Author: Larry Hlavenka

Bergen Student Becomes First to Win Pearson Scholarship

Jade Tollis.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College student Jade Tollis has earned the $5,000 Pearson Scholarship for Higher Education. Tollis, of Teaneck, represents one of only 10 students in the nation to receive the award and the first Bergen student to receive the scholarship. She will now partner with a Pearson employee professional mentor during the scholarship program.

“I am beyond humbled to be chosen for this scholarship and mentorship program,” she said. “The fact that Phi Theta Kappa and Pearson Education believe enough in my career goals to invest in my education is so incredibly gratifying and encouraging.”

The Pearson Scholarship for Higher Education helps defray educational expenses for new Phi Theta Kappa members enrolled in associate degree programs and provides continued financial support to Pearson Scholars when they transfer to a four-year college.

“The Pearson Scholarship for Higher Education is one of the most prestigious national scholarships available for community college students,” Bergen Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Co-advisor Angie Goldszmidt said. “We are extremely proud of Jade’s achievements and for being one of only 10 students in the nation to win this award. This accomplishment reflects both the strength of our students and the quality of our honors programs in supporting students through the application process.”

Tollis, a veterinary technology major, has a passion for wildlife conversation and aspires to begin a career in conservation biology. She has volunteered as an educational docent at Turtle Back Zoo, interned at the Terrapin Nesting Project on Long Beach Island for two summers and currently volunteers as a trail maintainer with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. For her, an ideal day is one spent outdoors hiking, kayaking or volunteering. Tollis encourages her peers to join her in surveying trails for invasive plant species or conducting horseshoe-crab counts in the summer with Save Coastal Wildlife. With an expected graduation in 2020, she hopes to become a veterinary professional, scientist or teacher.

The Pearson Scholarship program awards up to 10 scholarships of $5,000 each for a total of $50,000 in scholarships annually. Pearson scholars receive complimentary access to Pearson educational materials.

Phi Theta Kappa remains the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges, helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The society includes more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 nations. Learn more at ptk.org.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 13,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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Bergen Trustee Elected to State Leadership Role

Sheetal Ranjan, Ph.D.

TRENTON, N.J. – The members of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges have selected Bergen Community College trustee Sheetal Ranjan, Ph.D., for one of two trustee at-large positions on the group’s executive committee. The council members took action at their Nov. 18 meeting, electing Bergen’s Ranjan and six other executive officers. Among her responsibilities as an executive committee member, Ranjan will represent the council as a primary advocate for the state’s community colleges. Her election marks the first time since 2011 that a Bergen delegate has served on the executive committee.

“In just three years as a Bergen trustee, Dr. Ranjan has become one of the state’s leading voices for the advancement of community colleges,” Bergen Board of Trustees Acting Chair Gerard L. Carroll said. “We are proud that Dr. Ranjan will represent Bergen as part of the council’s executive committee and look forward to her support of initiatives, legislation and programs that improve the lives of the state’s community college students.”

Ranjan, of Teaneck, joined Bergen’s trustee board in 2017 and has since established herself as a respected leader among the nation’s community college trustees. Among her memberships, Ranjan remains an active member of the Association of Community College Trustees and serves on the organization’s diversity, equity and inclusion committee.

“I am honored by the opportunity to have a seat at the table and a voice in the process that impacts over 325,000 students at over 60 community college campuses in the State of New Jersey,” Ranjan said. “I believe that education is the most powerful and economically advantageous investment into our future. As an executive committee member of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges, I will make a compelling case for investments in community colleges to our federal and state legislators. I will also work toward increasing international student enrollment in New Jersey’s community colleges.”

Outside of Bergen, Ranjan serves as a professor at William Paterson University, teaching criminal justice courses and focusing her research on violence prevention. Her dedication to these issues helped the institution secure $600,000 in federal grants to establish the Campus Violence Prevention Program, which coordinates efforts and resources to raise awareness and assist victims affected by domestic and sexual violence. She also serves on the New Jersey Study Commission on Violence, led the American Society of Criminology Division on Women and Crime as chair from 2017 to 2019 and recently received an appointment to the American Society of Criminology Policy Committee and will serve as its representative on the board of the Criminal Justice Research Alliance.

