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Jan
14
2022

In Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bunker Hill Community College | Office of the President

Dear BHCC Community,

As we study the inspirational achievements and ongoing struggles in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 17, 2022, I hope we take his teachings to heart and reflect on our own work, and that of our community, our nation, and our world.  

Jan
14
2022

President Eddinger and BHCC Student Participate in a Discussion on Mental Health in Community Colleges

On Thursday, January 13, Dr. Pam Eddinger, President of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC), and BHCC psychology student Julia Vogel participated in an event titled: Call to Mind Live: Pass or fail - mental health in community colleges. The discussion focused on understanding and navigating the mental health gaps in community colleges.

Jan
26
2022

Request to Bid: Toilet Rooms

The Bunker Hill Community College, the Awarding Authority, invites sealed bids from General Contractors for the Bunker Hill Community College – Toilet Room Renovation in Boston Massachusetts, in accordance with the documents prepared by Prellwitz Chilinski Associates (PCA).

Mar
1
2022

BHCC stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and with victims of war and violence everywhere

Bunker Hill Community College | Office of the President

Dear BHCC Community,

Since last week’s Russian invasion of Ukraine, I have watched the events unfolding in Europe with concern and sorrow. Violence and war are the enemies of the values that this College and virtually every educational institution hold dear. Where education broadens our understanding of ourselves and the world, war narrows it; where education lifts a light by which we might see, violence casts only shadow. As a College, we stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, and with victims of war and violence everywhere. 

Mar
2
2022

Massachusetts Alliance for Early College Launches with BHCC as Partner Institution

Over the last several years, Early College programs have been a game-changer for Massachusetts students. The program offers tuition-free access to college courses and a path to an associate degree to high school students in communities historically underserved by higher education.
Mar
10
2022

A Compelling Conversation with Sean Ellis: Talking about resilience, community, and criminal justice reform with Boston advocate

Even though his wrongful convictions, which resulted in his imprisonment for 22 years, seven months, and 29 days, have been overturned, Sean Ellis is still working for justice– not only for himself but for everyone.  
Mar
24
2022

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu Will be Bunker Hill Community College’s 2022 Commencement Speaker

Michelle Wu, the first Asian-American woman to be elected Mayor of Boston, will address the class of 2022 at Bunker Hill Community College’s 48th Commencement exercises on Thursday, May 26 at 11 a.m. on the Charlestown Campus.
Apr
26
2022

DISH Food Pantry Debuts DISH & Dash Lockers

First college food pantry in the country to use automated refrigerated lockers to help the community access needed food and supplies

Earlier this month, Bunker Hill Community College’s DISH Food Pantry took a major step towards improving access to food and other daily necessities to the college community. In an otherwise nondescript hallway in B-Building, outside the DISH’s main food pantry, a bank of lockers, brightly colored in red and gray and adorned with the stolid visage of Charlie the Bulldog, stand ready to serve meals and much more—the first such lockers to be used by a college food pantry in the country.

Apr
27
2022

Bunker Hill Community College Breaks Ground on New Student Success Center

College’s first new building in a decade expands student services and learning commons with a climate-responsive design 

 

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) broke ground on a new Student Success Center building on Tuesday, April 26, the first new building in more than a decade for the state’s largest community college and the first of several planned upgrades for the almost 50-year-old campus. 

May
6
2022

Congresswoman Pressley Visits BHCC to Deliver $1M in Federal Funding for Boston’s Tuition-Free Community College Program

On Wednesday, May 4, 2022, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) visited Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) to celebrate the $1,000,000 in federal community project funding she secured to expand the City of Boston’s Tuition-Free Community College program. Rep. Pressley was joined by Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, BHCC President Pam Eddinger, and BHCC students for a campus tour and a press conference to highlight how the funding will help address the college affordability crisis locally as she continues her calls for President Biden to cancel student debt.

Pressley secured this federal funding for Boston in the government spending package that passed Congress and was signed into law by President Biden in March. In total, Rep. Pressley secured over $8 million for 10 community projects across the Massachusetts 7th Congressional District, capping off nearly a year of advocacy by Rep. Pressley and local leaders.

May
26
2022

Office of the President: A message from President Eddinger on the recent events in Uvalde, Laguna Woods, and Buffalo

Dear BHCC Community,

Yesterday, the scope of national tragedy grew larger: the senseless murder of 19 people, all but one of them school children, in Uvalde, Texas. The more frequently these tragedies occur, the harder they are to comprehend. A supermarket in Buffalo, a church in Laguna Woods, a school in Parkland, a school in Sandy Hook, and so many more murders driven by racism, misogyny, homophobia, and other forms of hate, made possible by the easy reach of a gun. How do we end this senseless cycle of violence? Why are the broadly popular policies for gun safety left to languish in the halls of power? Why is the most common reaction to these mass shootings to simply wait for the next one?

