Miami Dade College is a student-to-workforce pipeline for the 21st century

June 25, 2019 | By Eduardo J. Padrón, president of Miami Dade College, via the Miami Herald

As president of Miami Dade College, I have focused on creating educational opportunities that anticipate the workforce needs of tomorrow’s global economy, furthering equity in opportunity for our extremely diverse student population.

One example is the creation of MDC’s stackable credentials in data analytics, which teach high demand, real-world skills. My vision for Miami is a cutting-edge, trendsetting hub of extraordinary digital talent and training. To realize this, MDC partnered with the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF) – the nation’s oldest membership organization of Fortune 500 CEOs, college and university presidents, and other leaders dedicated to the creation of a highly skilled future workforce – to implement a methodology created by BHEF and funded by the National Science Foundation.

Their methodology identifies, responds, and builds academic pathways customized to the workforce needs of our region. We know there is a growing need for workers who possess digital science and analytics skills. A Gallup poll revealed that by 2021, 69 percent of employers expect candidates with data, science and analytic skills to get preference for jobs, yet only 23 percent of college and university leaders say their graduates will have those skills.

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