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Lights, Camera, Bergen: NBC Show Filmed on Campus

Bergen film students watched the shoot and interacted with production staff.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College’s main campus felt more like Hollywood Oct. 10, with scenes for a spring 2019 episode of the new NBC spy-thriller “The Enemy Within” shot on its grounds.

In shooting three scenes, which featured actors Jennifer Carpenter (best known as Debra Morgan from “Dexter”) and Morris Chestnut (Dr. Beaumont Darius Rosewood, Jr. from “Rosewood”) and a host of others, the production crew from Universal Television, LLC even led a temporary transformation of some familiar spots on campus to capture the desired effect of the plot. Bergen officials negotiated with the production company to allow for faculty and students to observe the shoot and interact with the production crew.

The opportunity to serve as a soundstage for a major television production – and to provide students with unique experiential learning – comes just months after New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed the “Garden State Film and Digital Media Jobs Act” into law, making it easier for motion picture and television production companies to film in the state by providing tax credits. “The Enemy Within” represents the first show to take advantage of the new law. Universal Television spent two weeks shooting in area homes and businesses in Bergen County and the surrounding region.

The College previously hosted television shoots for shows such as HBO’s “The Sopranos” and motion pictures such as “Taking Chance,” which brought actor Kevin Bacon to campus.

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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College’s Hero 5K Supports Veterans

Now in its third year, the Hero 5K takes place at Bergen’s main campus in Paramus.

PARAMUS, N.J. – The third annual “Hero 5K” Sunday, Nov. 4 at Bergen Community College will support student military veteran scholarships and emergency funds. The College enrolls approximately 130 active and retired members of the U.S. military.

Organized by the College’s wellness and exercise science department and veterans committee, the event will take place on a closed course at the College’s 167-acre main campus at 400 Paramus Road. Featuring a 9 a.m. 5K run – open to those in wheelchairs – and a 10 a.m. 1K family fun run for children eight-years-old and under, the first 250 registrants will receive commemorative “desert camo” t-shirts; children will receive capes and face masks of their favorite superheroes. Adults are encouraged to also dress as superheroes. Proceeds from registration fees of $25 for the 5k and $10 for the 1K will provide scholarships and emergency funds for the College’s student veterans. Awards will recognize the top three overall male and female race finishers and best costume.

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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Documentary Series Debuts Oct. 16

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College will unveil its new Cinema Ciccone film series featuring five award-winning documentaries Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 12:30 p.m. with “Love Wins” in the Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre (400 Paramus Road). The series will continue through April 2019 with documentaries on topics ranging from the Holocaust to jazz.

The first film, “Love Wins” produced by RJK Media, chronicles the story of two women who married in New Jersey after 45 years together. Admission is free. Following the screening, audience members will have the opportunity to meet the film’s director Robin Kampf, and the married couple, Jan and Em. The College’s Bergen PRIDE: The LGBTQ+Alliance also will present an award to Garden State Equality, New Jersey’s state-wide advocacy and education organization, for their efforts in securing marriage equality in New Jersey.

The next four films in the series will begin at 7 p.m. Audience members will have the opportunity to participate in a post-screening discussion with the film’s director or producer. Admission is $20 per person. Guests can save 25 percent and purchase all four films for $60. Each program includes a pre-screening buffet with light refreshments. For additional information, please call (201) 447-7428 or visit tickets.bergen.edu.

  • Thursday, Oct. 18: “Kinderblock 66: Return to Buchenwald” – Chronicles the lives of several young boys who were freed from the Buchenwald concentration camp on April 11, 1945. Award-winning producer Steve Moskovic will participate in a question-and-answer session following the film. His father was one of the children liberated from Buchenwald.
  • Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019: “Sacred: Milestones of a Spiritual Life” – Depicts the importance of faith and spirituality in daily life. Directed by Academy award-winner Thomas Lennon, this film includes footage from more than 25 countries and features an array of religious traditions. Following the film, executive producer and Emmy award-winner Dr. Bill Baker, will host a question and answer session.
  • Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019: “Assunta Spina” and “The Immigrant” – Romantic tragedy and comedy come together with these two classic movies from the silent film era. Bergen professor John T. La Barbera also will perform two newly composed scores to enhance the realism experience.
  • Thursday, April 25, 2019: “Bill Evans: Time Remembered” – This award-winning documentary, written by filmmaker Bruce Spiegel, chronicles the life of the late jazz pianist Bill Evans, a resident of Closter, NJ. Prior to the film, there will be an introductory concert featuring the Joel Zelnik Trio and vocalist Annette Sanders.

