Miami, July 14, 2021 – Miami Dade College’s (MDC) School of Engineering and Technology (EnTec), The Idea Center @ MDC and Grow with Google team up once again to offer a third Google IT Automation with Python program, which culminates with a professional certificate at no cost. The new 17-week program is scheduled to begin July 26 at The Idea Center.
Even prior to the pandemic, MDC implemented resources for students and faculty to become better prepared for changes in the workforce. Students now have access to more programs, courses and certificates in high tech and high-touch skills that are in-demand to succeed in today’s workforce.
“Understanding our students’ needs is key when designing a learning experience that is based on constant support and real-life application,” said Gustavo Grande, Program Director at The Idea Center. “This helps improve the motivation levels and increase completion rates from the global average of 15 percent for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to more than 80 percent in the blended modality implemented at The Idea Center at MDC.”
The program prepares candidates to advance their career in information technology and culminates with a certificate that equips learners with job-ready skills with Python, which is currently one of the most in-demand programming languages by IT employers.
“As a native from South Florida, and as a product of the state’s public education system, I’ve seen how the right tools at the hands of leading institutions like Miami Dade College can accelerate the trajectory of learners towards acquiring the most in-demand skills,” said Hector Mujica, Economic Opportunity Lead at Google.org. “With this reinvestment in Miami Dade College, Google reaffirms its commitment to help prepare the community in South Florida for jobs in the digital economy.”
Applications are being accepted for the 30 seats available for the second cohort, which will be a blended program with sessions in-person and online. The program is open to anyone 18 and older who is interested in a career in information technology. Candidates should have foundational IT knowledge from previous education or IT-related work experience.
To apply and for more information about the Google IT Automation with Python program, visit https://theideacenter.co/programs/googlepython/.
About Miami Dade College
Miami Dade College is the most diverse institution in the nation. There are 167 nations and 63 languages represented in its student body. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree pathways including associate and baccalaureate degrees, career certificates and apprenticeships. Baccalaureate degree offerings include biological sciences, engineering, data analytics, information systems technology, education, public safety, supervision and management, nursing, physician assistant studies, film and others. MDC is the recipient of many top national awards including the Aspen Prize. As Democracy’s College, MDC changes lives through accessible, high quality-teaching and learning experiences. It is the home of the Miami Culinary Institute, the Miami Animation & Gaming International Complex, the Miami Fashion Institute, the Eig-Watson School of Aviation, The Idea Center, the Cybersecurity Center of the Americas, the Cloud Computing Center, the Center for Learning, Innovation and Simulation, the School for Advanced Studies, and the New World School of the Arts, to name a few of its most innovative programs. MDC has been named among the nation’s “Great Colleges to Work For” since the program’s inception. The College embraces its responsibility to serve as an economic, cultural, and civic leader for the advancement of our diverse global community. Its alumni and employees contribute more than $3 billion annually to the local economy, and MDC graduates occupy top leadership positions in every major industry. MDC is renowned for its rich cultural programming. It is the home of the Miami Book Fair, Miami Film Festival, the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower, the Tower Theater, Dyer Building, Koubek Center Mansion and Gardens, Live Arts Miami at MDC, the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives, the Museum of Art and Design, a sculpture park and a large campus art gallery and theater system. MDC has admitted more than 2,000,000 students and counting, since it opened its doors in 1960. More than 100,000 students are currently enrolled. For more information, visit www.mdc.edu.
About The Idea Center
The Idea Center @ MDC is the college’s groundbreaking hub of innovation, the place where students from all disciplines can gather, collaborate and take advantage of resources and training to develop their entrepreneurial ideas. Through cutting-edge entrepreneurship education, professional development and experiential learning, students and community members can acquire the tools needed to identify challenges and develop solutions. The Idea Center’s core programs include Startup Challenge, CREATE accelerator, Impact Miami and Reimagining Cities, the Pioneers @ MDC monthly speaker series and the Mike Fernandez Global Business Leadership Series, to name a few. For more information, visit theideacenter.co.
About Grow with Google
Google is helping Florida’s economy adapt and grow. In 2020, we helped generate $21.58 billion of economic activity across the state, while our tools and technologies helped over 1.31 million businesses directly connect with customers during a challenging year. In addition, Grow with Google has partnered with over 400 organizations in the state to help train more than 100,000 Floridians on digital skills, while Google.org has awarded over $3M in grants to nonprofits and organizations serving Florida, including funding to Miami Dade College Foundation.