Happy Labor Day

Labor Day: History and Fun Facts About Summer’s Last Holiday

Labor Day Weekend is widely recognized as the unofficial end of the summer and it’s usually associated with barbeques and parties. But, officially, Labor Day recognizes and pays tribute to the contributions of American workers.


Happy Labor DayLabor Day came about during the Industrial Revolution in America. American workers would be forced to work in dangerous conditions, 12-hours shifts, and seven days a week. As they organized and unions were formed, workers protested for decent pay and better working conditions.

On September 5, 1882, more than 10,000 workers marched from City Hall to Union Square in New York, which marked the first Labor Day parade in the U.S. Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894.


Even though the origins of Labor Day are known, it’s still unclear who exactly proposed the holiday. Some believe that Peter J McGuire, who was the general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, was the first to suggest the holiday. However, others believe that it was a machinist by the name of Matthew Maguire during the time he served as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York.


From the very beginning, it was established that Labor Day should be celebrated with street parades followed by entertainment for workers and their families. These events included fireworks, picnics, and more. Street parades are not as popular as they were back then but the tradition to celebrate continues.

States like New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio still hold annual parades to celebrate Labor Day. Washington, D.C. holds an annual concert every Sunday before Labor Day.

What are your plans for Labor Day?

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Get ready for a second career: Become a teacher with Broward College

Have you realized that you have a passion for education after a pursuing a career in another field? If you already hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in any field, you can train to become a certified teacher in the state of Florida through the Educator Preparation Institute (EPI).

Professor and students in the classroomThe EPI is a fully-online, 21-credit program that can be completed at your own pace. After completion, you will receive a Professional Certificate in Teaching awarded by the State of Florida.

“This program is a great option for those looking for a career change that allows them to have more flexible schedules,” explains Elizabeth Molina, interim associate dean of Academic Affairs. “We tend to receive people from fields such as accounting, engineering, and business management that are looking for a career that gives them more time to dedicate to their families.”

The expected national growth for K-12 educators is an average of eight percent through 2026, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In Florida, teachers specializing in critical shortage areas such as mathematics, science, and foreign languages are in high demand.  

Requirements and Application Process

Prospective students must meet certain criteria before registering for the program. First, individuals must apply with the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) for a Statement of Eligibility (SOE). Applicants must submit their official transcripts to the FLDOE.

Next, after obtaining the SOE, individuals must complete both the general Broward College application and EPI application. They must request official transcripts from all institutions they have attended and submit them in a sealed envelope to Broward College Registrar’s Office. Applicants must schedule an admission meeting with the EPI faculty for final approval.

What to expect

To complete the program, students are required to successfully pass the seven courses with a grade of C or above, maintain an overall GPA of 2.5, complete 15 hours of field work, and pass the Florida Teacher Certification Exams, which includes General Knowledge, Subject Area, and Professional Education Exams. Lastly, students will be required to submit a program portfolio to be approved by the EPI faculty.

Students can complete the program in two semesters if they enroll full-time.

Learn more about the EPI and other careers in Education here.

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Five curious facts you didn’t know about the 4th of July

Every 4th of July we celebrate America’s Independence, but what else do we know about this historic day?

4th of July fireworksAs we celebrate the 242nd anniversary of the 4th of July here are five things you should probably know about America’s most patriotic day.

The Declaration of Independence was not signed on July 4, 1776

The actual signage of the Declaration of Independence didn’t take place until August 2, 1776.

The Continental Congress declared Independence on July 2, 1776, and two days later, after several edits, they agreed on the final draft of the document hence the reason Independence Day is celebrated every 4th of July.

One of the Founding Fathers disagreed with the 4th of July

In John Adams’ point of view, a more fitting day to celebrate America’s Independence would be indeed the second Day of July, as he pointed out in a letter to his wife that read “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival.”

It is said that he would refuse invitations to celebrations of the 4th of July as a protest.

It didn’t become a federal holiday until 1870

Even though celebration of 4th of July has always been recognized with parades, concerts and bonfires as a tradition from the very beginning, these didn’t become really popular and widespread until after the War of 1812, when America took on Great Britain.

