Miami Dade College
Miami Dade College (Miami Dade, MDC or Dade) is a public college in Miami, Florida. Founded in 1959, it has a total of eight campuses and twenty-one outreach centers throughout Miami-Dade County. It is the largest college in the Florida College System with over 165,000 students  and the second-largest college or university in the United States. Miami Dade College's main campus, the Wolfson Campus, is in downtown Miami.
|Dade Junior College|
Miami Dade Junior College
Miami Dade Community College
|President||Rolando Montoya (interim)|
|Colors||Blue & Gray |
|Mascot||Finn the Shark|
- 1 History
- 2 Campuses
- 3 Academics
- 4 Presidents
- 5 Athletics
- 6 Art
- 7 Notable alumni
- 8 References
- 1959-1973: Miami Dade College was established in 1959 and opened in 1960 as Dade County Junior College. The original campus was located at the recently built Miami Central High School. The campus consisted of a portion of the school and an adjacent farm. In 1960, a facility was built on an old naval air station near Opa-Locka Airport (known as Master Field), which is now the college's North Campus. The college enrolled African American students and Cuban exiles who could not afford to go to other schools, any schools for that matter, became Florida's first integrated junior college. Dade County Junior College opened for classes in fall 1960 with two mostly segregated campuses, one for 1,200 white students at the Central Campus and the other for 185 blacks at Northwestern. The initial separation of blacks and whites reflected the persistence of segregation in Florida's public schools, despite being ruled unconstitutional nationwide in 1954 by the U.S. Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education. Today, however, MDC serves as a model of multiracial democracy—defined as “a goal for a nation founded on the principle of human equality” As the college grew, a temporary satellite campus opened in what is known today as Pinecrest at Miami Palmetto High School until the new South Campus (later Kendall Campus) was built in Kendall; Later renamed Miami-Dade Junior College. By 1967 Dade County Junior College was one of the largest growing educational institutions, enrolling more students than the University of Miami, Florida State University combined. After some time, the college board of directors' chairman Mitchell Wolfson 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.
- 1980-1990s: The college initially implemented an open admissions policy, meaning anyone who could afford classes was allowed to enroll. Because of this, the focus of the college became strengthening its academics. As a result, the Medical Center 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 give incoming refugees educational opportunities. Another outreach center, the InterAmerican center, was built to accommodate bilingual education. The Homestead Campus was built in 1990 in Homestead to relieve the concerns of students having to drive to the Kendall Campus In Miami. In the mid-1990s, the college began to rely heavily on the Miami Dade College Foundation as the Florida legislature reduced the state's education budget. The college also had to figure out new ways of recruiting students and it began its "Successful Alumni" campaign in the late 1990s, marketing the success of the college's alumni to local prospective students.
- 2000's: Beginning in 2001, the college implemented a 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 is a representation of Miami Dade College's most academically-gifted students in different fields and was originally based on the three larger campuses (Wolfson, Kendall, and North).In 2006, Miami Dade College surpassed 1.5 million students enrolled throughout its history. In 2007, The Honors College expanded into the InterAmerican Campus with The Honors College Dual Language Honors Program to tailor to the needs of the growing Spanish-speaking population in the United States as well as abroad. The Dual Language Honors Program opened its doors to bilingual students who wish to continue their careers with professional fluency in the English and Spanish languages. In 2009, The MDC Honors College Dual Language Program earned the merit of Innovation of the Year in the Learning and Teaching Department from the League for Innovation. In 2018, Miami Dade was awarded and recognized for its path to economic and social mobility by the Aspen Institute. The award received was the $1 million Aspen Prize.
On February 1, 2019, Eduardo Padron, Miami Dade College President, announced that he plans to retire from the position he has held since 1995. Miami Dade College is been ranked number one since 2013 for the colleges in South Florida that received the most enrollment for every semester.
|Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center||1989||2,500+||NA||Liberty City|
2005 (Official designation)
|Homestead Campus||1990||18 acres||Downtown Homestead|
|Eduardo J. Padron Campus||1986
2001 (Official designation)
|6,500||4 acres||Little Havana, Miami|
|Kendall Campus||1967||66,500||185 acres||Kendall, Miami|
|Medical Campus||1977||NA||4.3 acres||Allapattah, Miami|
|North Campus||1960||41,000||245 acres||Westview|
|1970||27,000||15 acres||Downtown Miami|
Miami Dade College has seven campuses and two centers, with its main campus being the Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami.These eight campuses and various outreach centers are located throughout Miami-Dade County. The Honors College is currently represented on four campuses, with a new bilingual program (English-Spanish) at the Padron 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 is required for admittance and proves prospective students are qualified to take college-level mathematics and English courses
North Campus has specialized programs that train future firefighters, police officers, and Emergency medical service personnels. It also has a School of Entertainment and Design Technology. This campus partners with Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) for engineering programs. It hosts a robot club, created by Professor Manuel Carames in 2010, whose main objective is to show students the importance of Mathematics in its relation with other sciences such as Physics and Engineering. The North Campus also operates the Carrie Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center in Liberty City. The campus also offers a Bachelor in Applied Science degree in Public Safety that is housed within the School of Justice.
