Shiwa YangzomBergen Community College student, Shiwa Yangzom, is majoring in general studies to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a double major in economics and psychology. “Bergen has a variety of courses at an affordable price, which is perfect for a student like me who is currently undecided and looking to immerse myself in different subject areas,” said Yangzom.

As an active student on campus, Yangzom is co-president of Judith K. Winn School of Honors Association and vice president of communications of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), and member of the Student Government Association. In the Cerullo Learning Assistance Center, she serves as a peer tutor, academic coach, and Supplemental Instruction leader. Yangzom won the “Best Peer Writing Tutor” at Bergen in May 2023.

“By getting involved on campus, I have met professors, advisors, and peers who always support me, which truly enriches and enhances my community college experience,” said Yangzom.

Yangzom was also accepted into the Rennes Sustainable Business Summer Bootcamp through the Rennes School of Business in France on scholarship from Bergen and the French Embassy. She expects to graduate in May 2024.

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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