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Oct
14
2021

A Compelling Conversation with Larry Spotted Crow Mann

On Tuesday, October 5, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) Compelling Conversations Speaker Series welcomed resident artist Larry Spotted Crow Mann for an open dialogue about the state of Indigenous communities across the United States. Sponsored by the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in collaboration with the Mary L. Fifield Art Gallery’s BHCC Distinguished Artist Scholar in Residency Program, Mann will lead BHCC through virtual professional development workshops about Native American history, culture, and storytelling during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Oct
14
2021

Boosting Career Pathways and Opportunities for Community College Students throughout Greater Boston

October 14, 2021 - Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) announced the growth of its Career Pathways Impact Project (CPIP), which addresses the career counseling needs of community college students. The second phase of CPIP builds a new structure of career support at BHCC that incorporates a holistic review of advising, career preparation, and job placement support. In addition, the project focuses on employer input and integration with current college systems to better enhance the student and employer experience. To support CPIP 2.0, JPMorgan Chase is investing an additional $250,000 in BHCC, building on a 2020 grant of the same amount to pilot the initiative.
Oct
7
2021

Bunker Hill Community College Offers Workforce Training Through “Be Mass Competitive” Initiative

A recent press release from The Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges (MACC) announced a partnership with the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP), for a “Be Mass Competitive” workforce training initiative. Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) and Roxbury Community College (RCC) will offer up to 12 weeks of Customer Service or General Professional Administrative training at no cost to participants. Individuals with a high school diploma/equivalency or higher are eligible and encouraged to apply.
Sep
29
2021

Compelling Conversation with José Olivarez on September 23

The 2021-2022 Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) “Compelling Conversation Speaker Series” sponsored and presented by the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion kicked off on September 23 as a part of Hispanic Heritage Month in collaboration with the BHCC One Book Program. The first speaker in the series was José Olivarez, the author of the 2021-2022 BHCC One Book Program selection, Citizen Illegal. José Olivarez read aloud several poems from Citizen Illegal and generously shared a couple of his new poems with the 100 bustling and engaging audience at the event. As one of the audiences said so aptly in the chat, it was “Incredible how much life you have given the words we read already just by reading them out loud.” During the poetry reading, the audience exchanged their reactions to topics of the poems, such as “VapoRub” or “tortillas,” in the chat in such a lively way. After his 40-minute poetry reading, facilitated by Professor Carlos Maynard, Olivarez and students made the virtual space deeply communal. For the remaining 50 minutes, students flooded the space with a nonstop stream of questions for Olivarez: “raised hands” of different colors constantly popped up on the Zoom black screen, and the chatbox brimmed with questions from the audience.

Sep
27
2021

President Eddinger and DISH Coordinator Molly Hansen Featured on Channel 5

On Thursday, September 23, President Eddinger and The DISH Food Pantry Coordinator Molly Hansen were featured on WCVB Channel 5 on students’ struggle with food insecurity. The segment was aired following a 2-Year Anniversary Celebration of The DISH and the reality that 55% of the nearly 18,000 students enrolled at BHCC are food insecure.
Sep
20
2021

U.S. Secretary of Labor Walsh Appoints Bunker Hill Community College President Pam Eddinger as Chairperson to the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the appointments of 29 members to serve on the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship, and provide advice and recommendations on issues related to Registered Apprenticeship. The advisory committee will also promote greater awareness of the benefits of apprenticeship, foster increased alignment between apprenticeship opportunities and workforce and education systems, expand apprenticeship into new industries and occupations, and ensure equity for under-represented populations.

Sep
20
2021

Massachusetts Community Colleges Announce Vaccine Requirement

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) President Pam Eddinger joined the Commonwealth’s 14 other community college presidents in announcing that students, faculty, and staff at the Commonwealth’s 15 community colleges must be fully vaccinated by January 2022.

