Miami Dade College Tackles Public Integrity Issues With New "Candidates Academy"

Professors say they came up with the idea after a string of public integrity lapses in Miami-Dade County

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    The "I Voted" stickers waiting for voters at San Diego County's Registrar.

    Miami Dade College professors are sick of corrupt politicians.

    So, they've decided to do something to help. Started March 29, the school will be offering a six-month intensive fellowship called "Candidates Academy."

    The Miami Herald reports the program comes after a bleak year for public integrity in Miami-Dade County where three sitting mayors were indicted in state and federal corruption schemes. A former congressional candidate was also indicted and a top political strategist was jailed.

    The program will seek to identify future political leaders and train them for the job.

    A free half-day seminar is planned for March 29. After the seminar, at least six applicants will be selected for the nonpartisan course.

    It complements work done by another group, the University of Miami's Good Government Initiative.