Educate, Enlighten, Entertain – The 2020 Broward College Speaker Series Kicks Off

The 2020 Broward College Speakers Series Presented by Virgin Trains USA is bringing star power to South Florida for its seventh edition. The annual program will kick off on March 12 with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, followed by U.S. soccer star Abby Wambach on April 29, and closing with humanitarian chef José Andrés May 18.

"These speakers are among our country’s history-makers and social-influencers and will stimulate thoughtful, public discussion on issues that relate to each of us as well as the community-at-large,” says Broward College President Gregory Adam Haile.

Each lecture will take place at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in the Amaturo Theater, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The Web Celeb

Jimmy WalesWikipedia founder Jimmy Wales was dubbed a “web celebrity” by Forbes magazine. TIME magazine named him one of its “100 Most Influential People” in 2006. He is a Fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School and serves on the board of directors of Socialtext and for the non-profit Creative Commons.

He is the founder of the Wikimedia Foundation, WikiTribune, and Wikia. Following on his expertise, he will address the topic “What’s Next in Tech?” Thrive in a “Wiki” Future” during his presentation sponsored by Exults Marketing.

World Star Athlete

Abby WambachAbby Wambach is not only one of the greatest women soccer players in history but also a leading voice for women athletes in all disciplines. Wambach was the U.S. women soccer team captain who led them to victory in the World Cup championship in 2015 and gold medals in 2004 and 2012. She is the all-time leading scorer in international soccer history, with 184 career goals under her belt.

Wambach, a New York Times Best Selling author and activist of equality and inclusion, will discuss how she is “Living Authentically” when she visits Fort Lauderdale this spring.

Humanitarian Chef

Jose AndresJosé Andrés is known for his avant-garde cuisine in the culinary industry. Named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” in 2012 and 2018, he’s received several honors, among them the “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2017 from the International Association of Culinary Professionals and the “National Humanities Medal” in 2015.

Andrés has taken his passion for food to a higher level. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria when he delivered more than 3.5 million meals in Puerto Rico through his non-profit organization World Central Kitchen. During his presentation sponsored by Stearns Weaver Miller, Andrés will explain how he is “Changing the World Through the Power of Food.”

Tickets for the general public are $55-$65 and can be purchased at www.BrowardCollegeSpeakerSeries.com. Broward College students and employees are eligible for a discount when they purchase tickets at the AutoNation Box Office window at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. They must show valid student ID or proof of employment. Tickets are also available to a reception and photo opportunity with the speaker after each presentation. Tickets to the receptions are limited.

Broward College Speaker Series sponsors


Dr. Stephen Dunnivant and students

“Education is the Only Way out” – New Central Campus President Understands Struggle, and Rising Above it

For the past few weeks, Dr. Stephen Dunnivant has enjoyed the warm welcome of students, faculty, and staff at the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus as he takes charge as campus president. Coming from Tallahassee Community College, where he served as the dean of Business, Industry, and Technology for four years, Dr. Dunnivant is excited to serve the culturally-diverse Broward College.

Rising Above the Challenges

Dr. Stephen DunnivantBorn in Memphis, Tennessee, to a barber and a waitress, Dr. Dunnivant experienced struggles as a child. “I come from a humble family, I’m one of five siblings, and we grew up moving around quite a lot,” he says. “It was thanks to my mother, who taught us all how to read and write and my older brother Sam, who later became an ATF agent and U.S. Marshall, that my siblings and I knew we could do better and have different expectations for our lives.”

Despite living in communities often riddled by violence, crime, and low literacy levels, Dr. Dunnivant knew that education was his only way out. By his junior year in high school, the family had settled in Panama City, Florida, where he worked several odd jobs from a custodian to a dishwasher, to running a men’s clothing store, while attending college.

He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Social Science from Florida State University, a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development from George Washington University, and a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Education Technology from the University of West Florida.

It’s About the People

Dr. Stephen Dunnivant and studentsDr. Dunnivant was inspired to join the College when he learned about President Haile’s approach to bringing college to challenged communities through Broward UP™. “I believe President Haile has one of the best agendas in the Florida College System to help people in these communities achieve their goals through education,” says Dr. Dunnivant.

