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Miami Dade College is Once Again Recognized for Forward-Thinking, Award-Winning STEM Programs

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Miami, June 10, 2014 - No stranger to standing out among the competition, Miami Dade College (MDC) has once again been named a winner in the 2014 League’s Innovation of the Year competition. This time around, MDC’s college-wide STEM undergraduate research initiative took home honors for its design to increase retention, develop critical thinking, promote the pursuit of advanced studies, and provide skills that are readily transferrable to the workplace.

Building on the momentum of STEM-related curricula, MDC’s School of Science designed an approach to engage the K-14 community in STEM research opportunities to attract and retain minorities, while building a highly-trained STEM workforce. The School of Science serves as the higher education partner and home to the regional science and engineering expo for the public school system. With the creation of MDC’s STEMResearch Institute, teams of students and faculty work on original projects, worthy of industry adaptation, and scientific significance.

MDC’s STEM Research Symposium serves to showcase the work of its student researchers, some of whom have also featured prominently at national conferences, placing first in competitions. The program has defined a new vision for the College and creates empowering opportunities for STEM learning.

Established more than 25 years ago, the League’s Innovation of the Year competition recognizes significant innovations at Alliance member colleges that reflect achievements and the continuing renewal of the spirit of innovation and experimentation upon which the League was founded. It was also designed to recognize faculty, staff, and administrators at member colleges who have created and implemented innovative programs, practices, partnerships, policies, and activities that improve the institution’s ability to serve students and the community.

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