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Mar
4
2021

Bunker Hill Community College Launches Varsity esports Program

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is pleased to announce the launch of a varsity esports program for enrolled students. Esports are video game tournaments in which student teams compete with other colleges and universities through virtual game rooms. With Athletics on hold due to the health concerns of COVID-19, BHCC’s Athletic Department is sponsoring only esports this spring.
Mar
4
2021

New Paramedic Certification Scholarships Offered for Boston Emergency Medical Services Members

A new scholarship program for Boston Emergency Medical Services (EMS) members aims to reduce financial barriers for paramedic certification and increase diversity and inclusion among promotional ranks.
Feb
23
2021

Bunker Hill Community College Entrepreneurship Alumni to Present at 2021 IDEA Conference at Boston University

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) alumni and entrepreneurs Ben Taylor and Charlene Pena will participate in workshops on innovation in the food industry and retail and consumer world at the 2021 IDEA Conference hosted virtually by Boston University on Saturday, February 27, 2021.
Feb
23
2021

President Eddinger Moderates "Community College Mental Health and Its Impact on Student Success"

The American Council on Education (ACE) and the Mary Christie Foundation hosted a webinar on February 8, 2021, titled "Community College Mental Health and Its Impact on Student Success." The webinar explored the links between mental health, a sense of belonging, and student success at community colleges. The promotion of mental well-being has been extensively explored to improve retention within the four-year college environment, but more examination is needed for community colleges.
Feb
9
2021

Plough Quarterly Announces Annual Award in Honor of BHCC Distinguished Artist and Scholar in Residence Rhina P. Espaillat

Plough Quarterly announced the first annual Rhina P. Espaillat Poetry Award in honor of the achievements of the Dominican-American poet and Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) Distinguished Artist and Scholar in Residence. Plough Quarterly is an award-winning international magazine of faith, culture, and society.

Jan
29
2021

Bunker Hill Community College President Eddinger Named a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce 2021 Pinnacle Awards Honoree

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is pleased to announce that Pam Y. Eddinger, President, BHCC has been named a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) 2021 Pinnacle Awards honoree for outstanding achievement in Arts and Education. This year’s honorees were recognized on Friday, January 29, 2021, at the virtual Pinnacle Awards. Past honorees include Anita Hill, Sandra Fenwick, Vicary Graham, Penni McLean-Conner, Liz Cheng, and Courtney Scrubbs.
Jan
29
2021

BHCC Workforce and Economic Development Offers Cybersecurity Training

Workforce and Economic Development at Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is pleased to collaborate with Socratic Arts, a leader in cybersecurity training and education, to offer a Cybersecurity Training Certificate program starting March 9, 2021. The Program is a progression of three courses designed to impart a strong foundation of defensive cybersecurity skills in 18 weeks of study at 25 hours per week. The program includes three courses, each lasting six weeks:
Jan
28
2021

Eversource Now Accepting Applications for Highly Successful Career Training Program

Eversource is actively seeking applicants for its career-focused Electric Power Utility Technology (EPUT) Program, which is offered in partnership with Bunker Hill Community College, Local 369 Utilities Workers Union of America and Local 12004 United Steelworkers Union. Hundreds of individuals who completed the program are now employed at the energy company. In addition to the career benefits, graduates can earn an Associate of Science degree and a certificate in Natural Gas Technology from the largest community college in Massachusetts.
Jan
15
2021

Reflecting and Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bunker Hill Community College | Office of the President

Dear BHCC Community,

Our nation observes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 18 in the aftermath of an insurrection in the Capitol that threatens our democracy. The presence of white extremists and their violent acts make it clear that the movement led by Dr. King to find equality and opportunity for all is far from complete. On this commemorative day, in the spirit of Dr. King’s work, I invite all of us to reflect on our own efforts in lifting up our Black communities and our communities of color, in recognizing the cultural wealth that our students and employees bring to our institution, and in envisioning a world where Dr. King’s vision of social and economic equity can come about.