The Wolfson Campus was opened in 1970 and is the only comprehensive urban campus in the city. Located within the city's financial, governmental, technological and cultural hubs, Wolfson educates over 27,000 students each year. MDC's Wolfson Campus program is designed Accelerate, Retain, Complete with Opportunities and Support and is aimed at creating a support network for 600 STEM students. Each year, this campus hosts the Miami Book Fair International, the nation's largest literary festival.The Miami Culinary Institute of Miami Dade College is located in this campus where it offers a Chefs Apprentice Program, Culinary Arts Management and an Associate in science. It is a multi-million dollar architectural project.
The goal is to keep Hispanic and other low-income high-need students engaged in the program. The campus has two art galleries, a library, and two computer courtyards. The Wolfson Campus also has business and paralegal studies programs.
Miami Dade College opened its medical campus in 1977. It is located in Miami's Medical District near downtown Miami, trains students in the Nursing (BSN/RN) and Allied Health fields, completing the Associate in Applied Science degree that will allow them immediate entry into health professions. The Medical Campus also offers bachelor's degrees. The campus shares its complex with The University of Miami's School of Medicine, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Veterans Administration Hospital and Miami Dade College Public Health Service
The Homestead Campus contains the college's aviation program, one of thirteen schools in the nation accredited ATC-CTI (Air Traffic Control Collegiate Training Initiative) status by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). It also possesses, in addition to the Medical Campus, the renowned Benjamin Leon School of Nursing that has trained over fifty percent of nurses in Miami-Dade County.
Eduardo J. Padrón CampusEdit
Eduardo J. Padrón Campus is the sixth campus created by Miami Dade College. It was previously known as the InterAmerican campus, but was later changed to Eduardo J Padrón in honor of MDC's president being with the college for 50 years. This campus was first created in 1972, but didn't get the status of a "campus" til March 27, 2001. This campus contains the School of Education which offers Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees.
New World School of the ArtsEdit
The New World School of the Arts is both a high school and a college that focuses on visual arts, theatre, dance, and music. Admission requirements include an audition or review of the applicant's art portfolio.Aside from New World School of the Arts and the MEEC, there are nineteen other outreach centers MDC administers.
The Hialeah Campus is a former extension of the North Campus, houses a large and comprehensive English language training program for speakers of other languages in various instructional formats. Construction of a 1,000 car parking garage and a new building housing classrooms, science labs, and student services was completed in 2014. The Hialeah Campus offers associate programs and the Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management.
West Campus opened in March 2006 for students residing in or near Doral. The campus had begun construction on a new 5 story garage in January 2012; in October of the same year, the garage collapsed, this collapse resulted in the death of 4 construction workers. In 2015 the contractors and subcontractors involved in the project reached an agreement with Miami Dade College in the amount of 33.5 million dollars. This Fall, West Campus collaborated with Tesla Start, a program made for students looking to start a career in Tesla as a field technician. If passed, students will have a guaranteed position as a Field Technician as long as they accept within 30-days of completion.
Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Educational CenterEdit
The Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Educational Center is an outreach center founded in 1989. This campus offers college credit courses but focuses on non-credit courses and vocational programs, seminars, and workshops to train people for employment.
Out of approximately 165,000 students, on average, almost 6,000 go on to earn a bachelor's degree, associate degrees, vocational, technical, or college credit certificates. Associate in Arts transfer students from Miami Dade College go on to transfer primarily to schools within the State University System of Florida. Although, some do transfer to out-of-state institutions, mainly through articulation agreements made between institutions. As a student in Miami Dade College, you are able to pursue an Associate or bachelor's degrees in over 70 majors with the option of also taking part in non-credit credit courses. Students also have the opportunity to enroll in the honors program.
Although students are offered a wide variety of majors, there are currently a list of top three majors in Miami Dade College which include Liberal Arts, Humanities, Nursing, and Business. Allied Health Professions and Computer Information Systems follow these majors, naming them in the top five majors chosen by students.
