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Jul 28, 2014 01:15 PM EDT

Strayer University Partners with Steve Harvey to Launch 'Success Project'


Strayer University is partnering with talk show host and comedian Steve Harvey for a new initiative aimed at breaking down perceived barriers that can keep individuals from succeeding in their personal and professional lives.

Dubbed "The Success Project," the partnership kicks off a year of national and local activities, which will raise awareness of multiple definitions of and paths to success, and enhance support for working adults pursuing a college degree through success coaching, among others.

"Our new success coach program will help adult students address a range of challenges, for example, caring for young children while earning a degree," Michael Plater, president of Strayer University, said in a statement. "Success coaches will help students to find childcare and will advise on healthy and creative ways to balance work, family, and school."

The initiative will introduce team of professional success coaches who will provide mentoring and support to Strayer University students. Each student - whether they are taking classes at a Strayer University campus or online - will be assigned their own personal success coach, who will assist them with financial advice, goal setting, career advice, time management, and other skills.

 In addition to helping to increase each student's opportunity for academic success, coaches will help prepare them for the real-world challenges that are inherent in building a successful career while managing other life priorities.

 "Education is a key to success for many," said Harvey, whose new book on the principles of setting and reaching high goals -- "Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success" -- will be released in September. "But it is important to recognize that there is no one path to earning a college degree nor to success. Working adults who are contemplating going back to school in order to further their careers and improve their lives often stop before they start because they are held back by doubts about whether they can handle it all or fears of being back in school after a long time away."

Harvey is a media conglomerate whose career began as a stand-up comedian in the mid-1980s. His career continues to flourish, becoming a top-rated radio host, fashion entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, popular game show host of the "Family Feud," and 2013 People's Choice Award winner as "Favorite New Talk Show Host" for his daytime show "Steve Harvey."

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