Jan
8
2021

President Eddinger Reflects on the Insurrection and Riot at the US Capitol

Bunker Hill Community College | Office of the President

Dear BHCC Community,

On Wednesday, our nation experienced an unimaginable insurrection during the final, and normally ceremonial, phase of our presidential election. The incursion into the Capitol Building and the disruption of the certification of electoral votes was a direct challenge to our democracy. It breached the peaceful transition of power, a hallmark of our republic and a beacon of hope for so many around the world aspiring to democracy.

Jan
5
2021

Bunker Hill Community College Offers No-Cost English as a Second Language Classes

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) was awarded $250,000 from the City of Somerville’s Job Creation and Retention Trust Board. The grant project, entitled SELL –Somerville English Language Learners – is shared with employer partner East Somerville Main Streets (ESMS), the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS), and The Welcome Project (TWP). The funds will provide no-cost English as a Second Language classes and customer service training to low-income Somerville residents through June 2021. To learn more, visit https://www.bhcc.edu/somerville-esol/

Dec
23
2020

Bunker Hill Community College participates in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Performance Recognition Program

Each year Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) participates in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Performance Recognition Program, which is an opportunity to formally recognize state employees for their extraordinary contributions to public service.
Dec
22
2020

Bunker Hill Community College Receives 10-Year Accreditation from NECHE

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) received a continuation in accreditation status from the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). The accreditation establishes that the College has demonstrated itself to be educationally effective and a good steward of public resources. NECHE accreditation encompasses the entire institution and is a critical eligibility requirement for student access to federal financial aid as it allows BHCC to participate in Title V Pell grant funding. Over 60% of BHCC students receive financial aid to complete their studies. The continuation in accreditation will dramatically increase access and degree completion.
Dec
17
2020

Bunker Hill Community College Participates in Montgomery County Community College 26th Annual Technology and Learning Conference

On October 16, 2020, participants from around the world joined the Montgomery County Community College 2020 Technology and Learning Conference virtually. This year’s technology conference centered on the classroom in a virtual world, enhancing the student experience, technology beyond the classroom and what it means to be in the year of learning.
Dec
16
2020

Heading Home Responds to Call for Help in Partnership with Bunker Hill Community College Emergency Shelter for Women During COVID-19

With temperatures dropping and the impact of COVID-19 settling in on the poorest in our community, the demand for a good night’s sleep in a warm bed continues to rise. In response to a call from multiple state agencies and in conjunction with several key partners, Heading Home has stepped up to launch and oversee a 48-women’s only overnight shelter located at Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC).

 

 

Dec
16
2020

MA Student Advisory Council Scores Victory for Part-Time College Students

On Friday, December 11, Governor Baker made a change in state law that will allow the growing number of part-time students on public college and university campuses to serve as representatives of their student bodies. With two-thirds of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) students enrolled part-time, this progressive decision allows both full and part-time students to be involved in the BHCC community.
Dec
15
2020

Bunker Hill Community College Public Safety Department Promotes Police Transparency

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) Public Safety and Campus Police Department believes in fair and impartial policing in serving the diverse community at BHCC. As communities across the United States continue to contend with racism, the department supports the College’s mission to confront racial injustice. Understanding that transparency builds trust, the department created the Proactive Integrity Initiative that includes a Police Transparency and Accountability website.
Dec
10
2020

BHCC and The Boston Foundation Prepare Employers for Community College Interns

On Monday, November 16, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) and The Boston Foundation (TBF) co-hosted “Preparing Employers for Community College Interns: A Conversation about Equity and Cultural Wealth.”
Dec
9
2020

Katie Colello and Learn and Earn Program Receive Spotlight Award

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) Learn and Earn Internship Coordinator Katie Colello accepted the Strong Women in Action (SWIA) Spotlight Award on behalf of the College’s Learn and Earn program and the BHCC Foundation at the SWIA Annual Gala, held virtually on November 13, 2020. SWIA is dedicated to building a strong and effective network of partners and aims to empower families and break the cycle of family poverty in Massachusetts by promoting pathways to economic independence.

