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5780 NW 158th St
Miami Lakes, FL 33014
p. 305-557-1100
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Miami Lakes Educational Center

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Introduction

Miami Lakes Educational Center is a truly unique school that is a hybrid of a normal high school and a professional, adult career training institution. Miami Lakes Educational Center, simply known as MLEC to locals and students, is hence known as a “dual-delivery” school, and it is the only one in Miami Dade County’s Public School System. This unique format makes MLEC an appealing choice for many adults looking to return to an educational environment as well as for local high school students looking to get that much more out of their four years of study.

The school campus occupies a total of 38 acres in the suburbs of Miami Lakes, comprising a total of six buildings, five of which are academic and the remaining building being used as the dining establishment for both adult and high school students. The school has a parking lot for some 800+ cars, mostly used by the commuting adult students (who, unlike the high school students, are not offered official transportation to and from the campus).

Academics

Full academic accreditation for Miami Lakes Educational Center is granted by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education.

The Miami Lakes Educational Center is split into five principal academies, which are: the Health Academy, the Cambridge Academy, the Communication and Entertainment Academy, the Telecommunications and Information Technology Academy, and the Entrepreneurship Academy.

MLEC is not a degree-granting institution, and therefore all adult technical/vocational programs are certificate based. Among the most popular areas of study among the student body are those focusing on transportation, nursing and emergency medicine.

High school students have the unique opportunity of receiving a double diploma upon graduation, earning themselves a vocational training program diploma along with their regular high school diploma.

In total, there are some 18 different vocational programs available at MLEC, with schedules during both regular daytime as well as evening hours to accommodate the needs of the working adults enrolled in the programs. MLEC does not offer any online or distance learning programs.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

The admissions policy at MLEC is open in the fullest sense of the term, and the requirements which applicants for the adult programs must meet are simply exceeding 16 years of age and having successfully finished high school studies. There are a few adult programs that have limited seating capacity and there for not all applicants will be accepted; in such cases, a pre-admissions interview will usually be conducted over the phone or in-person.

Application materials should be submitted roughly a month prior to the beginning of academic programs, which run on a trimester basis, starting in January, April and August.

Financial Aid

MLEC participates in the federal Title IV financial assistance programs, and adult students will therefore find a wide variety of resources available to them, with the main avenue to such resources being opened through submitting a FAFSA form.

The cost of education is determined by the amount of credits involved in a given trimester, and therefore expenses will fluctuate depending on what program a student is following. A little less than half of the student body receives some sort of local, state or federal financial assistance either in the form of grants or loans.

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Students

The student body at MLEC is fairly diverse, a relatively true reflection of the general demographics of this area of Florida (with African American and Hispanic students forming the bulk of the student population, followed by Caucasians). Though MLEC does accept out of state applicants, the level of in state students usually approaches 100% for a given academic period. Of the student body, roughly two-thirds are full-time and the other third are involved in their study program on a part-time basis. Unlike most schools in the nation, an overwhelming majority of MLEC’s student body (of roughly 1,500 people) is male. As mentioned, this is a commuter campus and there are no on-campus student housing options available.

There are a few different student constituted and supported organizations operating at MLEC, among which it is worth pointing out the Distributive Education Clubs of America, the Future Career and Community Leaders of America, the Health Occupations Students of America, the National Vocational Technical Honor Society, the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America and the In-School Chamber of Commerce.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Athletics

The MLEC mascot is the Jaguar. You can find the Jaguar’s proud footprints on their sites, calendar and newsletters. The high school program does offer and promote their extracurricular activities including various sports such as basketball. Their activities calendar provides dates for their pep rallies and games.

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1 0.07
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 50 0.17
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 1 0.00
Robbery 19 0.06
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 93 0.31
Larceny 484 1.63
Vehicle theft 59 0.20

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Miami Lakes, FL 33014
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population38,667 (38,667 urban / N/A rural)
Households13,473 (2.86 people per house)
Median Household Income$38,485
Families10,096 (3.28 people per family)

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemDiffers by program
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1225

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 4159th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,987 $1,987 $7,927
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $6 $6 $6
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $2 $2 $7
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $2,193 $2,193 $8,133
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $14,793 $14,793 $20,733
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $6,193 $6,193 $12,133

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,950 $1,993 $1,950 $1,993 $7,750 $7,933
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,200 $8,600
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,700 $4,000
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,700 $4,000

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
TOEFLN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Most Popular Programs

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 5 106 63 5 35 217
Appliance Installation and Repair Technology/Technician 1 2
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician 1 3 4
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 2 2
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 7 7
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 2 1 3
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 1 1
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 1 2 3
Electrician 1 6 10 9 26
Facial Treatment Specialist/Facialist 1 1
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 1 4 6
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 4 3 1 8
Medical/Clinical Assistant 1 1 2
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 1 1
Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking 1 1 3 3 8
Truck and Bus Driver/Commercial Vehicle Operator and Instructor 3 81 33 3 22 143

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Number of FT Faculty N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Number of PT Faculty 2
FT Faculty Ratio N/A
Total Benefits $790,765

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