Students receive powerful training in soft skills

Students Receive Powerful Training in Soft Skills

With an increase of 27 percent in undergraduate enrollment since 2000, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, more qualified people with a strong set of hard skills are entering the workforce. But what many are not paying attention to is that employers are prioritizing candidates who possess an array of soft skills.

Soft skills are personal attributes, which contribute to a successful work environment, such as good communications skills, time management, and emotional intelligence.

“We understand that for our students to remain competitive in the current workforce and be a strong candidate for high-paying positions, they need to possess a solid set of soft skills. For employers, the academic knowledge is not enough,” explains Lulrick Balzora, dean of Academic Affairs for the Social Behavioral Sciences and Human Services (SBSHS) pathway.

Providing Critical Training

Professional Enhancement Program sessionThe SBSHS pathway has created the Professional Enhancement Program (PEP), to equip students with the necessary soft skills needed in today’s workforce. Through PEP, students can participate in internships, research projects, practical experiences, and opportunities to shadow community leaders.

Part of the PEP curriculum is a soft skills training that takes place every Friday over ten weeks during the summer and 16 weeks during the spring and fall semesters. Students have the opportunity to learn from guest speakers who discuss the applications of soft skills in the workplace and everyday life, book discussions, and classroom projects.

“It’s important that the students understand that their soft skills can be applied in every aspect of their life, not only at the workplace. The guest speakers do a great job of making this point by showing them how they apply it in their lives,” says Balzora.

Making a Deep Impact

Participants of the programs value the training it provides to them. But for most, PEP has made a deeper impact on their lives. “The Professional Enhancement Program taught me how to apply the leadership skills I learned during my time in the military in my everyday life, and even as a college student and future professional,” says Rahjanni Lusi, social work major.

When 32-year old Rahjanni left the military after eight years, she found it difficult to transition into civilian life. She was deployed several times to Afghanistan and found herself struggling with PTSD.

“Before getting involved in the PEP, I was uncomfortable, lonely, and struggling with certain issues from my military life. But once I found the program, I found what I was lacking: a sense of belonging and comradery,” says Rahjanni. “It has been a life-changing experience, and it greatly helped my transition into civilian life.”

Rahjanni’s ultimate goal is to become a mental health advocate and thanks to PEP, she’s being mentored by a therapist and has had the opportunity to see what it is like to work in the field.

Employers in today’s workplace are valuing soft skills over hard skills. Contact Lulrick Balzora at (954) 201-6514 or lbalzora@broward.edu and learn more about the free training provided by the SBSHS pathway. This program is open to all students.

Ready to change the world? Rewarding career opportunities such as Social Work, Psychology, and International Relations are available through the SBSHS pathway. Register today!


Minority male initiative

Minority Male Initiative Uncorks Potential in Broward College Student

Before he boarded the bus each morning for Broward College, Woodllyson Acluche stood before a mirror to get himself ready for class. Hidden beneath his bushy beard and unruly hair was ambition that he is fortunate his instructors could see.

“I was a scary-looking individual,” said Acluche. “It took someone from the outside to see the potential that I had to invest their time and ensure that I become a success.”

That someone was professor Kaya Hamer-Small, who encouraged Acluche one day after class to join the Minority Male Initiative, a Broward College strategy that provides underserved students with the support they need to complete their college goals. When he accepted the invitation, Acluche had no idea of the resources including mentorships, networking and leadership and like-skills training that were available to enhance his Broward College experience.

How was he to know? After all, Acluche didn’t find out about opportunities to attend Broward College until he was 21 years old. Up until then, he had little time for education. He was working mornings as a salesperson at Macy’s. His afternoons were spent grilling chicken at Pollo Tropical and the evenings involved stocking shelves at Target. Long on hard work and determination, Acluche always fell short on guidance and direction.

‘Work or Leave the House’

Woodllyson AclucheBorn in the United States, Acluche moved to Haiti when he was 10 years old to live with his aunt, and younger sister and brother. He returned to Florida seven years later to move in with his father.

“Everyone can be a father, but not everyone can be a dad,” said Acluche. “That mental and moral support, that love and compassion that you need, I didn’t have. It was either you work or leave the house.”

