Type Public College
President Eduardo J. Padrón
Faculty 2,103
Students 164,786 total (2004-05)
Location Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
Campus Urban
Colors Blue & White
Nickname Sharks
Website www.mdc.edu

Miami Dade College is one of Florida's public community colleges, located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. It is run by the College's Board of Trustees, appointed by the governor of Florida, whose chair is Helen Aguirre Ferré, a bilingual journalist. The College is also run by its President, currently Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, and by its various campus presidents throughout the county. The College has eight different campuses, each having various outreach centers: North, Kendall, Wolfson, Medical Center, Homestead, InterAmerican, Hialeah, and West. One of the largest outreach centers is located in Liberty City. The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Public is of or pertaining to the people; belonging to the people; relating to, or affecting, a nation, state, or community; opposed to private; as, the public treasury, a road or lake. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... A faculty is a division within a university. ... Alternate uses: Student (disambiguation) Etymologically derived through Middle English from the Latin second-type conjugation verb stŭdērĕ, which means to study, a student is one who studies. ... Miami-Dade County (formerly known as Dade County) is a county located in the southeastern part of the state of Florida. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... The athletic nickname, or equivalently athletic moniker, of a university or college within the United States of America is the name officially adopted by that institution for at least the members of its athletic teams. ... Orders Carcharhiniformes Heterodontiformes Hexanchiformes Lamniformes Orectolobiformes Pristiophoriformes Squaliformes Squatiniformes Symmoriida(extinct) Sharks (superorder Selachimorpha) are fish with a full cartilaginous skeleton[1] and a streamlined body. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on a Web server, usually accessible via the Internet or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML, that is almost always accessible... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... Public is of or pertaining to the people; belonging to the people; relating to, or affecting, a nation, state, or community; opposed to private; as, the public treasury, a road or lake. ... In Canada and the United States, a community college, sometimes called a technical college, county college, junior college or a city college, is an educational institution providing higher education and lower-level tertiary education, granting certificates, diplomas, and Associates degrees. ... Miami-Dade County (formerly known as Dade County) is a county located in the southeastern part of the state of Florida. ... For other uses, see Governor (disambiguation). ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Coordinates: , Country United States State Florida County Miami-Dade Established 1913 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Roscoe Warren Area  - City  14. ... Nickname: Location in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida. ... Liberty City is an incorporated neighborhood in northwest Miami, Florida. ...

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History

Miami Dade College was established in 1959 and opened in 1960 as Dade County Junior College. A facility was built on an old naval air station nearby Opa-Locka Airport, which would soon become the College's North Campus. The College enrolled African American students, becoming Florida's first integrated junior college, and Cuban exiles who could not afford other schools. As the College grew, another campus was built in Kendall, and was named the South Campus. (It would later change its name again to the Kendall Campus.) The College was re-named Miami-Dade Junior College, and its two flagship campuses expanded and enrolled more students: in fact, it began enrolling more students than the University of Florida or Florida State University. After some time, college president Mitchell Wolfson Jr. envisioned a campus at the heart of Downtown Miami, and in 1973, the Wolfson Campus was built. The College changed its name to Miami-Dade Community College around the same time. 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The University of Florida (commonly referred to as Florida or UF) is a public land-grant, space-grant, research university located in Gainesville, Florida. ... Florida State University (commonly referred to as Florida State or FSU)[5] is a public research university located in Tallahassee, the capital city of Florida. ... This article is about the city in Florida. ...


