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Berkeley Continues Dialogue on Keeping Millennials Working in New Jersey

Businesses leaders and educators focused on strategies for retaining New Jersey’s future workforce during “The Education Equation,” an event hosted by the New Jersey Business and Industry Association on March 21, 2017. The event examined the exodus of millennials, and possible solutions to keep residents ages 18 to 34 living and working in the Garden State.

(L to R) Bernard Corrigan, President, IBEW Local 102; Aaron Fichtner, PhD, Acting Commissioner, Depar tment of Labor and Workforce Development; Michele Siekerka, President and CEO, New Jersey Business and Industry Association; Ms. Salomon-Fernandez; Dr. Skuka; Mr. Moffitt; and Ms. Sparandara pose after the panel.

Central to that solution is building skills in growing fields such as healthcare, according to Eva Skuka, MD, PhD, Dean, Berkeley College School of Health Studies.

“Healthcare represents a growing career sector with many different pathways to success,” she said, discussing the shift to home and long-term care during a panel titled “The Role of Skill Building and Certification.”

The panel was moderated by Aaron Fichtner, PhD, Acting Commissioner, Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and featured representatives from JPMorgan Chase & Co., electrician union IBEW Local 102, and other higher education and workforce leaders.

“Berkeley College collaborates with employers to understand what expectations are for graduates,” Dr. Skuka said. “It is vital that students have diverse learning opportunities that give them access to dynamic careers and opportunities to continue up the career ladder.”

Berkeley College Celebrates Student Success and Supports Community Initiatives During New Jersey Devils’ ‘College Night’ at Prudential Center

Student Elijah Phillips of Paterson, NJ, prepares to ride the during intermission to salute the graduating Class of 2017 during Berkeley College Night at Prudential Center on March 26, 2017. Berkeley College will hold its Commencement ceremony at Prudential Center on May 5, 2017.

The New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center observed “Berkeley College Night” recently to celebrate the success of Berkeley College students and the College’s continued support of charitable initiatives.

As the Devils faced off against the Dallas Stars, Berkeley College associates and students raised funds and registered participants for upcoming community initiatives inc
luding the Susan Zabransky Hughes Memorial 5K Run on April 29, 2017, in Saddle River, NJ; Walk MS on April 30, 2017, in Leonia, NJ; the Walk to Cure Arthritis New Jersey, on May 21, 2017, at Berkeley College in Woodland Park, NJ; and the Go the Distance for Autism Ride, on June 4, 2017, in Paramus, NJ.

“As we prepare our students for dynamic careers, we also expect them to leave Berkeley with a social consciousness and go on to make a difference in New Jersey and the world,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College.

During the game, the Devils honored the Berkeley College Men’s Basketball team which recently secured its third consecutive United States Collegiate Athletic Association Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship. Student Elijah Phillips of Paterson, NJ, who will graduate from Berkeley College with a BBA in Business Administration – Management, rode the Zamboni during intermission to salute the graduating Class of 2017. Berkeley College will hold its Commencement ceremony at Prudential Center on May 5, 2017.

Berkeley College MBA Students Prepare for their Global Immersion in India

Senior graduate students in the MBA in Management program at Berkeley College have a new team project to manage – their upcoming global immersion trip to India. The trip will take place April 14 – 27, 2017, and introduce students to international companies in the two major cities of Mumbai and Delhi. Some of the students recently met for dinner at an Indian restaurant, Chutni, in Montclair.

Through collaborations with the Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research in Mumbai, students will benefit from both classroom and field experiences in global businesses. Plans include visits to global companies representing the auto manufacturing, software service, retail and advertising industries. In New Delhi, India’s capital city, visits are planned to Microsoft India and PepsiCo India.

“The students also will gain experience working on various aspects of this large team project as it relates to our trip,” said Maya Reddi, PhD, faculty member and program manager. The responsibilities and functions for the team include: accounting, individual day captains, photography, blogging, transportation, ticketing, visa procurement, and group communications.

“It is not every day you are given an opportunity to meet and interact with top executives within major global corporations,” said Berkeley College graduate student Ruth Shaver of Haledon, NJ. “This trip to India will allow me to expand and apply my knowledge far beyond what I have already learned in the classroom and to understand how culture impacts corporations globally.”

Ms. Shaver, whose work at a global firm now focuses on operations in the United States, will seek to shift her career focus more to global operations in the future.