Miami Lakes Educational Center

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Miami Lakes Educational Center
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5780 NW 158th Street
Miami Lakes, Florida 33014
United States
Type Public magnet
Established 1998
School district Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Principal Lourdes Diaz
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 3,034 (adult ED included)
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Black & teal          
Mascot Jaguar

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.[1] This allows students to attend regular academic classes and technical or vocational training programs during the same day on the same campus.


Miami Lakes Educational Center was established in 1998.

In 2012, students from MLEC took part in a march for Trayvon Martin.[2]

Magnet academies[edit]

MLEC has 26 different strands spread among five magnet academies. Although the school is not 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 a distinct uniform. The Cambridge Academy is run by Cambridge International Examinations, and includes mandatory AICE and AP classes.[3] A sixth academy, Trade and Industry, was active before having its strands transferred to the Entrepreneurship Academy,[4] until it became its own individual academy once again.

MLEC is a magnet high school, which requires students to be accepted in order to attend. Upon graduation, a student can receive both a high school diploma and a certificate of completion from the vocational training program.[5]

Miami Lakes Educational Center has consistently maintained an "A" grade on the FCAT.[6]

The classes and academies from the list below are taken from the subject selection form for the magnet school.[7]

Academy Strands /
career pathways
Academy leader Uniform colors
  • Engineering
  • Journalism
  • Forensic Science
Erica Evans-Desimone Light Blue & White
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Medical Assistant
  • Dental Assistant
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Intro to Practical Nursing
Glenda Algaze Red & White
  • Culinary Arts
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Financial Services
Lourdes Mixco Forest Green
Communication & Entertainment Technology
  • Commercial Arts (previously Graphic Design)
  • Architecture and Interior Design (previously Drafting)
  • Digital Audio Design
  • Technical Theater
  • Television Production
Odalis Soto Black & Gray
Information Technology
  • Cisco Networking Academy
  • Electronic Technology
  • Web Development
Marlon Vernon Black & White
Trade & Industry
  • AC, Refrigeration, and Heatin Technology
  • Automotive Collision Repair
  • Automotive Service Technology
Jose Villadiego Navy & Teal


Miami Lakes Educational Center is 81% Hispanic, 13% Black, 5% White non-Hispanic, and 1% Asian.[8]

School shooting threats[edit]

In December 2012, MLEC student Austin Lee Bowlin was arrested for threatening to shoot students at the school.[9] Bowlin used his Twitter accounts to announce the threats. No weapons were found at his home. The situation resulted in Bowlin being suspended by the school.[10] He 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.[11]


Miami Lakes Educational Center and its students have been the recipients of several awards and recognition.[12]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Adult Division". Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Miami Lakes Students March For Trayvon". NBC Miami. March 26, 2012. Retrieved September 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Cambridge Academy". nmembribe.ida43.aspcommunity. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Academy of Trade and Industry". Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ "MLEC Dadeschools Homepage". Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ Iqra Ahmed (August 20, 2012). "Commissioner Robinson's Letter". The Harbinger. Retrieved September 11, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Subject Selection Form 2013-2014 Miami Lakes Educational Center" (PDF). MLEC. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Miami Lakes Educational Center - Miami Lakes, Florida/FL - Public School Review". Public School Review. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  9. ^ David Ovalle (December 18, 2012). "Miami Lakes teen arrested for school Twitter threats". The Miami Herald. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Austin Lee Bowlin, Miami Lakes Student, Arrested For Threatening To 'Shoot Up' School (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. December 18, 2012. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Police: Student tweets school threats". Local 10. December 18, 2012. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Awards and Recognition". MLEC. Retrieved May 8, 2013.