BHCC News for May, 2017
Bunker Hill Community Colleges Hosts Family of Henrietta Lacks
Shirley Lacks and David “Sonny” Lacks, active representatives of their family’s story, captivated BHCC students, faculty, staff and visitors on April 27, 2017, with the story of their matriarch’s contribution to modern medicine–made without her knowledge or consent, as author Rebecca Skloot portrays in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The Lacks family spoke as part of the One Book program, which brings the entire College community together to read the same book over the course of an academic year.
President Eddinger on NBC Boston
Watch the NBC Boston feature the Pao Arts Center. President Eddinger talks about the cultural significance of BHCC’s new instructional center in Chinatown.
BHCC Celebrates Grand Opening of the Pao Arts Center
On Saturday, May 6, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) in partnership with the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) celebrated the Grand Opening of the Pao Arts Center with elected officials and community leaders.
BHCC Organizes Voices of Hunger on Campus Summit
On Friday, May 5, Bunker Hill Community College welcomed nearly 200 representatives from public and private universities and colleges across the state of Massachusetts, along with community leaders and partners, to the first convening of Voices of Hunger on Campus.
BHCC’s John Gonsalves Honored as one of '29 Who Shine'
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) student John Gonsalves was one of the 29 graduates of Massachusetts public colleges and universities honored at the State House May 5. Governor Charlie Baker, Secretary of Education James Peyser, Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos E. Santiago and University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan attended the “29 Who Shine” ceremony.
Health Science Students Get Ready to Serve
One hundred fifty-four Health Science graduates received pins on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at the Homewood Suites by Hilton in Chelsea, MA. Health Science programs provide students with the education and training they need to become healthcare providers while focusing on their needs to gain the skills required for success in the workplace, continued education and achieving long-term goals.
On Friday, May 12, 2017, 12 students from eight 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 Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Colombia, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa and Ghana. The students were part of a U.S. Department program called the Community College Initiative Program (CCIP) aimed at promoting partnerships and resource sharing among global communities.
STAND and Pathways to Prosperity Students Enter Nursing and Allied Health Programs
On May 11, 2017, the STAND (Students Taking Action for Nursing Diversity) and Pathways to Prosperity programs celebrated incoming and early college students interested in nursing careers and healthcare professions at a dinner ceremony in BHCC’s Cafeteria.
Dual Enrollment Students on the Fast -Track to Success
More than 700 students from more than 50 local high schools participated in dual enrollment courses this year. Hundreds of these students and their families celebrated their accomplishment on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, with cheers and applause. The event took place in the College’s Health & Wellness Center gym, and was followed by a summer barbeque-style reception with a photo-booth and graffiti wall, and a video featuring many of the program participants.
Massachusetts House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo Addresses Bunker Hill Community College Graduates
Massachusetts House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo delivered the keynote address today at the Forty-third Commencement exercises of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC). The full house of graduates, family and friends gathered to celebrate 1613 degree and certificate recipients, including those who completed their programs from summer 2016 through spring 2017, and those on track to complete their programs during summer 2017.
Close to 300 Students Sought Employment Through CareerConnect’s Technology & Retail Nights
On April 20 2017, Bunker Hill Community College hosted its third Technology Night. This installment of a series of spring career fairs is an evening specifically targeting opportunities in the tech industry. This event drew 146 BHCC students and alumni as well as 12 employers and tech recruiters. This was an excellent opportunity for students and recent graduates to socialize and connect with their peers, industry professionals and employers to learn the newest employment trends as well as discover career pathways and opportunities.
Dean Nuri Chandler-Smith on Boston Uncornered Program
College Bound Dorchester, an organization that works with disconnected young people to encourage them to pursue college, announced a new program called Boston Uncornered, which will pay 600 gang-involved youth $400 per week to go to community college.
BHCC Student Tops Pearson’s StatCrunch Statistics Education Contest
BHCC student Michael (MJ) Craig won second prize in the national StatCrunch Statistics Education Contest, a scholarship sponsored by Pearson Education. The contest challenges applicants to use StatCrunch, a powerful web-based statistical software, to “collect, crunch and communicate” a compelling story through data.
Governor Baker and Mayor Walsh Announce The Boston Bridge
On May 30, 2017, Governor Baker and City of Boston Mayor Walsh announced The Boston Bridge program, a tuition-free college affordability program for 2017 high school graduates in the City of Boston. The Boston Bridge program allows City of Boston high school graduates to enroll at Bunker Hill Community College, Massachusetts Bay Community College or Roxbury Community College.