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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“Barefoot in the Park” Opens Oct. 26

Matthew DeMarco, of Dumont, as Paul Bratter and Emma Margey, of Rutherford, as Corie Bratter.

PARAMUS, N.J. – The Bergenstages theatre troupe will open their season of student-run productions with the romantic comedy “Barefoot in the Park” Friday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Bergen Community College’s Ender Hall Lab Theatre (400 Paramus Road).

Written by Neil Simon, the performance features newlyweds Corie and Paul as they begin married life in a small, fifth-floor walkup apartment in a Manhattan brownstone. Paul is a straight-laced attorney and Corie is a spontaneous free-spirit. The couple contends with many challenges, including a skylight that leaks snow, a strange neighbor and Corie’s well-meaning mother. They soon learn that adjusting to married life is anything but easy.

The show runs Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 1, Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, matinee performances will take place at 2 p.m. All performances will be held in the Ender Hall Lab Theatre.

Show ticket prices for the general public are $15, with discounts offered to senior citizens, Bergen faculty and students. 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 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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Free College Discussed at Upcoming Open House

Bergen’s main campus in Paramus.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College, No. 1 in New Jersey for associate degree graduates, will host an open house for prospective students and their families Thursday, Nov. 1 from 3 to 7 p.m. at its main campus at 400 Paramus Road. To RSVP, visit bergen.edu/openhouse or email [email protected]. Información disponible en español.

The comprehensive, campus wide event will not only feature demonstrations, workshops, tours and exhibits, but also new details on the state’s Community College Opportunity Grant, which will provide a tuition-free college experience for students with household incomes of less than $45,000. State officials selected Bergen as one of 13 community colleges awarded $20 million for the spring 2019 pilot program. As a “last dollar” initiative, the program will cover all remaining tuition and fees for students taking six or more credits after any other federal or state grants are applied to their tuition bills.

In addition to information on the free college initiative, the open house will provide attendees with the opportunity to:

*Visit the state-of-the-art Health Professions Integrated Teaching Center and meet with current students, faculty and staff in the Interdisciplinary Center for Simulation;

*Sample culinary creations of hospitality students;

*Meet admissions representatives, faculty, coaches and student support personnel; and

*Explore STEM projects, the fashion design lab, broadcasting studio, horticulture greenhouse, animation lab, theatres, the Child Development Center, Veterans Center, flight simulators and more.

The state’s largest community college, Bergen offers programs in fields such as aviation, business administration, culinary arts, fashion design and nursing. Alumni have transferred to institutions such as Yale, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley. The College maintains campus locations in Paramus (main), Hackensack (Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center) and Lyndhurst (Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands) while also offering online classes. Its main campus features facilities such as the Health Professions Integrated Teaching Center, the Emil Buehler Trust Observatory and Stryker Manufacturing Lab, which provide students with hands-on, practice-based learning opportunities. Day and evening classes take place throughout the week – including a “weekend college” program.

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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Argentinian Dance Company Visits Oct. 12

PARAMUS, N.J. – Spend an evening with Argentinian dance company Fusion Tango as they perform innovative choreographies that combine traditional tango with modern elements Friday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Bergen Community College’s Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre (400 Paramus Road).

Celebrate Latino Heritage Month with a show that depicts a tale of romance, seduction and betrayal. Fusion Tango, created by choreographer Sandra Antognazzi, features some of Argentina’s most talented dancers and musicians, who have performed at venues throughout the U.S.