Nov
20
2020

Eye on Early Education Profiles Business Management Major Teresia Kiragu

Through an internship at Strategies for Children, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) Business Management major Teresia Kiragu has learned firsthand how the Massachusetts state budget distributes funds to schools. She learned that while Massachusetts has a strong early childhood education system, the state needs more funding to keep up with communities’ needs.
Nov
12
2020

President Eddinger delivers “Insights from the Pandemic” at Annual Dallas Herring Lecture

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) President Pam Eddinger presented “Insights from the Pandemic: The Reckoning and the Hope at Our Nation’s Community Colleges” at the Virtual Dallas Herring Lecture on Tuesday, November 10. The annual event is hosted by the North Carolina State University College of Education’s Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research, and honors Dallas Herring, founder of the North Carolina community college system.
Nov
12
2020

American Council on Education Recognizes BHCC Veterans Center

As part of a Veterans Day series on supporting veterans, the American Council on Education (ACE) recognized the work of the Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) Veterans Center in ensuring a smooth transition to college for student-veterans, active duty military, Guard/Reservists, and their eligible dependents. Over the past decade, BHCC’s Veterans Center has supported nearly 5,000 student-veterans in achieving their education goals, with nearly half transferring to four-year institutions.

Nov
5
2020

NCMPR Awards BHCC Three Medallions for Excellence in Publication Design and Communication

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) won three medallions from the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) for publications created by the College’s Integrated Marketing and Communications (IMC) Division.
Nov
4
2020

President Eddinger's Post-Election Reflections

Bunker Hill Community College | Office of the President

Dear Members of the College Community,

As I write you this morning, yesterday’s Presidential Election shows Biden-Harris at 238 electoral votes, Trump-Pence at 213, with a small number of states still tabulating. We do not currently have a definitive winner of the contest.  The final accounting and possible legal challenges might extend this uncertainty for a week or more.

Nov
2
2020

President Eddinger on Election Day and Post-Election Reflections and Resources

Bunker Hill Community College | Office of the President


Dear BHCC Community,

As I am sure you know, tomorrow, November 3, is Election Day in the United States.  In the 232 years, since we elected the first U.S. President in 1788, we have held 58 elections, through a Civil War, two World Wars, and many other crises.  All of these elections are examples of a core principle of democracy: the peaceful transfer of power.

Oct
26
2020

BHCC Alumna and NSF Fellow Bridget Benner to Participate in STEM Career Pathways Panel at College’s LSAMP Day

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) alumna and UMass Amherst doctoral candidate Bridget Benner will join panelists from the National Institute of Health and Massachusetts General Hospital for a panel discussion on career pathways in STEM, as part of the College’s second annual Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Day.
Oct
22
2020

Bunker Hill Community College Joins Massachusetts Community Colleges in Continuing Remote, Online, and Hybrid Learning

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) President Pam Eddinger joined the Commonwealth’s 14 other community college presidents in announcing that Spring 2021 courses will continue to be offered in primarily remote, online, and hybrid learning formats, with limited in-person courses.
Oct
21
2020

BHCC Chief of Police Robert Barrows Speaks at Cape Cod Community College’s Inaugural Intentional Critical Conversations Series

Bunker Hill Community College Chief of Police Robert Barrows shared his personal experiences with the criminal justice system and the lessons he learned as a young person moving into a career in law enforcement. The virtual presentation, entitled “An Oh-So Ordinary Tale with an Extraordinary Ending,” was part of the new monthly Intentional Critical Conversations series sponsored by Cape Cod Community College. The series focuses on changing narratives throughout the 21st century and elevates stories about serving, protecting, and community.

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Oct
7
2020

Bunker Hill Community College Designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution with $2.9M Grant

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) has received a $2.9M grant from the United States Department of Education’s Title V: Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) program and is now designated as a HSI. The grant was created to assist institutions to expand education opportunities for Hispanic students by expanding and enhancing academic offerings, program quality and institutional stability. The funds, awarded over five years, will impact the College’s self-sufficiency and capacity to improve outcomes for its large and growing population of Hispanic/Latinx and low-income students.
Oct
2
2020

Statement on Racism as a Public Health Crisis

Bunker Hill Community College | Office of the President

In June 2020, the Mayor of Boston declared racism as a public health crisis and began implementing strategies to mitigate its damaging effects. Shortly after, the cities of Somerville, Revere, Everett, and Chelsea joined this declaration. In September, amid growing evidence, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey, and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley challenged the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to acknowledge the role of racism in precipitating the current deep public health crisis.