Acluche chose work, which meant dropping out of Miramar High School before he could complete the 11th grade. After juggling three jobs and at the recommendation of his pastor, he joined Miami Job Corps, completed his GED and pursued a trade. Those plans took an about face when an advisor convinced Acluche that a degree would be better suited to his career aspirations. He then enrolled in the Criminal Justice program and earned his associate degree in May.

Change in Attitude

Now, he looks back at the circumstances that had shaped his life and credits the peer and faculty mentors he encountered in the Minority Male Initiative and the interpersonal skills he developed for his attitude adjustment.

“I realized I didn’t have to go through college alone,” said Acluche, who is studying toward a bachelor’s degree in Supervision and Management at Broward College. “It was a tremendous help to know I had a tangible place to lean on. I made lifelong friends. And I learned about all resources at Broward College that are helping me to become the man I never thought I could be.”

That man, now 26 and growing, has become a mentor himself, doubling as a peer academic leader with the Minority Male Initiative. Acluche spreads a message of hope to local high school and middle school students who, like him, want to make their mark, but don’t know where to turn.

“Yes, you are handsome,” Acluche now reminds himself confidently in front of the mirror each morning before hopping in his car to Broward College. “And you are going to conquer this.”

The Minority Male Initiative is making a difference in the lives of Broward College Students who face unique obstacles toward completing academic and career goals. See what faculty mentors and peer support can mean for you.


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$2.5 Million Grant Awarded to Broward College to Train STEM Teachers

The U.S. Department of Education awarded Broward College a $2.5 million grant over the next five years to address the critical shortage of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) teachers in South Florida. A 2019 report by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) showed STEM areas, such as General Science, Physical Science, and Math, lack qualified teachers.

The five-year Teacher Quality Partnership grant will fund the development of Teacher Preparation through Real-World Experience and Practice (T-Prep), a new initiative of the College’s Teacher Education program in collaboration with Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), which will receive  $500,000 to support mentor training and compensation.

“At Broward College, we have recognized the need and potential to combat this shortage in our local education system,” said Dr. Marielena DeSanctis, provost and senior vice president of Academic Affairs and Student Services. “The targeted training and mentorship components of this grant will not only serve to increase the numbers of STEM and ESE teachers but, more importantly, serve to support new teachers in these critical areas to achieve student learning gains in this field.”

Meeting Local Demand

Teacher Education ProgramBCPS estimates the need for at least 50 certified STEM teachers each year. Through T-PREP, the College is targeting 25 candidates per year in the areas of Math, Science, Exceptional Education, and Computer Science. At the same time, the program will train 25 current BCPS teachers to serve as mentors to each of the candidates. A semester-long residency under the supervision of their mentors will provide student-teachers with the valuable hands-on experience necessary to transition into a full-time position at their school.

Discover a rewarding career and help fill teacher shortages in South Florida in English, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Reading, and Exceptional Student Education. Apply today and start your journey as an educator.

Interested in pursuing a career in a high-demand field? Learn more about the valuable career opportunities in STEM.


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Ready for a Change? Become an Educator Through the Educator Preparation Institute

After seven years of working in child development, Rebecca Cuadra was ready for a change in her professional life. However, she wanted to find a new career path that would allow her to continue to make an impact in children’s lives, and that’s when she decided to apply to the Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) at Broward College.

The EPI program is for individuals who hold a Bachelor’s degree outside of education and are looking for a career change to teaching. For Rebecca, it made sense. She could keep her full-time job at the Boys and Girls Club while preparing to change fields.

“The EPI is a wonderful program because it has great advantages for working professionals,” says Leo Julien, advisor in Teacher Education for EPI. “The most important one being the fact that it’s only 21 credits, and it’s almost fully online.”

Changing Career Paths Smoothly

Educator Preparation InstituteJulien explains that EPI also allows students to go at their own pace, another valuable perk to students that already hold a full-time job such as Rebecca. The program can be completed in as a little as six months thanks to courses offered in the accelerated format.

Rather than pursuing a second Bachelor’s degree, which would require a major time commitment and cost, the EPI offers students a professional teaching certificate through a non-degree certification program.

“The EPI taught me so much that I feel so confident about my skills to succeed in the classroom,” says Rebecca. “Even though I’ve been working with children ever since I finished college, going through the program gave me the reassurance that I was making the right choice to move into education.” Rebecca plans to go back to school to pursue a Master’s degree in Education with a specialization in school counseling in the future.