In 2010, Miami Dade College's Schools of Engineering and Technology that develops students to researchers, used a million-plus U.S dollars grant from the National Science Foundation to start a computer laboratory used by students so they can apply their skills in resolving real-life-problems.
|Books and Supplies||$1,500||$1,600||$1,600||$1,500|
In the graduation year of 2016 in Miami Dade College, 13,351 degrees were awarded between undergraduate and graduate programs with majority of the recipients being Hispanic. The degrees were awarded to 59.9% of women while they were awarded to a percentage of 40.1% of men.
Tuition and Fees by College Credit Program. $118.22 per credit hour for Resident Students, and $402.51 per credit hour for Non-Resident Students. Total Tuition per term (12 credits): $1,558.68 for Resident Students and $6,431.64 for Non-Resident Students. For completed an AA degree is with a total 60 credit that is an estimated around $7,093.02 for Resident Student and $24,156.06 for Non-Resident Student.
- School for Advanced Studies (SAS): A limited admission opportunity for Miami-Dade Public School students. High school classes are held at Kendall, Hialeah, Wolfson, and North Campus alongside regular college credit courses, and students choose three college classes per semester to take in place of traditional high school electives. College books and tuition are paid for by the county, and there is no cost to students. Bus service is also provided throughout the county to the schools. The goal is to allow students to earn their Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degree while earning their high school diploma. SAS is the 15th best high school in the nation, and is repeatedly one of the highest ranking high schools. MDC also has a virtual college, where a degree can be attained completely over the internet.
- Dual Enrollment: The college offers Dual Enrollment for students who currently are attending Miami-Dade County public high school, private high schools, or home school. Dual enrollment allows students to enroll in a college course. The credits that are gained will be used toward both high school graduation and are accepted toward an Associate or bachelor's degree at Miami Date college.
- Miami Dade Honors College: Beginning in May 2019, Miami Dade College decided to team up with the University of Miami to provide more enrollment opportunities for student. They now have a 10-year agreement, "This partnership ensures MDC students continue to have access to quality and affordable higher education,"  said MDC's Executive VP and Provost Dr. Lenore Rodicio. This agreement will guarantee Miami Dade Honors College students acceptance and merit-based financial support at the University of Miami if they meet transfer requirements. This 10-year agreement will run until May 31, 2028. The enrollment for the fall semester will be limited to 300 MDC students. The enrollment for the spring semester will be limited to 150 MDC transfers.
Total Enrollment (all undergraduate)Edit
|Undergraduate Student Age||Percentage||Undergraduate Student Residence||Percentage|
|24 and Under||72%||In-State||98%|
|25 and Older||28%||Out-of-State||1%|
|Age Unknown||0%||Foreign Countries||1%|
MDC offers many scholarships and financial aid. Under the financial aid we have Pell Grants, Student Loans. The average reported annual net price for Miami Dade College for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $7,062 in 2017/2018.
|Type of Aid||Avg./ Student||Student Receiving|
|Annual Total Grant Aid||$5,174||81%|
|Federal Student Loan||$5,750||3%|
|Grant Type||Amount of Aid Given|
|Dr. Anthony Cruz||Hialeah|
|Dr. Jeanne F. Jacobs||Homestead and West|
|Dr. Pascale Charlot||Kendall|
|Dr. Malou C. Harrison||North and Padrón|
|Dr. Bryan Stewart||Medical|
|Dr. Beatriz Gonzalez||Wolfson|
|Dr. Beverly Moore-Garcia||West|
- Dr. Anthony Cruz studied at Florida International University and Florida State University. He received a Bachelor's of Arts in Political Science from Florida International University, a Master's in Public Administration from Florida State University, and a Doctorate in Education from Florida International University.
- Dr. Jeanne F. Jacobs studied at the University of Alabama where she received a Doctorate degree in Philosophy and a minor in English.
- Dr. Pascale Charlot studied at Duke University and the University of Michigan. She received a Bachelor's of Arts in Sociology and Economics in Duke University and a Juris Doctor degree in the University of Michigan.
- Dr. Malou C. Harrison studied at Walden University were she received a Doctorate in community college leadership.
- Dr. Bryan Stewart studied at Tarleton State University and University of North Texas. He received a bachelor's degree in Mathematics, a Master's and a PhD in college and university teach from the University of North Texas.
- Dr. Beatriz Gonzalez graduated from Barry University, she there received a bachelor's degree in English and in addition a Ph.D in leadership and education, Counseling.
