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A variety of clubs, activities, and resources enhance student life in Woodland Park.
Woodland Park Students Immerse Themselves in College Life
The college spirit is alive and well at Berkeley College in Woodland Park. Located on a mountaintop surrounded by woods, this campus provides a serene setting for its commuter students. The location has ample on-site parking, and a shuttle bus runs to and from nearby bus and train stations for students using public transportation.
“Many of our students tell us that they chose to attend the Woodland Park campus because of the suburban setting,” said Linda Pinsky-Mauro, Berkeley College Campus Operating Officer, Woodland Park and Paramus. “With the lawns and the property here, students get that real sense of being on a college campus.”
Renaissance Hall, a newly renovated 35,000-square-foot facility, is at the heart of this location. This building is home to the Student Center – equipped with a pool table and a TV – and a café. In the building’s brightly lit atrium, students may enjoy a meal, attend club meetings, participate in arts and crafts events, or sit in on a lecture series. Students have free access to the Renaissance Hall Fitness Center along with lockers and showers. The center is open from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM, making it convenient to fit in a workout before or after classes.
Activities focus on career advancement, health, and wellness
The Student Development and Campus Life Department in Woodland Park has partnered with the DMG School of Boxing and Sports Training in Paterson to offer Wellness Wednesday programs in the Fitness Center. This series kicked off with a Latin dance workout.
“This program is part of a strong movement at this campus towards health and wellness,” said Janelle Giles, Berkeley College Director of Student Development and Campus Life. “We recently began inviting a chef to the College to demonstrate how to prepare healthy meals on a budget. We want to instill in our students that you have to take care of yourself in order to do well at college.”
Berkeley College in Woodland Park hosts a variety of clubs, including Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda; the Fashion Club; and the Health Studies Club. In addition, students can join the staff of the Berkeley Bold magazine. A recently opened gallery space hosts exhibits, lectures, and presentations for students studying interior design, graphic design, and fashion. Meanwhile, student veterans are encouraged to utilize the Veterans Resource Center.
Business networking opportunities are strong in Woodland Park. These include Career Fairs and an annual Under the Tent networking event attended by members of local chambers of commerce.
“I am very involved with the local chamber of commerce, and there are lots of opportunities for student ambassadors to attend off-campus events with me,” Ms. Pinsky-Mauro said. “This provides them with terrific exposure to network with the local business community.”
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