Career Pathways

Kids & Teen College introduces children to priceless opportunities

Parents want to provide their kids with tools and skills that will land them a good job in the future. In today’s world, there is a lot of competition, and employers require applicants to have previous experience or an impressive set of skills.

Broward College offers a program that provides children, ages 8 to 15 with a headstart on higher education. “The Kids & Teen College” is designed as a way for children to gain early College experience but more importantly to give them an insight on where they may attend College as well as what their path of study will be when they get there,” says Diane Peart, associate vice president of Workforce and Continuing Education.

Meeting the needs of the community

“What we have learned during our yearly surveys is that parents do not just want a summer camp. They want their kids learning, they want to see a return on their investment, and more than anything, they want a program that will help their children get a good job in the future,” says Peart.

The Kids & Teen College is precisely that program, offering courses that mirror today’s high-demand careers. The program offers courses in Aviation, Nursing, Business, Education, Marketing, and more. It will run from June 17 to August 2.

Two critical requirements employers seek are embedded in every course offered at the Kids & Teen College– technology and soft skills. Both components are indispensable in today’s workforce, as a recent study shows that over 70 percent of employers find applicants lack proper soft skills.

Introducing the College Experience

Career PathwaysDuring the six-week summer program, students attend the kids and teen version of college classes. This summer, industry certifications were added to the program, and are available to children between the ages of 10 and 15. They consist of one full week of intensive classes.

Classes include discussions, presentations, lectures, a small project, and exams. Students have the opportunity to tour the campus and see each of the eight pathways offered at the college up close.

Each career pathway comprises a group of occupations that share common skills. Broward College offers studies in the following categories: Arts, Humanities, Communication and Design (AHCD); Business; Education; Health Sciences; Industry, Manufacturing, Construction and Transportation (IMCT); Public Safety; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); and Social Behavioral Sciences and Human Services (SBSHS). Within each pathway, you can pursue all types of degrees (AA, AS, and Bachelor’s) and technical certifications.

Both the certifications and the courses offered during the five remaining weeks highlight the main program of each pathway.

Working towards Broward College’s greater mission

“The main goal of this program is to show young children, and their parents, the opportunities available to them at Broward College and inspire them to come back and pursue their career here, knowing that it’s an affordable, highly-regarded, local college,” explains Peart.

And the data supports the success of the program – thirteen percent of children who participated in the program later attend Broward College to pursue either a degree or a technical certificate.

The earlier children are introduced to higher education, the better, says Peart. “This is especially important for areas like STEM – the earlier we pick their interest, the better chance of teens pursuing these fields in College,” she adds.

The deadline to register and pay for classes for this summer is June 10, 2019. Visit for more information on courses available, costs, and locations.

Broward College students at Disney

Where Dreams Come True: Disney Leadership Retreat Sets Students Up for Success

Leaning back into the Daisy Duck-embroidered pillow on her desk chair as she looked out at the Disney posters that adorn her office walls at Broward College, Stephanie Repaci imagined what it would take to create a program in which students could develop the teamwork and leadership skills that employers now demand. It didn’t take very long for the Director of Central Campus Student Life to identify the perfect setting where dreams come true.

Broward College students at DisneyFor the past five years, Repaci has led a group of students to the “Happiest Place on Earth,” where they apply problem-solving, and decision-making skills learned in the classroom to the behind-the-scenes workings of Disney World. The trip to the Orlando theme park and resort is the final piece of a Student Life development program designed to set participants up for success, whether they are transferring to a four-year university or moving into the workforce immediately after completion of their degrees or certificates at Broward College.

“We’re still hearing from employers across the United States that there’s a significant skills gap with students who are graduating from college,” said Repaci, a self-proclaimed “Disney nut” who grew up watching the films, singing the songs and visiting the parks that spawned the American icon. “Students, in the eyes of employers, are ill-prepared or don’t have the workplace competencies that companies want them to have at the point of graduation.”

Repaci said students were in the past able to develop these “soft skills” on the job, but now companies expect an accelerated workforce-readiness that includes, at the very least, strong communication and time management tools, positive attitudes and robust work ethics before being hired. Using the Walt Disney World Resort as a backdrop, students receive eye-opening insight into how these principles are applied in the operation of the park.

