Pillar College Receives State Approval for Master’s Degree

NEWARK, NJ, December 1, 2016 – New Jersey State Secretary of Higher Education, Dr. Rochelle Hendricks, has informed President David E. Schroeder that Pillar College is approved to offer its first graduate degree – the Master of Arts in Counseling. This degree program enables Pillar College graduates to pursue licensure as an NJ State Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Upon receipt of the Secretary’s letter, President Schroeder shared: “We are excited to expand the educational opportunities that Pillar offers in Newark, and throughout the Garden State’s urban areas, with our new graduate degree program in Counseling. It will further prepare our students to become transformational leaders impacting their communities with clarity, peace, and reconciliation through various methods of professional counseling.”

Provost Dan Wright announced to the campus community in an email that “We are grateful to God for answered prayer, and so proud of the entire team that worked tirelessly to make this happen.”

The two-year, 60 credit, Master’s degree program begins this January at the College’s Newark campus. The program’s unique cohort format will meet two evenings per week with an all-day Saturday option available as well.” Another unique feature of our adult-friendly Master’s program is that students are not required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)” said Mrs. Giselle Llerena, Director of Admissions.

Join us on January 17th, at 6pm
for our Graduate Program Information Session!

Pillar College Scores, Olympic Coach to Head New Team

Earlier this year Pillar College applied for membership to the United States Collegiate Table Tennis Association (USCTTA) to compete regionally with schools such as University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers. We are both excited and grateful to unofficially announce that reigning US Olympic Head Coach Lily Yip will be installed as the new head coach for the Pillar College Panthers’ Table Tennis Team. Coach Yip, a two-time Olympian and Pam American Gold Medalist, will be officially introduced at a press conference to be held Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at the Somerset Campus.

Coach Yip led the US Table Tennis Team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and is a four-time US National Coach of the Year (2014, 2013, 2010 & 2004). According to TeamUSA.org, Coach Yip was inducted into the USA Table Tennis Hall of Fame in December 2004 and owns the nationally top-ranked Lily Yip Table Tennis Center in Dunellen, NJ.

Table Tennis has more participants than any other sport in the world! So, it didn’t take much to convince us that this was the way to go. This adds, even more, value to our robust international student program allowing us the opportunity to impact more and more students each year. Of course, we thank the Almighty first, but there were many that supported this work to launch Pillar’s first ever intercollegiate athletic program, and I would be remiss not to acknowledge the Vice President of Student Life Linda Schmitt, Assistant Coach Jim Hanlon, and Athletic Coordinator Bob Sanislo for their contributions in bringing this to fruition.

Coach Yip and I met briefly in Newark before my trip to Asia, and I asked her what her plans were for the Pillar College Panthers Table Tennis Team. She stated, “we are going to make this a top-ranked team nationally, and will do so by keeping our students’ focused on their academics as well.” I am looking forward to officially welcoming Coach Yip at our December 6th press conference in Somerset, and hope you can join us at 10:00 am.


Pillar College has a unique and very enriching environment that the community, prospective students and their parents don’t normally get to experience. We are excited to launch EdYOUcate, our Periscope show, as it gives viewers the chance to get to know us better and hear some of the ideas and perspectives that shape Pillar College through dialogues with President Schroeder and others.

What is Periscope?
Periscope is an app that lets you share and experience live video streams direct from your smartphone or tablet. It can be used to capture the atmosphere among fans at an important match, to broadcast an unfolding news story or to experience what it’s like to walk down the streets of New York or Dubai.

The immediacy of the app encourages viewers to participate in what’s happening in the video. Viewers do this by sending comments, which the person sharing the video can respond to in real time. This feature of Periscope makes for a much more active viewing experience, compared with more traditional ways of experiencing video.

Why use Periscope?
This medium allows us to share things that are important to our listening audience, including the Pillar College story, as we give a peek into the college, what it has to offer, and current events and programs. EdYOUcate also discusses current challenges facing our students in the urban, underserved population, and ways to overcome them to achieve academic success. Through spiritually enriching content, we share the role of Christian higher education in today’s world, and encourage viewers to consistently deepen their relationship with God.

We encourage you to join us each week on Wednesday from noon to 12:15pm. Share our broadcast with your friends, family, and coworkers, as you’ll find something in it for everyone.

How to access Periscope?
Periscope can be accessed by downloading the App from the iTunes store on your Apple mobile device or from the Google Play store on your Android mobile device.