BHCC News for 2018
BHCC’s Work on Housing and Food Insecurity is a 2017 Highlight for Local Professor
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) President Pam Eddinger received mention in "Our Wish List for the Future of Higher Education" by the University of Venus. This wish list is a reflection of the past year’s events and how they inspire the organization’s blog contributors. Mary Churchill, professor at Wheelock College in Boston, MA, recognizes President Eddinger and sociologist Sara Goldrick-Rabb, Ph.D. for groundbreaking work around issues of hunger on college campuses.
In Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As our nation observes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 15th, I urge our College community to join the observances in whatever way you find meaningful. We may choose to reflect on progress and work still to be done on social and economic equity, and reaffirm our steadfast commitment to a vibrant and safe teaching and learning environment where diversity is cherished.
BHCC Recognized in New York Times Op-Ed for Leadership in Student Hunger Relief
In an op-ed published by the The New York Times over the weekend, Temple University Education Sociologist Sara Goldrick-Rab recognized Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) for its work distributing meal vouchers to food-insecure students through the College’s “One Solid Meal” program.
Report Advocates for Employment of Community College Students in BioPharma Roles
MassBioEd in Cambridge, MA, released a new report showing a shifting trend in the hiring practices of the bio-pharmaceutical industry that favors candidates with four-year degrees over community college graduates, despite the investment the industry has made in associate degree programs.
Request for Response: On-Site Cafeteria, Food Cart and Catering Services
On-Site Cafeteria, Food Cart and Catering Services
BHCC Early College Programs Receive Preliminary Designation Status from Baker-Polito Administration Along with a $10K Planning Grant
On Tuesday, January 23, 2018, the Baker-Polito Administration announced “preliminary” designation status to 21 early college programs across Massachusetts and awarded more than $80,000 in grants to public colleges, universities and high schools in the midst of developing early college programs.
Dean Catallozzi Addresses the Role of High School GPA in the College Placement Process at the Boston Foundation
On Thursday, January 25, 2018, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) Dean of Humanities and Learning Communities Lori Catallozzi joined leaders from three organizations working to improve academic performance and outcomes for a presentation and panel discussion on “Raising Students’ GPAs in High School and College.”
BHCC Celebrates Black History Month with NPR Journalist Michele Norris
NPR journalist and author of The Grace of Silence Michele Norris spoke at Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) on Thursday, February 8, 2018, kicking off the College’s annual Black History Month celebration.
NPR’s Michele Norris on The Race Card Project
As part of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC)’s Black History Month Celebration, NPR Journalist Michele Norris spoke on Thursday, February 8, 2018, on her motivations behind creating The Race Card Project.
BHCC Student Receives LEADA@Liberty Scholarship
Liberty Mutual Insurance announced Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) student Imani Exilhomme as a recipient of its LEADA@Liberty Scholarship. Launched last year, the LEADA@Liberty Scholarship program is awarded annually to four students of African descent who are enrolled in the Massachusetts Commonwealth Commitment program and plan to complete their bachelor’s degree at a state university or University of Massachusetts campus. LEADA@Liberty scholarship recipients receive $2,500 annually for each of the four years of their college career.
BHCC President and Trustees attend National Legislative Summit
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) President Pam Eddinger along with Trustee Cathy Guild and Student Trustee Cam Ngoc Tu Do joined their colleagues from across the country in Washington, D.C. last week for the annual Community College National Legislative Summit. Co-hosted by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the summit featured meetings and workshops related to advocacy for Pell Grants, workforce development initiatives and the protection of vulnerable students on campus, as well as presentations from high-profile keynote speakers, political commentators and elected officials.
Boston-Area Employers Recruit Business and STEM Students at BHCC Spring Career Fairs
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) Career Services announces spring 2018 career fairs.
BHCC Brings Issues of DACA, TPS and Undocumented Students to the Table
On March 16, 2018, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) hosted nearly 100 educators, guidance counselors and community-based service personnel to discuss academic advising, trauma-sensitive education and legal issues for students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Undocumented immigration status.
