By 2020, according to the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, 72% of all jobs in Massachusetts will require some amount of college education.
The “Phoenix-Bunker Hill Partnership”—Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) and partner Phoenix Charter Academy—was recognized with a 2016 Gateway Cities Innovation Award at the fourth annual MassINC Gateway Cities Innovation Awards. The awards ceremony was held on November 15, 2016, at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.
“We are Community. We are BHCC.” This phrase serves as a reminder to the Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) community that we stand as one, and affirms our commitment to a safe and inclusive campus for all students. Three of BHCC’s Institutional Values—Inclusiveness and Equity; Civic Engagement and Service; and Kindness and Respect all—go hand in hand with the significance of “We are Community. We are BHCC.”
On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, students, faculty and staff gathered at Chelsea’s City Hall to premiere a drawing exhibit featuring works by students of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC).
The New England Venture Capital Association announced today a new venture that seeks to improve diversity in the area’s top STEM companies. The initiative’s pilot will place twenty black and Latino students from Bunker Hill Community College, UMass Boston and Worcester Polytechnic Institute in internships at Carbonite, DataXu, Hubstop and Vertex this spring. Interns will be paired with a senior-level black or Latino mentor at their corporation to provide coaching and support.
Twenty-year Army veteran Stephen Snyder-Hill visited Bunker Hill Community College on November 10, 2016, as part of the College’s Veterans Day celebration. In 2011, several days after the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the official U.S. policy on gays serving in the military, Stephen Snyder-Hill, then Captain Hill, was serving in Iraq.
On Friday, November 4, 11 students from BHCC attended the Museum of Science’s first Women and Girls in STEM Networking Evening, sponsored by Akamai.
Dear BHCC Community,
I am moved to write to you today after a troubled year of racial strife, followed by an unprecedented election season. It has been four decades since I came to the United States with my family, drawn by educational opportunities and the idea of freedom. That dream has proven to be as idyllic as it was arduous. But it is not until this past year that I have witnessed, in full relief, the shining promise and the abysmal darkness in the making of the American Dream. Many at the College have wondered about our way forward. What path do we follow as individuals, and as a community of scholars?
On October 28, 2016, BHCC President Pam Eddinger visited WBUR to talk with RadioBoston host Meghna Chakrabarti about the challenge of fighting hunger on college campuses. A long-time champion of eliminating hunger on college campuses, President Eddinger joined two other community college presidents in urging Senator Elizabeth Warren to push the federal government to study the issue.
Bunker Hill Community College celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 October 15, 2016. A series of events that honored the history, art and culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans was held at the College’s Charlestown Campus and at its campus in Chelsea, one of three cities in Massachusetts with a majority Hispanic or Latino population. Faculty integrated the month’s themes into their art and science curricula.
President Eddinger and Bunker Hill Community College were honored at the White House on September 30, when President Obama named Eddinger one of the nation’s eleven “Champions of Change for College Opportunity.”
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) has received a $1.7 million grant from the United States Department of Education’s Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) program, created to expand the capacity of educational institutions to serve these populations as well as low-income individuals. The funds, to be awarded over five years, will impact the College’s large and growing population of Asian American and low-income English language learners.
Exchange students arrived at Bunker Hill Community College, one of 14 colleges across 11 states, to participate in the 2016-2017 Community College Initiative (CCI) Program. A program of the U.S. State Department, the CCI Program provides participants with quality education at U.S. community colleges and is designed to build technical skills, enhance leadership capabilities and strengthen their English language proficiency.
The following press release was published on the White House website as a blog post on September 27, 2016.
The following press release was published on the Achieving the Dream website on September 22, 2016.
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) welcomed new faculty and staff members at the College’s annual Convocation event, held on Thursday, September 2. During the event, BHCC faculty and staff members gathered together to kick off the 2016-2017 academic year, welcome new faculty and staff and engage in the early stages of planning for “the year of the engaged campus.”
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) welcomes two new members of the Board of Trustees, David Chang Tai-Wai and Stephen Chan, as well as a new student trustee, Loretta Esibi.
We at Bunker Hill Community College want to extend our support to ITT Tech students during their challenging transition.
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) has received a $30,960 continuation grant from the Massachusetts Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative (MAICEI). BHCC was one of only 12 Massachusetts institutions of public higher education to receive an award.
Top state officials got a chance to visit the first day of the STEM Starter Academy at Bunker Hill Community College on Monday, August 22, 2016. Governor Baker, Lieutenant Governor Polito, House Speaker DeLeo, Education Secretary Peyser and Higher Education Commissioner Santiago observed and engaged with two classrooms during their visit.
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) has received a $1.2 million federal TRiO Talent Search Grant from the United States Department of Education. The funds, to be awarded over five years, will support the College’s TRiO Program, which provides college access services to prospective low-income, first-generation college students from Chelsea Public Schools as well as to local youths who have left high school and wish to return to school. Since 2011, the TRiO Chelsea Program has provided academic advising, career exploration, financial literacy, college visits and college and financial aid application support to more than 1,000 Chelsea youths from grades 7-12.
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) has announced participation in the Open Education Resource Degree Initiative (OER), sponsored by national community college reform network Achieving the Dream (ATD). The College has been awarded a $100,000 grant to support the OER initiative, which aims to remove financial roadblocks that can derail student progress toward degree completion.
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) has received a $1.2 million grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The funds, to be awarded over four years, will provide scholarships for full-time Registered Nursing students from economically or academically disadvantaged backgrounds. Of the 78 grants awarded, BHCC is the only community college and the only institution in Massachusetts to receive a grant.
Donna Akerley-Procopio, a professor in Bunker Hill Community College’s Computer Information Technology Department, has been recognized by Cisco Systems for her excellence in teaching and for her 15 years of dedicated service.
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) announced today the TRAIN program, sponsored by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, which will provide free career training to 36 long-term unemployed Massachusetts residents.
Alpha Kappa Mu, Bunker Hill Community College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK), won multiple awards at two recent PTK events. Alpha Kappa Mu was honored as one of three five-star Chapters in Massachusetts, one of only 10 five-star Chapters in the New England Region and one of the Top 100 Chapters nationwide. It received the Distinguished Chapter Award, winning second place overall in the region. In addition, AKM won its first-ever International Hallmark Award, and first place overall for its Honors in Action Project “Power of the Heart.” AKM also won first place in the “Ideas and Ideologies” category and received a Distinguished Honors in Action Project Award.
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh delivered the keynote address today at the 42nd Commencement exercises of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) to a full house of graduates, family and friends. A record-breaking 1696 graduates received degrees and certificates, the highest number in the College’s history.
Securing that first job is one of the biggest challenges faced by soon-to-be graduates. Professional Threads, a campus event produced by the career services team each semester, helps take the guesswork and stress out of assembling a professional look. Held on March 28 in D-Lounge, just in time for the Spring Job and Internship Fair, the event supplied students with coaching on personal presentation, networking and all the other elements that contribute to professional success.
For four decades Bunker Hill Community College students have volunteered their time to help members of the College community and surrounding neighborhoods with their state and federal tax returns free of charge through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA).
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) student Sondos Alnamos was one of the 29 graduates of Massachusetts public colleges and universities honored at the State House May 9. Governor Charlie Baker, Senate President Stan Rosenberg, Secretary of Education James Peyser and UMass President Marty Meehan attended the “29 Who Shine” ceremony.
Cristina Henríquez captivated the Bunker Hill Community College audience of students, faculty, staff and visitors on April 28, 2016, with the story of her development as a writer and the discovery of her Panamanian roots. She spoke as part of BHCC’s One Book program, which brings the entire College community together to read a single book over the course of an academic year. This year, members of the College community read Henriquez’ award-winning novel of immigrant life, The Book of Unknown Americans.
John Michael Kawooya, a BHCC student working as an intern at Raytheon in Waltham, Massachusetts, has won the national Two-Year Program Student Achievement Award from the Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA). This is the second consecutive year that a BHCC student has won the award. Jared Standish, who interned at EMC in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, took home the prize last year. Both students were part of the College’s Learn and Earn program, which offers students paid internships at top companies in Greater Boston.
Bunker Hill Community College and MassBay Community College are pleased to announce a student radiology team has placed first at this year’s Massachusetts Society of Radiologic Technologists (MSRT) Buzz Bowl competition. The Buzz Bowl was part of the MSRT 85th Annual Conference. This year’s theme was “Pathways to Excellence in Diagnostic Imaging.”
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh will be the keynote speaker at Bunker Hill Community College’s 42nd Commencement exercises, BHCC President Pam Eddinger announced today. The Commencement exercises will take place on May 21, 2016, on the Charlestown Campus.
Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc., addressed a packed audience of students, faculty, staff and guests in the gymnasium at Bunker Hill Community College on April 14, 2016. His talk, accompanied with some tasty ice cream treats, was part of the College’s highly regarded Compelling Conversations speaker series.
An admissions welcome kit created by Bunker Hill Community College earned a silver award in the national communications contest sponsored annually by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR). The awards, which honor outstanding achievement in communications at community and technical colleges, were announced on March 13 at the NCMPR National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.
Students streamed into the BHCC Auditorium on March 22, 2016, to see 33-year-old entrepreneur Johnny Earle, a.k.a. Johnny Cupcakes, taking selfies with fans in the audience. Meanwhile, Cupcake team members were handing out promotional items at the door. The self-taught businessman, it turns out, had some sound advice for Bunker Hill students, as he presented his success story, and got laughs from the audience. The BHCC Student Government Association had made a wise choice in bringing him to campus.
During a daylong visit to Bunker Hill Community College that included a classroom visit, a luncheon with students and faculty members and an address in the College gymnasium, Sybrina Fulton told students, “Protect your life. It is a valuable gem.” Fulton is the mother of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old high school student killed in a violent confrontation in 2012 in Sanford, Florida.
Bunker Hill Community College students Tung Doan and Sondos Alnamos have been honored by the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa (PTK). Doan was honored by PTK as a 2016 Coca-Cola New Century Scholar for having earned the top All-USA Community College Academic Team score in Massachusetts. Alnamos was named a 2016 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar for having scored in the top 150 in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition.
