Broward UP: Broward College's Expanded Service Model

Broward UP increases access to post-secondary education and training. This innovative community-centric approach is expanding Broward College's service model and strengthening partnerships to deliver workforce education courses and programs, along with career readiness and related support services, in areas most affected by economic immobility. These are the communities in which the greatest impact can be made.

As part of this community collaboration, the college is leveraging its assets and relationships to operationalize a bedrock ideal of Broward College's existence - every resident should be empowered and enabled to pursue post-secondary education.

This expanded service model focuses on Broward County zip codes with disproportionately high unemployment rates and low education attainment. Broward UP's work is focused on 11 zip codes, representing 15 of the 31 municipalities across the county.







Deerfield Beach


Coral Springs

33069, 33064

Pompano Beach


Oakland Park

33311, 33314

Fort Lauderdale


Lauderhill, East Sunrise


Lauderdale Lakes

33023, 33020

West Park, Hollywood, Historic Miramar, Pembroke Park, East Pembroke Pines


Programs & Support

A series of collaborations customized to the specific needs of each community has been established, as well as outreach efforts to overcome misconceptions around access and to align retention and support services.

Through Broward UP, barriers such as tuition, transportation, and technology are removed so residents of Broward UP Communities can access in-demand training leading to Broward College certificates and industry-recognized credentials in high-demand areas such as Process Improvement, Supply Chain Management, Project Management, Information Technology, Health Care, and more. Through one-on-one coaching sessions, participants work with Broward UP Career Pathway Navigators to complete career assessments, educational plans, and goal-setting exercises, as well as a needs assessment to identify wrap-around services needed to promote student success. The support of our community, business partners, and volunteers makes it possible for Broward College to reach this goal. If you are interested in being involved with Broward UP and transforming our communities, please contact us using the forms below.

Broward UP Commission

Broward UP is not a “program” or “initiative,” with a start and end date, but rather an expansion of the college’s service model, touching every division within the college. To operationalize this work, the BrowardUP Commission was formed to tap into faculty and staff expertise and provide opportunities to engage in Broward UP decision-making and implementation. The Broward UP Commission presently consists of 8 teams – led by employee volunteers – focusing on areas from business development to community engagement, social support services, technology, and more. It is through internal partnerships with employee volunteers, and innovative departments willing to expand beyond the traditional to realize the exceptional, that we have been able to operationalize our community partnerships.

Establish a corporate collaborative that is committed to the educational advancement of its employees, the enrichment of diverse small businesses, and the career development of the residents in BrowardUP Communities

  • Corporate MOU Research
  • Chambers of Commerce Engagement
  • Small Business Development

Partner with community agencies and cities to elicit community needs, promote programs and services, and recruit students.

  • Community Events
  • Survey Residents
  • Broward UP Days

Build financial support models to leverage available assets including those from community partner agencies.

  • Broward UP Emergency Fund
  • FAFSA Red Flag Checks
  • Financial Literacy

Develop and implement a comprehensive evaluation framework that will track program progress toward goals that will inform interventions and mid-course adjustments, when needed, and measure short and long-term impact ofthe Broward UP movement on the communities served.

  • Metrics
  • Dashboards
  • Reporting

Expose K-12 students, and their families, to the college experience, post-secondary credentials, programs, and careers by providing wrap around services through student support departments.

  • Elementary School Literacy
  • Middle School Mentoring
  • High School Enrollment Competition

Develop Service-Learning engagement opportunities for Broward College students, faculty, and staff to benefit Broward UP Communities.

  • Faculty Service Learning Facilitators
  • Non-profit Agency Charettes
  • Service Learning Recognition Ceremonies

Learn more about Broward UP Service Learning

Partner with community agencies and college departments to provide solutions to students’ identified external obstacles.

  • Partner Needs Assessments
  • Innovative Resource Gap Solutions
  • Student Success Workshops

Identify and mitigate technology challenges, create solutions, and necessary training to bridge the digital divide for Broward UP Communities.

  • Identification of Innovative Technology Solutions
  • Loaner Technology Program
  • Partner Location Technology Assessment and Execution


Broward College has entered into partnership agreements with numerous community and support service agencies, expert research organizations, city governments, and employers to remove barriers to meaningful post-secondary education to offer students critical educational programming and support resources needed to upskill and retool for the workforce. Thank you to the partners who have been instrumental in helping Broward College impact the lives of Broward County residents through our expanded service model, Broward UP.


