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Miami Dade College North Campus Receives Close to $900,000 Grant Award from the U.S. Department of Education

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Students from Miami Dade College's STEM Connections Program.

Miami, July 21, 2009 - The U.S. Department of Education, Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program just announced a significant grant award to Miami Dade College (MDC) North Campus to support its Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Connections Program in the amount of $865,519 for a period of three years.

The Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program provides support for predominantly minority institutions in effecting long-range improvement in science and engineering education. 

STEM Connections is a three-year cooperative effort between MDC’s North Campus and St. Thomas University. The two institutions will collaborate to increase the transition of high school minority students into college-level science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors.

The purpose of STEM Connections is threefold:  (1) to increase the transition of high school minority students, particularly women, into college level STEM majors; (2) to increase enrollment and retention of declared STEM majors; and (3) to develop mentoring networks to assist and support both STEM students and faculty from these institutions.

The two institutions are also collaborating on a partnership providing seamless transfer for MDC students completing a bachelor in Public Safety Management to a master’s program at St. Thomas in Justice Administration.

MDC North will also join Miami Dade County Public Schools to develop an aligned math and science program connecting high school minority students with post-secondary STEM career-related disciplines, and post-secondary mentors and tutors.

The following high schools are expected to participate: Hialeah, Miami Carol City, Hialeah-Miami Lakes, Barbara Goleman, and Dr. Michael M. Krop.

“With close to $9 million in grants in recent years, North Campus has been increasing its capacity in the natural sciences to offer our students excellent facilities with capability to conduct research as well as expanded programs in the sciences,” said Dr. José A. Vicente, president, MDC North Campus.

North Campus is nearing the completion of the construction of a Science Complex facility featuring 21 science laboratories with state-of-the-art instrumentation equipment, a roof-top astronomy lab, a botanical garden, greenhouses, and a palmetum, which contains more than 400 palm species from throughout the world.

The Science Complex is expected to fully open in early 2010.  

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