Institution
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Academic Level
Issue Area(s)
Key Personnel
Fairleigh Dickinson University
1000 River Road
H-EWC-01
Teaneck, NJ 07666
United States

Puerta al Futuro (Puerta) enables Spanish-speaking adult immigrants to earn an AA or BA, with a track to an MA, while improving their English.  Students move from intense English training with Spanish language courses to English-only.  Evening and weekend classes, multiple sites, and online studies meet the needs of adults.

Goal/Mission

Puerta’s goal is to prepare students with the credentials and tools needed to successfully integrate into U.S. culture and pursue the American Dream.

Outcome
  • In 2005, 22 students graduated through Puerta; 128 students are expected to complete in 2012.  A total of 504 have graduated to date.
  • There are currently 507 AA, BA, and MA seeking students in Puerta and another 200 in Latino Promise.
  • Puerta graduates have enrolled in graduate programs at Rutgers, NYU, and FDU’s highly-ranked Silberman College of Business.
  • While studying, working and taking care of their families, Puerta and Latino Promise students have interned with major corporations, as well the competitive internship program for the Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development through the State of NJ.
  • Puerta recently jointly developed with the UN an MA of Diplomatic Relations that caters to diplomats.  By 2050 one in three U.S. residents will be of Latino descent, with more Latinos compelled to attain a college education and learn English: a positive correlation between the growth of this population in the U.S. and demand for the Puerta model.
Program Focus
Bilingual/ESL