Bunker Hill Community College Ranks 12th in Boston Business Journals 2018 Book of Lists
For the seventh consecutive year, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) was named one of “The Largest Colleges & Universities in Massachusetts” by the Boston Business Journal (BBJ). The list appeared within the publication’s 2018 Book of Lists, an annual data report highlighting the fastest-growing and most dynamic companies and professionals in Greater Boston and across Massachusetts.
Supporting English Language Learners Supports All Students
On March 22, 2018, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) faculty and staff gathered for Spring 2018 Professional Development Day to reflect on, share and deepen their approach to teaching and supporting all students. Hosted by the Professional Development Day Committee, the English as a Second Language Department and the Building the Framework for Success Taskforce, the conference was a continuation of the Fall 2017 Professional Development Day on best practices for teaching English as a Second Language (ESL).
President Eddinger Responds to Success Boston Report at Boston Foundation Panel Discussion
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) President Pam Eddinger joined the Boston Private Industry Council and the Success Boston college completion initiative at the Boston Foundation for the release of “Staying the Course: Six-Year College and Completion Experiences,” a new report that addresses college enrollment and completion for Boston Public Schools’ Class of 2011 graduates.
Building Communities of Struggle with Angela Davis
Political scholar, activist and author Angela Davis spoke at Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) on Thursday, March 29, 2018, as part of the College’s Difficult Dialogues series.
BHCC Student Wins First Place in STEM Conference Presentation
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) Engineering Transfer student Danial Haei Najafabadi was awarded first place in the Physics category for his oral presentation at the 2018 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
BHCC Students Honored at State House Ceremony
On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, two Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) students were honored at a ceremony hosted by the Massachusetts Community College Executive Office (MCCEO), celebrating 34 of the highest academic achievers of the Commonwealth’s community college system.
President Pam Eddinger to Appear on WHDH-TV’s Higher Ground
BHCC President Pam Eddinger will appear on WHDH-TV’s (Channel 7, Boston) public affairs program, “Higher Ground.” President Eddinger, along with The Boston Foundation's Elizabeth Pauley, joins host Carmen Fields to discuss the Boston Foundation report from April 11, 2018, on college graduation rates of Boston Public School students—and efforts and success in improving the numbers.
Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta to Speak at Commencement
State Secretary Rosalin Acosta will be the keynote speaker at Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC)’s 44th Commencement exercises, on Saturday, May 19, 2018, on the Charlestown Campus.
Bunker Hill Community College and MassBay Students Place 1st at Annual Mass Society of Radiologic Technologists Buzz Bowl
Bunker Hill Community College and MassBay Community College are pleased to announce a student radiology team has placed first at this year’s Massachusetts Society of Radiologic Technologists (MSRT) Buzz Bowl competition. The Buzz Bowl was part of the MSRT 87th Annual Conference and this year’s theme was “Wild About Radiology.”
BHCC Foundation 2018 Annual Gala Funds Student Scholarships
Emceed by WGBH Higher Education correspondent Kirk Carapezza, the Bunker Hill Community College Foundation hosted its 2018 Annual Gala on April 26, 2018.
BHCC’s Mussie Teshome Demisse Honored as one of “29 Who Shine”
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) student Mussie Teshome Demisse was one of the 29 graduates of Massachusetts public colleges and universities honored at the State House May 4, 2018. Governor Charlie Baker, Secretary of Education James Peyser and Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos E. Santiago attended the “29 Who Shine” ceremony.
BHCC Celebrates the Success of STEM Alumni
On Thursday, April 5, 2018, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) hosted the first annual Science and Engineering Alumni Dinner to celebrate the success of BHCC alumni and thank the many supporters who created research, internship and employment opportunities for BHCC students.
Bunker Hill Community College Celebrates Class of 2018 at 44th Commencement Ceremony
On Saturday, May 19, 2018, Massachusetts Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rosalin Acosta delivered the keynote address to graduates of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) at the 44th Commencement exercises.
