Impact Report 2018-2019

Miami Dade College is a game changer. Students achieve their dreams because they receive OPPORTUNITY.

Who we are

Miami Dade College was built on the belief that the condition of your birth should not determine the outcome of your life. For nearly 60 years, our doors have remained open to anyone who wants to advance.

MDC is many things to our students. There are over two million stories of opportunity; meet seven students and alumni in our 2019 Impact Report.

Meet our students

MDC is home to the most diverse student body in the country, representing 174 nationalities. Our students face many obstacles, but they persevere. With support from people like you, their story is one of limitless potential.



Kenmel believes his dreams are attainable

When he was 10 years old, Kenmel Guzman trekked 3,000 miles by foot from Honduras to Miami to pursue the American dream. He faced many hardships growing up with his mom and siblings in a low-income household, but scholarships and mentor support have unlocked doors he believed were closed. This aspiring doctor will be the first college graduate in his family.

A boy who always thought he had nothing now has something. MDC changed my life.


Students receive extra support they need

One financial emergency can derail community college students from pursuing their dreams. When the alternative is dropping out, MDC provides essential social support and emergency assistance for students like Madeleine Morales, who struggled when her car broke down. From food insecurity and homelessness to mentorship and trouble navigating college, MDC is here to help.

I’m grateful for the extra support. MDC gave me another chance to attend school, and my family and I could breathe a sigh of relief.


Ty will break the cycle of poverty

Scholarship support is helping Tyquarn Moss Jr. study at MDC so he can become a lawyer and eventually give his family a better life. Ty’s ambition and enthusiasm fuels him, hoping to blaze a trail and set an example for his siblings as he pursues the American dream.

This is my chance to become somebody. I’m going to prove to myself and the world that circumstances don’t have to hold you back from your dreams.


Scott is starting a new life as a civilian

After serving as a medic in the U.S. Navy for five years, Scott Rose is transitioning into civilian life. Today MDC is helping him recreate his future. Scott is one of thousands of veterans studying at MDC who have found extra support, a sense of community and the opportunity to explore new passions.

I found a great support system here. MDC is allowing me to reinvent myself.


Ayo is impacting one life at a time

Graduating from MDC with a passion for improving health outcomes, Ayomidamope Adebiyi is now serving hundreds of pregnant women and new mothers in her home country of Nigeria. Through her nonprofit Care for the Unreached, the nursing school alumna organizes community outreach programs to provide women with newborn care kits and education on issues like breastfeeding, child immunizations and contraception.

The best thing that ever happened to me was MDC. It inspires you to pursue your passions and serve your community.


Carolina is finding her voice

After 27 years as a Dreamer, Carolina Romero found her voice on issues of immigration and discovered her passion for law. The wife, mother and student juggles it all, and MDC scholarship support is helping her graduate on time so she can pursue her dreams.

MDC is helping me become the leader my community needs so I can help immigrants like me. MDC is changing my family’s future.


Beatrice gives back

Beatrice Louissaint is a prominent business leader in Miami who credits her success to MDC. Today the proud alumna serves on MDC Foundation’s Board of Directors and has created her own legacy.

I want to leave a legacy for young Haitian students after me. I’m honored to support my alma mater through a planned gift.


With private support from people like you, students build better lives for themselves and their families. With 84% of students dependent on financial assistance, we have more work to do together. Your giving is essential to ensure every student has an opportunity to succeed.

2018-19 MDC Foundation Distributions

MDC Foundation Balances as of March 31 (in millions)

Note: Balances are invested in a diversified portfolio comprised of domestic and international equities, fixed income instruments and alternative investments. These investments are governed by Foundation policies and managed by the Foundation Investment Committee.

Giving is more important than ever

Our South Florida community flourishes when everyone has the opportunity to succeed, advance and contribute. Your gift today keeps the doors of opportunity open to all.




2018-2019 Impact Report Cover


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