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LifeMap: Academic, Career and Transfer Planning

Get to Know LifeMap

Bunker Hill Community College is committed to supporting students in achieving their educational, career and life goals. LifeMap re-imagines the student experience by enabling students to develop an individualized pathway to meet these goals. In partnership with faculty and staff, students use LifeMap tools to create educational, financial, transfer or career plans; connect with support services; participate in social networking; and reflect on their learning. By centralizing resources and enlisting faculty and staff in their use in and beyond the classroom, LifeMap enables students to make informed decisions and become more self-sufficient while they create a personalized plan for realizing their goals.

In addition to the LifeMap related activities students will be exposed to in the classroom, the LifeMap Commons serves as a central location on campus to support you throughout your journey with Academic and Career Advising, Internship Programming, the Learn and Earn Program, Job Search Resources, Career Events, Transfer Services and referrals to other college support services. The LifeMap Commons is in Room E235.

LifeMap will help you understand your success as you progress through key stages of your student experience: becoming acclimated to college, progressing toward a degree and approaching graduation.

To learn more about LifeMap contact Amanda S. Dooling, Director of Advising & LifeMap in Room E235C, or email her at adooling@bhcc.mass.edu.


The Six Components

Six components form the foundation of LifeMap. As you navigate and move through your path, each of these components will play a critical role.

Career Planning will help you prepare for employment that matches your interests. Career Planning helps students identify their interests, values and abilities while narrowing their educational vision, establishing a career direction and then designing an employment strategy.

How would you answer the following questions?

  • What do I want to do with my life?
  • How can I make sure my college major is right for me?
  • Where can I find information about specific careers or occupations?
  • How can I try out or gain experience in my field of interest?
  • What do I need to do to prepare to get a job?
  • When will I reach my goal?

To find the answers to these questions and more, visit the LifeMap Commons in Room E235. You will also find information on the Learn and Earn Program, career and life planning, job search activities, job fairs and internships.

Education Planning helps you create an educational plan that is aligned with your career and personal goals. 

Have you asked yourself the following questions?

  • Do I want to complete a degree?
  • Do I want to complete a certificate?
  • Should I take courses for personal or career development?
  • Should I enroll in courses to prepare for transfer?
  • How am I going to get there?
  • Which courses will help me meet my academic and personal goals?
  • When will I reach my goal?

An advisor or Success Coach can help you create a plan for academic and career success as well as personal development.

Financial Planning helps you make financial decisions that are right for you. The process begins with budgeting day-to-day personal expenses, but looks ahead to transferring to a four-year college or university and saving for the future.

Have you considered the following?

  • How much do I need to budget for classes?
  • How can I finance my education?
  • Are there any scholarships available?
  • Is there any financial help for emergencies?

Through this component, you will learn how to calculate your expenses and become aware of both your spending habits and any financial issues related to college. Set up an appointment with Single Stop to discuss current or future debt and your financial situation to come up with a financial plan.

Integrated Support Network connects you to people and services that meet your unique needs. Through this component, you can explore links to the College’s support services and community resources. The College is committed to providing academic and personal support services.

The network can help you answer such questions as:

  • Where can I go for help with my classes?
  • What programs does the College have to help me be successful?
  • What kinds of support services does the College offer to students?

Social Networking connects you with students, faculty, staff, alumni and the larger community. It allows you to be informed about both personal and professional opportunities. Social Networking addresses such questions as:

  • What ways exist for me to become active in student life at the College?
  • How can I get involved to help support my community?
  • How can I network with people who share my educational, professional and personal goals?
  • How can I learn about different cultures and customs from around the world?

Through this component, you can explore ways to expand your social network and maximize the relationships you develop as part of your academic experience at the College.

E-portfolios are the perfect way to display your skills, growth and achievements to future employers as well to reflect on what you have learned. Beginning in the Learning Community Seminar for First Year Students and continuing in other courses throughout their college careers, BHCC students construct e-portfolios in which they display and reflect on written, visual, audio and other work they create at the College.


Academic and Career Advising

Embracing the diversity of its college community, Bunker Hill Community College recognizes the individual needs of its students. Our academic advisors provide ongoing academic advising services to strengthen, nurture and empower you to make sound and responsible academic decisions through your educational career at the College.