Award-Winning Presentation

Broward College students at DisneyBroward College was one of the first higher education institutions to take advantage of the College-edition of Disney’s Youth Education Series, said Repaci, who received the 2019 Student Development Commission Exemplary Practice Award from the Association of Florida Colleges for her presentation on the annual “Student Life Leadership Retreat” at the AFC Student Development Commission Spring Conference, in Ocala. The AFC also awarded $500 toward the Broward College Foundation’s first-generation scholarship program, which the State of Florida matched with another $1,000.  

“The Student Life Leadership Retreat” is structured similar to a 6-8-week college course. Before leaving for Disney World, approximately 20 students complete individual and group assignments that include textbook readings, essays, and presentations. The curriculum is based on “Creating Magic” by Lee Cockerell, a former executive vice president of Walt Disney World Operations who, Repaci says, has greatly influenced her leadership style. The six-day experience in Orlando also involves a community service module, where Broward College participants volunteer at Give Kids the World Village, an 84-acre resort in Central Florida that caters to children with critical illnesses and their families.

The remaining four days are spent inside the theme park. A Disney cast member facilitates each training session in key areas of the park where students translate concepts of leadership, teamwork and creating a culture of excellence that can be applied to their academic goals as well as their on-campus leadership role.

Building Relationships

Once training ends in the early afternoon, students get the rest of the day to spend in the park. Repaci said this time helps reinforce a stronger connection to the campuses, Student Life and Broward College, as a whole.

“This is critical because what we are trying to do is build relationships,” said Repaci. “We recognize from a nationwide perspective that students who are engaged or active in their college campuses have a much higher likelihood to complete their coursework and succeed.”

For participating in the program, students receive a letter grade and three elective credits, in addition to the soft skills they develop during the experience. To her credit, Repaci continues to receive accolades from student affairs professionals across the nation who want to adopt her program to their campuses.

“Student development is our bread and butter,” said Repaci. “So, this program fits in perfectly with Student Life’s mission, while simultaneously, driving a sense of belonging to Broward College.”

Watch a  recap of the Student Life Retreat here -

If you are excited about growing as an individual and enhancing your overall perspective of the world, Student Life can elevate your Broward College experience beyond studying or listening to lectures.

Financial Aid

Year-Round Pell Grants Make Summer School More Accessible

Time is of the essence for Gregory Higgins. At 68-years-young, the Broward College student isn’t fooling around. Higgins is attending summer classes, with an eye toward graduating after the fall semester.

“It would have been easier just to chug along and graduate in four years,” said Higgins, who is on course to complete his undergraduate degree in Supervision and Management at Broward College in three years. “At my age, I’m looking to get through school as fast as I can.”

Higgins is one of 1,1938 Broward College students who is taking advantage of year-round Pell Grants this summer semester. The financial aid is perfect for students like Higgins, who are on a fast track to graduate and either enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year university soon after, or in his case, enroll in law school by 2020.

College students who need additional financial resources to complete their education sooner and more cost-effectively received good news last year when Congress approved restoration of year-round Pell Grants in its spending bill. Reinstatement of the year-round money allows students to receive up to 150 percent of a regular grant award over the course of the academic year, which makes summer classes more accessible and completing their degrees faster than they would otherwise more likely.

Up until last year, students attending summer classes could only use whatever grant aid they had not used in the fall and spring semesters. As a result, some students had to choose between taking the summer semester off or paying for tuition out-of-pocket.

Fast Track to Graduation

Financial AidThe additional grant aid is not only making that decision easier; research indicates it’s also helping students sustain momentum toward their degrees. That’s particularly important for students, who, due to work or family responsibilities, often can’t maintain 12 credit hours in a given semester. Making up classes in the summer makes graduation on time for these students that much more realistic.

Theresa Cowan, associate vice president for Financial Aid, said Broward College students who were enrolled for both fall and spring semesters must be taking a least six credits in the summer to receive their Pell award. Students who enroll in less than six credits may be still eligible for a limited grant.

She said all students must have their summer schedules finalized by June 6, 2019. Any changes after that date will not be included in the student’s financial aid award. However, the deadline does not apply to Broward College students who apply for Summer 3 only. All students receiving financial aid should check myBC frequently to review award amounts.

To be eligible for a Pell award, a Broward College student must demonstrate exceptional financial need on the FAFSA, be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen and have not yet received a bachelor’s, graduate or professional degree.  

Eligible students who need help with college costs including tuition, fees and other educational expenses can inquire about Pell Grants, a form of federal financial aid that typically does not have to be repaid, at the Financial Aid Office.