In 1870, the U.S. Congress finally declared the 4th of July as a Federal holiday and in 1941, expanded the provision to include for it to be a paid holiday for federal employees.

Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on the 50th anniversary

In a perhaps interesting twist of fate, both Jefferson and Adams died on July 4, 1826, which was the 50h anniversary of the patriotic day. Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence mostly all by himself.

James Monroe, who served as the fifth president, also died on July 4, but five years later, in 1831.

The day of the hot dog?

As traditions have evolved over time, Independence Day has become a day of family gatherings and barbecues. TIME magazine revealed that Americans consume about 155 million hot dogs during the 4th of July celebrations alone.

Additionally, Americans also consume an approximate $92 million of chips, $167.5 million on watermelon, and $341.4 million on beets.

As you celebrate 4th of July, don’t forget to share these facts about what makes our nation so great with friends and family. By the way, if you’re still looking for ways to celebrate 4th of July, there are lots of things to do in South Florida. Check out this list.

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Earn New Bachelor’s Degrees in IT at Broward College at Faster, More Affordable Rates (Part 2)

Careers in Information Technology are hotter than ever! The trend is increasing with continued developments in technology and software. Businesses in the region are in need of experts and students can take advantage of this growing demand with two new degrees in Information Technology offered at Broward College.

The BAS in Technology Management with specializations in Tech Management or Big Data, and BAS in Information Technology with specializations in Project Management, Cyber Network Security, Cisco Networking, Microsoft Networking, and Web Development. Both are in-demand fields that offer great career and earning potential.


Affordability is usually a major concern for many students who consider pursuing a bachelor's degree. At Broward College, students can complete the 60-credit requirement for their bachelor’s degree at a fraction of what it costs at a state university. View our tuition rates here.

Choose your pace

BC male studentBoth degrees offer students the option to study at their preferred speed. An accelerated pace is available for students to obtain their degree in as little as one year. These are 8-week courses that focus heavily on skill-building. Students can take up to 9 credits at a time, which translates into 18 credits per 16-week semester. But Myers warns that this option may not be right for everybody.

“Students who choose to take the accelerated pace option are expected to already have some kind of experience in IT. They also need to be self-driven to be successful,” she says. “These students must have strong time management skills so they don’t fall behind.”

Another option for students with previous experience in the field is to apply for credit for prior learning. Basically, students will demonstrate that they meet the outcome objectives of any particular course to earn the credits for that course. This must be certified by their previous or current employer and will then be reviewed by the associate dean and the program managers.

The College also offers competency-based learning for students who prefer to complete the class materials through independent study. Students in this path must take unit evaluations to demonstrate their knowledge of the material. This is a great option for students that look for flexibility in their schedule and that want to take their classes at their own pace. However, just as the accelerated pace option, students in this path must be self-driven and with strong time management skills.

Employers are waiting to hire you

The greatest advantage for Broward College graduates is that the programs have been built from the feedback given by employers in the industry. Over the past few years, the College has partnered with local employers that are aware of the certifications and learning outcomes of the courses offered. Employers such as The City of Fort Lauderdale, Wheelhouse IT, Citrix, among others have been hiring Broward College students even before they graduate.

“Our students always stand out as a better value because of all the certifications embedded within their degree,” explains Myers.

Learn more about the BAS in Technology Management and Information Technology.

Ready to enroll? Registration for the fall semester is now open.

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New IT Bachelor’s Degrees Now Available at Broward College (Part 1)

New application technologies have transformed nearly every aspect of our lives. Whether we’re ordering food, a ride, or communicating with friends, there’s an app for that. The growing demand for applications and technologies among businesses around the globe are giving rise to growth in opportunities in the field of Information Technology/Computer Science.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Information Technology is one of the fastest growing fields in the national economy. Employment in computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow by 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. The latest data from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity statistics show the same trend in Broward County. Read more at Career Source Broward.

To meet this growth, Broward College now offers two new Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) programs. The curricula are designed to ensure graduates of the programs exceed industry demands and expectations of employers.