The Classroom Experience

Before applying to the program, students are required to apply for a Statement of Eligibility (SOE) through the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE). After receiving the SOE, students then complete the steps listed on the EPI website.

Throughout the program, students must complete seven classes, two of which will require field experience. As they work to complete their courses, they will prepare to take the three required Florida Teacher Certification Exams: General Knowledge, Subject Area, and Professional Education. Lastly, as students complete each course, they will build their portfolio, which must be reviewed and approved by EPI faculty.

Julien encourages students to submit a mid-program portfolio after completing three courses to assess their strengths and weaknesses.

Are you interested in changing your current field of work? Obtain a five-year renewable professional certificate in teaching through the Educator Preparation Institute at Broward College.


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Have Degree, Will Travel: Program Prepares Students for Hospitality-Tourism Careers

When guests check into the Moxy hotel, there’s a good chance they will run into Reinalyn Benvenutti, a Broward College graduate and front office manager at the eight-story, 156-room property in downtown Chicago’s vibrant gallery district.

“Things are great, I love Chicago,” said Benvenutti, whose associate degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management helped secure a job offer in May, just in time for the Marriott-brand hotel’s grand opening. “It can be a little hectic, but nothing I can’t handle.”

Since the age of 14, when she began working the drive-thru at a Steak n Shake in Coral Springs, Benvenutti has had a handle on customer service. But, despite her friendly and approachable demeanor, she wasn’t sure about a career in hospitality and tourism, even as she bounced around as a server, then a bartender at restaurants and hotels across Broward County. It wasn’t until she detoured off her original plan to a career in firefighting and enrolled at Broward College that her future began to fall into place.

Dr. Robert Donato, manager of the Hospitality and Tourism Management program, said many students who work in the industry while completing their Broward College coursework, do not realize there is a world of opportunity beyond their entry-level roles.

“Hospitality is the number one employer in almost every state,” said Donato, who anticipates even more interest in the program once plans for the R. Motwani Academy of Hospitality and Tourism Management are launched in the fall. “We have a great foundational program here that gives students insight about working in hospitality and tourism. Most of all, the curriculum prepares them to hit the ground, running in almost any service-related industry.”

Career Destinations

Janet Bandoo, revenue management, and systems pricing specialist at Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, already had a job in the industry and a family to support when she decided to pursue an associate degree in hospitality and tourism. The combination of working full-time and attending classes at Broward College was not easy, but the more she learned about the industry, the more excited she got about her career potential.

When Bandoo completed her coursework at Broward College, she took advantage of an articulation agreement that enabled her to transfer to Florida International University, where she plans to complete a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management degree.

Donato said many of the graduates in the Hospitality and Tourism Management program continue their education at a four-year university. Broader scheduling options, including online, make courses for Broward College students who are working in a 24/7 industry like hospitality and tourism, that much easier to take.

Juan Carlos Tamarez
Juan Carlos Tamarez

Even though Carlos Tamarez had been paying his dues, he had little to show for the time he was putting in at the Florida Nature and Culture Center in Weston until he enrolled at Broward College in the Hospitality and Tourism Management program. As he studied toward an associate degree, Tamarez completed industry certifications -- in Guest Services Specialist and Event Management and Food and Beverage Management – that are built into the program. Not only did the certificates help land him a managerial promotion at the Buddhist retreat facility, but he also figures they’ve added up to more than $7,000 in wage increases. On top of that, Tamarez received credits for his tenure at the retreat that enabled him to finish his associate degree a year in advance.

“My education was of tremendous value,” said the 42-year-old husband and father of a 10-year-old girl. “It showed my supervisors that I was serious about my career. Plus, the courses were about more than theories. My instructors really knew what they were talking about based on their own industry experiences.”

An associate degree from the   Management program at Broward College can connect students to careers in a booming industry. Learn how broad scheduling options can support students who are already working in the industry or those who want to get their feet wet.


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Share Your Passion for Children Through a Career In Early Childhood Education

Jennifer Amador knew she was meant to find a career that entailed working with young children when she took early childhood courses in high school. “I enjoyed working directly with the children at the preschool, and it motivated me to pursue a career in the field,” says Amador, who has been the assistant director of the Early Learning Center at Broward College since 2014.

