Miami-Dade College: Training the Workforce of Tomorrow Today

June 23, 2021

We’ve heard it before, but this time it’s real: Big Tech is coming to Miami. Buckle up. Miami Dade College – a longtime leader in training tomorrow’s workforce today – is rising to the top of the talent pipeline. Cyber ​​security? Check. Cloud computing? Check. Data analysis? Check. MDC is a one-stop-shop for employers and students.

It’s a match made in Heaven – if Heaven is made of cutting edge computer chips, VR glasses, and Cyber ​​ranges, of course.

“Affordability, innovation and reach are the cornerstones of the College, and with Miami’s growing tech scene, no institution is better positioned to provide the talent needed for this new workforce,” said said MDC President Madeline Pumariega.

Miami is booming, that’s for sure. The city has been put in the spotlight due to an unprecedented boom in technology, start-ups and capital investment. Dozens of new and established businesses are setting up shop in the city, some bringing in well-paying jobs. And MDC is at the forefront – it has collaborated with industry leaders and aligned programs with their needs, ensuring they have a ready-made workforce.

The College’s fast-track response – quick referrals, sought-after tech credentials, digital badges – is suitable for both people new to tech, as well as seasoned professionals looking to upgrade or upgrade.

Does it work? Consider this: Some students are hired before they even graduate.

“We are reorganizing the labor market to not only provide students with the skills employers need, but also to ensure that once they graduate they are already on the path to economic mobility,” said Antonio Delgado, Dean of the School of MDC. Engineering and Technology (EnTec).

EnTec is an active industry partner in the development of new courses and the creation of opportunities in the emerging areas of cybersecurity, electric vehicles, cloud computing, data analysis and programming, l ‘animation and games, and artificial intelligence. These partners provide technical expertise, equipment, mentoring, internships and jobs, making MDC the most affordable and logical first choice in technology education.

Companies such as Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, IBM and Tesla have sought partnerships with the college to develop bespoke programs and centers to teach the technology skills they need to improve their workforce. artwork.

MDC also offers a catalog of online workforce development courses to help people, especially those who find themselves unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, learn new skills and certifications for them. jobs in demand.

MDC has developed over 50 new or revamped degrees and incorporated over 30 industry certifications into technology-related courses for these sought-after skills.

Over 5,000 students at the College’s eight campuses are currently enrolled in associate, bachelor’s, or college certificate of credit courses offered through these programs:

Cyber ​​Security Center of the Americas

In a digital world, cyber attacks have become a reality for everyone, and MDC’s Cyber ​​Security Center of the Americas offers the latest hands-on training through its Cyberbit range. Students, professionals and entire security teams took advantage of the centre’s dynamic and real-life cyberattack simulations to earn certificates or diplomas. From 2020 to 2021, the Centre’s workforce increased by 120%. MDC also launched a Bachelor of Science in Cyber ​​Security this spring.

The Center offers digital badges representing training certification to thwart various types of attacks on websites, web servers and IP networks.

“The hardware was difficult and precise when it came to our preparation for a live, live attack,” said Simon Pierre, an IT security professional and one of the early recipients of the Apache Shutdown and Web digital badges. Defacement of MDC. “Besides the knowledge, the tools that we had access to and that we were able to familiarize with were phenomenal. “

Electric vehicle training center

Electric vehicles are here, and more are being planned by almost all of the major automakers. The demand for technicians is increasing. MDC’s Electric Vehicle Training Center aims to fill this need. Its 15-week Tesla Start program houses a facility that is fully equipped with Tesla vehicles and equipment and built to Tesla specifications, as the only comprehensive program of its kind in the Southeast. All graduates of the program have been hired by Tesla.

Cloud computing center

The Cloud Computing Center takes a proactive approach to technical education, offering summer camps for dual-enrolled high school students and through partnerships with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, Azure, and Google Cloud, among others. Over 150 MDC students have achieved AWS or Azure certifications, and over 200 additional students have gained cloud skills during the pandemic.

Data analysis and programming

The need for skilled professionals to identify, analyze, interpret and present the volumes of data critical to the success of organizations is increasing at a rapid rate. MDC recently ranked second in the country for having the most affordable bachelor’s degree in data science in 2021. Students are often hired before they even complete the program and land jobs at Baptist Hospital, Assurant, NextEra and Jackson Health System, among others. Partnerships with Google and Oracle also offer various programming courses at no cost to students.

A new MDC partnership with SoftBank and Correlation One, the “Data Science 4 All” initiative, aims to train 10,000 people from under-represented communities.

Miami International Animation and Gaming Complex (MAGIC)

MAGIC’s state-of-the-art 9,000 square foot facility is a working animation studio where students work on video game and animation projects using industry tools and techniques. Student events are often broadcast in national and international markets on Univision, Nickelodeon and Telemundo. They also gain hands-on experience with augmented and virtual reality (AR / VR).

MDC Artificial Intelligence (AI) Center

The launch of MDC’s next Artificial Intelligence (AI) Center, slated to launch in the fall, will build on the existing AI curriculum and feature new courses created in partnership with Microsoft and IBM.

Ready to make their mark

Beyond the classroom, MDC students also prove their worth in competitions that showcase their talent. In the recent 2021 National Cyber ​​League spring team play competition, an MDC team placed in the top 2% of 922 competing teams. With student Jawary Prieto at the helm, the team of seven participated in

various challenges including cryptography, network traffic analysis, and password cracking, among others.

“Our team of talented and multicultural individuals from all walks of life have demonstrated their incredible potential with serious engagement in this competition,” said Prieto. “My training at MDC has been exceptional.”

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This press release was produced by Miami-Dade College. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.

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