Berkeley College and Newark Police Sign Articulation Agreement


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Members of the Newark Police Department joined Berkeley College President Dario A. Cortes, PhD, and Berkeley College staff and faculty to celebrate the signing of an articulation agreement between the two entities.  
“Today is a very important day for Berkeley College as we personally strive, with our partners in the City of Newark Police Department, to maximize the significance of the renaissance of the great City of Newark,” said Dr. Cortes. “Not only are we offering the graduates of the Police Academy an education from an accredited college that has been offering higher education and successful career preparation for the last 79 years – we are also building a future for these men and women who play a significant role in Newark’s prosperity and safety.”
The articulation agreement allows eligible Newark Police Academy graduates to apply for admission to Berkeley College and transfer relevant credits toward an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Justice Studies – Criminal Justice. These students can receive scholarships of up to $6,000 per year, and also be eligible to receive additional scholarships targeted specifically for Newark Police Academy graduates.
“I thank Berkeley College for partnering with the City of Newark to offer this important program to support the professional development of our police officers,” Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker said in a statement. “Through this program, our officers will be able to achieve academic excellence and gain vital knowledge that will help them to perform their duties at a higher level, and in doing so, help us create a stronger, safer, and prouder Newark.”
Dean of the Berkeley College School of Professional Studies, Marisol Abuin, JD, said experienced faculty give students and graduates an edge at Berkeley College. “The Justice Studies faculty at Berkeley College has a strong background in the Criminal Justice field, with experience in law enforcement as police officers or researchers in areas such as drug policy and security,” she said. “We have attorneys with experience in criminal law who work or have worked in the prosecutor’s office or in criminal defense teaching Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. It is this kind of experience that allows students in the classroom to gain the type of practical knowledge that is crucial to succeed in a career in Criminal Justice.”
“I am thrilled that we were able to enter into this partnership that will afford our officers another opportunity to advance their careers through education at Berkeley College,” said Newark Police Director Garry McCarthy. “I encourage each member of the department to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.” 
A leader in business education for 79 years, Berkeley College maintains an enrollment of over 8,000 students, with more than 700 international students in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree programs. The College has four New Jersey campuses located in Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson), Paramus, Woodbridge, and Newark; two New York campuses in Midtown Manhattan and White Plains; and an Extension Center in Lower Manhattan in the Wall Street area. In addition, the College offers Berkeley College Online and Corporate Learning Partnerships. Concentrations are offered in more than 20 career fields, and all campuses are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The College’s website address is 

Photo Caption: Berkeley College President Dario A. Cortes, PhD (seated left), and Newark Police Director Gary McCarthy (seated center) sign an articulation agreement between the two entities. Joining them are (standing left to right) Berkeley College Campus Operating Officer, Newark Campus, Stan Holland; Dean of the School of Professional Studies Marisol Abuin, JD; Deputy Police Chief Anthony Perillo; Newark Police Academy Director Capt. Richard Cuccolo; Police Lt. David Letts; Police Sgt. Brian O’Hara; and (seated right) Berkeley College Assistant Provost Orsete Dias, EdD.
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