His upbringing makes him passionate about the possibilities being created through Broward UP, which focuses on communities with the highest unemployment and lowest education levels. As he understands what it’s like to grow up in similar situations, he explains that “it’s not about attracting people to our campus but reaching out to the people in those communities to show them that yes, they are college-worthy, and they can get their college degree and rise above their current circumstances.”

The Unofficial Agenda

Dr. Dunnivant joins Broward College with over 27 years of experience in higher education, economic development, and workforce. Despite all that experience, he is not one to have an agenda. “I’m not coming here with an agenda,” he admits. “If anything, I’m focused on listening, learning and understanding a little bit deeper the ins and outs of the college and the community it serves as well as building up trust among faculty, staff and students.”

Even with this approach, Dr. Dunnivant still has a vision for what he hopes to accomplish. As a strong advocate of the liberal arts and general education, he believes that “we must continue to grow and strengthen programs that focus on teaching what we know as soft skills,” he says. “These skills are employability skills and have become one of the top requirements for employers.”

The Broward College family is happy to welcome Dr. Dunnivant to our campus.

 


President Haile

Broward College President Gregory Adam Haile Selected to Participate in the Inaugural Aspen New Presidents Fellowship

The Aspen Institute announced President Gregory Adam Haile as one of 25 Aspen Fellows for its new initiative designed to support community college presidents in the early years of their tenure. The Aspen New Presidents Fellowship for Community College Excellence is fully funded by JPMorgan Chase & Co. and will run a seven-month program beginning in June 2020.

A first-generation college student, President Haile had never even heard of college until he was in sixth grade. He has served at Broward College since 2011, and in July 2018 was selected to serve as president for the institutions 63,000 students and more than 5,000 employees. As a representative, a leader, Haile reflects the diversity of his students and community and is committed to creating a pathway for their success.

President Haile“On behalf of the members of the Board of Trustees, I congratulate President Haile,” said Gloria Fernandez, chair of the Broward College Board of Trustees. “It comes as no surprise that he was selected for the Aspen New Presidents Fellowship. President Haile is a visionary who has, through his leadership in the last 18 months alone, demonstrated a relentless commitment to student success and the advancement of this community.”

Supporting New Leaders

The inaugural class, selected from over 100 applicants, have been college presidents for five years or less. They were selected based on their commitment to student success and equity, willingness to take risks to improve outcomes, understanding of the importance of community partnerships, and the ability to lead change.

During the fellowship, President Haile will devise strategic plans to tackle barriers of student success, as well as encourage the growth of health and vitality within Broward College and the communities in Broward County. Broward College has demonstrated its commitment to its students and its surrounding districts through Broward Up, a movement developed by the college that offers free educational opportunities, workforce training, and resources for students to thrive.

Making a Long-lasting Impact

Nearly 80 percent of community college presidents nationwide plan to retire in the next decade. Through this fellowship and its other leadership programs, Aspen is committed to helping to replace those exiting the presidency with an exceptionally capable and highly diverse talent pool.

The program for new presidents is an addition to the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence, which has been serving aspiring presidents since 2016. Of the nearly 160 fellows who have taken part in the Rising Presidents Fellowship, 41 are now community college presidents, serving more than 500,000 students.

For a bio and photo of President Haile and a list of the 2020-21 class of Aspen Presidential Fellows, visit: https://highered.aspeninstitute.org/meet-the-aspen-presidential-fellows-new-presidents/


Students

Commemorate Black History Month at These Events on Campus

It’s February, and apart from Valentine’s Day, the month is significant for another celebration – the observance of Black History Month. From February 1 to 29 across the United States, events are held to honor African Americans and their achievements and contributions to the nation.

Broward College is proud to be an institution that serves a diverse population. In 2019, the College was ranked first for the number of associate degrees conferred to African American students by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. African Americans are the second largest group of students at the College, comprising 30 percent of the population.

“Black History Month is not just about African Americans,” explains Dr. Robert Morris, professor of History and Political Science, as he extends an invitation for everyone to take part in the month’s activities. “Even though we are celebrating the achievements of a particular group, this month is about all Americans, regardless of race or ethnicity. It’s an opportunity to come together and honor how we all contribute to shaping the America of today.”

