Miami, March 15, 2021 Miami Dade College (MDC) and Florida Atlantic University (FAU) have established new “4+1” articulation agreements that will allow MDC students a seamless transition to advanced programs FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science.

“This is a very timely collaboration to help boost South Florida’s tech workforce,” said Antonio Delgado, dean of MDC’s School of Engineering and Technology. “This agreement provides our students with a faster pathway for growing fields, such as artificial intelligence and computer engineering.”

Through the agreement, MDC graduates with a bachelor’s degree in data analytics will have a direct pathway to a master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence at FAU. Those who graduate from MDC with a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering technology can complete FAU’s master’s in computer engineering in just one year.

“This agreement will open the door to achieve my goal of earning a master’s in artificial intelligence,” said Ismael Lopez, a recent graduate of MDC’s Bachelor in Data Analytics program. “It will also allow more Latinos like myself to be represented in this field and help reduce biases in algorithms, especially those that can prevent minority access to economic growth.”

These new pathways expand the existing agreement between MDC and FAU that includes master’s degrees in biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, and information technology and management.

“This partnership will now enable MDC students to pursue a master’s degree at FAU in artificial intelligence or computer engineering, two critical fields of study, together with degrees in electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, or information technology and management offered through prior articulation agreements,” said Dr. Stella Batalama, dean of FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science.

“Our MS in Artificial Intelligence program is the first in the state of Florida, with an innovative training curriculum that covers AI theory, methods, and technologies to teach students new skills so they can be a part of the first-generation AI-and-autonomy workforce. Our MS in Computer Engineering program provides a foundational background in computer architecture and design, software development, and computer systems, exposing students to the latest advances in the field.”

For more information about the articulation agreements, visit http://mdc.tips/fau-ecet.

About Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College is the most diverse institution in the nation. There are 167 nations and 63 languages represented in its student body. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree pathways including associate and baccalaureate degrees, career certificates and apprenticeships. Baccalaureate degree offerings include biological sciences, engineering, data analytics, information systems technology, education, public safety, supervision and management, nursing, physician assistant studies, film and others.  MDC is the recipient of many top national awards including the Aspen Prize. As Democracy’s College, MDC changes lives through accessible, high quality-teaching and learning experiences.  It is the home of the Miami Culinary Institute, the Miami Animation & Gaming International Complex, the Miami Fashion Institute, the Eig-Watson School of Aviation, The Idea Center, the Cybersecurity Center of the Americas, the Cloud Computing Center, the Center for Learning, Innovation and Simulation, the School for Advanced Studies, and the New World School of the Arts, to name a few of its most innovative programs.  MDC has been named among the nation’s “Great Colleges to Work For” since the program’s inception.  The College embraces its responsibility to serve as an economic, cultural, and civic leader for the advancement of our diverse global community. Its alumni and employees contribute more than $3 billion annually to the local economy, and MDC graduates occupy top leadership positions in every major industry. MDC is renowned for its rich cultural programming. It is the home of the Miami Book Fair, Miami Film Festival, the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower, the Tower Theater, Dyer Building, Koubek Center Mansion and Gardens, Live Arts Miami at MDC, the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives, the Museum of Art and Design, a sculpture park and a large campus art gallery and theater system.  MDC has admitted more than 2,000,000 students and counting, since it opened its doors in 1960. More than 100,000 students are currently enrolled. For more information, visit www.mdc.edu.

About Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students across six campuses located along the southeast Florida coast. In recent years, the University has doubled its research expenditures and outpaced its peers in student achievement rates. Through the coexistence of access and excellence, FAU embodies an innovative model where traditional achievement gaps vanish. FAU is designated a Hispanic-serving institution, ranked as a top public university by U.S. News & World Report and a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

 FAU Media-only contact: Gisele Galoustian, media relations director for research, 561-985-4615, [email protected]