Veterans Day

Supporting Veterans Transitioning into Civilian Life

Broward College is the higher education institution of choice for more than a thousand veterans, and as we celebrate Veterans Day, we are proud to honor them. Throughout November, the College is engaging its student veterans through several events.

Veterans Day Celebration Events

In addition to luncheons held on the three main campuses, this year, veterans get their game on with the opportunity to participate in a local basketball or football game.

Happy Veterans DayOn November 12, the Miami Heat will host a Military Appreciation game, and Broward College student veterans are invited to attend. The fun continues on November 17, when the College hosts student veterans at the Dolphins’ Military Appreciation game. They will be joined by President Haile and other senior leaders at the College.

And then, it's on to the pomp and pageantry with a special ceremony to recognize graduates who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. This year, for the first time, the College will host a medal ceremony on November 26 at Bailey Hall, to bestow the official graduation medal to those who have met the requirements to graduate this fall. “The medal ceremony is an important gesture to show our veterans that we honor and value their service to our country, and we want them to succeed in their future endeavors,” explains Carlos Parra, district director of Student Affairs. “We used to just give them the medal during the commencement ceremony, but this year, we wanted to find a special way for them to be recognized by fellow students, staff, and faculty and celebrate the significance of the medal.”

Special Resources to Support Our Veteran Community

Veterans Day activities are only one of the ways Broward College recognizes its student veterans. Broward College works hard year-round to offer services to help those who have chosen to pursue their educational goals with us. Among those efforts, this year the College redesigned the Student ID, making a special edition for student veterans, who can use it when visiting any administrative office in the College to receive priority status.

Veterans are eligible for several benefits as it pertains to Financial Aid and other financial resources. There are also employment opportunities available to veterans enrolled in at least nine credit hours per semester, either on or off-campus. During the spring semester, the College hosts resume-builder workshops tailored for Veterans only.

Many veterans find it challenging to transition and apply their knowledge and experience into civilian life, and the Seahawk Outreach Services (S.O.S) is another way the College supports student veterans who are experiencing challenges outside the classroom that jeopardize their ability to succeed in their college journey.

Each main campus has a chapter of the Student Veterans of Americans (SVA) club. By joining, you can build a network with your peers to address any need or concern you may have.

District Student Services provides opportunities to engage beyond the classroom for both personal growth and social interactions. Have an idea for an event or program? Call 954-201-6040

Are you a veteran who wishes to work on your educational goals after serving your country? Broward College is here to help you achieve your best self and has a vast pool of resources and opportunities just for you. Learn more here.

BC Pride Week October 7-10

The Office of Student Achievement Initiatives and BCPride present National Coming Out Week at Broward College from October 7-10, 2019. We invite you to join events on campus. National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is an annual LGBT awareness day observed in October.

Activities include: Community Expo, Movie Sessions, Conversations, Art Activities and more.

For more information about BC Pride visit:

Safety, Security, and Emergency Preparedness Department

Highlighting National Campus Safety Awareness Month – Campus Safety Day held at Broward College

In 2008, the U.S. Congress established September as National Campus Safety Awareness Month (NCSAM.) To observe NCSAM, and as part of the efforts to bring the community and public safety organizations together, each year Broward College hosts Campus Safety Day (CSD.)

Led by the Safety, Security & Emergency Preparedness team, the event brings more than thirty organizations to campus for a career and informational fair about the different institutions that serve the Broward County community. Among the institutions present this year are the Florida Highway Patrol, the FBI, the Davie Police Department, Florida Atlantic University Police Department, the U.S. Coast Guard, and Broward Health.

“It’s very important for us to connect with the community we serve,” says Lieutenant Yanko Reyes, public affairs officer of the Florida Highway Patrol. “The only way for us to know how to properly help people and make sure that we are doing our job correctly is to talk to them and understand their problems. Events like this, Campus Safety Day, are the perfect opportunity to create that connection and build a strong relationship between law enforcement and community.”

“This is also an opportunity for the Campus Safety team here at the College to have strong student and staff engagement,” adds Campus Safety Lieutenant John Labandera.

Campus Safety at Broward College

Safety, Security, and Emergency Preparedness DepartmentNational Campus Safety Awareness Month is meant to create the path towards a public and transparent discussion about the safety issues that affect College campuses. At Broward College, the Safety, Security & Emergency Preparedness (SSEP) department works year-round to create the safest environment possible for students, faculty, staff, and everyone who visits any of Broward College location.  As a result, Campus Safety Day was designed as an opportunity to encourage engagement and to discuss the procedures and guidelines that the College abides by as it relates to campus safety.