Celebrating Activism

StudentsLast year, Dr. Morris was the driving force behind the creation of the Broward College Chapter of the National Association NAACP College Division, which launched with 30 students.

“Bringing the NAACP to our College is incredibly beneficial to our students because we are showing them how to become involved and be a part of the solution to issues they deal with every day,” says Dr. Morris. The organization’s national headquarters will officially recognize the Broward College chapter during a ceremony on February 17. The Chapter will kick start activities for the month on February 4, with a discussion that aligns with this year’s theme “African Americans and the Vote” titled #Vote2020, moderated by Dr. Morris.

Researching History

Another major event for the chapter during Black History Month is the Florida Conference on African American History & Culture (FCAAHC), which will host its inaugural session on February 26 at the Judson A. Samuels South Campus. As Dr. Morris explains it, the goal is to position Broward College as a leader in the research of African American history in South Florida. “We must teach our history to the future generations,” he says.

Each year, a topic is chosen by a committee, and the research gathered focuses on the local history of the African American community. This year, the conference is focusing on the oldest black churches in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Historians and representatives from the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church and Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church will attend.

Black History Month Events of Campus

Other college-wide celebrations include film screenings, panel discussions, and art exhibits. South Florida PBS is sponsoring a screening of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on February 10 at 6 p.m. in North campus’ building 46, room 152 while the Judson A. Samuels South Campus will welcome executive producer Walt Wolfram for a Q&A after the screening of Talking Black in America.

There are also several panel discussions. At the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus, on February 17 at 11 a.m., students are welcome to attend the U.S. census panel discussion, which will take place inside building 17, by Dunkin Donuts.

Renowned poet Ed Mabrey will visit the Judson A. Samuels South Campus activity center on February 6 at 6 p.m., and a writing workshop with Spoken word Exchange will take place on February 18 at 1 p.m. in room 139 of building 66.

For a full list of Black History Month, activities check out the calendars below:

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A. Hugh Adams Central Campus in Davie

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Judson A. Samuels Campus in Pembroke Pines

 


MLK Day of Service at YMCA

Broward College Takes the Day On – Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through Community Projects

Taking the “day on and not off” for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 20, thousands of volunteers, led by Broward College President, Gregory Adam Haile, honored the memory of the civil rights leader by giving back to the community. This support which has since 2015 seen some 13,000 volunteers providing 66,000 hours of community service, is made possible through the Broward College MLK Day of Service. The MLK Day of Service awarded $120,000 to 29 community organizations to fund initiatives ranging from beautification to education projects that support veterans and low-income populations. Funding is made possible through the Florida Legislature, in partnership with the MLK Day of Service Advisory Board.

Remembering Dr. King

MLK Day of Service at YMCAWhen Congress designated the federal holiday commemorating Dr. King’s life and legacy as a national day of service in 1994, it did so to encourage everyone across the country to take the “day on, not a day off” to celebrate the impact of Dr. King’s teachings.

“Broward College exists to serve this community every day of the year, but today is a bit of a special day,” said President Haile, between volunteering duties. “MLK Day is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference, to enhance the lives of others in our communities, which is exactly what we should all be doing today to honor Dr. King.”

President Haile participated in activities at four of the projects, which included serving food for the homeless at the Mount Nebo Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, providing recreational activities to special needs children in Lauderdale Lakes, and assembling care packages for Broward county residents at the YMCA South Florida.

Together We Serve

The more of 1,500 participants this year showed the power behind “Together We Serve,” President’s Haile inspiring motto. “One of the things we recognize is that notwithstanding what Broward College has been able to do, we cannot do anything alone. This community is one that’s known for collaboration so ‘Together We Serve’ shows how many organizations can come together in partnership with us to bring service to those who need us most,” he says.

Community partners such as the YMCA are thankful for the help they receive from the College not only on MLK Day but year-round.

“Thanks to Broward College, we are able to provide our residents with care packages,” says Sheryl Woods, president of YMCA South Florida. “Through the outreach work done by our Community Health Department, we were able to identify the need our residents have for personal hygiene and care items and it does really make a difference in their life to address their basic needs.”

For a video recap of the 2020 MLK Day of Service, visit here.


