Ameritas College of Brandman University celebrated its grand opening at Brandman University's Ontario campus on August 2 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. In attendance were City of Ontario Mayor Paul Leon, Brandman University Chancellor Gary Brahm, Ameritas College Educational Services board chair Sara Martinez Tucker, and other local and state dignitaries.
Ameritas College, the newest college of Brandman University, offers a high-quality college education that meets the needs of the Hispanic working adults. In addition, Ameritas College will support economic development of the Inland Empire by providing skilled, prepared graduates that the local business community needs to remain competitive. Ameritas College is scheduled to start its first class session on August 27, 2012.
"We are excited for our future graduates who will not only be role models for their families and their surrounding communities, but will also, with our unified guiding support, play a significant role in helping the economic development of the Inland Empire," said Sara Martinez Tucker, chair of Ameritas College Educational Services, former under secretary for the U.S. Department of Education and former CEO of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.
Ameritas College is on track to help working Hispanic adults break the cycle of under-education and gain the preparation to effectively compete in a multicultural workforce. Ameritas College allows Latino working adults to meet two life-changing objectives at one time: earn a degree and master college level English. From the start, bilingual enrollment advisors will work closely with students to assist them with their academic goals, program options and educational financing.
"True innovation is rare, especially in higher education. That is why what we are doing at Ameritas College is so important," said Chancellor Gary Brahm, Brandman University.