Edwidge Danticat on "The Dew Breaker"
Author Edwidge Danticat visited the Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) campus on Thursday, April 26, 2018, to discuss her national bestseller The Dew Breaker with the BHCC community as part of the College’s One Book program, which brings the entire College community together to read the same book over the course of an academic year.
Health Science Graduates Receive Pins at Annual Ceremony
On Thursday, May 10, 2018, 120 graduates from Bunker Hill Community College’s Health Science programs celebrated the completion of their studies at two Pinning Ceremonies at the Homewood Suites by Hilton in Chelsea, MA. BHCC’s 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.
Scholarships and Awards Ceremony Celebrates High-Achieving Students
On May 17, 2018, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) honored high-achieving students with scholarships and awards as student after student ascended the stage to be recognized for their academic achievement or service to the community.
BPS Valedictorians Choose BHCC
Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Boston School Committee Chairperson Michael Loconto and Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Tommy Chang honored 36 valedictorians of BPS at the 20th Annual BPS Valedictorians Luncheon at the Boston Harbor Hotel on Tuesday, May 29. The luncheon acknowledged BPS valedictorians for their accomplishments. Among the 36 valedictorians, three have decided to attend Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) as their next destination in their educational careers.
Dismantling Power and Privilege to Achieve Equity in Higher Education
On May 22-24, 2018, more than 200 Bunker Hill Community College faculty, staff and community partners gathered for the convening of BHCC’s first Equity and Cultural Wealth Institute, which examined the impact of power and privilege on access and equity in higher education.
On Friday, May 18, 2018, 12 students from seven countries celebrated the culmination of a year of hard work at Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC), along with a gathering of their faculty, BHCC staff, host parents and well-wishers. The students came to Boston from countries as far-flung as Columbia, Dominican Republic, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Pakistan and South Africa.
Dual Enrollment Students on the Fast-Track to Success
On Tuesday, May 22, 2018, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) congratulated high school students who participated in the College’s Dual Enrollment program at an annual celebration in the College’s Health & Wellness Center gymnasium.
Pinning Ceremony Marks the Passage from Student to Nurse
On Thursday, May 17, 2018, 36 graduates from the Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) Registered Nurse program received pins to mark their passage from the student role to the practical role.
Pinning New Graduates of the Medical Imaging Program
On Thursday, May 17, 2018, 47 graduates from the Bunker Hill Community College Medical Imaging program received pins to mark their passage from student technologist to clinical practitioner.
Facebook Partners with BHCC to Close Digital Skills Gap
On Friday, June 8, 2018, Facebook, Inc., announced its pledge to create local partnerships aimed at training 1 million U.S. business owners and equipping more people with the digital skills they need to compete in today’s workplace.
Governor Baker Visits BHCC for Signing of Life Sciences Bill
On Friday, June 15, 2018, Governor Charlie Baker visited Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) to sign Bill H4501: An Act providing continued investment in the life sciences industry in the Commonwealth to invest up to $623 million in bond authorization and tax credits over five years in education, research and development, and workforce training.
BHCC Detective Honored at State Police Awards Ceremony
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) Police Detective Anthony Cuddahy was recognized at the Massachusetts State Police Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, as a recipient of the Lifesaving Award.
BHCC Receives Grant to Enhance Paramedic Studies and EMT Programs
On Thursday, June 21, 2018, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded $10.9 million in Skills Capital Grants to 33 high schools and educational institutions at an event at Salem High School. Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) received $135,393 in grant funding to enhance its Paramedic Studies and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) programs.
BHCC Celebrates Adult Education and Transition Program Graduates
On Saturday, June 23, 2018, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) celebrated students who completed the Transitions to College, GED in Spanish and English and Level IV English Basic Skills programs at an event at the Homewood Suites by Hilton in Chelsea, MA. This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the Adult Education and Transitions initiative, which is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Bunker Hill Community College receives $25.7 Million from Baker-Polito Administration to Modernize Capital Assets
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) was awarded $25.7M from the Baker-Polito Administration’s to fund a major renovation project at the College’s Charlestown Campus.
