First Class of Goodwill Ambassadors Graduate from Program at Berkeley College Middlesex Campus

 

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE      
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2007           
                              

Contact:  Ilene Lumpkin

Director of Media Relations
201-291-1111, ext. 5122 
igl@BerkeleyCollege.edu   

 

 

 

FIRST CLASS OF GOODWILL AMBASSADORS

 GRADUATE FROM BERKELEY COLLEGE

 MIDDLESEX CAMPUS

Berkeley College is happy to announce the recent graduation of its first class of Goodwill Ambassadors from the Middlesex Campus in Woodbridge. A total of 27 students from local high schools took part in the 10-week Goodwill Ambassadors – The Youth Connection program that was implemented by Berkeley College in partnership with Woodbridge Mayor John E. McCormac and with local schools and businesses. Graduates received certificates, briefcases, and engraved name tags to be worn whenever they represent the Town of Woodbridge.

 

Each week students participated in workshops covering such topics as Leadership, Business Etiquette and Networking; Teamwork; Economic Development; Election History; Woodbridge History; Community Involvement; and Cultural Life. Presentations were given by experts in the community and followed by focus groups where students discussed the topics presented.

“This comprehensive program is designed to create enthusiastic, informed spokespeople from the youth community who represent the Township of Woodbridge, and is the first of its kind to be launched in New Jersey with a college as a sponsor,” says Senior Vice President of External Affairs for Berkeley College Teri Duda, who created the program. 
 

Among the dignitaries at the ceremony were Mayor McCormac, Councilman Charles Kenny, Board of Education Member Lawrence Miloscia, and Vice President of Corporate Affairs for the Middlesex Water Company Bernadette Sohler. Speaking at the graduation, Woodbridge Campus Operating Officer Diane Recinos said that she was impressed with the high school students from the beginning. 

                                                              

“As the sessions continued I had the opportunity to see you grow, create relationships and really exemplify why you were chosen for the program in the first place,” Recinos said. “The information you learned over a short period of time will stay with you forever.”

 

Mayor McCormac thanked Berkeley College for hosting the youth program and congratulated the students for being the first Goodwill Ambassadors to represent the Town of Woodbridge.

 

“I’ve no doubt you are all high-achieving students in your individual schools, and there are many more honors students just like you,” Mayor McCormac said. “However, by participating in this program, you have distinguished yourselves. Being a Goodwill Ambassador sets you apart from other outstanding students.”

 

In addressing the graduates Ms. Duda spoke about the importance of having young people involved in their communities.

 

“It is my belief that when the youth believes in its community, there is great hope for the community’s future,” Ms. Duda said. “Wherever you go in your bright futures you will take with you the values and sense of community that Woodbridge residents exemplify.”

                                                        

A leader in business education for more than 75 years, Berkeley College currently maintains an enrollment of more than 6,000 students, with nearly 600 international students in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree programs. The College has two New York campuses in Midtown Manhattan and White Plains, an Extension Center in Lower Manhattan in the Wall Street area, and four New Jersey campuses located in West Paterson, Paramus, Woodbridge, and Newark. In addition, the College offers Berkeley College® Online and its Corporate Learning Partnership program. The College’s website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu .

 

 Students from Colonia High School graduated from the Goodwill Ambassadors-Youth Connection program

Photo Caption A: Students from Colonia High School recently graduated from the “Goodwill Ambassadors-Youth Connection” program implemented by Berkeley College in partnership with Woodbridge Mayor John E. McCormac and with local schools and businesses. Standing left to right are Viraj Dalal; Kristina Sapienza; Samantha Capitani; Claire Oh; Amar Patel; Kinjal Patel; and Julie Goopta.

 Students from John F. Kennedy Memorial High School graduated from the Goodwill Ambassadors-Youth Connection program

Photo Caption B: Students from the John F. Kennedy Memorial High School recently graduated from the “Goodwill Ambassadors-Youth Connection” program implemented by Berkeley College in partnership with Woodbridge Mayor John E. McCormac and with local schools and businesses. Standing left to right are Rebecca Vietze; Alana Sorge; Kyle Grimes; Chris Ruggiero; Neil Shah; Sukhvir Singh; Betty Tran; Jharna Patel; and Vivek Reddy.

Students from Woodbridge High School graduated from the Goodwill Ambassadors-Youth Connection program

Photo Caption C: Students from Woodbridge High School recently graduated from the “Goodwill Ambassadors-Youth Connection” program implemented by Berkeley College in partnership with Woodbridge Mayor John E. McCormac and with local schools and businesses. Standing left to right are Karen Cruz; Aline Carrancho; Louis Contreras; Tasneem Hossain; Nadia Hernandez; Caitlin Early; Jewell Palmer; and Donte Williams.

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