When 1983 Berkeley College alumna Marlene “Gizzi” Resciniti recently took a tour of Berkeley's Woodland Park location, she was in awe.
"I remembered driving up the long, winding driveway, walking the halls and sitting in the same classrooms. I recognized all the buildings. They were the same, yet different," she said.
Ms. Resciniti was visiting Berkeley College for an important reason – her son, Michael, entered the Justice Studies – Criminal Justice program in the Fall 2011 Quarter.
When Ms. Resciniti was a student in the Business Administration/Word Processing program in the 1980s, the atmosphere at Berkeley College — then called The Berkeley School — was drastically different. The formerly all-female institution had just begun to enroll male students, and new technology was starting to break into the public consciousness.
"Computers were evolving, and Berkeley College had all the latest technologies for that era," Ms. Resciniti said. "I learned how to fully utilize a computer — both hardware and software applications. If it wasn’t for the education and skill set I received at Berkeley, I would not have been able to hold any of the office positions I have had over the years."
After graduating, Ms. Resciniti was hired at prestigious companies such as Hoffman-La Roche in Nutley, NJ, where she worked for many years. She currently works in the Legal Department at Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals in Wayne, NJ. She said that Berkeley’s promise of lifetime career assistance continues to put her mind at ease.
"I told my children that if I ever need a job, even after all these years, all I have to do is reach out to Berkeley and they will help me find one," she said. She added that the many positive things she says about the College are what piqued her son’s curiosity about Berkeley — and Michael agrees.
"My mom always talks about how she enjoyed her experiences at Berkeley," Michael said. "When I told her I was considering Berkeley, she said I would be very comfortable here. The faculty and staff have been great. I am enjoying my experience already."
While researching colleges, Michael said he took into account Berkeley’s accelerated Bachelor’s degree option and internship program. The Passaic Valley Regional High School graduate hopes to one day work in the K-9 Unit for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Ms. Resciniti said she is excited that Michael will one day join her as a proud Berkeley College alumnus.
"I had a wonderful experience attending Berkeley," she said. "To this day I smile when I think about the positive impact it has had on my life. Now my son is going to have those same experiences, and I know he will excel as much as I did."