Bunker Hill Community College President Pam Eddinger joins Boston Foundation Board of Directors
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) President Pam Eddinger was elected to a five-year term with the Boston Foundation Board of Directors.
Public Notice of Upcoming Accreditation Review Visit by the ACEN
The Nurse Education Department at Bunker Hill Community College wishes to announce that it will host a site review for continuing accreditation of its Associate in Science Degree Nurse Education program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
Bunker Hill Community College Learning Communities Boost Retention of Part-Time Students According to New Report
A new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP), an independent nonpartisan policy institution based in Washington D.C., finds the Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) Learning Communities Program is a promising model for boosting retention of part-time college students.
Bunker Hill Community College Hosts International Exchange Students Through U.S. Department of State’s Community College Initiative Program
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is pleased to welcome 12 international exchange students to its Charlestown Campus for the 2018-2019 academic year as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Community College Initiative (CCI) Program. The students will study Entrepreneurship, Administrative Support Specialist, Early Childhood Education and Computer Support Specialist.
Pinning Ceremony Recognizes Summer Graduates of BHCC’s Health Science Programs
On Thursday, August 16, 2018, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) celebrated the newest class of graduates of the Medical Assistant and Patient Care Technician programs at a pinning ceremony held at Thomas A. Kershaw Culinary Arts Dining Room on the College’s Charlestown Campus.
Inside Higher Ed Features BHCC Learning Communities
In today’s Inside Higher Ed article, “Building Community for Part-Time Students,” Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) Dean of Humanities and Learning Communities Lori Catallozzi and Director of Learning Communities Arlene Vallie discuss the impact of the College’s Learning Communities program on retention of part-time students.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education on BHCC Learning Communities
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) Dean of Humanities and Learning Communities Lori Catallozzi and Director of Learning Communities Arlene Vallie spoke to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education about the impact of the College’s Learning Communities program on student retention, particularly for students of color.
Bunker Hill Community College Receives $2.4M in Private Grant Funding for Early College Programs
The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation awarded $2.4 million to Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) to establish the Early College program at BHCC, marking the largest private grant awarded in the College’s history.
BHCC Welcomes Faculty and Staff at Convocation 2018
On Thursday, August 30, 2018, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) President Pam Eddinger welcomed faculty and staff to campus to celebrate Convocation 2018. An annual tradition that kicks off the academic year for the College, the theme of this year’s celebration was on “Collaboration to Advance College Goals.”
Bunker Hill Community College Ranks Ninth in the Nation for Racial and Ethnic Diversity
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) was named one of the “Colleges with the Greatest Racial and Ethnic Diversity” by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The list appeared within the publication’s Almanac of Higher Education 2018-19, an annual data report showcasing best in class for enrollment, completion, research and diversity.
Dean Nuri Chandler-Smith Appears on BNN-TV’s Neighborhood Network News
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) Dean of Academic Support and College Pathways programs Nuri Chandler-Smith appeared on Boston Neighborhood Network’s (BNN-TV) “Neighborhood Network News (NNN).” Dean Chandler-Smith joined NNN Host Chris Lovett to discuss BHCC’s Early College programs at Charlestown High School and Madison Park Technical Vocational High School and the $2.4M grant BHCC received from the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation to expand its Early College programs.
BHCC Students and Staff Recognized at Boston PIC 2018 Annual Meeting
On Wednesday, September 26, the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) hosted its 2018 Annual Meeting at the Federal Reserve Bank Auditorium to celebrate the launch of MassHire, a unified brand for the state’s workforce development boards, and recognize the impact of 2018 PIC Achievers.
