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Students from Cuba to Spend Semester at Miami Dade College, with the Support of the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba

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Miami, January 13, 2014 -

For the first time in 55 years, students from Cuba have arrived in Miami and will spend a semester studying at Miami Dade College (MDC).

This historic, groundbreaking project is being coordinated through MDC’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Initiatives (CLACI), with the support of the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba.

More than a dozen students will take the following courses: Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Microcomputer Usage, Psychology of Personal Effectiveness, and Principles of Business & Organizational Management, as well as English as a Second Language (ESL). They will obtain certificates of completion once finished. With the exception of ESL, the classes are for college credit. The students range in ages from 18 to 37, are racially diverse, and hail from throughout the island. More than half are women.

MDC welcomes these students from Cuba as it does with hundreds of students it receives each year from across the globe, especially from the Caribbean and Latin America.


For more information, please contact Juan A. Blanco, CLACI executive director, at 305-237-3944,  

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Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366,, media specialist
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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