They sustained a ten-game winning streak, beat the New England powerhouse Community College of Rhode Island for the first time in the College’s history, and rose to 8th position in Division III of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) rankings, ending the season with a record of 25-10. It has been a very good season for BHCC Men’s Basketball team - The Bulldogs.
Maria Hinojosa, anchor and executive producer of NPR’s Peabody Award-winning weekly program, Latino USA, spoke about racial inequality in the United States on March 3, 2016, as part of BHCC’s Women’s History Month celebration.
The Paralegal Studies Program at Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) has been granted approval from the American Bar Association (ABA). The official recognition, on February 9, 2016, makes BHCC’s program one of just four community college-based programs in Massachusetts approved by the national association.
The Posse Foundation has selected Gregory Hardy and John Brindisi as Posse Veterans Scholars for their leadership in their places of work, communities and families. Each Posse Veterans Scholar attends Vassar College, Wesleyan University or Dartmouth College with a “posse” of 10 fellow veterans on a four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarship. Brindisi will attend Vassar College in fall 2016; Hardy will attend Wesleyan University.
The Nurse Education Department at Bunker Hill Community College wishes to announce that it will host a site review for continuing accreditation of its Associate in Science Degree registered nursing program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
For the first time in 11 years, the Bunker Hill Community College Men’s Basketball team has won the Massachusetts Community College Athletic Association statewide championship. During the season the Bulldogs sustained a ten-game winning streak, secured wins against the New England powerhouse Community College of Rhode Island for the first time in the College’s history, and rose to 8th position in Division III of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) rankings.
Byron Pitts addressed an audience of students, faculty, staff and guests at Bunker Hill Community College on February 18, 2016, as part of the College’s long-running Compelling Conversations speaker series. In an upbeat and hopeful talk, the co-anchor of ABC’s Nightline shared his story of growing up in East Baltimore in a single-parent household and struggling to learn how to read and write.
Bunker Hill Community College celebrated Black History Month with Dark Matter: An Afternoon of Science and Stories with GZA a.k.a. "The Genius," founding member of Wu-Tang Clan, hip hop artist and science educator. GZA is co-founder of the Science Genius program, which engages high school students in science through hip hop.
For the first time in Bunker Hill Community College history, the Bulldogs, the College’s men’s basketball team, have made the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Top Ten. The Bulldogs are ranked 8th in Division III. “We have a deep bench of skilled, athletic and happy players who work hard every game. That combination makes us difficult to beat,” said men’s basketball Head Coach Nkrumah Jones, ’01.
Political, business, community and education leaders met at the Chelsea Campus of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) on January 12, 2016, to discuss plans for greater collaboration in meeting the educational needs of Chelsea’s large Latino community. Attending the gathering were owners of the local businesses, local and state education leaders, members of Chelsea’s city council and School Committee and representatives of nonprofit organizations, as well as faculty members, the president, two vice presidents, and other top administrators from BHCC.
Competing for jobs is tough. But thanks to the College’s Learn and Earn program, BHCC students are prepared to succeed. On October 29, just in time for the College’s Job Fair and the December Learn and Earn internship interviews, 130 students attended a fashion event called Professional Threads from 12 to 2 p.m. in D-Lounge. The majority of the students were business, general concentration and science/engineering majors; most were in the equivalent of their first year at BHCC.
Alice Murillo has been appointed Associate Provost of Bunker Hill Community College’s Chelsea Campus.
On December 15, 2015, in the BHCC Auditorium, 93 BHCC business students were inducted into Eta Mu, the first BHCC chapter of the Alpha Beta Gamma International Business Honor Society (ABG). Provost and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs James Canniff, Interim Dean of Professional Studies and Workforce Development Wayne Wormley and Associate Professor and Department Chair of Business Administration Tony Fontes spoke at the event. Eta Mu’s newly elected officers then presented certificates to the new members.
Hailing from institutions of higher education that included Xiangyang Vocational and Technical College, Hunan Arts and Crafts Vocational College, Ningxia Polytechnic and Changzhou Institute of Mechatronic Technology, 24 academics from China visited Bunker Hill Community College on December 2, 2015.
The BHCC men’s soccer team, the Bulldogs, ended another incredible soccer season with a new high. For the first time in its history, the Bulldogs soundly trounced two higher-ranked teams to advance to the third and final game of the NJCAA National Tournament, held November 12-16 at Herkimer Community College in Herkimer, New York.
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) has received a $200,000 Vision Project Performance Incentive Fund grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education for a project designed to help greater numbers of underserved Latino students attend college and complete their degrees. Latinos comprise 23 percent of the BHCC student population.
More than 850 runners participated in the Boston River Run 5K on Sunday, November 8, 2015, to raise $25,000 for a scholarship at Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC). Race organizer John Narcus, who graduated from the College in 2013, announced at the start of the race that the goal had been met and BHCC President Pam Y. Eddinger gratefully acknowledged the efforts of everyone involved.
Beginning in January Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) will offer an introductory psychology course for college credit in North Quincy.
Filmmaker and author Baptist de Pape visited Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) on November 5 for a screening of his film The Power of the Heart, which ties to a book of the same name. Featuring interviews with Paulo Coelho, Maya Angelou, Deepak Chopra, Isabel Allende, Eckhart Tolle and other spiritual leaders, the film makes a case for the transformative power of the human heart.
Award-winning journalist, documentary filmmaker and best-selling author Sebastian Junger, who saw combat while embedded with U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, visited Bunker Hill Community College on November 12 in honor of Veterans Day. Junger shared his experiences as a war reporter and filmmaker. He has covered major international news stories for Vanity Fair and ABC News and directed the documentaries Restrepo and Korengal, based on his experiences in Afghanistan.
On November 4, 2015, Senator Elizabeth Warren delivered remarks on the Senate floor addressing college affordability. Bunker Hill Community College is mentioned at the 1 minute 10 seconds mark.
Bunker Hill Community College celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month 2015 with a series of events that honored the history, arts and culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans. Events were held at the College’s Charlestown Campus and at its campus in Chelsea, one of the state’s three cities with a majority Hispanic or Latino population.
The Massachusetts Director of Boards and Commissions, Ed Palleschi, swore in William J. Walczak as chair of the Bunker Hill Community College Board of Trustees in a ceremony at the State House on October 22.
U.S. Treasury Deputy Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin visited Bunker Hill Community College on October 23 to talk with students about student loans and college affordability. “You are putting the most important thing first—your education,” said Raskin, who listened to students’ stories about their struggles to pay for school, answered their questions and recommended visiting studentaid.gov, the Federal Student Aid website.
Talk show host and bestselling author Tavis Smiley kicked off Bunker Hill Community College’s annual Compelling Conversations speaker series on Thursday, October 22, with an upbeat talk about optimism and hope that brought cheers and laughter from the audience. Before the lecture, Smiley enjoyed a lunch with students and staff in the College art gallery and met with students in Professor James Rogash’s journalism class. Smiley answered student questions and told them the best journalists are “generous listeners.”
Four publications created by Bunker Hill Community College have received Medallion Awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) communications competition. The awards were announced October 6, 2015, at the NCMPR District 1 Conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Students in the Community College Initiative Program (CCIP) share how the program helped them:
Twelve international students have arrived at Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) as part of the Community College Initiative Program (CCIP). A program of the U.S. State Department, CCIP provides participants with quality educational study at U.S. community colleges. The program is designed to build technical skills, enhance leadership capabilities and strengthen English language proficiency. Since 2013, 35 students, who have completed more than 2,800 hours of volunteer service, have participated through BHCC, one of 17 host campuses. CCIP participants, especially women, are recruited from underserved and under-represented communities.
Watch the segment of Sunday’s edition of NECN’s DC Dialogue, President Eddinger talks about the free community college concept, our Learn and Earn program, Gas Utility program and more…
Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) held their 2015 PIC Achiever Awards on September 16, 2015. The Achiever Awards are “given to those who exemplify the PIC's mission of connecting the youth and adults of Boston to the mainstream economy through education and employment.” Among the winners were current students Kendra Castillo, Rachel Marshall and Glendy Rodriguez, BHCC graduates Adullahi Macalin Tuusuf and Josue L. Morales, and BHCC staff member Elva Green. Congratulations to our students and staff.
Beginning this fall Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) will offer courses for college credit in the fields of healthcare and criminal justice in Everett, Massachusetts.
BHCC’s Computer Information Technology Department will offer a Gas Utility Technology degree option program to students beginning fall 2015. Part of the College’s effort to identify and close workforce gaps, the program will help produce qualified individuals to replace aging baby boomers scheduled to retire from the utility industry. Nearly 40 percent of the utility industry workforce will be eligible to retire in the next five years, while significant growth is forecasted for the Northeast’s natural gas infrastructure construction sector.
Coordinator of Student Activities Paul Moda has received the 2015 Continued Excellence Award for Advisors from the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society. Moda has served as advisor to Alpha Kappa Mu, Bunker Hill Community College’s chapter of PTK, since 2002.
Faculty and staff participated in lively discussions as part of Professional Development Day on Thursday, May 21, 2015.
On May 21, 2015, STAND—Students Taking a Stand for Nursing Diversity—celebrated ten years of supporting, developing and guiding students into nursing careers at an event in the College’s gym. Current and past students, as well as family, friends, faculty and staff attended, as did representatives of the Boston Public Schools, Somerville High School and community partners. The students received certificates of completion—along with gifts and a cake.
Thirty-eight Allied Health Certificate students graduated and twenty-one received pins on Friday, May 15, 2015, in the Community Room at BHCC’s Chelsea Campus. The program prepares students to become healthcare providers. Family and friends joined in the celebration of the students’ completion of the program, as each student was pinned and given a rose to signify the transition from student to practitioner. “I am excited to apply all that I have learned. I am so proud to be standing here today,” said one student.
