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THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2016
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COMMUNITY ACTIVIST AND AUTHOR ADDRESSES BERKELEY COLLEGE ONLINE BOOK CLUB ABOUT OVERCOMING HARDSHIPS AND BELIEVING IN YOURSELF
Streaming technology allows for simultaneous engagement of in-person audience and distance learners
Photo Caption A: At the Summer Berkeley College Online® Book Club event held at Berkeley College in Woodbridge, NJ, on July 20, 2016, author and alumnus Edison Jaquez addressed an audience about the life experience that enabled him to write his first book, ‘A SECOND CHANCE – Life Lessons Turned into Living Dreams.’ The presentation was streamed live to the other eight Berkeley College locations in New Jersey and New York and accessible by Berkeley College Book Club members around the world.
Author and Berkeley College alumnus Edison Jaquez of Perth Amboy, NJ, recalled the hardships he overcame as a young immigrant from the Dominican Republic who did not speak English, witnessed the sacrifices his parents made, and accepted the circumstances surrounding him that reinforced a negative understanding about himself. Mr. Jaquez was the guest author at the Berkeley College Online® Book Club Summer event at Berkeley College in Woodbridge, NJ, on July 20, 2016. Mr. Jaquez’s inspiring life story, “A SECOND CHANCE – Life Lessons Turned into Living Dreams,” was the Club’s summer selection and drew a crowd of more than 60 students, faculty and staff at the live presentation and discussion, as well as several hundred others who interacted with the author from Berkeley College locations in New Jersey and New York during the livestreamed event.
“Don’t let your history define who you are,” Mr. Jaquez said. “I had it in myself to be successful. I had it in myself to have goals and dreams we can achieve.”
Even after earning his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Berkeley College in 2009, Mr. Jaquez struggled because he fell into negativity that had surrounded him earlier in his life.
“You have to want more for yourself,” he said. “You have got to be the one to put in the work to graduate. Just because my friend went to jail does not mean I have to. In the end, it is about me, what I want from life.”
Because of those who mentored him and never gave up on him, as well as his own determination and learned belief in himself, Mr. Jaquez was able to turn his life around. He was inspired to help and mentor others. In addition to his position as Program Coordinator for the Civic Justice Corps at the Jewish Renaissance Foundation in Perth Amboy, NJ, where he is responsible for program planning and training, working with youth between the ages of 16 and 25, he is the CEO/Founder of B-Men, and Co-Founder of BYOUtiful – mentoring organizations designed to enhance the lives of today’s youth. His mentoring services are now offered at four locations and he is involved in supporting the development of a similar service for young women.
Mr. Jaquez is working on a second book. He is a sought-after motivational speaker who travels throughout New Jersey, sharing his story with audiences young and old.
Photo Caption B:(Left to right): Berkeley College students Keyir Murphy of Carteret and Jessica Rodriguez of Elizabeth meet the author, Edison Jaquez, at the book signing following the Summer Berkeley College Online® Book Club event held at Berkeley College, Woodbridge, NJ, on July 20, 2016. Author and Berkeley College alumnus, Mr. Jaquez of Perth Amboy, NJ, recalled the hardships he overcame as a young immigrant from the Dominican Republic who did not speak English, witnessed the sacrifices his parents made, and accepted the circumstances surrounding him that reinforced a negative understanding about himself.
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.
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