Miami-Dade Approves Magnet School Resolution
The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners has voted on a resolution, sponsored by Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa, to establish a formal partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools in order to establish and enhance industry-focused magnet schools through Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez’s A.I.M. (Actively Investing in Miami-Dade) Initiative.
The A.I.M. Initiative is focused on developing, recruiting, and retaining the future workforce needed to make Miami-Dade a top global community. It is a comprehensive strategy that coordinates Miami-Dade County’s efforts in the areas of talent development and retention.
The concepts for the magnet schools being considered are as follows:
- a Tech Entrepreneurship Acceleration Magnet (TEAM) High School in partnership with the Venture Hive, which would focus on developing specialized skills in computer science;
- a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Magnet High School, which would build upon the success of the Zoo Magnet program at Richmond Heights Middle School;
- a Logistics and International Trade Magnet High School, which would focus on the development of a trade and logistics curriculum, and also prepare students with the appropriate certifications to be qualified for entry level positions at Miami International Airport and Port Miami;
- and a Performing Arts Industry High School, which would focus on the performing arts industry and be based out of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.
Mayor Gimenez is working with the county’s official economic development partner, The Beacon Council, to advance strategies that will promote talent development, recruitment, engagement and retention.
The Beacon Council’s One Community One Goal initiative, which is co-chaired by the Mayor, has emphasized that the way communities invest in learning and skills development is a key factor to consider when building an infrastructure that supports healthy communities, businesses, industries, and quality of life.
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Compiled from the Beacon Council’s press materials.