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MDC Wolfson Campus to Host Press Conference for Launch of “The Bethlehem Project”

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Miami, April 22, 2013 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Wolfson Campus will host a press conference presented by the National Immigration Forum to launch “The Bethlehem Project” at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23. This innovative collaboration of local immigrant service organizations and businesses seeks to provide citizenship assistance for eligible immigrant employees.

The press conference will feature founding business partners InterContinental Miami and The Betsy Hotel-South Beach, and new partner MDC. Guests will include MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón; Manny Diaz, senior partner at Lydecker Diaz and former City of Miami mayor; Nilmarie Almodóvar, Human Resources director for The Betsy Hotel; Leonie Timothee, Human Resources and alent development manager for InterContinental Miami; Ali Noorani, executive director of National Immigration Forum; and immigrant employees undergoing citizenship process. 

They will discuss how the business community is increasingly leading the effort to integrate its immigrant workforce. Employees receiving assistance for their citizenship application will also share their stories on why they are pursuing the dream of citizenship and how the Bethlehem Project is helping ensure that dream becomes a reality.

About the National Immigration Forum

Founded in 1982, the National Immigration Forum advocates for the value of immigrants and immigration to our nation. In service to this mission, the Forum promotes responsible federal immigration policies, addressing today’s economic and national security needs while honoring the ideals of our Founding Fathers, who created America as a land of opportunity.

MDC to Host Press Conference for Launching of “The Bethlehem Project”

  • WHEN: Tuesday, Apr. 23, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • WHERE: MDC Wolfson Campus, Building 2, Room 2106 (first floor) 300 N.E. Second Ave.

All media must register by contacting Katherine Vargas,


Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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