Military / Veterans
Berkeley College is dedicated to helping veterans, servicemembers, and their families achieve their career goals. Listed as a Principles of Excellence institution with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Berkeley College assists student-veterans by maintaining a fully staffed Office of Military and Veterans Affairs and operating Veterans Resource Centers in various locations. The Office of Military and Veterans Affairs is here to support you with a wide variety of issues and topics, such as counseling on your GI Bill Educational benefits and assistance with your BAH payments.
Additionally, the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs oversees numerous other activities and programs for our student-veterans, servicemembers, and their families including:
- Marching in the New York City Veterans Day Parade
- Memorial Day ceremonies in New York City and New Jersey
- CVET program
- GoArmyEd Partnership
- VA Work-Study program
- Holiday card and care packages drive for troops overseas
- Two student-veteran led Veterans Clubs affiliated with the Student Veterans of America (SVA)
- Community service support of local and national veterans organizations
- Participation in the Veterans History Project administered by the Library of Congress
Berkeley College Student-Veterans
|Ryan Davenport '16
B.B.A., Fashion Merchandising and Management with Minor in International Business
|James Marshmon '14
|Alumnus Charles Stacruz
B.S., Justice Studies - Criminal Justice
|"I chose Berkeley College because the student-to-professor ratio was what I needed."
||"I chose Berkeley College because I was impressed by the outstanding Management degree program and the small class size."
||"I came to Berkeley College for its Justice Studies - Criminal Justice program. Berkeley also offers many different activities, which made attending college more fun. There are many veterans at Berkeley, and I fit right in."
|Alumna Maja Johnson
B.S., Health Services Management
|Alumnus Roscelle Jones
U.S. Air Force
B.S., Business Administration
|"I chose Berkeley College because it is a military-friendly college — which is what I needed. I also enjoy the small class environment; students have personal connections with their professors. Berkeley is a tight-knit community in which students, faculty, and associates feel at home."
||"Berkeley College has an outstanding Business Administration degree program. In addition to supportive professors who help students achieve their goals, Career Services is also extremely helpful. Overall, Berkeley provides much more than a great education."
There are five on-site Veterans Resource Centers: The Woodland Park VRC is on the first floor of Building #2, the NYC VRC is on the bottom floor of the 41st Street building, the Newark VRC is in room 125, and the Brooklyn VRC is on the fourth floor. The fifth VRC is on the second floor of the Dover location.
Tami Maurer-Pichardo, Director, Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, works at the Woodland Park and Dover locations. Lisa Mulligan, Assistant Director and Veterans Advisor, splits her time between the Brooklyn and New York City locations. Maja Johnson-Mendez works at the Newark location.
The Veterans Resource Center provides a location for veterans to receive information about their VA benefits; meet with the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs; socialize with other veterans; and obtain booklets, pamphlets, and other materials about a wide range of veterans benefits and issues.
There is also an Online Veterans Resource Center.
Members of the Berkeley College community, including student veterans from the Newark, Midtown Manhattan, and Woodland Park locations, marched in the 2013 New York City Veterans Day Parade.
Veterans Affairs Work-Study Program
A Berkeley College student-veteran enrolled full-time or 3/4-time in a college degree program who is receiving educational benefits; you can "earn while you learn" with a VA work-study allowance.
- Assists with VA benefits. Facilitates the initial start-up process and distributes forms that a student must have to obtain benefits. Collects any additional material the student submits. Answers questions concerning any additional benefits that the student may receive.
- Assists with VA policies and procedures. Informs students of any VA websites, important phone numbers, publications, etc.
- Refers the students to different departments depending upon the question. If a student has questions or concerns pertaining to advisement or needs counseling, then the peer mentor can refer the student accordingly.
- Works with VA student's folders for filing and intake of any VA forms.
- Works with VA students concerning campus polices and procedures. (For example locations of buildings, questions concerning courses, registration, advisement, etc.).
- Assists in answering phone calls regarding VA questions.
Please send resume to Tami Maurer-Pichardo, Director, Office of Military and Veterans Affairs at tmm@BerkeleyCollege.edu.