AHCD career pathway students

A Pathway That Builds on Soft Skills – Arts, Humanities, Communication, & Design

The current workforce is centered around soft skills. A recent study published by LinkedIn Learning showed that soft skills top the wishlist of employers, who require candidates that excel at critical thinking, teamwork, time management, and problem-solving.

Broward College is aware of the demand and has been responsive by incorporating this training into the academic curriculum of most programs as well as providing extracurricular training through workshops and other activities.

There is one Career Pathway designed specifically to teach students these valuable set of skills. The Arts, Humanities, Communication & Design (AHCD) pathway offers areas of study, which include  New Media Communication, Architecture, Music Technology, Film Production, and Philosophy.

“This pathway focuses a lot on humanity, culture, and creativity and as such, its core is soft skills. Students that pursue a career in AHCD rely heavily on critical thinking, problem-solving, and excellent verbal and non-verbal communication,” says Jamonica Rolle, dean of Communications.

Shaping the Future Generation

AHCD career pathway studentsWhen you pursue a degree in any of the areas of AHCD, you are required to work on your communication skills, which students tend to underestimate.

“Regardless of the profession you plan to go into; you must be a good communicator. In the world we live in, it’s all about selling yourself and good communication skills play a huge role in this,” explains Jamonica. Knowing how to present yourself and exposing your abilities is particularly important when you are interviewing for a job. Employers are looking for that candidate that will stand out from the rest, and it’s all about personality.

“I think this pathway is particularly important because it develops students into critical thinkers and they get to develop and polish their communication skills and their out-of-the-box thinking capabilities, which will be crucial in the next 10 to 15 years,” she says.

What You Can Become

AHCD is a broad pathway, and it embodies a diverse group of majors. Broward College offers a curated set of the most popular professions in South Florida, and any of the fifteen areas of study can be the first step towards a successful and rewarding career. These programs are divided into five areas: Dance, Theatre, Music, Graphic Design, and Visual Arts

Graduates of the pathway have many options, including the possibility of doing freelance work or building their own business. Among the career opportunities are photographer, graphic designer, creative director, writer, artist, music producer, journalist, and architect.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, entry-level wages for many of these jobs start at $40,000 and can go over $100,000 as you work your way up the ladder.

Let your creativity run wild, explore the roots of your culture, or become an influential communicator. Learn more about career opportunities in Arts, Humanities, Communication, and Design. Broward College awaits you!

Live and Learn: Scholarship Recipient on Mission to Transform Underserved Communities

Lucas Araujo Ferreira
Lucas Araujo Ferreira

After he had spent much of the morning unloading donated food and clothing to the orphanage in San Paulo, Lucas Araujo Ferreira was invited to a large gathering room to have lunch with the children, all of whom had already survived extreme violence, trauma and finally abandonment in their young lives.

As lunch was served, the children were ecstatic. Ferreira, himself just a high school teenager, was heartbroken. The measly handful of crackers and watered-down juice on the lunch menu had taken him back to a painful time growing up, when his mother struggled on her own to provide for him and his sister in northeast Brazil.

“I could understand,” said Ferreira, who considered himself on equal footing with the orphans until he took steps to immigrate to Florida where he could continue to pursue his career goals at Broward College. “It made me realize that people, even though they had very little, could still be happy.”

These days Ferreira has reason for joy. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation awarded him a prestigious Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship that will provide him with up to $40,000 annually for a maximum of three years to complete his bachelor’s degree. And that, likely, will be at an elite university of his choosing, once he graduates from Broward College in May with an Associate of Science degree.

Hardships Begins at Birth

Ivy covered walls and campus bell towers will be a far cry from his family roots just an hour’s drive outside San Paulo, where his grandmother earned a paltry wage picking cotton and cutting sugarcane from fields that stretch for hundreds of miles. Ferreira’s own hardship tale began early in life. Living in a rural tenement building his mother and older sister shared with his grandparents and aunt, Ferreira learned not to shy away from hard work and challenges. At 13, he was admitted into a public high school in Brazil that would allow him to study computers applications and, at the same time, get a job to help his family financially. Not long after, his mother remarried and moved to Florida. Ferreira joined her a few years later after he finished school in Brazil and was able to obtain his green card. “I never thought I would leave Brazil,” he said. “But, wow, America was just like in the movies.”

