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Miami Dade College Partners with NBC News to Bring ‘Education Power Week’ to Miami Starting May 18

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Miami, May 16, 2012 - In an effort to continue the national conversation sparked with its “Education Nation” initiative, NBC News is continuing “Education Nation On-The-Road” for the spring of 2012, and Miami Dade College (MDC) is an educational partner involved with the project. Making its third stop in Miami beginning Friday, May 18, the NBC News team will spend a week in Florida, partnering with its affiliate station, NBC 6 (WTVJ), and its sister network Telemundo and its affiliate, Telemundo 51 (WSCV), to create a public dialogue around education issues faced by the region.

To kick off “Education Nation Miami,” at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 18, with Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, and other leaders will join local students and the NBC News, NBC 6 and Telemundo teams at the official Opening Ceremony. NBC 6’s Jackie Nespral will lead the event, portions of which will be covered by NBC 6 and Telemundo 51.

All events will be held at the New World Center in Miami Beach.

During the week, NBC News and its partners will air education-focused programming and host a series of special events that bring Miami-area educators, elected officials, business leaders, parents and students together to share information, exchange ideas and inspire change.

On Sunday, May 20, from 1 – 3 p.m., NBC News Chief Education Correspondent Rehema Ellis and NBC 6 Anchor Pam Giganti will lead a live Teacher Town Hall forum from the New World Center that brings together local teachers of all levels for a frank and open discussion about what works in the classroom and how to address the top challenges facing the region’s education system. Teachers will be invited to participate in-person or via webcast with the ability to provide comments and feedback through and social media platforms. The full Teacher Town Hall will be broadcast live on NBC 6 and streamed live on Telemundo 51 will broadcast the program from 1 – 2 p.m.

On Monday, May 21, from 3:30 – 5:50 p.m., the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute will host a special “Education Nation” event at the New World Center entitled, Keeping the Promise: Partnerships for Latino Education Success, with Dr. Jose A. Vicente, president of the MDC North and West Campuses, participating as a panelist. Next, from 6:30 – 7 p.m., Telemundo’s Jose Diaz-Balart will host “Noticiero Telemundo” live from the New World Center, featuring a segment on education as part of the “Education Nation” tour.

MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón will participate in Job One: Preparing America to Compete in the 21st Century, a moderated panel discussion led by an NBC news moderator and Telemundo’s José Díaz-Balart, with help from NBC 6’s Diana Gonzalez. He and other panelists will share ideas and recommendations for ensuring the region’s workforce has a competitive edge in the global economy. The discussion will take place from 7:30 – 8:45 p.m. on May 21. It will air on NBC 6 on Saturday, May 26 from 1- 2 p.m.

In addition to these events, from May 21-25, the “Education Nation Express” bus will travel throughout the region as NBC 6 and Telemundo 51 reporters highlight examples of education innovation in action.

For more information about Education Nation Miami, visit

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist

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