First Miami Dade College Symposium to Create Credentialing Model for Student Success

Miami, Jan. 27, 2017 – Miami Dade College’s (MDC) North Campus will host a Student Credential Symposium on Wednesday, Feb. 8, an explanation of MDC’s overall credentialing system and connected academic programs to establish The Right Signals initiative, which supports student success and workforce development.

The Credential Symposium is part of The Right Signals (TRS) initiative at MDC, a component of the college’s efforts to create a credentialing model for student success. The attainment of credentials (certificates, industry certifications, associate degrees, etc.) is often a challenge for students, especially those who are among the first in their families to attend college. The Right Signals project informs students about the connectivity among MDC credentials, as well as available support and resources that exist to stay engaged and maximize their chances of completion. Jorge A. Valdes, clinical assistant professor at Florida International University, will be the keynote speaker.

The event will feature a panel with academic and industry professionals and concurrent sessions for faculty and staff, as well as a Credential Fair for students to obtain credential maps and advising tools. Session topics include meeting the needs of the workforce, stackable credentials and program development, the credentials framework, and program review related to workforce readiness.

This is the first Credential Symposium offered at MDC and it is made possible with the support of the Lumina Foundation.