Tickets are $35 for the general public, with discounts offered to senior citizens, Bergen faculty and students. Guests can purchase tickets by calling (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 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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State Selects Bergen for Coveted $20 Million Grant

Gov. Phil Murphy, who announced the Community College Opportunity Grant recipients Sept. 27, spoke at Bergen’s commencement ceremony in May.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College has earned the state’s Community College Opportunity Grant, the result of a competitive process that will award the College and 12 other institutions $20 million to provide a tuition-free college experience to students with household incomes of less than $45,000.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced the Free Community College Innovation Challenge in July, encouraging the state’s 19 community colleges to submit applications for the grant, which will begin as a pilot in the spring 2019 semester. With less than a month to meet an Aug. 31 application deadline, each college developed unique strategies and tactics for implementing the grant and raising awareness among potential students. The state then selected the 13 strongest submissions – including Bergen’s – for $20 million in shared grants. Additionally, all 19 colleges, including Bergen, will receive $250,000 each to implement awareness programs.

Gov. Murphy announced the recipients at a Sept. 27 event in Cranford. Bergen board of trustees Chair Carol Otis and Treasurer Dorothy Blakeslee and President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., attended.

“While I am extremely proud for Bergen Community College and its selection among the grantees, I am most excited for our students and the new opportunities that now await them,” Chair Otis said. “This program will open the door to a college education for many who may not otherwise thought it to be possible.”

President Redmond thanked Gov. Murphy, who delivered remarks at Bergen’s commencement ceremony in May – his first at any of the state’s community colleges.

“With this program, Gov. Murphy has sent a clear message that community colleges remain integral to the education and workforce development priorities in our state,” President Redmond said. “His leadership in supporting community colleges will help usher in a new era of opportunities for New Jersey students and working families.”

“I would also like to commend our staff, who developed an application that conveyed innovative strategies for implementing this program and impacting the lives of current and future Bergen students,” Redmond continued. “We must now pivot to carrying out the work outlined in our lofty goals.”

New Jersey Council of County Colleges President Aaron R. Fichtner, Ph.D., works with the institutions on a variety of matters – including affordability initiatives and student success programs. He also attended the launch event Sept. 27.

“We applaud Governor Murphy’s vision and commitment to expanding college access and affordability, and his belief in community colleges as a solution to help improve the state,” he said. “This pilot program will provide the community colleges the opportunity to learn and collaborate to inform future statewide efforts to expand access to higher education.”

In total, the program invests $25 million in community colleges, seeking to ease the burden of paying for college on working class families. A “last dollar” initiative, the program will cover all remaining tuition and fees for students taking six or more credits after any other federal or state grants are applied to their tuition bills.

Bergen students who have already completed a financial aid application for the fall 2018 semester will automatically receive consideration for the program. Students who have not yet filed for financial aid for the 2018-19 academic year will have until Feb. 15, 2019 to apply.

Affordability has remained a focus area for Bergen officials, as research indicates approximately 50 percent of all community college students believe financial issues could cause them to leave their institution, according to the Center for Community College Student Engagement.

In addition to keeping tuition rates low, and limiting annual increases to less than two percent, the College has also developed initiatives that target the often-hidden challenges students encounter. Among them, Bergen partnered with the Center for Food Action to open a pantry for students battling hunger and opened a “career closet” to provide clothing for students going on interviews for internships or jobs.

Bergen also 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.

No. 1 in New Jersey for associate degree graduates, Bergen offers programs in fields such as aviation, business administration, culinary arts, fashion design and nursing. Alumni have transferred to institutions such as Yale, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley. The College maintains campus locations in Paramus (main), Hackensack (Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center) and Lyndhurst (Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands) while also offering online classes. Its main campus features facilities such as the Health Professions Integrated Teaching Center, the Emil Buehler Trust Observatory and Stryker Manufacturing Lab, which provide students with hands-on, practice-based learning opportunities. Day and evening classes take place throughout the week – including a “weekend college” program.

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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Theatre Season Begins with Sopranos Star Dominic Chianese

College also unveils new film series “Cinema Ciccone.”

PARAMUS, N.J. – Sopranos star Dominic Chianese opens Bergen Community College’s 2018-2019 theatre season with an evening of music and stories about his New York roots and Italian heritage Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the College’s Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre (400 Paramus Road). Joined on-stage by Bergen Professor John LaBarbera, Chianese will perform renditions of traditional and popular songs, including his own original music and virtuoso guitar playing.