On Wednesday, May 27, 2015, graduates of the Bunker Hill Community College Adult Basic Education (ABE) program marked the completion of their studies at a celebration on the Charlestown Campus. President Pam Eddinger, BHCC Board of Trustees member Hung Goon, and ABE program director Toni Borge congratulated the graduates on their achievement. President Eddinger noted that 2015 is the 20th anniversary of the ABE initiative, which offers classes for adults to develop English language proficiency along with training in the skills needed for a successful transition to college. The program is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, Medical Imaging Program graduates celebrated the completion of their studies at their Pinning Ceremony. Sixty-five students received a pin depicting a caduceus, the symbol of healthcare, to mark their passage from student technologist to clinical practitioner.
On Thursday, May 21, 2015, the College’s athletes and members of the College’s many clubs were honored at a banquet in the College gym prepared by BHCC Culinary Arts students. Director of Student Activities Paul Moda and Director of Athletics Khari Roulhac praised the achievements of the clubs and athletes.
The Student Success Recognition ceremony on May 28, 2015, celebrated the achievement of 32 members of the Student Success Program who were set to graduate from the College this year. These students have met the program’s goals of remaining in school, maintaining good academic standing, or successfully transferring to four-year colleges or universities. The event took place in the Culinary Arts Dining Room.
On May 28, 2015, Bunker Hill Community College honored high-achieving students with scholarships and awards as student after student ascended the stage to be recognized for outstanding academic achievement or service to the community. Family and friends filled the College gym and cheered enthusiastically as students received hard-earned recognition.
Five hundred and thirty-five students from more than 30 local high schools celebrated their graduation from BHCC’s Dual Enrollment program on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, with cheers and applause. The event took place in the College’s Health & Wellness Center gym.
On Friday, May 15, 2015, twelve students from seven countries celebrated the culmination of a year of hard work at Bunker Hill Community College. They came to Boston from countries as far-flung as Bangladesh, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, South Africa and Turkey. The students were part of a U.S. State Department program called the Community College Initiative Program (CCIP) aimed at promoting partnerships and resource sharing among global communities.
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren delivered the keynote address last Saturday at the 41st Commencement exercises of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) to a cheering crowd of more than 3,000 under the Commencement tent on the College grounds. A record-breaking 1,408 graduates received degrees and certificates, the highest number in the College’s history.
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) student Yamileth Lopez was one of the 29 graduates of Massachusetts public colleges and universities honored at the State House May 14. Governor Charlie Baker, Secretary of Education James Peyser, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Richard M. Freeland and Chairman of the Board of Higher Education Chris Gabrieli attended the “29 Who Shine” ceremony.
Bunker Hill Community College’s Learn and Earn Internship Program, in partnership with the program’s founding sponsor, Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP), has received a national Award of Excellence in the Outstanding College/Corporate Partnership category from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). A committee of the AACC Board of Directors cited the innovative Learn and Earn paid internship program for its exceptional work in advancing student success.
Author and cartoonist Josh Neufeld captivated the Bunker Hill Community College audience of students, faculty, staff and visitors with his tale of writing the bestselling graphic novel A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge. Neufeld spent three weeks as a Red Cross volunteer in Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina, the devastating 2005 storm that killed more than 1,800 people and caused over $100 billion in property damage.
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren will be the keynote speaker at Bunker Hill Community College’s 41st Commencement exercises on May 30, 2015. A long-time friend of the College, Warren has visited the campus to discuss issues such as consumer protection and veterans’ needs.
Jared Standish, a BHCC student working as an intern at EMC Corporation in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, has won the national Two-Year Program Student Achievement Award from the Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA).
U.S. Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell visited Bunker Hill Community College on April 8. Under Secretary Mitchell sought students’ opinions about what works and doesn’t work in U.S. education, telling them, “I’m excited to be here and to hear your stories.” Mitchell, who was appointed on May 8, 2014, is charged with helping implement President Obama's goal: for the U.S. to have "the best educated, most competitive workforce in the world." Also joining the Under Secretary was newly sworn- in Chris Gabrieli, Chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. This was Gabrieli's first campus visit in his new position and he expressed his gratitude to be included in the visit.
Today, Quan Nguyen, a recent graduate of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC), has been named to the 2015 All-USA Community College Academic Team at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) convention in San Antonio, Texas. This comes with a $2,500 scholarship and special medallion. Nguyen was among the 20 highest-scoring students nationwide recognizing two-year college students for their combination of academic excellence, service and leadership.
Bunker Hill Community College was honored to host Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows Arjana Blazic and Siradji Mahamane the week of April 5. Arjana, who is from Croatia, is studying at Penn State. Siradji, who is from Niger, is studying at Vanderbilt University. The Humphrey Fellows came to learn more about our ESL department.
Yemeni women’s rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakkol Karman visited BHCC as part of the College’s annual Compelling Conversations speaker series. Before her talk, Karman enjoyed a lunch prepared by Culinary Arts students, and met with members of the Islamic and Arab Student Associations and the Student Government Association. After her presentation, Karman answered questions from the audience and signed autographs in the college Art Gallery.
Cultural anthropologist, filmmaker, explorer and environmentalist Elizabeth Lindsey spoke as part of BHCC’s celebration of Women’s History Month. As the National Geographic Society’s first Polynesian explorer, Lindsey circumnavigates the globe four times a year documenting cultures in danger of extinction. She is a recognized expert in the field of cultural intelligence, which she defines as a holistic system of knowledge and wisdom based on indigenous science.
BHCC Magazine, a publication of Bunker Hill Community College, won a gold award in the nationwide communications competition sponsored by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR). A second gold award went to a digital illustration for the BHCC Magazine feature, “In a House of Books.”
Boston’s record snowfall this year did not deter the College from celebrating Black History Month in February, with a lecture on Black Books, a performance, an art exhibit and several related events.
Grammy Award-winning artist Ice-T spoke as part of Bunker Hill Community College’s Compelling Conversations speaker series on February 26, delivering a lively talk that drew laughs and applause from an overflow audience. Before his presentation, Ice-T enjoyed a lunch prepared by Culinary Arts students and interacted with students in two Learning Community Seminars, “Connecting to Your Inner Orange Line: Next Stop, Community College” and “Do the Right Thing.”
A 2014 graduate of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) won acceptance, along with a full scholarship, to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the spring semester 2015. Quan Nguyen, the first in his family to attend college, plans to major in chemical-biological engineering and minor in biomedical and materials science.
For the second time in a row, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) has been recognized as a Carnegie Community Engagement Campus. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching selected BHCC as one of the 240 colleges and universities in the United States to receive the Foundation’s 2015 Community Engagement Classification. BHCC received the honor initially in 2008.
Bunker Hill Community College has won national recognition for its service to the community. BHCC was among the institutions named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for their volunteer and service work. This is the fifth year that BHCC has been named to the President’s Honor Roll. In 2013 BHCC Community Engagement programs reached an estimated 4,000 students, who provided approximately 5,000 hours of service to the Greater Boston community.
BHCC honors student Minwoo Yoo placed first in the nation in Round I of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges Student Math League competition. Competing on the precalculus test against students from 187 community colleges, Yoo earned a perfect score. “I’m confident he’ll win Round II,” said Yoo’s mentor Elhoussine Ghardi, Assistant Professor, Mathematics Department. Round II is scheduled for February 13 to March 7, 2015.
Bunker Hill Community College ranks among the 20 fastest growing of U.S. community colleges with enrollments of 10,000 or more, according to an analysis by Community College Week, an independent publication covering community, technical and junior colleges. The largest and most affordable community college in Massachusetts, BHCC currently enrolls more than 14,000 students.
Bunker Hill Community College President Pam Eddinger will join President Obama, the First Lady and Vice President Biden along with hundreds of college presidents and other higher education leaders to announce new actions to help more students prepare for and graduate from college.
Liberty Mutual Insurance and Eaton Vance have joined the ranks of Bunker Hill Community College’s Learn and Earn Program as its 14 and 15 corporate partners. Each company will pilot three positions in Spring 2015 as part of the College’s popular internship program, which offers paid work experience to BHCC students.
Former U.S. Marine Rye Barcott visited Bunker Hill Community College on November 6 in honor of Veterans Day 2014. He met with students in the Learning Community Seminar Media Literacy in the 21st Century, enjoyed a lunch prepared by Culinary Arts students in the College dining room, stopped in at the Veterans Center, and signed copies of his book following a talk he delivered to an audience of faculty, staff, students and visitors.
The Bunker Hill Community College men’s soccer team won the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Regional Championship November 2, 2014. This is the College’s third regional championship in the last three years. The team will now compete in the NJCAA Division III National Championships, which begin Thursday in Herkimer, New York.
For the second consecutive year Bunker Hill Community College has been named to the list of top Military Friendly Schools by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The list singles out the colleges, universities and trade schools that do the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
The Bunker Hill Community College Workforce Development Center has received a $150,000 grant from the Commonwealth Corporation’s Regional Training Capacity Pilot Program. The College will use the funds to implement the Pathway to Success in the Food Industry program, a sequence of workplace English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes contextualized for the food industry. The classes will consist of multiple levels of ESOL instruction offered to non-native English-speaking employees working with partner employers in the nearby communities of Chelsea, Everett, Lynn, Malden and Revere.
Bunker Hill Community College students Niamh Daly, Yamileth Lopez and Jody Roberts were named Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK). The students will receive scholarships of $1,000 to further their associate degree studies; they are also encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in PTK programs.
In what is likely his final visit to Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) as Governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick this morning described the state’s ongoing commitment to education in Massachusetts. “Education is the single most important work we have before us,” he told a gathering of BHCC faculty, staff, students and friends of the College. Accompanying the Governor were key members of his administration, including Secretary of Education Matthew Malone, Commissioner of Higher Education Richard Freeland and Chair of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education Charles Desmond.
The 2014-2015 College Catalog won a Gold Medallion of Excellence Award in the Academic Catalog category for District 1 at the annual contest sponsored by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) on October 13, 2014. Taking home the Bronze Medallion of Excellence Award for Digital Illustration was an illustration created to accompany the story “In a House of Books,” which appeared in the fall 2014 issue of BHCC Magazine. The awards, which honor outstanding achievement in communications, were presented at the Capital Creativity Conference at National Harbor, Maryland.
