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Bunker Hill Community College Students Honored by Boston Private Industry Council

Thursday, September 19, 2013

One student and two graduates of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) were among those recognized by the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) at its annual meeting at the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston on September 11. Recipients of the PIC Achievers Award included Sharaad Chase, a student in BHCC’s Emergency Medical Technology program; Felix Tejeda, a graduate of BHCC now in his senior year at Suffolk University; and Daniel Velasquez, a graduate of BHCC now working as Admissions Recruitment Counselor at the College.

BHCC President Pam Y. Eddinger, Ph.D., was among the event’s speakers, who included Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino; Gary L. Gottlieb, Chair of the PIC Board of Directors and President/CEO of Partners Healthcare; Neil Sullivan, PIC Executive Director; and Valerie R. Roberson, President of Roxbury Community College. Dr. Eddinger praised the work of the Boston PIC under the leadership of Gottlieb and Sullivan.  “Their vision and commitment have made a genuine difference in the lives of our students,” she said.”The work of the Private Industry Council in bringing together education and workforce development is ultimately about social change and social mobility. It is a means to an end, which is to enable the diverse population of Boston to play a genuine role in both the economic and the civic life of our community.”

The PIC Achievers Award goes annually to those who exemplify the Private Industry Council’s mission of connecting the youth and adults of Boston to the mainstream economy through education and employment. A nonprofit organization, the PIC connects business, the Boston Public Schools, higher education, government, labor and community organizations to create innovative workforce and education solutions that benefit Boston residents and businesses alike.

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Bunker Hill Community College is the largest community college in Massachusetts, enrolling approximately 18,000 students annually. BHCC has two campuses in Charlestown and Chelsea, and a number of other locations throughout the Greater Boston area. BHCC is one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in Massachusetts. Sixty-five percent of the students are people of color and more than half of BHCC's students are women. The College also enrolls nearly 600 international students who come from 94 countries and speak more than 75 languages.