Berkeley College Announces Bridge to College and Careers Program to Benefit New York City High School Students


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Berkeley College recently launched its Bridge to College and Careers program to benefit New York City high school students. The opportunities available in the Berkeley College Bridge to College and Careers program, through arrangements with the high schools, range from mentorship and tutoring to dual enrollment in high school and college courses, and career exploration, as well as workshops on important topics that engage high schools students in their classrooms in fun ways, while preparing them to be more successful after they graduate.

“Our mission at Berkeley College is to ‘empower students to achieve lifelong success in dynamic careers,’” said Dario A. Cortes, PhD, Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances, Berkeley College. “The idea of a bridge really came out of that statement, because in order to get to careers, students have to be college-ready. We want to build a path to success for all students in New York City.”

New York City high school partnerships with Berkeley College have been developed thus far in the Bronx, with the Academy of Mount St. Ursula and the Bronx Leadership Academy; in Brooklyn, with Clara Barton High School, Dr. Susan McKinney Secondary School of the Arts, Edward Murrow High School, It Takes A Village Academy – Samuel J. Tilden Educational Campus, and World Academy for Total Community Health – Thomas Jefferson Educational Campus; in Manhattan, with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School and Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers; and in Queens, with Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School.

At a recent forum sponsored by Berkeley College, with Carmen Fariña, Chancellor, New York City Department of Education, and school superintendents, principals, guidance counselors and other leading educators, Dr. Cortes explained the components of the program and the opportunities. “The components are designed to give students aspirations and confidence, while at the same time, make the college experience more accessible and affordable, through dual enrollment, advanced placement, and gaining greater understanding about available financial aid opportunities,” he said.

Bilingual workshops include students and their families having conversations about academics, as well as on subjects such as financial literacy.  These workshops serve to inform and remove fears about topics that can be overwhelming, such as the higher level of academics in college, and financing a college education.

Students are also invited to get an introduction to college life by touring the Berkeley College campuses and attending special events hosted by the College. They hear the inspirational stories of college students, advisors and faculty who share what obstacles they have overcome to achieve success.

“High school students are very pragmatic so they are excited about career-based education,” said Beth Castiglia, PhD, Berkeley College Provost.

 Photo Caption (top): Byron Hargrove, PhD, Professor, Humanities and Social Sciences, Berkeley College School of Liberal Arts (left), and Berkeley College student Kallie McGrath, Class of 2018, discuss career opportunities with New York City high school students during a workshop at the campus as part of the Bridge to College and Careers program in Brooklyn.

Photo Caption (above): Elijah Craig, Admissions Associate, Berkeley College, presents a Bridge to College and Careers workshop to New York City high school students.

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 8,000 students – including more than 550 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.

Berkeley College has three New York campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are five campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For four consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. The website address is

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