Military / Veterans
Berkeley College has been empowering students for successful careers since 1931, and is dedicated to helping veterans, servicemembers, and their families achieve their career goals. Berkeley College maintains a fully staffed Office of Military and Veterans Affairs to assist student-veterans with a wide variety of issues and topics, from counseling on your GI Bill Educational benefits and assistance with your BAH payments, to operating Veterans Resource Centers in various locations. The Office of Military and Veterans Affairs is here to support you.
Additionally, the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs oversees numerous other activities and programs for our student-veterans, servicemembers, and their families including:
- Marching in the New York City Veterans Day Parade
- Memorial Day ceremonies in New York City and New Jersey
- CVET program
- GoArmyEd Partnership
- VA Work-Study program
- Holiday card and care packages drive for troops overseas
- Two student-veteran led Veterans Clubs affiliated with the Student Veterans of America (SVA)
- Community service support of local and national veterans organizations
- Participation in the Veterans History Project administered by the Library of Congress
Berkeley College Student-Veterans
|Matteo Bonomo '13
B.S., Justice Studies - Criminal Justice
|Maja Johnson '13
B.S., Health Services Management
|Roscelle Jones '13
U.S. Air Force
B.S., Business Administration
|"From the moment I sat down with an Admissions representative, I knew Berkeley College was right for me; I felt very welcomed. Also, Berkeley greatly respects student-veterans, and I feel comfortable surrounded by those who support my training. The small classes are another huge plus."
||"I chose Berkeley College because it is a military-friendly college — which is what I needed. I also enjoy the small class environment; students have personal connections with their professors. Berkeley is a tight-knit community in which students, faculty, and associates feel at home."
||"Berkeley College has an outstanding Business Administration degree program. In addition to supportive professors who help students achieve their goals, Career Services is also extremely helpful. Overall, Berkeley provides much more than a great education."
|James Marshmon '14
|Charles Stacruz '14
B.S., Justice Studies - Criminal Justice
|"I chose Berkeley College because I was impressed by the outstanding Management degree program and the small class size."
||"I came to Berkeley College for its Justice Studies - Criminal Justice program. Berkeley also offers many different activities, which makes attending college more fun. There are many veterans here, and I fit right in."
There are four Veterans Resource Centers: The Woodland Park VRC is located on the first floor of Building #2, the NYC VRC is located on the bottom floor of the 41st Street building, the Newark VRC is located in room 125, and the Brooklyn VRC is located on the fourth floor.
Rachel D'Alessandro, Director of Military and Veterans Affairs, is located at the Woodland Park location. Tami Maurer, Associate Director of Military and Veterans Affairs, is located at the New York City location. Maja Johnson, VA Work Study, is located at the Newark location. Lisa Mulligan, Veterans Success Advisor, splits her time between the Brooklyn and New York City locations.
The Veterans Resource Center provides a location for veterans to receive information about their VA benefits; meet with the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs; socialize with other veterans; and obtain booklets, pamphlets, and other materials about a wide range of veterans benefits and issues.
Berkeley College student-veterans walking outside the Veterans Resource Center in Newark.
Veterans Affairs Work-Study Program
A Berkeley College student-veteran enrolled full-time or 3/4-time in a college degree program who is receiving educational benefits; you can "earn while you learn" with a VA work-study allowance.
- Assists with VA benefits. Facilitates the initial start-up process and distributes forms that a student must have to obtain benefits. Collects any additional material the student submits. Answers questions concerning any additional benefits that the student may receive.
- Assists with VA policies and procedures. Informs students of any VA websites, important phone numbers, publications, etc.
- Refers the students to different departments depending upon the question. If a student has questions or concerns pertaining to advisement or needs counseling, then the peer mentor can refer the student accordingly.
- Works with VA student's folders for filing and intake of any VA forms.
- Works with VA students concerning campus polices and procedures. (For example locations of buildings, questions concerning courses, registration, advisement, etc.).
- Assists in answering phone calls regarding VA questions.
Please send resume to Ms. Rachel D'Alessandro, Director of Military and Veterans Affairs, Office of Military and Veterans Affairs at RHO@BerkeleyCollege.edu.