Magic Leap One wearable device

Spatial Computing Arrives – Broward College and Magic Leap Partner for New Program

In the constant search to bring innovation and new technologies to the classroom, Broward College is partnering with Magic Leap, the leader in spatial computing, to launch one of the first spatial computing degree programs in the country. Courses will start during the 2019-2020 academic year.

“This is an incredible opportunity for our students and our community,” says Broward College President Gregory Adam Haile, Esq. “It’s not only an exciting career path, but it will allow us to build on our innovative approach to education as our faculty take immersive learning to new heights.”

The Exciting Era of Spatial Computing

Magic Leap One wearable deviceHave you ever wondered what it would be like to have a dinosaur in your living room? With Magic Leap One, you can now live the experience. Spatial computing combines virtual and augmented reality using the space we are in, relying on the software rather than the hardware.

Magic Leap, has developed Magic Leap One – a personal device that includes a pair of glasses, a small wireless engine, and a mission control that work together to bring the digital world to our physical space. With this technology, anything in the digital world is adapted to the physical space, and the user will believe that everything they are seeing and hearing is real.

Bringing Spatial Computing to the Classroom

Spatial computing is used in a variety of fields. It can be applied to create digital worlds and adventures for Virtual Reality (VR) experiences such as Pokemon GO!, or allow creators and programmers to develop applications and software using the space around them.

It’s easy to think that this technology is mostly for entertainment purposes, but the use of the application in education is promising. By partnering with schools and higher education institutions, the use of this technology will break barriers for students and faculty. Rather than reading and looking at pictures on a book, they can now interact and experiment with the objects and transform their classroom into an interactive lab.

Cutting-edge Technology at Broward College

The partnership will provide many benefits to students, faculty, and staff. Broward College will have access to Magic Leap’s spatial computing platform and its pool of highly skilled professionals. Additionally, the College will create s spatial computing lab on the A. Hugh Adams Central campus in Davie.

Through the partnership the College has the opportunity to provide its personnel with industry experience and, with help from the Magic Leap Education Team, they will engage Broward UP™ communities and local high schools throughout the year to provide demonstrations, support hackathons, and highlight the opportunities for cutting-edge education at Broward College.

The initial participating technician training programs are Computer Science, Aviation Maintenance, Dental Hygiene, and Marine Mechanics. Spatial computing will also be available for Workforce & Continuing Education, Supply Chain Management, and Nursing.

Learn more about career opportunities in STEM at Broward College.

ACUE Pinning Ceremony Spring 2019

Broward College Offers Continued Education Training for Faculty and Staff

“Professor Silva is endlessly passionate about her job. She inspires me to be the best teacher I can be to my students through her kindness, dedication, and determination,” says Caroline Ortiz-Melo, while she and her classmates celebrate Dr. Isis Silva. “She is always searching for ways to keep our class meaningful and entertained.”

Dr. Silva is the recipient of the 2019 International Education Endowed Teaching  Chair (ETC), is an associate professor of education. Her students showered her with flowers, a card, and cake during the surprise ETC announcements to recognize her for her excellence in the classroom. The feedback received from students is typical of how many of the 63,000 students at Broward College view the faculty and staff who support their academic journey.

Broward College is consistently ranked for its outstanding performance when it comes to student success. To provide such high-quality education, the College needs faculty and administrators who are not only passionate and dedicated but also up to date with current trends and technologies.

The Center for Teaching Excellence & Learning

CTEL is an institutional branch of Broward College that offers professional development to employees, that includes but is not limited to, enhanced classroom techniques, innovation, and technology.

Throughout the year, CTEL offers several training opportunities that include book clubs, workshops, nationally recognized guest speakers, and more. Participation counts towards the 36 hours of professional development that faculty must complete every three years.

For administrators, the College provides courses in leadership, management, and supervisory development. “These courses are collaborative spaces where the participants are allowed to pick the topics they want to discuss and create an atmosphere of community practice so that they can learn from each other,” explains Julia Philyaw, associate vice president for CTEL.

Continuously Finding New Initiatives for Professional Development

In addition to the year-round opportunities provided by the College, CTEL has developed special initiatives that seek to strengthen the training provided.

Every February, Broward College hosts Professional Development Day. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the workshops, led by both guest speakers and internal staff. This year, the initiative saw the highest engagement numbers, with over 1100 participants.

Another initiative recently implemented is the New Faculty Institute, which provides training to newly employed full-time faculty during their first semester. The training includes information sessions on policies, procedures, and resources on campus in addition to classroom techniques, technologies, and teaching strategies. It also serves as an opportunity for networking.  

