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MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2016
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CIANJ RECOGNIZES BERKELEY COLLEGE AS A
Berkeley College was among 33 businesses recognized with the Champion of Good Works award during the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) Chairman’s Reception, held on Thursday, March 10, 2016, at the Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack, NJ.
Berkeley College was honored for hosting a Spring Veterans Career Expo through a partnership with Be A Hero – Hire A Hero, an initiative that helps veterans transition to civilian life. The Expo, held in April 2015, welcomed employers such as Hackensack University Medical Center, NJTRANSIT, and Becton Dickinson, which were required to have ready-to-fill positions for veterans and their families. The event also offered workshops on topics ranging from building a resume to purchasing a home.
“The real champions tonight are our military veterans and the some 50 employers who made the Be A Hero – Hire A Hero Spring Veterans Career Expo possible, by providing job opportunities for our veterans,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College, during the reception. “As educators and employers, we must continue our efforts to help our veterans excel in the workforce.”
Berkeley College is home to more than 500 military and veteran students. Throughout the year, the College sponsors activities for veterans in the community, including baseball outings for families of fallen U.S. troops and marches to increase awareness of veteran suicide. The College also participates in the Veterans History Project, an initiative that archives the stories of American servicemembers.
“For most of these companies their donations, kindness and community outreach are part of their corporate culture – their mission,” said Martin Kafafian, Chairman, Board of Directors, CIANJ. “The public at-large is often unaware of the magnitude and scope of the good works. This reception is our way of shining a spotlight on companies that care.”
This was the second consecutive year that Berkeley College received the Champion of Good Works award. In 2015, the College was recognized for its partnership with Healing the Children® New Jersey, through which faculty and alumni participate in medical missions abroad for children in need.
Award winners and their stories are featured in the March issue of COMMERCE magazine, the media arm of CIANJ.
The CIANJ is a statewide business advocacy organization based in Paramus. It represents more than 900 member companies from every business sector.
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 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 six New Jersey locations – Clifton, Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three locations – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In January 2016, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College one of the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Degrees for the third consecutive year. The website address iswww.BerkeleyCollege.edu.
Photo Caption A: Richard E. Robitaille, EdD, Berkeley College Associate Vice President, Military and Veterans Affairs (left), and Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College (right), accept the Champion of Good Works award from Martin Kafafian, Chairman, Board of Directors, Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey. Berkeley College was honored for hosting a Spring Veterans Career Expo through a partnership with Be A Hero – Hire A Hero, an initiative that helps veterans transition to civilian life.
Photo Caption B: The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey honored Berkeley College with the Champion of Good Works award for hosting a Spring Veterans Career Expo through a partnership with Be A Hero – Hire A Hero, an initiative that helps veterans transition to civilian life.
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