Sep
16
2021

BHCC Welcomes Faculty and Staff at Convocation 2021

On September 2, 2021, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) faculty and staff kicked off the 2021-2022 academic year with the College’s annual Convocation celebration. Held virtually, BHCC President Pam Eddinger welcomed faculty and staff and introduced BHCC’s 2021-2022 resident artist Larry Spotted Crow Mann and his role with BHCC’s land acknowledgment.
Sep
16
2021

Celebrating Two Years of the DISH Food Pantry

For our students, being food insecure can mean choosing between meals and books in ways that many of us will never have to imagine. Despite serving millions of under-resourced students each year, hunger was rarely a topic of conversation between Administrators before this decade.
Sep
10
2021

A Message from President Pam Eddinger on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Bunker Hill Community College | Office of the President

Dear Members of the BHCC Community,

Tomorrow, September 11, 2021, marks the 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on our country.  As a nation, this extraordinary act of violence will always be a significant tragedy in our history.  For those of you who lost family members, friends, and co-workers, 9/11 also marks a consequential loss in your life in a profound way.  They are not forgotten.

Aug
10
2021

Bunker Hill Community College Receives Second Round of Funding from City of Somerville for ESOL Workforce Project

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) has been awarded an additional $250,000 from the City of Somerville’s Job Creation and Retention Trust Board. The grant project, entitled SELL –Somerville English Language Learners – is shared with employer partner East Somerville Main Streets (ESMS), the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS), and The Welcome Project (TWP). The funds will provide no-cost English as a Second Language classes and customer service training to low-income Somerville residents between September 2021 and June 2022.
Jul
9
2021

BHCC Partners on New Research Center to Address Inequities in Online Education

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) joined nine other broad-access colleges and the Achieving the Dream network in the SRI Education and Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Columbia University’s Teachers College’s new research center aimed at addressing inequities in online learning in college. The new center is funded by a $10M grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Educational Sciences.
Jul
7
2021

President's Statement on the Assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moise

Bunker Hill Community College | Office of the President

The Associated Press from Port-Au-Prince reported early Wednesday morning that Haitian President Jovenel Moise was assassinated in his home. First Lady Martine was wounded in the attack as well. Claude Joseph, the interim prime minister, is in temporary control of the government. The U.S. Embassy in Haiti is restricting U.S. Staff to its compound, and the embassy is closed Wednesday.

Jul
2
2021

Request for Responses: Insurance Brokerage

Request for Responses for Insurance Brokerage RFR # BHCINSC21

Jun
16
2021

Bunker Hill Community College Pledges to Action in becoming a Vaccine Champion College

This month, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) announces the COVID-19 College Challenge, where colleges and universities take a pledge and commit to taking action to get their college communities vaccinated. The COVID-19 College Challenge is part of the Biden Administration's month of action in June encouraging Americans to get vaccinated and aims to accelerate our national progress toward President Biden's goal of 70% of the U.S. adult population receiving at least one vaccine shot by July 4th.
May
27
2021

President Eddinger Interviewed on What the Pandemic Exposed and the Promise of “A Just Recovery”

The Mary Christie Institute has hosted a series of interviews with leaders from higher education and healthcare on the emotional and behavioral health of teens and young adults.

May
25
2021

Bunker Hill Community College Awarded $100,000 Cummings Grant

The Bunker Hill Community College Foundation, Inc. is one of 140 local nonprofits to receive grants through Cummings Foundation's $25 Million Grant Program. Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) was chosen from a total of 590 applicants during a competitive review process. It will receive $100,000 over the next two years.
May
20
2021

U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken to Give Commencement Address at Bunker Hill Community College

U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will be the keynote speaker at Bunker Hill Community College’s (BHCC) 47th Commencement exercises, in a virtual celebration on May 27 at 6 p.m.
May
12
2021

Bunker Hill Community College Announces Rapid Recovery & Reemployment Short-term Training

BOSTON, May 12, 2021 — Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) has implemented a Rapid Recovery and Reemployment (R3) Program which will allow students to study over a shorter period of time, develop skills in a field, and earn an industry-recognized credential, which makes them employable quicker.
May
11
2021

BHCC Student Julia Soriano Honored as Newman Fellow

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) student Julia Soriano was honored as a Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, a Boston-based nonprofit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education.