“We want to let everyone know what the resources are that we offer to our college community and inform them about some of the innovative safety features that we have on our campuses,” says Labandera.

Among those features are the RAVE Guardian app, available to students, faculty, and staff to connect them directly, and in real-time with campus safety officers. The app provides tools such as a call directory, a campus safety call button, and a safety timer which serves as a virtual escort for someone walking alone on campus.

The SSEP also develop and provide emergency plans that include hurricane and active shooter preparedness guides.

The last Campus Safety Day will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at North Campus.

Have a desire to help your community? Explore the rewarding career opportunities in Public Safety, Nursing, and Emergency Medical Services at Broward College.

Broward College offers many resources to guarantee a safe environment at all of our campuses and centers. Learn more at SSEP.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations at Broward College

It’s all about being proud of where you come from and celebrating the history of your ancestors. Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) celebrates and observes the culture, contributions, and impact the Hispanic and Latino heritage have had on the United States. The Hispanic population is the second-largest group in the U.S. with 58.9 million or 18 percent of the 327.2 million people who reside here.

To recognize their contributions to the nation, in 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson established Hispanic Heritage Week and 20 years later, in 1988, President Ronald Reagan extended the celebration to a month-long period that starts on September 15.

Celebrate Your Roots

Hispanic Heritage MonthBroward County is known for its diversity, and Broward College is no different. Students represent more than 100 countries, and Hispanics currently make up 39 percent of the entire student population. To celebrate and honor the culture and contributions of these students, the College hosts several events for the Hispanic community to come together.

These events will feature food, art, and music. We picked a few taking places across our main campuses.

  • Student Life at the Hugh Adams Central Campus will kick-off the celebrations with a cooking class on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in building 19, room 106.
  • North Campus will host a Hispanic-themed club rush on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Breezeway of building 46. At the same time, a Hispanic Heritage open mic will take place in room 126.
  • The Judson A. Samuels South Campus will host art-driven events, beginning with a discussion on the LGBTQ Experience in the Latinx Community on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 9:00 a.m. in building 68, room 191.
  • And, later that day, a Bilingual Conversation (Poetry & Religion) will take place at 6 p.m. in the same place.
  • On Thursday, Sept. 19, a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration with live music will start at 11:00 a.m. in the Breezeway in building 68.

Regardless of your cultural background, join the celebration, and be part of the mind-opening experience of attending college in one of the most diverse cities in the U.S.

Broward College takes pride in the diversity of its student body. If you’re looking to connect with people of all backgrounds, you can join organizations such as the International Student Association or Hispanic Union Club. You can visit Student Life for more information.

9/11 display at IPS

Remembering 9/11 – Broward College holds events honoring victims

It’s been 18 years since the terrorist attacks where 2,977 people lost their lives. Each year, the nation comes together to remember the victims of September 11, 2001, more commonly referred to as 9/11. As part of the national sentiment and intention of never forget, events are held across the country to honor those who lost their lives, their families, and educate the younger generation about this tragic event that changed the world.

At Broward College, several departments including Student Life and the Institute of Public Safety (IPS), host events on campus to bring the community together in remembrance and this year is no different.

9/11: Where were you?

9/11 DisplayIPS will host a viewing of 9/11: where were you? A documentary from the National Geographic commemorative collection on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. There are two viewings at 8 a.m. and another at 11 a.m.

The event is organized by Benjamin Botero, a faculty member of IPS and winner of two faculty innovation grants funded by the Aspen Institute for his projects Gamification in the Classroom and Teaching and Learning with Images and Artifacts. With the funds received for the latest project, Botero acquired several items and artifacts related to 9/11 to create a permanent display in remembrance of the attacks.

“We should never forget as a country the impact and devastating effects of such horrible attack upon the United States,” says Botero. “It is imperative that we honor all law enforcement officers, firemen, first responders, and civilians involved, both victims and survivors, to show the world that Americans are resilient.”

Student Life Events

A 9/11 remembrance luncheon was hosted by Student Life North Campus on Sept. 11, at 12:30 p.m. The Judson A. Samuels South Campus also held an event at 12 p.m. remembering the attacks and the victims.

The Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery Prepares for the 2019-20 Year with Colorful Exhibit

Whether you are an artsy soul or not, there is some way art has made an impact on your life, either through a song that brought a smile to your face, a movie that entertained you, or a painting that challenged your beliefs.

