Karla SantamariaBergen Community College alumna Karla Santamaria, ‘23, studied applied general sciences to pursue a career as a software developer. Santamaria was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society serving as director of communications. She was a STEM 3SP intern while maintaining memberships in the STEM club, the Computer Technology Club, and the Latin American Student Association (LASA). “The plethora of resources Bergen has to offer, such as tutoring, volunteering, leadership, and employment opportunities makes one bound to grow as a person and get the experiences they will need in the future.”

When reflecting back on choosing Bergen, Santamaria recalled, “After I visited the college, I fell in love with the campus and how everybody was so welcoming. Given the fact that I was undecided at first, I felt that such an open and lively place like Bergen would be the perfect place for me to learn and make my discovery.” She graduated with the class of 2023.Karla Santamaria

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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