Television, film and stage actor Giancarlo Esposito launched Bunker Hill Community College’s annual Compelling Conversations speaker series on October 16, delivering a dynamic, comprehensive and interactive talk to an enthusiastic audience. Before his talk, Esposito enjoyed a lunch prepared by Culinary Arts students and interacted with students at two Learning Community Seminars, “Telling our Stories” and “Do the Right Thing.” After he spoke, he answered questions from students in the audience, and signed autographs in the Mary L. Fifield Art Gallery.
Biomedical engineering student Quan Nguyen is one of only 20 students nationwide selected by the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society as a 2014 Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholar. Nguyen received the $1,000 scholarship for having maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA while enrolled at the College as a Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) member in good standing.
A consortia proposal submitted collectively by the 15 community colleges in Massachusetts led by Massasoit Community College has been selected by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for the fourth and final round of federal funding from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant (TAACCCT). The community colleges are advancing a comprehensive approach to addressing the training and educational needs of workers and employers statewide with a focus on articulated pathways to careers in high-growth STEM sectors (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math; as well as advanced manufacturing and healthcare). The $20 million grant is the highest funded of the 66 awarded in the country by U.S. DOL. The project, entitled Guided Pathways to Success in STEM (GPSTEM), will use the national Complete College America Guided Pathways to Success model to assist eligible students in obtaining degrees and certificates in STEM fields. The model focuses on reducing the time to completion of certificates and degree programs, resulting in more students entering employment in the Commonwealth and/or transferring into baccalaureate programs to add to their credentials.
Bunker Hill Community College has won recertification as a Leader College by Achieving the Dream, a national nonprofit dedicated to helping community college students succeed. BHCC is one of 16 institutions nationwide to win such designation for demonstrating sustained improvement and accomplishments on key student achievement indicators. “It is an honor for Bunker Hill Community College to be recertified as an Achieving the Dream Leader College,” said BHCC President Pam Y. Eddinger. “We value our role in the National Reform Network, both as a learning college as well as an advocate for continuous improvement through evidence-based practices and broad engagement.”
Seventeen Vertex administrators and scientists visited Bunker Hill Community College on September 11 for a day of career discussions and sharing of industry perspectives with faculty and students in the business and science departments. Vertex is one of 15 corporate partners taking part in the College’s popular Learn and Earn program, which provides students with paid work experience in prestigious Greater Boston companies.
Daniel Kuol Paac, a history and government major at Bunker Hill Community College and a native of Sudan, will intern at the Massachusetts State House beginning September 12 as part of the Governor’s Internship Program. In a highly competitive application process Paac was one of only two Community Affairs interns accepted into the program for fall 2014.
With shouts of welcome and hugs all around, faculty and staff gathered at the College on August 28, 2014, for the traditional Convocation celebration that launches every academic year. The event began with a lively “farmers market breakfast” of locally-sourced and sustainable fresh foods from small Massachusetts businesses and farms, sponsored by the Sustainability and Entrepreneurship Clubs and the BHCC Community Center for Entrepreneurship.
Five BHCC faculty and staff members were among those honored at a special performance recognition ceremony at the Massachusetts State House on July 31, 2014, hosted by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.
President Pam Y. Eddinger was among a select group of higher education and nonprofit leaders assembled by the Obama administration on August 12, 2014, to discuss efforts to boost student readiness for college. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, White House Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Munoz, and other administration officials hosted the gathering in the Indian Treaty Room at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
Rachel Kaprielian, Secretary of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) spoke at Bunker Hill Community College today, August 7, 2014, in honor of the College’s inaugural class of twelve Culinary Arts Fundamentals Program graduates. The 100-hour, four-week non-credit Program aims to increase employment options and decrease barriers to careers for individuals with disabilities. It offers basic cooking and baking skills, contextualized communication, team building, safety rules, and sanitation and safe food-handling procedures.
Representatives of 30 colleges and universities across New England assembled at Bunker Hill Community College on June 20, 2014, to discuss the agreements that govern the transfer of academic credits from one institution to another. Such agreements—called “articulation agreements”-- are particularly important to community college and other two-year college students, who transfer to four-year institutions if they wish to continue their education after earning an associate degree.
Whole Foods Market in Charlestown, Massachusetts, donated 5% of the net proceeds of purchases made by customers on June 17, 2014, to the Bunker Hill Community College Foundation. The fundraising effort netted $3,480, which will be used for scholarship support for a Charlestown resident attending the College.
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh recognized eleven Bunker Hill Community College students at a City Hall ceremony on July 15, 2014. Each of the students received a scholarship of $1,000 from First Literacy to help defray the cost of college.
Anchor and journalist Tong Jiao of China’s Zhuhai Radio and Television visited Bunker Hill Community College on June 18, 2014, to report on the College’s international program. The Chinese station’s broadcasts from Guangdong province reach 1,500,000 Chinese listeners.
Executive Director of the Museum of African American History Beverly A. Morgan-Welch is this year’s recipient of the President’s Distinguished Service Award from Bunker Hill Community College. The award recognizes extraordinary commitment and service to the College. It is the highest honor the College bestows on a civic leader.
Bunker Hill Community College Foundation received a $10,000 Workforce Development and Education Grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation on June 24, 2014. The College will use the funds to upgrade equipment in the Allied Health Programs’ classrooms and laboratories located at the College’s Chelsea Campus.
Marialena Montijo received the Christian A. Herter Scholarship at a State House ceremony on May 22, 2014. Montijo is enrolled in the TRIO-Talent Search program, a Bunker Hill Community College partnership with Chelsea Public Schools and FUEL Education. TRIO-Talent Search, which receives funding from the U.S. Department of Education, identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education.
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) has received a Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The College will receive $120,000 to conduct a three-year project in Asian American studies in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Asian American Studies Program. “The project will provide a template for partnering with community organizations and institutions to produce robust humanities scholarship that is grounded in the Boston area’s rich local history, culture and communities,” said Pam Y. Eddinger, President of Bunker Hill Community College.
Building upon the Patrick Administration’s commitment to help strengthen the Commonwealth’s community colleges’ workforce development programs, Secretary of Administration and Finance Glen Shor recently recognized graduates of the joint certificate and internship program developed by Bunker Hill Community College and the Department of Revenue (DOR) to educate students who have chosen a career in taxation or auditing. The certificate program was launched last fall. Students who successfully completed the prerequisite courses were then accepted into a paid internship program at DOR which included rotations in auditing and taxpayer services.
U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey delivered the keynote address today at the 40th Commencement exercises at Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC). A record-breaking 1,352 graduates received degrees and certificates, the highest number in the College’s history.
U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey will be the commencement speaker at Bunker Hill Community College’s 40th Commencement exercises on May 31, 2014.
Two Bunker Hill Community College students will participate in the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Student Leadership Development Program. Brenna K. Lapsley and Said M. Belkouch are two of only 75 radiologic science students nationwide chosen to participate in this year’s program.
John Pitcher, CPA, MBA, has joined the executive staff of Bunker Hill Community College as vice president of administration and finance. “His depth of experience and proven leadership skills will serve BHCC and our students well,” said BHCC President Pam Y. Eddinger.
The TRIO-Talent Search program assisted 150 Chelsea High School students in 2013-2014 with services designed to prepare them for college. An array of two- and four-year colleges, universities, professional colleges, community colleges and colleges of art and design in 13 states have accepted many of the TRIO-Talent Search participants. “We work closely with students and their families to ensure that students are choosing colleges that will be the best fit for them,” said Program Director Austin Gilliland.
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) student Quan Nguyen was one of the 29 graduates of Massachusetts public colleges and universities honored at the State House on May 8. Secretary of Education Matthew Malone, Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Higher Education Michael O. Moore, and Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Richard Freeland attended the “29 Who Shine” ceremony
Best known for television roles on Law & Order and Oz, actor B.D. Wong spoke on April 10, 2014, as part of BHCC’s Compelling Conversations series. Wong told the audience that his great-grandparents were the first members of his family to arrive in this country. He wanted to be a performer from an early age but was hampered by Asian-American cultural stereotypes.
Bunker Hill Community College is proud to announce its recipients of the annual National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards. The awards recognize men and women each year who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and contribution to their students and colleagues.
Bunker Hill Community College is the 12th fastest growing of U.S. community colleges with enrollments of 10,000 or more, according to an analysis by Community College Week, an independent publication covering community, technical and junior colleges. The largest and most affordable community college in Massachusetts, BHCC currently enrolls more than 14,000 students.
For the third consecutive year, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) ranks among the region’s largest colleges and universities, according to the Boston Business Journal’s new Book of Lists.
The Academy Award-winning actress, author and activist Marlee Matlin addressed a packed audience at Bunker Hill Community College yesterday. Using American Sign Language and an interpreter, she described the frightening loss of her hearing at 18 months, her parents’ decision to raise her at home, her determination to become an actor, her battles with addiction as a successful young star, and the challenges of being an advocate for the deaf community.
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) received the Leah Meyer Austin Award for its success in increasing student retention and completion at the annual conference of Achieving the Dream in Orlando, Florida, today. Along with this prestigious recognition, BHCC will receive $25,000 to support its ongoing student success work. BHCC shared the honor with Montgomery County Community College.
The keynote address of Bunker Hill Community College’s February 20, 2014, Chelsea Campus Black History Month celebration, began with actress Kathryn Woods as Sojourner Truth, marching into the performance space heartily shaking audience members’ hands while singing “Amazing Grace.” Through dress, song and stories, Woods embodied the spirit of the former slave turned abolitionist.
The Rev. Liz Walker called her remarks at BHCC on February 13 “Taking Risks to Serve the World.” Some of the risks she took, as she traveled to a war zone, were risks to her personal safety. Some were risks to her career, her income, and even her status as a local celebrity.
Former WBZ-TV news anchor Liz Walker shared her story of personal transformation and career-change with a Bunker Hill Community College audience on February 13 as part of the College’s celebration of Black History Month. The College’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion sponsored the talk, titled “Taking Risks to Serve the World.”
