U.S. Under Secretary of Education Meets with Berkeley College Non-Traditional Students as Part of National Tour


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A small group of Berkeley College non-traditional students recently participated in a roundtable discussion and individual conversations with Madam Under Secretary Sara Martinez Tucker as part of her national listening tour.  Under Secretary Tucker is charged with carrying out the recommendations from Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings’ Commission on the Future of Higher Education, which calls for expanding the accessibility, affordability, and accountability of higher education for more Americans


Berkeley College Interim President Dr. Rose Mary Healy and Berkeley College Chairman Kevin Luing were joined by Career College Association representatives, including President Harris Miller during the visit.


Dr. Healy commented, “This is a great opportunity for our students to experience firsthand the value of the process of community and civic engagement, which – along with the academics and workplace preparedness – is vital to their success.”


Chairman Luing said, “The engagement by top federal education policy officials like Madam Under Secretary Tucker with non-traditional higher education students is absolutely critical.  An enormous workforce challenge faces this country and, for most working Americans, we need alternatives to a traditional four-year liberal arts education.  Career education, with its emphasis on market driven curricula, flexible class schedules, student support, and employer outreach, is transforming the conventional wisdom about higher education.  Business and education partnerships are essential to build our economic strength.”


“Kudos to Secretary Tucker for reaching out to career college students and seeking their views on a range of higher education topics,” said CCA President Harris N. Miller.  “Career education is increasingly important to our nation’s efforts to field a globally competitive 21st century workforce as well as to Americans seeking the market driven skills they need to gain higher paying, higher value jobs and careers.  We hope that Secretary Tucker will use what she hears from the students to help remove barriers to educational access and affordability and, by doing so, speed them on their way to realizing the American dream.”



A leader in business education for more than 75 years, Berkeley College currently maintains an enrollment of more than 6,000 students, with nearly 600 international students in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree programs. The College maintains 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 West Paterson, Paramus, Woodbridge, and Newark. In addition, the College offers Berkeley College® Online and its Corporate Learning Partnership program. The College’s website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu .


 Madam Under Secretary Sara Martinez Tucker and non-traditional Berkeley College students                                                  

Photo Caption A:  Madam Under Secretary Sara Martinez Tucker (center) of the US Department of Education met with non-traditional Berkeley College students during her national “Listening Tour.”  Pictured with her (left to right) are Berkeley College Chairman Kevin Luing, Berkeley College Interim President Dr. Rose Mary Healy, Berkeley College Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs, New York Dr. Glen Zeitzer, and Career College Association President Harris Miller.

Madam Under Secretary Sara Martinez Tucker and Berkeley College leadership
Photo Caption B: Berkeley College was one of the first stops on the national “Listening Tour” of Madam Undersecretary Tucker of the US Department of Education (seated center), to conduct a roundtable discussion and meet with nontraditional students at the College’s Midtown Campus in New York City. With her are (standing, first row, left to right): students Aleyda Luna., Brooklyn, NY; Paris Ricks, Brooklyn, NY; Berkeley College Board Chairman Kevin Luing; Joyce Ventura, Brooklyn, NY; Esther Gross, New York, NY. Standing in the second row, left to right, are Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs, New York, Dr. Glen Zeitzer; Tyree Smith, Brooklyn, NY; Berkeley College Interim President Dr. Rose Mary Healy; Alonzo Burwell of Port Reading, NJ; Angela Salerno of Yonkers, NY; Alimuir Nickerson, East Orange, NJ; Mariama Sanoh, Brooklyn, NY; Denise Chapman, New York, NY; Diana Rivera, Brooklyn, NY; Kelly Sutton of East Orange, NJ; Magaly Veliz of Port Jervis, NY; and Jose Peralta of Queens, NY. 

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