Choose your area of specialization

BC studentThe degrees offered are BAS in Technology Management with specializations in Tech Management or Big Data, and BAS in Information Technology with specializations in Project Management, Cyber Network Security, Cisco Networking, Microsoft Networking, and Web Development. Graduates will receive the BAS and an advanced technical certification indicating their area of specialization.

While working towards their degree, students will earn technical certificates ordered by the state and industry certifications such as Network Plus, Project Plus, and more.

“These technical certifications are what really makes these degrees more valuable than even some of our university competitors that offer similar programs,” explains Annie Myers, associate dean of Information Technology at Broward College. “Most of the costs for technical certifications are paid for by the College.”

Why choose Broward College?

In addition to the advantage of obtaining most technical certifications for free, students also enjoy flexibility when it comes to scheduling classes. Courses for the degrees are available day and night, giving the opportunity to professionals who are currently employed. Two of the specializations – cybersecurity and project management – can be completed fully online.

“I would really recommend Broward College because the teachers here are great. They are people with experience in the industry that know what employers are looking for so they prepare you for it,” says Erika Hudson, who will graduate with her BAS in Technology Management and an advanced technical certification in Big Data this December.

Hudson, a 37-year old mother, also enjoys the flexibility of taking night classes, which allows her to work full-time at the College to support her daughter.

 “Especially with the online classes, I had a previous bad experience at another institution. At Broward College, the online classes I’ve taken have been great, the professors very responsive and helpful.”

From coding to hackathons, the IT specializations at Broward College also offers workshops to help students gain qualifications and expertise in their desired fields.

With the variety of degrees offered, outstanding faculty, and the free technical certifications embedded within the programs, Broward College stands out among other colleges and universities in South Florida for pursuing an IT specialization.

Learn more about the BAS in Technology Management and Information Technology here.

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Are you up for the Aqua Obstacle challenge? Tigertail Lake Center Offers a new course!

Are you looking for some summer fun? Come experience the new Aqua Challenge obstacle course at the Broward College Tigertail Lake Recreational Center, in Dania Beach. This new water course is the first in South Florida, launching at the perfect time for those looking to cool off during summer break. 

Drone view of aquaglide at TigertailThe Aqua Challenge obstacle course, at 8,000 square-foot, includes a climbing wall, trampoline, jungle gym, gigantic bouncing dome, and endless hours of fun! Each feature allows you to test your endurance, strength, balance, and concentration. The 17-foot wide water bouncer is designed for superior performance springing you high into the air. Added to the that is the by freefall slide which offers a spectacular drop into the lake; the 12-foot wide Universal Thunderdome connects the Runway and Swimstep of the course; a 25-foot impressive bouncing dome allows you to climb, jump, or splash; and the Ultimate Catapult, a 16-foot swing, launches you into the cool, refreshing water.

Other activities at Tigertail

Drone view of Ropes Course at TigertailThe water obstacle course is just the latest addition to Tigertail Lake Center. Tigertail offers many services and its facilities can be rented out for corporate or school special events.

Tigertail is an all-encompassing complex that features scuba diving and lifeguarding courses, water sports (kayak, canoe, paddleboard) rentals, rope courses, teambuilding opportunities, conference room rentals, and other outdoor activities that include adventure trips.

Additionally, during the summer, Tigertail offers watersport classes for kids and teens on Fridays starting June 22 through August 3. Check out this brochure for more details on the summer program.

Certifications at Tigertail

Besides being a hub of entertainment and outdoor adventure, Tigertail offers certification and training courses for open water SCUBA diving, First Aid, CPR, and Lifeguarding.

Students giving CPR to mannequinThe SCUBA diving instructors and courses are PADI certified, which recognizes that these courses meet the safety standards of the sport. After completing the course, students will become PADI certified divers. The Lifeguarding, CPR, First Aid, and AED courses are all certified by the American Red Cross. They are available as blended, e-learning and instructor-led and students have scheduling flexibility.


Cost for activities start at just $20 per hour and varies according to the activity, length of time and number of participants. Broward College students with a valid student ID enter for free.