May
6
2021

Bunker Hill Community College Celebrates National Nurses Week

Nurses’ week is celebrated each year from May 6-12 to honor nurses worldwide for the work they do for others. The American Nurses Association (ANA) has extended the year of the nurse into 2021. BHCC recognizes the important role the College’s student, faculty, and alumni nurses play in the community every day. Please enjoy a brief video tribute from Elizabeth Tobin, Director, Nurse Education Department; Donna Savino, Assistant Dean, Health Sciences; Paula A. Hayes, Professor, Nurse Education Department; and Sara Blackwood, Instructional Technology Coordinator, Nurse Education Department. Happy Nurse’s Week!
Apr
21
2021

Bunker Hill Community College Receives Skills Capital Grant Award for Nursing Program

Through a Commonwealth Skills Capital Grant, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) received $400,000 to create a new nursing simulation lab to support its Registered Nursing students. Needed updates include the installation of a networked web-based video capture system in all three nursing laboratory classrooms, allowing faculty to view and evaluate student performance.
Apr
21
2021

President's Statement on the Jury Verdict in the George Floyd Murder Trial

Bunker Hill Community College | Office of the President

Late today, the Jury returned a guilty verdict for Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd, bringing justice to the light of day after so much pain and turmoil. As we continue to mourn the loss of George Floyd, and are consoled by the triumph of justice today, we also acknowledge his important place in history. Mr. Floyd’s death served to reignite the civil rights movement of our age, and added to urgency to our search for justice and for healing.

Apr
2
2021

Bunker Hill Community College Professor Caroline Kautsire Featured on CBS Boston and WCVB Chronicle

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) English Professor Caroline Kautsire was featured as a notable author for Women’s History Month on CBS Boston and WCVB Chronicle. During the interview with WCVB Chronicle, Professor Kautsire talked about her journey as an author in America and Malawi and her book, What Kind of Girl? An African Child Caught Between Worlds.

Mar
19
2021

Bunker Hill Community College Language Institute Awarded Five-year Accreditation

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) Language Institute and its Intensive English Program have been awarded by the Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA) an initial five-year accreditation that extends through December 2025. The full-time Intensive English Program is designed to provide a pathway for international students to acquire a higher level of English proficiency needed to enroll in a BHCC certificate or degree program.
Mar
17
2021

President’s Statement on Violence Against the Asian American Pacific Islander Community

Bunker Hill Community College | Office of the President

The shooting in Atlanta yesterday that resulted in the death of six Asians, and the rise in attacks on the AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) Community across the nation have left many of us feeling outraged, disheartened, and fearful.  In mainstream press and social media, we hear reports of targeted acts of verbal and physical violence.  From our own students, we hear about experiences of aggression on and off-campus that have made them feel unsafe. With the recent attacks on elders in the Asian communities, in which respect for family and older generations is especially important, the physical and psychological insult is severely felt.

Mar
4
2021

Bunker Hill Community College Launches Varsity esports Program

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is pleased to announce the launch of a varsity esports program for enrolled students. Esports are video game tournaments in which student teams compete with other colleges and universities through virtual game rooms. With Athletics on hold due to the health concerns of COVID-19, BHCC’s Athletic Department is sponsoring only esports this spring.
Mar
4
2021

New Paramedic Certification Scholarships Offered for Boston Emergency Medical Services Members

A new scholarship program for Boston Emergency Medical Services (EMS) members aims to reduce financial barriers for paramedic certification and increase diversity and inclusion among promotional ranks.
Feb
23
2021

Bunker Hill Community College Entrepreneurship Alumni to Present at 2021 IDEA Conference at Boston University

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) alumni and entrepreneurs Ben Taylor and Charlene Pena will participate in workshops on innovation in the food industry and retail and consumer world at the 2021 IDEA Conference hosted virtually by Boston University on Saturday, February 27, 2021.
Feb
23
2021

President Eddinger Moderates "Community College Mental Health and Its Impact on Student Success"

The American Council on Education (ACE) and the Mary Christie Foundation hosted a webinar on February 8, 2021, titled "Community College Mental Health and Its Impact on Student Success." The webinar explored the links between mental health, a sense of belonging, and student success at community colleges. The promotion of mental well-being has been extensively explored to improve retention within the four-year college environment, but more examination is needed for community colleges.
Feb
9
2021

Plough Quarterly Announces Annual Award in Honor of BHCC Distinguished Artist and Scholar in Residence Rhina P. Espaillat

Plough Quarterly announced the first annual Rhina P. Espaillat Poetry Award in honor of the achievements of the Dominican-American poet and Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) Distinguished Artist and Scholar in Residence. Plough Quarterly is an award-winning international magazine of faith, culture, and society.

