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Labor Studies a Popular Program for Adults Returning to School

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The bachelor of science degree in Labor and Employment Relations (LER) is a popular program among students enrolled in Rutgers’ Off Campus degree completion programs or those who choose to earn a degree online. With jobs focused on managing and representing people enjoying steady growth, a Rutgers degree in labor and employment relations can give an individual the advantage in the job market.

Offered through the School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR), the program comprises a flexible combination of online, daytime, weekend, evening, and/or off-campus courses. Yet, these flexible options do not hinder student access to faculty or student services staff at SMLR.

“Your professors are approachable and understanding. There is a vast pool of seasoned professionals who bring diverse and dynamic ideals to the virtual classroom,” said Anthony Spadaro, sergeant major in the U.S. Marines in southern California, who is a student in the online program.

The fully online program allows students to complete the full 36 credits in a virtual environment, participating in asynchronous courses when it is most convenient for them. In addition, students have access to new courses that are added each term.

For those students preferring to learn on campus, but are unable to study at one of Rutgers’ regional campuses, the LER program is offered on Rutgers’ community college partner campuses at Atlantic Cape, Brookdale, and starting in Fall 2013, Mercer.

The program is designed for transfer students who have earned at least an associate degree from a two- or four-year institution.

“Perhaps the best part of the LER Program is dealing directly with other working professionals and students,” Spadaro said. “This synergy coupled with the mentorship of the professors ensures the student achieves a holistic academic development.”

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