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Nancy Robles-Guess found an opportunity to provide for her kids and change her life by enrolling at Berkeley College.
Graduate Overcomes Personal Obstacles to Succeed in Management
At the age of 7, Nancy Robles-Guess moved from Costa Rica to Paterson, NJ, with her mother. She struggled with poverty and an abusive relationship that left her discouraged and alone with three children. Through it all, Ms. Robles-Guess found an opportunity to provide for her kids and change her life by enrolling at Berkeley College.
Crediting Berkeley College for helping her build self-confidence, Ms. Robles-Guess graduated with an A.S. degree in Paralegal Studies in 2000, and went on to earn her B.A. in Business Administration in 2004. “The staff at Berkeley was phenomenal,” Ms. Robles-Guess said. “It was a tough transition for me because I was the first person in my family to go to college and I had no idea what to expect. In fact, I was the only sibling of the three to graduate high school, so college seemed unattainable at one point.”
Ms. Robles-Guess got her professional start at Fleet Healthcare, while still an undergraduate student, and continued rising the career ladder. She is currently the Vice President of Operations and Compliance Officer for Eastern Funding, LLC.
Motivated to continue building a better life for herself and family, she again returned to school to earn an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix. “It took me six and a half years to get my M.B.A.,” Ms. Robles-Guess said. “During that time, I got married, had two more kids and several promotions at work, making school a tough commitment. However, I finally graduated in December 2013.”