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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2015
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COMMUNITY CELEBRATES BERKELEY COLLEGE SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES
Photo Caption A: Surrounded by students enrolled in the inaugural MBA program at Berkeley College, business and civic leaders, and state lawmakers, Michael J. Smith (center), President of Berkeley College, cuts the ribbon that hails the opening of the Berkeley College School of Graduate Studies in Woodland Park, NJ.
Lawmakers, civic leaders, graduate students, faculty and administrators celebrated the addition of the Berkeley College School of Graduate Studies in Woodland Park, NJ, on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, as the institution begins its 85th year of leading students in the New York metropolitan region to dynamic careers.
Those in attendance included Keith Kazmark, Mayor of Woodland Park, Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-39), Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter (D-35), and Assemblyman Scott Rumana (R-40). The legislators stood together and praised Berkeley College for its nearly 85-year commitment to education and contributing to the economic vitality of the region and the State of New Jersey.
“As we celebrate this historic milestone at Berkeley College, we are proud of our achievements and we look forward to more,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College. “On November 1, we begin offering the MBA online, making this program accessible to students throughout the region and beyond.”
President Smith congratulated Chris Grevesen, PhD, Dean, Berkeley College School of Graduate Studies, the inaugural faculty members, and those who worked through the planning and implementing stages that led to the enrollment of this first class of 41 graduate students.
One of the graduate students in attendance, Christine Peraino of Vernon, NJ, returned to college while working full-time as Manager of Patient Access Services for Atlantic Health Systems at Chilton Medical Center. Instead of taking a number of years to complete her undergraduate degree, at Berkeley she was motivated to complete it earlier by attending full-time. She knew enrolling in the inaugural MBA class was the right decision for her. “I was ecstatic to have a chance to continue my degree here,” Ms. Peraino said. “I knew that the world was mine for the taking.”
Dean Grevesen served as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening and related stories about the dedicated nature of the graduate students and those who are considering enrolling in the Berkeley MBA program. He described the Berkeley College School of Graduate Studies as a learning laboratory, where highly qualified faculty members and gifted students explore new intellectual terrain and develop leadership skills that equip them for career advancement.
“Our local and regional communities, which have been so supportive of Berkeley College throughout the years, will benefit enormously as these talented graduates one day rise to the helm of business firms, not-for-profit organizations, and government agencies,” he said.
More than 75 percent of Berkeley College graduates are employed in positions related to their fields of study within six months of graduation.
Randy Luing, Vice-chairman, Berkeley College Board of Trustees, described the challenges his father, Larry L. Luing, Chairman Emeritus, faced decades earlier as he pursued his vision of obtaining degree-granting status for Berkeley as a college. “He knew that certifications were not going to be enough,” Mr. Luing said. “More jobs needed degrees. And he pursued his belief that if you have distinguished, dedicated faculty, and curricula that surpasses that of other colleges, then you have a right to be recognized as a college.” The family’s efforts spanned three decades. In 1980 Berkeley College began offering Associate’s degrees, and in 2001 began offering Bachelor’s degrees in New Jersey. Berkeley College was authorized to begin granting Master’s degrees in 2015.
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, the School of Liberal Arts, and the School of Graduate Studies, which offers a Master of Business Administration degree in Management.
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 2015, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College one of the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Degrees for the second consecutive year. The website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.
Photo Caption B: Lawmakers (left to right) Keith Kazmark, Mayor of Woodland Park; Assemblyman Scott Rumana (R-40th); Assemblywoman Shavonda E. Sumter (D-35th); and Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (far right) (R-39th) celebrate the opening of the Berkeley College School of Graduate Studies with Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College. Proclamations were presented from the New Jersey State Senate and New Jersey State Assembly acknowledging Berkeley College for its many contributions ranging from promoting access to higher education to community service and workforce development.
Photo Caption C: The faculty of the inaugural MBA in Management program at the new Berkeley College School of Graduate Studies in Woodland Park, NJ, (left to right): Michael McAteer, DBA; Vinita Ittoop, PhD; Lloyd Soobrian, PhD; and Maya Reddi, PhD.
Photo Caption D: Graduate students in the inaugural class of the MBA in Management program in the Berkeley College School of Graduate Studies in Woodland Park, NJ, celebrate after the ribbon-cutting ceremony with Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College (far right).
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