September 2012, Volume 16, Number 4


Pathways to Greatness

Ten years ago, Miami Dade College embarked on a mission to further cultivate its highest-achieving students through a new endeavor called The Honors College. Made possible by the vision of MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, it created an intimate learning community to challenge these students through focused attention, stimulating coursework, enriching experiences and intellectual collaborations.

“We knew there was outstanding talent in South Florida that would excel in a rigorous academic environment that was fueled by a network of supportive relationships of faculty, advisors and other highly motivated peers,” said Honors College Dean Dr. Pascale Charlot.

Under the outstanding leadership of former Dean Dr. Alexandria Holloway, what began as an inaugural class of 75 students burgeoned into a tradition of excellence serving hundreds of students at four campuses: InterAmerican, Kendall, North and Wolfson.

Civic Engagement

Enabling students to gain tools for lifelong success, The Honors College also offers them opportunities to develop as global citizens through a number of insightful study abroad programs around the world, as well as seminars in our nation’s capital.

“Through these enrichment activities, students have reported transformational experiences that expand their perception of the world and their role in it,” Charlot said. “They return to campus empowered to step into leadership roles that not only impact our community, but also the lives of others.”

Their experience is also enhanced by what they can learn about the world through their diverse peers, who in any given year may hail from more than two dozen countries and speak 14 different languages.

Distinguished Institution

Year after year, remarkable alumni have graduated prepared to transfer to the world’s most prestigious colleges and universities, promoting The Honors College far and wide through their success after leaving MDC’s doors. They continue to make their mark here and beyond, excelling in their studies, serving their communities, driving change and developing into future leaders. Their diligence and accomplishments have laid the foundation for the continued success of the rigorous program.

“As The Honors College prepares for the next 10 years,” Charlot said, “we are thrilled to partner with Honors College alumni, colleges and universities, as well as partners in South Florida, to continue to build an institution that expands the range of options for a very talented and ambitious group of outstanding students.”

Stepping Stone to Success

MDC’s Honors College enables many of its academically talented students to transfer to prestigious colleges and universities across the country, including:

  • Boston College
  • Brown University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • Emerson College
  • George Washington University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University
  • Smith College
  • Stanford University
  • University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Yale University
  • Wellesley College
  • And many more…


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