Berkeley College Shares Best Practices in Student Sucess during Newark School Counselors Day

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Berkeley College recently presented professional development workshops to more than 30 counselors from Newark Public Schools on topics ranging from “Strategies for Student Persistence for Helping At-Risk Students” to “Best Practices for Student Engagement and College Preparation.” The workshops were held on May 3, 2018, at Berkeley College in Newark, NJ.

Berkeley College is part of the Newark City of Learning Collaborative, which seeks to meet a goal of “25 in 2025” – having 25 percent of Newark residents earn at least an Associate’s degree by 2025.

“The goal of the partnership between Newark Public Schools’ Office of Student Support Services and Berkeley College is two-fold – to forge a partnership that exposes students to the importance of attending college, as well as to increase the actual number of Newark Public School students applying to, and ultimately attending, colleges and universities,” said Kelly Williams, EdD, Special Assistant, College and Career Access, Newark Public Schools, who organized the event. “The Newark Public School Counselors’ Day hosted by Berkeley College proved that the collective power and partnership between the two entities possesses the ability to change the trajectories of Newark students for years to come.”

Diane Recinos, EdD, Senior Vice President, Student Success, led a session titled “Strategies for Student Persistence – Helping At-Risk Students,” where she discussed the ways Berkeley College uses big data and new technology to track student engagement in the classroom and other predictors of persistence.

“When it comes to at-risk students, it is so valuable to have real data at our fingertips early on,” Dr. Recinos said. “Students need to be reminded that they have potential and we need to continue to provide them with the confidence they need to succeed and reach for their dreams.”

Dallas Reed, PhD, Vice President, Student Development and Campus Life, discussed the College’s Honors Program for high-achieving students, and “programming with purpose” – where students are able to participate in meaningful activities, such as community service.

“These kinds of activities are a subtle way to engage students and allow them to find their voices and be the best versions of themselves,” Dr. Reed said.

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Photo Caption: Dallas Reed, PhD, Vice President, Student Development and Campus Life, discusses “programming with purpose” as a way to engage students.

The school counselors also heard from Michele Figueroa, Career Counselor, Newark, about the ways Berkeley College provides students with internships, job opportunities, and lifetime career assistance, and from Gretchen Orsini, Associate Vice President, Enrollment, about Berkeley College Summer Workshops that give high school students a glimpse into careers in emerging fields. Alejandro Guiral, Associate Vice President, Financial Aid, also spoke about the importance of student financial literacy.

“We are excited to strengthen our relationship with the Newark Public Schools,” said Earl Brown, Campus Operating Officer, Berkeley College in Newark. “We’re committed to increasing access to higher education for our Newark youth.”

During lunch, the school counselors had an opportunity to meet deans and faculty leaders and to learn about academic offerings in the Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business®, School of Professional Studies, School of Liberal Arts, School of Health Studies, and School of Graduate Studies.

“Today is just the beginning,” said Leigh LeBlanc, Director, Admissions, at Berkeley College in Newark, who is also a product of the Newark Public Schools system. “We’re building our future in Newark and ensuring we have successful citizens on the way.”

About Berkeley College

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 New York campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are four campuses – Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. 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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