BHCC News for 2015
Bunker Hill Community College Earns Carnegie Foundation Recognition
For the second time in a row, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) has been recognized as a Carnegie Community Engagement Campus. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching selected BHCC as one of the 240 colleges and universities in the United States to receive the Foundation’s 2015 Community Engagement Classification. BHCC received the honor initially in 2008.
Bunker Hill Community College Student Will Attend MIT with Full Scholarship
A 2014 graduate of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) won acceptance, along with a full scholarship, to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the spring semester 2015. Quan Nguyen, the first in his family to attend college, plans to major in chemical-biological engineering and minor in biomedical and materials science.
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.”
Charlestown and Chelsea Campuses Host Black History Month Celebrations
Boston’s record snowfall this year did not deter the College from celebrating Black History Month in February, with a lecture on Black Books, a performance, an art exhibit and several related events.
BHCC Magazine Brings Home Two National Communications Awards
BHCC Magazine, a publication of Bunker Hill Community College, won a gold award in the nationwide communications competition sponsored by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR). A second gold award went to a digital illustration for the BHCC Magazine feature, “In a House of Books.”
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.
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.
Bunker Hill Community College Hosts Humphrey Fellows
Bunker Hill Community College was honored to host Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows Arjana Blazic and Siradji Mahamane the week of April 5. Arjana, who is from Croatia, is studying at Penn State. Siradji, who is from Niger, is studying at Vanderbilt University. The Humphrey Fellows came to learn more about our ESL department.
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.
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.
Bunker Hill Community College Student Wins National Internship Award
Jared Standish, a BHCC student working as an intern at EMC Corporation in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, has won the national Two-Year Program Student Achievement Award from the Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA).
Elizabeth Warren to Give Commencement Address at Bunker Hill Community College
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren will be the keynote speaker at Bunker Hill Community College’s 41st Commencement exercises on May 30, 2015. A long-time friend of the College, Warren has visited the campus to discuss issues such as consumer protection and veterans’ needs.
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.
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.
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.
Elizabeth Warren Addresses Bunker Hill Community College Commencement Exercises
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren delivered the keynote address last Saturday at the 41st Commencement exercises of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) to a cheering crowd of more than 3,000 under the Commencement tent on the College grounds. A record-breaking 1,408 graduates received degrees and certificates, the highest number in the College’s history.
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.
Dual Enrollment Grads Have What It Takes
Five hundred and thirty-five students from more than 30 local high schools celebrated their graduation from BHCC’s Dual Enrollment program on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, with cheers and applause. The event took place in the College’s Health & Wellness Center gym.
Recognizing High Achievers with Scholarships and Awards
On May 28, 2015, Bunker Hill Community College honored high-achieving students with scholarships and awards as student after student ascended the stage to be recognized for outstanding academic achievement or service to the community. Family and friends filled the College gym and cheered enthusiastically as students received hard-earned recognition.
The Student Success Recognition ceremony on May 28, 2015, celebrated the achievement of 32 members of the Student Success Program who were set to graduate from the College this year. These students have met the program’s goals of remaining in school, maintaining good academic standing, or successfully transferring to four-year colleges or universities. The event took place in the Culinary Arts Dining Room.
Dinner of Champions
On Thursday, May 21, 2015, the College’s athletes and members of the College’s many clubs were honored at a banquet in the College gym prepared by BHCC Culinary Arts students. Director of Student Activities Paul Moda and Director of Athletics Khari Roulhac praised the achievements of the clubs and athletes.
Medical Imaging Program Pins New Graduates
On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, Medical Imaging Program graduates celebrated the completion of their studies at their Pinning Ceremony. Sixty-five students received a pin depicting a caduceus, the symbol of healthcare, to mark their passage from student technologist to clinical practitioner.
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.
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.
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.
Professional Development Day Explores Essentials of Student Success
Faculty and staff participated in lively discussions as part of Professional Development Day on Thursday, May 21, 2015.
