Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka Shares Vision of City with Berkeley College Students

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Ras J. Baraka, Mayor of Newark, NJ, received a warm welcome from the Berkeley College community during a visit to the Newark campus on October 23, 2017. After touring the campus, he met with students and officials to discuss topics ranging from education and career pathways to public safety and economic development, including the City’s proposal to Inc., to open Amazon’s second North American headquarters in the Brick City. 

While students were curious about the status of Newark’s bid to Amazon, the Mayor took the opportunity to emphasize the many assets of the City for all businesses. “Amazon aside, the City is incredibly important, with a manufacturing base, the second largest seaport in the country, warehousing and logistics, a mass transit hub and an international airport,” said Mayor Baraka.

Kevin Luing, Chairman of the Berkeley College Board of Trustees, told students, “Your campus is not just Berkeley College; it is the entire City of Newark.” 

“We believe in the future of Newark and in the opportunities the City provides,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College. “Our goal is to do our part to make our students labor-ready.”

One student, Vanessa Wilson of East Orange, majoring in Fashion Merchandising and Management at Berkeley College, asked Mayor Baraka, “What can we do to stress academics – to have academics taken seriously?”

“They have to see you,” said Mayor Baraka. “The reality is you have to model what the outcomes are for people. Your peers are going to be inspired by you.”

Another student, Chevonne Newman of Newark, is completing her final semester earning a Bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies. “I was happy the Mayor took the time to meet with us and to speak with us about what we’re doing at Berkeley College,” she said. “It shows he really cares about the people in his City.”

Photo Captions: (Top) Ras J. Baraka, Mayor of Newark, NJ, meets with students and officials from Berkeley College while visiting the Newark campus on October 23, 2017.

(Above) Representatives from Berkeley College pictured with Mayor Baraka (center) from left to right include Dallas Reed, PhD, Vice President, Student Development and Campus Life; Angela Harrington, Vice President, Communications and External Relations; Gerald Iacullo, Dean, Developmental Education, Center for Academic Success and Pre-College Programming; Kevin L. Luing, Berkeley College Board Chairman; student Samba Taha of East Orange, NJ; student Bettsy Otayza of Kearny; student Chevonne Newman of Newark; Teri Duda, Senior Vice President, Government Relations; Arthur J. Pann, CPC, Senior Director, Corporate Development, Career Services; Earl Brown, Campus Operating Officer, Newark; and Michael J. Smith, President of 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 more than 7,100 students – including more than 440 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 five New Jersey campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. 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

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