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Bunker Hill Community College Learning Communities Recognized for Excellence

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

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.

In accepting the award for Bunker Hill Community College, President Mary L. Fifield thanked the College’s faculty and staff and asked several in the audience to join her onstage. “The establishment of learning communities at Bunker Hill Community College represents a major transformation of teaching and learning at our institution,” she said. “The effort required the commitment and involvement of more than 120 faculty and staff members over five years. The results have been significant for our students.”

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. “Students enrolled in the College’s learning communities are more likely to persist in their studies,” says Lori Catallozzi, Dean of Humanities and Learning Communities at BHCC. “They are better equipped to surmount the range of complex issues faced by urban community college students.”

Established in 1955, the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) promotes greater educational opportunities and services for New England residents. Each year, NEBHE presents state and regional awards to individuals and institutions that have made substantive contributions to improving higher education opportunities for students across the six New England states.

Media Contact:
Karen M. Norton, Executive Director of Integrated Marketing and Communications
Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA 02129
Phone: (617) 228-2177; Email: kmnorton@bhcc.mass.edu


Bunker Hill Community College is the largest community college in Massachusetts, enrolling approximately 19,000 students annually. BHCC has two campuses in Charlestown and Chelsea, three satellite locations and a number of instructional centers throughout the Greater Boston area. BHCC is one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in Massachusetts. Sixty-five percent of the students are people of color and more than half of BHCC's students are women. The College also enrolls nearly 1,000 international students who come from 100 countries and speak more than 75 languages.