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Meeting the urgent demand for skilled workers

This Miami college is helping its students prepare for successful careers in high-demand fields

With eight campuses and more than 100,000 enrolled students, Miami Dade College (MDC) is a regional powerhouse, both educationally and economically. Offering more than 300 degrees, certifications and apprenticeship programs, this public college helps train the skilled, educated workers that local businesses are looking for.

MDC ensures that its students receive opportunities to learn, grow and acquire the tools they need to achieve success. One effort includes retraining unemployed workers for jobs in growing fields such as digital marketing, graphic design, network security, emergency technical services, help desk support and translation and interpretation. In addition to a college-credit curriculum, MDC offers courses that award students a wide range of industry certifications. The EDGE (Empowered Dreams Gain Economic mobility) workforce development program, launched in 2022, supplements training with mentorship, networking and internship opportunities.

Bank of America has provided a $1 million grant to Miami Dade College to support this type of job reskilling in the local community. “Miami Dade College gratefully joins hands with Bank of America to provide equitable opportunities for students to attain skills and degrees, with the ultimate goal of preparing them for in-demand jobs,” says Dr. Malou Harrison, provost at MDC.

Bank of America’s support is helping MDC students learn new skills for high-demand careers. The grant covers tuition, fees and books, as well as modest stipends. And the program extends beyond the courses themselves, providing test prep support for credentialing exams and job placement assistance for graduates. This combination of teaching, practical learning experiences and holistic support services, Harrison says, “will contribute to driving economic and social mobility in our community.”

The support for Miami Dade College is an example of Bank of America’s commitment to help advance racial equality and economic opportunity in local neighborhoods around the country. From entrepreneur funding and expanding home ownership to professional skills training and healthcare access, Bank of America continues to partner with innovative leaders to help communities implement solutions to society’s biggest challenges.

5/25/23

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