An Opportunity to Engage
BHCC Learning Communities provide students with the opportunity to learn in a supportive and engaging environment that enables stronger relationships among students, faculty, and staff. Students participating in Learning Communities benefit from interdisciplinary learning experiences, teacher to student mentoring, peer mentoring, and integrated support services, including peer mentors and success coach advisors.
Through culturally-relevant content and active learning, Learning Communities engage students in early career exploration, the identification of academic goals and pathways, and provide opportunities for students to accelerate progression through developmental English and Math. Each learning community is grounded in a set of core academic and student development outcomes that include reflection and self-assessment, critical thinking, integrated communication, intercultural knowledge and competence and teamwork. Students enrolled in Learning Communities are more likely to persist in their studies and earn more college credits. First-time to-college students pursuing associate degrees and enrolled in nine or more credits are required to take a Learning Community Seminar or a Learning Community Cluster within their first year.
Most importantly, Learning Communities are places where student experiences and voices are recognized as strengths, and in these course students activate the passions, talents, and skills they bring to their BHCC success stories.
Mission Statement for BHCC Learning Communities
Bunker Hill Community College's learning communities provide learning environments which maximize potential for academic and personal growth for both students and faculty and which prepare students to work effectively in collaborative work environments. These learning communities promote increased student success by:
- Providing student-centered environments which address multiple learning styles
- Encouraging collaborative learning which develops integrative thinking skills
- Fostering connections among students, faculty and staff
- Helping students to become responsible, actively engaged learners
- Teaching students to identify and access sources of support
- Encouraging vibrant teaching partnerships which promote richer and more flexible pedagogies and teaching practices
- Enabling faculty to build connections among disciplines and create more engaged classrooms
- Fostering increased conversation among faculty beyond the learning communities
- Incorporating ongoing assessment which is responsive to the evolving needs of these learning communities