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Whitney Rolle, Berkeley College alumnus

Distance Learner Applies Educational Experience to Financial Services Career and Military Nonprofit Work



Whitney Rolle graduated from Berkeley College in 2012 with a B.B.A. in Financial Services, taking courses both online and onsite in Midtown Manhattan and White Plains, NY. He went on to earn an M.S. in Finance at the Lubin School of Business at Pace University in 2016. Taking online courses at Berkeley College not only prepared Mr. Rolle for a prosperous career in banking and auditing, but offered convenience while he was serving in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Rolle served as an Infantry Team Leader in the U.S. Army for more than eight years. He was deployed in Iraq for two separate tours, and was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor for heroic actions during enemy engagement. While stationed in Iraq and in Fort Campbell, KY, Mr. Rolle continued his education by taking classes online. “After every foot patrol, I would sit in my hooch, a small tent made with an Army poncho, and work on assignments from thousands of miles away,” Mr. Rolle said.

A resident of White Plains, NY, Mr. Rolle got his first start in financial services at JPMorgan Chase as an Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Compliance Investigator. Since then, he has held various roles as a Compliance Officer to national and regional banks and consulting firms like K2 Intelligence and Navigant. Currently, Mr. Rolle works as a banking consultant providing AML investigation services to banks.”

While continuing his career in financial services, Mr. Rolle also has been serving as the Executive Director of Heroes United, a non-profit veteran service organization. Heroes United will officially launch in 2017, but Mr. Rolle and his team have spent more than a year preparing a program that will provide social reintegration support to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression. “When I returned from duty, I was bombarded with fears, and I did not know how to handle them,” Mr. Rolle said. “I want to make sure we provide quality reintegration services for veterans so that, like myself, they recover from military trauma and become successful.”

Close up with Whitney Rolle

What does success mean to you?

Success means constantly learning and developing my skills.

What initially inspired you to enroll in Berkeley College?

I was looking for a school that would allow me to attend classes while I was on duty in Iraq. It was important for me to continue my education because I had an obligation to my children to better myself, beyond what the military could provide.

How did Berkeley College prepare you for success?

I applied a lot of the advice and experience Professor Joanne Snider, Financial Services, shared with her class to my career.

In which way(s) do you see yourself being successful in the future?

By designing Heroes United to provide quality reintegration services for veterans.

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

Continue to attend class, apply your studies to everyday life, and participate in class instruction. If you do that, you will achieve the goal of graduation.