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Five Benefits of Public Transportation

Published March 20th, 2017 by SFEC Admin

It’s common knowledge that most people in South Florida rely on a car to get around. However, taking public transportation can greatly reduce your costs and save our planet. Here are five reasons why you should consider taking public transportation, such as Broward County Transit and the FREE Davie Campus Shuttle.


  1. Save money: Between car insurance and gas prices, owning a car can become costly, and that doesn’t even include repairs if you’re in a car accident. Switching to public transportation immediately erases all those costs. According to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), a two-person household can save more than $10,174 a year on average by downsizing to one car.
  2. Higher levels of activity and productivity: Walking might take longer, but if you have time to make the trek, you’ll be much healthier. Using public transportation also allows personal freedom and mobility. When you are on a train or a bus, you can catch up on schoolwork, study for test or even read a book if you want.
  3. Helps the environment: Our use of public transportation reduces our nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually. If you have one 20-mile round trip commute, you can reduce your daily carbon emissions by 20 pounds.
  4. Drive community growth: Every $1 billion invested in public transportation creates and supports more than 50,000 jobs. When you ride a bus or a train (or even take an Uber), you’re also helping your community!
  5. Save gas and time: Waiting for a train that is slightly delayed takes much less time than sitting in traffic for an often-unpredictable amount of time. U.S. public transportation saved 450 million gallons of fuel in 498 urban areas in 2011, according to the APTA. In addition, U.S. public transportation use in 2011 saved 865 million hours in travel time in 498 urban areas.


You don’t have to spend tons of money to get around, especially to commute to school. With transportation options provided by the South Florida Education Center (SFEC), you can get to, from and around campus on-time and with ease.

Five Resources for Finding Internships

Published February 15th, 2017 by SFEC Admin

You might be thinking that February is too early to start looking for internships, but the truth is that many companies are already looking for students to help them out in the summer. Internships are one of the best ways to boost your career and help you gain experience in a field you enjoy. Here are five resources you can use that will help you snag your dream internship.


  1. LinkedIn: This social networking site offers many opportunities for networking without ever leaving your couch. Make sure you fill out every field of your profile, complete with a mission statement. Research the companies you want to work for, then find employees working in your department of interest. By reaching out to them and expressing your interest in their company.
  2. University career resource center: Many colleges have career centers that can help you prepare for interviews and search for jobs. Talk to a counselor who can help you narrow down your skills and even help you create a resume. Attend internship and career fairs held by the center so that you can speak directly with employers.
  3. InternQueen.com: Lauren Berger founded this site in 2009 to create a more personalized way that students can connect with the job of their dreams. The website has internships available in every industry from tech to fashion, and they’re separated by category. Berger also has an Intern Queen YouTube channel that offers useful advice on entrepreneurship and jobs.
  4. Glassdoor: This website lets you read employee reviews of companies before you even interview with them (you can sign up for a 10-day free trial, then you must post a review or add a salary to get full access). Glassdoor is best for major companies (iHeartMedia has more than 400 reviews); you might have to search a bit more for smaller businesses.
  5. Alumni network: According to an ABC News report, 80 percent of jobs are found through networking. If your university has a strong alumni network, chances are there is an email listserv or a job board where graduates post internship opportunities.


It’s never too early to start preparing for the job you want. With these five resources, you will be on your way to a successful career and endless possibilities!

Five Ways to Prep for the New Semester

Published January 17th, 2017 by SFEC Admin

After the holidays are over and you’ve filled up on too much food, it can be difficult to get back in the groove of studying. However, you don’t have to dread preparing for a new semester. With these five tips, you can take on the new semester with a positive outlook and a fresh perspective on learning.


1. Take care of buying your textbooks early. Email your professor to see if an older edition of your book would be acceptable for class. If a new one must be bought and you can’t find affordable ones locally, websites like Half.com or Chegg offer many new and used textbooks for low prices. In addition, if you have a Kindle or Nook you can check online to see if your book is available in an e-book format. This will save plenty of space on your bookshelf.


