Centenary University to Hold Ribbon-Cutting for New State-of-the-Art Facility for Adult Learners

PARSIPPANY, N.J., May 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Centenary University’s School of Professional Studies (SPS), which has served the educational needs of adult students since 1999, will be holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at its new location in Parsippany located at the Mack-Cali Professional Building at 7 Campus Drive.  SPS’s new state-of-the-art facility helps position Centenary as a leader in adult education. 

“It was a strategic decision almost 20 years ago to develop SPS in Parsippany to build the workforce capacity in the region,” says Dr. Deidre Letson-Christofalo, Vice President for Adult, Corporate and Online Education at Centenary University. “This new location will further enrich the learning experience as it was designed to accommodate the needs for the adult learner.”

Remarks will be made by Centenary University President Dr. David P. Haney and Eric LeGrand, motivational speaker and former Rutgers football player.  LeGrand will discuss his own journey overcoming obstacles and the importance of following one’s dreams.  Members of the community are invited to tour the facility and meet Mr. LeGrand though space is limited. Please fill out an RSVP form online at CentenaryUniversity.edu/RibbonCutting

Eric LeGrand is a source of inspiration, hope and perseverance for many. A standout high school football player from New Jersey, LeGrand went on to play for Rutgers University.  On October 16, 2010, in his junior year, LeGrand suffered a severe spinal injury during a game. On October 29, 2011, LeGrand, in his motorized wheelchair, led the Scarlet Knights onto the field at Rutgers stadium for their game against West Virginia. In fall of 2012, LeGrand released his book, titled BELIEVE: My Faith and the Tackle that Changed My Life and established Team LeGrand of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation in 2013.  Proceeds go toward research to find a cure for paralysis and helping improve the quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries.

“I am pleased to talk about my personal and educational journey and how my priorities shifted to motivating others to realize their potential after my injury,” says LeGrand. 

This new facility offers more classroom and conference space than before, plus it houses a Social Media Center of Expertise.  This Center, which is called #theVIBE, will launch a Social Media Marketing certificate program and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Social Media Marketing. Additionally, SPS is offering new graduate level certificates in Leadership and Health Administration.

Students in the SPS program can take classes in a variety of formats: one-night-per-week, completely online or through a blended approach, which combines online and in-class methods. Having conferred thousands of degrees, the School of Professional Studies serves as an inclusive and collaborative learning community dedicated to preparing adult students to progress further in society. 

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation.

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