Miami Dade College (MDC) raised more than $1.4 million during its sixth annual I AM MDC Day.
I AM MDC Day is commemorated on Sept. 6, the first day of classes at MDC back in 1960 and celebrates MDC’s tradition of elevating our community and changing lives through education and opportunity. The day of school pride also raises critical funds for scholarships and programs for students.
Festivities were conducted at all eight MDC campuses to mark the special occasion. At MDC’s Wolfson Campus, alumnus and radio personality Kelbin Ramirez, morning show co-host on HITS 97.3 FM, was awarded the Finnbassador Award. Ramirez attended MDC with the college’s American Dream scholarship, which covers up to 60 credits toward an associate degree.
MDC first opened its doors on Sept. 6, 1960 amid desegregation and the influx of thousands of Cuban refugees. The first class only had 1,428 students, including seven Black students, making it the first integrated junior college in Florida. Today, MDC is one of the largest higher learning institutions in the United States and is a champion for diversity, resilience and educational excellence.
Most recently, the college launched the Presidential Scholars Program, which offers high-performing graduating high school students in Miami-Dade County the opportunity to complete an associate degree at no cost, and the Rising Black Scholars Program, which provides Black students free tuition for up to two years, plus academic and co-curricular experiences to equip students with the knowledge, resources and skills for success.
MDC also will partner with SoftBank and area universities on a new program designed to upskill a new generation of tech business operators in Miami and Latin America.
I AM MDC Day is organized by the Miami Dade College Foundation, which raises essential private funds for student scholarships and programs. I AM MDC Day is supported generously by corporate partners, including the PepsiCo Foundation, GEICO, Globant, and Cisneros.