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South Florida Workforce Gives Nearly $1 Million to Miami Dade College for Two Important Programs

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MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padron, Wolfson Campus President Dr. Mercedes Quiroga, MDC Board of Trustees Chair Helen Aguirre Ferre, Medical Center Campus President Dr. Anita Kaplan, and South Florida Workforce Executive Director Rick Beasley.

Miami, October 26, 2009 - South Florida Workforce Executive Director Rick Beasley presented a check for nearly $1 million at a recent Miami Dade College (MDC) Board of Trustees meeting to enhance nursing education and college opportunities. The funds will benefit the College’s newly-established Scholar Workforce Accelerated Training (SWAT) nursing program and the existing, award-winning Take Stock in Children of Miami-Dade program.  

The new SWAT nursing program will provide tuition, books, uniforms, and other related materials for 40 students entering MDC’s School of Nursing in spring 2010. In addition, the students will have guaranteed employment at the University of Miami Hospital upon completion of their coursework.

“We want to really expand this project,” Beasley said. “We want to continue semester after semester to help address the nursing shortage.”

South Florida Workforce helps individuals to access training and find employment, especially those that are disadvantaged and low-income. To that end, students interested in the SWAT program must meet certain economic criteria in order to qualify. 

Take Stock in Children will once again receive financial support to continue providing scholarships, mentors and hope to Florida’s underprivileged youth. In April, the South Florida Workforce Board awarded the program $300,000, also at an MDC Board of Trustees meeting.  

A partnership between MDC and Miami-Dade Public Schools, Take Stock in Children offers a comprehensive plan of success for selected students who sign a contract to stay in school, maintain good grades, remain drug and crime free, and meet once a week with a mentor. In turn, the students are awarded four year tuition scholarship to college. 

For more information about the SWAT nursing program, please call 305-237-4101. 

For more information about Take Stock in Children, please call 305-237-7571.

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Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
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Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
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