and Duke Realty Help City of Perris Residents Go to College

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Perris Working Scholars Provides a Flexible, No-Cost Pathway to a Degree has partnered with Duke Realty and Perris, Calif. to launch the Perris Working Scholars program, giving 150 residents living and working in the City of Perris the opportunity to earn a free bachelor’s degree entirely online. Duke Realty is funding the entire cost of the program so there’s no out-of-pocket costs for students.

Over 90% of Perris residents over the age of 25 do not have a college degree. With its flexible online environment, Working Scholars makes earning a bachelor’s degree attainable for Perris residents without crippling student debt.

“We develop a substantial amount of industrial logistics facilities in Southern California cities like Perris and wanted to find an impactful way to give back to the community,” said Chris Burns, Senior Vice President of Duke Realty’s Southern California operations. “Working Scholars is the perfect way to help drive economic mobility within the city by helping residents pursue higher education and reach new career goals.”

Participants earn the majority of college credit online through, which offers nearly 200 courses that have been recommended for credit by the American Council on Education (ACE). Credits then transfer to Thomas Edison State University (TESU), an accredited public university, where students complete final degree requirements online and earn their bachelor’s degree.

“Higher education unfortunately remains out of reach for so many because they can’t afford the skyrocketing costs or don’t have a way to balance traditional college with other obligations,” said Adrian Ridner, CEO and Co-founder of “Not only is the Working Scholars program completely free for participants, but its online format is specifically tailored to nontraditional students trying to balance school and work. We’re thrilled to partner with Duke Realty and the City of Perris to make this life-changing opportunity possible for Perris residents.” courses are broken down in to 5-minute video lessons that can be accessed anytime, anywhere via computer, mobile phone or tablet. Participants also have the support of success coaches, who help motivate students throughout the process and map out a degree plan.

All residents with a GED or high school diploma who live and work in the City of Perris are eligible to apply for Perris Working Scholars.

“When Perris residents earn a college degree, it benefits the entire community. Our entire workforce becomes more educated and better able to pursue advanced careers in our city,” said City of Perris Councilmember Tonya Burke. “We’re proud to be the first Southern California city to offer such an important initiative to our residents and we look forward to seeing how they progress through the program and unlock new opportunities.”

In addition to Perris Working Scholars, the City of Perris also recently partnered with to create Perris Civic Scholars, which gives City of Perris employees the opportunity to earn no-cost college degrees.

More details about Perris Working Scholars can be found at

About is an online education platform that helps learners of all ages excel academically and close skills gaps. From test prep and homework help to earning low-cost college credit and developing workplace skills,’s online courses, short animated video lessons and study tools have made learning simple for over 30 million students, teachers and working professionals. was founded in 2002 and is a privately-held company located in Mountain View, Calif. Find us online at or download the mobile app from the iOS app store or Google Play. Working Scholars is a fiscal sponsorship fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity registered in the United States, EIN# 20-5205488.

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