Bunker Hill Community College Student Activities Coordinator Honored
Coordinator of Student Activities Paul Moda has received the 2015 Continued Excellence Award for Advisors from the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society. Moda has served as advisor to Alpha Kappa Mu, Bunker Hill Community College’s chapter of PTK, since 2002.
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.
Bunker Hill Community College Offers College Courses in Everett
Beginning this fall Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) will offer courses for college credit in the fields of healthcare and criminal justice in Everett, Massachusetts.
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.
President Eddinger on DC Dialogue
Watch the segment of Sunday’s edition of NECN’s DC Dialogue, President Eddinger talks about the free community college concept, our Learn and Earn program, Gas Utility program and more…
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.
Return Home Highlights of CCIP students
Students in the Community College Initiative Program (CCIP) share how the program helped them:
Bunker Hill Community College Brings Home Four National Communications Awards
Four publications created by Bunker Hill Community College have received Medallion Awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) communications competition. The awards were announced October 6, 2015, at the NCMPR District 1 Conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
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.”
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 studentaid.gov, the Federal Student Aid website.
Bill Walczak to Chair Bunker Hill Community College Board of Trustees
The Massachusetts Director of Boards and Commissions, Ed Palleschi, swore in William J. Walczak as chair of the Bunker Hill Community College Board of Trustees in a ceremony at the State House on October 22.
Bunker Hill Community College Wraps Up Major Celebration of Hispanic Heritage
Bunker Hill Community College celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month 2015 with a series of events that honored the history, arts and culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans. Events were held at the College’s Charlestown Campus and at its campus in Chelsea, one of the state’s three cities with a majority Hispanic or Latino population.
Senator Warren: For-Profit Colleges Must Be Held Accountable for Cheating Students
On November 4, 2015, Senator Elizabeth Warren delivered remarks on the Senate floor addressing college affordability. Bunker Hill Community College is mentioned at the 1 minute 10 seconds mark.
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.
Film Screening Packs Auditorium at Bunker Hill Community College
Filmmaker and author Baptist de Pape visited Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) on November 5 for a screening of his film The Power of the Heart, which ties to a book of the same name. Featuring interviews with Paulo Coelho, Maya Angelou, Deepak Chopra, Isabel Allende, Eckhart Tolle and other spiritual leaders, the film makes a case for the transformative power of the human heart.
Bunker Hill Community College Offers College Course in North Quincy
Beginning in January Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) will offer an introductory psychology course for college credit in North Quincy.
Race Supports New Bunker Hill Community College Scholarship
More than 850 runners participated in the Boston River Run 5K on Sunday, November 8, 2015, to raise $25,000 for a scholarship at Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC). Race organizer John Narcus, who graduated from the College in 2013, announced at the start of the race that the goal had been met and BHCC President Pam Y. Eddinger gratefully acknowledged the efforts of everyone involved.
Bunker Hill Community College Earns Grant to Expand Higher Education Access for Latinos
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) has received a $200,000 Vision Project Performance Incentive Fund grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education for a project designed to help greater numbers of underserved Latino students attend college and complete their degrees. Latinos comprise 23 percent of the BHCC student population.
Bunker Hill Community College Men’s Soccer Team Reaches New Heights at Nationals
The BHCC men’s soccer team, the Bulldogs, ended another incredible soccer season with a new high. For the first time in its history, the Bulldogs soundly trounced two higher-ranked teams to advance to the third and final game of the NJCAA National Tournament, held November 12-16 at Herkimer Community College in Herkimer, New York.
Bunker Hill Community College Welcomes Delegation of Chinese Academics
Hailing from institutions of higher education that included Xiangyang Vocational and Technical College, Hunan Arts and Crafts Vocational College, Ningxia Polytechnic and Changzhou Institute of Mechatronic Technology, 24 academics from China visited Bunker Hill Community College on December 2, 2015.