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Berkeley Mom Celebrates as Two Sons Graduate from Her Alma Mater

Alexia Hill of Rockaway, Queens, NY, Berkeley College Class of 2013, sees her dream come true as both of her sons, Odelle George-Perreira (far left) and Mikal-Jordan George (3rd from left) graduated with the Berkeley College Class of 2015. Celebrating with the family is Will Moya (far right), Berkeley College Campus Operating Officer, New York City.


As Alexia Hill prepared to graduate from Berkeley College in 2013, she had two things on her mind: the business she would start with her new skills set and the future of her sons.

Ms. Hill, who lives with her sons in Arverne in the Rockaways section of Queens, NY, promised herself on her graduation day that she would make sure her sons would also be college graduates. In 2013, they were already halfway there, having begun their studies at Berkeley College in 2011.

This April, Ms. Hill's dream came to fruition as her sons, Mikal-Jordan George, 21, and Odelle George-Perreira, 24, joined the Graduating Class of 2015.

"I want them to live their dreams," said Ms. Hill, a single mother who was born in the Caribbean nation of Jamaica. "I worked a lot of jobs just to make money. I don't want that for them. I want them to have work they love."


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2015 APSCU Convention

34 Reasons to Register for the APSCU Convention

Denver, Colorado | June 2 – 4, 2015


With less than four weeks to go until the Opening Reception kicks off the 2015 APSCU Convention: OUTCOMES 2025, there is a lot of buzz about the highlights to see in Denver, CO. Whatever the reason for attending the sector's premier event, there seems to be something for everyone! This year, the APSCU Campus, formerly known as the exhibit hall, will host a number of special features throughout the week in Denver. In addition to the events happening on site, our exhibitors have found even more ways to sweeten your experience this year with prizes and giveaways.

So, if you're looking for a few good reasons to register and stick around for the full Convention, here are 34 to choose from.

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  • The Importance of Community Involvement (05/04/2015)

    One of the interesting aspects of being a university that embraces an online modality is that Ashford University is able to be a part of countless communities across the nation. Our headquarters are located in San Diego, we have a campus in Clinton, Iowa, we maintain offices in Denver, and our faculty members can be found in cities all over the map. Just being present in all of these communities isn’t enough, though. I want Ashford to be deeply engaged in the various communities we call home.

  • The Value of Private Sector Institutions (04/23/2015)

    Critics of private sector institutions continue to rely on dated anecdotes to portray our institutions in a negative light. These reports overlook the fact that private sector institutions are opening doors of opportunity for traditionally underserved students and creating a more skilled and educated workforce across the country.

  • PTI Design Students Impress at Portfolio Show (04/07/2015)

    When Henry David Thoreau said “This world is but a canvas to our imagination,” he was envisioning the type of creative talent showcased at the PTI School of Design Portfolio Show held Wednesday on campus. Dozens of advanced design students presented their work to a gathering of potential employers, PTI faculty and staff as well as family and friends.

  • Berkeley College Participates in Brooklyn Tech Triangle Consortium (03/18/2015)

    Entrepreneurs from throughout Brooklyn were on hand at Tech Triangle U events on Wednesday, hoping to be the next Etsy, or vying for the winning gaming app that could compete with the likes of Diner Dash, a popular game also born in Brooklyn. Diner Dash was developed by Eric Zimmerman, a founding faculty member of the New York University (NYU) Game Center whose former company, Gamelab, created Diner Dash and a host of other games. “If you have a good game idea, go for it,” said Darshan Desai, Ph.D., Professor of Management at the Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business during a panel discussion on gaming, held at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering at 5 MetroTech Center in Brooklyn.

  • 5 Big Ideas from the APSCU State of the Workforce Symposium (03/04/2015)

    For two days, APSCU convened some of the most provocative thought leaders in postsecondary education and workforce. The result was several engaging discussions on how best to close the skills gap, align academic programming with workforce demands, and best serve today’s new traditional student.

  • 7 Things You'll Learn More About at the APSCU State of the Workforce Symposium (03/02/2015)

    Bringing together the best minds in postsecondary education and workforce trends, the APSCU State of the Workforce Symposium in Washington, DC will address the important issues facing America today: jobs and economy. Over the next two days, labor economists, higher education experts, policymakers, and thought leaders will share their insight and analyses on emerging occupations and the occupational skill demands that lie ahead. The goal is to chart the course that helps solve the education and workforce issues Americans face today.

  • Three Ways Workplace Trends are Impacting Higher Education (02/27/2015)

    Throughout history, higher education and the workplace have always directly impacted one another, and this is evident now more than ever. The current job market demands workers who are trained with real-world experience rather than a textbook education, and colleges and universities have had to follow suit. As a result new trends and learning concepts are arising that are arming graduates with the skills they need to land a job upon graduation.