As the College kept enrolling students, some felt that its academic standards were too weak. Therefore, the College kept its open admissions policy while strengthening its academics. Around the same time, a Medical Center campus was built near Miami's Civic Center adjacent to the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital to train students in Allied Health and nursing (RN) programs. With the Mariel exile community arriving in 1980, the College created an outreach center in Hialeah to help incoming refugees gain an education. Another outreach center, the InterAmerican center, was built to accommodate bilingual education. Because students in Homestead found it difficult to attend classes at the Kendall Campus, the Homestead Campus was built in 1990. The University of Miami (also known as UM or just The U) is a private university founded in 1925 with its main campus in the city of Coral Gables in metropolitan Miami, Florida, in the United States. ... A registered nurse (RN), is a health care professional responsible for implementing the practice of nursing through the use of the nursing process (in concert with other health care professionals). ... Mariel is a town and bay on the north coast of Cuba approximately 40 kilometres west of the city of Havana. ... Exile (band) may refer to: Exile - The American country music band Exile - The Japanese pop music band Category: ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Hialeah is a city located in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. ... The term bilingualism (from bi meaning two and lingua meaning language) can refer to rather different phenomena. ... Coordinates: , Country United States State Florida County Miami-Dade Established 1913 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Roscoe Warren Area  - City  14. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ...


During the mid-1990s, the College began undergoing significant changes. The College made use of new media and technologies under the direction of College President Eduardo Padrón. As the Florida legislature spent less on education, the College began to rely heavily on its foundation. The College also had to figure out new ways of recruiting students, and the College began its "Successful Alumni" campaign in the late 1990s, marketing to Miami-Dade County residents about the College's alumni.


Beginning in 2000, the College implemented its Strategic Plan to revamp the College and its recruiting goals. In 2002, the College disbanded its Honors Program and created The Honors College for talented high school graduates. The Honors College represents Miami Dade College's most academically gifted students. 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 2003, the College was granted the right to award baccalaureate degrees in education to meet future education needs. Thus, the College changed its name from Miami-Dade Community College to Miami Dade College. However, the College's mission to serve its community has not changed. 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Facilities

Miami Dade College operates eight campuses and various outreach centers dispersed within Miami-Dade County. The Honors College is currently located in three campuses, with another on the way: a new bilingual program at the recently-built West Campus). All campuses have different schools for various disciplines (engineering, business, etc.). Some campuses also operate dual-enrollment programs for high school students. Most campuses also have College Preparatory or English as a Second Language (ESL) courses that help students pass the Computerized Placement Test (CPT) that will allow them to take college-level mathematics and English courses. ESL is a common abbreviation for: English as a Second Language. ... English studies is an academic discipline that includes the study of literatures written in the English language (including literatures from the U.K., U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, India, South Africa, and the Middle East, among other areas), English linguistics (including English phonetics, phonology, syntax, morphology, semantics...


The North Campus has specialized programs that train future firefighters, police officers, and EMS personnel. It also has a School of Entertainment and Design Technology and has a partnership with Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) for engineering programs. The North Campus also operates the Carrie Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center in Liberty City. Recently, the Campus gained the right, by Florida's Board of Governors, to offer a Bachelor in Applied Science degree in Public Safety, housed within the School of Justice. Firefighter with an axe A firefighter, sometimes still called a fireman though women have increasingly joined firefighting units, is a person who is trained and equipped to put out fires, rescue people and in some areas provide emergency medical services. ... For the band, see The Police. ... EMS or Ems may refer to: // E. M. S. Namboodiripad, for many years General Secretary of the Communist Party of India and the first Chief Minister of the state of Kerala. ... Name Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Address Town Tallahassee, FL 32307 Established 1887 Community Type Public coeducational Classification Historically black Agricultural and mechanical Religion Secular Enrollment Faculty President Dr. Castell V. Bryant Accreditation Nickname Rattlers Mascot Rattler Colors Orange and light green Motto Head, heart, hand, field Newspaper The Famuan... Carrie P. Meek (born April 29, American politician from the U.S. state of Florida. ...


The Kendall Campus serves as the College's Admissions Office and Disbursing Office. Kendall Campus also houses the College's athletic teams. The Sharks compete at the highest level of the National Junior College Athletic Association and its teams have won various district and state level awards.


