MDC’s Director of Learning and Program Evaluation Named Florida’s ACT Postsecondary Champion

Miami, March 12, 2019- Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Director of Learning and Program Evaluation, Barika Barboza, was named an ACT College and Career Readiness Champion.  The honor recognizes high school seniors, K-12 professionals, postsecondary professionals and workforce professionals who are making a positive impact on their communities through their efforts to advance college and career readiness for all.

“We all know inspiring individuals who work tirelessly for the advancement of college and career readiness for all students,” said ACT Senior Vice President of State and Federal Programs Scott Montgomery. “The ACT College and Career Readiness Champions initiative lifts up their stories so that more people can be inspired to find their own path to success through the motivation and determination of the seniors, K-12, postsecondary and workforce champions leading the way.”

Barboza was instrumental in the development and implementation of MDC’s competency-based education (CBE). MDC was selected by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in the pilot program under the Experimental Sites Initiative to provide CBE programming. MDC Accelerate competency-based education programs were developed using input from industry leaders. Students work at their own pace and spend more time on the content they need, not on content they already know.

Once they master all the program modules and successfully complete online performance assessments, students receive a College Credit Certificate. MDC Accelerate is intended to provide access and accelerated options for working adults to upskill and get higher paying jobs. Barboza coordinated with a multitude of College and external stakeholders to ensure a successful launch.

The ACT College and Career Readiness Champions are individuals across the country who support ACT’s mission of education and workplace success. ACT State Councils, comprised of education and workforce professionals from all 50 states, serve as the selection committee and select one Champion per category for each participating state.

For more information about the ACT College and Career Readiness Champions, visit