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Urban Potential Laboratories


Prepare for a well-paying job in just 14-weeks

FIU has partnered with JPMorgan Chase to meet the ever-changing needs in the labor market and establish the Urban Potential Laboratories (UP Labs).

UP Labs engages non-traditional and Pell grant-eligible learners in a 14-week program designed to prepare them for middle-skills jobs in a variety of industries. These jobs, which require more than a high school diploma but far less than a four-year degree, have been identified as in-demand by employers that have partnered with UP Labs. They also pay a living wage as defined by Miami-Dade County.

In its first year, UP Labs will prepare learners for jobs in the health care industry. Medical Assistants rank in the top 10 high paying jobs in Florida that do not require a college education. Healthcare occupations are expected to grow by 18 percent by 2026, with an expected 2.4 million new jobs open in the coming years.

If you are at least 18 years old and don’t have a college degree, you are encouraged to apply for this program. Please refer to the eligibility section for program requirements. Upon graduation, participants will have the skills they need to find middle skill level jobs in Miami’s rapidly growing health care industry.

Learn more about our curriculum, apply now, or view our most frequently asked questions!

Find out how our 14-week program is impacting lives

 Josue Carisma had spent more than 20 years in the sales industry when he decided he was ready for a career change. Gabriela Velasquez had to take time away from school to help pay bills after her father suffered an injury. Find out how their journeys brought them a second chance in the form of the UP Labs program.

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Employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 18 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.4 million new jobs.U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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The UP Labs Healthcare program is a free, 14-week certificate program that prepares learners for middle skill jobs in the health care industry in Miami. Upon completion, participants will hold various certificates and badges useful for working in middle skill healthcare jobs. Prior to graduation, participants will spend two weeks job shadowing at partner hospitals. Upon graduation, participants will have access to a Career Coach who will help find and place students with local job opportunities.