May
26
2022

Bunker Hill Community College Holds 48th Commencement Exercises, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu Addresses Graduates

Boston Mayor is Keynote Speaker at First In-Person Graduation Ceremony in Three Years 

Jun
30
2022

Bunker Hill Community College Partners with Triumvirate Environmental, Inc. to Offer Tuition-Free Community College and Career Advancement

The Division of Workforce and Economic Development at Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) has partnered with Triumvirate Environmental, Inc., one of the largest environmental services firms in North America, to launch a new program offering employment and full tuition to selected new and continuing BHCC students starting in September 2022.

Jun
30
2022

Bunker Hill Community College Student Joe Orlando Gutierrez Estupinan is Named Jack Kent Cook Undergraduate Transfer Scholar

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) graduate Joel Orland Gutierrez Estupinan was named an Undergraduate Transfer Scholar by the Jack Kent Cook Foundation—one of 100 community college students nationwide to receive the prestigious award, which provides transfer students with up to $55,000 a year to complete their bachelor’s degrees.
Jul
19
2022

BHCC Humanities Faculty Doug Holder Elected New England Poetry Club Co-President

Somerville poet and longtime BHCC Humanities faculty member Doug Holder was elected co-president of the New England Poetry Club in June 2022. The club, founded in 1915 by Robert Frost, Amy Lowell and Conrad Aiken, offers writing workshops, sponsors contests and grants to poets, and hosts the oldest poetry reading series in the country. Holder, who has taught writing at BHCC since 2010, is joined as co-president by poet and former Massachusetts legislator Denise Provost.

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Jul
21
2022

Bunker Hill Community College Awarded $735,000 Workforce Training Grant

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) received a $735,000 workforce training grant, part of the Baker-Polito Administration’s $15 million award in workforce training grants to the Commonwealth’s 15 community colleges in support of the creation and expansion of training programs in high-demand industries, such healthcare, education, manufacturing, information technology and cybersecurity.
Jul
21
2022

Eversource-Bunker Hill Community College Partnership Recognized by First Lady

Summer Interns Share Experiences with Dr. Jill Biden as EPUT Program Creates a Pathway to Good-Paying Utility Jobs 

Aug
2
2022

Bunker Hill Community College Welcomes Two New Board Members

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) welcomes Becca Gould and David Shapiro as new members of the Board of Trustees. “Lieutenant Governor Polito and I congratulate the trustees on their appointment and appreciate their willingness to serve the Commonwealth in this capacity,” said Governor Charlie Baker. These appointees bring extensive leadership, professional, and academic experiences to the College and their students.”
Aug
29
2022

Bunker Hill Community College’s Learn and Earn Program Featured in the Washington Monthly

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) President Pam Eddinger and administrators at the College were interviewed about BHCC’s Learn and Earn program, specifically how paid internships were not reaching minorities and women in the numbers they intended when the program began in 2012. The article titled “Breaking the Cycle of Privilege” describes the program's momentum over the past ten years and the barriers and hurdles to making the program more accessible to women and people of color.
Sep
9
2022

Remembering September 11, 2001

Bunker Hill Community College | Office of the President

Dear BHCC Community,

On Sunday, we observe the 21st anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. In acts of unspeakable violence, 2,977 people from across the country and the world lost their lives in the attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. The attacks and their aftermath were felt by people not only in the United States but around the globe. For those who lost loved ones and friends, the tragedy of that day rings undiminished through the decades—they can never be forgotten.  

Sep
14
2022

BHCC Welcomes Faculty and Staff at Convocation 2022

On September 1, 2022, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) faculty and staff convened virtually for the College’s annual Convocation celebration to commence the 2022-2023 academic year. BHCC President Pam Eddinger welcomed faculty and staff with a tone of great optimism for the coming year and the hope of introducing students to new discoveries. She also thanked the faculty and staff who worked hard this summer to help students enroll.
Sep
21
2022

Hurricane Fiona: Supporting the BHCC Community

Bunker Hill Community College | Office of the President

Dear BHCC Community,

This weekend, Hurricane Fiona made landfall in the Caribbean, knocking out power and threatening over two million residents with severe flooding and wind damage in its path. In particular, Fiona devastates Puerto Rico on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Maria, even as the island struggles valiantly to recover from the last tragedy.  We understand that it will take a number of days to restore power. Water, medicine and basic needs remain critical. Those of you with friends and family in Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic, The British and the U.S Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos, and all other impacted communities in the Caribbean and the Diaspora, we share your worries about the health and safety of your loved ones and hold them in our thoughts. 