Broward 2-1-1  CareerSource Broward  Museum of Discovery & Science  Nourishing Lives  Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta  Broward Workshop  Florida Chamber of Commerce  Florida Power and Light  Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance  Opportunity Insights  Prosperity Broward  South Florida Anchor Alliance  United Way of Broward County  Fort Lauderdale Community Redevelopment Agency  Bridge 2 Life  LifeNet4Families  Learning for Success, INC  Feeding South Florida  The Dennis Project  R.O.N.G. Youth Program, INC


Boys & Girls Clubs of America  Broward County Library  Broward Partnership  Community Based Connections, Inc.  Crockett Foundation  FCC USA  FLITE Center  HANDY Inc.  Hispanic Unity of Florida  Broward County Housing Authority  Jack & Jill Center  OIC of South Florida  Pace Center for Girls  Urban League of Broward County  Father's Purpose  YMCA of South Florida  Habitat for Humanity of Broward  South Florida Muslim Federation  Take Stock in Children of Broward County  Junior Achievement of South Florida  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County  Children Services Council


City of Fort Lauderdale  City of Hollywood  City of Lauderdale Lakes  City of Lauderhill  City of Miramar  City of North Lauderdale  City of Pompano Beach  City of Tamarac  City of West Park  City of Deerfield Beach


CITY Furniture  Complete Contract Consulting  Cube Care Company, Inc.  Fastenal Company  ShipMonk  Spirit Airlines, Inc.  Advanced Roofing Inc.  Encompass  Sunshine Cleaning Systems, Inc.  Allclear Aerospace & Defense  Broward Health  Cleveland Clinic Florida  Florida Panthers  Memorial Health  Truist Bank  Humana  Transworld Business Advisors  United National Consumer Suppliers (UNCS)

including those in progress

What People Are Saying

"Broward UP, to me, is so important, because it is an example for what we need to see across the country. Not only because it provides opportunities for the students that area in it, but it provides economic mobility for the participants and the community. This is community development at its best." - Miguel Cardona, U.S. Secretary of Education

"Knowing that we have a community partner that is there for our employees and our community has been priceless. Our partners at Broward UP know our community and assists us in identifying programming that is needed." - Sean Henderson, Director, City of Lauderhill Community Redevelopment Association

"[We] recommend policymakers incorporate the Broward UP framework as a model for the rest of the state [of Florida]." - Florida TaxWatch

"The sociological barriers [Broward UP] breaks down tells this generation that they are worth it, that their community thinks they are worth it, and that Broward College thinks they are worth it. I can't think of anything more empowering than to say to a young person, 'it doesn't matter about your financial start in life, your college will be right next door." - Kirk Brown, CEO HANDY, Inc.

"The Prospect of having classes in our city will increase the skills of our citizens, which should translate to increased employability for them and better jobs." - Ken Thurston, Mayor, City of Lauderhill.

"Broward College students seem to retain the trainings provided and have an aptitude for the job requirements allowing them to excel within our organization." - Ryan Van Portfleet, District Manager, Fastenal

"I was immediately convinced of the mission of Broward UP – providing proximity and ease of access so that everyone has the opportunity to realize their unlimited potential. All of our Broward County residents should have affordable access to degree and certification programs regardless of your proximity to a Broward College campus of the ZIP code in which you live." - Jarett Levan, President and CEO, BBX Capital

"Broward UP is providing the tools to individuals so that they can improve their lifestyle, and improve their opportunities." - Ann Diebert, CEO Broward County Housing Authority.

"We want our kids to be able to get an education and choose a trade, vocation, or profession that will last them for life and also help their families. That's the importance of a higher education and we are so glad Broward College is here." - Hazelle P. Rogers, Mayor, City of Lauderdale Lakes

Special Recognition

Broward UP received the 2022 National Council for Workforce Education (NCWE) Exemplary Innovative Workforce Programming Award. This award was given to Broward UP for its efficacy in disrupting the traditional model of higher education and changing the narrative on poverty and mobility by creating access to noncredit workforce education and good jobs.


Broward UP PSA Video

Broward UP - Achieve your Unlimited Potential

Press Releases

Broward College Expands Access to Post-Secondary Education with New Transformational Justice Programs

New Broward College @ YMCA Brings Job Training and More to a Broward UP™ Community

Broward College Receives the National Council of Workforce Education (NCWE) Innovative Workforce Program Award

President and CEO of BBX Capital Jarett S. Levan on How Broward UP Propels Students to New Entrepreneurial Heights

City of Lauderhill’s Sean Henderson Fosters Community Synergy with Broward UP™

Keeping the Promise: For Broward College Student Kayla Wright, Education is a Way to Pay It Forward

Broward College Receives $1 Million from Fort Lauderdale's Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to Offer Courses to Residents at the New L.A. Lee YMCA/Mizell Community Center

$1 Million Awarded For New And Innovative Employs Program; Broward College Wins Community Foundation Of Broward "Be Bold Prize"

Broward College Partners with Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta for New Financial Forecaster Tool

Broward College Receives Transformational Gift of $30 Million from Mackenzie Scott

Transformational Gift of $30 Million Will Help Broward College Impact More Lives Through Broward UP

