Broward College receives grant from Labor Department

Broward College keeps going up and up.

The college recently announced that it was the only Florida educational institution to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Strengthening Community College Training Grants program.

In keeping with the grant program’s focus on creating a skilled workforce, BC said in a press release that the $1.7 million grant “will support the Broward College Micro-credentialing in Higher Education (MicroHE) Project over four years through support for students, employees, including faculty, equipment, tuition, and fees.”

“The Strengthening Community College Training grant allows us to bridge the gap between real-world skills, relevant education, and local demand for skilled workers,” said Dr. Mildred Coyne, senior vice president of Workforce Education and Innovation at Broward College. “This grant provides us with the funding so we can work toward bringing the necessary workforce education to help change the lives of individuals in our community.”

Through its micro-credentialing, short-term training courses, BC’s goal is to attract more than 1,200 students and nine employer partners. BC is especially paying attention to local industries that demand skilled workers such as IT, healthcare and supply chain.

MicroHE is already underway through funding from the Florida Department of Education’s Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) through the CARES Act.

BC has several focuses for the MicroHE program, including the following:

  • “Creating a framework with employers for awarding micro-credentialing/badging using industry certifications and prior learning assessments in the Information Technology, supply chain management, and healthcare industries
  • “Procuring an online platform for developing and awarding digital badges that can connect to other platforms such as LinkedIn and Indeed for job searches
  • “Enhancing the process for awarding college credit for these micro-credentials that will accelerate participants completion of a Technical Certificate or degree
  • “Providing distance learning infrastructure in the Broward UP/Opportunity Zone communities for access to workforce education and training, leading to these micro-credentials and giving them access to courses taught on the college’s campuses.”

BC’s grant was one of 11 community colleges around the country that received parts of the $40 million grant.

Pictured: Broward College president Gregory Haile

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.