Ranjan holds an M.A. from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Created by state statute in 1989, the council serves as a liaison for New Jersey’s 18 community colleges with government officials, agencies and organizations. The council advances the mission of community colleges through public relations initiatives, awareness campaigns and securing public funding. Members, which include a seven-person executive committee and board chair, board alternate and college president from each of the 18 institutions, work to coordinate statewide efforts to improve student success.

More than 325,000 students attend the state’s community colleges each year; 45 percent of all students who earned a bachelor’s degree from a New Jersey college or university previously completed courses at a community college.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 13,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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Shakespearean Comedy at Bergen

From left: Allison Moran, as Hero, from West New York; Christine Dunning, as Beatrice, from Ridgewood; Ray Parente, as Benedick, from Wayne; and Kenneth Tineo, as Claudio, from Fort Lee.

PARAMUS, N.J. – The Bergenstages theatre troupe will present its second production of the season, “Much Ado About Nothing,” a comedy written by William Shakespeare, opening Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Bergen Community College’s Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre on the Paramus campus (400 Paramus Road). This famous work features some of Shakespeare’s wittiest and most poignant dialogue exploring love, marriage, friendship and honor.

The show runs Friday, Dec. 6, Saturday, Dec. 7, Thursday, Dec. 12, Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 7 and 14, matinee performances will take place at 2 p.m. A special talkback session will follow the Dec. 12 performance.

General tickets are $15, with discounts offered to senior citizens ($10) and Bergen faculty and staff ($10), and students ($5). For additional information, please call (201) 447-7428 or visit tickets.bergen.edu.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 13,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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College Faculty Featured in Gallery Exhibition

“People of Faith I” by Frank Aiello.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Gallery Bergen will present work by Bergen Community College faculty in a diverse multimedia exhibition titled “(Pro)found Objects” opening Thursday, Nov. 14 from 5 to 9 p.m. at 400 Paramus Road. A performance by Bergen performing arts and music faculty members Jim Bumgardner and Andy Krikun, Ph.D., will take place at 6 p.m., while culinary arts program students will offer refreshments at this free and open to the public reception.

The exhibition features photographic installments, film, fashion designs, paintings, illustrations, digital and mixed media work, including a large-scale augmented reality installation with a two-meter tall 3-D printed sculpture surrounded with multiple viewing stations by Frida De Myr, Ph.D., an experimental film, “New York Gradual,” by professor Gregg Biermann and a series of large watercolor landscapes by professor Claire McConaughy.

“Many of the Bergen visual art faculty members make their homes, maintain studios, and are represented by leading galleries in New York,” Gallery Bergen Director Tim Blunk said. “There is a vital, direct connection to the ever-changing art scene for Bergen students.”

“(Pro)found Objects” highlights the work of Bergen faculty members Frank Aiello, Mary Bays, Gregg Biermann, Theresa Daddezio, Frida De Myr, Ph.D., Ellen Denuto, Andrea Geller, Ada Goldfeld, Ethan Greenbaum, Rumi Hara, Carl Jablonski, Ezequiel Jimenez, Juan Leon, Claire McConaughy, Paul Mindell, Scott Staton, Vesselina Traptcheva, Sun You, and Michael Vanderleeuw.

“Teaching at Bergen has had a profound effect on my own art practice,” McConaughy, who also has a November show at Manhattan’s Painting Center, said. “I am constantly challenged by my students to see subjects in a fresh way. Teaching them the fundamentals of drawing reshapes my own way of seeing and investigating the world.”

“(Pro)found Objects” will remain on view through Jan. 23, 2020. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by special appointment. Gallery Bergen is located on the third floor of West Hall at the Paramus campus. For more information, please contact Gallery Bergen director Tim Blunk at [email protected] or at (201) 879-8817.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 13,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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College, Sheriff Enhance Communication for Deaf Community

Bergen County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Christopher Sloma and Bergen student Jonathan Uloa participate in a simulated traffic stop as part of the launch of a new communication card.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College student Jonathan Uloa saw Bergen County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Christopher Sloma in his rearview mirror, lights flashing. Uloa pulled his car to a stop, but remained concerned about what would follow – not because of a potential ticket, but because as a member of the deaf community, communicating with law enforcement can present challenges.

