JERSEY CITY, NJ - Easily accessible from the Grove Street Path Station, two programs, BLEND and LEAD, will be available at 80 Columbus Drive starting in January 2021. They are BLEND (Bi-Lingual Entry Degree) the pioneer program that allows Hispanic students to take accredited college classes in Spanish and LEAD (Life-Enhancing Accelerated Degree) cohorts, or collaborative small group format, program that helps students with some college credits to complete their degrees.

“We have located conference room space at the Residence Inn, 80 Christopher Columbus Drive,” said Dr. Dyer. “The PATH station is just below the Residence Inn. This location will enable students from the surrounding area as well as students from New York City to conveniently attend classes.”

BLEND starts with students taking classes in Spanish with the goal of getting them comfortable using English. Students are encouraged to take the CLEP exam that can give them nine academic credits (depending on their scores) for knowing Spanish.  These credits can be used toward their degree and help them finish their degrees faster and at a lower cost.

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“We are marking another historic milestone for Pillar College and commemorate the opening of our new site. We would not be here if it weren’t for the support of the community,” expressed Dr. David E. Schroeder, President of Pillar College. “Pillar College sees itself as a practical Christian college. We are designing new career-friendly majors so that graduates will be able to get jobs right out of college.”

BLEND students can complete the Associate’s Degree in General Studies in Spanish language while learning English. They also can continue their studies in English to obtain a Bachelor's degree in business administration and management, psychology and counseling, Biblical studies, elementary education and applied chemistry.

“A key distinction of Pillar’s BLEND program is that unlike other college programs that require ESL competency at level 4 or 5 before any academic classes can be taken, our BLEND program allows students to take core academic instruction immediately” said Dr. Joseph Andino, BLEND Program Chair.

The LEAD program offers students the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree part-time in as little as 18-20 months. Students accepted into the LEAD program can convert their life experiences and prior learning into credits through portfolio assessments. This has the potential to translate into a maximum of 30 credits for “life learning,” plus a savings of one year in tuition and reduced classroom time.

“The LEAD program at Pillar College enables working adults to complete their degrees in a face-paced environment designed for the way adults learn,” said Cindy Weaver, LEAD Executive Director. “The cohort model encourages collaboration as students leverage each other's gifts and skill sets while progressing through their courses together.”

For a tour or additional information, please (973) 803-5000.

About Pillar College

Pillar College is a comprehensive institution of higher learning, providing a Christ-centered education. Pillar College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and licensed by the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). Pillar College offers Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree programs. Pillar College educates, inspires and equips students for excellent scholarship, service and leadership. Rooted in and committed to Christian faith, Pillar College fosters intellectual, spiritual and social development among its diverse student population. Pillar College has locations in Newark, Somerset, Paterson and Plainfield, New Jersey. Founded in 1908. For more information about Pillar College, visit https://pillar.edu