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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.

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. 

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.

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.
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
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
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. 

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).

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
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.  

Dec
16
2021

The Boston Foundation Awards $15K in Recognition of Learn and Earn Program

The Boston Foundation (TBF) announced that Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) has been selected as a runner up recipient of the 7th Annual Deval Patrick Prize for Community Colleges. This is the first time TBF awarded a runner-up prize and BHCC received $15,000 for their ‘Learn and Earn’ program, which provides internships for a wide variety of BHCC students at local organizations and businesses. In 2017, BHCC received the Annual Deval Patrick Prize for Community Colleges for its Learn and Earn program and was awarded $50,000. Recently, BHCC has redesigned and expanded Learn and Earn to ensure that the program met the needs of students with a range of interests and needs.
Dec
15
2021

BHCC Board Member Joins AGB Council for Student Success

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is pleased to share the announcement of Dr. R. Kelly Cameron, BHCC Board of Trustees member, on the appointment to the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) Council for Student Success. Established in 2021, the Council leverages the experience, perspectives, and insights of its members with active leadership roles to develop AGB expertise designed to strengthen strategic board governance across higher education.

Dec
7
2021

English Professor Enzo Surin Wins Massachusetts Center for the Book Poetry Prize

The Massachusetts Center for the Book (MCB) awarded Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) English Professor Enzo Silon Surin The Poetry Award for When My Body Was A Clinched Fist. A debut collection about coming of age in New York during the 1990s, it describes the poverty and violence of that time and place with eloquence and sensitivity.

Nov
23
2021

Bunker Hill Community College President Pam Eddinger named one of Boston Business Journal's 2021 Power 50 “Movement Makers”

The Boston Business Journal has named Pam Eddinger, President of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC), among its honorees in its “The Movement Makers: Boston Business Journal's Power 50.”
Nov
8
2021

BHCC President Pam Eddinger Makes Top 100 Women-Led Businesses List

The Commonwealth Institute (TCI) and Boston Globe Magazine announced today the 2021 edition of the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts list and Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) President Pam Eddinger landed number 38 out of 100 women on this distinguished list.
Nov
8
2021

BHCC Alum Joins Bunker Hill Community College Board of Trustees

Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) welcomes Yamileth Lopez as a new member of the Board of Trustees. Appointed to the board on September 15, 2021, by Governor Charlie Baker, Yamileth brings expertise in accounting and extensive work with not-for-profit organizations.
Nov
4
2021

BHCC Men’s Soccer To Compete in National Championship

The Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) Men’s Soccer Team won the 2021 NJCAA Northeast Region XXI tournament to punch their ticket, with seven other teams from across the nation, to the NJCAA Division III Men’s National Soccer Championship. The tournament will be in Herkimer, New York on November 10-14, 2021.
Oct
28
2021

A Compelling Conversation with Philonise Floyd

On Thursday, October 21, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) welcomed Philonise Floyd, brother of the late George Floyd, to speak as part of BHCC’s 2021-2022 Compelling Conversations Speaker Series. Since the tragic loss of his brother George’s life in 2020, Philonise Floyd has begun advocating against police violence in this country.
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.