BIT Center to Expand with Federal GrantGrant will cover satellite hubs, new curriculum, student support and faculty training

Students listening to teacher at BIT Center

Miami Dade College will receive a nearly $3 million, five-year federal grant for the expansion of the College’s Business Innovation and Technology (BIT) Center. The award will be applied toward the creation of two satellite hubs, new curriculum, student support and faculty training.

“Developing deeper technical knowledge and skills in our business students will help them to accelerate their careers,” said Chechu Lasheras, director of the BIT Center. “This grant will empower and increase the awareness of innovation and technology in the School of Global Business, and will help develop the right talent for the new workforce.“

MDC’s state-of-the-art BIT Center explores the role of technology in digital transformation, process automation and analytics in the ever-changing business landscape. The BIT Center is an initiative of MDC’s Miguel B. Fernandez Family School of Global Business, Trade & Transportation, and offers various programs and courses in three core areas: marketing and digital marketing; banking and finance; and industry certifications.

The BIT Center expansion will provide the skills and resources students need to succeed in the new digital, data-driven world, where rapid technological changes are disrupting the way business is done on an exponential scale. In addition to the satellite hubs, the grant will help purchase hardware and software needed for practical, hands-on training in multiple disciplines.

The BIT Center also offers webinars and master classes on popular topics. Recent webinars included How to Sell on Amazon, The New World of FinTech by the CEO of Lynx Capital, and CRM With Salesforce.

Recent master classes conducted by global tech leaders have included executives from Bloomberg Intelligence, McKinsey, Facebook, TikTok, Salesforce, Wix, Google and others.