2. Join a club or sports team. When you’ve been in college for a few years, it can be easy to slip into a routine. However, joining intramural sports or an organization can help you branch out and make new friends while also increasing your skill set.


3. Start looking for internships. With a new year comes new jobs, and many employers are in search of students who are looking for ways to jump-start their career and learn new skills. Head to your college’s career resource center to find out when upcoming career or internship fairs are being held this semester. You should also update your resume with any new information. By doing this, you’ll be ahead of the game, and employers will be impressed by your dedication to preparing in advance.


4. Map out your schedule. It’s easy to just roll out of bed and walk to class, but once you have an entirely different schedule, it’s not that easy. The day before classes start, go to each building and track your path. Knowing where your classes are in advance can prevent you from getting lost on your first day back and possibly being late.


5. Spring cleaning! Go through all your old papers from last semester and do any cleaning that you might have neglected over the holidays. You’d be surprised at how much a clean room can make for a clear mind and higher productivity.

Broward College Named Among Top Ten Finalists for 2017 Aspen Prize

Published December 21st, 2016 by SFEC Admin

Broward College was named as one of ten finalists for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s preeminent recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges. 

The $1 million prize fund will be awarded in March 2017 in Washington, D.C. to the winner and up to four finalists with distinction. 


The Prize, awarded every two years since 2011, recognizes outstanding institutions selected from an original pool of more than 1,000 public community colleges nationwide. With a singular focus on student success, the Prize assesses community colleges’ achievements in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings for graduates, and access and success for minority and low-income students.

“Broward College has made incredible strides in achieving higher levels of college students success since they were last named a finalist for the 2013 Prize,” said Joshua Wyner, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program in Washington, D.C. “Their new educational model, called pathways, matches courses with what students need when they leave Broward College for high-demand jobs or four-year transfer. As a result, the college has made significant advances in the number of students who complete their degrees, how long it takes them to do so, and reducing excess credits.”

Broward College earned a place on the top ten finalists’ list for a second time after being named a finalist in 2013. The College stands out as one of the nation’s top community colleges for many reasons, including:
• Virtually no gap in three-year graduation/transfer rates between all students (47 percent) and underrepresented minorities (46 percent), compared to the national average (34 percent) for minorities
• Clear career-oriented program pathways for all students
• Mandatory academic advising when students reach half- and three-quarter-completion milestones to ensure they are on the path to graduation or have what’s needed to transfer to a four-year university



Five Essential Real World Tips for New Grads

Published December 5th, 2016 by SFEC Admin

From the classroom to campus football games, life after college may come as a surprise to new graduates. The real world runs on its own rules, far from what we are taught in school. To navigate career life, new graduates can prepare to take on the transition from student-to-professional with these eight essential tips.


  1. Network with Alumni. Did you know that your school’s alumni database is rich with contacts? Take the time to reach out and introduce yourself to alumni through LinkedIn or through your school’s alumni association. These contacts are invaluable in helping you find new opportunities, career advice, and so much more.


  1. Internships. While in school, it’s important to gain as much applicable professional experience as possible to achieve that competitive edge in the workforce. Luckily, recent college grads still have the opportunity to land internships post college. Internships are an excellent way to test out an industry, a company, and score a mentorship while you develop your career. Take advantage while you can.  


  1. Learn new marketable skills. Never stop learning even after graduation. Every new skill you pick up will boost your marketability in the professional world. The bigger your skill set, the more opportunity will come your way. Look into continuing education courses, certificates, and conferences to further advance your expertise.


  1. Dress to impress. Sure, fashion on campus can be quite lenient. You can practically roll out of bed and wear a pair of pajama pants and get through the door. In the business world, it is important to look polished and put together. Every company has its own fashion code and it is integral to conform to the company’s standards to put your best foot forward.


  1. Get an elevator speech. An elevator speech is similar to a sales pitch. It’s a brief way to introduce yourself while communicating who you are and what you do. Crafting this 30-second introduction early on in your career will help you to impress potential employers. And you can use it, in or out of an elevator, whenever you are at a networking event, at a function, and so on.


Let the real world know you’re ready to take it on with these helpful five tips.