Miami Lakes Educational Center
|Miami Lakes Educational Center|
|5780 NW 158th Street
Miami Lakes, Florida, 33014
|School district||Miami-Dade County Public Schools|
|Principal||James V. Parker|
|Enrollment||3,034 (Adult ED included)|
|Color(s)||Black & teal|
|Website||Miami Lakes Educational Center homepage|
Miami Lakes Educational Center (MLEC), sometimes referred to as Miami Lakes Tech or simply Tech, is part of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools system. It is one of only three area vocational-technical training centers. It is the only dual-delivery school in Miami-Dade County, providing adult vocational training in conjunction with a full-service high school. This allows the high school students to attend regular academic classes and technical or vocational training programs during the same school day on the same school campus.
Miami Lakes Educational Center was established in 1998.
MLEC has 26 different strands spread out through five different magnet academies. Although the school is not particularly recognized as a magnet program by Miami-Dade County Public Schools, as it does not receive specialized magnet funding, the school retains the ability to require students to complete an application form, and may admit students from areas outside of traditional school boundaries. Each magnet academy at MLEC has distinct uniforms. The Cambridge Academy is run by Cambridge International Examinations, and includes mandatory AICE and AP classes. A sixth academy, Trade and Industry, was active before having its strands transferred to the Entrepreneurship Academy, until it became its own individual academy, once again. The school is a magnet high school, which requires high school students to be accepted to attend the school. Upon graduation, high school students can receive both a high school diploma and a certificate of completion from the vocational training program in which they participate. Miami Lakes Educational Center has consistently maintained an "A" grade on the FCAT.
The classes & academies from the list below are taken from the subject selection form for the magnet school.
|Academy Leader||Uniform Color(s)|
||Erica Evans-Desimone||Light Blue & White
||Glenda Algaze||Red & White
||Lourdes Mixco||Forest Green
|Communication & Entertainment Technology||
||Odalis Soto||Black & Gray
||Marlon Vernon||Black & White
|Trade & Industry||
||Jose Villadiego||Navy & Teal
Miami Lakes Educational Center is 81% Hispanic, 13% Black, 5% White non-Hispanic, and 1% Asian.
School shooting threats
In December 2012, Austin Lee Bowlin, a student from MLEC, was arrested for threatening to shoot the students at Miami Lakes Education Center. Bowlin used his Twitter accounts to announce the threats. No weapons were found at Bowlin's home. The situation resulted in Bowlin getting suspended by the school. Bowlin stated that he was misunderstood, and intended for the tweets to be taken seriously, as he was upset that the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting was not being taken seriously in his school.
Miami Lakes Educational Center and its students have been the recipients of several awards and recognition.
- "Adult Division". mlec.dadeschools.net. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
- "Miami Lakes Students March For Trayvon". NBC Miami. March 26, 2012. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
- "Cambridge Academy". nmembribe.ida43.aspcommunity. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
- "Academy of Trade and Industry". mlec.dadeschools.net. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
- "MLEC Dadeschools Homepage". mlec.dadeschools.net. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
- Iqra Ahmed (August 20, 2012). "Commissioner Robinson's Letter". The Harbinger. HSJ.org. Retrieved September 11, 2012.
- "Subject Selection Form 2013-2014 Miami Lakes Educational Center". MLEC. Dadeschools.net. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
- "Miami Lakes Educational Center - Miami Lakes, Florida/FL - Public School Review". Public School Review. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
- David Ovalle (December 18, 2012). "Miami Lakes teen arrested for school Twitter threats". The Miami Herald. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
- "Austin Lee Bowlin, Miami Lakes Student, Arrested For Threatening To 'Shoot Up' School (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. December 18, 2012. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
- "Police: Student tweets school threats". Local 10. December 18, 2012. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
- "Awards and Recognition". MLEC. Dadeschools.net. Retrieved May 8, 2013.