Are you ready to accept the challenge? Visit Tigertail’s website to schedule your next outdoor adventure today!

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William E. Greene Scholarship provides students the opportunity to go abroad

Studying abroad is an invaluable experience but it can be difficult to find the funding to afford the extra costs involved with travel and housing. At Broward College, there are several scholarships available for students to fulfill their dream of going abroad for a semester.

Students in Namibia
Students in Namibia

The William E. Greene scholarship, is one of three travel abroad  awards at Broward College that covers the tuition costs, travel and housing during a full semester at one of their three international locations (Spain, Peru, and Ecuador.)

Every semester, one or two students are selected as winners. For the 2018-2019 academic year, Isabella Hardman and Khalid El-Shabazz, have been chosen as WEG scholars.

Hardman, who has a love for traveling and art, is headed to Seville, Spain in fall, where she’ll attend the International College of Seville. As a future ESL educator, she hopes this semester abroad will guide her in her journey to understanding different cultures and expand the skills necessary to succeed in her profession.

El-Shabazz will be heading to Lima, Perú, where he hopes to absorb Peruvian culture and learn Spanish. As a business student, he looks forward to his experience abroad as a source of inspiration for his plans to become an international real estate salesman and developer. He’ll attend the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola.

This Fall, Hardman and El-Shabazz will enjoy the many benefits of studying abroad. They will be able to see a new place and enjoy its culture, gastronomy, landmarks, people, and more. They will also have the chance to learn a new language, be exposed a different style of education, develop new skills, and make lifelong friends. And, when they return home, they will have a new understanding about the world and themselves. 

WEG applications for spring 2019 are now open and will close on Thursday, October 11, 2018, at 4 p.m. Students must complete the application form. If shortlisted, applicants will be required to participate in a personal interview with the International Education Advisory Committee.

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Students in China

To qualify for the scholarship applicants must be a degree-seeking student, be 18 years-old and over, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and have completed at least 12 credits at Broward College.

There is no citizenship requirement to qualify for the scholarship but students must be able to travel outside the U.S.

In addition to the application form and the interview, students must submit two recommendation letters from Broward College professors, an unofficial college transcript, and two 500-700 words essays. For more specifics on these requirements, please download the WEG scholarship application form.

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Resources Offered by Broward College for Alumni

At Broward College, there are countless resources available for students to help them succeed. What many people don’t know is that there are also post-graduation resources available to our ever-growing alumni population.

With our latest commencement ceremony, more than 5,500 students have officially become alumni, and with that new title usually comes a lot of anxiety about the future, especially on a professional scale.

If you are part of our most recent group of alumni, Broward College has you covered with these three resources that will help you on your new journey as a professional.

Broward College female alumniResume assistance – Becoming career ready

First things first, before looking for a job, you have to make sure you’re career ready. The first step for this is preparing a resume that will make you stand out. The Career Center can assist you to develop a winning resume and cover letter, for free. You can visit them at any Campus. For information about their hours and locations, click here.

Career Center Network – Finding a job

So, now that you have that outstanding resume, you’re probably looking for a job. The Career Center at Broward College offers the Career Center Network (CCN) – an online catalog of jobs in many different industries. Click here to register and start sending your resume to potential employers!

Interview Stream – Nailing that job interview

Getting that job is more than a great degree and a perfect resume. You must convince the recruiter that you are the right person for the job.  Job interviews can be nerve-wracking and you need to prepare. The Career Center offers the opportunity to practice, for free, from anywhere, for your interview for as many times as you want. With InterviewStream – an online platform designed to help you improve your interviewing skills. To learn more about this service, watch their promo video.

With these resources, you can get through the most difficult time in your professional life: finding your first opportunity. Broward College hopes to help you by offering these free services to our wonderful students and alumni. To learn more about the Career Center, visit http://www.broward.edu/studentresources/career/Pages/default.aspx

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Broward College introduces Risk Management concentration area

Students who pursue an A.S. degree in Business Administration now have the opportunity to specialize in Risk Management.

