BHCC News for 2015

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Ice-T Finds Warm Welcome at Bunker Hill Community College

Grammy Award-winning artist Ice-T spoke as part of Bunker Hill Community College’s Compelling Conversations speaker series on February 26, delivering a lively talk that drew laughs and applause from an overflow audience. Before his presentation, Ice-T enjoyed a lunch prepared by Culinary Arts students and interacted with students in two Learning Community Seminars, “Connecting to Your Inner Orange Line: Next Stop, Community College” and “Do the Right Thing.”

Friday, February 27, 2015

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Bunker Hill Community College Hosts Explorer Elizabeth Lindsey

Cultural anthropologist, filmmaker, explorer and environmentalist Elizabeth Lindsey spoke as part of BHCC’s celebration of Women’s History Month. As the National Geographic Society’s first Polynesian explorer, Lindsey circumnavigates the globe four times a year documenting cultures in danger of extinction. She is a recognized expert in the field of cultural intelligence, which she defines as a holistic system of knowledge and wisdom based on indigenous science.

Friday, April 10, 2015

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Bunker Hill Community College Applauds Nobel Laureate Tawakkol Karman

Yemeni women’s rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakkol Karman visited BHCC as part of the College’s annual Compelling Conversations speaker series. Before her talk, Karman enjoyed a lunch prepared by Culinary Arts students, and met with members of the Islamic and Arab Student Associations and the Student Government Association. After her presentation, Karman answered questions from the audience and signed autographs in the college Art Gallery.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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U.S. Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell Visits Bunker Hill Community College

‌U.S. Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell visited Bunker Hill Community College on April 8. Under Secretary Mitchell sought students’ opinions about what works and doesn’t work in U.S. education, telling them, “I’m excited to be here and to hear your stories.” Mitchell, who was appointed on May 8, 2014, is charged with helping implement President Obama's goal: for the U.S. to have "the best educated, most competitive workforce in the world." Also joining the Under Secretary was newly sworn- in Chris Gabrieli, Chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. This was Gabrieli's first campus visit in his new position and he expressed his gratitude to be included in the visit.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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Bunker Hill Community College Student Wins Two National Scholarships

Today, Quan Nguyen, a recent graduate of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC), has been named to the 2015 All-USA Community College Academic Team at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) convention in San Antonio, Texas. This comes with a $2,500 scholarship and special medallion. Nguyen was among the 20 highest-scoring students nationwide recognizing two-year college students for their combination of academic excellence, service and leadership.

Monday, April 20, 2015

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BHCC Audience Welcomes Graphic Novelist Josh Neufeld

Author and cartoonist Josh Neufeld captivated the Bunker Hill Community College audience of students, faculty, staff and visitors with his tale of writing the bestselling graphic novel A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge. Neufeld spent three weeks as a Red Cross volunteer in Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina, the devastating 2005 storm that killed more than 1,800 people and caused over $100 billion in property damage.

Monday, April 27, 2015

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Bunker Hill Community College’s Learn and Earn Program Wins National Award

Bunker Hill Community College’s Learn and Earn Internship Program, in partnership with the program’s founding sponsor, Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP), has received a national Award of Excellence in the Outstanding College/Corporate Partnership category from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). A committee of the AACC Board of Directors cited the innovative Learn and Earn paid internship program for its exceptional work in advancing student success.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

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State House Ceremony Honors Bunker Hill Community College Graduate

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) student Yamileth Lopez was one of the 29 graduates of Massachusetts public colleges and universities honored at the State House May 14. Governor Charlie Baker, Secretary of Education James Peyser, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Richard M. Freeland and Chairman of the Board of Higher Education Chris Gabrieli attended the “29 Who Shine” ceremony.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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A Global Community

On Friday, May 15, 2015, twelve students from seven countries celebrated the culmination of a year of hard work at Bunker Hill Community College. They came to Boston from countries as far-flung as Bangladesh, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, South Africa and Turkey. The students were part of a U.S. State Department program called the Community College Initiative Program (CCIP) aimed at promoting partnerships and resource sharing among global communities.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

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Celebrating 20 Years of Adult Basic Education at BHCC

