Thomas Edison State University and the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey announce a partnership that will allow chamber employees, members, and employees of member corporations to earn industry-valued degrees at New Jersey’s premier University for adult higher education.

The newly signed partnership allows the approximately 250 members of the chamber to enroll in the university’s more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs with a 5 percent tuition reduction at the university.

“We are pleased to partner with the AACCNJ to provide these educational opportunities that are valued by the business community,” said Dr. Dennis Devery, vice president of Enrollment Management for the university. “Reduced cost to improve access to accredited programs for adults helps fulfill the university’s mission as well as the mission of the chamber to further the success of its members throughout the community.”

The partnership is part of a state-wide initiative for Thomas Edison State University to connect directly with chambers to better serve the business community as an education provider for employees seeking assistance with degree completion, advanced degree obtainment, and certifications for career advancement.

The AACCNJ is dedicated to the economic empowerment and sustainability of African American communities throughout New Jersey, offering programs and resources for entrepreneurship and capitalistic initiatives.

AACCNJ Founder, President, and CEO John E. Harmon, Sr. is currently seeking his master’s degree from Thomas Edison State University (TESU), and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Farleigh Dickinson University. Harmon previously served as the President and CEO of the Metropolitan Trenton African American Chamber of Commerce (MTAACC).

“Our mission is all about positioning and securing access to critical resources which contribute to individual and business success,” Harmon said. “This alliance with Thomas Edison State University enables the AACCNJ to expose its members to an organization that can contribute to our value proposition through education.”

For more information, please call Thomas Edison State University’s Office of Admissions and Enrollment Services at (609) 777-5680.

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