Miami Dade College Receives Sunshine Award for Non-Profit Education Organization of the Year

Miami, Nov. 4, 2022Miami Dade College (MDC) was honored today as the Non-Profit Education Organization of the Year at the 28th Annual Sunshine Awards luncheon by the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SFLHCC). The luncheon was held at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.

The SFLHCC Sunshine Awards are presented annually to companies that excel and shine in their respective fields with strong emphasis on diversity and inclusion.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce,” said MDC President Madeline Pumariega. “With Hispanics making up more than 75% of MDC students, we are deeply committed to creating new pathways and opportunities that support our diverse student body.”

The mission of SFLHCC is to promote the continued growth and development of the Hispanic business community and to serve as a resource center and forum to advocate for Hispanic and minority-owned businesses. The organization is comprised of dedicated professional individuals and business owners who have come together to advance the commercial, financial, educational and civic interests of the ever-growing Hispanic community of South Florida.

Founded 25 years ago, the SFLHCC is considered one of the top five Hispanic Chambers of Commerce in the country, offering its members different activities in which to network and meet possible business prospects. For more information, visit

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, the Tower Theater, 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