Novel initiative to facilitate completion and career connection for Black students
Miami, August 13, 2021 – JPMorgan Chase will announce a major donation and partnership with Miami Dade College (MDC) at a virtual launch event for the Multi-Organization Supports for Access, Inclusion and Completion (MOSAIC) program at 12 p.m. on Monday, August 16, at MDC North Campus. The program is designed to help Black students complete college and connect with careers and jobs in high-demand technology fields.
MDC President Madeline Pumariega; Dr. Malou C. Harrison, MDC Executive Vice President and Provost; MOSAIC Director Hilary Hixon, and Maria Escorcia, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility for Florida at JPMorgan Chase will deliver remarks.
The MOSAIC initiative promotes access and inclusion, while eliminating some of the most common barriers to college entry and completion, including lack of finances, childcare, transportation and housing. An initial review of data shows that while Black residents comprise 18 percent of the population in Miami-Dade County, they only represent 15 percent of the overall student population at MDC. There is also a significant drop in their retention from year to year compared to other students. Additionally, while Black students at MDC graduate at higher rates than all students at the national level, there is a five percent gap between their graduation rate and that of other students at the college.
MOSAIC activities will include focus groups to better assess student needs, virtual resource hubs where students can access services and information, targeted workforce and entrepreneurship initiatives that promote organic mentoring opportunities, and tuition support for both degree and certificate programs.
WHAT: MDC and JPMorgan Chase to Announce Donation and Launch MOSAIC Program
WHEN: Monday, August 16, at 12 p.m.