Broward UP

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 collaborative, 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. The first phase of work focused on six zip codes, representing 12 of the 31 municipalities across the county. It has now expanded to include an additional five zip codes, further saturating areas of need in existing partner cities, and adding two additional municipalities.







Deerfield Beach


Coral Springs

33069, 33064

Pompano Beach


Oakland Park

33311, 33314

Fort Lauderdale, Tamarac


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.

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 areasfrom 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

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

Become a Volunteer


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.


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 (B2L) logo



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


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  deerfield beach logo


BB&T Bank  CITY Furniture  Complete Contract Consulting  Cube Care Company, Inc.  Fastenal Company  ShipMonk  Spirit Airlines, Inc.  Advanced Roofing Inc.  Encompass  Sunshine Cleaning Systems, Inc.  all clear logo  bank of america logo  adp logo  broward health logo  coke florida logo  cleveland clinic florida logo  florida medical logo  florida panther logo  memorial health logo  microsoft logo  nasa logo  publix logo  royal carribbean logo  seminole tribe logo  hard rock logo  truist logo  amazon logo

including those in progress

Special Recognition

"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.

"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.

"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.

"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


Press Releases

$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?


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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, 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 opportunity to so many within our community.


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