But this time, and once Uloa identified himself as deaf, Sgt. Sloma returned to his patrol car and returned with a tool to foster communication between law enforcement and the deaf community – a card created by the College’s Office of Specialized Services and the Sheriff’s Office. The colorful communication card enabled Uloa and Sgt. Sloma to interact with each other via pictures and words.

The simulated traffic stop took place Nov. 8 at the College as part of a launch event for the communication card.

“We are a community college, and that means different things to different people, but here is the key point: our mission is to make possible an affordable, quality education for all,” Bergen President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., who spoke at the event, said. “We welcome students of different races and ethnicities, from different countries of origin, natives and immigrants alike, sexual orientation, gender identities, as well as differences in ability. And we strive to help all of to find their places and begin on a path to a better future. This initiative represents another reflection of these goals.”

The Sheriff’s Office has laminated the card and will place it 70 departmental vehicles and distribute among 52 officers. The College will also distribute the card among students and at social service, governmental and public agencies. Sheriff Anthony Cureton plans a wider release, too.

“It is our hope that this card will serve as a regional model for all law enforcement in Northern New Jersey,” he said. “You have my commitment that my office and I will take this card to the Bergen County Chiefs Association in hopes to implement in departments across Bergen County.”

Members of the College’s Office of Specialized Services, which assists nearly 1,300 students with disabilities each year, led the development of the card.

“This card will help to keep officers safe and in legal compliance with communication needs until an interpreter can arrive on the scene,” department coordinator Jennifer Flynn said. “This communication card offers a great deal of assistance for the officer and the driver alike; but our work is not yet done. We are continuing our training and collaboration on this and future endeavors.”

For more than a decade, the Sheriff’s Office has maintained a substation at the College to support the campus’ overall safety. In addition to providing the College with uniformed law enforcement, officers have often collaborated with the institution’s faculty and staff to develop new initiatives aimed at enhancing community relations. In addition to the card, officers have hosted events such as “coffee with a cop” and K-9 demonstrations.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 13,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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College’s Board Adds Three Civic Leaders

     

 

 

 

 

 

Ritzy Moralez-Diaz, Stephen F. Pellino, Esq., and Adam Silverstein.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Three Bergen County civic leaders with backgrounds in government, public service and community affairs have joined the Bergen Community College board of trustees. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy selected Ritzy Moralez-Diaz and Stephen F. Pellino, Esq., as appointees to the College’s governing panel, while Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco III and the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders recommended and confirmed Adam Silverstein for the trustee board. The county also reappointed current College trustees Gerard L. Carroll and Krista Flinn to new, four-year terms through Nov. 2023. Moralez-Diaz’ term concludes Nov. 2022; terms for Silverstein and Pellino end Nov. 2020. All took the oath of office at the board’s Nov. 6 meeting.

“During this transformative time for the nation’s community colleges, including Bergen, institutions rely on board members to provide critical direction, leadership and advocacy,” College President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., said. “The extensive experience in public affairs and education possessed by Ms. Moralez-Diaz, Mr. Pellino and Mr. Silverstein will assist the College in navigating the opportunities and challenges the institution will encounter in the coming years.”

Moralez-Diaz, of Westwood, serves as the district director for District Nine Rep. Bill Pascrell, managing the congressman’s schedule, district staff and constituent relations. An active community leader, Moralez-Diaz founded and served as president of WEDO of Passaic County, a nonprofit committed to empowering women to participate in the political process. She also served as the vice chair of the Passaic County Board of Social Services and currently holds the position of secretary-treasurer on the Bergen County Board of Social Services.