The internal professional development provided by CTEL complements other nationally recognized training also offered by CTEL. One such program is offered by the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE).

ACUE Partnership

ACUE Pinning Ceremony Spring 2019On Friday, April 26, 2019, Broward College hosted a pinning ceremony for 68 part-time and full-time faculty and administrators who completed the Effective Teaching Practices course from the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE).

After a successful pilot partnership in 2017 when 39 faculty completed the course, the College entered a five-year partnership with ACUE to license 500 faculty as part of efforts to improve classroom teaching and student success. The fully-online, nationally accredited program is offered over two semesters. 

“With only two cohorts that have completed it, we can already see the impact this course has,” says Wendy Varela, coordinator of Faculty Professional Development at CTEL. “Seven out of nine nominees this year for Professor of the Year had completed the course, and during their presentations, they talked about ACUE and having completed the course myself, I knew they were applying techniques they had learned there.”

The College stands above the national average of ACUE completion, which stands at 81 percent, with an outstanding 91 percent completion rate.

Professor of the Year 2018-2019

Broward College Names the 2018-2019 Professors of the Year

Following the tradition to recognize the best of our faculty, Broward College announced the winners for the 2018-2019 Professor of the Year awards. The awards celebrate dedicated, innovative, and creative part-time and full-time faculty. Professors are nominated by their peers and students on each campus. 

Professor of the Year 2018-2019Twelve faculty members collegewide will be recognized this year during the spring commencement ceremony at the BB&T Center in Sunrise on May 7.  

Hugh Adams Central Campus

  • Professor Brian Faris has been an employee of Broward College for the past 18-years. He became a full-time faculty member in August 2007 teaching courses in Networking Services Technology. 
  • Dr. Behnoush Memari has been a full-time professor of Chemistry at Broward College since 2003. She has served in several roles at the College, including, associate academic dean, contextual consultant, and e-Associate for Instructional Technology. She was named Endowed Teaching Chair in 2008 and 2013 and was also previously named a Professor of the Year.
  • Professor Jennifer Millien is a part-time professor of Media Technology since 2016. She is actively involved in the Women in Film Association for Broward College.
  • Professor Serge Komovsky has been a part-time professor of Mathematics at the College since 2015. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the National Aviation University in Kiev, Ukraine. 

North Campus 

  • Professor Amber Abels has been teaching Biology and Anatomy at Broward College for the past two years as full-time faculty. She is currently working towards a Doctorate in Education with a focus on educational technology at the University of Florida.
  • Professor Marcus Sousa is a former Broward College student who earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary Mathematics Education from the College. He now teaches Mathematics part-time alongside his former instructors.
  • Dr. Leon Weissberg has been an educator for 48 years. He has been with Broward College for the past five years teaching different history courses. Dr. Weissberg is currently a part-time professor of American History for the College Academy.

Judson A. Samuels South Campus 

  • Professor Simone Keize has been teaching full-time at Broward College since 2013. In addition to her role as professor, she created the Accountant Students Association (ASA), which helps students with networking, scholarships, and job opportunities.
  • Professor Yvonne P. Morris is a part-time professor at the ArtsHumanitiesCommunication and Design Pathway at Broward College since 2009. She is also an author, speaker, and certified holistic life coach that holds master’s degrees in Communication and HR Management. 
  • Professor Jennifer Killam has been teaching English for Academic Purposes for the past two years as part-time faculty. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Composition and Applied Linguistics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Online Campus 

  • Professor Margo Butler is a full-time faculty member of the Liberal Arts department. She started at the College in 1998 and was one of the first to develop an online course for Broward College Online
  • Professor Douglas Phinney is part-time professor of American History at the College for the past ten years. He was first a professor at South Campus and later moved to Online as the College created its Online campus. 

Congratulations to our Professors of the Year! 

Learn more about Broward College and its exceptional faculty by visiting 

Photo of Lucas Ferreira

Broward College Student Awarded Prestigious Transfer Scholarship

Lucas Araujo Ferreira, a student at Broward College, is one of 61 recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s prestigious Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The highly competitive national scholarship will provide Ferreira with up to $40,000 annually for a maximum of three years to complete his bachelor’s degree.