On Wednesday, May 27, 2015, graduates of the Bunker Hill Community College Adult Basic Education (ABE) program marked the completion of their studies at a celebration on the Charlestown Campus. President Pam Eddinger, BHCC Board of Trustees member Hung Goon, and ABE program director Toni Borge congratulated the graduates on their achievement. President Eddinger noted that 2015 is the 20th anniversary of the ABE initiative, which offers classes for adults to develop English language proficiency along with training in the skills needed for a successful transition to college. The program is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

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Allied Health Students Get Ready to Serve

Thirty-eight Allied Health Certificate students graduated and twenty-one received pins on Friday, May 15, 2015, in the Community Room at BHCC’s Chelsea Campus. The program prepares students to become healthcare providers. Family and friends joined in the celebration of the students’ completion of the program, as each student was pinned and given a rose to signify the transition from student to practitioner. “I am excited to apply all that I have learned. I am so proud to be standing here today,” said one student.

Friday, June 12, 2015

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Celebrating 10 Years of Taking a Stand

On May 21, 2015, STAND—Students Taking a Stand for Nursing Diversity—celebrated ten years of supporting, developing and guiding students into nursing careers at an event in the College’s gym. Current and past students, as well as family, friends, faculty and staff attended, as did representatives of the Boston Public Schools, Somerville High School and community partners. The students received certificates of completion—along with gifts and a cake.

Friday, June 12, 2015

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BHCC Launches New Gas Utility Technology Degree Option Program

BHCC’s Computer Information Technology Department will offer a Gas Utility Technology degree option program to students beginning fall 2015. Part of the College’s effort to identify and close workforce gaps, the program will help produce qualified individuals to replace aging baby boomers scheduled to retire from the utility industry. Nearly 40 percent of the utility industry workforce will be eligible to retire in the next five years, while significant growth is forecasted for the Northeast’s natural gas infrastructure construction sector.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

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Five BHCC students and one staff member named PIC Achievers

Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) held their 2015 PIC Achiever Awards on September 16, 2015. The Achiever Awards are “given to those who exemplify the PIC's mission of connecting the youth and adults of Boston to the mainstream economy through education and employment.” Among the winners were current students Kendra Castillo, Rachel Marshall and Glendy Rodriguez, BHCC graduates Adullahi Macalin Tuusuf and Josue L. Morales, and BHCC staff member Elva Green. Congratulations to our students and staff.

Friday, September 18, 2015

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Bunker Hill Community College Welcomes New International Exchange Students

Twelve international students have arrived at Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) as part of the Community College Initiative Program (CCIP). A program of the U.S. State Department, CCIP provides participants with quality educational study at U.S. community colleges. The program is designed to build technical skills, enhance leadership capabilities and strengthen English language proficiency. Since 2013, 35 students, who have completed more than 2,800 hours of volunteer service, have participated through BHCC, one of 17 host campuses. CCIP participants, especially women, are recruited from underserved and under-represented communities.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

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Tavis Smiley Energizes Bunker Hill Community College Audience

Talk show host and bestselling author Tavis Smiley kicked off Bunker Hill Community College’s annual Compelling Conversations speaker series on Thursday, October 22, with an upbeat talk about optimism and hope that brought cheers and laughter from the audience. Before the lecture, Smiley enjoyed a lunch with students and staff in the College art gallery and met with students in Professor James Rogash’s journalism class. Smiley answered student questions and told them the best journalists are “generous listeners.”

Friday, October 23, 2015

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Deputy Secretary Raskin Talks Money with BHCC Students

U.S. Treasury Deputy Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin visited Bunker Hill Community College on October 23 to talk with students about student loans and college affordability. “You are putting the most important thing first—your education,” said Raskin, who listened to students’ stories about their struggles to pay for school, answered their questions and recommended visiting, the Federal Student Aid website.

Friday, October 30, 2015

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Bunker Hill Community College Celebrates Veterans Day with Author Sebastian Junger

Award-winning journalist, documentary filmmaker and best-selling author Sebastian Junger, who saw combat while embedded with U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, visited Bunker Hill Community College on November 12 in honor of Veterans Day. Junger shared his experiences as a war reporter and filmmaker. He has covered major international news stories for Vanity Fair and ABC News and directed the documentaries Restrepo and Korengal, based on his experiences in Afghanistan.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015