‘Hybrid College’ in Newark offers online courses and in-person support

NEWARK, New Jersey— The following press release is courtesy of South Ward Promise Neighborhood. Learn more about posting announcements or events to your local Patch site.

South Ward Promise Neighborhood recently announced the launch of New Jersey’s first hybrid college, Gateway U.

Gateway U is a nonprofit program that provides students with an affordable and flexible online path to a degree through Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) with personalized in-person coaching support.

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“As a Newark native, I am personally invested in the development of our city and our people,” said Saymah Nah, Executive Director of Gateway U. “At Gateway U, our mission is to catalyze socio-economic mobility. economical through an affordable and accessible university experience. We strategically collaborate across the community to strengthen the pipeline between education and career, where everyone benefits: students, families, employers, schools and our society at large. As New Jersey’s first hybrid college, Gateway U is excited to work with partners. to increase opportunities and improve outcomes for residents. »

Gateway U is now open with in-person study space in the city of Newark. Named in honor of Gateway City, Gateway U is part of an innovative workforce development initiative that will help prepare current and next generations for a thriving career in demand in the city. As the largest city in New Jersey, Newark is one of the most vibrant and connected urban centers in the country. Newark is home to major New Jersey corporations including: Audible, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, Prudential Financial, Panasonic North America, PSEG, among others.

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“The South Ward Promise is one of the few organizations nationwide to receive a second grant from the U.S. Department of Education to continue our groundbreaking work to improve the lives of families in Newark’s South Ward,” said said Nichelle Holder, program manager at South Ward Promise. Neighborhood, which is the parent organization of South Ward Promise Neighborhood (SWPN). “Gateway U is part of our work to lift children and families by giving them access to quality schools from cradle to college and career. By providing a flexible and affordable education through Gateway U that prepares our families for a career meaningful, we are creating a brighter future for Newark’s youth.”

Newark is made up of a diverse, educated and talented workforce that serves as a pipeline for businesses in the city. As the City of Newark rebuilds and recovers from the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, Gateway U will be an integral part of helping the City of Newark continue to grow and prosper by educating the future workforce. of the city for the careers of tomorrow.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically increased the number of young people of opportunity – 16-24 year olds who are disconnected from school and the workforce – in Newark and across the country,” said Robert Clark, CEO of Newark Opportunity Youth Network. “Having post-secondary pathways like Gateway U that are affordable, flexible and directly linked to jobs will ensure that all young people have the chance to succeed.”

Gateway U partners with SNHU, an accredited private non-profit institution. As one of the nation’s largest online education providers, SNHU’s flexibility allows students to earn a bachelor’s or associate’s degree at their own pace so they can keep working on time. full or to take care of their loved ones. Additionally, SNHU’s career-focused, project-based curriculum is designed to help students earn a bachelor’s degree in as little as two to three years. Gateway U supports enrolled students throughout their journey toward an SNHU degree by providing personalized academic and career coaching and other support services.

“Student loan debt is a contributing factor to the growing racial wealth gap in the United States. The NJISJ recently reported that New Jersey has one of the highest levels of student debt in the nation. low-cost tuition equates to a better economic footing and the ability for Newark residents to start their careers with a clean financial slate Students who graduate with less debt will have more money to build a fund of emergency, save and invest. We believe that hybrid university programs like Gateway U, which minimizes tuition and increases access to post-secondary education, play a vital role in urban communities,” said Della Walker Jr. , principal of Hire Newark Hire Newark, the Newark Alliance’s flagship workforce development program, will support Gateway U students by providing access to internships, job opportunities, career coaches and high performing career coaches.

Gateway U also offers an affordable experience that allows students to graduate for up to $7,000 per year with no hidden fees. Students benefit from a high-quality, real-world learning experience that prepares them for a meaningful career in the future. Gateway U currently offers three unique SNHU degree programs in the following areas:

Business Management

  • Bachelor of Arts in Management
  • Associate of Arts in General Studies

Health care management

  • Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare Management
  • Associate of Arts in Health Care Management


  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication

“Many of our students have expressed to our KIPP Through College & Career team a desire for more flexibility, affordability and a more personalized approach to higher education,” said Diane Adams-White, KIPP Chief Executive Officer. Through College NJ. “We also know the importance of high-quality AA/BA programs that are committed to closing our national graduation gap. Enter Gateway U. We are excited to work with their team and offer another option to our alumni that will help them achieve their goals.”

Gateway U is part of a $30 million individual grant from the United States Department of Education’s Promise Neighborhoods Program that SWPN recently received. The grant will help SWPN continue its groundbreaking work to improve the lives of families in Newark’s South Ward and expand its reach to two additional South Ward neighborhoods for an additional five years. The Promise Neighborhoods Program grant supports organizations like SWPN that are dedicated to breaking down barriers to access by providing academic and social support to children in underserved communities. The US Department of Education recently announced that the department has awarded more than $40 million in grants to seven organizations across the country.

Registration is ongoing and the next term begins January 3. To learn more, visit: https://www.gatewayunewark.org/

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