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BERKELEY COLLEGE STUDENT AND CHAMPION DOWNHILL LONGBOARDER
Emily Pross Discusses Breaking Barriers for Women in
Photo Caption A: Emily Pross (right), 19, of Vernon, NJ, discusses becoming a longboarding world champion while earning a degree from Berkeley College during an appearance on the public television program Life & Living with Joanna Gagis on August 20, 2016.
Berkeley College student and longboarding world champion Emily Pross, 19, of Vernon, NJ, was featured on the public television program Life & Living with Joanna Gagis on August 20, 2016. During the show, Ms. Pross discussed her journey toward becoming a top-ranked female downhill longboarder in the International Downhill Federation (IDF) while working towards a Marketing Communications degree from Berkeley College, expecting to graduate in 2018.
Watch the entire segment with Ms. Pross here.
Ms. Pross often travels around the world to compete in longboarding races, having recently returned from this summer’s 2016 International Downhill Federation Euro Tour. With clear goals, a supportive family and flexible scheduling of classes, Ms. Pross has been able to succeed at Berkeley College while taking courses online and in Dover, NJ. She has been named to the President’s List at Berkeley College since the Fall 2015 Quarter.
Berkeley College recently became one of Ms. Pross’ sponsors, providing additional support as she travels to compete. “Not every day do you get a sponsor from outside of the downhill longboarding industry, and it meant a lot to me that my school would also have my back at the world circuit this year,” she said during the interview.
While appearing on the show, Ms. Pross also touched upon her efforts to break down barriers for women in the mostly male driven sport. “In the 21st Century, you would think guys would be open to women being allowed in their space, such as in skateboarding … unfortunately that’s not the case,” she said.
Ms. Pross’ next race will occur at the Red Bull Donner Pass on September 10, 2016, in Donner Pass, CA. She will also be competing in the Soldiers of Downhill from October 7-9, 2016, in Bainbridge, OH. Click here to watch footage of Ms. Pross practicing for the Kozakov Challenge in the Czech Republic.
Photo Caption B: Emily Pross, 19, of Vernon, NJ, (pictured above) is a top-ranked female downhill longboarder in the International Downhill Federation (IDF). She is also working towards a Marketing Communications degree from Berkeley College, expecting to graduate in 2018.
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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Photo B (taken by Holly Kellum of the Epoch Times).
To watch Ms. Pross’ appearance on Life & Living with Joanna Gagis, click here.
To watch footage of Ms. Pross practicing for the Kozakov Challenge in the Czech Republic, click here.