Bunker Hill Community College President Pam Y. Eddinger described the increasingly critical role played by community colleges today on WBUR’s National Public Radio program On Point with host Tom Ashbrook. Noting that half of today’s undergraduates are now enrolled in the nation’s community colleges, Eddinger said community colleges have become “the anchor of the future.” Community college presidents from California and Texas also took part in the discussion.
In a wide-ranging discussion moderated by WBUR Radio’s On Point host Tom Ashbrook at the Westin Copley Place in Boston on January 30, Bunker Hill Community College President Pam Y. Eddinger stressed the role of community colleges as “Democracy’s college” in today’s higher education landscape. The conference included representatives of two- and four-year colleges and universities throughout the Northeast. Eddinger shared a panel with the Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and the President of Bentley University.
Bunker Hill Community College’s work with low-income students earned praise from President Barack Obama at a national gathering of education leaders yesterday at the White House. Referring to the need of low-income students to prepare for college-level work, Obama said, “Bunker Hill is addressing this by giving more incoming students the chance to start catching up over the summer before their freshman year.”
Building upon the Patrick Administration’s agenda to help strengthen the Commonwealth’s community colleges workforce development programs, Revenue Commissioner Amy Pitter today joined Bunker Hill Community College administrators in announcing an innovative degree and certificate program to prepare students for a career in state taxation. As part of the new curriculum, Department of Revenue staff makes presentations on Massachusetts state tax law. Upon successful completion of prerequisite courses, the students may be eligible for a paid internship at DOR.
Dr. Kathleen O’Neill has been recognized by the Boston Foundation with a Change Maker Award for her work as director of Bunker Hill Community College’s Single Stop program. The program connects low-income students to existing resources that help them stay in school and earn a degree.
Bunker Hill Community College is among seven Northeast community colleges and two national organizations that will share a $23.5 million federal grant aimed at enhancing their communities’ resilience by developing a workforce with skills in critical areas.
Danny Glover and Felix Justice presented the work of Martin Luther King and Langston Hughes to a Bunker Hill Community College audience on November 12 as part of the College’s Compelling Conversations speaker series, a program that has brought high-profile politicians, authors, news commentators and filmmakers to the Charlestown Campus for 10 years.
The men’s soccer team of Bunker Hill Community College hopes the third time’s the charm.
For the third time in four years, the BHCC Bulldogs will compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III National Championships, which begin Thursday, Nov. 14, in Herkimer, New York.
For the third time in four years, the Bunker Hill Community College men’s soccer team has won the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III regional championship. The team now competes in the national Division III championships.
Shoshana Johnson, the first black female prisoner of war in U.S. military history, believes that females should be allowed into combat roles in the U.S. military, saying women already confront the challenges of war.
A U.S. Army veteran who was captured and held as a POW in the opening weeks of the war in Iraq brought a message of endurance and fellowship to Bunker Hill Community College on Nov. 7, as part of the College’s recognition of Veterans Day.
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) won nine awards – including four Gold Awards – in the annual regional communications competition sponsored by the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR).
Volunteers from across the region joined students, faculty and staff at Bunker Hill Community College on Saturday, October 19 to plant 13 new trees on the Charlestown campus grounds. The Odwalla company and The Nature Conservancy sponsored the planting, which is part of a larger commitment to plant a total of 130,000 trees during 2013 in forests and urban areas nationwide. The Boston Natural Areas Network also took part in the event.
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is one of just 39 colleges and universities across the country to receive a U.S. Department of Education Title III grant under the Strengthening Institutions Program. The $2,232,943 grant over five years will enhance a major initiative at the College that employs both technology and personal attention to promote student success in educational, career and life goals. Just one other institution of higher education in Massachusetts was among the recipients.
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) has received a $215,883 grant from a state fund designed to spur innovations and improve educational outcomes in public higher education, the College has announced.
One student and two graduates of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) were among those recognized by the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) at its annual meeting at the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston on September 11. Recipients of the PIC Achievers Award included Sharaad Chase, a student in BHCC’s Emergency Medical Technology program; Felix Tejeda, a graduate of BHCC now in his senior year at Suffolk University; and Daniel Velasquez, a graduate of BHCC now working as Admissions Recruitment Counselor at the College.
Bunker Hill Community College has been named to the list of top Military Friendly Schools by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The list singles out the colleges, universities and trade schools that do the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
The Massachusetts House of Representatives recognized Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) with a special citation for the College’s three-year commitment to provide training for those working in the state’s ex-offender and reentry programs.
Eleven Bunker Hill Community College students were among the 13 graduates of First Literacy’s program for adult learners to earn special recognition as scholarship winners during pre-game festivities at Fenway Park on July 22. Pam Y. Eddinger, Ph.D., President of Bunker Hill Community College presented the scholarships to the students at a ceremony on the field.
The art gallery at Bunker Hill Community College has been re-named the Mary L. Fifield Art Gallery following a unanimous vote by the BHCC Board of Trustees on June 24.
The Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) Foundation raised more than $400,000 to endow the newly named the Mary L. Fifield Endowed Student Emergency Assistance Fund. The fund provides immediate assistance to BHCC students who experience an emergency. Fifield retires from the College June 30 after more than 16 years of service as President.
Bunker Hill Community College President Mary L. Fifield received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Massachusetts National Network of Women Leaders (MNNWL) at the 2013 President’s Dinner and Leadership Award Ceremony on June 11. The ceremony was held at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts. Fifield retires as BHCC President on June 30 after more than 16 years during which the College’s enrollment increased by 117 percent.
With the largest graduating class of more than 1,200 students, William H. Swanson, Chairman and CEO of Raytheon Company delivered the keynote address at the 39th Commencement at Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) today. Mr. Swanson was honored with the highest award presented to a business and civic leader; the BHCC President’s Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes extraordinary commitment and service to the College. Working with the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership, Swanson helped create the innovative “Learn and Earn” program at BHCC, which provides students with essential skills through workplace experience at some of the region’s largest corporations.
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) student Valter Gomes was one of the 29 outstanding 2013 graduates of Massachusetts public colleges and universities honored for academic achievement and community service at the State House on May 2. The “29 Who Shine” ceremony was attended by Governor Deval Patrick and state education officials.
Dr. Pam Y. Eddinger has been named president of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) following a six-month search. President of Moorpark College in California since 2008, Eddinger is a former vice president of MassBay Community College in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center has awarded $200,000 to Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) to strengthen the College’s biotechnology program by expanding its laboratory capabilities and enriching its curriculum. The award, announced by Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center at Children’s Hospital on April 8, is part of more than $9.35 million in grants awarded to Greater Boston hospitals, medical schools and colleges to plan, renovate and equip life sciences laboratories.
Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson will be the keynote speaker at Bunker Hill Community College’s 39th Commencement exercises on June 1, 2013. Swanson has also been named 2013 recipient of the BHCC President’s Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes extraordinary commitment and service to the College. It is the highest honor the College bestows on a community or civic leader.
BHCC Magazine, a publication of Bunker Hill Community College, and the 2012-2013 BHCC Student Handbook each won a gold medal in the annual Paragon contest sponsored by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR). Taking home the silver was the 2012-2013 College Catalog.
Ratnasari Lusiaga, a student at Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC), has been selected as one of the nation’s Coca-Cola New Century Scholars, based on her outstanding grades, leadership and activities.
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) students and faculty who “give back” to the community have won national recognition for the College. BHCC was among the higher education institutions named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for their volunteer and service work. The list of Massachusetts winners included Boston University, Brandeis University, Tufts University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Champion boxer turned women’s fitness advocate Laila Ali, daughter of legendary fighter Muhammad Ali, called on students at Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) to take control of their own health.
The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) recognized Bunker Hill Community College for two communications projects in the international organization’s annual regional competition. The College’s bi-annual publication BHCC Magazine earned two honorable mentions, for Magazine Writing and for the Magazine Overall. A poster titled “Young, Gifted and Black” promoting the Black History Month exhibit in the BHCC Art Gallery, took a Bronze Award.
For the second consecutive year, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) ranks eighth largest among the region’s colleges and universities, according to the Boston Business Journal’s new Book of Lists. In addition, the College has the area’s single largest enrollment of part-time students.
The Board of Trustees of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) has recognized Dr. Mary L. Fifield with the title President Emerita, effective July 1, 2013. Fifield, who assumed leadership of the College in 1997, announced September 24 that she would retire as President on June 30, 2013.
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) was selected as one of four community colleges in the nation to participate in the new Catalyst Fund grant program and will receive a $215,000 grant.
Two posters produced by Bunker Hill Community College have won Gold Awards in the annual regional communications competition sponsored by the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR). A Silver Award went to a college promotional video that aired on WBZ-TV, Boston’s CBS station.
TRIO-Talent Search, a federally funded program that supports high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds, has launched a special initiative this summer. There is currently space to accept additional students in the program from Chelsea High School.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) a four-year, $1,050,000 grant to support the education of nursing students.
After more than 16 years of guiding unprecedented institutional growth and dramatic transformation, Bunker Hill Community College President Mary L. Fifield will retire effective June 30, 2013.
“Take Me Out To The Ball Game: Celebrating Fenway@100,” a new exhibit at the Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery, opened Monday, September 17, with a multi-media salute to America’s favorite pastime and Boston’s beloved hometown team.
A delegation from the Indonesian Ministry of Education visited Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) on September 17, 2012. The Indonesian delegation included: Prof. Dr. Musliar Kasim, Deputy Minister of Education and Culture; Dr. Kacung Marijan, Expert Staff of the Minister for International Cooperation; Prof. Dr. Nizam, Executive Secretary for the Board of Higher Education; Ms. Veronica Endah Wulandari, Head, SubDirectorate for Planning and Foreign Affairs; and Haryo Winarso, Educational and Cultural Affairs Attache at the Indonesian Embassy in Washington D.C.
The current issue of The Nation magazine has published the poetry of five students who were enrolled in a College Writing I class at Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC). The Nation is the oldest continuously published weekly magazine in the country, and is widely recognized in literary circles for its poetry.
Thirteen Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) alumni transferring to the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University this fall will be awarded $5,000 scholarships. The BHCC graduates will be honored at a scholarship reception at Northeastern University on August 29th.
