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Fun Graduation Fact: Miami Dade College students said the number one factor that helped them succeed and graduate is Motivation to Get a Degree.
Reference: MDC Institutional Research. 2016-17 Graduating Student Survey.
1. Now that you have read Dr. Padrón’s personal story, list at least 5-7 things you have learned about Dr. Padrón and that you found motivational. Add your own comments/reflection about his success story: Write a few sentences. How can Dr. Padrón’s story be motivational for you?
2. Discuss 3 Motivational and 3 Time Management success strategies that you will incorporate after you have read this week’s chapter and watched the videos. How do you plan on implementing the strategies in school and beyond?
3. Describe how you will apply the SMART strategy to set your short-term academic goals (for this semester). Provide specific examples.
4. Use the example below to begin writing your motivational academic long-term goal and describe how you will apply the SMART strategy to achieve your long-term academic goals (graduating from Miami Dade, entering the workforce, etc.).
By YEAR I will graduate from Miami Dade College with an Associate Degree in YOUR MAJOR with at least ___ GPA.
By Isa Adney Published October 08, 2012 Fox News Latino
When Eduardo Padrón left Cuba for America at the age of 15, with his
younger brother in tow, he could have never imagined that one day he would
be named one of the top 10 college presidents by TIME magazine as
president of Miami-Dade College.
Today, under Dr. Padrón’s leadership, Miami Dade College, one of the largest
colleges in the country with over 174,000 students, enrolls more minorities
than any other institution in the United States, and is transforming the modelhttp://latino.foxnews.com/archive/author/isa-adney/index.html
of higher and, most importantly, help students like him break the cycle of
I never became rich…but I am the richest guy you’ll ever meet. It is such a privilege to work at a place that changes students’ lives.
– Eduardo Padrón
“Today, two thirds of new jobs require some form of post-secondary
education,” Padrón, 68, begins as he considers the future of higher education.
“We need a public education and higher education system that is wide open
and gives opportunities to everyone. The economy requires that. And if we
don’t develop educational systems that help minorities, help the poor, get
access to college, we’re not only sacrificing that human talent, but we are
really sacrificing our future as nation.”
Though Miami Dade College is one of the largest institutions in the country,
individual attention and support for students is a priority, he said.
“We are creating a culture of success, where failure is not an option,” he said.
Padrón is credited with transforming a once commuter two-year college, then
named Miami-Dade Community College, into an academic powerhouse with a
slew of bachelor’s degree programs – at a fraction of the cost of other
Initiatives such as mandatory orientation and advising, individualized
education plans, and structured curriculum options are keeping students on
track and providing them with the kind of personal connections with faculty,
staff, and peers that made all the difference to Padrón’s success.
While Padrón was once rejected from universities like Princeton, today some
of those same universities have given him honorary Ph.D’s. A list of his awards
and contributions would take up over five full single-spaced-12-point-font
pages – contributions that our world might not have received had Padrón not
been given the chance at a higher education.
“Community college changed my life,” he says with a melodic Spanish accent,
symbolic of all he’s achieved, all he’s sacrificed, and all he represents when it
comes to what can be possible for the next generation of Hispanic leaders.
The Beginning of the American Dream
At that time he arrived at age 15, under Operation Peter Pan, a program that
allowed parents to send unaccompanied children overseas to escape
communism, Padrón was looking to make it in a country his parents promised
would offer greater opportunity.
Padrón finished high school in Florida, and struggled to learn in a new
language. It was the days before bilingual education or ESOL classes.
“It was a whole new brave world,” he said of attending high school in America
for the first time. “I didn’t know the language, I didn’t know the culture, and I
didn’t have my parents with me. Trying to understand the system was not
In addition to trying to manage school, Padrón also worked three to four jobs
to support himself and his younger brother.
“I grew up very fast,” he says of those years. “I’d get up a 4 a.m., go to school,
and then after that I’d iron clothes at a dry cleaner’s, then wash cars at a car
wash, and then stock inventory at a department store. I spent more hours
working than going to school, and slept only two to three hours per night.”
It’s difficult that anyone with that kind of schedule and so many obstacles
could graduate high school. But Padrón did just that.
He credits his mother for helping him to not give up.
“If I really wanted a future I’d have to go to college,” he says of what she
“But I had no idea how to go to college,” he said.
Padrón looked to his high school counselor for guidance: “She told me I was
not college material and that I should go to trade school and become a
carpenter or plumber.”
Padrón thanked her, but he could not get his mother’s voice out of his head.
He knew he needed to go to college. So he used all of his savings to apply to
the top universities in the country. “I was overly ambitious,” he says with
humor in his voice, “I applied to all these top universities thinking I’d have a
That spirit of ambition would pay off later for Padrón.
In the meantime, the college rejection letters poured in, and eventually
equaled the number of applications he had spent his savings to send.
He would never get to college.
At least, that would be the story if community colleges didn’t exist. “I learned
that there was this school that had just opened recently,” Padrón said of the
renewed hope he was given after his rejections, “It was called Dade County
Junior College at the time.”
Community College Was the Difference
For Padrón the community college experience was transformative: “It was like
I was born again.”
“There were all these people who took interest in me,” Padrón says of why
the experience was so life changing. “They helped me fill out my application,
helped me register, and helped me understand what college was all about.”
Padrón also found that same support with the faculty at the institution: “After
community college, I went to several other universities and I never found the
quality of faculty that I found at Dade County Junior College.”
Padrón also connected with students at the college who had similar
backgrounds. “We formed a support group,” he says of their friendship. He
laughed as he described how only one friend had a car, and how every
morning eight of them would pile into it and drive to college, and then wait
around until the last friend had finished the last class.
“They gave me a sense of belonging, a sense of purpose, and a renewed
confidence,” Padrón says of the support he received in college.
That confidence took Padrón all the way to a Ph.D in Economics from the
University of Florida, after having graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida
Atlantic University. He then began fielding job offers from the top companies
around the country. After living a life of poverty, Padrón jokes, “When people
asked me what I wanted to do growing up, I simply said ‘I want to be rich.’”
After accepting a job offer from DuPont University, Padrón paid a visit to
Miami to tell one of his community college professors the great news.
His professor said, “What do you mean you’re going to join the corporate
monster? We were hoping you’d come back here and pay your dues.”
“He gave me an incredible guilt trip,” Padrón says of the encounter. And it
worked. “I told DuPont that I was going to take a year and teach economics
at the college, and would then be back if the offer still stood. I was only
going to teach for a year.”
But Padrón never returned to DuPont.
“Halfway through that year of teaching, I knew that’s what I wanted to do the
rest of my life,“ Padrón said of this defining decision in his life. “Teaching
reminded me of my beginnings. I saw people of all ages who knew that the
only chance they had to achieve the American Dream was being in that
Padrón spent the rest of his career making a difference in students’ lives, and
is now President of the institution that gave him his start, now called Miami
“I never became rich,” he says of his career decision, “but I am the richest guy
you’ll ever meet. It is such a privilege to work at a place that changes
Isa Adney is a Fox News Latino Education and Community Columnist and the author of Community College Success (NorLights Press, 2012), available on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. She advises students across the country on how to break socio-economic barriers and build positive educational communities. You can connect with Isa on Twitter, Facebook, and www.isaadney.com.
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