Miami Dade College’s mission to expand access to higher education was strengthened by the more than $52 million secured this past year through federal grants, private foundation gifts and privately sourced contributions. The College raised more than $32 million in grant funds from the federal government and from private foundations, including the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation, the Teagle Foundation and the Braman Family Foundation. Of these funds, more than $17 million directly supported student services ranging from scholarships to out-of-school programs to veteran support services. More than $2.9 million was used to promote entrepreneurship and small business programs along with workforce development programs. Additionally, portions of these funds supported programs to assist immigrants and refugees, and promoted adult learner education programs. More than $11.5 million was secured to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs. And, more than $900,000 was raised to support the arts and cultural affairs at the College. Other programs benefitting from these funds included international education, agriculture, children and families, civic/public efforts, assisting K-12 students, service learning and technology. Additionally, private contributions totaling more than $19 million supported various College programs and initiatives including scholarships for both the Eig-Watson School of Aviation and the School of Nursing. Significant private contributions also supported the expansion of MDC’s cultural affairs programs, including the Miami Book Fair and the Museum of Art and Design. These funds have been critical to the success of various programs and initiatives at the College throughout fiscal year 2016-2017, with certain contributions supporting multiple initiatives. Because of the reductions in funding Miami Dade College has faced recently, the funds raised through these various efforts help support the College’s mission and its commitment to the success of MDC students.
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