City of Philadelphia to Co-Host Free Adult College Fair on October 25th

Philadelphia, October 21, 2013–  The City of Philadelphia, and its partners, will co-host a free college fair on Friday, October 25th to assist and encourage adult learners to enroll and complete post-secondary learning programs.  The college fair will be held in the lower mezzanine of the SEPTA Building, 1234 Market Street from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.


“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 Nutter.  “The Free Adult College Fair is an opportunity for adults looking to return to the learning community to begin the process and for City of Philadelphia employees to learn more about the Returning to Learning Partnership.”


The other partner agencies co-hosting the fair will provide valuable information and hands-on assistance:

  • The City of Philadelphia’s Returning to Learning Partnership will encourage city employees and their dependents to access tuition discounts at local colleges;
  • PhillyGoes2College will offer assistance to individuals on how to apply to college and how to pay for college;
  • Graduate! Philadelphia will offer on-the-spot advice
  • Clarifi and PHEAA will offer financial counseling;
  • Veterans Upward Bound and the Philadelphia Veterans Resource Center will help veterans access GI Bill benefits and answer other questions; and
  • CareerLink North will provide job seeking tips.


“Nearly 60 percent of a city’s economic health comes from having a college-educated talent pool,” said Hadass Sheffer, President of Graduate! “Getting them back on the path to earn that degree is a priority for us.  Graduate! Philadelphia knows how to help adults get back to and through college—we emphasize finishing the degree, this time around.  We’ve helped more than 2,000 people so far, but we know there are more people who can benefit from some help, which is why we are holding this free college fair on October 25th.”

Nineteen area colleges and universities will participate in the college fair, including offering individuals the opportunity to talk to college advisors and waiving application fees.  Participating schools are: 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.


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The Returning to Learning Partnership Program is a tuition discount program for City employees (and sometimes spouses and dependents) in partnership with area colleges and universities. Discounts are available for associates, bachelors and master level programs. The purpose of the program is to help City employees reach their postsecondary education goals.


Graduate! Philadelphia has helped more than 2,000 adults go back to college since 2008, including supporting 500 adult learners who have already graduated.  The program focuses on intensive preparation and persistence supports, offers a range of adult-friendly college options among its partner colleges, and harnesses the determination and hard work of its students.

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