Miami Dade College to Launch MDC WORKS: Apprenticeship Program

MDC becomes first higher education institution to offer such program in the State of Florida.  

Miami, May 15, 2018 Miami Dade College (MDC), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor, Florida Department of Education and major industry partners representing targeted industries, will launch its new MDC WORKS: Apprenticeship Program with a news conference and signing ceremony at 10 a.m., on Tuesday, May 29, at MDC’s Wolfson Campus in the heart of downtown Miami. There will be a reception immediately following ceremony. The working media is welcome.

The definition of apprenticeships is changing as a result of new industries, new communities, and new needs impacting industry. The demand for training to develop a skilled workforce by providing on-the-job training and related technical instruction is imminent. The MDC WORKS: Apprenticeship Program aims to create an apprenticeship hub in South Florida to develop the critical skills necessary to enter the workforce and accelerate industry growth. Partnerships with industry result in a talent ecosystem supportive of the evolving needs of today’s global knowledge economy.

This groundbreaking apprenticeship model is the first of its kind at an academic institution Florida, and a component of the college’s MDC WORKS, a next generation career center focused on career and technical education, facilitating internships, apprenticeships and professional development. Planning for the apprenticeship program included identifying talent needs, workforce opportunities, career pathways, curriculum development, training instruction, and job placement. Miami has an opportunity to advance this model and be a showcase for the rest of the nation.

Signing ceremony participants will include several elected officials and local leaders, including Florida Representative Robert Asencio; MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, Gary Goldfarb, CSO at Interport Logistics; and David Sandri, Principal at Commercial Jet, which restores and repurposes commercial jets for private, corporate and cargo uses and which has already partnered with the program.

For more information about the Apprenticeship Program, please contact Marimar Molinary at 305-237-3675,