Pillar College launches new partnerships

NEWARK, October 31, 2016 – Pillar College announces two new instructional sites in Perth Amboy and Irvington. By developing partnerships with the YMCA and Mayor Wilda Diaz in Perth Amboy, and with Mayor Tony Vauss in Irvington, continues its commitment to bringing affordable and accredited college programs for busy adults in the state’s urban and underserved communities.

Through the college’s LEAD program (Life Enhancing Accelerated Degree), Pillar offers adults the chance to finish their college degree right in their own neighborhood, with campuses in Newark and Somerset and additional locations in Paterson, Irvington and Perth Amboy. A free information session is scheduled for Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. at each location.

“Bringing the classroom to the community has been part of our mission since 2009, and developing partnerships with Mayor Tony Vauss, Mayor Wilda Diaz, the YMCA and the Irvington and Perth Amboy communities is the best way to serve busy adults who want to finish the college degree they once started,” said Dr. David E. Schroeder, Ed.D., president of Pillar College. “We are very pleased to partner with all involved.”

What’s unique about Pillar’s LEAD program is that classes are held only once a week and allow adult students to use prior learning and life experience to guide the classroom discussions. Each accelerated course lasts a total of five weeks and student ages range from 38 to 48 years old. State and federal financial aid is available to adult students who qualify.

“I’m very excited to support the partnership between Pillar College, the Raritan Bay Area YMCA and the Office of the Mayor,” Diaz said. “An adult college program in Perth Amboy enhances the quality of life for all residents of the city by creating local educational opportunities for those seeking an accelerated degree completion program.”

Members of the community are invited to reserve their seats at the free information session at 6 p.m. on Nov. 15 by calling (888) LEAD-EZ1, visiting www.Pillar.edu or by emailing info@pillar.edu.

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