Photo of Lucas Ferreira

Ferreira, of Hollywood, Florida, will receive an Associate in Arts with a specialization in computer science at the Broward College spring commencement ceremony in May. An Honors student graduating with a 3.92 grade-point average, Ferreira is a former student government president and new student orientation leader who overcame financial hardship in his native Brazil before immigrating to the United States to enroll at Broward College. Ferreira plans to transfer to an Ivy League school in the fall, where he will pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

“Broward College is extremely proud to have one of our own students selected for this esteemed award,” said Broward College President Gregory Adam Haile, Esq. “The Jack Kent Cooke scholarship is confirmation of what we at Broward College already know: that Lucas, and many of our students, are remarkably driven, resilient, talented and highly deserving of this award, and every support available to ensure their success.”

Since the launch of the scholarship in 2000, 21 Broward College students have won the award. In addition to the monetary grant, these new Cooke Transfer Scholars will receive comprehensive educational advising from Foundation staff to guide them through the process of transitioning to a four-year school and preparing for their careers. The Foundation will additionally provide opportunities for internships, study abroad, graduate school funding, and access to a thriving network of nearly 2,500 fellow Cooke Scholars and alumni.

Nearly 1,500 students applied for the 2019 Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The Foundation evaluated each submission based on academic ability, persistence, leadership, and service to others. The recipients selected represent 18 different states, have a median household adjusted gross income of $28,000 and an average GPA of 3.93. This year’s cohort of Cooke Transfer Scholars has applied to the nation’s most selective institutions.

Interested in learning more about the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship? Sign up to receive an email alert when the application opens again this fall!

Automotive Technology

Changing Perceptions – Women in Automotive

Sometimes life’s biggest challenges can be turned into rewarding events. This is the case for Ashley Burroughs, who stumbled upon her future career when she totaled a beloved family car back in 2012.

“At the time, I was working in restaurants and barely making enough to get by. I couldn’t afford to repair the car, so I figured I would try to do it myself. I asked a good friend of mine who tutored me through it,” says Ashley. “By the time I was done with it, I realized that this was something I could do professionally.”

Automotive TechnologyAutomotive Technology is one of over 140 programs offered at Broward College. The program, which started at the College in 2006, trains students to become auto specialists qualified to work on the highly-sophisticated cars of today. In partnership with the Broward County Technical Colleges, Broward College provides technical training for the students at an affordable price.

The training follows dealer-specific requirements that include engine repair, electrical systems, brake, transmissions, and more.

Women in Automotive

Throughout the entire industry, women are underrepresented. In 2017, women represented 26.7 percent of the industry’s workforce in all positions, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. When it comes to automotive technicians, women only represent 9.6 percent of the employees.

“It’s sad to see such a small percentage of women in this industry,” says James Norton, professor of Automotive at the College. “The female students that have completed this program have gone on to hold positions as Service Advisers, Service Managers, Mechanics, and more. And they tend to do better than their male counterparts.”

Ashley worked as a mechanic for a year before enrolling in College, and during that time she faced discrimination not only from clients but from her friends and family. “It was very frustrating having to deal with sexism, but at the same time I found more purpose to be the best I could be and show that I am just as qualified and can do the same or even a better job than my male colleagues,” she says.

Ashley’s ultimate goal is to work as a technician for General Motors. She currently holds six Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications.

The industry – Facts and Numbers

The automotive industry is expected to grow 6 percent through 2026. As of 2017, the median pay was $39,550 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Interested in pursuing a career in Automotive Technology? Visit the program’s website.

Register for an information session and program tour here.

Learn more about career opportunities in the Industry, Manufacturing, Construction, and Transportation (IMCT) Pathway, here.

Buehler Planetarium

Buehler Planetarium Renovations are out of this World

After some 30 months of welcome interior renovations, Broward College’s most-noted astronomer thanked her lucky stars she could talk about space in a way she is most comfortable.

“We can finally use this room as our spaceship and time machine again,” said Susan Barnett, director of the Buehler Planetarium and Observatory. “But, first we had to upgrade the space inside the planetarium. Our physical plant needed some tender-loving care.”

Buehler PlanetariumNow that the looking after is in the past, the College’s window to the universe on the A. Hugh Adams Campus in Davie is up and running again. The planetarium, which has hosted more than two million visitors since opening in 1965, boasts a $1 million major facelift designed to meet the ongoing needs of students and the star-gazing community. Part of the modernization, made possible by a gift from the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust included tripling the size of the lobby and overhauling much of the indoor space including refurbishing the restroom facilities, repairing the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system and installing new carpeting and chairs.

