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).
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
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.
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.
Student Financial Aid Details
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
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.