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Elected and Community Leaders Shared the Importance of College Completion at ¡HACER! Town Hall Kick-Off Event for Students and Parents on Dec 12


MDC'S Wolfson Campus President Madeline M. Pumariega welcomes the 250 high school students and parents in attendance.

Miami, December 14, 2012 - Miami Dade College (MDC) hosted county leaders at the launch of ¡HACER!, its college innovative completion project, with a “Let’s Talk About College” town hall event on the evening of December 12.  More than 250 high school juniors, seniors and parents attended this free event at the Wolfson Campus in Downtown Miami.

A panel of experts shared their personal experiences, discussed the many great opportunities for getting ahead in life by pursuing a college degree and assured students that post-secondary degree attainment is easier and less expensive than most people think.

Panelist Rep. Erik Fresen (District 114) informed students that his role was to ensure that funds were available to pursue college, and that students should not be discouraged by cultural or socio-economic factors, “don’t let anyone tell you college is not for you.”

This panel also included Dr. Elizabeth Bejar, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at Florida International University (FIU); Barbara Pryor-Dumornay, Director at Single Stop USA; Felix Cruz, Vice President and Chief Development Officer at ASPIRA of Florida; Christine Dahnke, Instructional Supervisor at Miami Dade County Public Schools; and Myria Morgan, Youth Program Manager.  Sandra Peebles, Univision’s news anchor/reporter, served as the event’s mistress of ceremonies.

“For student success to have long-lasting results, we have to leverage the knowledge and influence of community organizations, policymakers, higher education institutions, Latino-focused groups and the K-12 educational system,” said Dr. Alanka Brown, ¡HACER! Project Director and MDC’s Director of Academic Readiness. ”This panel represented a leading expert from each of these crucial sectors.”

MDC Honors College alumnus and current FIU Public Administration student, William Guerrero, shared his gratitude for college completion programs and encouraged attendees to “take advantage of opportunities like ¡HACER!.”

The event also featured college-knowledge workshops that provided students with important information about the college application and financial aid processes.  


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