Berkeley College Honors Veteran, Student-Veterans Learn and Transition to Successful Careers


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Student-Veterans Learn and Transition to Successful Careers

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With more than 440 military students and veterans enrolled at Berkeley College in New York and New Jersey, and through Berkeley College Online® in the fall 2017 semester, Berkeley College helps many student-veterans transition to successful careers in their civilian lives.


Student-Veteran Perseveres and Succeeds

Photo Caption B: Jose Pagan, who served eight years in the U.S. Army, pauses for a photo before the Berkeley College 2017 Commencement ceremony takes place earlier this year. 

One student-veteran who turned his life around and graduated is Jose Pagan. Mr. Pagan grew up in the Bronx, served eight years in the U.S. Army and graduated from Berkeley College in 2017.  In this video, he shares what motivated him to pursue his college education and how his alma mater helped him transition to college after struggles with homelessness and personal loss.


Student Veteran Envisions Himself as Entrepreneur

Photo Caption C: Berkeley College student-veteran Idrees Dukes addresses attendees at the Berkeley College 5th Annual Salute to Veterans Gala, held on April 6, 2017. 

Berkeley College student-veteran Idrees Dukes, majoring in Management – Entrepreneurship, served in the U.S. Marine Corps infantry. He was deployed twice to Afghanistan and once to Kuwait. While he always knew he wanted to be a business owner, after his service, he also knew he wasn’t ready.

“Being in the military was like living in a bubble for four years. Professionally, it was a gradual adjustment. After being isolated from society, you come back to a whole process of learning the culture all over again,” Mr. Dukes said. “I didn’t understand finance or accounting before college and chose this degree to teach me the basics. The curriculum at Berkeley put into perspective what was important about running a business.”

Mr. Dukes began earning his BBA at Berkeley College in 2015 and expects to graduate this semester.  He engrossed himself in his studies at the campus in Midtown Manhattan, participated in the Model United Nations Club and serves as President of the Berkeley College Veterans Club. “Having the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) at Berkeley gives us the opportunity to be around people we can relate to,” he said.

At the VRCs, military students can meet with staff, network with their peers, and learn about Veterans Administration benefits.

At Berkeley the Office of Career Services helped Mr. Dukes find an internship at Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher, & Flom LLP, a law firm in Manhattan, which led to his employment there.  After a year he turned to working as a real estate agent. Now he is in another internship for WindowsWear, a firm that hosts the largest and most comprehensive database of the world’s fashion window displays, interiors, and e-commerce packaging online in real-time. “I think this is going to help me in my personal business as a real estate agent because of the networking skills I am learning,” Mr. Dukes said.


Berkeley College Ranks High for Military and Veteran Students

Berkeley College is ranked as a best college for military and veteran students by several organizations, including U.S. News & World Report, Military TimesU.S. Veterans Magazineand Military Advanced Education.  Berkeley College participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program under the G.I. Bill and collaborates on national ventures with the National Guard, the Army and the Air Force, the GoArmyEd distance learning program, and the Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership.

The Berkeley College Office of Military and Veterans Affairs provides support to its student-veterans through six on-site veterans resource centers (VRCs) in New Jersey and New York, as well as through an Online VRC. Click here to learn more about the Berkeley College Office of Military and Veterans Affairs.

Berkeley College commemorates Veterans Day each year with a gathering of faculty, staff, students and friends at the Midtown Manhattan campus located at 12 East 41st Street before lining up and getting to march in one of America’s favorites – the New York City Veterans Day Parade.


Photo Caption A (Top): Each year Berkeley College students, staff, faculty, family and friends get ready to march in the New York City Veterans Day Parade on Fifth Avenue near the Midtown Manhattan campus where they gather in the early morning by the Veterans Resource Center on the lower level of 12 East 41st Street.


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 7,100 students – including more than 440 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 campuses in New York – 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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