Press Release

Bunker Hill Community College Wins National Science Foundation Grant

Thursday, October 14, 2010

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.

BHCC will receive $55,000 of the $100,000 grant. The students traveling to Scotland next summer will have completed their second year of computer information technology studies. In Scotland the students will conduct research projects with Glasgow Caledonian students and choose internships in technology firms including CISCO, Oracle or Microsoft.

Boston-area Advanced Technology Connections (BATEC) will administer the grant. “It is extremely important in this global arena to have a working knowledge of other countries and cultures. There’s no better way than to experience it first-hand,” said BATEC Principal Investigator Deborah Boisvert. “This unique opportunity brings three colleges together to address the critical need for an international perspective that will help our community college students become even more competitive as they pursue their career goals.”

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About Bunker Hill Community College
With more than 50 years of academic excellence, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is Massachusetts' largest community college, annually welcoming a diverse community of around 16,000 students. With campuses in Charlestown and Chelsea, BHCC extends its reach across several locations in Greater Boston. The College offers associate degrees and certificates, early college and dual enrollment, community education, corporate training, and industry-specific training programs. BHCC is celebrated for its diversity, boasting a student body where 65% identify as people of color and more than half are women. The College also embraces a global perspective, with over 600 international students representing 90 countries and conversing in more than 65 languages. Our commitment to diversity is further reflected in BHCC's designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI).