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Juanita Casiano, Berkeley College professor

Graduate Gives Back to Berkeley College as a Professor

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Juanita Casiano, Berkeley College professor

 

Juanita Casiano realized her dream of teaching at Berkeley College with her appointment in 2014 as a full-time faculty member in Berkeley’s School of Health Studies. After earning her Billing and Coding Specialist certification from Dover Business College in 2007, Ms. Casiano graduated from Berkeley College with an A.A.S. in Health Services Administration – Medical Insurance, Billing, and Coding in 2012, and earned a B.S. in Healthcare Management in 2014. She has since earned her M.S.H.A. degree from New England College.

Ms. Casiano teaches courses in the School of Health Studies in Dover and Woodland Park, NJ, as well as online. “Berkeley College prepared me for a dynamic career that I enjoy sharing with the students of Berkeley College,” she said.

One of Ms. Casiano’s closest mentors was Mary McDonough, Ph.D., former Provost and professor of Management in the Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business®. “I learned from her that it doesn't matter who says you cannot do something, because you know you can and should do it,” she said. “Dr. McDonough was the one who encouraged me to continue my education and gave me the opportunity to work at Berkeley College.”

Berkeley College 85th anniversary success story
Up Close with Juanita Casiano

What does success mean to you?

Success is when you are able to give back and help those who are in similar situations that you faced along your journey.

What initially inspired you to enroll in Berkeley College?

Berkeley College’s reputation as a private college that was able to provide more individualized instruction was enticing. When I was a senior in high school back in 1993, we had a career fair where many different schools came in to talk about their programs. At that time, I really loved Accounting and wanted to be a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). I actually met a Berkeley College recruiter who spoke about the College so highly that I couldn’t resist requesting further information. Then I attended Berkeley College in 1993 to prepare for the CPA, but I later switched to the health services field.

How did Berkeley College prepare you for success?

Berkeley College taught me the skills that I’ve been able to apply in my career.

What advice would you offer today’s college-bound students?

Once you commit, follow through and don’t give up!

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