Information Technology

Ringing in the New Decade – These Are the Jobs That Will Dominate the 2020s

New year, a new decade and with it, new career paths for all. The U.S workforce has seen the tech industry boom during the 2010s as artificial intelligence, spatial computing, virtual reality, and other innovations were born and grew exponentially.

New occupations arose, and job descriptions were adjusted to keep up with the trends. A study by LinkedIn is now showing that this growth in technology has set a precedent for the tech industry to dominate the 2020s. It also shows that these occupations are in high demand as they fail to find enough qualified workers to fill positions.

Engineering – Hottest Career Path

According to LinkedIn, among the top 15 projected hottest jobs, 13 of the occupations are related to the tech world, most are in the areas of engineering. Topping the list is artificial intelligence specialists, an occupation that calls for software or computer engineers since complete degrees in the field are not offered yet. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that average wages in the field range from $100,000 to $150,000, and the industry has seen job growth of 74 percent over the past five years.

Among the other hot jobs projected are robotics engineers, with starting salaries at $85,000; full-stack engineers, earning around $82,000; site reliability engineers, with wages averaging $130,000; data engineers, who can earn $100,000; and cloud engineers, earning around the same $100,000, complete the list for the 2020s.

Information Technology - It’s All About Computers

Information TechnologyTraditional jobs such as software developers ($88,000) in Information Technology will continue to be in high-demand, but cybersecurity will take the spotlight as employers search for specialists in the area. The average occupation salary is $103,000 and has a projected job growth rate of 32 percent annually.

Java script developers will also take part in the 2020s workforce as the career path will see job growth of 25 percent and $83,000 annual salary.

Health Care – Making it a Priority

One of the biggest changes we saw during the 2010s was people breaking the stigmas surrounding mental health and more open discussion about mental health issues. This awareness has led to a demand for more behavioral health technicians, with employment in the field projected to grow 32 percent annually.

The demand for more Physical therapists is also expected to increase this decade as more people experience physical pain and complications due to reduced physical activity activities brought on by the developments in technology that have made our life much more sedentary.

Whichever career path interests you as you think about your future. Broward College has the programs to get you there. Explore the opportunities available in engineering, IT, and health science at Broward College.


STEM Day 2019

Ignite Your Child’s Passion for a Career in STEM – STEMBeez Hosts Interactive STEM Day for Children Across South Florida

Employment in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) has grown 79 percent since 1990, according to a study from the Pew Research Center. And the demand for qualified workers remains high since the latest data was released in 2018, which showed over two million jobs failing to be filled.  But even with the high demand and above-average wages, STEM appears to be an out-of-reach career path for many students in low-income communities. “It’s common that kids in these communities are not introduced to STEM in any way, mostly because they can’t afford it” explains Shari Campbell, co-founder of STEMBeez.

Making STEM Accessible and Reachable

STEM Day 2019Experts say there remains a gap in filling STEM careers as many children lack exposure to STEM from an early age,  making it difficult for them to develop an interest in something they don’t even know exists. As part of the effort to make STEM education accessible to low-income communities in South Florida, Broward College will host STEMBeez’s Second Annual STEM Day on January 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a free and family-friendly event with the mission to encourage children to pursue rewarding careers in STEM.

“The greatest goal of STEM Day is to create a bridge for our children to become one of the experts they meet that day when they grow up,” says Campbell.

Through events like this, STEMBeez hopes to bridge the gap and “show the members of the community, both children and their parents, that STEM is accessible, rewarding, and in high demand,” adds Campbell. The inaugural event last year saw an attendance of over 230 children, mostly between the ages of 5 and 13.

What to Look Forward to

With a setup similar to a science fair, the Judson A. Samuels South Campus gymnasium in Pembroke Pines will hold games, music, and interactive activities that include anatomy puzzles, terrarium making, DNA extraction, and much more. “Through these hands-on activities, we are hoping that children will embrace their curiosity, participate, and discover a passion in STEM,” explains Campbell.

It is also an opportunity to promote healthy living and raise awareness about environmental issues. In addition, the College’s Health and Wellness department will host an outdoor relay event to promote fitness and encourage children to engage in socializing and spending more time outdoors.

You can register for this free event through Eventbrite.