Art is the medium to communicate our emotions, thoughts, and beliefs in a creative, eye-catching way, and for many, it’s the most effective way to express themselves to the world. Broward College is known for various forms of the arts through its Visual & Performing Arts department and a plethora of cultural events hosted throughout the year. But did you know the College has galleries?  

The Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery at Broward College’s A. Hugh Adams Central Campus and The South Gallery on the Judon A. Samuels South Campus serve as hosts to outstanding art exhibits throughout the year, from up-and-coming artists from around the country to students and faculty. In addition to the exhibits, the galleries also host artist lectures and art performances.

Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery“The galleries are integral in the College’s mission to make art available to everyone in our community,” explains Scott Miller, dean of Academic Affairs of Arts, Humanities, Communication & Design (AHCD) pathway. “When it comes to the students, they benefit greatly in two ways. First, they get to experience what it is like to have their work featured in a professional gallery setting, and second, they also see the art from their professors, which reinforces the lessons they are taught in class.”

2019-20 Season Exhibits at The Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery

“What is Withheld” by Yvette L. Cummings will kick off the 2019-20 season at the Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery. Cummings’ work, known for its vibrant colors and use of patterns, explores the complicated path of youth, beauty, and femininity through paintings and sculptural installations. In “What is Withheld” Cummings doesn’t shy away from her past as a victim of sexual child abuse, but rather uses it as a starting point for her thought-provoking work.

The artwork showcased at the gallery is carefully chosen by the Gallery Committee, which places a call to submit in national publications. The exhibition series is selected a year in advance.  Additional exhibits showcasing during the 2019-20 season at the Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery are Fall Faculty Exhibition, Sept. 26 through Oct. 23; Broward County High School Art All-Stars Exhibition, Oct. 30 through Nov. 6; Eun-Kyung Suh, Nov. 14 through Jan. 15; Winter Faculty Exhibition, Jan. 23, 2020 through Feb. 19; Verisimilitude: Dominic Lippillo, John Morris, Casey McGuire, and Mark Schoon, Feb. 27 through April 8; and You are here: 42nd Annual Student Exhibition, April 16 through May 27.

The Broward College Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery is located in Building 6 on the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus at 3501 SW Davie Rd., Davie, FL. Entrance to the gallery is free and open to the public. Hours are Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with extended hours on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., or by appointment.

Choosing Art as a Career

“It is critical for students to know and understand their culture, and art provides one of the avenues toward a greater understanding of that culture,” says Miller.

Broward College offers a wide array of art programs that include photography, film, painting, sculpture, printmaking, dance, music, theatre, architecture, and graphic design. Career opportunities in the field tend to be well-paid, with yearly wages ranging from $48,960 to $92,780, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Art is one of the avenues through which we examine the different cultures. Learn more about the extraordinary career opportunities related to art here.

Happy fourth of july

Happy Fourth of July! Celebrate Safe and Sound on America’s Birthday

The Fourth of July is one of America’s biggest holidays. For many, the nation’s birthday means fireworks, parades and concerts, and outdoor picnics and barbecues.

While the sights and sounds are a whole lot of fun on Independence Day weekend, it also means more Americans will hit the road to connect with family and friends to celebrate our nation’s freedom. Have a blast on the Fourth of July but don’t ruin the holiday weekend for you or someone else. Be safe!

Consider that AAA reports almost 40 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles by car to Fourth of July holiday destinations, beginning Wednesday, July 3 through Sunday, July 7. Because of the added traffic, more fatalities in motor vehicle crashes will occur during the Independence Day holiday period than on any other day of the year including New Year’s Eve. Just as alarming, one in every four of those motor vehicle accidents will result from texting and driving.

Happy fourth of JulyThe good news is Florida has a new law on the books designed to heighten roadway safety just in time for the Fourth of July. The ban on texting while driving went into effect on July 1, 2019. Robert Voss, a faculty member at Broward College’s Institute of Public Safety, said the new law is long overdue.

“Motorists are driving a weapon,” said Voss, who instructs police cadets on vehicle operations and first-aid in preparation for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement State Officer Certification exam. “When motorists are texting and driving and not paying attention to the road, that weapon becomes deadly.”

Don’t Text and Drive – Understanding the New Law

Police now have the authority to pull over those motorists who are texting while driving. Previously, police officers and troopers in Florida could only cite drivers for texting if they were pulled over for another infraction.

