Harlem Success Academy Kindergarten Class Looks to the Future with Visit to Berkeley College



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When they grow up, they want to be police officers, teachers, baseball players and even superheroes. But most of all, the kindergarten students from Harlem Success Academy in New York want to be Berkeley College students.
The young scholars from the free New York public elementary school got a taste of college life last month when they accompanied their teacher, Berkeley College alumna Rosemarie Saunders-Lee, to the New York City Midtown Campus for a tour of the facilities and a pizza party.
“Each classroom at the academy is named after the college the teacher attended,” explained Ms. Saunders-Lee, who graduated from Berkeley College in 2007 with a degree in Business Administration – Marketing. “All year, the students have been eating, sleeping and breathing Berkeley College. The goal, even from kindergarten, is to graduate college, and they know they will graduate from Berkeley in the year 2025.”
Dressed in Berkeley College T-shirts, the students asked questions of the campus librarian, drew pictures of their future careers, and presented a chant about the college they hope to attend. In addition to Berkeley College T-shirts, stuffed bears and pennants, the 19 Harlem Success Academy students received diplomas recognizing them as the future Class of 2025.
Linda Eggleston of Harlem, NY, a parent and trip chaperone, said her son Pharaoh Roper, 5, wants to be a police officer — a field served by the Berkeley College Justice Studies major.
“This experience has the students looking forward to the future,” said Ms. Eggleston, adding that her son woke up that morning and said “I’m going to college today.”
“It’s one thing to say college is possible, but this has made it a reality for them,” added Ms. Saunders-Lee. “They have been to college.”
Berkeley College Associate Vice President of Enrollment Linda Pinsky said everyone on campus was very pleased to have the students visit.
“These children are the future of Berkeley College,” said Ms. Pinsky. “They are being taught the value of a college education at a young age, and we hope their positive experiences today at Berkeley College stay with them.”
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 two New York campuses in Midtown Manhattan and White Plains, an Extension Center in Lower Manhattan in the Wall Street area, and four New Jersey campuses located in Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson), Paramus, Woodbridge, and Newark. 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: (Left to right) Yalo Morales, Harlem Success Academy teacher Rosemarie Saunders-Lee, Mareima Sarr, Justyn Campbell and Anthony Gaston discuss their visit to Berkeley College, New York City Midtown Campus, outside the College Bookstore. Ms. Saunders-Lee is an alumna of Berkeley College.

Photo Caption: Harlem Success Academy student Yalo Morales raises his hand to answer a question as his teacher, Berkeley College alumna Rosemarie Saunders-Lee (back left), looks on.

Photo Caption: Harlem Success Academy student Marquis Spears unloads the bag of goodies he received on a recent visit to Berkeley College. The students were given Berkeley College T-shirts, stuffed bears and pennants, as well as diplomas recognizing them as the future Class of 2025.

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