Fairleigh Dickinson University Launches Lifelong Learning Initiative

people posed with a ribbon at official event

President Avaltroni joined by colleagues to cut the ribbon for the official launch of Lifelong Learning at FDU.

March 21, 2024 – Fairleigh Dickinson University ushered in a new era of educational accessibility and inclusivity with the official launch of Lifelong Learning at FDU. This comprehensive initiative, kicked-off with a ribbon-cutting event on March 21 at Dickinson Hall on the Metropolitan Campus, promises a diverse range of educational programs tailored to learners at every stage of their educational journey.

Lifelong Learning at FDU represents the University’s commitment to providing quality education for various student demographics. The initiative encompasses specialized programs aimed at High School students, Community College students, adult learners seeking degree completion through the School of Professional Studies, and individuals interested in workforce development and certificate programs through the Petrocelli Center for Continuing Education.

Michael Avaltroni, President of FDU, expressed his enthusiasm for the initiative, stating, “One of the central goals of the University’s SOAR Plan is to make FDU an institution of choice for three key student populations: pre-college students, traditional-path students and lifelong learners. Lifelong Learning at FDU will enable us to provide targeted support and robust programming for two of those three student populations.”

The Lifelong Learning Programs offer tailored opportunities for each demographic. High School students can participate in a variety of Early College programs, including Dual Enrollment, Summer programs and on-campus options.

Community College Programs provide seamless pathways for students looking to transition into FDU. These programs are designed to empower learners and facilitate a smooth educational journey.

The School of Professional Studies (SPS), a cornerstone of Lifelong Learning at FDU, offers degree completion programs tailored for adult learners. SPS provides options such as online programs, off-campus programs for emergency services employees, and programs for members of the Orthodox Jewish Community, with up to 72 credits accepted from prior Yeshiva studies.

Additionally, Lifelong Learning encompasses Continuing Education and Workforce Development options, catering to professionals seeking to enhance their skills and advance their careers.

Benjamin Rifkin, FDU’s Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, added “I’m very excited about the expansion of our Lifelong Learning Division at Fairleigh Dickinson University for the benefit of our neighbors in North Jersey and beyond but also for the benefit of our traditional college-age learners because when we bring learners together from all stages of life, everyone benefits from the diverse experiences and perspectives in the learning community.”

The history of Lifelong Learning at FDU can be traced back to 1998 when the University established the College of General and Continuing Studies to address the needs of nontraditional students. Over the years, this college evolved into the Anthony J. Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies, which, in 2020, transitioned into the Petrocelli Center for Continuing Studies, a vital component of Lifelong Learning at FDU.

FDU colleagues celebrate the launch of Lifelong Learning at FDU.


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