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Miami Dade College Teams Up with NBC to Provide Students a Wealth of Digital Learning Resources

Opportunity made possible through the support of the Knight Foundation, The Miami Foundation and Marlins Foundation
NBC Learn

Miami, July 23, 2012 - Miami Dade College (MDC) is teaming up with NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, to provide digital learning resources that significantly expand learning opportunities at the college. This innovative collaboration provides subscription access to NBC News' award-winning resources to students, faculty and staff at the college, beginning with the fall 2012 semester.

MDC was able to obtain this invaluable resource thanks to the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Miami Foundation and the Marlins Foundation.

“Thanks to the support of foundation partners, we are able to provide our college community with tools to acquire a deeper awareness of the forces that shape our world,” said MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón. “Granting our students access to historic and current events brings understanding and depth, as well as immediacy and relevance, to learning.”

The NBC Learn collection includes more than 12,000 3-6 minute video clips, as well as documents, images and other resources from the NBC News archives that are specifically designed for use in classrooms to stimulate and engage students. This innovative and collaborative teaching mechanism will enable faculty to access archived news articles, photos, videos and other media with a simple click of the mouse. 

“Miami Dade College is very well respected within the academic community and is known for providing innovative programs to increase student success.  We at NBC Learn are honored to have them adopt our resource as a learning tool for their faculty and students,” said Bruce Wilson, Director of Higher Education of NBC Learn and former publisher of The Chronicle of Higher Education. “This was truly a collaborative effort on behalf of the Marlins, Miami and Knight Foundations, reinforcing the commitment these leaders in the Miami community have to the students at this incredible institution. This collaboration provides a template for other colleges and universities to follow and proves what can happen when foundations and leading institutions are focused on the success of the students in their communities.”

MDC students, including students at the college’s nationally recognized dual enrollment high schools, School for Advanced Studies and New World School of the Arts, will have access to NBC Learn through their college portal and through library databases, and can be used for research projects and presentations. The program also provides faculty with primary source materials, lesson plans and classroom planning resources, and additional text and image resources from NBC Learn’s content partners.

“As the largest institution of higher education not just locally but in the country, Miami Dade College has an enduring influence on South Florida’s future leaders,” said Matt Haggman, Miami program director for Knight Foundation. “NBC Learn will be an important asset in helping to educate students to be informed and engaged in the issues that matter to them and our community.”

“The Miami Foundation is proud to be part of this collaboration with Miami Dade College, providing 174,000 students this unique and valuable education tool,” said Javier Alberto Soto, president and CEO of The Miami Foundation. “NBC Learn will promote greater engagement and ensure that students have timely, relevant and quality information.”

“We are proud to join the Knight Foundation and The Miami Foundation to support the students of Miami Dade College with this incredible tool that NBC Learn has made available,” said Miami Marlins Senior Vice President, PJ Loyello.  “Access to information in this innovative fashion will give students a deeper appreciation for comprehensive research and learning.” 

MDC, NBC Learn, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Miami Foundation and the Marlins Foundation will officially launch the program soon with a special training session for faculty and students. The media will be invited to attend.


Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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