Rutgers University Partners with Upright Education
Written by
Benny Boas
Last published on
January 12, 2023

Camden, NJ, November 29, 2022 -- Professional and Executive Education at Rutgers (PEER), a continuing education unit of Rutgers University, is excited to announce its partnership with Upright Education to provide award-winning career enhancement vehicles in software development and UX/UI design for adult learners. Upright’s programs will crucially expand the dynamic and innovative learning opportunities Rutgers University has long offered in an area with high potential for economic growth in technology.

As the State University of New Jersey and one of the oldest colleges in the country, Rutgers University is committed to providing a variety of paths to higher education, career enhancement, and workforce training for learners of all backgrounds. Across its network of continuing education units, Rutgers offers more than 5,000 short-duration programs every year. As part of their portfolio of relevant career-enhancing programs for professionals, executives, and adult learners, Rutgers’ offerings include skill-building certificates for unemployed state residents, alternative paths to degrees for students returning to college after withdrawing, and programs for active-duty military and veterans. Each of these groups represents a vital segment of the adult learning population who Upright and Rutgers are dedicated to serving.

“Many of the fastest growing jobs are undersupplied, which is an opportunity for workers who are looking for more secure careers,” states Peter McAliney, Director of PEER. “We are very excited to have found a partnership with Upright that allows for our learners to quickly obtain the skills needed to enter into these emerging tech careers quickly."

New Jersey’s tech sector places it among the top ten in the country for the dollar value of its contribution to its state economy. According to a recent estimate by CompTIA, the leading trade association for the global IT industry, the tech sector has been responsible for 9.6% of the economic output of the state of New Jersey, amounting to approximately $56 Billion.Upright’s mission is to bring its career acceleration programs to regions with a robust and growing tech sector and a large population of diverse adult learners to expand skilled training opportunities, develop the labor force, and stimulate the working economy. By partnering with PEER, Upright will be furthering its mission with yet another in a series of partnerships with colleges and universities in areas of significant tech sector growth in the Northeast.

“New Jersey continues to see growth in the tech space as new companies and investments develop in the state,” said Upright Chief Executive Officer, Benny Boas. “Professional and Executive Education at Rutgers serves a diverse audience of adult career-switchers, thus making a partnership between us a seamless fit.”

Upright’s current offerings include full-time and part-time programs, as well as part-time courses in software development and JavaScript. Each of these offerings includes a variety of financing and scheduling options, to ensure its availability to prospective learners regardless of their economic or professional circumstances. All of Upright’s courses can be taken online in a synchronous classroom environment offering hands-on opportunities to practice and hone career-building skills in a live setting. Learners receive unlimited career support until they secure their first jobs in tech.