Miami Dade College and the University of Miami Announce New Apprenticeship Program

Registered Apprenticeship programs continue to pave pathways to economic mobility.

Miami, Jan. 26, 2024 – Miami Dade College (MDC) and the University of Miami (UM) have partnered, with support from CareerSource South Florida, to launch the new Project Manager Apprenticeship Program with employer Related Urban Construction, LLC, which blends classroom instruction with paid on-the-job training designed for individuals with little to no experience in the occupation. Apprenticeship programs offer full-time employment, competitive wages, free tuition and employer-provided benefits.

Sponsored by MDC, students enrolled in the Project Manager Apprenticeship Program will complete coursework facilitated by UM’s College of Engineering. The launch of this new program expands MDC’s existing partnership with the University to include the Building Automation Technician Apprenticeship Program with employer partners Johnson Controls, Inc., Albireo Energy, LLC and Siemens Industry, Inc.

“South Florida’s development boom is reshaping the local landscape. There’s no better time to embark on a career in construction than now,” said Pratim Biswas, dean of the College of Engineering at UM. “We are proud to partner with Miami Dade College and private sector companies, like Related Urban Construction, to train apprentices with the skills they need to thrive in the construction industry, make full use of new innovative digital technologies and leave their mark on our community.”

MDC is the first academic institution in Florida to receive the designation of Program Sponsor by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) and named Apprenticeship Ambassador by the US Department of Labor. Offering 21 occupations, MDC has the highest number of Registered Apprenticeship Programs of any other educational institution in the State of Florida. As Program Sponsor, MDC is authorized to register occupations, employers and apprentices to participate in Registered Apprenticeship and Pre-apprenticeship Programs. Apprenticeship Programs enable employers to develop and apply industry standards to training programs for registered apprentices that can increase productivity and improve workforce quality. Apprentices who complete a registered apprenticeship program are accepted by the industry as Masters in their field.

“Miami Dade College continues to lead the charge in South Florida’s workforce development, with the support of our local employers and community partners, to bring unique educational and employment opportunities to our students and the community at large,” said Dr. Alexia Q. Rolle, dean of Career and Technical Education and Chair of the MDC Apprenticeship Program. “We are excited to grow our partnership with the University of Miami and with local employer partners to continue expanding pathways of economic opportunity and fuel our growing economy with a 21st century ready workforce.”

About University of Miami
The University of Miami is a private research university and academic health system with a distinct geographic capacity to connect institutions, individuals, and ideas across the hemisphere and around the world. With more than $413 million in research and sponsored program expenditures annually, the University of Miami is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU).

The University’s vibrant and diverse academic community comprises 12 schools and colleges serving more than 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students in more than 180 majors and programs. Located within one of the most dynamic and multicultural cities in the world, the University is building new bridges across geographic, cultural, and intellectual borders, bringing a passion for scholarly excellence, a spirit of innovation, a respect for including and elevating diverse voices, and a commitment to tackling the challenges facing our world.

About CareerSource South Florida
CareerSource South Florida is a public-private partnership that establishes state and federally funded workforce development and training policies for Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. CareerSource South Florida provides high quality, customized employment and training solutions to workers and employers in support of economic development. Services are available to everyone at no cost through a network of centers located throughout the region.

For more information on CareerSource South Florida, including valuable resources for businesses and job seekers, please visit or call 305-594-7615.

About Miami Dade College
Miami Dade College (MDC) is the most diverse institution in the nation, with 167 nations and 63 languages represented in its student body. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer over 300 distinct degree pathways, including associate and baccalaureate degrees, certifications and apprenticeships.  MDC is the recipient of many top national awards, including the prestigious Aspen Prize. The College changes lives through accessible, high-quality teaching and learning experiences. It is home to the Miami Culinary Institute, the Miami Animation & Gaming International Complex, the Miami Fashion Institute, The Idea Center, the Cybersecurity Center of the Americas, two AI Centers, the Center for Learning, Innovation and Simulation at the Medical Campus, the Business Innovation & Technology Center, the School for Advanced Studies and New World School of the Arts, among others. MDC has been recognized among the nation’s “Great Colleges to Work For” since the program’s inceptionThe College serves as an economic, cultural and civic leader for the advancement of our diverse global community. MDC alumni and employees contribute more than $3 billion annually to the local economy, and graduates occupy top leadership positions in every major industry. MDC’s renowned rich cultural programming includes the Miami Book Fair, Miami Film Festival, the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower, Koubek Center Mansion and Gardens, Live Arts Miami at MDC, the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives, and the Museum of Art and Design.  MDC has admitted more than 2.5 million students and counting, since it opened its doors in 1960. Approximately 120,000 students are currently enrolled. For more information, visit

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