Phillip PavotBergen Community College student Phillip Pavot is studying professional studies to pursue a career as a programmer and to become a more effective leader. As an active student on campus, he is involved in the math club, the STEM club, the Student Government Association (SGA), the computer technology club, the Latin American Student Association (LASA), the Student Activities Board (SAB), and the outdoor club.

Pavot chose Bergen because of affordability and class sizes. He felt that Bergen’s small class size helped provide him with support. “It teaches me to become more efficient at time management and to think more intelligently,” said Pavot.

When asked about what has made him successful at Bergen, Pavot cited clarity of purpose, growth mindset, courage, and a strong work ethic. He expects to graduate from Bergen in May 2024 and transfer to William Paterson University.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (, 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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