FMU in the Community

Engaged Community Schools

This past year, FMU has made tremendous progress integrating into the community. With relationship development a top priority, the University is becoming a major presence in the local – and global – community, having formed strong partnerships with renowned corporations and organizations. By offering programs in high demand fields and partnering with companies for real-world experiences, students are set up for successful career tracks.

In April, FMU received $100,000 from Related Urban Development Group to support the launch of the Center for Entrepreneurship. This partnership will serve as a launch pad for the next wave of young entrepreneurs, with additional funding from The Miami Foundation, The Rap Snacks Foundation’s BOSS UP Entrepreneurship Program, and The Miami Bayside Foundation.

In January, the University unveiled plans to create a Technology and Innovation Hub on campus. A joint partnership with Ted Lucas of Slip-n-Slide Records and TechNolij, Inc., and The City of Miami, the tech hub will provide the tools to ensure students are proficient in the latest technology and prepared for cutting edge career paths beyond school.

2022 also saw the launch of the Innovation, Technology, Entertainment (ITE), and Esports program. The program has multiple tracks to help students with an interest in the business of Esports, financial technology, and entrepreneurship explore the industry.

NorthStar Academies, Inc. teamed up with FMU through its Continuing Education and Professional Studies department to welcome selected NorthStar students to enroll in training programs in high-demand career areas aligned to the economic needs of the region.

FMU partnered with Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman to launch the FMU Legal Scholars Pipeline Program to create a pipeline of talented students who are college-ready and prepared to successfully pursue undergraduate degrees in Law and Government, and ultimately enter law school.

A joint partnership with Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA), will utilize a $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., to bring a Theological Graduate Program to campus.

Engaged Community Schools is FMU’s newest program to combat the educational disadvantages that so many from low-income families and communities face. Community schools are educational models that pool resources and services to meet student, family, and community needs to alleviate systemic problems associated with inferior performance in school. By piloting a community schools model, FMU will provide students, teachers, parents/families, and communities with timely resources and coordinated services during the academic year and summer months.

These are just a few of the recently launched programs, and we look forward to even more in the new school year.