Jan
29
2021

Bunker Hill Community College President Eddinger Named a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce 2021 Pinnacle Awards Honoree

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is pleased to announce that Pam Y. Eddinger, President, BHCC has been named a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) 2021 Pinnacle Awards honoree for outstanding achievement in Arts and Education. This year’s honorees were recognized on Friday, January 29, 2021, at the virtual Pinnacle Awards. Past honorees include Anita Hill, Sandra Fenwick, Vicary Graham, Penni McLean-Conner, Liz Cheng, and Courtney Scrubbs.
Jan
29
2021

BHCC Workforce and Economic Development Offers Cybersecurity Training

Workforce and Economic Development at Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is pleased to collaborate with Socratic Arts, a leader in cybersecurity training and education, to offer a Cybersecurity Training Certificate program starting March 9, 2021. The Program is a progression of three courses designed to impart a strong foundation of defensive cybersecurity skills in 18 weeks of study at 25 hours per week. The program includes three courses, each lasting six weeks:
Jan
28
2021

Eversource Now Accepting Applications for Highly Successful Career Training Program

Eversource is actively seeking applicants for its career-focused Electric Power Utility Technology (EPUT) Program, which is offered in partnership with Bunker Hill Community College, Local 369 Utilities Workers Union of America and Local 12004 United Steelworkers Union. Hundreds of individuals who completed the program are now employed at the energy company. In addition to the career benefits, graduates can earn an Associate of Science degree and a certificate in Natural Gas Technology from the largest community college in Massachusetts.
Jan
15
2021

Reflecting and Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bunker Hill Community College | Office of the President

Dear BHCC Community,

Our nation observes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 18 in the aftermath of an insurrection in the Capitol that threatens our democracy. The presence of white extremists and their violent acts make it clear that the movement led by Dr. King to find equality and opportunity for all is far from complete. On this commemorative day, in the spirit of Dr. King’s work, I invite all of us to reflect on our own efforts in lifting up our Black communities and our communities of color, in recognizing the cultural wealth that our students and employees bring to our institution, and in envisioning a world where Dr. King’s vision of social and economic equity can come about.

Jan
8
2021

President Eddinger Reflects on the Insurrection and Riot at the US Capitol

Bunker Hill Community College | Office of the President

Dear BHCC Community,

On Wednesday, our nation experienced an unimaginable insurrection during the final, and normally ceremonial, phase of our presidential election. The incursion into the Capitol Building and the disruption of the certification of electoral votes was a direct challenge to our democracy. It breached the peaceful transition of power, a hallmark of our republic and a beacon of hope for so many around the world aspiring to democracy.

Jan
5
2021

Bunker Hill Community College Offers No-Cost English as a Second Language Classes

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) was awarded $250,000 from the City of Somerville’s Job Creation and Retention Trust Board. The grant project, entitled SELL –Somerville English Language Learners – is shared with employer partner East Somerville Main Streets (ESMS), the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS), and The Welcome Project (TWP). The funds will provide no-cost English as a Second Language classes and customer service training to low-income Somerville residents through June 2021. To learn more, visit https://www.bhcc.edu/somerville-esol/

Dec
23
2020

Bunker Hill Community College participates in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Performance Recognition Program

Each year Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) participates in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Performance Recognition Program, which is an opportunity to formally recognize state employees for their extraordinary contributions to public service.
Dec
22
2020

Bunker Hill Community College Receives 10-Year Accreditation from NECHE

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) received a continuation in accreditation status from the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). The accreditation establishes that the College has demonstrated itself to be educationally effective and a good steward of public resources. NECHE accreditation encompasses the entire institution and is a critical eligibility requirement for student access to federal financial aid as it allows BHCC to participate in Title V Pell grant funding. Over 60% of BHCC students receive financial aid to complete their studies. The continuation in accreditation will dramatically increase access and degree completion.
Dec
17
2020