“Let the call or text wait,” said Voss, who spent some 30 years with the Sunrise Police Department before joining the Broward College faculty. “Keep the cell phone down and out of sight. It just takes two seconds to look at a phone to put you, your family, and another motorist and pedestrian in danger. Wait 30 seconds and pull the car over to the side of the road and then do whatever has to be done.”

Kevin Butler, a captain with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office out of Weston, said the texting ban does not apply to a driver who is using a navigation device or whose vehicle is stationary. So, it’s safe for you to put in these directions to get to your barbeque.

“It will be difficult to enforce, but there are exceptions to the rule,” said Butler, who earned an associate degree in Criminal Justice at Broward College and has spent the past 39 years in law enforcement. “Use a hands-free device. Use Bluetooth technology. If you have to text, you can do a voice text.”

Although a younger generation of millennials made up of many college students who use their cell phones to talk, text, and scroll through social media while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle is considered the biggest offenders, Voss said everyone should use caution.

While the new law is already in place, officers will be issuing warning citations until January 1, 2020.

Happy Fourth of July! Remember, as you celebrate, safety first.

Although Broward College will be closed on Thursday, July, 4 for Independence Day, campus safety can be reached at 954-201-HELP (4357)​​.

BC Pride event

Happy Pride Month! BC Pride invites you to join the festivities

Twenty years ago, in 1999, President Bill Clinton declared the first “Gay & Lesbian Pride Month.” June was chosen to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred that month in 1969 and paved the way for the gay liberation movement.

Throughout the month, major cities across the United States host a series of events that include concerts, parades, and picnics that allow the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA) community to come together to celebrate the progress made in the last few decades.

Supporting our LGBTQIA community

BC Pride is an initiative created by the office of Student Achievement Initiatives and Student Services to provide support to Broward College’s LGBTQIA community by creating and fostering a culture of inclusion through education, explains Andrew Dutka, committee chair of BC Pride.

BC Pride event“Through this initiative we seek to provide a safe space for all our students, especially those in the LGBTQIA community, by raising awareness on the issues that affect them,” says Dutka. “By actively participating in events that embrace diversity, the College continues to show how much we care about providing a space that is inclusive and free of judgement.”

Under this initiative, students can join the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) chapter of their campus. GSA’s primary mission is to raise awareness of LGBTQIA issues through volunteerism and collaboration at community events throughout the year.

Represent Broward College at Pride Events

This month, BC Pride is representing Broward College at some of South Florida’s significant Pride events, and they are encouraging students, faculty, and staff to join them. On Saturday, June 15, BC Pride will participate in the 2019 Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade. On Saturday, June 22, the College will have a booth at the Museum of Discovery and Science Pride Day event. Broward College South Campus’ Student Life will host a Film Documentary Viewing and Panel Discussion on June 27, 10 a.m.

Broward College is proud to offer a safe environment, free of discrimination to all students, faculty and staff. Be a part of the BC Pride community.

Aquaglide course

Check out Tigertail Lake Recreational Center this summer

Are you staying in South Florida this summer and looking for new, affordable adventures within a 50-mile radius? Tigertail Lake Recreational Center is the place to visit. Bring your friends and family along for a day of endless fun. Whether you’re into water sports or just chilling by the lake, at Tigertail, you are guaranteed to have a blast. Located at 580 Gulf Stream Way in Dania Beach, Tigertail Lake is the hub for outdoor activities and water sports at Broward College and an affordable local spot for summer fun all year round. 

For the next few months, they will welcome summer camps, the general public, and Boward College students and staff seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The facilities are big enough to accommodate up to 300 people participating in different activities.

Vacation mode on!

“Summertime is our busiest time of the year,” says Peggy Howse, district director of Auxiliary Services. “We are almost completely booked for this season Monday through Friday, and we recommend people to come early in the morning on the weekends because it gets very crowded during the rest of the day.”

During weekdays in the summer, Tigertail staff welcomes different summer and day camps from throughout the county. On the third weekend of August, the facilities will close for a BC staff day, when all activities, excluding the Aquaglide course, will be free.

Given the packed schedule, Peggy encourages guests to reserve their spot online to assure there will be space during the time of their visit.

Summer fun all year round

All year round, Tigertail offers a variety of water activities including scuba diving, paddle boarding, and kayaking; team building opportunities, and other recreational adventures that include ropes courses, field trips, and the Aquaglide course. The facilities also offer spaces for private parties, company retreats, and such.

