Miami Dade College Receives Sunshine Award for Educational Nonprofit of the Year


Miami, November 4, 2022Miami Dade College (MDC) was honored today as Educational Nonprofit of the Year to 28e Annual Sunshine Awards Luncheon by the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SFLHCC). Lunch was held at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.

The SFLHCC Sunshine Awards are presented annually to companies that excel and shine in their respective fields with a strong focus on diversity and inclusion.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce,” said MDC President Madeline Pumariega. “With Hispanics representing more than 75% of MDC students, we are deeply committed to creating new pathways and opportunities that support our diverse student body.”

SFLHCC’s mission is to promote the continued growth and development of the Hispanic business community and to serve as a resource center and forum for advocating for Hispanic and minority-owned businesses. The organization is made up of dedicated professionals and business owners who have come together to advance the business, financial, educational, and civic interests of South Florida’s ever-growing Hispanic community.

Founded 25 years ago, the SFLHCC is considered one of the top five Hispanic Chambers of Commerce in the country, offering its members different activities in which to network and meet potential business prospects. For more information, visit

About Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College is the most diverse institution in the country. There are 167 nations and 63 languages ​​represented in its student body. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree pathways, including associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, career certificates, and apprenticeships. Bachelor’s degree offerings include biological sciences, engineering, data analytics, information systems technology, education, public safety, supervision and management, nursing, assistant studies medical, cinema and others. MDC is the recipient of numerous national awards, including the Aspen Award. As Democracy’s College, MDC changes lives through accessible, high-quality teaching and learning experiences. It is home to the Miami Culinary Institute, Miami Animation & Gaming International Complex, Miami Fashion Institute, Eig-Watson School of Aviation, The Idea Center, Cybersecurity Center of the Americas, Cloud Computing Center, Center for Learning, innovation and simulation, the School for Advanced Studies and the New World School of the Arts, to name just a few of its most innovative programs. MDC has been named one of the nation’s “Great Colleges to Work For” since the program’s inception. The College embraces its responsibility to serve as an economic, cultural and civic leader for the advancement of our diverse global community. Its alumni and employees contribute more than $3 billion a year to the local economy, and MDC graduates hold leadership positions in every major industry. The MDC is renowned for its rich cultural programming. It is home to the Miami Book Fair, Miami Film Festival, Miami Freedom Tower National Historic Landmark, Tower Theater, Dyer Building, Koubek Center Mansion and Gardens, Live Arts Miami at MDC, the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives, the Museum of Art and Design, a sculpture park, and a major art gallery and theater system on campus. MDC has admitted over 2.5 million students and has since its opening in 1960. Approximately 120,000 students are currently enrolled. For more information, visit


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