Early Childhood EducationIf working with children brings joy to your life, then pursuing a career in Early Childhood Education is a no-brainer. “It’s very important that the person truly enjoys being around children and has the patience to work with them when they exhibit challenging behaviors,” says Amador. An Early Childhood educator works with young children, from birth until age five.

At Broward College, the Education Pathway offers an A.S. degree that trains you in the latest principles, skills, and techniques necessary to teach the youngest members of society.

Rewarding Career Opportunities

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates 528,600 job openings in this field by 2026. This faster-than-average growth of ten percent positions this field as one of the on-demand careers for the next few years. Florida ranks in the top five for employment opportunities in the field. With the wide array of programs related to Early Childhood Education offered through Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), which include Early Head Start (birth to 3-years), Pre-Kindergarten (3-4 years old), Preschool Exceptional Student Learning Support, and Voluntary Prekindergarten, jobs in this area are booming in the county.

This versatile field allows you to work as a preschool teacher, nanny, coordinator/administrator of childcare facilities, and any other job that deals with young children’s learning experience. Depending on the career path you choose, annual wages range between $30,000 and $50,000.

The Classroom Experience and Certifications

By the time you complete the 63 credits required for this degree, you would have learned to supervise early childhood personnel, design effective educational curriculum for this age group, and provide child guidance in a classroom setting. In addition to the regular coursework, you also receive hands-on training that amounts to an approximate 480 hours.

Technical certifications within this degree are Infant/Toddler Specialization, Preschool Specializations, and Child Development. Additional credentials that can be completed are the National Child Development Associate (CDA), Staff and Director Credential, and Childcare Training.

“It’s rewarding knowing that we make a difference and have the ability to shape the way each child grows and develops,” says Amador.

Working in the Early Childhood Education field entails teaching children under the age of five, the cognitive, social, and creative skills needed to succeed in life. Register today if you wish to make an impact in the future generations.


Broward UP CORE

Get Hired! Broward UP™ Partners with Urban League to Support Displaced Workers

Without any formal education after high school, a quarter-century of experience in merchandising and purchasing seemed worthless after Alex Rodriguez got laid off. Every time he applied for a job, he was greeted with a shrug when all he wanted was a chance.

Figuring he could no longer rest on his laurels, Rodriguez is taking advantage of workforce training to realize his “Unlimited Potential.” When he completes his course in supply chain management, he will hold the industry certificates most of those employers who turned him down in the past hoped he could provide for them.

Thanks to a Critical Occupation Response through Education (CORE) grant from the Florida Department of Economic Development, Broward College is offering the training in conjunction with the Urban League of Broward County. Both have joined forces to reach out to residents in the “33311 zip code,” which Broward UP has identified as an area where unemployment is high, and educational attainment levels are low.

Broward UP COREBroward College officials are banking on the services and resources of Broward UP in coordinated efforts -- like the one formed with the Urban League – to break down barriers to education and, at the same time, drive social mobility and economic development. Broward UP, the College’s countywide answer for addressing low education attainment and the financial challenges which often accompany it, is grounded in the belief that residents in 11 targeted zip codes need specific support to unleash their “unlimited potential” and pursue higher education to make a better life for themselves.

Autumn Whitfield, director of the CORE program at Broward College, said the Urban League provides the classroom space that enables Broward UP™ ambassadors to go directly into neighborhoods to engage residents who may not have transportation to one of the College’s campuses. Broward College faculty instruct the free courses leading to certification in Supply Chain Management as well as Manufacturing, Information Technology, or White Belt Sigma.

“Broward UP is a great vehicle for offering free professional development classes to the community, particularly those who are job-seeking, students, or those in career transitions and looking to gain certification at no cost or low cost to them,” said Deborah Richelieu, a CORE program developer with the Urban League. “Our clients who enroll in the program boost their resumes and have a better chance at a promotion or new position.”

Whitfield said Broward UP has collaborated with D.R. Horton Homes in Coconut Creek and Fort Lauderdale’s Seagull Alternative and Stranahan high schools to bring workforce training to anyone 16 and older.

Closing the Deal

Kimerlee Richardson thought she had already upped her credentials after graduating from Lehigh University with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. Her future seemed bright when she returned to her native Virgin Islands, where she anticipated working for Hess Oil Company. To her dismay, the plant closed, and the 28-year-old single mother found herself bouncing from one odd job to another. Depressed and without a career that complimented her talents, Richardson and her son moved in with her mother in Coconut Creek.