The City of Fort Lauderdale Celebrates New Post-Secondary Education Opportunities Under Broward UP

Broward College Receives More Than One Million Dollars From the Job Corps Scholars Program to Offer Post-Secondary Support in Broward UP Communities

Broward College Celebrates Another Broward UP Partnership with City of Miramar

Broward College Offers Free Workforce Certificate Programs During COVID-19

Broward College Partners with City of North Lauderdale

The City of Pompano Beach is the Newest Broward UP Partner

Broward College Awarded $200,000 Grant from Bank of America to Expand Broward UP

City of Tamarac Partners with Broward College

Broward UP to Tap Into 'Unlimited Potential' of City of Hollywood Residents

The City of Lauderdale Lakes Becomes the Third Municipal Partner to Sign on to Broward UP

Broward UP Builds Momentum with Another Municipal MOU with City of West Park

The City of Lauderhill Partners with Broward College to Provide Residents with Access to Higher Education Through Broward UP

U.S. Department of Education Names Broward UP a Promise Neighborhood

The Observer

Unlimited Potential: Uplifting the Community with President Haile

The Showering Love Workshop


Broward UP: Moving Broward County Forward

Home Free: Broward College Grad Now Owns Keys to His Future

In Florida House, Former Broward College Student Lends Her Voice to Boost District

After Broward UP Training, Single Mother Doing Her Part to Rebuild Native Bahamas

Partnership with Broward UP is Just Like Old Times for Lauderhill Mayor

Get Hired! Broward UP Partners with Urban League to Support Displaced Workers

FPL Provides Free Laptops for Students to Complete Rapid Credentials

Broward UP Employee Volunteers Find in Giving, They Receive

Mother And Daughter Share Bond Through Broward UP Workforce Training

Broward UP Staff Provides Student with a New Lease on Life

WLRN - U.S. Education Secretary Highlights Workforce Development in Visit to Broward County School

Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research - 2021 Dallas Herring Lecture - Redefining Access: The Power of Proximity

Urban Institute - Policies and Programs for Inclusive and Equitable Recovery

Community College Daily Six ZIP Codes, Endless Impact

Inside Higher Ed - Reimagining Access

Public News Service - One FL College Strives for Better Workforce Recovery

WLRN - Class of Covid-19: The Pandemic and Public Higher Education

The Key with Inside Higher Ed - Episode 34: Serving Working Students with Innovation and Agility

South Florida Business & Wealth - Empowering Equity Through Education: Socially Responsible Business Practices - Commitment to Diversity (PDF)

South Florida Business & Wealth - Onward & UPward (PDF)

Florida Chamber Foundation - In a Time of Crisis: Uniting the Business Community for Good (PDF)

West Park News - Broward College Flag Planting Ceremony

Florida TaxWatch – An Independent Assessment of the Value of Broward UP

Florida Daily - Florida TaxWatch Releases Reports Looking at Broward College's Broward UP

New America - This Community College is Having None of the Inequitable Economic Recovery

MacKenzie Scott - Seeding by Ceding

Associated Press - Mackenzie Scott makes large gifts to 3 Florida schools

South Florida Business Journal - MacKenzie Scott donates $40M to FIU, $30M to Broward College

Atlanta Fed Partners with Broward College to Launch Benefits Cliff Tool

South Florida Business & Wealth - MacKenzie Scott Fills the Coffers of Florida International University and Broward College

Inside Higher Ed - Florida Community College Wins Targeted Federal Grant

U.S. Department of Education - U.S. Department of Education Announces Over $40 Million to New Cohort of Promise Neighborhoods Grantees

Diverse Issues in Higher Education - Broward College Receives Grant and Breaks Records

Work Shift - The workforce is changing. Can community colleges change with it?

Jodi Brown-Lindo, Associate Vice President Public Relations and Communication


Through Broward UP, Broward College provides workforce training and wrap-around support to residents of Broward UP Communities for free. This is only possible through the generous support of philanthropic organizations and individuals who, through their giving, have helped shape Broward UP programming and services.

The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation not only funds programming, outreach, and emergency student support, but their philanthropic giving also provided the resources to launch and sustain the Broward UP case management model.

With support from the Community Foundation of Broward, Broward College has developed the EMPLOYS career placement model.

A generous gift from Mackenzie Scott and Dan Jewett has allowed the College to create the Broward Educational Attainment (BEA) Fund that is building out the College's Employment Solutions Department, enhancing the Continuing Education (CE) to Degree Pathway, an innovative adult learner strategy, and will guarantee the current level of Broward UP programming and services remain in Broward UP Communities in perpetuity.

The Department of Education's Promise Neighborhoods grant will allow Broward College, and its community partners, to realize a true two-generational model by addressing residents' needs from "cradle to career" through a continuum of services from early childhood through job placement.

Broward College is thankful for these and all gifts that have afforded the opportunity to so many within our community.


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