With an acting career spanning more than 60 years, Chianese is widely known for his role as Uncle Junior in “The Sopranos” and Johnny Ola in “The Godfather: Part II.” In addition to his love of acting, he also has a passion for music. For the past 33 years, he has played guitar at nursing homes and created the non-profit organization “Joy Through Art,” dedicated to improving the lives of nursing home residents through regular interaction with professional artists, using music and theatre techniques.

Show ticket prices for the general public are $35, with discounts offered to senior citizens, Bergen faculty and students. Guests can purchase tickets by calling (201) 447-7428 or online at tickets.bergen.edu.

Cinema Ciccone

October also will feature the premiere of the College’s Cinema Ciccone program – a series of five award-winning documentaries – where audience members will have the opportunity to participate in a post-screening discussion with the film’s director or producer. Each program also includes a pre-screening buffet with light refreshments.

Admission is $20 per person with the exception of the first film, which is free. Guests can save 25 percent and purchase all four films for $60. For additional information, please call (201) 447-7428 or visit tickets.bergen.edu.

The series begins Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 12:30 p.m. with the screening of the film “Love Wins,” a documentary produced by RJK Media, chronicling the story of two women who married in New Jersey after 45 years together. Audience members will have the opportunity to meet the film’s director Robin Kampf, and the married couple, Jan and Em, following the screening. The College’s Bergen PRIDE: The LGBTQ+Alliance also will present an award to Garden State Equality, New Jersey’s state-wide advocacy and education organization, for their efforts in securing marriage equality in New Jersey. Admission is free.

The following four films in the series will begin at 7 p.m.

  • Thursday, Oct. 18: “Kinderblock 66: Return to Buchenwald” – Chronicles the lives of several young boys who were freed from the Buchenwald concentration camp on April 11, 1945. Award-winning producer Steve Moskovic will participate in a question-and-answer session following the film. His father was one of the children liberated from Buchenwald.
  • Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019: “Sacred: Milestones of a Spiritual Life” – depicts the importance of faith and spirituality in daily life. Directed by Academy award-winner Thomas Lennon, this film includes footage from more than 25 countries and features an array of religious traditions. Following the film, executive producer and Emmy award-winner Dr. Bill Baker, will host a question and answer session.
  • Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019: “Assunta Spina” and “The Immigrant” – Romantic tragedy and comedy come together with these two classic movies from the silent film era. Bergen professor John T. La Barbera also will perform two newly composed scores to enhance the realism experience.
  • Thursday, April 25, 2019: “Bill Evans: Time Remembered” – This award-winning documentary, written by filmmaker Bruce Spiegel, chronicles the life of the late jazz pianist Bill Evans, a resident of Closter, NJ. Prior to the film, there will be an introductory concert featuring the Joel Zelnik Trio and vocalist Annette Sanders.

Bergenstages

The Bergenstages theatre troupe will also host a new season of student-run productions. Show ticket prices for the general public are $15, with discounts offered to senior citizens, Bergen faculty and guests. For additional information, please call (201) 447-7428 or visit tickets.bergen.edu.

  • Oct. 28, 29 and Nov. 1, 2 and 3 – “Barefoot in the Park” by Neil Simon
  • Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 6, 7, and 8 – “Into the Woods” – music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and based on the book by James Lapine
  • Feb. 22, 23, 28 and March 1, 2 – “Cyrano De Bergerac” by Edmond Rostand
  • April 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13 – “Noises Off” by Michael Frayn

The season also features:

  • Friday, Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. – “Fusion Tango,” created by choreographer Sandra Antognazzi, is a company that fuses tango with modern dance. The performance depicts a tale of romance, seduction, and betrayal, with innovative choreographies and unexpected twists. Tickets are $35 for the general public, with discounts offered to senior citizens, Bergen faculty and guests.
  • Friday, Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m. – “Sal on Songbook – Feeling Wicked: The Magical Side of the American Songbook” featuring the timeless music of Harold Arlen, Lerner and Loewe, Cy Coleman, Stephen Schwartz, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Disney classics like “Beauty and the Beast” and “Love Potion Number 9.” Tickets are $35 for the general public, with discounts offered to senior citizens, Bergen faculty and guests.
  • Saturday, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m. – “Annual Holiday Concert” with the Bergen Sinfonia Orchestra, featuring conductor Murray Colosimo and Metropolitan Opera lyric soprano Sara Beth Pearson. Tickets are $35 for the general public, with discounts offered to senior citizens, Bergen faculty and guests.
  • Saturday, March 9, 2019, 7:30 p.m. – “Ireland and America: A History in Song” featuring Larry Kirwan and his Irish-rock band Black 47. The evening includes a mix of storytelling, acting and singing, while exploring the roots of the Irish and British conflict. The band’s upcoming single “Heroes/Belfast,” which is based on a conversation with David Bowie, also will be featured. Tickets are $35 for the general public, with discounts offered to senior citizens, Bergen faculty and guests.
  • Saturday, April 27, 2019, 10:30 a.m. – “Garry Krinsky: Toying with Science” is a fast-paced program that combines circus skills, mime, original music and audience involvement in the exploration of the scientific principles of gravity, leverage, fulcrums and simple machines. Tickets are $15.
  • Friday, May 3, 2019, 7:30 p.m. – “Just a Jersey Guy and Son” includes an evening of story-telling and stand-up comedy featuring writer and story-teller Brian Altano and his son Dan, a stand-up comedian. Tickets are $35 for the general public, with discounts offered to senior citizens, Bergen faculty and guests.
  • Saturday, May 18, 2019– “Renaissance Singer Chuck Wicks” returns to Bergen to play his favorite country music hits. Tickets are $45, which includes a pre-show brew and barbeque.

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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Rocker Performs as Bergen’s Distinguished Artist

Carl Restivo

PARAMUS, N.J. – Carl Restivo, a musician, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer who has collaborated with acclaimed artists Rihanna, Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), Wyclef Jean, Slash and many others, will play a free concert Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Bergen Community College’s Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre, 400 Paramus Road. He represents the College’s fall 2018 distinguished artist.

A Wayne native, Restivo has spent the last 10 years as a guitarist and vocalist on tour and in the studio for Morello’s projects The Nightwatchman and Street Sweeper Social Club. Recently, Restivo was asked to write and produce several songs for Morello’s newest solo album, The Atlas Underground, set to be released Oct. 12.

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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Fall Opens at Bergen, Additional Sessions Announced

Students arrived at the main campus Sept. 5.

PARAMUS, N.J. – More than 14,000 students helped kick off the fall semester at Bergen Community College Sept. 5, beginning an academic year that will culminate with the institution’s 50th commencement ceremony in May 2019. President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., greeted students at the main campus on the first day of classes and also sent the College community a video message offering words of encouragement for 2018-19.

“Not only is Bergen the largest community college in the state, in my mind, it’s the finest,” he said in the 30-second vignette. “We’re glad you’re here and we’re going to do everything this semester to help make you a success. Welcome to the fall semester.”

For students still seeking to enroll in fall classes, Bergen will offer two “flex start” schedules that begin Sept. 26 and Oct. 27. Registration hours are Monday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the main campus. Students can also register online at bergen.edu. For more information, visit bergen.edu or call (201) 447-7100.

Bergen, the state’s No. 1 institution for associate degree graduates, offers associate degrees and certificates in fields such as aviation, business administration, culinary arts, fashion design and nursing while studying under a renowned faculty – including a former U.S. Professor of the Year. Alumni have transferred to institutions such as Yale, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley.

The College maintains campus locations in Paramus (main), Hackensack (Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center) and Lyndhurst (Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands) while also offering online classes. Its main campus features facilities such as the Health Professions Integrated Teaching Center, the Emil Buehler Trust Observatory and Stryker Manufacturing Lab, which provide students with hands-on, practice-based learning opportunities. Day and evening classes take place throughout the week – including a “weekend college” program.

Bergen also offers numerous support services to help students remain enrolled and on a path for graduation. The College’s Cerullo Learning Assistance Center has twice earned honors as the top tutoring center in the country, while an on-campus food pantry and “career closet” target hidden challenges faced by many community college students.

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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