“A lot of employers were asking ‘what have I been doing,’” said Richardson, who enrolled in the Supply Chain Management course through CORE while she continued to search for a job in Broward County. “I needed to show potential employers that I was still capable of learning.”

With certificate in hand, Richardson was back knocking on employer doors. This time she had what she needed to close the deal, accepting a project manager position with Sullivan & Associates, a provider of window and door hardware in Fort Lauderdale.

Not only has the new job provided her with a comfortable salary and financial stability, but she has restored the confidence she had lost.

“I was thinking too negatively,” she said. “A lot had to do with not getting a job. But now, I feel like I’m back on the right path.”

Industry certification can put both job-seekers and current employees on a fast track toward career advancement. Learn how Broward UP can work for you.  For more on the CORE program.

Learn about Business courses in Supply Chain Management and other in-demand areas that can boost your career.


Continuing Education

Expand your opportunities with Continuing Education

Our fast-paced lives of today constantly remind us of the need to evolve and adapt to survive. When it comes to our professional career, there is no difference. The workplace has changed so much in the past 20 years, and it’s become crucial for employees to find ways to improve themselves continuously.

At Broward College, the Workforce Education team is committed to providing individuals within our community with the guidance and resources needed to keep their professional skills up-to-date. That’s where the Continuing Education (CE) department plays a vital role.

“Our programs in Continuing Education are designed to get individuals quickly the new skills that they need to get a new job or upscale themselves,” says Diane Peart, associate vice president of Workforce and Continuing Education.

Adapting to the new world

Continuing EducationWhether you are a working professional, entrepreneur, or business owner, CE offers a plethora of training options. Quick paths, the CE version of the Pathways, show the different steps an individual must complete to obtain a particular certification in a short period. All the programs offered through CE are in high demand. Among the most requested certifications are Project Management, Lean Six Sigma, and Marketing. Additional industry certifications include Web Developer, Insurance Agent, Entrepreneurship, Bookkeeping, Accounting, Real Estate, IT Professional, and Drone certification.

Perks of Continuing Education

Through CE, individuals can build new, valuable skills in just one or two terms (a term typically lasts for 4 months), and for a very affordable price. The noncredit program allows students to complete a certification for $3,000 or less. Many of these industry certifications can translate into college credits at any college.

The courses are available in a variety of formats: fully online, blended, or face-to-face. Most of the classes are offered in the evenings as well as Saturdays.

“We are extremely happy and proud of the path we are creating for individuals of all ages, backgrounds, walks of life, from the South Florida area and beyond, so that they can continuously improve themselves,” says Peart.

Develop Priceless Leadership Skills

In 2018, the College created the Executive Mini-MBA Certification Program. This program, one of the first of its kind at a community college, is geared towards individuals that want to build their business acumen. It’s important to notice that this program is not an MBA, but rather components of it.

“What’s unique about this program is the network that you build with like-minded individuals, who are at least at a managerial level or higher, and can come from any industry or field,” explains Peart.

Among the most popular components of the program are Artificial Intelligence, Machine Technology, Virtual Teams Management, and Emotional Intelligence. Students will also develop skills such as business analysis, problem-solving, and coordination.

“We are excited about the possibility of all our students, to find a path into one of our many credit programs, that’s ultimately our goal for those that do not have a degree when they first come to us,” says Peart. “We continue to work with all our deans to create a strong connection between the credit and noncredit sides to ultimately have the student success that the College is very proud of.”

For complete information about courses, prices, and more, visit here.

Continuing Education offers the possibility to change career paths, build new in-demand skills, and position yourself as a valuable asset to your current employer. Register today and begin your new journey at Broward College.


Education Pathway

Be the change you want in the world – Pursue a career in Education

A degree from Broward College offered Eileen Santiago more than she bargained for. Not only did she gain a teaching job in Broward County Public Schools, she decided to pursue a master’s degree as well.

Santiago, a professor in the Education Pathway, completed her Bachelor’s in December 2011, and went on to work at Hollywood Park Elementary School before joining Broward College as full-time faculty, in 2017.

Because  children spend long periods of time  in their company, teachers  play a major role in their lives. Students interested in leaving the same impact on others  may want to pursue a career in education.

