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Miami Dade College Will Continue to Accept Those $399 HS Diplomas, Thank You Very Much

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Barry, have you heard of the InterAmerican Christian Academy?
There's something wrong with, well, everything, when the most prominent public college in the state decrees that it will still accept degrees from a high school that was just debunked as a diploma mill.

Over eight days ending last week, I enrolled at the InterAmerican Christian Academy, a "high school" that was really just an office in Doral, paid $399, passed five take-home tests, and received my diploma. To demonstrate the difficulty level of the exams, I had public school kids aged 8 through 13 complete the tests and I copied their work.

In reporting the story, I asked several local colleges if they had accepted diplomas and transcripts-- also offensively bogus-- from InterAmerican. Only one school confirmed that it had accepted InterAmerican alumni: Miami Dade College. The largest college in the country and recent host to President Obama had 88 former InterAmericans among its ranks.

Soon after the story ran, I got the following complaint from an MDC flack: "You kind of made us look dumb."

Since that wasn't my intent-- at the time-- I asked whether, now that the word was out on InterAmerican, MDC would stop accepting its diplomas.

A couple of days later, I got my answer in the form of a statement issued by spokesperson Tere Estorino:

"We are an open-door institution that accepts all students from high schools if they are listed in the Florida Department of Education (DOE) site... InterAmerican Christian Academy is listed on the FL DOE site, therefore, at this time we accept their students. All students must take a placement test and therefore will take college preparatory courses if necessary before they begin taking college courses."

The problem with that, of course, is that by Florida law, the state does not regulate private school curriculum. The DOE will list on its site any school whose administrators file minimal start-up paperwork, and can't do anything even if its discovered to be a diploma mill.

There's one word for a system like that: broken.

But hey, make it work for you. If you're slogging through high school and planning on going to MDC anyway, save yourself some sweat and call (305)716-0909. We're betting InterAmerican's still churning out those diplomas.


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High School Diploma
High School Diploma

The school or institution must demonstrate that they worthiness, which makes it more difficult and diploma more valuable to accept it.

Shanell3
Shanell3

I have two degrees an let me tell you something, I don't care where you get the diploma from as long as you put in effort to do your work in college. College can change a person for the better. So God bless everyone who can find one of those places to get pass the diploma problem and best of luck to them in college.

JJ
JJ

Interamerican christian Academy did a grreat job for me. Thanks so much manuel and mrs. cabrera

El_Bananero
El_Bananero

A great way for those that do not pass the FCAT to get into Miami-Dade.

Miamialum
Miamialum

If someone is that lazy to use a $399 diploma just to get into community college do you really think they want to go to community college?

robert i
robert i

Is it really so bad?  I mean if they shouldn't be in college wont they flunk out?  What's wrong with having more people at least attempt to attend college? 

Rachel
Rachel

GREAT REPORTING!

Jorge Navarro
Jorge Navarro

Like I've said before, had I of realized I could've left high school early, received a high school diploma from "Chucho el Cojo Academy" and still been accepted into MDC.... It would have saved me time in prepping for my career choices. Instead I ate crap through high school and still had to take remedial courses when I entered college. Waste of time if you ask me. Either way MDC is a reputable school and is well recognized. Granted, some student are idiots but I can point out the same at any other establishment of higher learning.

YourName
YourName

Frankly, MDC should be ashamed.  Not for accepting InterAmerican Diplomas, but for requiring them at all.  Why make your applicants waste $399 on an outside fake diploma when MDC could charge the same thing for their own useless HS equivalency exams, and then admit "students" who "pass" and then still have to take the college placement exams.

And the author did NOT make MDC look dumb.  MDB was dumb all on its own and the author merely pointed it

Siri
Siri

Not I have one of those 399 diplomas but some adults have a fear of going back into the class room to get the GED, I know several people like this. I also know 2 people that actually paid more than 399 for a diploma (big dummies) but once they take the CPT at MDC you only get 2 chances to pass that test in the course area for each subject. If you should fail, you get stuck in the "short bus" class which then you will feel like an idiot, but you learn everything from the time you were in Jr high school forward to bring you up to speed so you can move on to college level classes. I attend MDC and Broward College as a transient student, and believe you me, MDC is much harder on an academic level than Broward COllege any day. Broward College professors are super easy, and there is not much to study. As for the professors at MDC, well let's just say I get my ass kicked for 16 weeks straight! If those 399 people can keep up with the rest of the students at MDC, more power to them! At least the 399 diplomas are getting people back into the classroom and out of McDonalds.

GuestGuest
GuestGuest

Whats the difference between a diploma from Interamerican and a degree from MDC anyways? One costs more money and takes longer to get. The real scandal would be if employers were actually hiring people with MDC as if they were qualified. 

JeffZelaya
JeffZelaya

At least they're smart enough to go to college. Those prep classes should be enough anyways. Why reject these students? Props to MDC for at least getting them back into the school system. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

Raven1781
Raven1781

Just so that all of you are aware.. The Fcat only applies to public schools. Private schools do not have the fcat requirements, niether do home schools, GED exams,.military schools, religious schools or online/virtual schools..

So nobody graduating from a non-public school will have taken the exam..

Raven1781
Raven1781

And how much do u think it cost to get a GED? There are thousands of schools accross the country operating this way. Sad but its reality.. Not just in florida alone

Panfilo
Panfilo

It costs the taxpayers money to put these folks in remedial classes. It is more expensive at the college level than in night school.  I bet alot of these new MDC students are just trying to get student visas.

Raven1781
Raven1781

Hey u idiot.. How the hell does it cost tax payers money to have college students in remedial classes. I took some remedial classes at MDC in 2002., it helped me a lot throughout the remainder of my college years.. And yes I had financail aid via the pell granta but the applies to any college course. If you are low income than you qualify for the financail aid.

And just so you know students on visas dont get financail aid.

By the way thanka to the quality education I got in MDC, I now have an AA, Bachelors degree from FIU. MasterDegree from Nova Southeastern Univ and a MBA from the univeristy of Puerto Rico.Im now applying for a PhD degree..

So trust me MDC is not crap its what you make of it. I was the class of 2004. And very happy and proud of my self.

Raven1781
Raven1781

Words for corrections are: pell grants, financial and thanks. Again apologize its difficult to type in a small keyboard of a cell.

Raven1781
Raven1781

I appologize for some of the mis-spellings above was typing from my android phone..

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