TRIO-Talent Search, a federally funded program that supports high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds, has launched a special initiative this summer. There is currently space to accept additional students in the program from Chelsea High School.
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) graduate Ana Maria Ovalle represented the College at the 9th annual Community College program at the 2012 BIO International Convention at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on June 18th. Ovalle was one of five presenters who spoke on a panel titled “Faces of Success: Our Graduates and their Careers.” She spoke about how her community college experience prepared her for her current paid summer internship at Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company, a Cambridge-based biopharmaceutical company focused on improving cancer treatment worldwide.
Bunker Hill Community College hosted a seminar on June 12, 2012, that focused on the needs of immigrants who arrive in the United States with specialized education or established careers. The seminar featured a panel of experts who discussed ways in which immigrants can pursue further education, obtain professional licensing or certification, and find suitable employment. The event attracted more than 125 participants representing more than 30 countries.
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) will be hosting a benefit, job and educational expo for veterans in collaboration with Veterans Affairs’ Boston Healthcare Systems, Bedford VA Medical Center, the Massachusetts Department of Veteran Services and BHCC’s Veterans Center on June 20, 2012 from 1 to 8 p.m.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) a three-year grant of $536,456 under a program titled “Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM).” BHCC will use the funds to start a student scholars program, “Rewarding Excellence For Leaders in Engineering, Computer Science, and Information Technology” (REFLECT).
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) has appointed Dr. Vivica Pierre as Director of the Library & Learning Commons, BHCC President Mary L. Fifield announced today. Dr. Pierre earned her Doctorate of Educational Leadership, Research and Counseling from Louisiana State University.
A delegation of 50 senior Chinese government officials participating in the China's Leaders in Development program at the Harvard Kennedy School will visit Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) on June 5, 2012. This visit marks the second year of collaboration between BHCC and Harvard's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) will celebrate its 38th Commencement on Saturday, June 2, 2012. More than 1,135 students will be graduating, which is an increase of 12.7% compared to 2011, and the largest graduating class to date. Commencement exercises will be held at the Charlestown campus at 11:00 a.m.
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) celebrated the graduation of 18 students from the Cambridge Biomedical Careers Program (CBCP) in a ceremony that also marked the 20th anniversary of the program. CBCP is a collaborative effort between BHCC's Workforce Development Center, the Just-A-Start Corporation and the City of Cambridge. It targets low-income Cambridge residents who complete - at no cost - a nine-month intensive 18-credit program that provides the academic background and hands-on skills needed to gain entry-level biotech jobs in the greater Cambridge area.
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) has appointed Dr. Valerie T. Smith as Dean of Mathematics, Behavioral and Social Sciences, BHCC President Mary L. Fifield announced today. Dr. Smith earned her Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University-Commerce. She is currently Chair of the Social Sciences Department and Associate Professor of Psychology at Endicott College, in Beverly, Massachusetts. She will join the BHCC staff on August 12, 2012.
Margaret Bovill-Hawkins, Director of the Student Success Program at BHCC, has been chosen as a 2012 recipient of the Manuel Carballo Governor's Award for Excellence in Public Service. The annual award recognizes ten State employees or groups of employees who exemplify the highest standards of public service. Criteria for selection include exceptional accomplishments, leadership, creativity and innovation.
The Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists has recognized Bunker Hill Community College science and engineering students Alejandra Marin, Lewis Taveras, Ana Keough, Hudson Gloria, Kamila Souza and Luis Rodrigues for academic achievement. The Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists is the Boston chapter of MAES, a national organization founded to promote, cultivate, and honor excellence in education and leadership among Latino engineers and scientists.
Leticia do Prado, a Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) graduate, was one of 29 outstanding 2012 graduates of Massachusetts community colleges, state universities and the University of Massachusetts honored for both academic achievement and community service at a State House ceremony held on May 10. The State House ceremony was attended by Governor Deval Patrick and state education officials.
Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Eileen M. Collins, the first female commander of a NASA space shuttle mission, will speak at Bunker Hill Community College’s 38th Commencement exercises on June 2, 2012. The College expects to graduate its largest class to date.
BHCC Magazine, a publication of Bunker Hill Community College, received a Silver award from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) at the organization’s national conference in San Francisco, BHCC President Mary L. Fifield announced today. NCMPR sets the standards for professionals working in the areas of communications, marketing, fundraising and alumni relations at two-year colleges nationwide.
Bunker Hill Community College was honored by the state Department of Fire Services for adopting nationally recognized standards for students majoring in Fire Protection and Safety. The superintendent of the National Fire Academy presented a certificate of recognition to representatives of BHCC at a ceremony held at the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy in Stow, on March 14, 2012.
Bunker Hill Community College has installed a state-of-the art “building dashboard” in the lobby of its LEED Gold-certified Health & Wellness Center. Resembling a large flat-screen television, the device monitors the building’s energy usage in real time and presents the results in a series of colorful, interactive charts and graphs. BHCC is the only community college in Massachusetts and one of only six nationwide to have adopted this innovative technology pioneered by Lucid Technologies.
The Bunker Hill Community College Learning Communities program has received the New England Board of Higher Education’s Robert J. McKenna Award for Program Achievement. The College was recognized at the Board’s 10th annual Excellence Awards celebration on March 2, 2012, at the Marriott Long Wharf hotel in Boston.
Bunker Hill Community College's Electric Power Utility Technology (EPUT) program is the first associate degree program in Massachusetts to qualify as a pre-apprenticeship by the Commonwealth's Department of Workforce Development and Division of Apprentice Training, President Mary L. Fifield announced today. Students enrolled in the College's program will now receive additional state certification.
The Bunker Hill Community College Learning Communities program has received the New England Board of Education’s Robert J. McKenna Award for Program Achievement. The College will be recognized at the Board’s 10th annual Excellence Awards celebration on March 2, 2012, at the Marriott Long Wharf hotel in Boston. Other honorees include Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and former Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri.
America Ferrera, the award-winning actress who is best known for her portrayal of Betty Suarez in the hit comedy Ugly Betty, will speak at Bunker Hill Community College on Thursday, February 16, 2012. Ferrera’s role in this TV show landed her some of the highest accolades in the entertainment industry: an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award, as well as ALMA and Imagen awards.
Four students at Bunker Hill Community College shared a national award in the LearnSmart and Win! student video competition, sponsored by McGraw-Hill Education. The four students, who worked together as a group, are: Guzel Bikyanova, Michael Brendel, Jennah Epstein-Kraus, and Kaina Janvier.
BHCC’s Division of Professional Studies now offers a program designed to meet the needs of the growing field of Assisted Living. The program is an option titled “Management of Assisted Living and Institutional Facilities,” within the Associate in Science Degree: Hotel Restaurant Program. The A.S. degree is granted after completing a total of 65 credits.
BHCC’s Office of Community Education has partnered with the Pacific Northwest Tax School (PNWTS) to offer an online class titled "The Basic Tax Course."
Brian Alves, a graduate of Bunker Hill Community College, was selected to participate in the Classroom to Boardroom Diversity Mentorship Program designed by the U.S. Green Building Council (U.S.G.B.C). Alves graduated from BHCC in June 2011, with an Associate in Arts degree in Business Administration. During his time at BHCC, he was very active in college sustainability activities and co-founded the campus Sustainability Club. Alves is now enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he is studying business and finance.
Bunker Hill Community College received two top awards from District One of the National Council for Marketing and Publications (NCMPR) at the organization’s conference in Baltimore, November 13 to 15, BHCC President Mary L. Fifield announced today. NCMPR sets the standards for professionals working in the areas of communications, marketing, fundraising and alumni relations at two-year colleges nationwide.
The Workforce Development Center at Bunker Hill Community College is offering a Crew Member Self-Defense Training (CMSDT) program for all actively employed flight and cabin crew members of U.S. passenger and cargo carriers. The one-day hands-on training course, which is free of cost to qualified crew members, will be offered on Sunday, December 11: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
In the Chronicle of Higher Education's List of the "Top 40" Associate Institutions with the "most international students" BHCC was number 26, President Mary L. Fifield announced today. BHCC is the only community college in Massachusetts to make the "Top 40" List of Associate Institutions. The College's current international enrollment is 784, an increase of 30 students over the figure of 754 cited in the Chronicle's list. BHCC’s international students come from more than 90 countries and speak 75 different languages.
FUEL students Camilo Camacho of Northeast Metro Tech High School, and Hector Mendoza, Alvaro Pleitez-Martinez and Thalia Pliego of Chelsea High School, are the recipients of four full in-state tuition scholarships to Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC). They are enrolled for classes this fall.
Bunker Hill Community College has won recognition as a Leader College by Achieving the Dream, a national nonprofit dedicated to helping community college students succeed. BHCC is one of 23 institutions nationwide to win such designation for demonstrating sustained improvement and accomplishments on key student achievement indicators.
In honor of Veterans Day, The Bunker Hill Community College Veterans Center will be presenting Vietnam veteran and award-winning author, Tim O’Brien, on Thursday, November 10 at 1 p.m. in Room C202. O’Brien, who visited BHCC last year, is the author of eight books, most notably, The Things They Carried, listed by the New York Times as among the 20 best books of the last 25 years. O’Brien is known for his compelling portrayals of the Vietnam War and its impact on American servicemen and women engaged in that conflict.
The Workforce Development Center at Bunker Hill Community College is offering a Crew Member Self-Defense Training (CMSDT) program for all actively employed flight and cabin crew members of U.S. passenger and cargo carriers. The one-day hands-on training course, which is free of cost to qualified crew members, will be offered on the following dates: 1) Sunday, October 30: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 2) Sunday, November 13: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 3) Sunday, December 11: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Bunker Hill Community College will host the first Northeast Regional Collaborative Symposium of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) on November 3-4, 2011, in collaboration with Second Nature, a non-profit organization that seeks to create a sustainable society by transforming higher education. The ACUPCC, a network of more than 700 signatory members, represents the best practices of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate.