Aquaglide courseThe fantastic Aqua Challenge features eight different entertaining elements, from a climbing wall to a gigantic bouncing dome. For the summer, there is a new feature to the course, and a small kids section is in the works to accommodate children six years and younger. There will be more changes coming in the next year to keep the course fresh for returning participants. Sessions on the course are open every hour, and up to 50 people are allowed to participate.

In addition to all the fun activities, Tigertail is also a place to learn and build new skills set that come in handy, especially if you live in Florida. Summer may be a great time to try out the SCUBA program, which will grant you certification after completing the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) courses, or the American Red Cross certified lifeguard program. Additional courses include First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and Automated External Defibrillators (AED).

Broward College students get free entry

Rental rates vary for the general public and Broward College students with a valid ID; rentals are free. The Aquaglide course hour session has a cost for all guests.

The costs of certification courses also vary.

Are you a college student looking for a summer job? Tigertail Lake is now hiring. More info here.

For more information on rental rates, activities available, and more, please visit

Free Comic Book Day

Broward UP™ Capitalizes on Free Comic Book Day to Change Reading Literacy Narrative

Shortly before the event she had scheduled at the Martin Luther King Community Center in Hollywood, Fla., was about to begin, Eileen Santiago wanted to make sure she left no stone unturned. The Broward College professor grabbed one of her undergraduate students by the arm and hurriedly set out to promote for one last time the virtues of Free Comic Book Day, a national event she planned to piggyback on to get local kids excited about reading.

Up and down N. 24th Avenue they drove, pulling down the car window to tell residents about a chance to take home a free comic book, watch a Spiderman movie and munch on some cookies and snacks. Standing outside her home a block away from the community center, Patricia Travis was thrilled when the silver Toyota scion pulled up to her yard.

Free Comic Book Day“We hardly ever get to go to the movies,” said Travis, who was doing what she normally does on a Saturday afternoon, watching her eight grandchildren. “This was perfect. We would have been just sitting home. I can’t afford to take my grandchildren to the movies, not this many of them.”

This type of out-out-side of the box programming designed to break down barriers to education in communities with limited incomes is what Broward College President Gregory Haile envisioned when he established Broward UP™. The UP meaning “unlimited potential” -- is for Broward College ambassadors to go directly into neglected neighborhoods to develop grass-roots partnerships that, in the end, improve the quality of life for residents in zip codes where little exposure to postsecondary opportunities has existed. For Santiago and her student teachers, their strategy centered around comic books. 

“We had to bring something different to the table to promote literacy,” said Santiago. “Something like a comic book is fun. It’s the best feeling in the world to know at least when they leave this event, these kids are going to go home with a book to read.”

Agents for Change

And her undergrads in the Teacher Education pathway at Broward College who served as ambassadors as well, learned of both the personal and professional rewards from developing “fun things” to engage and identify kids struggling with reading comprehension while, at the same time, energizing the community to assist children who most need their support. 

Alyssa Fino was happy to be an agent for change. As a student teacher, she had spent the past few years fine-tuning her skills at Nova Eisenhower Elementary in Davie and McArthur High School in Hollywood. The 26-year-old would be graduating in a few days from Broward College with a bachelor’s degree in exceptional student education. But instead of getting her nails done for the commencement ceremony, she was giving kids at comic book day the one-on-one help with reading that they are often not afforded in regular classroom settings.

“As I enter education, I recognize that it’s so important to get students more interested in reading,” said Fino. “Some students can’t get the help they need. They may have a cognitive disability that prevents them from keeping up, or teachers may be too busy in a classroom of 25-30 students to determine who needs help.” 

‘Something Called College’

Professor Santiago is devoted to changing that narrative and wants her students to follow her lead. She grew up in a poor neighborhood in Miami and was unaware of college until her second year in high school. From her initial exposure, she went on to earn a degree in teacher education at Broward College and a master’s from Nova Southeastern University.

“All along I never knew about college,” she said. “My goal is to teach my students to teach their students that, no matter where they are, there’s something called college to continue your education.”

For Santiago and her Broward College students, that outreach began by connecting with students like Latoya, a 12-year-old at Attucks Middle School student who found herself reading comic books instead of shooting baskets at the community center.

“I liked the comic books,” said Latoya, who hopes to be a teacher herself someday. “They had more action and drama than the regular books I’m used to and a lot of different words that I could learn.”

If you are dedicated to promoting opportunity and pushing residents of Broward County to achieve their highest potential, Broward UP™ is a county-wide movement for you to get behind. Here’s how you can partner.