LOFT STEM Leadership Symposia Miami, Florida

Cynthia Pleitez

Marketing and Communications Strategist

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Isla Martinez
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HHF, THE US ARMY AND MIAMI DADE COLLEGE – NORTH CAMPUS WILL HOST LOFT STEM LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIA IN MIAMI, FLORIDA

Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) Provides Career Guidance, Opportunities and Connectivity in STEM fields to Young Latinos

MIAMI, FL – The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) and the U.S. Army will partner with Miami Dade College (MDC) – North Campus to host the LOFT STEM Leadership Symposia at the Conference Center in MacArthur Hall (Building 3) of MDC – North Campus (11380 NW 27th Ave. Miami, FL 33167) on February 14th and 15th at 10:30 a.m. The Symposia are part of a series of events taking place in 7 regions across the country. The leadership and workforce development program is free for attendees and provides career-path guidance, educational opportunities and connectivity for students in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.

The program features:

  • Dynamic, exclusive leadership trainings, led by the U.S. Army, designed to help student-leaders define their role within their schools or organizations and encourage them to make an impact on their communities
  • Insightful panel of STEM professionals showcasing their different careers paths, and the resources and opportunities available for Latinos to enter the STEM fields
  • Chance to network with professionals and other young Latinos interested in STEM
  • Connectivity to a greater network of other Latinos in the LOFT network, which includes tens of thousands across the country
  • Sponsor giveaways/raffle which will include several Nexus 5 phones and Nexus 7 tablets

“With America struggling to fill more than 3 million job openings in the STEM-related fields, we feel strongly that investing in high-achieving Latino youth is a solution,” said Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. “With more than 10,000 baby-boomers reaching retirement age every day for the next 19 years in the STEM fields, our LOFT program and sponsors understand the urgency of identifying, inspiring, preparing and positioning our workforce. There is no better place to focus than the youngest and fastest-growing segment of the population.”

To learn about HHF’s mission and other programs, please visit www.HispanicHeritage.org.

About the Leadership Presentation

Participants discuss the leaders that are influential in their lives and learn how these leaders became effective voices within their community. Using the “Be-Know-Do” model in conjunction with role playing exercises, students learned how character, intellectual capacity and the manner in which a leader makes decisions, can influence a group. Participants come away with a different understanding of what it takes to be a leader.

Visit www.GoArmy.com for more information.

About Miami Dade College – North Campus

Miami Dade College is the largest institution of higher education in the country. Our eight campuses offer more than 300 educational pathways to a career. Since our founding more than half a century ago, we have admitted more than 2 million students. Today, we serve one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation, comprised of 165,000 students from 191 countries, speaking 90 languages. Additionally, MDC is a significant cultural engine for the entire Miami area, presenting and nurturing major events and programs in the visual, literary and performing arts.

Visit www.mdc.edu/north/ for more information about MDC – North Campus instructional programs.

About HHF and LOFT

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation, a non-profit originally established by the White House in 1987, inspires, prepares, positions and connects minority leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities.  HHF also promotes cultural pride, accomplishment, and the great promise of the community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions.  HHF is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has offices in Los Angeles, New York and the LOFT Institute is housed at Michigan State University.

HHF’s award-winning LOFT leadership and workforce development program connects thousands of students and young professionals to each other and to mentors and resources. Over 70 trainings, workshops, and informal Charlas are hosted across the country; creative initiatives are executed; and hundreds of minorities are placed into internships, mentorships, fellowships and full-time positions with Fortune 500 companies and government agencies.  Join at www.loftnetwork.org to get on the fast track to leadership.

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