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Berkeley College Prepares Alumnus for Professional Growth at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Meryl Herman has been with the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in Manhattan for nearly 12 years, starting off as an Optical Scanning Clerk before working her way up to a Clinicial Data Specialist position. While working at MSKCC, she decided to go back for her degree. “I wanted to be more than just a medical coder,” she said. “However, as I saw more opportunities increase at MSKCC, I realized I needed a college degree, and I knew that Berkeley College offered all the skills that I needed to further my career.”
A resident of Brooklyn, NY, Ms. Herman first graduated from Berkeley College with an A.A.S in Medical Insurance, Billing, and Coding. She returned to Berkeley College to earn a BBA in Health Services Management in 2016. She credits the courses she took with not only providing her with professional skills to apply in the health services field, but also help improve her confidence.
“I remember one particular class where the professor asked us to write a report and present on a health care topic of our choice,” Ms. Herman said. “At first I was extremely nervous to stand in front of the class, as I tend to be shy when speaking in front of large crowds. However, looking at the smiles from my fellow classmates and professor really alleviated my nervousness.”
While taking courses at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan, Ms. Herman was also working at MSKCC. “Going to college while also having a full-time job felt never-ending, but Berkeley College taught me time-management skills that made these challenges a little easier,” she said.