Berkeley College President Encourages Brooklyn Businesses to Tap into Talent in 'College Town'


, 2014

Contact:  Ilene Greenfield
Director of Media Relations
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Berkeley College in Brooklyn opened its doors to borough businesses during a tour and luncheon for business leaders hosted by Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President of Berkeley College. The event was held on April 11 in partnership with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and Brooklyn Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Downtown Brooklyn is also known as “College Town,” with more than 50,000 students and 11 colleges and universities. With the convergence of College Town and Tech Town fueling the region’s knowledge economy, Dr. Cortes called Brooklyn a hub for jobs growth.

“When you look at the skilled labor force required to fill the impending Brooklyn technology-jobs boom, consider Berkeley College a partner in knowledge, talent and training – from our faculty to our students,” said Dr. Cortes.

In his remarks, Dr. Cortes referred to an article in Bloomberg Businessweek, which noted that private-sector job growth in Brooklyn over the past decade increased by 26 percent from 2003 to 2013, with 503,572 jobs. This was the largest gain in jobs among the five boroughs according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In Manhattan, jobs grew by 13 percent in the 10-year period.

More than 70 business leaders mingled with students, faculty and staff, gaining insight into the academic programs at Berkeley College, including an overview of the Larry L. Luing School of Business, the Bachelor’s degree programs offered, and the Career Services network at the College that helps connect employers with Berkeley students and graduates.

“The Brooklyn Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has already been working with Berkeley College to employ students,” said Rick Miranda, President of the Brooklyn Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “Events like this are valuable in raising awareness about the student talent and higher education resources available to businesses in Downtown Brooklyn.”

During the week of April 21 to 27, Berkeley College will join other Downtown Brooklyn colleges and universities as part of Brooklyn Tech Triangle U, a conference open to businesses and the general public featuring topics such as big data, intellectual property, creative fields in technology and advanced designs in technology. To learn more about the program or to register for events, go to

Photo Caption (from left) Rick Miranda, President and CEO, Brooklyn Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Sylvia R. Mata, President, League of United Latino American Citizens, Queens Council; Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President, Berkeley College; and Mahshid Khavari, Career Services Counselor, Berkeley College, were among the business leaders who met at Berkeley College to find out about available academic and career services and network with faculty and students.

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About Berkeley College

Berkeley College, located at 255 Duffield Street, celebrated the opening of its Brooklyn location in April 2011.

Berkeley College provides traditional and online degree options and blended learning opportunities to prepare students for careers in some of today’s most in-demand professions. Berkeley College was recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Best Colleges in the Online Bachelor Degree category. Students at Berkeley College benefit from a supportive, flexible, diverse learning environment that connects them with workplace experiences in their areas of study and pathways to dynamic careers.

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 three New York locations — Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are six locations — Woodland Park, Paramus, Woodbridge, Newark, Clifton and Dover. Berkeley College Online® also offers full degree programs. Programs are offered in more than 20 career fields. The website address is


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