Bunker Hill Community College will receive $2.2 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to develop new jobs skills in IT (Information Technology) for displaced workers, BHCC President Mary L. Fifield announced today. The total grant – almost $20 million – was awarded to the National Information, Security, and Geospatial Technology Consortium (NISGTC), which will be housed at Collin College in Texas. All of the members of this national consortium, which includes Bunker Hill Community College and six other community colleges, have National Science Foundation affiliations.
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, The Honorable Carmen M. Ortiz, will speak at Bunker Hill Community College on Tuesday, October 4, 2011. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., at the College's Chelsea Campus (175 Hawthorne Street, Bellingham Square, Chelsea, MA 02150). The talk is free and open to the public.
Bunker Hill Community College received a five-year grant of $230,000 per year through the U.S. Department of Education Talent Search program, BHCC President Mary L. Fifield announced today. The Talent Search grant is designed to prepare high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds for entry and success in college. With BHCC as the lead institution, the project's other partners include the Chelsea Public Schools, Families United in Educational Leadership (FUEL), and Choice Thru Education.
Psychologist Dr. Paula J. Caplan, author of When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans, will be a guest speaker at Bunker Hill Community College on September 22, 2011. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 1:00 in Lecture Hall C202. This talk is sponsored by the College's Veterans Center (http://www.bhcc.mass.edu/veterans).
Bunker Hill Community College has received a grant of $200,802 from a Commonwealth of Massachusetts program designed to reward campus efforts to improve educational outcomes and to spur further innovation, BHCC President Mary L. Fifield announced today. The College placed among the top three recipients in a competitive process involving the state’s 29 colleges and universities. Grants ranging from $53,800 to $233,417 went to 18 successful applicants. An external review panel evaluated proposals and made recommendations for funding.
Michael Moore, the celebrated documentary filmmaker, author and raconteur, will speak at Bunker Hill Community College on Thursday, September 15, 2011, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Moore will be this year’s first speaker in the College’s “Compelling Conversations” series, which is free and open to the public. Moore’s visit to BHCC is also part of a book tour for Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My life, which has just been released.
The 20,000-circulation BHCC Magazine has won a major design award from The University & College Designers Association (UCDA), President Mary L. Fifield announced this week. The judges evaluated nearly 1,100 entries and gave out 188 awards. BHCC’s winning entry, which received an Award of Excellence from the UCDA, was a two-page spread in an article entitled “This Way to the Future,” in the Spring/Summer 2011 issue of the magazine. The article dealt with an innovative class on iPhone programming taught at the College.
For the third year in a row, El Planeta, the largest circulating weekly Spanish language newspaper in Massachusetts, has named Bunker Hill Community College “Best Community College” in its annual “Best Of” survey.
Governor Deval L. Patrick has signed legislation to name a street in Salem, Massachusetts, in honor of a Bunker Hill Community College alumnus killed in action in Afghanistan. James A. Ayube, a Salem resident, graduated from Bunker Hill Community College in 2007 with an associate degree in sociology.
Bunker Hill Community College this month trained its 250th student in the Microsoft Information Technology Community Connections Program, an innovative partnership with five Boston-area nonprofit organizations to help those under-employed and out of work. A grant from the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Community Technology Skills Program, administered through the Boston Foundation, supports the training.
George R. Kelley, an assistant professor in Bunker Hill Community College’s culinary program, has won the Julia Child Award from Boston University for his master’s thesis “Seated at the Centaur’s Feast – Shakespeare’s Pathology of Consumption.” The award is given to students each year who have achieved outstanding scholarly work. Kelley was nominated by Professor Kenneth Albala, Visiting Professor of History from the College of the Pacific.
The partnership between Bunker Hill Community College and the Pathway Technology Campus (PTC) of Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA) offers a direct pathway into higher education and careers. The IBA was recently honored as a Finalist for the 2010 Massachusetts Non-Profit Network Excellence Awards in the collaboration category. The PTC is an educational and workforce development partnership with Bunker Hill Community College.
Students at Bunker Hill Community College will present Shine a Light, an original performance using the arts to speak out on poverty, war, sexual assault, HIV/AIDS and other social issues. The event, free and open to the public, will be at 6 p.m., Friday, December 10, 2010, in the A300 Auditorium on the Charlestown Campus
Bunker Hill Community College is one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation, according to a study released last week by Community College Week. In the category representing the largest community colleges in the country, Bunker Hill Community College ranks no. 27 in terms of enrollment growth– and is the only community college in Massachusetts to make the list. The survey period covers fall 2008 to fall 2009, when enrollment at the College increased by 16 percent.
Award-winning actress, choreographer and AIDS activist Rosie Perez will speak at Bunker Hill Community College on Tuesday, November 30, 2010, at 1 p.m. The event, part of the College’s Compelling Conversations speaker series, is free and open to the public, but reservations are required, as space is limited. To reserve a seat, visit the web site: bhcc.mass.edu/speakers-reservations.
The men’s soccer team at Bunker Hill Community College finished the season with a 10-5-1 record and, for the first time, won the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division 3, Region 21 championship. Following that victory, BHCC Head Coach and Science Professor Scott Benjamin was named Region 21 Head Coach of the Year for the fifth consecutive season.
At 6 p.m., Monday, November 15, 2010, the Bunker Hill Community College women’s basketball team, the Lady Bulldogs, will play the first game in the first gymnasium the College has had since opening in 1974. Alfreda Harris, a Basketball Hall of Fame member and a longtime Boston-area college basketball coach, will present the game ball at the start of the women’s game against Bristol Community College. Harris is a former basketball coach for Emerson College, Roxbury Community College and the Shelburne Community Center in Roxbury.
Bunker Hill Community College will dedicate its new Veterans Center in a ceremony at noon, Wednesday, November 17, 2010, in the main lobby at the Charlestown Campus. Since the passage of the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Act of 2008 (also known as the “Post-9/11 GI Bill”), the number of veterans at the College has more than doubled to 367.
Jeanne-Marie Boylan, chair of the Bunker Hill Community College Board of Trustees, was presented with the 2010 Northeast Regional Trustee Leadership Award at the Annual Community College Leadership Congress of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), held in Toronto, October 20-23rd. The Leadership Award recognizes a trustee whose contributions have affected “the total college program in the community, state or nation.”
Bunker Hill Community College recently participated in National Campus Sustainability Day 2010. This event, held at the Charlestown campus on October 21, 2010, was organized by the College’s student Sustainability Club. The College’s Director of Sustainability, Paul Wolff, provided guidance for the day’s activities
The one-time pianist for the Bunker Hill Community College Jazz Ensemble debuted this month on the season premiere of the NBC hit television show “Saturday Night Live.” Tuffus Zimbabwe, a Roxbury native who attended BHCC and went on to graduate from Berklee College of Music, triumphed over 28 other keyboard artists to win a seat in the live band that plays on the show.
Bunker Hill Community College has received National Science Foundation funding to provide international experience for computer information technology students. With the grant, up to eight BHCC students planning to continue their technology degrees at the University of Massachusetts Boston will study next summer at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland. At the end of the summer, the students will return to attend UMass Boston as juniors in computer science or information technology.
The Community Center for Entrepreneurship at Bunker Community College has been named “People’s Choice” by members of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), BHCC President Mary L. Fifield announced. The Center’s programs employing social networking were among those recognized.
During the past 14 years, Boston-area design and construction firms have donated nearly 524,000 pounds of food (the equivalent of 399,000 meals) to the Greater Boston Food Bank through their participation in CANSTRUCTION. Thirteen firms will be participating again this year, during the 15th annual event taking place at Bunker Hill Community College starting on Monday, October 18, 2010, and running through Friday, November 5, 2010.
Gerardo Villacrés, a member of the Bunker Hill Community College Board of Trustees, and leading figure in media, marketing and community affairs delivered the keynote address Wednesday, November 3, at the 64th annual dinner of the Somerville Chamber of Commerce. Villacrés is also the co-founder of “El Planeta,” the largest Spanish-language weekly in the Boston area.
The Community Center for Entrepreneurship at Bunker Community College has been named “People’s Choice” by members of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), BHCC President Mary L. Fifield announced. The Center’s programs employing social networking were among those recognized.
With more than 12,000 students enrolled for the fall semester, Bunker Hill Community College has increased enrollment for the tenth fall semester in a row, BHCC President Mary L. Fifield announced this week. “Compared to this date last year, our current enrollment represents a 12% increase,” Fifield said.
Faculty, students, and staff from Bunker Hill Community College showcased their "Living Campus Initiative" at Boston's Greenfest, held August 20-21st. More than 55,000 people visited the two-day festival celebrating the benefits of green, sustainable practices.
Bunker Hill Community has made three new Senior Appointments at the College, BHCC President Mary L. Fifield announced this week.
Bunker Hill Community College will receive a $276,608 federal TRIO grant to help low-income students, first-generation college students and people with disabilities attend college, BHCC President Mary L. Fifield announced this week. With the support of U.S. Senator John F. Kerry, Jr., twenty Massachusetts colleges received $6 million in federal TRIO funding.
For the second year in a row, El Planeta, the largest circulating weekly Spanish language newspaper in Massachusetts, has named Bunker Hill Community College “Best Community College” in its annual “Best Of” survey.
April 8, 2010. Boston, MA. Dennis Medina, a Boston police officer attending Bunker Hill Community College, is one of five winners of a video competition for non-traditional students. Medina, along with four other winners, will travel to Washington D.C. in mid-April to meet with federal legislators and policymakers to discuss federal initiatives for helping students complete college.
Bunker Hill Community College received a $23,000 grant from the Somerville Housing Authority to support an innovative educational model targeting residents of Somerville’s Mystic housing project who are currently attending BHCC. The project, funded by the Somerville Housing Authority, and known as SomerPromise will begin in the Fall 2010 semester.
At the annual conference of CASE, held in New York City from July 18-20, Bunker Hill Community College received a top award, Grand Gold, for its Midnight Courses media campaign.
Bunker Hill Community College and Malden High School will sign a memorandum of agreement at the College on June 15, 2010, to continue offering college courses at Malden High School. Under a pilot program last year, 532 students enrolled in BHCC credit courses during the evening at Malden High School. There were 68 Malden High School students who completed courses at the satellite and the Charlestown campus, earning both high school points for graduation and college credits.