Mission Work in Sri Lanka
Although he could barely keep a conversation in English, Ferreira immersed himself in both a new language and campus life at Broward College. He became president of the Honors Student Committee where he learned of more scholarship and transfer opportunities. He also got involved in student government, founded the international student club and joined a handful of organizations that provided him an avenue to assist disadvantaged children. Those volunteer efforts continued in Sri Lanka, where Ferreira, while on a study abroad assignment, volunteered at the Orphanage of Mother Theresa of Calcutta.

Upon his return to Broward College, he traveled to conferences with President Haile and gave presentations throughout Florida on behalf of the international student perspective. Ferreira hopes his experiences will encourage others to chase their own goals. He already knows his. Ferreira wants to apply computer science to transform communities and improve lives. “My American dream is not much different than my grandmother’s Brazilian dream,” he said. “It’s just that my dream is within reach.”

Are you looking for a lucrative career with immense opportunities and earnings potential? Then explore these degree options in computer science and information technology.

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Samuel Jordan

William E. Greene 2019 Scholar Heads to Life-changing Adventure in Seville

An aspiring journalist, Samuel Jordan is aware of how important it is to connect with people at all levels, not only professionally but personally as well. He understands how crucial it is, in a world as globalized as this, to learn from all cultures.

“I’ve always been obsessed with history and foreign cultures. It was a dream of mine to have the opportunity to study abroad and immerse myself in a culture quite different from my own, so when I shared this dream with my academic advisor, she connected me with the study abroad resources at Broward College,” explains Samuel.

As the 2019 spring recipient of the William E. Greene (WEG) scholarship,  Samuel is now living his dream.

Heading to Seville, Spain

Samuel Jordan“When you think about history and rich, diverse culture, Spain is one of those countries that come to mind easily. There’s so much to see there that six months are not enough,” says Samuel. “Another great aspect is that being a member of the European Union is easy and cheap to travel to other EU countries. To me, this is the greatest advantage of my time there.”

Samuel will be taking nine credits of Intermediate Spanish, International Business, and International Relations at the International College of Seville. Samuel plans to enhance his study abroad experience by traveling throughout Spain and other European countries.

What is the WEG scholarship?

WEG is one of three scholarships offered by Broward College to cover program costs at one of four international centers (Spain, Perú, Costa Rica and Ecuador.) The scholarship is awarded to a student each fall and spring semester.

The scholarship is available to degree-seeking students at the College. Applicants must be 18 years old or older, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and have completed at 12 credits at Broward College. In addition to covering tuition costs, it also covers housing and traveling.

“Studying abroad can be expensive, so it’s incredible that there are programs like the WEG that are offered to help students see the world beyond their own country and learn,” says Samuel.

Students who want to apply for WEG must submit an application form, two recommendation letters from Broward College professors, an unofficial college transcript, and two 500-700 essays. The committee is now accepting applications for fall 2019, with the deadline set for Thursday, April 18, 2019, by 4:00 p.m.

Are you interested in studying abroad? Learn more about the programs and destinations offered here.

Learn more about Samuel’s story, watch this video.

President Gregory Adam Haile, Esq.

Be an active student – Voice your opinion during Real Talk with President Haile

Pizza is served, and students are quickly helping themselves to a slice or two and then hurrying to find a seat in the crowded room as the clock nears 12:30 p.m. Over 100 students are in the activity center of Building 68 at the Judson A. Samuels South Campus. All seats are taken, and there is only some standing room left.

Throughout the room, there is chatter and students are preparing their questions for the highest decision-maker of Broward College.

President Gregory Adam Haile, Esq.Since assuming the presidency of Broward College, Gregory Adam Haile, Esq. has made it his priority to listen to the people he serves. Under the motto of Together We Serve, President Haile has hosted discussion sessions with students and faculty to understand more the concerns, opinions, and suggestions of the Broward College family.

As part of this, Real Talk with President Haile came to life. Students have the opportunity to ask their questions in an open forum on the main campuses during the fall and spring semesters.

Real Talk with President Haile got underway on Feb. 6, 2019 and by all accounts it was well-received. Topics ranged from Financial Aid, Veterans Affairs, to English placement tests. Each session will last for one hour and held at the Student Life department of the campus. There is only one criterion - you must be a currently enrolled student to participate.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for us as students to express our thoughts to the President and get immediate answers,” explains Ray Alce, an Information Technology major at the end of the session.

Dayana Gonzalez, an English student, agreed. “This is my first time assisting an event of this type, and I’m happy I did because I was able to listen to President Haile’s vision and ideas for the College,” she said. 