Pellino, of Ridgefield, has worked as an attorney in both private practice and for numerous public and nonprofit entities during his 42-year career. He has represented municipalities such as the boroughs of Paramus, Ridgefield and Saddle Brook and also served as attorney for the Fairview Public School District board of education. Pellino’s firm, Basile Birchwale and Pellino LLP, carries significant experience in general litigation, land use and governmental law. He graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in history and earned a J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law.

Silverstein, of Wyckoff, owns Silver Strategies and Communications Group Inc., where he has served as president since 2008. The nationally recognized full-service public relations, strategic planning and political consulting firm has produced award-winning campaigns for Fortune 100 companies, healthcare providers and elected officials throughout the United States. Silverstein has also worked in various roles in county and local government and served on the Pascack Valley Regional High School District board of education and Hackensack board of adjustment.

The College’s 12-person board of trustees features nine individuals appointed by the county, two by the governor and one elected by the student body. Bergen’s president serves as an ex-officio member of the board.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 13,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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Bergen Continues Dialogues on War Series

PARAMUS, N.J. – As part of a $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Bergen Community College’s Center for Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation along with the Center for Veteran and Military Affairs will continue an open-ended discussion series on military literature with “No Man’s Land: Dialogues on the Experience of War.” The program will resume with three Monday sessions Nov. 11, 18 and 25 in room S-134 at the College’s main campus at 400 Paramus Road in Paramus. All events are free and open to the public, though guests should RSVP by emailing [email protected] or [email protected].

The “No Man’s Land” series will feature a work of military literature during each of its dialogue sessions: Jacob Siegel’s “Smile, There Are IEDs Everywhere” (Nov. 11, 6:30 p.m.), Mariette Kalinowski’s “The Train” (Nov. 18, 6:30 p.m.) and Paul Crenshaw’s “Cadence” (Nov. 25, 11 a.m.). Student and non-student veterans, their families and interested members of the community can attend the discussions to discuss the works and share their own experiences.

The programs reflect the College’s prioritization of providing support for U.S. military veterans by encouraging the community to study the issues raised by war and military service. Thomas LaPointe, co-director of the “No Man’s Land” project and associate professor of composition and literature, said, “Examining and exploring the experience of war also offers an extraordinary opportunity to engage in discussions about the impact of trauma in our local Bergen community – and globally.”

The events, made possible by the NEH grant, are sponsored by the Center for Peace, Justice and Reconciliation and the Center for Veteran and Military Affairs. NEH offers the “Dialogues on the Experience of War” program as part of its current initiative “Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War.” Established in 2015, the highly competitive national grant has been awarded to an average of 15 organizations per year.

There are approximately 150 self-identified student veterans enrolled at Bergen and more than 31,000 veterans who live in Bergen County, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2013, the College opened its Veterans and Military Affairs Center at the main campus. Through the center, the College offers veteran-specific counselors and advisers, and information on benefits, events and resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 13,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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Bergen Student Voting Rate Surges, Tops National Number

Bergen County Clerk John S. Hogan frequently visits the College to educate students on voting.

PARAMUS, N.J. – The voting rate of registered Bergen Community College students jumped nearly 28 percent from 2014 to 2018, even outpacing the historic 21 percent national surge experienced during the same time period. The data, compiled in the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement by the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education at Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, found that 2,430 more Bergen students voted in the 2018 elections than in 2014. Seventy percent of Bergen students were registered to vote in the 2018 elections, compared to 53.3 percent four years prior.

The study’s authors said the results “defied [a] longstanding pattern” of midterm election voting rates dipping far below those in presidential election years. Further, the researchers believe “this suggests a promising trajectory to student voting” fueled by year-round voter participation initiatives, “innovative student political learning experiences, robust involvement by faculty across disciplines, voter education, political forums as active discussions, student issue activism and institutional leadership and champion support.”

The study consists of a database of more than 10 million deidentified student records that have been combined with publicly available voting records for each of the 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018 elections. Participating institutions include two- and four-year public and private colleges and universities, including graduate programs. Campuses must opt in, and at the time of the report, 1,031 colleges and universities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia participate. The initiative launched in 2013.