Academic and career advising and resources available for all Bunker Hill Community College students include individualized advising, group advising, workshops, online advising as well as online resources and assessments. Information about academic and career advising sessions and opportunities are posted on the events calendar on the BHCC website and are emailed to students throughout the year—be sure to check your BHCC email daily.

Advisors can help you with choosing or changing a major, building an academic schedule, developing an educational plan for degree completion, using online resources, understanding campus policies and procedures. They can also refer you to additional support services or resources. For more information visit the LifeMap Commons or the Advising webpage.

BHCCselfservice

All registered students (degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking) have an Online Services account known as myBHCC, which you can access via the BHCC homepage. This account allows you to print a current course schedule or unofficial transcript, view placement test results and grades, search for course availability, access financial aid and payment information, register for or drop courses, pay for courses, create a payment plan and waive health insurance. The Program Evaluation and Student Planning features allow you to monitor your progress toward program completion and make informed decisions about course selection. In addition, the Student Planning feature allows you to create a plan for completing program requirements and even register from that plan. If you need assistance, you can also visit the LifeMap Commons.

CareerConnect

CareerConnect is BHCC’s exclusive online career portal where students and alumni can search and apply for jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities, as well as manage the full spectrum of their career search needs. Students and alumni can use CareerConnect to register for career events and workshops, explore career videos, access our library of workshop materials and sample resumes, easily create resumes, upload cover letters and portfolio documents, practice interviews, search and apply for positions, and sign up for job or event alerts. Visit the CareerConnect page to complete your profile. For more information visit the LifeMap Commons.


Career Advancement and Internships

Job Search and Career Events

Workshops and individual sessions to help you in all aspects of finding and keeping employment are offered. Offerings include resume writing, interviewing skills, marketing yourself, networking, LinkedIn, how to use online and social networking sites for job searches, mock interviews, and our InterviewStream video recording platform. Students and alumni have around-the-clock web access to BHCC’s CareerConnect where they can search and apply for jobs and internships targeted for BHCC students. Hot jobs are also posted weekly in D-hallway and on LifeMap bulletin boards.

A series of industry-focused Career Fairs are open to students and alumni during the fall and spring. These events offer an opportunity to engage directly with professionals in your field as well as find internships, part-time, seasonal or full-time employment.

Academic Program Internships

Academic internships combine relevant on-the-job experience with classroom learning in a 3-credit course as part of your program of study. Academic internship courses are offered for several majors; visit the Academic Internships page for a full list of programs. Academic internships may also be an option as an elective course in many degree programs. Planning is required one semester ahead of time and requires sign-off from the Faculty Coordinator or Internship Coordinator.

Career Internships

Students interested in gaining practical experience to test-drive an occupation or become more marketable in their field of study can explore non-credit internship opportunities. You can build on skills learned in the classroom, work on challenging assignments, and receive mentoring from a qualified professional. You can also expand your knowledge of career options, begin to establish professional connections and present relevant experience at the top of your resume. Explore current internship postings on the CareerConnect page.

STEM Research Internships

If you are a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math student who has or will be completing your first year of coursework in your major, you may be eligible to apply for a competitive, paid research internship. Most research internships are offered in the summer, fulltime. BHCC has relationships with several National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institute of Health (NIH) funded programs, and Community College programs at area institutions such as MIT, Harvard, Tufts, Boston University, UMass, and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Student planning and preparation for these programs begins early in the fall semester with application deadlines starting as soon as Nov 1. These opportunities are offered in collaboration with STEM Faculty and the STEM Club.

For additional information, visit the Internships page or stop by the LifeMap Commons to meet with the Internship Coordinator.

Learn and Earn

Bunker Hill Community College’s Learn and Earn program offers competitive, paid internships at some of the top companies

in Massachusetts, including Bank of America, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, BJ’s Wholesale Club, the Boston Foundation, Dovetail Healthcare, Eaton Vance, Dell EMC, Fidelity Investments, Liberty Mutual, Plymouth Rock Assurance, Putnam Investments, Raytheon, Staples, State Street, Suffolk Construction, Tufts Technology Services, UBS and Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Students work 16-30 hours per week for $15/ hour, take a three-credit internship course, and receive mentoring and support for career goals.

Students should note the recruitment, application, and interviewing cycle takes place a full semester in advance of the internship start date. For eligibility requirements and more information, please visit the Learn and Earn page or stop by the LifeMap Commons to meet with the Learn and Earn Coordinator.

