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Congressman Dent Announces $2 Million Grant During Cedar Crest’s SAGE Event
Cedar Crest College launched its new School of Adult and Graduate Education (SAGE) during a special event on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the Cosmopolitan in Allentown. Approximately 200 dignitaries, business people, members of the Cedar Crest College community, and other invited guests attended.
One of the highlights of the evening was a taped video announcement by U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent (15th District) pertaining to a $2 million grant Cedar Crest College will receive from the U.S. Department of Education—thought to be the largest in the 144-year history of the College.
“Course offerings through (SAGE) prepare adults in our community for successful careers in today’s dynamic and evolving economy, helping them advance in their current field and providing the skills and knowledge to help them branch out in a new career,” said Dent. “The department of education’s decision to invest $2 million in federal funding to Cedar Crest illustrates that the College has developed an extremely successful and efficient program of studies for adult students.”
While the five-year grant will positively impact all Cedar Crest students, SAGE students will specifically benefit in several ways including:
- Faculty training and development
- Enhancement of online and hybrid (combination online and in-class) course offerings
- Development of technology-laden “Smart Classrooms”
- Enhanced support services to aid in degree completion
Adult students at Cedar Crest requested the addition of more online courses, and SAGE has already increased the number of these offerings from 10 to several hundred practically overnight by joining the Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities (OCICU), which offers a wide variety of online courses from accredited educational institutions.
SAGE currently offers the most online courses of colleges and universities in the Lehigh Valley, and the grant will help Cedar Crest develop and offer additional distance-learning programs in the future. It will also provide funding so that faculty members can learn the latest techniques to effectively teach online and hybrid courses.
“We are extremely pleased that so many people could join us tonight as we celebrate the impact that the School of Adult and Graduate Education will have on our community,” said Cedar Crest College President Carmen Twillie Ambar. “In today’s highly competitive job market partnering with area businesses and organizations to align workforce needs with training objectives is essential. Cedar Crest has the relationships right here in the Lehigh Valley—forged from 144-years of service to this community—to achieve this synergy.”
SAGE added seven new accelerated programs in fall 2011 to help meet these needs and the goal is to provide enhanced market-specific offerings through current and future collaborations. When you factor in more than 50 academic program options, flexible scheduling, a seamless and generous credit transfer policy, and outstanding support services, it’s easy to see why SAGE has seen a 40-percent increase in adult students from the previous year.
Others who participated in the SAGE launch event included State Rep. Jennifer Mann (Lehigh), Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, Cedar Crest College Board of Trustees Chair Sue Hudgins ’64, and SAGE students and alumni.
“In today’s world and with the challenging and ever-changing economics of our time, so many people have to retool, rework and refocus what it is that they’re doing not just with their time and effort but for that bottom line—to earn a paycheck,” said Mann. “To make that more convenient and to create more opportunities is pivotal. To adjust programs and the curriculum with the demands of the economy is really crucial.”
Drawing on more than 40 years of educating adults, SAGE offers the ultimate in academic program options, scheduling convenience, and support to help busy men and women advance their careers while balancing their lives. Highlights of SAGE include:
- More than 50 academic programs relevant to today’s competitive job market
- Accelerated courses, which can be completed in just seven weeks
- Online courses, which offer the ultimate in convenience
- A seamless credit transfer policy for community college graduates
- Many flexible programs to meet practically any schedule, including nights and weekends
- Highly qualified and experienced faculty who mentor and provide support
- Support services that assist with scheduling, financial aid, and much more