Sep
30
2020

Chief Equity and Compliance Officer Joins Bunker Hill Community College

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Nahomi Carlisle, Esq., to the position of Chief Equity and Compliance Officer (CECO) of the College. In this new role initiated by BHCC’s Equity Work Group (EWG), Carlisle will collaborate with the College's equity leaders to advance institutional equity work at BHCC. Carlisle will also serve as the College’s Affirmative Action Officer, and Title IX and Section 504/ADA Coordinator.
Sep
28
2020

Bunker Hill Community College to offer Google IT Support Professional Certificate Program

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) Division of Economic and Workforce Development is offering the Google IT Support Professional Certificate Program, a five-course non-credit program developed by Google. IT Support is one of the fastest-growing fields in the United States, and this program prepares students for an entry-level job in IT Support. The program is part of Grow with Google, a Google initiative to help create economic opportunities for all Americans.
Sep
24
2020

BHCC Welcomes Faculty and Staff at Convocation 2020

On September 3, 2020, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) faculty and staff convened virtually for the College’s annual Convocation celebration to kick off the 2020-2021 academic year. BHCC President Pam Eddinger welcomed faculty and staff, thanking them for the commitment and dedication to student success as the College shifted to remote learning during the spring semester.
Sep
11
2020

President Eddinger on “What It Takes to Be a Student-Centered Institution”

On September 10, 2020, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) President Pam Eddinger participated in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s virtual forum, “What it Takes to Be a Student-Centered Institution.”
Sep
11
2020

President Eddinger on “Equity First: Achieving Racial Justice in MA Public Higher Education”

On September 10, 2020, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) President Pam Eddinger joined the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE) and the Lumina Foundation in the announcement of $1.2M in state and campus grants being awarded by the Lumina Foundation to pursue equity and racial justice for students attending the Commonwealth’s public colleges and universities.
Sep
10
2020

BHCC’s VP Administration & Finance John Pitcher Selected As HUB Leader NACUBO Ascendium Student Success Grant

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) John Pitcher, Vice President, Administration & Finance, is among business and academic leaders selected to participate as a HUB Leader for the planning and implementation of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) Ascendium Student Success Grant, a $1.1 million planning grant from Ascendium Education Group. This grant will develop an infrastructure for a multi-institution, multi-initiative process focused on student success at colleges and universities. The grant will fund NACUBO’s work with institutions that enroll high percentages of typically underserved students, including community colleges, smaller, rural institutions, and small to mid-size public institutions.
Sep
10
2020

President Eddinger on “Who Leads Colleges After COVID-19?”

In an Inside Higher Ed article “Who Leads Colleges After COVID-19?”, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) President Pam Eddinger joined college and university presidents in speaking on factors amidst the pandemic that would contribute to the future of higher education.
Sep
3
2020

Advertisement for Bid: Elevator Modernization

The Bunker Hill Community College, the Awarding Authority, invites sealed bids from General Contractors for the Bunker Hill Community College – Elevator Modernization in Boston Massachusetts, in accordance with the documents prepared by PCA (Prellwitz Chilinski Associates).