Sep
21
2022

Notice of Intent to Submit a Project Proposal to the Asset Management Board and to hold a Public Hearing for a long-term lease and redevelopment of the Charlestown campus located at 250 Rutherford Avenue in the City of Boston

Bunker Hill Community College (the “College”) hereby gives notice under 810 CMR 2.05 that it intends to: (i) submit a Project Proposal to the Asset Management Board (the “Board”); and (ii) hold a public hearing on the proposed project which has been granted Preliminary Project Approval by the Board. The proposed project is for a long-term lease in connection with the redevelopment of the College’s Charlestown campus located at 250 Rutherford Avenue.

Sep
27
2022

Bunker Hill Community College Awarded $5 Million by U.S. Department of Labor

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) was awarded a $5 million grant by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, on behalf of a consortium of the 15 community colleges in Massachusetts. The consortium is one of 13 awardees nationally to receive the grant, which will fund job training for groups underrepresented in the workforce. The grant is part of the second round of the Strengthening Community Colleges Training initiative, which helps community colleges nationwide to improve their ability to address equity gaps and meet employers’ and workers’ skills development needs.
Oct
6
2022

BHCC Welcomes International Students

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) welcomes hundreds of international students from more than 100 countries to our campuses annually. On September 16, 2022, BHCC welcomed new and returning international students during a reception outside the G-Building. On this sun-filled afternoon, students met faculty, staff, and administrators of the College and enjoyed pizza and cake with their peers.
Oct
9
2022

Message from President Pam Eddinger: Observing Indigenous Peoples Day

Bunker Hill Community College | Office of the President

Dear BHCC Community,

On Monday, October 10, we observe Indigenous Peoples Day—a day to commemorate the proud histories of the people of the First Nations.  We offer gratitude to them for their role as stewards of the land on which we now live and solidarity in the work of preserving and extending the cultural wealth and richness of the Nations’ cultures.  

Oct
26
2022

President Eddinger Talks Employee Recruitment and Retention Strategies in the Era of the Great Resignation with Inside Higher Ed and Qualtrics

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 – Bunker Hill Community College President Pam Eddinger participated in a panel discussion sponsored by Inside Higher Ed and Qualtrics entitled “How the Great Resignation is Impacting Higher Education.”
Oct
28
2022

Dr. Bernice A. King to Kick Off Bunker Hill Community College’s 2022 Compelling Conversations Series

Bunker Hill Community College’s (BHCC) Compelling Conversations, a multi-decade speakers series featuring leaders at the forefront of equity and justice across a spectrum of fields and perspectives, begins its 2022-23 season with a conversation led by CEO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Dr. Bernice A. King on the BHCC Charlestown campus, Thursday, November 3, 2022, at 1 p.m.
Oct
31
2022

Bunker Hill Community College Receives $25,000 from the Ellucian Foundation to Support Students in Need

PATH Scholarship program directly supports financially-challenged students at U.S. Minority Serving Institutions

October 31, 2022—Boston, MA — Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) was selected as a 2022 Progress, Accomplishment, Thriving, Hope (PATH) Scholarship recipient through the Ellucian Foundation. The PATH Scholarship program provides grants to higher education institutions to support students facing economic hardship.  BHCC received $25,000, which will be distributed to up to 50 students to help cover items such as housing costs, tuition expenses, and food. 

Nov
1
2022

BHCC Student Success Center Tops Off

College’s first new building in a decade reaches construction milestone

Construction of the new Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) Academic Student Success Center is well underway, with the final beam put in place during last week’s topping off ceremony. The center is BHCC’s first new building in more than a decade and represents the latest of several campus renovation and rejuvenation projects. Once complete, the 53,500 square foot space will house a variety of services including academic advising, counseling, and student affairs.  

 

Nov
2
2022

BHCC President Pam Eddinger Ushers in Charlestown Halloween

Joins US Rep. Ayanna Pressley in welcoming neighborhood to annual tradition 

Bunker Hill Community College Pam Eddinger welcomed the college’s Charlestown neighbors to the 37th Annual Monument Square Halloween festivities on Monday evening. From the stairs leading to the base of the Bunker Hill Monument, Eddinger kicked off Halloween celebrations with a crowd of hundreds of Charlestown residents—many of them brilliantly costumed.  

Nov
3
2022

President Biden Praises Bunker Hill Community College and Celebrates the Infrastructure Talent Pipeline Challenge

BHCC President Pam Eddinger joins colleges, unions, and businesses at the White House to highlight equitable workforce development 

President Joe Biden praised Bunker Hill Community College in his White House remarks on Wednesday, highlighting the College’s workforce development programs as part of the administration’s Infrastructure Talent Pipeline Challenge.

Nov
4
2022

Pao Arts Center Celebrates 5th Anniversary

College’s Chinatown Partnership Hosts BHCC Classes and Serves as Community Arts and Performance Hub 

Congratulations to the Pao Arts Center on celebrating their 5th anniversary on October 19! Braving thunderstorms and traffic, guests gathered at Pao Arts Center for an evening of connection and celebration of the center’s accomplishments in its first five years of operation.

Nov
10
2022

A Compelling Conversation with Dr. Bernice A. King: Lawyer, Pastor, and Civil Rights Icon Inspires in the first Compelling Conversation of 2022-23

Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change and daughter of the Civil Rights Icon, kicked off Bunker Hill Community College’s (BHCC) Compelling Conversations series on Thursday, November 3, offering students, faculty and staff unparalleled insights into her own story and her own unique perspective on the state of Civil Rights today.
Nov
14
2022

PepsiCo Foundation Presents Bunker Hill Community College with $400,000 Uplift Scholarship Program Donation

PepsiCo Foundation presented Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) with a $400,000 donation to the College’s PepsiCo Foundation Uplift Scholarship Program on Thursday, supporting more than 85 student scholarships at the school.
Nov
17
2022

BHCC President Pam Eddinger Honored as one of Boston Business Journal’s Power 50

Annual awards recognize movement makers in Greater Boston 

Bunker Hill Community College President Pam Y. Eddinger was honored as one of the Boston Business Journal’s Power 50, an annual honor given to individuals working not only for change but who are leading change-oriented movements in the Greater Boston area.  

Nov
21
2022

Bunker Hill Community College President Pam Eddinger Appointed Co-Chair to Governor-elect Healey’s Transition Committee

Preparing to take office in January, Governor-elect Maura Healey announced Friday, November 18, that 15 committee co-chairs would join her transition team focusing on equity and affordability and how to ease economic burdens for Massachusetts residents, specifically communities that have been historically marginalized.
Nov
22
2022

BHCC Receives $484,000 Grant from the U.S. Department of Education for Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Program

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is pleased to announce an award of $484,000 from the U.S. Department of Education for a Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Program. The grant will provide financial assistance for child care services, to serve the needs of low-income students enrolled at BHCC.
Nov
23
2022

Bunker Hill Community College Named One of the Grantees to Educate Boston’s Early Childhood Workforce

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is named as one of the four grantees in the Growing the Early Childhood Workforce Fund grant that will fund the education of nearly 800 early childcare educators who work in Boston. The funds will recruit new students to this field and help existing early childhood educators earn additional credentials at no cost. Awarded funds will support educators working in the City of Boston to pursue associate degrees in Early Childhood Development through apprenticeship or regular matriculation at no cost to educators. Wraparound services including childcare, transportation, and career planning, will be provided, along with a guaranteed job upon program completion. Other grantees named are Neighborhood Villages, Urban College, and UMass Boston.
Nov
23
2022

Message from President Pam Eddinger: Colorado Springs Shooting

Bunker Hill Community College | Office of the President

Dear BHCC Community:

In the midst of the holiday season, we are grieving. Our peace this past week was shattered by the deadly shooting at Club Q, a gathering place for the LGBTQIA+ community in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The violence claimed the lives of five people and injured 17 others, and to add to the devastation, this happened on the eve of Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day named to honor those lost to anti-transgender violence. This latest incident echoes the 2016 mass shooting at Pulse, the gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, where 49 were killed and as many wounded. The trend of violence against the LGBTQIA+ community has not abated, and the acrimonious divisions in our society have only added fuel to these senseless acts.

Dec
1
2022

Coming Together in Support of the Iranian Community: Thursday December 8

Bunker Hill Community College | Office of the President

Dear BHCC Community, 

Bunker Hill Community College unequivocally condemns the murder of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd woman who died in police custody this past September. Known to her friends and family as Zhina, she had been held for three days for her refusal to wear the Hijab, a violation of the Islamic Republic’s dress code laws.