A few weeks ago, the Mayor’s Returning to Learning Partnership Program sponsored a free adult college fair at 1234 Market Street. The Returning to Learning Partnership is a 25% tuition discount program for full-time City employees in partnership with area colleges and universities.
“In the 21st century economy, a high school diploma is not enough. Our Administration is committed to building a high-skilled, well-educated workforce by promoting post-secondary education options,” said Mayor Michael Nutter in the City’s official press release.
Held on Friday October 25th from 2pm-6pm, the college fair saw over 200 people in attendance. In addition to raffles and a food table, the college fair also featured speeches from the Center of Excellence’s Jackie Linton, SEPTA General Manager Joseph M. Casey and Mayor Michael Nutter.
Co-sponsors for the college fair were Graduate! Philadelphia an initiative aimed at helping Philadelphia adults go back to college; PhillyGoes2College which supports and facilitates a college-going culture among citizens of all ages; and SEPTA.
Participating schools included Chestnut Hill College; Community College of Philadelphia; DeVry University; Drexel University Online; East Stroudsburg University; Eastern University; Immaculata University; LaSalle University; Neumann University; Peirce College; Penn State World Campus; Philadelphia University; Rosemont College; Rowan University; Saint Joseph’s University; Temple University; Thomas Edison State College; University of the Sciences; and Widener University.
The purpose of the Mayor’s Returning to Learning Partnership is to help City employees reach their postsecondary education goals.