Sep
2
2020

Bunker Hill Community College Receives funding from City of Somerville for ESOL Workforce Project

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) has been awarded $250,000 from the City of Somerville’s Job Creation and Retention Trust Board. The grant project, entitled SELL –Somerville English Language Learners – is shared with employer partner East Somerville Main Streets(ESMS), the Community Action Agency of Somerville(CAAS), and The Welcome Project (TWP). The funds will provide no-cost English as a Second Language classes and customer service training to low-income Somerville residents between September 2020 and June 2021.
Sep
2
2020

President Eddinger joins WBUR Radio Boston on how Greater Boston's Community Colleges Confront An Atypical Semester

On August 31, 2020, Bunker Hill Community College President Pam Eddinger, alongside Roxbury Community College President Valerie Roberson, joined WBUR to discuss how community colleges are overcoming challenges this upcoming fall semester.
Aug
13
2020

BHCC Receives $250,000 Grant from JPMorgan Chase Focusing on Career Pathways

With a generous $250,000 investment from JPMorgan Chase, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) launched the Career Pathways Impact Project (CPIP) this past year.
Jul
28
2020

President Eddinger joins Boston Globe Op-Talk on how COVID-19 & race are reshaping higher ed

On July 22, 2020, Bunker Hill Community College President Pam Eddinger, along with Roxbury Community College President Valerie Roberson, joined the Boston Globe’s Marcela García for a Globe Op-Talk titled, “Community Colleges in Crisis: How COVID-19 & race are reshaping higher education.”

Jul
10
2020

BHCC Joins Massachusetts Community Colleges in Call to Reverse ICE Guidance for International Students

On July 8, 2020, Bunker Hill Community College President, Pam Eddinger, joined the fourteen other community college presidents in Massachusetts in condemning the recent guidance by ICE regarding international students’ participation in the Fall 2020 semester.
Jul
7
2020

President's Note on ICE Guidance for Fall 2020

Dear BHCC Community, Earlier this spring, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) instituted a temporary exemption regarding online courses for the spring and summer semesters. Under the temporary exemption, International Students (nonimmigrant students) were permitted to take more online courses than normally permitted by Federal regulation to maintain their International Student status during the COVID-19 emergency.
Jun
5
2020

A Joint Statement from Massachusetts Community Colleges Against Systemic Racism

On Thursday, June 4, 2020, the 15 Massachusetts community college presidents issued a joint statement condemning systematic racism and expressed grief and anger over the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, and the far too many other Black Americans killed by racial violence. Together, the presidents echoed the call-to-action demanding changes to public policy that promote equity and justice in policing, housing, healthcare, education, and more.
Jun
1
2020

President’s Letter to the College: A Community in Mourning

Dear College Community,Pam Eddinger headshot

I am writing today with sorrow and anger, as our nation mourns yet another senseless death in the tragedy of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN. The oppression and pain of systemic racism, unrelieved by the imperceptible progress towards equal justice and social equity, has boiled over in many communities across the nation. Marches and demonstrations of solidarity are happening in cities and towns, including our community of Greater Boston. The oppression and heartache are only compounded by the miseries of the COVID-19 outbreak, which disproportionately affects people of color, and magnifies the inequities in the communities served by the College.

May
27
2020

Bunker Hill Community College Holds Virtual Commencement to Honor the Class of 2020

On Thursday, May 21, 2020, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) awarded 1,526 degrees and certificates to the Class of 2020 during a virtual ceremony to commemorate the 46th Commencement Exercises.
May
27
2020

Virtual Pinning Ceremony Celebrates Registered Nursing Class of Spring 2020

On Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 27 graduates from the Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) Registered Nursing program celebrated their achievements in a virtual pinning ceremony to mark their passage from the student role to the professional role.
May
22
2020

President Eddinger on Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s “Future of Boston: Higher Education”

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) President Pam Eddinger joined area college and university presidents on the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce “Future of Boston: Higher Education” virtual panel.
May
15
2020

Bunker Hill Community College Celebrates National Nurses Week

2020 has been named the year of the nurse. Nurses are on the frontline of getting us through this pandemic. In honor of National Nurses Week, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) President Pam Eddinger joined Elizabeth H. Tobin, Director, Registered Nursing; Donna J. Savino, Assistant Dean, Health Sciences; and Sara Connelly, Instructional Technology, Nurse Education Department along with Loreto M. Jackson, Director, Health & Wellness; and Karen M. Norton, Executive Director, Integrated Marketing and Communications, in recognizing the vital contributions the College’s student, faculty, and alumni nurses make in the communities BHCC serves.