Press Release

Bunker Hill Community College Learning Communities Earn Top Award

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

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.

The New England Board of Higher Education presents Excellence Awards to individuals and organizations from across the six New England states that demonstrate exceptional leadership on behalf of higher education and the advancement of educational opportunity. Bunker Hill Community College’s Learning Communities, which serve more than 4,000 students, are the cornerstone of a comprehensive student success campaign that has increased student year-to-year retention by 28 percent since 2003.

Learning Communities allow small groups of students to learn and study together. Faculty plan their coursework around common academic themes and engage students in hands-on learning that builds 21st century capacities, including critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork.

According to Dean of Humanities and Learning Communities Lori A. Catallozzi, the program has yielded significant gains. “Learning Communities students are more likely to persist in their studies,” she says, “and they are better equipped to surmount the range of complex issues faced by urban community college students.” Learning Communities, she said, provide engaging and supportive environments that emphasize active and interdisciplinary learning. Through interactions inside and outside of the classroom, the program offers opportunities for students to explore academic disciplines and career paths, reflect on their academic, life and career goals, and develop plans to achieve these 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).