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Berkeley College in Newark is committed to students and the local community.
Newark Students Encouraged to Shine Inside and Outside the Classroom
Since its inception in 2006, Berkeley College in Newark has become a part of the fabric of the local community. More than 50 percent of the students at this campus are Newark or Essex County residents, with the remainder residing mostly in Hudson County or southern New Jersey. The majority of students commute to the College; a handful live at University Centre, an unaffiliated residential complex located just six blocks away from Berkeley’s Newark campus.
“The foundation of our values here at the Newark campus is our pursuit of excellence and our deep commitment to the students and the local community in Newark and in Essex County,” said Joel Martinez, Berkeley College Campus Operating Officer, Newark.
Berkeley College in Newark has teamed up with its neighbor Verizon to host blood drives, and students also volunteer in the Newark Mayor’s Office and at local schools as part of United Way’s Celebrity Read program. Through the Newark Beautification Project, Berkeley College students have joined students from other colleges to help clean up local streets and parks.
Students in Newark have access to a variety of clubs and organizations, including the Fashion Club; the Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Club; the Law and Justice Club; and the Entrepreneurial Club. Recreational activities include a pool table and a tennis table, and students can join the YMCA – located just two blocks away – for a reduced fee. A variety of restaurants and cafes are conveniently located just across the street from Berkeley College, with many offering student discounts.
There are perks to attending the Newark campus. Following Berkeley College Night at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), students may go backstage to meet the performers and have refreshments. Berkeley College also sponsors Sounds of the City, an outdoor jazz concert series.
The Newark campus has strong partnerships with local nonprofits and businesses, and students benefit greatly from these connections. For example, students who intern at the All Stars Project of New Jersey – a nonprofit located across the street from the College – are exposed to the organization’s corporate sponsors, and this has led to internship and career opportunities for business graduates. Some healthcare students at Newark serve internships at Beth Israel Hospital and at the Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville.
“Our goal is to prepare students for job opportunities – or to further their education – so that they can build careers that will provide them with a sustainable future for generations to come,” said Mr. Martinez.
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