Berkeley College Professional Development Series Brings Real-World Leadership Perspectives to Students

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Berkeley College students recently completed a six-part Professional Development Series of workshops held at Berkeley College in Woodbridge, NJ. The Professional Development Series is designed to build students’ awareness and expertise in areas employers are looking for, such as interpersonal skills, leadership, agility, teamwork, critical thinking and humility. The Professional Development Series was created by Rovena Passero and Carol Fine, Esq., both Career Counselors, and Berkeley College Federal Work-Study student Shaiasia Boyd-Dorchy, all in Career Services, Berkeley College, Woodbridge. 


“In addition to learning important skills needed for success in the workplace, the students will receive certificates of completion, which adds to their value and their resumes when seeking employment,” Ms. Passero said.


Workshop speakers included Josh Reinitz, Esq., Lacullo Martino, LLC, in Nutley, NJ; Devarshi Upadhyaya, Founder, OnPoint International, LLC, a logistics solution company in Fords, NJ; Angelo Zecca, Professor, Justice Studies – Criminal Justice, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies, and retired police officer; Jason Gulya, Professor, English, Berkeley College School of Liberal Arts; Carlo Abad, Chief Municipal Court Judge, Jersey City, NJ; and John E. McCormac, Mayor of Woodbridge Township, NJ.


Student feedback for each workshop reflected its benefits. One student appreciated learning about how to de-escalate a conflict. Nearly half of the student comments described the value of hearing about the real-life issues and experiences directly from the speakers.


“We teach the students how each face-to-face encounter is a chance to broaden your network,” Ms. Fine said. “Face-to-face communication is very much a key to career success in this digital age.”


Photo Caption: John E. McCormac, Mayor of Woodbridge Township, NJ (standing center, back row), joins some of the Berkeley College students who completed the Professional Development Series designed to build students’ awareness and expertise in areas employers are looking for. Mayor McCormac presented the workshop on humility.


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 7,000 students – including more than 350 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 four New Jersey campuses – 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. For five 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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