Dozens of area residents visited the Lincroft campus on Dec. 1 for Brookdale’s first ever Career Exploration Night, an adult-centered open house featuring representatives from nearly every college department and student service division.
Attendees were able to visit dedicated information booths and speak one-on-one with college staff about some of the most rewarding and fastest growing career fields in the Garden State. Brookdale representatives were also on hand to discuss the college’s affordable degree and certificate programs, which are designed to help students start the career of their dreams as quickly and simply as possible.
“Brookdale has a long history of success,” said vice president of student success David Stout, welcoming the prospective students to campus. “We have a lot of services here that are available to you as students, to help you succeed and accomplish the goals that you have set for yourself.”
Representatives were also on hand from Brookdale’s offices of Financial Aid, Career and Leadership Development, the Center for Career Development, Veterans Services, the Academic and Career Transitions Institute, Student Life and Activities, Disability Services, Admissions, the Brookdale Honors Program, partner universities including Rutgers University and New Jersey City University, and the college’s five regional locations across Monmouth County.
Attendees were also able to learn about Brookdale’s unique “prior learning assessment” tool, which helps students apply their work history, military service or classroom experience toward a new Brookdale degree.
According to current Brookdale student Sharon Turner-Hinton, the Career Exploration Night only offered a glimpse of the variety of services and support available to adult students at the college.
Turner-Hinton, a long-time corporate real estate professional who was unexpectedly downsized and is now pursuing a life-long passion in interior design, said Brookdale’s support services have enabled her to conquer a wide range of challenges, both in and out of the classroom.
“I am a graduate of life,” said Turner-Hinton, during an address to the potential students in attendance. “In the time I have been enrolled at Brookdale I have been through a divorce, I have had a major death in the family – a lot of things have happened. But no matter what, I kept coming back. That’s because Brookdale is a great place for an adult student who wants to change their life, who wants to get an education. The support that they have for you in unparalleled.
“If you want to travel the world, you can study abroad,” she added. “You have opportunities to meet some great people, to switch to another major if you change your mind. You are encouraged to keep going here, no matter what. No matter what happens to you in life, Brookdale is here for you. I encourage you to give it a chance, whether it’s for a degree, a certification, an online class just to learn more about technology. You have to try.”
Check out more photos from Career Exploration Night here.
Learn more about Brookdale’s degree and certificate programs here.