While many become teachers, career opportunities in the education field also include administrative positions, such as principal or superintendent, or in academic, career and family  counseling. Other areas include recreation, student life, and childcare.

Finding a path in Education

Education PathwayAt Broward College, the offers degrees in Teacher Education, Early Childhood Education, Exceptional Student Education, Secondary Biology and Secondary Mathematics. Technical certifications are embedded in the degrees  in the areas of Child Development, Preschool Specialization, Child Care Center Management, and Infant/Toddler Specialization.

Regardless of the program a student chooses to pursue, they must first complete an Associate of Arts degree and pass at least one of the four areas of the general knowledge test required by the Department of Education before transitioning into a  bachelor’s program.

Faculty at Broward College boast  years of experience in education.

“We have outstanding faculty that come directly from working in the field, so they are up to date with the latest innovative strategies and models in teaching and learning and they are eager to share their knowledge with our students,” said Dr. Elizabeth Molina, dean of Academic Affairs for the Education Pathway.

The Pathway collaborates with Broward County Public Schools as well as some  charter and private schools throughout the county to guarantee that 100 percent of the students are already employed by the time they graduate from Broward College, says Dr. Molina.

High demand for Educators

As many as 1.9 million teaching openings are expected through 2024, according to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics. Florida ranks among the top five states with the highest employment numbers for  teaching. The average annual salary for teachers is $48,770; however, the pay scale for educators in high school and in postsecondary positions is typically higher.   Some teachers are more attractive to potential employers after  completing master’s degrees and Ph.D. programs.

Employment in the education sector is in high demand. Broward College provides students with an opportunity to  pursue a degree in education  at an affordable price. Learn more at broward.edu/education.


BC Cares Event Lauderhill

Partnership with Broward UP™ is Just Like Old Times for Lauderhill Mayor

Perhaps, no one in Lauderhill knows the lay of the land better than its mayor. After all, Ken Thurston has served in a real estate capacity in the city since he received his license from Broward College more than four decades ago.

As luck would have it, Thurston is back at it with Broward College. Through Broward UP™, the College’s community outreach movement, the Mayor is identifying neighborhoods in Lauderhill where unemployment is high, and education attainment levels are low. In these zip codes, Broward College officials plan to mobilize the services and resources of Broward UP in a coordinated effort with Thurston and the city to break down barriers to education and, at the same time, drive social mobility and economic development. 

BC Cares Event LauderhillAlthough much of Lauderhill is enjoying the fruits of low unemployment, Thurston said the central part of the city, where subsidized housing attracts residents from all parts of the county, could use the assistance of Broward UP™ to tap its “Unlimited Potential.”

“Subsidized housing is great because it helps people live in decent and safe housing, but we have a cluster of people who have not acquired the life skills to move ahead,” said Thurston. “If we can educate these residents and lift them up, it becomes a win-win for everybody.”

Thurston has already pointed to the Lauderhill Aquatics Center on 55th Avenue as an ideal location to hold workshops in college and career development and training toward substitute teaching and Microsoft Office certifications.

“Maybe it’s computer skills, maybe it’s an area in technology or healthcare,” said Thurston. “These are all industries where jobs are in high demand. Or maybe it’s employment skills, such as how to interview, how to complete a job application or how to prepare a resume.”

First Municipal Partnership

Thurston said Broward UP’s first municipal partnership evolved after Broward College President Gregory Haile and his team presented their strategies at a meeting of the city commissioners. Shortly after that, the collaboration was launched at the Boys & Girls Club of Broward College in Lauderhill, where Broward UP staged a day of recreational activities and team building.

“There is a willingness by President Haile and those around him to think outside the box to find solutions to problems that have existed for a long time,” said Thurston. “The prospect of having classes in our city will increase the skills of our citizens, which should translate to increased employability for them and better jobs.”

Thurston understands how important enhancing jobs skills can be. After graduating from Morehouse College in Atlanta, he moved to Fort Lauderdale to become a property manager. One year in, he realized the position required a real estate license. He turned to Broward College, taking classes at a facility off Commercial Boulevard. In the years since, two of his four children attended Broward College before transferring to Florida State University and Florida Atlantic University.

Now as the “go-to” leader of Lauderhill, he’s is thrilled to be working with Broward College again to empower his city’s residents.

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 Broward College President Gregory Haile, Esq., here

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.