Broward College is an equal-opportunity institution that seeks to provide high-quality, low-cost education to the community. The College offers degrees in many high-demand career paths within STEM.


Fall 2019 Commencement Ceremony

“Best Decision I’ve Made” – Youngest Broward College Graduates Share Their Experience

The recent commencement ceremony celebrated over 1330 students who completed their bachelor’s and associate degrees. Among them were two 17-year-olds, who were among the youngest to graduate this fall.

Rafia Ali and Touchelle Ferguson, both Coral Springs residents, who graduated on December 11, have earned an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree from Broward College. For Touchelle, she received the degree even before graduating high school, which she will complete in May 2020. This was possible through the Dual Enrollment (DE) program at Broward College, which allows students to take college courses while still in high school.

Rafia was also a student in the DE program but later enrolled at Broward College full-time.

The Benefits of Dual EnrollmentFall 2019 Commencement Ceremony

Through the program, students can earn high school and college credit simultaneously and are exempt from paying application, tuition, and laboratory fees at the College. The National Center for Education Statistics has seen a rapid gain in popularity of the program and has also noted the increase of “college-going behavior” among the young population. Rafia had heard about DE at her high school while Touchelle was encouraged by her mom to enroll after hearing about it from a friend.

“Having the opportunity to shorten my college career by two years was a great advantage for me,” says Touchelle, who will be applying to the University of Florida’s health sciences program to become an OB/GYN. Students who plan on pursuing long college degrees in fields such as medicine or law greatly benefit from completing their associate degree while still in high school.

“Doing DE may not allow you to have a ‘typical’ high school or college experience. Still, it’s worth it because you’re saving time and money,” explains Rafia, an honors student who will pursue a bachelor’s degree in Nursing.

Go for it! Young Graduates Embrace the College Experience

Balancing the workload of high school and college may sound challenging to many, but Rafia and Touchelle agree that people make it sound worse than it is. “When I decided to do my entire senior year at Broward College instead of my high school, I told all my friends about how great DE was and most of them decided to do the same thing I was doing. Afterwards, they all told me how much they liked the experience as well,” says Rafia.

“You will indeed make sacrifices here and there but after you get the hang of it, everything runs smoothly,” says Touchelle.

College classes felt like the ‘real world’ and attending classes on campus was like something out of a movie. “To me, my favorite part was the freedom to choose your schedule and your classes and walking on campus on your own time, watching and participating in all the different activities happening,” says Rafia. “And at Broward College, everyone makes you feel at home.”

Broward College welcomes young students to achieve their unlimited potential and work on their academic goals while still in high school. Check out our Dual Enrollment program and let us get you started on your college goals!


Deyonn Daniels

Broward College is Home Away from Home for Homeless Graduate

On more nights than he’d like to remember, Deyonn Daniels waited for the building lights to dim, signaling an end to another day of classes at Broward College. When the few professors and students remaining on the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus in Davie wandered into the parking lots and faded out of sight, Deyonn retired to a dark and inconspicuous space on the campus that he had chosen to call home for the night. Some nights, he dozed unperturbed in a campus stairwell. If he was fortunate, he couched-surfed at friends’ homes until pride got the best of him, and he packed his duffle bag and moved on.

The trouble is Deyonn had a habit of refusing to ask for help. He’d rather go about the business of being just another student, his bereft circumstances unbeknownst to classmates, faculty, and staff. Nobody knew how badly Deyonn wanted to change his lot in life. Tired of devoting upward of 50 hours each week spreading mulch, trimming trees, and cutting grass, the former landscaper proved he would go any length to earn a degree, even if he had to eat, sleep, and breathe at Broward College.

Deyonn Daniels
Deyonn Daniels

Now, after five years in the shadows of homelessness, Deyonn has no other choice but to stand out and shine among his peers. In December, he will take part in Broward College commencement exercises, where he will officially receive an associate degree in Information Technology.

“Because I started, I didn’t want to give up,” said Deyonn, now 23. “I didn’t want people to question why I didn’t finish. I didn’t want that tag attached to me.”

Deyonn already knew what a bad latch was like. After graduating from Everglades High School in 2014, he moved in with his estranged father to work at his dad’s fledgling landscape business. The pair clashed often. Frustrated, Deyonn moved in with his mother in Miramar and enrolled in Broward College. To pay for his education, he got a job at a local grocery store.

