Saint Peter’s College Partners with Opportunity Nation

Jersey City, N.J. – Saint Peter’s College today announced that it has officially partnered with Opportunity Nation, a campaign to promote opportunity, economic mobility and access to the American Dream. The College now joins Opportunity Nation’s broad network of more than 200 diverse organizations from across the country with the common goal of creating better skills, better jobs and better communities.

“The partnership between Saint Peter’s College and Opportunity Nation is a natural fit as we both value the importance of enhancing opportunities for youths and families and building stronger communities,” said Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D., president of Saint Peter’s College. “The goal of Opportunity Nation strongly resonates with the messages we communicate everyday and we look forward to all of the possibilities which may arise as a result of this partnership.”  

“We are extremely pleased to call Saint Peter’s College our first higher education partner in New Jersey,” said Mark Edwards, executive director of Opportunity Nation. “Our goal is to see that the issues of opportunity and economic mobility find a permanent home as part of the important conversations taking place across our country.  Given the College’s long-standing history of providing opportunity to countless youth, we are confident that by working with them we can foster a robust dialogue on opportunity right here in New Jersey.”

Saint Peter’s College and Opportunity Nation will cross-promote through event sponsorships and external communication. Dr. Cornacchia will also serve on the Opportunity Nation Leadership Council, which represents a group of diverse leaders and iconic Americans who lend their names to the voices of this effort.  

Saint Peter’s College has a solid history in community engagement and was named to the President’s Honor Roll for Community Service in 2009. In 2008, the College was selected by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Community Engaged Institution for “Curricular Engagement” and “Outreach and Partnerships.” The partnership with Opportunity Nation will result in further community engagement and will be incorporated into upcoming alumni and business events as well as with programs for the Guarini Institute for Government and Leadership.

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Saint Peter’s College, inspired by its Jesuit, Catholic identity, commitment to individual attention and grounding in the liberal arts, educates a diverse community of learners in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs to excel intellectually, lead ethically, serve compassionately and promote justice in our ever-changing urban and global environment.

Opportunity Nation is a cross-partisan national campaign to promote opportunity, social mobility, and access to the American Dream. The campaign has built    a broad coalition of nearly 200 businesses, non-profits, corporate partners, faith-based organizations, educational institutions, and military groups to help create and advocate for a     shared, cross-partisan plan that will provide better skills, more quality jobs, and healthier communities    to all Americans. For more information please visit and check us out on Twitter @oppnation and on Facebook at OpportunityNation.

Angeline Boyer
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