Bunker Hill Community College Participates in Montgomery County Community College 26th Annual Technology and Learning Conference

On October 16, 2020, participants from around the world joined the Montgomery County Community College 2020 Technology and Learning Conference virtually. This year’s technology conference centered on the classroom in a virtual world, enhancing the student experience, technology beyond the classroom and what it means to be in the year of learning.
Dec
16
2020

Heading Home Responds to Call for Help in Partnership with Bunker Hill Community College Emergency Shelter for Women During COVID-19

With temperatures dropping and the impact of COVID-19 settling in on the poorest in our community, the demand for a good night’s sleep in a warm bed continues to rise. In response to a call from multiple state agencies and in conjunction with several key partners, Heading Home has stepped up to launch and oversee a 48-women’s only overnight shelter located at Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC).

 

 

Dec
16
2020

MA Student Advisory Council Scores Victory for Part-Time College Students

On Friday, December 11, Governor Baker made a change in state law that will allow the growing number of part-time students on public college and university campuses to serve as representatives of their student bodies. With two-thirds of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) students enrolled part-time, this progressive decision allows both full and part-time students to be involved in the BHCC community.
Dec
15
2020

Bunker Hill Community College Public Safety Department Promotes Police Transparency

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) Public Safety and Campus Police Department believes in fair and impartial policing in serving the diverse community at BHCC. As communities across the United States continue to contend with racism, the department supports the College’s mission to confront racial injustice. Understanding that transparency builds trust, the department created the Proactive Integrity Initiative that includes a Police Transparency and Accountability website.
Dec
10
2020

BHCC and The Boston Foundation Prepare Employers for Community College Interns

On Monday, November 16, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) and The Boston Foundation (TBF) co-hosted “Preparing Employers for Community College Interns: A Conversation about Equity and Cultural Wealth.”
Dec
9
2020

Katie Colello and Learn and Earn Program Receive Spotlight Award

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) Learn and Earn Internship Coordinator Katie Colello accepted the Strong Women in Action (SWIA) Spotlight Award on behalf of the College’s Learn and Earn program and the BHCC Foundation at the SWIA Annual Gala, held virtually on November 13, 2020. SWIA is dedicated to building a strong and effective network of partners and aims to empower families and break the cycle of family poverty in Massachusetts by promoting pathways to economic independence.

Nov
20
2020

Eye on Early Education Profiles Business Management Major Teresia Kiragu

Through an internship at Strategies for Children, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) Business Management major Teresia Kiragu has learned firsthand how the Massachusetts state budget distributes funds to schools. She learned that while Massachusetts has a strong early childhood education system, the state needs more funding to keep up with communities’ needs.
Nov
12
2020

President Eddinger delivers “Insights from the Pandemic” at Annual Dallas Herring Lecture

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) President Pam Eddinger presented “Insights from the Pandemic: The Reckoning and the Hope at Our Nation’s Community Colleges” at the Virtual Dallas Herring Lecture on Tuesday, November 10. The annual event is hosted by the North Carolina State University College of Education’s Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research, and honors Dallas Herring, founder of the North Carolina community college system.
Nov
12
2020

American Council on Education Recognizes BHCC Veterans Center

As part of a Veterans Day series on supporting veterans, the American Council on Education (ACE) recognized the work of the Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) Veterans Center in ensuring a smooth transition to college for student-veterans, active duty military, Guard/Reservists, and their eligible dependents. Over the past decade, BHCC’s Veterans Center has supported nearly 5,000 student-veterans in achieving their education goals, with nearly half transferring to four-year institutions.

Nov
5
2020

NCMPR Awards BHCC Three Medallions for Excellence in Publication Design and Communication

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) won three medallions from the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) for publications created by the College’s Integrated Marketing and Communications (IMC) Division.
Nov
4
2020

President Eddinger's Post-Election Reflections

Bunker Hill Community College | Office of the President

Dear Members of the College Community,

As I write you this morning, yesterday’s Presidential Election shows Biden-Harris at 238 electoral votes, Trump-Pence at 213, with a small number of states still tabulating. We do not currently have a definitive winner of the contest.  The final accounting and possible legal challenges might extend this uncertainty for a week or more.