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MONDAY, JULY 18, 2016
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BERKELEY COLLEGE EARNS NJBIA NEW GOOD NEIGHBOR AWARD
Photo Caption A: Berkeley College’s Renaissance Hall renovation project in Woodland Park, NJ, has earned recognition by the New Jersey Business and Industry Association as a recipient of the 2016 New Good Neighbor Award. The 35,000-square-foot facility has transformed the former exterior courtyard into a hub for student services and a gateway for community, civic engagement, business and career development activities.
Keith Kazmark, Woodland Park Mayor, submitted the nomination on behalf of the Borough, citing the extensive renovations that took place in creating a new atrium-like enclosure, Renaissance Hall, to benefit students and the community. Manufacturing plants, offices, commercial buildings, shopping centers and green community projects may be nominated, and winning recipients are chosen based on economic benefit and job creation, architectural merit, and community involvement. The builder was Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc.
In the nominating letter, Mayor Kazmark wrote, “As Berkeley College celebrates its 85th Anniversary year, the College embodies the definition of ‘Good Neighbor’ through its mission of educating students and leading them to dynamic careers; its longevity; its commitment to fostering an environment that encourages the participation of business, and governmental and non-profit organizations, with educational, career development and volunteerism initiatives; and its investment in capital projects that expand the College’s impact in the communities it serves in Passaic County and throughout New Jersey.”
When Renaissance Hall was dedicated on September 17, 2014, more than 200 municipal, regional and state officials and business leaders attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony. During the ceremony, College officials took the opportunity to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Borough of West Paterson/Woodland Park by recognizing its own community as a “Good Neighbor.”
Renaissance Hall is a hub for student services and a gateway for community, civic engagement, business and career development activities that further enhance the competitive positioning of the Borough of Woodland Park as a viable destination for economic development and business growth. A few of the events that have taken place there include a Veterans Career Expo; regional meetings of the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey, and the Greater Paterson Chamber of Commerce; career fairs; a Women’s Leadership Panel in recognition of Women’s History Month; and a Post-Election Analysis event.
The 35,000-square-foot Renaissance Hall was built by the College with private funds at a cost of $9 million. Its focal point is a modern atrium, comprising three stories of glass facing east. It has transformed the former exterior courtyard, framed by the admissions building and a former residence hall, into a core to enhance student success. The new facility comprises nine teaching laboratories, staff offices, and faculty work stations near the labs. The labs are used to teach students enrolled in the Medical Assistant, Nursing, Patient Care Technician, Surgical Processing Technician, and Surgical Technology programs.
Since the building opened in July 2014, additional renovations were completed to accommodate the growth of the Berkeley College School of Health Studies. In April 2016, the College relocated its School of Health Studies program previously based at 600 Getty Avenue in Clifton, to its campus at 44 Rifle Camp Road in Woodland Park.
Additional renovations at Berkeley College in Woodland Park now accommodate the School of Graduate Studies, home to the College’s MBA in Management program, which is also available to students online.
In the Fall of 2016 Berkeley College in Woodland Park will welcome its first class of students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program for Licensed Practical Nurses – the first of its kind in the State of New Jersey.
A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,300 students – including more than 700 international students – in its Baccalaureate and Associate 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 a Master of Business Administration degree in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.
Berkeley College has five New Jersey campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans, both for the third consecutive year. The website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.
Photo Caption B: Berkeley College’s Renaissance Hall renovation project in Woodland Park, NJ, has earned recognition by the New Jersey Business and Industry Association as a recipient of the 2016 New Good Neighbor Award. The 35,000-square-foot facility has transformed the former exterior courtyard, framed by the admissions building and a former residence hall, into a hub for student services and a gateway for community, civic engagement, business and career development activities. Students can enjoy meetings in comfortable spaces both indoors and out.
Photo Caption C (L to R): Fred M. Brody, Owner, Brody Business Development, LLC, and member of the 2016 Judging Committee; Matthew Wright, Chairman, Board of Trustees, NJBIA; Linda Pinsky-Mauro, Berkeley College Campus Operating Officer, Woodland Park; and Michele N. Siekerka, President and CEO, NJBIA.
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