  • National Tractor Trailer School Provides Student Veterans With Opportunity (02/27/2015)

    In the current issue of GI Jobs, National Tractor Trailer School (NTTS) is profiled as a unique private sector institution that provides a career pathway for military veterans in the trucking industry. With a 90 percent employment rate for graduates, 20 percent of NTTS’ student body is made up of veterans and 18 to 20 percent of NTTS staff are also veterans.

  • How does Berkeley College Support Online Learning? (01/07/2015)

    For the second consecutive year, Berkeley College is proud to be distinguished by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Best Colleges in the Online Bachelor Degree category rankings. Berkeley College Online® also has the distinction of being one of a select group of colleges and universities awarded Quality Standards certification by the United States Distance Learning Association.

  • eBooks, Textbooks, or Both? (12/18/2014)

    Is the shift to more digital content what students really want, or is having a choice more important? Ambassador Education Solutions' newly published white paper, "eBooks and Printed Textbooks: The Value of Student Choice" addresses this key development.

  • Globe University and Schneiderman’s Furniture Partner to Bridge the Skills Gap (12/18/2014)

    Globe University is proud to announce a newly-formed partnership with Minnesota-based Schneiderman’s Furniture. The Schneiderman’s Business and Sales Cooperative Training program, developed by Globe University, provides the training and education necessary for the business to retain, develop and grow a competitive workforce.

  • Military Student Beats the Odds, Finds Success in Business (11/18/2014)

    Daniel Albrecht has been through a lot to get where he is today. He’s a cancer survivor, wounded combat military veteran, father of three, successful business owner and now Globe University graduate. Daniel attended the Woodbury campus where he was in the business administration program and says he was attracted to the size of the school.

  • Apples to Apples, Public Institutions Cost Taxpayers More Than Private Sector Institutions (09/26/2014)

    One often cited “reason” for using the “gainful employment” regulation to shut down private sector institutions and deny access to postsecondary education for millions of students is that the regulation is looking out for government dollars. The irony of this logic is that public institutions, and even private non-profits, rely heavily on direct and indirect government appropriations to keep the price of tuition and fees much lower than the actual cost of providing the education.

  • Gainful Employment Denies Students The Value of Education (09/22/2014)

    In early 2011, Pres. Obama told the TechBoston academy that “[t]here’s no better economic policy than one that produces more graduates…” He was commenting on the significant individual and economic benefits of obtaining a degree and the growing importance of postsecondary education in the economy. Given these benefits and the need to increase the number of graduates, why is the U.S. Department of Education threatening to shut millions of students out of higher education?

  • PTI Sets Example of Successful Employer-Institution Partnership (09/18/2014)

    An integral part of career services and placement begins with curriculum design. Many private sector institutions dedicate a tremendous amount of time and effort to develop academic programs to meet employer demands. Some institutions might focus on employers’ needs within their local market and weigh the potential job growth of a certain career.

  • What Happens When You Apply Gainful Employment Metrics To All Of Higher Education? (09/09/2014)

    Of the many issues that exist with the U.S. Department of Education’s “gainful employment” regulation, one that stands out with the greatest hypocrisy is that only certain programs, mostly at private sector institutions and community colleges, are subject to the regulation, while degree and graduate programs at public and non-profit institutions get a pass.

  • The “Gainful Employment” Regulation Will Cost Taxpayers Over $1.7 Billion (09/04/2014)

    The “gainful employment” regulation will force states into an unpalatable choice between hiking taxes to cover the excess education expenditures, raising tuition, or simply turning away the students from unfunded programs. The likely result is a significant decrease in educational access, which promises to have severe individual and national economic consequences down the road.

  • Bill Gates Praises Private Sector Institutions (07/22/2014)

    Yesterday, Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, addressed members of the National Association of College and University Business Officers during the association’s annual conference in Seattle, WA.

  • Spending on Instruction: Bang for the Student Buck? (07/16/2014)

    If we asked you who spends more money on teaching students, the five largest private sector schools or the University of Texas system, which would you pick? The answer might surprise you: private sector institutions. As a proportion of revenue, these institutions outspent the University of Texas by over 10 percentage points.

  • Eight Innovative Ideas That Came Out of the 2014 APSCU Convention (06/18/2014)

    The 2014 APSCU Annual Convention and Exposition included five keynote speakers, several hundred exhibitors, and dozens of breakout sessions, all energized around one theme: the education evolution. During the many facets of the Convention, there were eight ideas that regularly emerged about how best to innovate and collaborate in postsecondary education

 

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