“The money was good, but I had no focus,” said Deyonn. “I was just going through the motions.”

When he wasn’t working the cash register, Deyonn unloaded trucks. Struggling to find purpose, he lashed out at his mother during a drinking binge, and the two parted ways. With nowhere to go, Deyonn turned to the Get Real program at Broward College, which awards scholarships to students from challenging backgrounds.

The scholarship helped, covering the costs of tuition and books, but Deyonn still had to provide for his living expenses. He got a job on campus as a stagehand at Bailey Hall and, in some respects, made himself at home.

“I would sleep anywhere I could rest my head,” said Deyonn, who credits his devout faith and friend, Brandon Gibson, an alumnus of the Get Real program, for preserving. “Anywhere, so that I could have enough energy for the next day.”

Sometimes, Deyonn was locked out of buildings. Sometimes he was stuck in the rain, but his unmatched resolve would not be dampened.

Today, Deyonn fuels his interest in computers through a job with the information technology department at Broward College’s Cypress Creek Campus.  He is part of a team responsible for rolling out a new website. Someday, Deyonn hopes to open his own website design company and help change someone else’s life. Until then, he will, at the very least, take satisfaction in his.

Deyonn Daniels
Deyonn Daniels (right)

“I feel like a champion, a gladiator who has won the fight,” said Deyonn, who had to be convinced to participate in the graduation where his mother, with who he reconciled, will cheer on her son from a seat at Hard Rock Live. “Things got hard, but I had a vision, and I believed in it.”

Have health, economic, or social circumstances forced you to put your academic goals on hold? You may be eligible for scholarships that can reopen doors to higher education. Here’s how.

For more information about Get REAL! contact Olivia Sarson at osarson@broward.edu or call (954) 201-7027.


Roberto Viana

Never Too Late to Learn: 81-Year-Old Earns Bachelor’s Degree Broward College

After four decades spent in the electrical engineering industry, retirement wasn’t all that it’s cracked up to be for Roberto Viana, an 81-year-old living in El Callao, a port city along the Pacific Coast of Peru that has become more notorious for crime than as a maritime landmark.  He figured a change of scenery might do him and his wife some good.

To be closer to their sons who had already departed for the United States to pursue their education, the couple left Peru and relocated to South Florida. But the electrician in Robert needed an even a bigger charge out of the golden years of his life. He enrolled at Broward College, where he learned English and, perhaps, gained more than he had bargained for: an associate degree in Supply Chain Management.

“I have always been the type of person who needs to be occupied with something,” said Roberto, who will take part in commencement exercises, Dec. 11, at Live Rock, in Hollywood, Fla. “I have always had a desire for learning, and I didn’t think it was ever too late to stop.”

Roberto Viana
Roberto Viana

Roberto owned his own business and worked for three transnational companies throughout his professional career, but he still had a few things he could learn.

“Going back to school so many years later and attending class with young people that could be my grandchildren was such an interesting experience,” said Roberto. “I was able to get to know how they think, and I was actually quite surprised to see that I was wrong in certain things.”

Forever Young

Roberto complimented his online courses with classes on campus, where, to his surprise, he was welcomed by his younger peers.

“I made friends with people from so many different cultures and all walks of life,” he said. “I think that was my favorite part of being able to go back to school now.  I was also able to share many of my life’s experience just because they could help my fellow classmates in their future endeavors.”

With a little bit of English to his credit, Roberto speaks well of his college experience, which has rejuvenated him at a time when many seniors his age are coping with physical challenges.

“I’m always on the go,” he said. “My doctor always tells me that I should be proud of myself because I look way better than the other 80-year-olds in his office’s waiting room.”

Plan for Future

Roberto hasn’t seen the last of Broward College. He enrolled full-time for classes in the spring semester and expects to earn a bachelor’s degree a year from now. Perhaps, he may even return to work.

“I really enjoy keeping myself busy,” he said. “Who knows, I may find something that allows me to travel back and forth to Peru.”

Broward College provides opportunities for personal and professional growth to all members of our community. Learn about careers in Supply Chain Management and more here.