Puerta al Futuro – Gateway to the Future

New Jersey
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Bilingual /ESL


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.

Program Description

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.


In 2005 22 students graduated through Puerta: 

  • 128 students completed in 2012.
  • Over 504 students have graduated 
  • 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.