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Berkeley College recently kicked off a yearlong celebration honoring its 80th anniversary. The theme for the year-long celebration is Changing Lives for 80 Years. The anniversary year will focus on commemorating the many lives that have been changed by the College over the years.

“The year 2011 will be a significant one for Berkeley College, not only because of all we plan to accomplish through our strategic planning initiatives, but also because 2011 marks the 80th anniversary of our ever-expanding teaching and learning community,” said Berkeley College President Dario A. Cortes, PhD, in an address to faculty, staff and guests at a holiday reception held at The Venetian in Garfield, NJ.

Throughout 2011, Berkeley College will recognize students, alumni, faculty, staff, business partners and civic leaders who change the lives of the individuals around them in positive ways. In addition, the College has announced a goal to raise at least $80,000 for charities through its participation in various community service events and activities.

“Making a difference not only in the lives of our students and graduates, but also in the lives of those who live and work in the communities we serve, has always been a trademark of Berkeley College,” said Berkeley College Board Chairman Kevin L. Luing.

The College has established a Webpage dedicated to the 80th anniversary celebration at

A leader in business education for 80 years, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls nearly 9,000 students — including more than 800 international students — in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree programs. The College has four New York locations — Midtown Manhattan, Lower Manhattan in the Wall Street area, Brooklyn, and White Plains. And in New Jersey there are four locations — Woodland Park, Paramus, Woodbridge, and Newark. Berkeley College Online also offers full degree programs. Programs are offered in more than 20 career fields. The website address is