President Eddinger Welcomes Inaugural Distinguished Artist Scholar in Residence
On Thursday, September 27, 2018, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) President Pam Eddinger welcomed Distinguished Artist Scholar in Residence Dr. Robin M. Chandler at a preview reception for the artist’s “Revolutionary Moments” exhibition at the Mary L. Fifield Art Gallery.
BHCC Celebrates Title III Grant Wrap-Up
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) celebrated the completion of the five-year Title III grant project, From Dreams to Reality: BHCC LifeMap, on Thursday, October 3, 2018, at a wrap-up celebration in the College’s LifeMap Commons.
BHCC Annual Retreat Reviews Preliminary Findings in NEASC Self-Study
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) faculty and staff gathered on Friday, September 28, 2018, to review preliminary findings for the College’s New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accreditation process.
Proposals Invited for Multi-Purpose Photo Identification Card System
Proposal are invited for a Multi-Purpose Photo Identification Card System at Bunker Hill Community College. Proposals must be delivered no later than 1:00 pm (EST) November 26, 2018. Proposals which are either faxed or electronically submitted will not be accepted as a proposal delivery.
BHCC Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
BHCC celebrated Hispanic Heritage month with a month-long series of events centered around the theme, “The Power of Our Latinx Voices.”
Mayor’s GRAD Last Mile Fund to Benefit BHCC Students
Today, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the launch of the GRAD Last Mile Fund, an innovative scholarship program to support students heading into their last semesters at Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) and four other local colleges.
Personal Development is Professional Development
On Thursday, October 25, 2018, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) faculty and staff gathered for Fall 2018 Professional Development Day. Hosted by the College’s Professional Development Day Committee, the theme of the event was “PD = PD: Personal Development is Professional Development.”
BHCC Celebrates Mass STEM Week
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) celebrated Mass STEM Week, October 22-26, 2018, with a series of workshops and events. On campus highlights included an interactive 3-D printing workshop and a demonstration of circuits in the College’s new Electrical Engineering Lab as well as a diamond demonstration by the Museum of Science and a presentation by Dr. Girija Goyal from internship partner Refigure on “When, Why & How to deal with Scientific Literature.”
U.S.A.F. Lt. Colonel Olga Custodio Goes to New Heights
Lt. Colonel Olga Custodio, United States Air Force (Retired) fighter pilot, spoke on Thursday, November 1, 2018, as part of the Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) Compelling Conversation Series and as the opening event of the College’s Veteran’s Week celebration.
BHCC Wins Three Gold Medallions at NCMPR District 1 Conference
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC)’s Integrated Marketing and Communications (IMC) Division received four medallions from the National College Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) District 1 Medallion Awards. The awards were announced at a reception on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at the organization’s District 1 Conference in Annapolis, Maryland.
Joint Letter by Community College Presidents on opposition to changes re: "public charge"
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
The College has joined with other Massachusetts community colleges in writing to the Department of Homeland Security in opposition to the changes regarding "public charge,” published in the Federal register on October 10, 2018. The definition of a "public charge" is someone who is dependent on government benefits and as a result, may be denied access to these critical resources. An expanded “public charge” definition would include those who participate in additional safety net programs, including Medicaid and SNAP.
If you have questions, or would like more information, please feel free to contact the Dean of Students’ Office: 617-228-2408.
MacArthur Genius Matthew Desmond on Housing Insecurity in America
Pulitzer Prize-winning sociologist Matthew Desmond spoke on Thursday, November 15, 2018, as part of the Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) Compelling Conversations Series. The MacArthur “Genius Grant” sociologist is the author of the New York Times bestseller Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City that tells stories of eight families living on the edge and the landlords who control their fate.
President Eddinger Addresses Mental Health and College Students on WGBH-TV
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) President Pam Eddinger appeared on WGBH-TV’s (Channel 2, Boston) public affairs program “Basic Black” on Friday evening for a special segment on mental health and college students and the specific issues students of color are faced with.
BHCC End of Year Countdown
We’re counting down our biggest news items of 2018. View them all below in no particular order.