Miami Dade College Receives Funding to Rapidly Upskill With Open Door Scholarship

Miami, Jan. 5, 2023 – The Florida Department of Education recently awarded Miami Dade College (MDC) $1.8M in funding through the Open Door Grant Program aimed at supporting the unemployed and underemployed through training and education to start or advance their careers. Based on eligibility, through a combination of state and federal funding, enrollment in specific workforce programs may be free to many.

“MDC is providing yet another unprecedented opportunity for under-resourced members of our community to level-up their skills, earn a viable workforce credential, and pursue career opportunities in South Florida’s robust job market, all in a relatively short timeframe,” said MDC Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Malou C. Harrison.

The grant supports students pursuing short-term workforce education programs listed below, and it serves as a safety net to cover tuition and books once all other student aid has been applied. The maximum award based on established grant requirements is $3,000. Enroll today at

Academic programs supported by Open Door grants include:

Engineering, Technology & Design

Global Business, Trade and Transportation

Health Sciences

Justice, Public Safety and Law Studies

Below is a list of remote and online exam prep courses designed to prepare students for testing to become industry-certified:

  • 911 Public Safety Telecommunicator
  • AutoCAD – Complete Series
  • AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner (CLF-C01)
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect (SAA-C202)
  • Certified Billing & Coding Specialist (CBCS)
  • Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist
  • Certified in Logistics, Transportation, and Distribution (CLTD)
  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • CompTIA A+ Essentials
  • CompTIA A+ Practical Application
  • CompTIA Security+
  • Computed Tomography (CT)
  • EKG Technician Certification
  • Microsoft Azure Administrator (AZ-104)
  • Microsoft Azure Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure (AZ-204)
  • MRI Certification
  • Patient Care Technician

For more information, visit or email Dr. Loretta Ovueraye or Dr. Alexia Rolle