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Strong academic support helps students to succeed at Berkeley College in Dover.
Dover Students Empowered to Succeed Academically and Professionally
From the moment students enroll at Berkeley College in Dover they are empowered to succeed both academically and professionally.
“Students attending this campus are very aware that our mission is to help them stay in school, graduate, and go on to rewarding careers,” said Maureen DiFonzo, Berkeley College Campus Operating Officer, Dover. “We have a Success Coordinator who communicates with every student every quarter. She reaches out to students who are struggling to see how we can offer additional support, and she stays in touch with our successful students to offer ongoing encouragement.”
At the Dover campus, the Student Development and Campus Life Department teams up with the Academic Support Center to host ongoing coffee hours where students learn skills such as effective study habits. In addition, this campus hosts breakfasts to support students during finals week. Themed monthly events also have an educational component. During Autism Awareness Month, a guest speaker visited with nursing students to speak about autism. And students were invited to attend an Allied Health Lecture series during Nurses Appreciation Month. Also, the Dover campus hosted a Virtual Intelligence event, organized by the BC L.E.A.D.s leadership program, to inform students about personal branding and the use of LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.
The Dover campus has an active Student Government Association, and is also home to a Fashion Club and a Medical Assistant Club. Students in the Fashion Club are invited to contribute articles to the Berkeley Bold magazine, participate in fashion-related community outreach projects, and volunteer during Fashion Week in New York City. Community service is also encouraged for members of the Medical Assistant Club. Students have participated in the Relay for Life walk to benefit the American Cancer Society, and have also conducted blood pressure screenings for members of the public during community health fairs.
“I always tell students that participating in clubs and community outreach events is an investment in their future,” said Sarada Jailal, Berkeley College Director of Student Development and Campus Life, Dover. “Stepping outside their comfort zone and getting involved in extracurricular activities provides great leadership opportunities and experiences, which will benefit students no matter what career they pursue.”
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