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Eduardo
 Padron
15-year-old Eduardo and
  his 12-year-old brother
    left Cuba with just a
  suitcase full of clothes,
landing in a count...
Padron describes his first
 experiences in U.S. public
   schools with one word:
  "terrifying." "I got to the
     school ...
"The teacher and students
  are talking to you and you
   don't know what they're
            saying.
       Not being abl...
He worked three jobs,
 delivering the newspaper,
    doing inventory at a
   department store and
separating clothing at a...
...
Eduardo sat in his high
  school counselor's office,
 ready to discuss his future
  and fulfill the promise he
had made his...
But the counselor told
 Padron he wasn't college
         material.
            ...
You should apply to a trade
     schoo...
"When she said that, the
voice of my mother in the
   back of my head was
  telling me, 'No, you're
going to college and y...
Rejecting the counselor's
  advice, he applied to
 many schools. He was
  accepted at just one
Padron enrolled in Miami Dade
Community College, which was
  just one campus and about
 5,000 students, mostly from
    po...
Padron would wake up at
   around 4:30 a.m. each
  morning and take three
   buses or carpool with
students who each pitch...
He'd take early classes and
  then head back to work.
  ... the stress of going to
 school, working and caring
for his you...
This, Padron says, "was the
    place where I gained self
 confidence. Where I truly felt I
           belonged."
He found ...
His academic career
flourished, culminating with
   a doctorate from the
  University of Florida in
           1970.
Padron returned to Miami
Dade Community College in
        1995 as ...
President!
Miami Dade College is now
 one of the nation's largest
   institutions of higher
 education, with more than
170,000 studen...
Time magazine
named him one of
     the 10 best
college presidents
    in the United
  States - the only
community college...
Takeaways!
Never let anyone tell you
"you can't" - make it your
mission to prove them
wrong.
Follow your own path.
Follow ...
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A presentation I've giving May 15th for the PACE graduation. PACE is the Program for Acceleration in Careers of Engineering, a science and engineering awareness program in which professionals volunteer their time to work with local minority high school students to help prepare them for technical careers. In this presentation, I detail the journey of Eduardo Padron, the inspiring President of Miami Dade College

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    1. 1. Eduardo Padron
    2. 2. 15-year-old Eduardo and his 12-year-old brother left Cuba with just a suitcase full of clothes, landing in a country where they knew almost nothing.
    3. 3. Padron describes his first experiences in U.S. public schools with one word: "terrifying." "I got to the school and I didn't understand a word and everything was alien to me,"
    4. 4. "The teacher and students are talking to you and you don't know what they're saying. Not being able to communicate, not being able to understand the homework assignment.
    5. 5. He worked three jobs, delivering the newspaper, doing inventory at a department store and separating clothing at a dry cleaners.
    6. 6. ...
    7. 7. Eduardo sat in his high school counselor's office, ready to discuss his future and fulfill the promise he had made his mother before leaving Cuba.
    8. 8. But the counselor told Padron he wasn't college material. ... You should apply to a trade school, she said.
    9. 9. "When she said that, the voice of my mother in the back of my head was telling me, 'No, you're going to college and you can do much better,'
    10. 10. Rejecting the counselor's advice, he applied to many schools. He was accepted at just one
    11. 11. Padron enrolled in Miami Dade Community College, which was just one campus and about 5,000 students, mostly from poor and working-class families who couldn't afford larger private and state universities.
    12. 12. Padron would wake up at around 4:30 a.m. each morning and take three buses or carpool with students who each pitched in a quarter for gas and squeezed into a car
    13. 13. He'd take early classes and then head back to work. ... the stress of going to school, working and caring for his younger brother took a toll
    14. 14. This, Padron says, "was the place where I gained self confidence. Where I truly felt I belonged." He found a group of supportive students who had similar stories and concerns, and dedicated professors.
    15. 15. His academic career flourished, culminating with a doctorate from the University of Florida in 1970.
    16. 16. Padron returned to Miami Dade Community College in 1995 as ...
    17. 17. President!
    18. 18. Miami Dade College is now one of the nation's largest institutions of higher education, with more than 170,000 students and eight campuses
    19. 19. Time magazine named him one of the 10 best college presidents in the United States - the only community college leader on the list.
    20. 20. Takeaways! Never let anyone tell you "you can't" - make it your mission to prove them wrong. Follow your own path. Follow your passion! Give back.
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