The specialization, which was launched two years ago, allows students to obtain three different licenses to work in the insurance industry. This is part of a new law that establishes that degree-seeking students who take three insurance courses as part of their program of study will receive licenses 2-15 (Health & Life), 20-44 (Personal lines), and 4-40 (Customer Representative) exam-free after they graduate with their associate or bachelor’s degree.

Broward College studentsStudents graduating with these licenses can go into different career paths within the insurance industry such as insurance sales representative, underwriter, agent, producer, director, and more. Starting salary ranges from $37,000 a year as an underwriter to $137,000 as a manager/director.

“In my previous career, I was a physical therapist so I was used to dealing with health insurance. I became curious about exploring the other side of it, the business side,” said Broward College graduate Yveline Belizaire, who specialized in Risk Management.

She decided to do so because of the vast sea of possibilities within the industry.

“I’m working right now as a licensed agent, I sell life insurance with a company called Combined Insurance,” she said. “But the opportunities within this field are endless,” Belizaire says that studying Risk Management also provided her with several other career opportunities. She recommends students consider the specialization as a backup plan within their majors regardless of the pathway.

Due to the close partnership between the College and the Florida Association of Insurance Agents (FAIA), Broward College graduates have an increased chance of finding a job within the industry faster than graduates from other universities in South Florida.

“A lot of insurance companies that are aware of the program are interested in working with our students by providing them internships and job opportunities,” explained Fortin Jean-Pierre, senior specialist of the career and technical education programs at Broward College, who is also responsible for the introduction of the specialization.

Through the partnership with the FAIA, the College also organizes “mixers” where members of the FAIA speak and recruit students for jobs within the industry. According to Jean-Pierre, the mixers have been a success with students getting job offers through the event. Currently, the insurance industry is facing a decline in the number of employees because of the lack of young people entering the field.

“The problem is that a majority of the people who work in insurance are getting ready to retire,” said Jean-Pierre.

This decline is encouraging employers to come together to incentivize young people to pursue careers within the field. Because of the potential of increased job opportunities in the industry, Broward College is working on expanding the program to a bachelor’s degree.

In addition to internships and job opportunities, the FAIA, through their Good Works Foundation, also provides a scholarship of $500 to students admitted to the program. The eligibility criteria include a 2.75 GPA and a grade of ‘B’ or better in the three RM courses, and to be a degree-seeking student.

For a chance to network with professionals within this booming industry and learn more about it, check out the RMI Career Social on April 3.

To learn more about Risk Management, visit http://www.broward.edu/academics/programs/business/Pages/risk-management-insurance-specialization.aspx.

Earn From $20 to $35 per Hour with South Florida's Hottest Jobs- Part 2

In our first blog post, we started exploring some of the fastest-growing occupations in South Florida. Recent research from labor analytics firm Emsi shows that there are high demands for some careers in health care, business and IT. Here are a few more to consider.

Information Technology

Over the last decade, advances in technology have driven demand for tech jobs at a record pace. If you’re looking for a high-tech job, you may want to consider these:

  • Computer Network Support Specialist: These IT professionals help with the creation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of computer network products. Broward College currently offers 20 associate’s degrees and certificate programs in computer science and information technology. The median hourly earnings are $25.18.
  • Information Security Analyst: This specialty is responsible for maintaining the security of computer network systems and preventing cyber attacks. Many information security analysts earn a bachelor’s degree in computer science, programming or engineering. The Computer Science programs at Broward College are specifically designed to provide the necessary training in as little as one to two years as a full-time student. The median hourly earnings are $35.48.
  • Information Technology Project Manager: This role involves the creation and management of IT infrastructures and systems. The Technology Project Management Associate in Science degree at Broward College prepares students for employment opportunities as entry-level project management professionals, especially in the field of Information Technology. The median hourly earnings are $35.48.

Learn more about computer science jobs and other fields through the Science Technology, Engineering and Math programs at Broward College

Want to land a hot job?

Make sure to take advantage Broward College Career Centers. Meet with a career coach to match your skills with a career pathway and create an education. Broward College offers more than 140 programs including bachelor’s and associate’s degrees or certificates. Explore our areas of study to find the college degree program that’s right for you.