Western Governors University and Miami Dade College Partner to Offer Seamless Pathway to Graduate Degrees

WGU scholarships are available to Miami Dade College graduates and staff

MIAMI (March 1, 2022) Western Governors University (WGU) and Miami Dade College (MDC) have entered an academic collaboration agreement to provide MDC graduates and employees the opportunity to seek affordable bachelor’s and master’s degrees with WGU.

As part of the agreement, graduates and staff of MDC will be eligible to apply for scholarships offered through the WGU Community College Partnership Scholarship. Scholarships are valued at up to $2,500, with $625 credited each term and renewable for up to four terms based on satisfactory academic performance.

“We are pleased to partner with Miami Dade College to offer affordable access to growing professionals,” said Kimberly K. Estep, WGU Southeast Regional Vice President. “Offering pathways for hardworking individuals to develop their careers is integral to the missions of both WGU and MDC. Working together in this capacity, we will ensure students the possibility of obtaining their goals.”

WGU’s online, competency-based model provides MDC students, staff and alumni access to an affordable higher education. In addition, access to career services, alumni events, and activities will be provided through various WGU channels of outreach. WGU and MDC will collaborate to execute ongoing enrollment campaigns and educational assistance benefits.

“We are very excited to partner with WGU and offer MDC graduates and staff the opportunity to continue their education and earn advanced degrees,” said MDC President Madeline Pumariega. “Personal and professional growth is paramount to more success and greater purpose.”

WGU offers over 60 online degree programs in business, education, health, and information technology. These online degree programs lead students to diverse jobs with top organizations, from schools to hospitals, to businesses. As of January 2022, there are more than 6,700 WGU students in Florida and nearly 13,300 alumni. For more about WGU’s programs, or to learn more about WGU, visit wgu.edu.

About WGU

Established in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors with a mission to expand access to high-quality, affordable higher education, online, nonprofit WGU now serves nearly 130,000 students nationwide and has more than 250,000 graduates in all 50 states. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, WGU is recognized as a highly-effective postsecondary education model. Learn more at wgu.edu.

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 inception.  The 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 www.mdc.edu.