Miami Lakes Educational Center & Technical College is dedicated to preparing you for your future career. Below are some of the goals/resources available to you as one of our students:
Certificate of Completion
Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program
Post-secondary Credit for High School Vocational Courses
Special Support Programs: ABE, GED, VPI
Articulation Agreements have been developed between Miami Lakes Educational Center and the Department of Secondary Education of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Miami-Dade Community College and Broward Community College. For more information, see College Credit below.
Students who have successfully completed all course requirements including basic skills requirements of the program will be issued a certificate of completion which includes the name of the career technical program and the total hours of the course or program.
State Board of Education Rules identifies the basic skills requirements for post secondary-adult career technical education programs. These requirements are as follows:
- All students who are enrolled in a post-secondary career technical program of 450 hours or more shall complete a basic skills test within the first six (6) weeks after admission into the program. The examination designated by Miami-Dade County Public Schools is the Test of Adult Basic Education.
- Minimum basic skills grade levels in reading, mathematics and language are defined for each career technical or vocational program.
- Students who lack the required minimal level of basic skills as measured by the designated examination shall be provided with instruction specifically designed to correct the deficiencies.
- Upon completion of the instruction which is tailored to meet the individual needs, students shall be retested by using the same examination that was used for initial testing.
Miami Lakes Educational Center has articulation agreements with Miami Dade Community College North Campus and Broward Community College, whereby program completers of selected programs may receive college credit toward an Associate degree. Under this arrangement, the student may transfer to Miami Dade Community College or Broward Community College, by presenting evidence of course work completed at MLEC and receive credit towards a two-year degree.
Still another option permits students to be enrolled at Miami Lakes Educational Center and Miami-Dade Community College or Broward Community College simultaneously. Under this arrangement both clock hours and college credit can be earned at the same time.
The following programs are included in the articulation agreement with Miami-Dade Community College:
- Commercial Foods & Culinary Arts, 12 credits
- Electronic Technology, 15+3 credits
- Automotive Service Technology, 24 credits
- Automotive Service Tech. (Toyota), 50 credits
- Practical Nursing, 9 credits
- Television Production, 11 credits
The following program(s) are included in the articulation agreement with Broward Community College:
- Automotive Service Tech. (Toyota), 50 credits
A special agreement with the Automotive Technician – Toyota T-TEN program and Miami Dade Community College, as well as with Broward Community College, allows students to complete the program with an Associate of Science degree.
Specific questions regarding transfer credit to MDCC or BCC should be directed to the counselors at MLEC as well as MDCC or BCC.
Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program includes the following: Academic Scholar’s Award, Top Scholar’s Award, the Florida Merit Scholar’s Award and the Florida Gold Seal Vocational Award. The program recognizes academic and vocational achievements of high school students who complete a sequence of courses in a vocational job preparatory program. To qualify for the Florida Gold Seal Scholarship Award, students must:
- Complete a minimum of three sequential courses in the eligible vocational program
- Graduate on time
- Earn an overall unweighted GPA of 3.0
- Earn a 3.5 GPA in the vocational program
- Demonstrate mastery of the basic skills
- Demonstrate mastery of employability skills
- Pass an assessment evaluation of vocational occupational skills
Students who have completed vocational training courses in their high school may earn credits toward completion of vocational training programs at an area technical center: Miami Lakes Educational Center & Technical College, Robert Morgan Educational Center & Technical College, Lindsay Hopkins Technical College. Students completing vocational training programs at area technical centers may earn credits toward an Associate of Science degree at Miami-Dade Community College. Specifically negotiated agreements between the College and M-DCPS allow students college credit for vocational program work successfully completed in high school.
The Technical Resource Center is a remedial support service class designed to assist individuals improve their basic skills in math, reading and language arts. Our classes are designed to address the unique needs of each student and to allow the student to progress as rapidly as possible. A comfortable student/teacher relationship is established to reduce anxiety and motivate students. Instructional materials utilized in the T.R.C. Lab include textbooks, computer-assisted instructional programs, inter-active multimedia programs, filmstrips, seminars, video tapes, and worksheets.
Within the lab there are several types of classes:
Adult Basic Education
The purpose of this program is to provide basic literacy and life skills for students performing at or below the eighth grade level (0.0 – 8.9). The program content develops basic literacy skills in all areas and prepares the student for entry into a vocational program.
General Education Development
The purpose of this program is to provide instruction in all necessary skills needed to successfully pass the official GED Test (9.0 and above grade level). We strive to motivate students not only to obtain a GED, but also to utilize their acquired skills in the workforce and to achieve career and vocational training and job placement success. Students passing the official GED test will be awarded a State of Florida High School Diploma.
Vocational Preparatory Instruction
The purpose of this program is to provide vocational preparatory instruction to students while integrating academics with the student’s vocational program of study (6.0 grade levels or higher). The system is based upon the assessed needs of each individual and academic and employability requirements related to Florida’s comprehensive Vocational Education programs. Providing the vocational student with instruction in basic academics skills help them fulfill the State Required Testing Levels for their Vocational Program.
Tech Prep is an exciting and challenging educational reform movement. Under the School-to-Work initiatives, students will receive academic and career advisement before enrolling on a Tech Prep track. Programs of study which were jointly devised by Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Miami-Dade Community College outline the vigorous academic and technical course requirements for grades 9 through 14. After graduation from high school, students can continue their career-focused education at the community college or area technical center and earn a two-year Associate of Science degree or a two-year certificate. Post-secondary credit can be granted through the program-negotiated articulation agreements which may contain a dual-enrollment component.