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Education is the Key

23 years of working every day with those who are homeless and often hopeless has taught the Dream Center that discipline, training and education is the key to help people transform their lives and see their dreams come true. The Dream Center has engaged in extensive mentorship and education programs including a free inner-city school for youth, extensive GED program training, on-campus accredited college programs and networking with various accredited institutions to create opportunities for college.

With growing need for higher education that leads to job opportunities for the thousands served by the Los Angeles Dream Center and its global network, the Dream Center Foundation for the last 3 years has been actively exploring formal educational partnerships to possibly acquire an accredited university or university system with a focus on acquiring a for-profit educational institution who would benefit from becoming non-profit.

What has emerged from those discussions is an amazing opportunity for the Dream Center Foundation to acquire 3 university systems from a for-profit organization, Education Management Corporation (EDMC), and turn those systems into community focused not-for-profit educational institutions that will:

  • Provide low cost or no cost GED training at each campus in conjunction with participating Dream Centers;
  • Offer academic programs on-site and/or through “on-line” at Dream Centers throughout our network;
  • Provide scholarships for graduates from the network of Dream Centers;
  • Provide pathways and scholarships for higher education for the thousands of volunteers and interns;
  • Connect graduates to jobs through job placement programs throughout the Dream Center Network, and through expanded job placement efforts at each college campus site;
  • Take profits that now primarily benefit shareholders and invest those profits back into each campus and into scholarships to serve prospective students, current students, faculty, staff and the communities served with not only educational opportunities but compassionate service.

Education is the Key

23 years of working every day with those who are homeless and often hopeless has taught the Dream Center that discipline, training and education is the key to help people transform their lives and see their dreams come true. The Dream Center has engaged in extensive mentorship and education programs including a free inner-city school for youth, extensive GED program training, on-campus accredited college programs and networking with various accredited institutions to create opportunities for college.

With growing need for higher education that leads to job opportunities for the thousands served by the Los Angeles Dream Center and its global network, the Dream Center Foundation for the last 3 years has been actively exploring formal educational partnerships to possibly acquire an accredited university or university system with a focus on acquiring a for-profit educational institution who would benefit from becoming non-profit.  What has emerged from those discussions is an amazing opportunity.

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE** October 16, 2017

The KAIROS Company for The Dream Center Foundation
CONTACT: Johnnie Moore | Johnnie@theKcompany.co  | 434-426-5310

Los Angeles Based Dream Center Foundation Completes The Transition Of South University, Argosy University, Western State College Of Law And The Art Institutes To Non-Profit Institutions Exclusively Focused On Providing Quality Education As Their Mission

LOS ANGELES — Today, the Dream Center Foundation announces the completion of the transfer of assets and control of four of the nation’s most well-known for-profit higher education institutions. South University, Argosy Univerisity, Western State College of Law and the Art Insitutues will now be operated as non-profit institutions exclusively focused on education, student outcomes and community involvement as their mission.  

“We are pleased to announce the completion of this transfer” said Dream Center Foundation managing director Randall Barton. “We are thrilled the various regulatory agencies looked favorably upon our vision to refocus these schools exclusively on providing quality and accessible education empowering people throughout our nation. These schools have been serving communities across America for more than 100 years and they have a bright future ahead of them.”

South University, Argosy University, Western State College of Law and The Art Institutes collectively have 56 campuses in more than 30 cities and more than 44,000 students as well as over 5,000 employees and approximately 6,000 adjunct faculty members. Each institution offers courses online and on campus, and together they offer more than 100 programs of study in everything from health and behavioral sciences to business, education, and digital arts.

University operations will be managed by Dream Center Education Holdings, LLC under Chief Executive Officer, Brent Richardson.  Richardson has a long career  in Higher Ed as former CEO and Chairman of the Board for Grand Canyon Univerisity.  Richardson was the catalyist for the turnaround of GCU which now has over 85,000 students and employs over 5,000 people. Richardson’s focus will be student centered and based on student outcomes.

Barton continues,  “We believe the relationship between the schools and the Dream Center Foundation will allow these schools to exclusively focus on providing students with an excellent education and strengthen their sense of social responsibility.  Nothing transforms an individual’s life more quickly than a quality education.”

Dream Center service partners are spread throughout the United States and can provide enriching opportunities for students to serve in their communities. DCEH will be contributing to programs that assist the poor, provide GED services, and address education equality through scholarships for the underserved.

“Education has always been a central focus of Dream Center Foundation’s mission,” said Matthew Barnett, founder of the Dream Center in Los Angeles and President of the Dream Center Foundation. “These institutions will remain non-sectarian providers of quality higher education, but we hope that this new season will bring an expanded vision, a focused mission, and an opportunity for graduates to realize their own dreams while living a life in service of the dreams of others.”

The Dream Center Foundation announced its intent to complete the transfer of the institutions earlier this year.

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The Dream Center Foundation funds programs providing educational opportunity, emergency food and medical services, transitional housing for homeless families, youth and veterans as well as support for victims of human trafficking through its principal partner, the Dream Center Los Angeles. Each month more than 50,000 people are assisted in Los Angeles alone, and countless others through its network in 41 states and 21 countries. The founder and president of the Dream Center Foundation is Pastor Matthew Barnett.

Foundation website:  : https://dreamcenter.org/dream-center-foundation/
Dream Center Website: https://dreamcenter.org/

Pastor Matthew Barnett

Son of Pastor Tommy Barnett, best-selling author, and pastor of what Time Magazine considers one of the three largest churches in America, Pastor Matthew Barnett has learned powerful principles of ministry which gifted him in founding the Dream Center in Los Angeles.

Pastor Matthew Barnett and the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel united the famous Angelus Temple with the Dream Center. Through a process of two great denominations working together the unification was possible and as of November 1, 2001, Pastor Matthew Barnett became the Senior Pastor of Angelus Temple and the Dream Center. Matthew now has a congregation in excess of 7,000 attending weekly.

Matthew has spoken in some of the largest and most prestigious conventions, conferences, camp meetings, and churches throughout America and the world included Promise Keepers and Hillsong. Bush has endorsed him with highest regards to his achievements and his church has been recognized several times in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times for its contribution to the community.

Pastor Matthew Barnett was married to Caroline in September in 1999, and they serve together in Los Angeles. They have one daughter, Mia Aimee Barnett, born September 2003, and a son, Caden West, born on January 18, 2006.

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