The office also hosts various career panels, networking and professional readiness events, company information sessions or employer pop-up recruiting on campus. For more information and to access resources visit Career Services page or the LifeMap Commons.


Transfer Services

Transfer In

If you have attended another college, you may apply for transfer credit and advanced standing at Bunker Hill Community College. Send official transcripts from all previous colleges directly to the Academic Records Office at the time you apply to BHCC. Once you are accepted and become a matriculated (or degree-seeking) student, college transcripts will be evaluated.

Credit may be awarded if:

  • A grade of C or better is earned from a regionally accredited college or university. A grade of P may be accepted only if it can be demonstrated that the P grade is equivalent to a grade of C or higher. Some programs require a C+ or higher. Detailed information can be found in the Degree and Certificate Program section of the catalog.
  • The courses are comparable to those offered at BHCC.

Specific departmental requirements may apply to course eligibility for your program: Anatomy and Physiology I, II and Microbiology for certain health programs cannot be more than five years old.

Credits earned at colleges that follow a quarter system will be converted to semester-hour equivalents resulting in an adjustment in the number of credits transferred. The College will accept a maximum of 45 transfer credits toward the BHCC associate degree and 75 percent of the total number of credits required for certificate programs.

Transfer Appeal Process: Transfer students who would like the college to reconsider its decision regarding the awarding of transfer credit may request a meeting with a Transfer Counselor by emailing transferaffairs@bhcc.mass.edu. The purpose of this meeting is to give you an opportunity to present evidence such as course descriptions and syllabi to demonstrate that the course(s) in question are either the equivalent or comparable and meet the criteria listed above. As part of this review, relevant Faculty, Department Chair and or the Academic Dean will be consulted to review course documentation as needed. If the matter is not resolved through this process, you can appeal in writing to the appropriate Associate Provost of Academic Affairs requesting that the Associate Provost review the materials and findings. The decision of the Associate Provost is final.

Transfer Out

Bunker Hill Community College shares partnerships with four-year colleges and universities to help you continue your education if you decide to work toward a bachelor’s degree. Transfer Services provides information sessions, college visits, transfer fairs, workshops, and other resources to help you with this process. We encourage you to research the transfer requirements and expectations of the colleges and universities you are interested in early on so you can make the best curriculum choices at BHCC. Visit the Transfer page to learn about upcoming information sessions and additional information, or come by the LifeMap Commons.

MassTransfer

MassTransfer is a collaboration between the Commonwealth’s community colleges, state universities and the University of Massachusetts. System-wide resources and policies allow you to transfer seamlessly, stay on track and minimize the time it takes to earn a bachelor’s degree.

General Education Foundation. MassTransfer provides any student in the Massachusetts public higher education system who completes the General Education Foundation with the benefit of satisfying the general education/distribution/core requirements at any other public higher education institution (with the receiving institution able to add no more than six additional credits or two courses). For more information, visit the General Education Requirements page.

A2B (associate degree to bachelor’s degree). Beginning your college career at a community college is a smart choice. MassTransfer seeks to reward community college students who complete associate degrees at Massachusetts community colleges before they enroll in linked bachelor’s programs at Massachusetts state universities or University of Massachusetts campuses. Not only does MassTransfer guarantee full transfer of a minimum of 60 credits but, depending on their final GPA and/or prerequisite coursework, students who complete A2B degrees may also receive guaranteed admission and tuition discounts. Visit the MassTransfer page for more information.

Commonwealth Commitment. A2B degree students who attend full-time and earn a 3.00 GPA or higher also can participate in the Commonwealth Commitment. The Commonwealth Commitment (available in “A2B Mapped” majors only) further rewards students with a freeze on tuition and fees for all four years, and 10% end-of-semester rebates.

For more information including a complete list of pathway programs and qualifications for eligibility, visit the Commonwealth Commitment page, or speak with a Transfer Counselor in the LifeMap Commons.

Transfer and Articulation Information for Bachelor’s Programs

Articulation agreements outline the transfer pathway between academic programs at BHCC and other institutions. Articulation agreements are designed to help you make a smooth transition when transferring from BHCC to another institution by ensuring you understand if and how coursework taken at BHCC will transfer into other programs.

For a list of current articulation agreements visit the Articulation Agreements page.