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Year Up Launches Professional Training Corps at Miami Dade College

MDC Partners with Year Up to Offer Effective, Scalable Program Closely Linked to Labor Market Demand

Miami, September 4, 2012 - Miami Dade College (MDC) has teamed up with Year Up to launch its Professional Training Corps. (PTC) program, which aims to help students with professional development and work experience as they work toward their associate degrees.

“At Miami Dade, we’re always looking for ways to bridge the Opportunity Divide facing so many young people in our city,” said MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón. “By partnering with Year Up to design and launch the PTC program on our Wolfson Campus, we’re giving these students the credentials they need to enter successful careers in a knowledge-based economy, along with the necessary technical and professional skills to excel in the workplace. We look forwarding to expanding to MDC’s North Campus next semester.”

Modeled after the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), the PTC is a free program that will help students earn an associate degree while providing them with professional development and work experience closely linked to labor market demand. PTC students will take community college courses and Year Up courses at Miami Dade’s Wolfson Campus for one semester and will then participate in a six-month, full-time, credit-bearing professional internship in information technology. Students will receive 24 to 30 credits for the year as a stackable credential that will fully count towards an associate’s degree, which they can complete the following year. Year Up announced its partnership with MDC at Clinton Global Initiative America, where its commitment to create the Professional Training Corps was selected as an exemplary approach to overcoming challenges in the youth sector.

“We’re thrilled to be working with one of the most innovative community colleges in the country,” said Lisette Nieves, Year Up’s National Director of Strategic Program Pilots, who oversaw the launch. “This unprecedented partnership between Year Up, a high-impact organization, and Miami Dade College, a premiere institution of higher learning, is a combination of efforts that will be a model for nonprofit and educational institutions going forth in ensuring that young adults have access to opportunity."

The PTC will incorporate the central tenets embedded in Year Up’s core model: contextualized learning so that students understand the real-world relevance of their education; professional skills to help students succeed in corporate environments; attachment to the local labor market and stipends so that they can support themselves and their families while pursuing further education; high expectations that reflect the standards they’ll encounter in the workplace; and the social and emotional support needed to persist. The special partnership between MDC and Year Up has already been lauded in The New York Times.

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Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
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