Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey Recognizes Berkeley College as Champion of Good Works

FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018
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Photo Caption (L to R): Kathleen Alexander, Treasurer, Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) Board of Directors, presents Berkeley College with the Champion of Good Works award, accepted by Brian Maher, Vice President, Information Analytics. CIANJ recognized the College for its Community Service Week, which in 2017 contributed 2,100 volunteer hours to local organizations in New Jersey and New York.

Berkeley College was among 39 businesses recognized with the Champion of Good Works award during the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) Chairman’s Reception, held on March 20, 2018, at Nanina’s in the Park in Belleville, NJ. This was the fourth consecutive year that Berkeley College has received the award.


Berkeley College was honored for its Community Service Week, which in 2017 contributed 2,100 volunteer hours to nonprofits and community organizations including the Arthritis Foundation, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, and the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, among others.


“Through Community Service Week, faculty, staff, alumni and students share their time and talents with local organizations, serving as ambassadors of Berkeley College’s longtime commitment to social responsibility,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College.


In 2017, Berkeley College was recognized as a Champion of Good Works for its“85 Acts of Kindness” initiative, part of the College’s 85th anniversary celebration. The College also has been recognized for hosting a Veterans Career Expo through a partnership with Be A Hero – Hire A Hero, and for its collaboration with Healing the Children® New Jersey, through which faculty, students and alumni participate in medical missions abroad.


New Jersey manufacturers, retailers, medical centers and banks were among those honored at the Chairman’s Reception, which was attended by more than 200 business executives. Carlos Rodriguez, incoming President and CEO of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, delivered the keynote address, and spoke about how hunger impacts residents in every community.


“It’s not the poverty you might think – it is your neighbor in need,” he said. “Don’t think of the Community FoodBank as a distribution center. Think of it as a place where hope unites in many different ways.”


Award winners and their stories are featured in the March issue of COMMERCE magazine, the media arm of CIANJ.


“For most of the companies that we are honoring tonight, their generosity and kindness is part of their culture,” said Anthony Russo, President, CIANJ. “The public is often unaware of the magnitude and scope of these good works. This reception is our way of shining a spotlight on ‘Companies that Care.’ ”


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 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. 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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