On July 6, 2022, the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., Niagara University president, and Yechiel Binet, founder and executive director of the Institute for Career Advancement, signed an agreement to create opportunities for members of the Ultra-Orthodox community in Brooklyn, N.Y., to complete master’s degrees in early childhood special education and applied behavior analysis online through NU’s College of Education. The signing formalized the partnership, which began in 2021.
For the past year, about 200 ICA students have been studying in the College of Education’s online program. An inaugural graduation ceremony is planned for the fall. Also this fall, a program in professional accountancy will be added and one in information security and digital forensics is anticipated for 2023.
Binet also presented Father Maher with an Outstanding Partnership Award for his “revolutionary vision and commitment to excellence in opening new vistas for quality education” in their community.
The ICA Institute was founded in 2015 by two community activists who had long been involved with job placement and career counseling for the Hasidic community of Brooklyn.