Broward UP, the College’s community-centric approach to elevating educational attainment and lowering unemployment in Broward County, has added three more municipalities to its roster of partners.

BrowardUPIn overwhelming votes of support, the cities of West Park, Hollywood and Lauderdale Lakes agreed to join Broward UP, thus paving the way for the partnerships to work collaboratively toward the goals of promoting employment opportunities for residents while boosting economic growth in the communities.  They now join the city of Lauderhill, which was the first municipality to partner with Broward UP.

Under an MOU with each city, the College is providing direct support in the design and delivery of:

  • On-site workshops, courses, and programs for city residents
  • Certification training at identified city locations aligned to employment within the area
  • An access strategy for city employees and residents to earn Broward College degrees and certifications
  • STEM, coding and technology training
  • College and career-readiness campaign for city residents and employees
  • Entrepreneurial programming

Broward UP aims to remove barriers, improve lives through postsecondary attainment, and build partnerships to help every person realize their “Unlimited Potential.” While Broward County’s unemployment rate is approximately 3.3 percent, the figure soars to more than 10 percent in some cities, with some zip codes nearing 13 percent. In response to this disparity, Broward UP has adopted three goals: increase college access and attendance, improve degree and certificate attainment, and holistically raise social and economic mobility.

“The objective of these partnerships is to work together to improve lives,” said Broward College President Gregory Adam Haile, Esq. “We are ready to activate our resources in these communities to ensure residents have access to the training and skills needed to improve their careers and overall livelihoods.”

The College is also pursuing partnerships with other municipalities, not-for-profit organizations, places of worship, businesses, and funders.

To learn more about how Broward UP™ plans to bridge the gaps between communities in need and postsecondary education, watch this South Florida PBS interview with Broward College President Gregory Haile, Esq., here

If you want to participate in promoting opportunity for residents of Broward County to achieve their highest potential, Broward UP™ could use your help.  Here’s how you can partner.