MDC Foundation Newsletter

March 2019

Liberty City scholarship recipients

Liberty City Scholarship Strengthens Community Partnership with Sister City

A new scholarship fund spearheaded by philanthropists and longtime Key Biscayne residents, William and Toby Rohrer, is helping more dreams come true while strengthening ties between two “Sister Cities” in Miami. In 2018, the Rohrer's partnered with the Key Biscayne Community Foundation, The Chief Press Foundation and Miami Children’s Initiative to create the Bill & Toby Rohrer Scholarship for high school seniors in Liberty City continuing their education at MDC.

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Change Lives With Your Sponsorship of Alumni Hall of Fame April 9th

You can support the next generation of Miami's leaders by becoming a sponsor of the highly anticipated annual event, the MDC Alumni Hall of Fame, on April 9th! The induction ceremony celebrates the achievements of outstanding MDC alumni while raising funds for student scholarships. Sponsorships and individual tickets are available today!

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When the Impossible Becomes Possible

Today Precious Oden is a culinary student at MDC pursuing her dream of becoming a chef and restaurant owner. But as a former foster youth, Precious wasn’t sure how her dream would become a reality. She enrolled at Miami Dade College, and thanks to a scholarship from the MagicWaste Youth Foundation this year, Precious has been able to continue pursuing an education at the Miami Culinary Institute.

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Betty Ferguson at 2018 ETC

MDC Retiree Betty Ferguson Blazes Trail as Community Activist

For Betty Ferguson, civic engagement is a part of her everyday life - even years into her retirement. While Ferguson taught English and speech at MDC, Ferguson blazed a trail as an influential community organizer. Ferguson was instrumental in a variety of initiatives, including her role in incorporating the city of Miami Gardens and pushing for district elections in Miami-Dade County. A testament to her strong support and dedication to MDC and the community, an Endowed Teaching Chair was named in Ferguson’s honor.

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MDC Faculty Sarah Garman Honored as TIAA Difference Maker

MDC faculty member and 2017 Endowed Teaching Chair Sarah Garman has been chosen as a TIAA Difference Maker! Garman spearheaded the College’s first MDC Food Pantry for students in need at the North Campus in 2015. Today, more than 42,894 students and families have benefitted from food pantries at many of MDC’s campuses, including students like Ijamyn Gray. Garman says she’s most proud of her Food Pantry work.

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Dr. Padrón announces he will step down as MDC President

After a unique and brilliant career spanning nearly 50 years, almost a quarter century serving as president, MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón has announced his plans to step down in August. MDC Foundation extends its deepest gratitude for all that Dr. Padrón has done as our leader to make the American Dream possible through accessible and affordable education. He has been the driver behind our work to change lives. For years to come, the South Florida community will continue honoring his legacy of opportunity.

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Miami Entrepreneurs Gain Skills to Grow Their Businesses

The Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area ranks first amongst large U.S. metropolitan areas for startups, but lags behind at No. 26 out of 40 in scaling up businesses. Scale Up Miami at The Idea Center is working to change this statistic, and program alumni say it’s helped them take their business to the next level.

“I know the project work like the back of my hand, and now because of the Scale Up Miami program, I can say I know the business like the back of my hand,” says Maureen Mascaro, a Cohort 3 alumna who left her job to start her company, The Common Area Factor.

From better management of financials to digital marketing skills and one-on-one business coaching, Scale Up Miami is providing participants with the practical skills and entrepreneurial mindset required to lead their business into growth. The free four-month program is a partnership with TD Charitable Foundation.

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