The Greater Miami Service Corps (GMSC) and The School of Integrated Academics and Technology (SIATech) celebrated the graduation of eight students on Friday, June 10, 2011 at the Double Tree Hotel, Miami, FL. Donald Manning, former Director of the Miami-Dade Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation was the keynote speaker.  He addressed students from the Greater Miami Service Corps, Miami Gardens Job Corps and Homestead Job Corps.  In his speech Mr. Manning emphasized the importance of being focused and he reiterated the importance of always completing what they start.
Eduardo Padrón never planned to go into education when he graduated from the University of Florida in 1970 with a Ph.D. in economics. He had already accepted a job with DuPont and was coming back to Miami to thank his old junior college teachers for starting him on his road to success as a student. But Padrón’s professors pushed him to come work at what was then Miami Dade Community College. Out of guilt and obligation, Padrón agreed to take a salary 75 percent lower than the well-known chemical firm had promised and give them a year of his life. After that, he still planned to pursue a corporate career.