Future sessions will be held on Feb. 28 at North Campus, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., and on March 19 at the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

For more information, contact your Student Life department.

What questions will you ask President Haile when you see him on your campus?

David Lawrence

Broward College Welcomes David Lawrence Jr., Childhood Education Advocate to Campus for Book Signing

Many South Floridians have heard of David Lawrence Jr., the former publisher of the Miami Herald and tireless advocate for early childhood education. But who knew, as a child, his family sold chickens, and he drove a tractor? Lawrence's experience inspired his life to a “newly energized purposefulness: that every child have a real chance to succeed.”

Lawrence will present these life lessons and reflections on his legendary career to the Broward College community, Thursday, February 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Central Campus 1008/105. The campus-wide event will feature remarks by Broward College President Gregory Adam Haile, and Lawrence will sign copies of his recently published memoir, “A Dedicated Life: Journalism, Justice and a Chance for Every Child.”

For more information on this event visit: https://browardcollegeblog.com/event/4706/

After tenures at the Charlotte Observer and Detroit Free Press, Lawrence served as publisher of the Miami Herald from 1989-1999. As founder and the driving force behind the Children’s Movement of Florida and the Children’s Trust, Lawrence raised millions of dollars as well as awareness and political support for early education, health and services locally and across the state. Lawrence also played a key role in a statewide constitutional amendment calling for pre-K for all 4-year-olds.

This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP visit: https://bit.ly/2DOeRst

David Lawrence book signing at Broward College Central Campus

Black History Month

Black History Month: Broward College Celebrates the Contributions of African-Americans

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Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park

Swimming, fishing, boating and relaxing in Broward County was not always a day at the beach. Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park, today a popular destination for all to escape the distractions of city life, was once Broward County’s designated “colored beach.”
That dubious distinction was put out to sea, thanks to Dr. Mizell and Johnson, who organized “wade-in” demonstrations leading to the desegregation of local beaches in the 1950s and 1960s. The combined efforts of the Broward County civil rights leaders were also instrumental in improving road access to the site -- just south of Fort Lauderdale, nestled in between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway in Dania Beach -- and its eventual state park designation.

Dr. Mizell was the second black physician in Fort Lauderdale. He also helped establish Provident Hospital for black residents as well as South Florida’s first NAACP chapter, of which Johnson, a prominent businesswoman, served as president.

Broward College recognizes the courageous efforts of Dr. Mizell and Eula Johnson and enthusiastically heralds the contributions and achievements of other African-Americans as well throughout February, Black History Month. Among the programs and celebrations scheduled at Broward College during Black History Month is an art exhibit, which runs through February in Bailey Hall. The exhibit features an opening reception, Friday, Feb. 8, 6-9 p.m.  To see photos from last year’s exhibition click here

The opening of Black History Month on North Campus features an interactive drum circle, “The Story of the Drums throughout Black History,” Thursday, Feb. 7, 12:30-1:30 p.m., in Building 46.

For more Black History Month events on the Broward College campuses, go https://browardcollegeblog.com/calendar/.


Ayslinn Cline

Reaching the stars: Broward College student selected as NASA Scholar

The sky is no longer the limit for Ayslinn Blue Cline. The 21-year-old Broward College student was selected as one of 280 participants in the nation to attend the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars onsite experience.

Ayslinn ClineCline has been dreaming about space since a very early age and always thought it was out of her reach. After a year at Broward College, she realized her dreams of space and stars are possible.

“During the 2017 summer semester I took an Intro to Astronomy class with Professor Susan Barnett that inspired me,” said Cline. “I’ve always been infatuated with space but I assumed I was not smart enough to pursue a career in it.”

Hoping to become an Aerospace doctor, who specializes in maintaining and improving the health of people that spend long periods of time in outer space, Cline plans to major in Astrobiology first.

“Before discovering my passion for astronomy, I planned on going into pre-med. Even though astronomy has captured my heart, medicine is still an interest of mine so Aerospace Medicine is a perfect mix of the two,” she explains.

NASA Community College Aerospace Scholar

The NCAS internships are offered in the spring and fall semesters and provide a learning opportunity for students pursuing a degree in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Students must first complete a five-week online course to be eligible for a four-day onsite experience at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. The experience provides the opportunity for students to network and learn from NASA engineers and others.

Cline admits the online course was hard work. The course focused on Mars exploration and she was required to submit a final project explaining innovative approaches on how to get humans on to Mars.

