Miami, Sept. 24, 2018 – The Aspen Institute and the Siemens Foundation have named six current students and alumni of Miami Dade College (MDC) as 2018 Siemens Technical Scholars. The prestigious Siemens Technical Scholars awards recognize an exceptional group of diverse students from across the country who demonstrate the rewarding careers and opportunities that result from completing excellent STEM programs. This cycle’s 44 Scholars will go on to serve as ambassadors for their programs and their respective fields.
The Siemens Technical Scholars are chosen by Aspen in partnership with the community colleges that win the Siemens-Aspen Community College STEM Award. The 43 programs honored since the awards launched in 2015 do an exceptional job launching students directly into technical careers with wages that enable them to support a family. These colleges partner with employers to offer students in-demand credentials and teach the necessary skills with rigor.
The acclaimed Miami Animation and Gaming International Complex (MAGIC) program at MDC was awarded $25,000 to support scholarships for the following Siemens Technical Scholars:
- Gabriela Pifano
- Victoria Garcia
- Felix Jarquin
- Andres Gonzalez
- Amy Garcia Fernandez
- Ruben Ruiz Velasco
The MAGIC program was honored for preparing students for careers in the competitive animation and gaming industry. Established in 2015 to meet rapidly growing workforce demand, program enrollment has expended to more than 500 students—many of whom are from racial, ethnic, and low-income groups underrepresented in the animation and gaming industry. This intensive, hands-on program is a talent pipeline for the regional media industry—which includes companies such as Universal and Nickelodeon—MAGIC helps students achieve their dreams.