Berkeley College Opens 6th Veterans Resource Center


, 2014

Contact:  Ilene Greenfield
Director of Media Relations
201-291-1111, ext. 1-5122




Dover, NJ (January 29, 2014) - Berkeley College dedicated its sixth Veterans Resource Center for its military and veteran students today, with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Berkeley College in Dover, NJ. In addition to providing Veterans Resource Centers at five locations in New Jersey and New York, students at Berkeley who are either active military or veterans can also access assistance online through the College’s Virtual Veterans Resource Center.

Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President of Berkeley College, told students and college officials gathered at the event that the dedication of the Veterans Resource Center in Dover was timely, coming a day after President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address, when the nation’s Commander in Chief highlighted the long road to recovery among the nation’s veterans.

“At Berkeley College, we stand behind our veterans,” said Dr. Cortes. “Providing student veterans and students of all backgrounds with resources that help them acclimate to college life and achieve success in their academic and career pursuits is at the core of Berkeley’s mission,” added Dr. Cortes.

“This is our home away from home,” said Speedy Guareno, a resident of Kearny who served in the U.S. Army and is a student at Berkeley College in Newark.  “We are surrounded by people we can relate to and who understand us.”

Steven Rivera, a student who spent more than nine years in the U.S. Navy, said he agrees. Mr. Rivera, a Marketing Communications major at the Dover location and a resident of Morristown, shared inspirational quotes with the audience. “The best way to find yourself is to educate yourself, and Berkeley College is helping me find a new direction in my life,” said Mr. Rivera.

Berkeley College was recently named one of the “Best Colleges” in the nation for Online Bachelor Degrees by U.S. News and World Report and has received a number of accolades for its support of student veterans, including Best for Vets for Online and Nontraditional Colleges by Military Times; Best for Vets, Four-year Colleges by Military Times; and for five years in a row, Berkeley has been recognized as a top Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs and Military Advanced Education.

The Berkeley College Veterans Resource Center

The Berkeley College Veterans Resource Center is a place where students can study in private, socialize with other veterans, participate in Student Veteran Club activities and also access tutoring assistance with their academic studies, or benefit from personal counseling, career services and guidance with veteran administration benefits. Many of Berkeley’s counselors, faculty members and associates affiliated with the College’s resource Centers are veterans themselves.

Berkeley College Veterans Resource Centers are located in Dover, Newark and Woodland Park, NJ; in Midtown and Brooklyn, NY; and Online.

About Berkeley College

A leader in providing career-focused education for more than 80 years, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,000 students — including more than 900 international students — in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. The College has six New Jersey locations — Woodland Park, Paramus, Woodbridge, Newark, Clifton and Dover.  In New York there are three locations — Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® also offers full degree programs. Programs are offered in more than 20 career fields. The website address is


Photo Caption A:

Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President of Berkeley College, speaks with students Speedy Guareno (far left) and Steven Rivera during the opening of the Veterans Resource Center at Dover, NJ. Berkeley College has six centers that active military and veteran students can access at locations in New Jersey and New York, including a Virtual Veterans Resource Center.

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Photo Caption B: Celebrating the dedication of the Veterans Resource Center at Berkeley College in Dover, NJ, on January 29, 2014 are (left to right): Lisa Mulligan, Veterans Success Advisor, Office of Military and Veterans Affairs; Maja Johnson, Coordinator of Veteran and Military Affairs; Diane Recinos, Senior Vice President, Enrollment Management; Steven Rivera, student veteran; Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President, Berkeley College; Speedy Guareno, student veteran; Maureen DiFonzo, Campus Operating Officer; Richard Robitaille, EdD, Associate Vice President, Office of Military and Veterans Affairs; Richard W. Eastman, Jr., Lieutenant Colonel (Ret), U.S. Army; Carmelo Torres, Director of Operations, School of Health Studies; and Tami Maurer, Associate Director, Military and Veterans Affairs.

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