- Dr. Beverly Moore-Garcia attended Florida International University and received a master's degree in international development education. Later on she also received a doctorate in higher education administration.
Miami Dade College competes in five sports, men's basketball, men's baseball, women's basketball, women's softball, and women's volleyball. In total, they have 85 student athletes made up of 38 men and 47 women.
Miami Dade's Baseball team program started in 1962. Although at the time, Kendall campus, North campus, and Wolfson campus had their own individual fielded teams. However, once the school changed to a four-year college from a community college, they united to make a baseball team.
The school's athletic teams competed in the Southern Conference of the Florida State College Activities Association, a body of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 8. Due to their players and good ranking, Miami Dade College was a "can't miss stop" for MLB scouts.
Miami Dade College has 2 head coaches for men's teams who make $41,099 on average. Along with 4 assistant coaches who earn $18,291 on average. The school earns and receives $595,654 in revenue for the men's teams.
“Miami Dade College Sports.” College Factual, 13 Sept. 2019, www.collegefactual.com/colleges/miami-dade-college/student-light/sports/.
Miami Dade College has 3 head coaches for women's teams who make $35,737 on average. Along with 4 assistant coaches who earn $10,705 on average. The school earns and receives $802,790 in revenue for the men's teams.
“Miami Dade College Sports.” College Factual, 13 Sept. 2019, https://www.collegefactual.com/colleges/miami-dade-college/student-life/sports/.
Miami Dade College has been collecting art at its individual campuses since the 1960s. Over the years, the collection has grown to more than 1,600 works in all mediums and genres, including painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video, film, installation and public sculpture. MDC Hialeah Campus opened an Art Gallery in late 2018 in Hialeah, Florida. MDC Hialeah Campus Arts & Cultural Programs are partially supported by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
The college has an "Emerging Artist Annual Exhibition" which allows student to display their art in the "Art + Design" museum. Miami Dade College also has an "MDC live Art" event which allows student to perform on stage and inspire others through their performance of art; both are open to the community.
Annually since 1964, Miami Dade College has awarded the Francis Wolfson Art Scholarship. More than 200 students from Miami Dade College and its outreach center, the New School of the Arts, have received this scholarship. The winners in 2018 each received $1,500.
Among the most notable alumni of the college are U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the former City of Miami Mayor. Manny Diaz, the former President of Texas A&M University Elsa Murano, the former President of Panama, Mireya Moscoso, the Republican politician John L. Mica, the actor Sylvester Stallone, actor Steven Bauer, actor Glenn Howerton, actor Oscar Isaac, the award-winning novelist James Carlos Blake (who also taught at Miami Dade College Wolfson from 1984 to 1997). Miami Dade College has also produced notable sports figures such as the Major League Baseball (MLB) outfielder Raúl Ibanez, former MLB catcher Mike Piazza, MLB left-handed pitcher Steve Carlton, and former MLB infielder Placido Polanco, Cuban artist Agnes Chavez and Harvard Law professor and defense attorney Jose Baez attended the college. Clarinetist Elizabeth Schubert taught at MDC as an adjunct professor of music and musician Rachel Goodrich attended the Jazz Program; Anchal Joseph is American fashion model and actress, and participant on America's Next Top Model. Natalie Martinez an American actress and model attended Miami Dade College before becoming the famous actress she is now, appearing in Death Race  along with Jason Statham  and her most recent work is on a brand new show in Netflix- The I-Land.Stanley B. Goldenberg is a Research Meteorologist with the Hurricane Research Division/AOML/NOAA located in Florida. He attended Miami Dade College and did his associate degree in 1978 before attending Florida State University for his Bachelor and master's degree in 1980 he was awarded a Bronze Medal for NOAA Seasonal Hurricane Outlooks.Pete Athas was an American football player his position was a cornerback who played six seasons in the National Football League (NFL) for the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints, he attended Miami Dade College until he switched for the University Of Tennessee.Harry Wayne Casey, also known as the lead vocalist of famous disco band KC and The Sunshine band, attended the college in the year 1972 where he studied piano. He won several Grammys with the band and is a well known producer and songwriter. He has also gone on to receive a spot on the walk of fame in the year 2002. Jenny Lorenzo is a YouTube content creator, actor, and writer who graduated with a degree in Theatre-Arts. She is mostly known for her work on buzzfeed and is one of the original creators of buzzfeed sub-channel pero like. She has been nominated for two Tecla awards in 2017 where she won one of them for "best character".
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