Berkeley College Spotlights Career Mobility for Online Graduates during National Distance Learning Week

Contact: Ilene Greenfield
Director of Media Relations
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As National Distance Learning Week student and faculty activities kick-off, growth and popularity in online learning among students at Berkeley College continues.  More than 2,900 of the approximately 8,300 students in the fall 2015 quarter enrolled in at least one online course. The number enrolled fully in online degree programs at Berkeley College is 1,320 students.

The common denominator among more and more Berkeley College Online® graduates is career success. Click on link below to see a video interview with graduate Troy Ashby.

Troy Ashby of Goldens Bridge, NY, graduated earlier this year with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Health Services Management and was hired in mid-July in the position of Onboarding Specialist at Mount Sinai Hospital, one of the oldest and most respected teaching hospitals in the United States, in Manhattan, NY. Amanda Smith of White Plains, NY, graduated in June of 2014. Ms. Smith was hired as Production Coordinator by Jones New York group, a well-known ready-to-wear fashion line sold at major retailers. Kristen Harnish of South River, NJ, graduated in September of 2014, and was hired as Regional Consumer Sales Coordinator during her internship at Gannett Publishing, an award winning news organization and media company in Neptune, NJ, and was promoted within one year to the position of Sales Specialist.

Mariana Miller of Piscataway, NJ, who expects to graduate at the end of this year with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Resources, is interning at Qualcare, Inc., one of the region’s leading providers of health care coverage, in Piscataway, NJ.  Ms. Miller is a veteran of the U.S. Army and is bilingual, with some previous experience in her chosen field.   

“Organizations and businesses value students and graduates who have completed online courses because they know these candidates have good time management, written, and project management skills,” said Carol Smith, PhD, Assistant Provost, Online.

The experience, resources and leadership opportunities available at Berkeley College are as comprehensive online as they are for a student who is attending courses on site. Online campus life experiences include online clubs, social media engagement, wellness and personal development programs, and workshops focusing on student success. All of the student support services such as Academic Advisement, Library, Academic Support Center, and Career Services are available to online students as well as to students on site. Berkeley College Online students are also welcome to apply for the Berkeley College Honors Program.

“Our population is very diverse,” said Sharon Goldstein, Campus Operating Officer, Berkeley College Online. “Berkeley College Online students include working parents, grandparents, young adults managing work and studies, and men and women actively serving in the military.”

For the second consecutive year U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College one of the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Degrees, and Best Online Programs for Veterans. Berkeley College Online has received Quality Standards (QS) certification for excellence from the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) and was one of the first colleges or universities worldwide to receive this certification. Institutions that receive USDLA/QS certification have been evaluated using 124 standards that focus on the areas of administration; leadership and management; student affairs; and teaching and learning.  The new Berkeley College School of Graduate Studies is accepting applications for its online Master of Business Administration degree in Management program for the inaugural online class that begins in January.

About United States Distance Learning Association 
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts.  USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry.  USDLA will celebrate National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) November 9-13, 2015.  Please visit for more information.

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, the School of Liberal Arts, and the School of Graduate Studies, which offers a Master of Business Administration degree in Management.

Berkeley College has three New York locations – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are six locations – Clifton, Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online serves a global population. The website address is For more information about Berkeley College Online go to:


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