At Bergen, students take part in numerous initiatives that support voter engagement. Among them, the College participates in the New Jersey Ballot Bowl, a competition sponsored by the New Jersey secretary of state that encourages colleges and universities to enroll the most student voters. Additionally, Bergen works with a variety of both on- and off-campus groups, including student organizations, the League of Women Voters, the National Council of Jewish Women and the Goodman Foundation, to host voter registration drives and to promote local, state and national elections.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 13,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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Be a Hero to Veterans at College’s 5K

Even Supergirl (Brittney Echols, with father and Bergen professor Michael) attended the 2018 Hero 5K.

PARAMUS, N.J. – For the fourth consecutive year, Bergen Community College will sponsor the “Hero 5K,” which will support student military veteran scholarships and emergency funds. The Sunday, Nov. 10 event organized by the College’s wellness and exercise science department and veterans committee will take place on a closed course through the 167-acre institution and Orchard Hills Golf Course.

The event features three races: an 8:45 a.m. wheelchair 5K, a 9 a.m. run/walk 5k and a 10 a.m. family fun run/walk 1K for children eight-years-old and under. A $25 donation includes entry into either 5K and the chance to win awards for the top three overall, top three male and top three female finishers. The first 300 registrants will receive a limited-edition camouflage-inspired race t-shirt. A $10 entry donation for the family fun run/walk includes a superhero cape for children. All participants can dress as superheroes – the best costumes will receive prizes.

For more information, or to register, visit runsignup.com/Race/NJ/Paramus/bcc5k.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 14,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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Transform Your Future with Bergen this Winter/Spring

The STEM Student Research Center provides students with the opportunity to direct self-led projects.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College will once again offer classes during winter break, providing access for students home from four-year colleges an opportunity to quickly earn credits ideal for transfer. The intensive and accelerated semester will run Jan. 2-10, 2020, allowing students to complete a three-credit class in just eight days.

Bergen’s first slate of spring semester classes begins Jan. 13, 2020.

Registration for both the winter and spring semesters opens online at Bergen.edu Thursday, Oct. 31. In addition to regular registration hours for spring and winter classes – Monday and Thursday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. – the College will host special Saturday registration hours Jan. 11, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the main campus.

To register for classes, visit bergen.edu or the College’s locations in Paramus (400 Paramus Road), Lyndhurst (1280 Wall Street West) and Hackensack (355 Main Street). For more information, please call (201) 447-7200. Students currently enrolled at other colleges should visit bergen.edu/visiting for more information on taking winter classes.

For students preparing to enter or continue their studies at Bergen this spring, expanded options for financial assistance can even make New Jersey’s No. 1 college for associate degree graduates tuition-free. When students file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), they become eligible for programs such as the Community College Opportunity Grant that can help make college more affordable. The grant initiative, which began last year as a statewide pilot, will now provide a tuition-free Bergen education for students living in households with an adjusted gross incomes of $65,000 or less – up from $45,000 in the pilot. As a “last dollar” initiative, the program covers all remaining tuition and most fees for students taking six or more credits after any other federal or state grants are applied to their tuition bills. Students who have already completed a financial aid application will automatically receive consideration for the program. Students who have not yet filed for financial aid can receive assistance completing their FAFSA at the open house.

In addition to financial aid, Bergen offers numerous support services to help students remain enrolled and on a path for graduation, including the Cerullo Learning Assistance Center, which has twice earned honors as the top tutoring center in the country. Its facilities such as the Health Professions Integrated Teaching Center, the Emil Buehler Trust Observatory and Stryker Manufacturing Lab provide students with hands-on, practice-based learning opportunities. Day and evening classes take place throughout the week – including a “weekend college” program. Alumni have transferred to institutions such as Yale, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley. The College offers more than 130 degree and certificate programs in areas such as aviation, criminal justice, dental hygiene, fashion design and hospitality at three locations and online.

 

Winter and Spring 2020 Sessions

Winter: Jan. 2-10

Spring 1: Jan. 13 – May 5

Spring 2: Feb. 4 – May 5

Flex 1: Jan. 13 – March 5

Flex 2: March 16 – May 5

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 14,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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