Bunker Hill Community College Among Fastest Growing Community Colleges in U.S.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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.
BHCC is among the few community colleges in the study whose growth increased between fall 2012 and fall 2013, bucking a trend toward declining enrollments at colleges around the country, according to the study. “Since community college enrollment reached its all-time peak in 2010, it has declined 7.1 percent, from nearly 7.9 million to just over 7.3 million,” reported Community College Week. BHCC’ s enrollment has grown 30 percent since 2009.
Colleges successfully fighting such trends often attribute continued growth to successful efforts to align their programs with the demands of employers and four-year colleges. “BHCC continues to expand its partnerships with employers to develop programs that meet specific workforce needs,” said BHCC President Pam Y. Eddinger, “and highly successful programs like Learn and Earn, which offers paid internships in prestigious Greater Boston companies, continue to attract students to our College.” In addition, BHCC is steadily increasing agreements with four-year institutions, make transferring easier and encouraging students to consider community college for their first two years of college.
About Bunker Hill Community College
Bunker Hill Community College is the largest community college in Massachusetts, enrolling approximately 18,000 students annually. BHCC has two campuses in Charlestown and Chelsea, and a number of other locations 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 600 international students who come from 94 countries and speak more than 75 languages.