On the Path to Success: Berkeley College Collaborates with Obama Foundation, Newark Community to Host Opportunity Summit Benefiting More Than 1,300 Young Men of Color

 
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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2018
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ON THE PATH TO SUCCESS

Berkeley College Collaborates with Obama Foundation,
Newark Community to Host Opportunity Summit
Benefiting More Than 1,300 Young Men of Color

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More than 1,300 young men of color had the opportunity to interview for jobs and build their professional skill sets, during the Pathways to Success Opportunity Summit at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, on February 27, 2018. Berkeley College joined the Obama Foundation, My Brother’s Keeper, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka and more than 30 community partners to support the event.

 

The Opportunity Summit – the fourth of its kind held nationwide – seeks to address opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color, and aligns with the vision of Newark 2020 to employ 2,020 unemployed Newark residents by the year 2020. The event featured workshops, mentorship opportunities, and on-site interviews and hires by companies including Amazon, Prudential, NJ Transit and others.

“Berkeley College is proud to serve as a community partner for this important initiative,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College. “Whether they left the Opportunity Summit with the start of a career, a mentor or new professional skills, these young men are now better equipped to advance their futures in the City of Newark and beyond.”

As part of the event, Berkeley College hosted “LinkedIn: Building Your Digital Resume,” a workshop to help attendees establish a personal online brand. Amy Soricelli, Berkeley College Vice President, Career Services, a highly ranked professional in the LinkedIn Social Selling Index, led the workshop. Berkeley College also took professional headshots the attendees could use for their digital resumes.

Click here to read takeaways from the presentation in “LinkedIn: 5 Tips to Build Your Personal Brand.”

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Photo Caption: Amy Soricelli, Vice President, Berkeley College Career Services, presents LinkedIn: Building Your Digital Resume,” at the Pathways to Success Opportunity Summit at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, on February 27, 2018.

Khali Raymond, a Berkeley College student and Newark resident, serves as a Fellow for the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, an initiative launched by the Obama Foundation in 2014 to help young men of color reach their full potential.

 

“I want to create opportunities for boys and young men of color – because there is a lot of opportunity there,” said Mr. Raymond, 19, who is pursuing an AAS in Business Administration – Management at Berkeley College. “We need to do what we can to help our youth. This event is a product of President Obama’s vision to do that.”

 

Click here to read a blog post by Mr. Raymond, who is also an author of several books about growing up African-American.

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Photo Caption: Khali Raymond, a Berkeley College student and Newark resident, serves as a Fellow for the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance. He said the Pathways to Success Opportunity Summit is a product of President Obama’s vision to help young men of color.

 

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 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 five 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 www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.

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