ERIC Number: ED466280
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May
Reference Count: N/A
A Focus on Students: The Better Opportunities for Disadvantaged Hispanics Program of the Miami-Dade Community College.
Melendez, Edwin; Suarez, Carlos
This report describes the Better Opportunities for Disadvantaged Hispanics program of the Miami-Dade Community College (MDCC) (Florida). More than 35 percent of Dade County's total population is comprised of Hispanic residents, with many seeking higher education at a community college. The Better Opportunities program was started to respond to and promote the educational success of this student population. The program aims to provide "client-driven" services in an effort to increase students' employability or their chances to complete an associate's degree. The services offered include financial assistance, enrollment in certification courses, remedial and regular college classes, and supportive case management. For the year 2000, 21 students participated in the program. These students were either unemployed, displaced agricultural workers, or individuals lacking English language proficiency. The report highlights the experiences of individual participants in the program. Overall, the program was successful as evidenced by the 75 percent retention rate. The majority of students were able to continue their education, and 35 percent of them were placed in marketable jobs because of training provided by the program. The report concludes with recommendations for future development of the program. (Contains 15 references.) (JCC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Community Colleges, Education Work Relationship, Educational Improvement, Educational Mobility, Educational Opportunities, Hispanic American Students, Job Skills, Special Needs Students, Two Year Colleges
For full text: http://www.newschool.edu/milano/edwin/publica.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New School Univ., New York, NY. Community Development Research Center.; Massachusetts Univ., Boston. Mauricio Gaston Inst. for Latino Community Development and Public Policy.