New York City Schools Chancellor Says Collaboration is Key to College and Career Readiness

MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2017
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Berkeley College Hosts ‘Bridge to College and Careers’ Event with New York City Education Leaders

“What can we do better, together?” That was the question Carmen Fariña, Chancellor, New York City Department of Education, asked an audience of high school superintendents, principals, and leaders in higher education during “Building a Bridge to College and Careers,” an event hosted by Berkeley College on April 5, 2017.


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Chancellor Fariña spoke about the need for students to be exposed to college earlier than ever, and shared some initiatives that work toward achieving that goal, including SAT School Day, which gave all New York City students equal opportunity to take the college entrance exam at their own schools for free during the school day.


“Think about all the obstacles we put in their way,” she said about the paperwork, fees and transportation costs involved in taking the college entrance exam. “It’s about all the things that prevent some kids from having the same fair advantage as other kids.”


She also spoke about the need to change what happens in the classroom, and congratulated schools that are focused on technology, innovation and collaboration.


“The jobs of today are not the jobs five years from now,” she said. “Our students need critical thinking. They need to be able to analyze a problem and solve it. And they need to be able to work successfully in a group.”


More from the Event: Click here to view photos from the “Building a Bridge to College and Careers” event. Click here to watch the full event.


New York City superintendents who attended the event echoed her thoughts. They shared the importance of college courses at the high school level and parental involvement in the college process early on.


“We are now building those partnerships down the line, including the notion of going to college in discussions with parents at the pre-k level,” said Anthony Lodico, Superintendent of Schools on Staten Island. The Staten Island public school district already has partnerships with nearby colleges that are also collaborating in their respective communities.


Click here to read remarks from more New York City educators who spoke at the event.


Berkeley College also introduced its Bridge to College program, which offers mentorship, career exploration, workshops and Advanced Placement college courses to New York City high school students. Ten New York City high schools have agreements in place with Berkeley College to date.

Click here to learn more about the Berkeley College Bridge to College program.


“Education is a game-changer,” said Dario A. Cortes, PhD, Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances, Berkeley College. “Our mission at Berkeley College is to ‘empower students to achieve lifelong success in dynamic careers.’ The idea of a bridge really came out of that statement, because in order to get to careers, students have to be college-ready. We want to build a path to success for all students in New York City.”

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Photo Captions: (Top) Carmen Fariña, Chancellor, New York City Department of Education, speaks to high school superintendents, principals, and leaders in higher education during “Building a Bridge to College and Careers,” an event hosted by Berkeley College on April 5, 2017. (Above) Moses Ojeda, Principal, Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School in Jamaica, Queens, speaks about initiatives at his school. (Below) New York City high school superintendents, principals, and leaders in higher education join Chancellor Fariña on stage following the event.

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A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 8,000 students – including more than 550 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s 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 and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.


Berkeley College has three New York campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are five campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For four consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. The website address is


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