Bunker Hill Community College won the top award – Grand Gold – from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for its Midnight Courses media outreach campaign, BHCC President Mary L. Fifield announced today. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in London and Singapore, CASE is the major professional organization for education professionals in communications, marketing, fundraising and alumni relations.
Boston, June 1, 2010. Bunker Hill Community College will hold its 36th Commencement Exercise on Saturday, June 5th at 11:00 a.m. at the Charlestown campus.
Professor Howard Weiner, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., was nominated by one of his students for the Boston Globe’s 8th Annual Salute to Nurses, published on May 2, 2010. “Professor Weiner champions the needs of the psychologically infirm,” wrote BHCC nursing student Scott Schocker. “Professor Weiner has inspired me to seek whatever resources are available in order to treat our patients with professionalism, compassion, empathy and dignity.”
A police officer attending BHCC’s midnight courses, a single mother who waitresses 35 hours a week, an aspiring aviation mechanic, a sales assistant, and an Iraq war veteran. All have one thing in common: they are struggling to complete college. And there are millions like them. Policy makers want more college students to graduate; but fewer than half end up getting a degree. Students tell the truth about the steep challenges they face in the revealing documentary series, “Degrees of Difficulty.”
Bunker Hill Community College was honored at a special dinner for its leadership role in promoting educational opportunities for at-risk youth. The non-profit organization “Bostonians for Youth” presented the College with the award on April 15, 2010.
More than 500 participants came to Bunker Hill Community College on April 9th for the 13th Annual Massachusetts Community College Conference on Teaching, Learning and Student Development. The Conference, whose theme was “Student Success,” offered participants sessions in three different areas: 1) Sustainability, 2) the Digital Campus, and 3) the Culture of Student Engagement.
Keisha Mayers, a Bunker Hill Community College student from Barbados, will represent Massachusetts as a New Century Scholar at the upcoming American Association of Community Colleges (AAAC) convention, April 17-20 in Seattle, BHCC President Mary Fifield announced this week.
Vilma M. Tafawa, Executive Director of the International Center at Bunker Hill Community College, has been appointed to the Global Council of the Center for Global Advancement of Community Colleges (CGACC), BHCC President Mary L. Fifield announced this week. The Center’s mission is to help community colleges both attract students from around the world and increase global opportunities at community college campuses.
David J. Leavitt, Bunker Hill Community College Director of Institutional Research, has won a Presidential Scholarship for advanced study at the Association of Institutional Research (AIR) Data and Decisions Academy, BHCC President Mary L. Fifield announced this week. The scholarship recognizes BHCC leadership in applying state-of-the-art data tools to strategies to increase student success.
Bunker Hill Community College will dedicate a new Health & Wellness Center on Tuesday, March 23, at 11 a.m., BHCC President Mary L. Fifield announced today. Representing the Commonwealth at the event will be Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray, State Representative Eugene L. O’Flaherty, Division of Capital Asset Management Commissioner David B. Perini, and Secretary of Education Paul Reville. Chair of the BHCC Board of Trustees Jeanne-Marie Boylan will officiate.
Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Director of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, will be the keynote speaker at Bunker Hill Community College’s 36th commencement exercises, on Saturday, June 5th at 11 a.m. In 2008, Dr. Carson received the nation’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
For the fourth consecutive year the Corporation for National and Community Service honored Bunker Hill Community College with a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Honor Roll recognizes exemplary service to America’s communities.
Bunker Hill Community College ranks among the “top 50” fastest growing two-year colleges, according to Community College Week, the leading publication covering two-year institutions of higher education.
Bunker Hill Community College held a strategic planning event on January 20, 2010, to establish the College’s goals for 2010-2013.
The new biotechnology curriculum at Bunker Hill Community College is one of the first in the state to win a Silver endorsement from the new Massachusetts Life Science Education Consortium. The Consortium’s endorsement of the College’s program acknowledges that it is successfully training students to work in biotechnology companies and allowing the state to keep a competitive edge.
In a highly-competitive selection process, two Bunker Hill Community College faculty have been chosen to participate in the Global Skills for College Completion (GSCC) project. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the GSCC is a first-of its kind initiative designed to create new pedagogical standards for increasing pass rates in basic skills courses at community colleges.
The Community Center for Entrepreneurship (CCE) at Bunker Hill Community College has won a third grant from the Coleman Foundation in as many years. Founded with a Coleman grant in 2008, the CCE will use this 2010 grant for $7,500 to apply the social networking technologies of tweeting and blogging to strengthen ties with high school students seeking to study entrepreneurship in college.
Henry Nelson, President of the Bunker Hill Community College Student Government Association, has won the prestigious Dean Sullivan Award from the Community College Student Life Association, a statewide group representing the 15 Massachusetts Community Colleges. The award recognizes a student with outstanding achievements as a volunteer leader.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN chief medical correspondent, author and neurosurgeon, will open the 2009-2010 Bunker Hill Community College “Compelling Conversations” speaker series. Gupta will speak at 1 p.m., Tuesday, October 27, 2009, in the A300 auditorium.
Thomas P. Bogart, adjunct instructor in the Fire Protection and Safety Program at Bunker Hill Community College and a lieutenant in the Fire Department of Lynn, Massachusetts, received the prestigious Chief Fire Officer credentials from the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), Dr. Bogusia Wojciechowska, BHCC Dean of Professional Studies, announced today.
Event to Benefit The Greater Boston Food Bank
Elizabeth Kolbert, author of the acclaimed bestseller on global warming, Field Notes from a Catastrophe, will give the keynote address at the Massachusetts Community College Conference on Teaching, Learning and Student Development at Bunker Hill Community College on April 9th, 2010.
El Planeta, the largest circulating weekly Spanish language newspaper in Massachusetts, has named Bunker Hill Community College “Best Community College” in its annual “Best Of” survey. BHCC received the highest possible ranking: five stars.
The President’s Climate Commitment Committee submitted its Climate Action Plan to the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). The plan documents the College’s commitment to reducing campus greenhouse gas emissions and outlines initiatives designed to achieve an overall goal of climate neutrality.
A Student Emergency Assistance Fund established by Bunker Hill Community College has resulted in a retention rate 15 percent higher than the College as a whole. BHCC President Mary L. Fifield established the program in January 2009 to ensure that the weak economy did not force students to drop out of school.
Bunker Hill Community College President Mary Fifield called an emergency meeting of key staff yesterday when it became apparent that the College was at a breaking point due to the overwhelming student enrollments filling every available course.
To meet changing workforce needs and accommodate adult students working longer hours, Bunker Hill Community College will offer two popular courses beginning at 11:45 p.m. this fall. “Many people finish work late at night and must be up with their children first thing in the morning,” said John P. Reeves, chair of BHCC’s Behavioral Science Department. “This is the only time they can come to school.” The College will offer introductory psychology and College Writing I in the new late-night sections.
Dr. Gary L. Gottlieb, President of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, will be the keynote speaker at Bunker Hill Community College’s 35th commencement exercises, on Saturday, May 30, at 11:00 a.m. Dr. Gottlieb, a strong proponent of alleviating health care disparities, will receive the President’s Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his outstanding commitment and service to the College.
Truong Than, a 2007 graduate of Bunker Hill Community College, has won the Computer Science Alumni Award for Excellence in Software Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Boston. He received an Associate in Science degree in Computer Science at BHCC in June 2007. While at the College, Than was already a standout student in his field: he won both the Special Achievement and the Academic Excellence Awards from the Computer Science Department.
On Friday, March 13th, 24 Danish vocational students will complete two weeks of study at Bunker Hill Community College. The students, from the Handelsskolen Minerva Business Academy in Randers, Denmark, will have completed a two-week course of study designed to prepare them to succeed in the global economy. Areas of study include Business English, American business culture, marketing and personnel management.
Bunker Hill Community College has selected ZogoTech, a key player in the IT world of higher education, for its data warehousing and business intelligence solutions.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst, Bunker Hill Community College and Families United in Educational Leadership (FUEL) will announce, on March 24th, a collaborative agreement to award 25 full yearly scholarships to high school seniors in Chelsea who participate in the FUEL College Savings Program.
Gloria Steinem, renowned feminist, writer and lecturer will speak at Bunker Hill Community College on Tuesday, February 24th. Steinem will be this year’s second speaker in the College’s “Compelling Conversations” speaker series, which is free and open to the public.
BHCC culinary arts’ student Erik Powers won one of the most prestigious student awards in the world of haute cuisine: The S. Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef New England Competition. The other student competitors represented at the event came from some of the most renowned schools of culinary arts in the region, including: New England Culinary Institute, Johnson & Wales University and Cambridge School of Culinary Arts.
The Corporation for National and Community Service honored Boston’s Bunker Hill Community College today with a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities. A total of 22 Massachusetts colleges and universities were recognized as Honor Roll members, including Boston College, College of the Holy Cross, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Bunker Hill Community College is striking back – preemptively – against women’s cardiovascular disease. BHCC held a series of events on National Wear Red Day – Friday, February 6th – to raise awareness that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women. Stickers with the red-dress motif – national symbol of this health campaign – were handed out to the entire College community, many of whom also sported red shirts, ties, jackets, and blouses as a sign of solidarity in the fight for women’s heart health.
Bunker Hill Community College was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its 2008 Community Engagement Classification. The College was specifically recognized for its community engagement achievements in the category of “Curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnerships.”
The 20,000-circulation BHCC Magazine has won its second major quality award in as many years, Mary L. Fifield, BHCC President, announced today. CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, gave the magazine a Gold award for Best Overall Magazine and a Silver award for Best Design for District 1, which includes northeastern United States and parts of Canada. CASE also gave BHCC a Silver award in the Best Poster category for a poster on sustainability.
The 48,000-square-foot Health & Wellness Center under construction at Bunker Hill Community College is a 2008 winner of the Green Design Concept Award from the Education Design Showcase, Mary L. Fifield, president of BHCC, announced today. The awards go to buildings under construction that will meet or exceed high standards of sustainability. DiNisco Design Partnership, Ltd. of Boston is the architect for the project.