Barnett said the work was overdue. The last upgrades to the planetarium were back in 1998, ten years after she joined the Broward College staff. Since that point, Barnett has been the conductor of virtual tours that can take up to 100 visitors to the moon, through Saturn’s rings and into the center of the universe without them ever lifting a foot off the ground inside the planetarium’s theater.

“I do call it ‘playing’ in here,” said Barnett, pointing to her “toy,” a high-definition projection system she uses to paint breathtaking 3D representations of outer space on the planetarium’s dome-shaped ceiling. “We don’t always stop to think about what’s going on in the sky. There was a time when people had a very different picture of the world and its surroundings. They thought the earth was flat. This planetarium gets people to look up and see the wonderful things that are out there.”

Barnett said the experience she creates under the dome immerses visitors and transports them out of their realm in a way that a laptop or the night sky can’t. For many in the audience, the first experience inside a planetarium is a point of inspiration.

“People absolutely space out,” said Barnett, who hosts everyone from local grade-school students on field trips to retirees who have lost track of the science concepts they once held in awe. “I get the ‘wows and the gasps and the applause for reminding them of their connection to the sky and galaxy.”

As the only public planetarium in the county, the dome is also used by Broward College faculty to not only instruct classes in astronomy but mathematics, history, religion, and geology as well.

“It’s a wonderful asset and resource for the College,” said Barnett, who studied planetary geology at Yale University before coming to Broward College where she also teaches introductory astronomy. “Broward College has amazing faculty. That’s a given. But our students are not just sitting in a classroom. The planetarium is one of the many different environments where students can learn to think and interact with the world around them.”

And that experience is also a gateway visiting elementary school students, many of whom are stepping foot on a college campus for the first time, never lose sight of as they explore the outer reaches of the universe.

“I had a fourth-grader come up to me after a show and say, ‘I’m coming to this College,’” said Barnett. “But, I’ve had reactions from all ages. I’ve had parents say, ‘my teenager never paid attention to anything before until now,” or ‘my daughter needed to see something like this.’  It shows we’ve lost track of the wonder of the sky. But, the point is, we can find it again together, right here.”

Buehler Planetarium shows are offered, 7-8 p.m., the second Wednesday of every month. Teachers are encouraged to book trips in advance. Following each presentation and on every Wednesday just outside on planetarium patio, the public is invited to visit the Broward College Observatory, where visitors can take advantage of powerful telescopes to view planets, nebula and the moon in unmatched detail.   Check it out here.

You can explore courses offered in Astronomy and related fields through the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Pathway.

IIE Heiskell Awards 2019

Broward College Receives Top Honor for International Education Program

The Institute of International Education (IIE) honored Broward College with the top award in the category of International Partnerships during the 2019 IIE Heiskell Awards. President Gregory Adam Haile, Esq. and Dr. David Moore received the honor at the IIE 2019 Summit in New York on Feb. 17.

The College was recognized for its initiative ‘The Third Way’ which allows students to stay in their home country while completing an associate degree with Broward College. Credits earned during the program show on a Broward College transcript and students who complete the program can transfer to a college or university in the U.S. to complete the last two years towards a bachelor’s degree.

"For more than four decades, Broward College has been a leader in international education, partnering with colleges and universities throughout the world to provide a more accessible way to attract international students," said President Haile.

Heiskell Awards

IIE Heiskell Awards 2019The IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards were created in 2001 to honor the most innovative and successful models that promote study abroad, international partnerships and the internationalization of campuses. They were named in memory of Andrew Heiskell, a long-time member of the Executive Committee of IIE’s Board of Trustees and a former chairman of Time Inc. Heiskell was a committed advocate for international education.

Awards are given in five categories: Scholars as Drivers of Innovation, Student Mobility, International Partnerships, Access and Equity, and Higher Education in Emergencies.

International Partnerships

Broward College has offered ‘The Third Way’ initiative since 1979. More than 8,600 students have since transferred to a U.S. institution after completing the program. Broward College currently has international centers or academic partners in Bolivia, Brazil, China, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Peru, Spain, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Singapore.

International Centers offer academic programs approved by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS). The courses are offered in English, facilitated by local faculty accredited by SACS, and follow the same course numbers, titles, descriptions, and student learning outcomes as the students follow in Florida.

Academic affiliates, on the other hand, are institutions outside of the U.S. that offer a portion of the curriculum but SACS does not approve their programs. However, courses are taught in English and faculty must be accredited by SACS and approved by Broward College.

Learn more about opportunities in International Education at Broward College here.