MDC School of Science to Receive More than $10M in Federal STEM Awards

Miami, Oct. 10, 2016- Miami Dade College (MDC) will receive two grant awards totaling more than $10 million during the next five years from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education’s Hispanic Serving Institutions – STEM & Articulation Programs to enhance the success of students within the School of Science.

The MDC School of Science received the STEM Strategic Pathways to Academic Completion and Excellence (STEM SPACE) award totaling $5,829,850.  MDC will implement a comprehensive range of proven, high-impact strategies including a revamped, STEM-specific student orientation academic advisement, financial counseling, undergraduate research, and STEM communities of practice with integrated student support services.

MDC also received the STEM EngInE (Educate, Intern and Employ) award totaling $4,674,933. With this award, MDC North Campus and the School of Science will provide academic engagement at public high schools, postsecondary academic advisement, peer mentoring, and coaching and summer research internships for STEM students. MDC will also provide STEM life skills training, service learning, faculty professional development, and expanded articulation agreements.

Moreover, MDC will collaborate with the MDC Foundation to raise matching funds for a School of Science Endowment to sustain high-impact activities into the future.

For more information, contact Dr. Heather Belmont, Dean of Science,, 305-237-1757.

About Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College (MDC) is the higher education institution with the largest undergraduate enrollment in the America, with more than 165,000 students. It is also the nation’s top producer of Associate in Arts and Science degrees and awards more degrees to minorities than any other college or university in the country. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree pathways including several baccalaureate degrees in education, public safety, supervision and management, nursing, physician assistant studies, film, engineering, biological sciences, and others. In fact, its academic and workforce training programs are national models of excellence. MDC is also renowned for its rich cultural programming. It is home of the Miami Book Fair, Miami Film Festival, the MDC Live Arts Performing Arts Series, the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower, a major sculpture park and large art gallery and theater systems. MDC has admitted more than 2,000,000 students and counting, since it opened its doors in 1960. For more information please visit