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Berkeley College’s Professional Environment Prepares Graduate for Growing Managerial Career at YMCA
“Berkeley College is structured in a manner that requires students to be responsible in order to succeed,” said Heather Bell regarding taking classes at Berkeley College in White Plains, NY. “The focus is on your education and career.” Ms. Bell credits her time at Berkeley College and its professional environment with preparing her for a growing management career at the YMCA.
A resident of Fishkill, NY, Ms. Bell earned an A.A.S. in Business Administration – Customer Relations from Berkeley College in 1989. She also earned a B.A.S. degree in Organizational & Human Resources Management from Nyack College in 2000. Ms. Bell worked in various organization managerial roles at companies like Portaga Inc. in White Plains and Computer Task Group in Poughkeepsie, NY. She was a Corporate Relations Specialist for Heineken USA, where she was responsible maintaining the international brewer’s relations with communities and organizations in the Northeast region.
Ms. Bell was running her own event planning service, A Perfect Plan, when a former associate from Berkeley College reached out to her in 2014 about an opening at the YMCA in White Plains. Today, as Associate Executive Director there, she oversees operations and staffing of the facility, focusing primarily on membership, aquatics and fitness. While her passion has been re-directed to her work at the YMCA, she continues to coordinate weddings through A Perfect Plan, which Westchester Magazine recognized among its Best of Westchester 2014 honorees and Wedding Wire awarded the Client’s Choice Award in 2014 and 2016.
Ms. Bell credits her time working as a student aide in the Berkeley College Admissions Office with teaching her valuable lessons about sales and the education system, skills she has been able to apply to situations at the YMCA. “Because of these experiences, I am prepared to help young adults find means of paying for their education as well,” she said.