More than 125 dignitaries, including business and civic leaders from the community, celebrated the grand opening of the Clifton, NJ location of the Berkeley College School of Health Studies located at 600 Getty Avenue on Thursday, October 10.

Tia DeLouise, Campus Operating Officer, welcomed the guests and served as Master of Ceremonies.  Kevin L. Luing, Chairman of the Board, explained how the merger of Dover Business College and Berkeley College that took place July 1, 2013 brought excellent program credentials, great faculty and facilities together to educate eager students in the allied health fields.  In doing so, students could access a range of programs that are designed to prepare them for career success, including certificates, associate and bachelor degrees.

“The new Berkeley College location in Clifton, specializing in Health Studies, is a reflection of the commitment of Berkeley College to bringing students in Passaic County and in the New York metropolitan region quality academic offerings that foster career opportunities in growth sectors such as healthcare,” said Dario A. Cortes, President, Berkeley College.

“The enrollment at the Clifton location, with a total of 631 students, including 187 new students, underscores the demand for degree offerings in health sciences and medical technology professions,” said Dr. Cortes, adding, “Berkeley College, with its global student reach, diverse faculty and specialized academic offerings, supports students at every stage of their development.  In addition to classroom learning, students gain hands-on clinical experience and assistance with job placement and career advancement.”

Greetings and letters of congratulations from the offices of Congressman Bill Pascrell, 9th Legislative District of New Jersey, and New Jersey Senator Nia Gill, 34th District, were presented by Teri Duda, Senior Vice President, Government Relations. Thomas Giblin, Representative, 34th Legislative District of New Jersey, presented a proclamation and offered his congratulations, acknowledging the dedication and commitment of Berkeley College throughout the years since it began in East Orange, NJ, in 1931.  In addition, Passaic County Freeholder Terry Duffy, Surrogate Bernice Toledo, and Clerk to the Board of Chosen Freeholders, Lou Imhof, cited the positive reputation of Berkeley College for giving students the tools they need to better their lives.  James Anzaldi, Mayor of Clifton, also presented a proclamation. Brian Tangora, President, North Jersey Regional Chamber of Commerce; and Richard Berdnik, Sheriff, Passaic County, offered their praise and congratulations as well.

A leader in providing career-focused education for more than 80 years, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 8,700 students — including over 800 international students — in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. The College has six New Jersey locations — Woodland Park, Paramus, Woodbridge, Newark, Clifton and Dover.  In New York there are three locations — Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online also offers full degree programs. Programs are off