Broward UP is on the move.

In just the last few weeks, Broward College formed partnerships with the cities of Lauderhill, West Park, Lauderdale Lakes, and Hollywood to use the services and resources of Broward UP to break down barriers to education and drive social mobility and economic development.

Broward UP – the UP stands for “Unlimited Potential” – is a community-centric approach established by Broward College to address low education attainment and the financial challenges which often accompany it. The movement is grounded in the belief that residents in some Broward County cities with low educational attainment and higher than average unemployment rates need specific support to unleash their “unlimited potential” and pursue higher education to make a better life for themselves.

“Thankfully, Broward UP is working, and we are charging forward with even greater confidence, enthusiasm, and purpose,” said Dr. Mildred Coyne, the executive director of Career and Workforce Education and Economic Development.

Lauderhill Mayor Ken 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.”

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Broward College TeamWorking with the Urban League, Broward College has already awarded hundreds of certificates in areas such as, Information Technology, Supply Chain Management, and Project Management, to residents in the 33311 zip code who are seeking to improve their prospects for employment in high-demand industries. The effort has been met with such success that additional Broward UP programming is planned for the fall at several locations including the Lauderhill Aquatic Center, McTyre Park in West Park, and Jack & Jill Children’s Center in Fort Lauderdale.

Dr. Coyne said ten task-specific teams have been established and are coordinating to execute initial Broward UP goals: to increase college access and attendance; to improve degree and certificate attainment, and to holistically raise social and economic mobility. The teams are focused on business development; community engagement; financial services; locations and branding; programs, skills, and courses; retention; resource development; service-learning; social support services; and technology.

The Community Engagement team has been busy participating in events this summer to raise awareness of Broward UP in partnership cities while surveying residents to assess needs. Most recently, team members were on hand at the Carter Park JAMZ in Fort Lauderdale. Another appearance is scheduled for the “Back 2 School Bash,” 12-3 p.m., Aug. 3, at Lafayette Hart Park, in Fort Lauderdale. Led by Andrea Apa, associate professor of English for Academic Purposes and Faculty Senate president, and Lori Morton, senior Career Center specialist, the team is seeking additional volunteers from the Broward College community to help spread the word at events in Broward UP communities.

Together We Serve

Volunteers are also needed to assist in Business Development, which is led by Anthea Pennant, district director of Supplier Relationships and Diversity. The team is meeting with owners of small and micro businesses in Broward UP zip codes to determine how they can increase revenue as well as provide information to the public about the movement.

Dr. Coyne said any movement as large and as transformative as Broward UP will take time and additional effort.

“We believe there is ‘Unlimited Potential’ in our community,” she said. “Thank you to all involved. I encourage you to consider how you can contribute to this movement because together we serve.”

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 with 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 countywide movement for you to get behind. Here’s how you can partner.