MDC North Campus Receives Nearly $1 Million for Business Entrepreneurship Development Project

Miami, October 11, 2021 – Miami Dade College’s (MDC) North Campus obtained a nearly $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) for MDC’s Miguel B. Fernandez Family School of Global Business, Trade and Transportation. The funds will be used to support projects that teach minority undergraduate students how to grow businesses and market products and services in the domestic and global marketplace. The campus administration will discuss how the grant will be used for the creation of the Entrepreneurship Development Project during the Hablemos de Negocios (Let’s Talk Business) seminar at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 12.

“As the nation’s largest open-entry college, MDC continues to find innovative ways to expand opportunities for its students to earn hands-on degrees to make an immediate impact in the local and global marketplace,” said Fermin Vázquez, Acting President of North Campus. “Providing financial support and guidance to business owners and entrepreneurs will play a vital role in breaking down barriers to graduation and accelerating the transition to the job market.

The three-year Entrepreneurship Development Project targets minority students at Hialeah, North, West and Wolfson campuses. The grant will be used for student incentives, such as tuition and fees to earn a 12-credit college credit certificate Specialist in Business Entrepreneurship: Start-Up Venture, and micro-credentials , such as the Hootsuite Platform and Hootsuite Social Marketing certifications. Students will participate in seminars, entrepreneur-led classroom presentations, group mentoring sessions, one-on-one entrepreneur-to-business counseling sessions, head office tours, business plan competitions, business etc. In addition, MDC faculty will benefit from professional development workshops.

MDC serves a large population of low-income minority students. This program can create opportunities for students to earn college degrees while working in partnership with a vibrant, multicultural community of local entrepreneurs and small business owners to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in the workforce. today’s highly competitive workforce.

For more information, please contact Theodora Laing, tlaing@mdc.edu

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