Success Stories

Megan Beckman, Georgian Court, Education ’10

Three years ago, Megan Beckmann, Long Branch, was working with autistic children and wanted to enhance her early childhood education certification credentials.

Today, Beckmann has dual certification to teach K through 5 elementary grades and has earned Teacher of Student with Disabilities credentials. Also, she will soon receive her Master’s degree. All was made possible through the NJ Coastal Communiversity partnerships that enable students to complete four year bachelor programs or MA degrees locally.

The classes are held at Brookdale’s Wall Higher Education Center which also hosts the Communiversity classes. “I liked the resources through Brookdale and Georgian Court went above and beyond for their students there. I felt a part of the University,” explained Beckmann.

Beckmann was able to save tuition costs by enrolling in the Communiversity program as Georgian Court offers reduced tuition to students attending classes at the Wall location. She also found an Education Loan Fund (ELF) loan to help with costs and a grant through a local chapter of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) that promotes education for women in the United States and Canada.

Beckmann was already doing her classroom observation by the spring of 2009 followed by her student teaching.

Through the Georgian Court partnership, Beckmann was able to take evening classes while working with autistic children during the day. “My classmates and I found support from our professors. Our classes were small so they knew us and we progressed through the program as a cohort, with the same group of classmates. The program was well laid out and convenient,” said Beckmann.

Beckmann is presently completing her Master’s degree and her first year teaching at the Antheil Elementary School, Ewing, where her kindergarten/first grade class is of six autistic children.

Stan Dynak, NJCU, Business ’09

“If it were not for the Communiversity I do not know where I would be today. As with many students, when I first enrolled with Brookdale back in 2003 I did not have formal plans of where I would attend afterwards. I attended Brookdale on a part time basis that took me four years to complete. In my second year at Brookdale I turned to the Communiversity for answers. After inquiring and learning more about the Communiversity I found it to be a great option that also helped me come to a decision on my major. I can honestly say today that was one of the best decisions I ever made. I started the program in the summer of 2007 right after graduating Brookdale and finished in the spring of 2009. I was able to complete my program in almost 2 years less then I thought possible with a GPA of 3.98. It was with the support and guidance of the staff that allowed me to exceed my goals. Every semester I always found local or online classes that fit my schedule and curriculum. There was never a time I felt the choices were limited and support was always a click or classroom away. My success is a direct relationship to the personal attention provided by the Communiversity and its staff.”

Alyson Guida, NJCU, Education ’10

“After completing high school, I was at a complete loss when it came to deciding on the best possible option to further my educational career. I always knew that I wanted to become a teacher, however, like many people I was unsure how to go about achieving my goals. In just a few short years at Brookdale Community College I gained more confidence and knowledge than I had in my previous years of schooling. Upon receiving my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, I realized that in order to be properly trained in the standards and requirements of a New Jersey teacher, it was of complete necessity that I stay in state to continue my studies. The partnership among the numerous schools within the Communiversity program provided me with a plethora of options to consider when deciding on which college would best be suited for my needs.

After careful consideration and numerous advisement meetings with NJCU counselor Dr. Mihri Napoliello, I came to the conclusion that New Jersey City University was the right fit for me. In just a few short semesters as an NJCU student, I have learned so much pertaining to my field of study and otherwise. It has been an honor and a pleasure to sit in on lectures by some of the most brilliant professors who not only love teaching, but genuinely care about their student’s success as well. My decision to complete my Bachelors Degree at New Jersey City University through Communiversity has been the best decision I have ever made. Besides the fact that I have saved thousands of dollars in tuition, I have been provided with the tools necessary to focus my educational and career goals and for that I am so thankful. I strongly recommend to anyone looking to further their education to check out the Communiversity and reap the benefits the various programs have to offer.”

Robin Turner, NJCU, Education ’09

“After my son was born I wondered what I was going to do for the rest of my life. I had two children and no career goals in sight. I always wanted to be a teacher, even when I was a little girl. When I was nineteen I started at Brookdale Community College and earned some credits. I was not interested in going any further. After some time I was married and had children. It was now time to do something with my life. I decided to go back to school to become a teacher. I finished with my associates degree in Elementary Education in spring 2007. It was a great experience being a student again. Life experience gave me the courage to get my degree. I met great people and made new friends.

After I finished at Brookdale Community College I felt it would be smart to move on to my Bachelor’s degree. I went to a meeting with New Jersey City University advisor, Dr. Napoliello. She convinced me that NJCU’s program was the right one for me. In my short time with NJCU I met some wonderful friend and had some outstanding teachers. I also had the opportunity to work as a student assistant for Dr. Napoliello who was a great help to the students. I believe that without my experience at New Jersey City University and at Communiversity I still might be undecided about what I would do in life. Now I am a certified teacher, I have new friends, and only opportunity ahead.”