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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2016
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BERKELEY COLLEGE SCHOOL OF HEALTH STUDIES CELEBRATES OPENING IN WOODLAND PARK, NJ
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Berkeley College and members of the community were pleased to celebrate the opening of the School of Health Studies at the Woodland Park, NJ, campus on Friday, October 7, 2016, when students, alumni, faculty, staff and administrators gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Renaissance Hall. The renovation of facilities to accommodate the School of Health Studies was part of a construction and enhancement initiative that invested nearly $12.5 million in improvements made on campus since 2010.
The School of Health Studies facilities at Berkeley College in Woodland Park include nine teaching laboratories, staff offices, and faculty work stations. The labs are used to teach students enrolled in the Medical Assistant, Practical Nurse, Patient Care Technician, Surgical Processing Technician, and Surgical Technology programs. Berkeley College in Woodland Park also offers an accelerated program for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees in less than three years. The facilities are located adjacent to Renaissance Hall, a modern hub for campus activities, student resources and amenities, and student services such as the Library and the Center for Academic Success.
“Just like the Berkeley name is associated with the highest level of professionalism and career preparedness in business and online learning, Berkeley College is going to be synonymous with excellence in the healthcare fields,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College.
“Our mission is not to have students just start the race. Our mission is to help students finish the race,” said Eva Skuka, MD, PhD, Dean, Berkeley College School of Health Studies. “With the help of many, especially the faculty, support staff, and employer partners in their respective fields, Berkeley College is able to offer a comprehensive team-based learning environment, guidance and pathways for career success in a thriving and important sector of our economy.”
Taylor Almendinger of Lake Hopatcong, NJ, who graduated from the Medical Assistant program in September 2016, was one of the speakers at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“Berkeley does everything in its power to help a student succeed,” Ms. Almendinger said. “It’s an amazing feeling knowing that thanks to all the hard work and studying I had to do, I know I have a great job to support myself and my son.”
From the employer point of view, Bruce Berman, Human Resources Manager, Atlantic Health System, commented on the importance of program accreditation. “There are very few jobs in healthcare today that don’t require formal training. Any potential student searching for a health-related program should consider one very important factor – ‘Is the program accredited, and by which accrediting bodies?’ CAAHEP is the largest programmatic accreditor in the health sciences field. All Berkeley healthcare programs are CAAHEP accredited. Accreditation by CAAHEP lets an employer know the CMA has graduated from a top-notch program.”
Mayra Arce of Totowa, NJ, a recent graduate of the Practical Nurse program, looks forward to getting her license and applying to Berkeley College in 2017 for the accelerated LPN to BSN in Nursing program. “At Berkeley College I got to know my self-worth and learned not to limit my personal growth,” she said.
Recovering from an accident which required seven surgeries involving both hands and his back motivated Frank Ferraro of Brooklyn, NY, to start a new career. “I was amazed to see how the health professionals who cared for me went about their business — it was inspiring to me,” he said. Mr. Ferraro researched surgical technology programs within a two-hour driving distance from his home, then narrowed it down to just a few schools. Because of his conversations with a healthcare provider, he decided to enroll in the Berkeley College School of Health Studies.
Photo Caption A: Members of the community recognize the opening of the Berkeley College School of Health Studies in Woodland Park, NJ, on October 7, 2016. Pictured (left to right) are: Thomas Alessandrello, Senior Vice President, Operations, Berkeley College; Tracy Kallert, Councilwoman, Woodland Park, NJ; Joseph Spinelli, Councilman, Woodland Park, NJ; Teri Duda, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Berkeley College; Rita Pascrell, Councilwoman, Woodland Park, NJ; Honorable Bernice Toledo, Passaic County Surrogate; Keith Kazmark , Mayor, Woodland Park, NJ, Kevin Luing, Chairman, Berkeley College; Michael Smith, President, Berkeley College, Linda Pinsky, Campus Operating Officer, Berkeley College Woodland Park Campus; Terry Duffy, Passaic County Freeholder; Eva Skuka, MD, PhD, Dean, Berkeley College School of Health Studies; Cassandra Lazzara, Passaic County Freeholder; Carol Cuadrano, Chief of Staff, Senator Nellie Pou, 35th District; Josiane Hickson, Chair, Practical Nurse and Medical Assistant programs, Berkeley College School of Health Studies; and Beth Castiglia, Berkeley College Provost.
Photo Caption B: Taylor Almendinger of Lake Hopatcong, NJ, who graduated from the Medical Assistant program in September 2016, was one of the speakers at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Berkeley College School of Health Studies in Woodland Park, NJ, on October 7, 2016.
Photo Caption C: Mayra Arce of Totowa, NJ, recently graduated from the Berkeley College Practical Nurse program. “At Berkeley College I got to know my self-worth and learned not to limit my personal growth,” she said in her remarks at the Berkeley College School of Health Studies ribbon-cutting ceremony held at Berkeley College in Woodland Park, NJ, on October 7, 2016.
Photo Caption D, above, right: Frank Ferraro of Brooklyn, NY, found a new careerafter recovering from an accident which required seven surgeries involving both hands and his back. “I was amazed to see how the health professionals who cared for me went about their business — it was inspiring to me,” he said when he told his story to the audience attending the ceremony for the opening of the Berkeley College School of Health Studies in Woodland Park, NJ, on October 7, 2016.
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.
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