ORLANDO, Fla., September 23, 2019 — Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2019, Madison Anderson Berríos, encouraged students to follow their career aspirations as she toured Florida Technical College’s Kissimmee campus during her first official visit to her home state, Florida.
“If you have a passion for something, you should follow it and study it,” said Madison. “Education is the future and people should be encouraged to follow their ambitions. I think technical colleges are perfect for students who have specific skill sets and specific career goals that they want to reach in life.”
In preparation for the Miss Universe Puerto Rico visit, culinary students created a tasty spread of Puerto Rican food staples, including churrasco with chimichurri sauce, garlic shrimp, arroz guisado, carne frita, and two different types of flan flavors – coconut and pumpkin.
“Todo está tan rico,” she exclaimed. “I love all of it. I can’t cook any of this spread, but I absolutely love to eat Puerto Rican cuisine. To be fair, I make a mean flan de queso. The best in my family!”
Continuing the tour, Madison stopped by FTC’s very own Class Act Salon, where barbering and cosmetology students pampered her. After her visit to the salon, she stopped by to chat with faculty and students from the Electrical Program, one of the fastest-growing programs in the institution.
“Having Miss Universe Puerto Rico visit our campus was something that not only excited our students, but showed them that if you work hard enough toward your aspirations, you can achieve them,” said Martin Levert, FTC’s Kissimmee campus director. “A large majority of our student body in Kissimmee is Puerto Rican; seeing someone from their native country succeed in a non-traditional role ignited the passion to fuel our students.”
Madison represented the municipality of Toa Baja when she won Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2019. She will now represent the Caribbean island when she competes in the Miss Universe 2019 pageant in South Korea, potentially bringing Puerto Rico its sixth Miss Universe title.
About FTC: Founded in 1982 to provide private, post-secondary education in specialized fields, Florida Technical College is an academic unit of National University College (NUC), which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267) 284-5000. The MSCHE is a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. FTC offers associate and bachelor’s degrees and diploma programs in a range of professions, including healthcare, construction trades, information technology, hospitality, beauty and business. FTC campuses are located in Orlando, Kissimmee, Lakeland, DeLand, Pembroke Pines, Cutler Bay and Tampa. Program availability varies by campus.