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WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2009
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CRISTINA GUARNERI HONORED AS
BERKELEY COLLEGE 2009 NJ ALUMNA OF THE YEAR
Berkeley College is proud to recognize Cristina Guarneri, by naming her Berkeley College 2009 New Jersey Alumna of the Year. Ms. Guarneri graduated from the Berkeley College Garret Mountain Campus in 1990 with an Associate’s degree in Fashion Marketing and Management and was honored at the 2009 Commencement Ceremony held on April 24 at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ.
After graduating from Berkeley College, Ms. Guarneri, a resident of Verona, NJ, pursued a BA degree in Psychology and an MA in Counseling from Montclair State University, NJ. In addition she holds a Post-Master’s certificate in Mental Health Counseling from Seton Hall University and is currently enrolled there in a doctoral degree program in education.
After working as a Mental Health Counselor for 10 years in both clinical settings and within the Essex and Bergen County jails, Ms. Guarneri devoted herself to working in the field of education. She has worked in school counseling, special education teaching, and has served as assistant school principal. Ms. Guarneri is the director and founder of Tabor Academy, a private not-for-profit school serving students with learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorder.
In addition, Ms. Guarneri has published three children’s books on how to cope with stress. These include: Purple Ribbons, Just Being Me, and The Magic Tree.Her fourthchildren’s book, Wiley’s Adventure, was published in February 2009. Ms. Guarneri is also founder of the Engine 9 Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that seeks to educate young people about fire safety and fire prevention as well as the importance of serving as firefighters.
Ms Guarneri credits Berkeley College professors and administrators with helping to pave the way to her current achievements.
“Berkeley College gave me the education and the career preparation to allow me to have the competitive edge to succeed in today’s business world. The faculty and administrators were very supportive of me in achieving my goals, and I gained networking skills and a strong sense of myself professionally,” Ms. Guarneri says.
Her advice to current college graduates is to “never stop dreaming.” It’s also important, she says, that young professionals follow their own career goals and not those that others may attempt to impose on them.
“Perseverance and motivation are also key ingredients for success. Never give up no matter what anyone says to you. It’s your dream and what you do with it is up to you,” Ms. Guarneri says.
A leader in business education for 78 years, Berkeley College maintains an enrollment of over 7,200 students, with more than 700 international students in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree programs. The College has four New Jersey campuses located in Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson), Paramus, Woodbridge, and Newark; two New York campuses in Midtown Manhattan and White Plains; and an Extension Center in Lower Manhattan in the Wall Street area. In addition, the College offers Berkeley College Online and its Corporate Learning Partnership program. All campuses are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The College’s website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.
Photo Caption: Berkeley College recognized Cristina Guarneri, by naming her Berkeley College 2009 New Jersey Alumna of the Year. Ms. Guarneri graduated from the Berkeley College Garret Mountain Campus in 1990 with an Associate’s degree in Fashion Marketing and Management and received her award from Berkeley College President Dario A. Cortes, PhD, during the 2009 Commencement Ceremony held on April 24 at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ.
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