The Wolfson Campus has strong business and legal assisting programs (accredited by the American Bar Association). It also has partnerships with the University of Florida and the Miami-Dade County public school systems in operating the New World School of the Arts for talented high school and undergraduate students. The College President's office is based here, as well as The Honors College and the Miami Dade College Foundation. American Bar Associations Washington, DC office The American Bar Association (ABA) is a voluntary bar association of lawyers and law students, which is not specific to any jurisdiction in the United States. ... The University of Florida (commonly referred to as Florida or UF) is a public land-grant, space-grant, research university located in Gainesville, Florida. ... County slogan: Delivering Excellence Every Day Location of county in the state of Florida County Seat Miami, Florida Area  - Total  - Water 6,297 km² (2,431 mi²) 1,257 km² (485 mi²) 19. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... New World School of the Arts (abbreviated NWSA) is a conservatory with programs in Visual Arts, Dance, Theatre, Musical Theatre, Instrumental Music, and Vocal Music . ...


The Medical Center Campus, located near the County's main hospitals, trains students in the Nursing (RN) and Allied Health fields, completing the Associate in Applied Science degree that will allow them immediate entry into health professions.


The Homestead Campus contains the College's Aviation program, one of thirteen schools in the nation accredited ATC-CTI (Air Traffic Control Collegiate Training Inititiative) status by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


The InterAmerican Campus contains the School of Education, where baccalaureate in science degrees are awarded to future educators. The College's first Bachelor of Science (BS) degree recipients graduated in 2005. The Honors College may implement a bilingual program in English and Spanish as part of its course offerings.


The Hialeah Campus, a former extension of the North Campus, has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and can now award the same degrees as other campuses. Expansion may be under way for the Campus' small facilities.


The West Campus opened in March 2006 for students residing in or near Doral, for student and faculty convenience. In the past, Doral residents drove to North, Wolfson, or other campuses to attend classes.


Present and future

Miami Dade College opened another campus in Miami-Dade County's western region on March 1, 2006. It is located right off the Florida Turnpike and NW 41st Street. The Hialeah Center has become a full campus, which means that expansion may be necessary. The College is also looking for sources of funding so that it could fund current and perhaps future baccalaureate programs. County slogan: Delivering Excellence Every Day Location of county in the state of Florida County Seat Miami, Florida Area  - Total  - Water 6,297 km² (2,431 mi²) 1,257 km² (485 mi²) 19. ... Hialeah is a city located in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. ...


Miami Dade College enrolls approximately 160,000 students, and almost 6,000 go on to earn baccalaureate degrees, AA/AS/AAS degrees, vocational, technical and/or college credit certificates. Its student population is as diverse as Miami-Dade County. Associate in Arts transfer students from Miami Dade College go on to transfer primarily to schools within the State University System of Florida, though some do transfer to out-of-state institutions mainly through articulation agreements made between institutions. Students from its Honors College have been accepted at prestigious institutions such as Columbia University, Yale University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Georgetown University, and Cornell University.


The College, however, faces limited funding issues. Out of Florida's 28 community colleges, Miami Dade ranks among the lowest in receiving state aid. To offset this, Dr. Padrón and other College officials have pushed for legislation that would allow Miami-Dade County to put a referendum for a 0.5% increase in the sales tax. This measure, Dr. Padrón believes, would allow the College to set aside some money into an investment fund for long-term facility maintenance and scholarships for students. He also argues that tourists pay one-third of Miami-Dade's sales tax, and that the proposed tax increase would only be in effect for five years. Voters would decide on the tax in the November 2006 elections if they want this tax if the legislation passes. Florida's state tax is 6%; however, Miami-Dade County pays 7% sales tax: 0.5% on public health programs, and another 0.5% for its mass transit systems. This measure has, however, failed as the bill did not gain enough votes to pass in the Legislature.


Notable alumni

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External links

  • Miami Dade College
  • MDC: The Law Center/Legal Assistant Program
  • MDC: School of Business
  • MDC: Honors College

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