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December 1, 2008
NEW CLASS OF COLONIA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS 'GRADUATE' AS
GOODWILL AMBASSADORS FROM PARTNERSHIP WITH BERKELEY COLLEGE
Berkeley College is happy to announce the recent graduation of its second class of Goodwill Ambassadors from the Middlesex Campus in Woodbridge. Twenty-six students from local high schools took part in the 10-week Goodwill Ambassadors - Youth Connection program.
The 12 graduates from Colonia High School are: Stephanie Farese, Sara Savoia, Jillian Cheslow, Caitlin Charniga, Uzma Arif, Sabina Babar, Bianca Pineda, Kinza Awan, Ruby Gupta, Sidra Anjum, Brittany Dublin, and Jaclyn Snyder.
The Goodwill Ambassadors program was implemented by Berkeley College in partnership with Woodbridge Mayor John E. McCormac and with local schools and businesses. At a ceremony held at the Woodbridge Hotel and Conference Center, the graduates received certificates, backpacks, and engraved name tags to be worn whenever they represent the Town of Woodbridge.
Diane Recinos, Berkeley College Garret Mountain Campus Operating Officer, who has worked closely with the students for the past few years, complimented their efforts, calling them "caring citizens who understand the importance of being involved in the community."
Each week students participated in workshops covering such topics as Leadership; Economic Development; Teamwork; Business Etiquette; Networking; Creative Thinking, Woodbridge History; Ethics, Community Involvement; and Cultural Life. Presentations were given by experts in the community and followed by focus groups where students discussed the topics presented.
Speaking at the graduation, Councilwoman Brenda Velasco said she was very impressed by the high school students. "You are all high achievers and I can see why you were chosen for the program." Berkeley College Woodbridge Campus Operating Officer Debra Mallamace echoed her comments: "You now hold the title Goodwill Ambassador -- and that sets you apart from others."
Ms. Recinos added, "I know you will walk away from this with a better understanding of your community and more confidence in your public speaking and organizational management skills. I also know that this experience has challenged you, and I hope you will emerge with a new understanding of how you can shape the future."
A leader in business education for 77 years, Berkeley College currently 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 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: Students from Colonia High School recently graduated from the Goodwill Ambassadors - Youth Connection program implemented by Berkeley College in partnership with Woodbridge Mayor John E. McCormac and with local schools and businesses. Standing left to right are Berkeley College Garret Mountain Campus Operating Officer Diane Recinos, students Stephanie Farese, Sara Savoia, Jillian Cheslow, Caitlin Charniga, Uzma Arif, Sabina Babar, Bianca Pineda, Kinza Awan, Ruby Gupta, Sidra Anjum, Brittany Dublin, and Berkeley College Middlesex Campus Operating Officer Debra Mallamace. (Not pictured is Jaclyn Snyder.)
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