As she prepares for her trip, Cline hopes this experience is a chance to learn about NASA’s current projects and prepare her for a future internship at the site.

Living in space

The determination and ambition of Cline to make a mark in the world are visible in her dream to help humanity live on other planets.

“More than anything, I want to see humanity not only live in space but thrive there and I want to work towards achieving this goal. I believe our future is bright and I want to be a part of making that happen,” she says.

Women in STEM

Cline is an admirer of women in space. She looks up to Sally Ride, the first American female in space, who was an engineer, astrophysicist, and ultimately an astronaut. She also has a strong respect for the  “computers”, a team of women at Langley who analyzed all space research data collected by astronauts and made successful spaceflight possible for America. Their story was told through the Oscar-winning movie “Hidden Figures”.

“These women not only changed the future of spaceflight and exploration but opened up many opportunities for other women to work in STEM,” she explains.

Don’t let fear stop you

Cline strongly encourages everyone to pursue their dreams regardless of their fears. Even for herself, finding the determination to pursue a career in a STEM field was hard.

“Some people are worried they can’t do it when they find out how much math is involved but don’t let that scare you away. I am not and never have been great at math and that deterred me for a long time, but the universe is infinitely large and so are our capabilities,” she says.

She also urges fellow students to get hands-on experience in the field they wish to pursue. She recommends volunteering at museums, observatories, and other places that will allow them to get involved in the subject.

To learn more about STEM majors offered at Broward College, visit http://www.broward.edu/academics/programs/Pages/science-technology-math-engineering-STEM.aspx

See the stars at Broward College’s Buehler Planetarium.

Protecting Yourself During a Mass Shooting

No one ever imagines that a mass shooting like the one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland could happen in their own community, but sadly, it has become a frequent occurrence. Is it possible to stay safe dusing a mass shooting? Safety and security experts all agree that the best way to protect yourself is to prepare mentally and physically so you can safeguard your life during the situation.

Here are some tips that can help.

Be aware of your surroundings

Know what’s going on around you. Paying attention to people and places can help you spot potential danger. Also, always take notice of the nearest emergency exits, and all entrance and exit points where you are.  If you see something, say something.

Take Action

During a shooting you have three options, Run, Hide or Fight. This can greatly increase your chance of survival.
• If there is a possibility to evacuate, take it and do so whether others agree to follow or not. After you’re safe, call 911.
• If evacuation isn’t possible, hide. Choose a place that’s out of the shooter’s view, that has a door that can be locked, and with heavy furniture inside to barricade the door. Turn off lights and stay out of view so that it appears to be unoccupied.
• If you’re hiding, silence your cell phone and any other electronic device. If neither evacuation or hiding is possible, the last resort when your life is in immediate danger is to fight. Choose any item that can be used as a weapon and be as aggressive as possible against the attacker. If you can take on him or her as a group, the better the chances.

Have a plan

The most effective and important way to increase your survival during a mass shooting is to always have an emergency plan.
• If you are at work or school, be sure to know your surroundings such as the emergency exits and layout of the building. The same applies to any event you attend such as concerts, movie theaters, etc.
• Emergency plans should also include the type of action you can take in case immediate evacuation is not possible.

Get out and keep moving

Staying in one place even if hiding under a desk, may make you more of a target.
• If your first instinct is to flee, even if the attacker sees you, running and moving will make it more difficult for the shooter.
• Even if you don’t have cover, running away from the “kill zone” is may be your best option.


The Department of Safety, Security, and Emergency Preparedness at Broward College offers several resources to prepare you for an active shooter situation. You can find an active shooter booklet and other materials on their website.

We hope you never have to experience an event like this, but preparation is key to survival. There are many tips that can help you during a mass shooting, but the aftermath can be a traumatic time. In response to the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, several local support resources and services have been made available to anyone in need.

Broward 211
If you have been affected by the recent tragedy or any other crisis, Broward County offers an emotional support hotline as well as other community resources. You can call 211 anytime.

Grief Counseling
Broward County Public Schools is offering grief counseling. Contact your local school for more information. 

Broward College Student Assitance and Employee Support Services
Broward College students can receive free counseling services by contacting the Henderson Student Counseling Services 24-hour hotline at 954-424-6916. Similar services are available for employees and students through CIGNA by calling the Employee Assistance Program at 1-888-371-1125.

Learn More
For more information, contact your local police department or the Department of Safety, Security, and Emergency Preparedness at Broward College for additional resources to prepare an active shooter situation.