Miami Dade College Announces Eight New Apprenticeship Programs

Participants will earn as they learn to become Registered Apprentices in various in-demand fields

Miami, Jan. 6, 2023 – Miami Dade College (MDC) has partnered with local employers with support from CareerSource South Florida to offer new Registered Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship Programs that blend classroom instruction with paid on-the-job training. The programs offer apprentices free tuition, health insurance, books and tools.

The newly registered programs are available in Building Automation with Johnsons Controls, Inc. and Siemens Industry, Inc.; Construction (Carpentry, Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing), employer Palmetto Homes Urban Development Group; Dental Assistant with Jesse Trice Community Health System; Financial Specialist, employer Zafar Francuz & Company; Hotel Associate, employer Jai Ashirwaad, LLC dba Travelodge by Wyndham; Nursing Assistant, employer Larkin Community Hospital; and Teacher Assistant (2) partnered with Get Smart Kids Academy, Kids for Kids Academy, United Way Miami and Miami Dade College Exploration Station Preschool.

“We have prioritized the ‘learn and earn’ apprenticeship model as a high-impact educational and training opportunity for members of our community,” said MDC Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Malou C. Harrison. “Talent development through apprenticeships creates a win-win for individuals, employers and our community’s overall economic development.”

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 15 occupations, MDC has the highest number of Registered Apprenticeship Programs than any other educational institution in the State of Florida. MDC is authorized to register occupations, employers, and apprentices to participate in Registered Apprenticeship and Pre-apprenticeship Programs. These 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.

“As a Program Sponsor of Apprenticeships, we are so excited to collaborate with local employers and other community partners to bring this unique employment opportunity to our students and the community at large,” said Dr. Alexia Q. Rolle, Dean of Career and Technical Education and Chair of the Apprenticeship Program at MDC. “These apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeship programs the College offers are key to creating jobs, employing South Florida and fueling the economy.”

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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 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 inceptionThe 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, 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 2.5 million students and counting, since it opened its doors in 1960. Approximately 120,000 students are currently enrolled. For more information, visit