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AT&T Awards Miami Dade College $50,000 Contribution to Expand Pre-College Advisement Program to 10 Miami High Schools


AT&T’s Regional Director of External Affairs Maria Johnston, center, with the Board of Trustees of Miami Dade College.

Miami, January 22, 2014 - More at-risk high school students in Miami-Dade County will be placed on a pathway to college thanks to a $50,000 contribution that AT&T recently awarded Miami Dade College (MDC). The award will expand the College’s successful Pre-College Advisement Program from 35 to 45 high schools—boosting MDC’s outreach to 60 percent of Miami-Dade County public high schools.

 "AT&T is honored to collaborate with MDC to provide local high school students with the informational resources and guidance they need to attend college. This will, in effect, create more opportunities for them as they pursue careers or continue their education,” said AT&T’s Regional Director of External Affairs Maria Johnston.

 Targeting seniors at underserved, largely minority schools, the program provides long-term guidance, including one-on-one counseling, career and financial aid workshops, college orientation and academic “boot camps.” Students typically start the program at the beginning of their senior year and continue until they graduate and matriculate into college. MDC students also serve as mentors.

 Pre-college advisement is part of MDC’s newly instituted, three-tier Student Achievement Initiatives (SAI) effort to promote college readiness and retention among first-time in college students. At schools where MDC’s Pre-College Advisement Program was offered, administrators documented a 24% increase in graduation rates and 34% overall increase in college enrollment, which represented 61% for black students and 31% for Hispanics.

Once enrolled at MDC, these students are assigned an advisor who guides them in choosing an appropriate program of study, map their curriculum and supports them in completing their studies and transitioning to a 4-year degree program or the workforce.

MDC’s legacy of making higher education accessible to students of all socio-economic backgrounds spans 50 years. Producing the largest number of degrees to African-American and Hispanic students in the nation, the College’s motto is: “Opportunity Changes Everything.”

AT&T and MDC have a long standing relationship, working together on numerous initiatives, including endowments for scholarships and internships for students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.

About Community Engagement at AT&T

At AT&T, Community Engagement means engaging our employees to build healthy, connected, and thriving communities where we live and do business. Employees are focused on three key issues: improving educational outcomes, building sustainable communities and promoting the responsible use of technology. In 2012, employees and retirees donated more than 5.8 million hours of time to community outreach activities and pledged more than $34.8 million for charities of their choice through employee giving. Employees also committed to more than 23,500 sustainable choices through Do One Thing (DOT), which invites employees to make small, everyday choices that add up to a big positive impact for themselves, the community and/or the company.

For more information and to help further MDC’s educational outreach programs, contact the MDC Foundation’s Senior Director of Development Nairobi Abrams at 305-237-3247 or

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