Press Release

Governor Patrick Describes Progress in Education at Bunker Hill Community College

Thursday, October 23, 2014

In what is likely his final visit to Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) as Governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick this morning described the state’s ongoing commitment to education in Massachusetts. “Education is the single most important work we have before us,” he told a gathering of BHCC faculty, staff, students and friends of the College. Accompanying the Governor were key members of his administration, including Secretary of Education Matthew Malone, Commissioner of Higher Education Richard Freeland and Chair of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education Charles Desmond.

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“We rank Number One in the nation in student achievement,” the Governor said, citing statistics reflecting progress made in the last eight years while noting that much remains to be done.  He urged reformers to avoid both “nostalgia” and the “I know better syndrome” as they look to the future of education in the state. The danger of nostalgia, he said, is that “things have changed” in recent times, and the “I know better syndrome” suggests easy answers to complex problems.

Amy Young, secretary for the Bunker Hill Community College Board of Trustees, greeted the Governor in lieu of BHCC President Pam Eddinger, who was attending a trustees conference with BHCC Board Chair Marita Rivero in Chicago. Young pointed to BHCC’s recent honor in being invited for the third time in the last year to the White House as one of the 50 leader colleges in community college reform.

Secretary of Education Matthew Malone introduced the JROTC Color Guard from Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, who presented the colors for the Pledge of Allegiance. Malone thanked the Governor for his leadership, praised the state’s teachers as “the best in the nation” and introduced Darlene White-Dottin and her first grade students from Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School in Roxbury, who performed a series of poems to enthusiastic applause from the audience. 

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About Bunker Hill Community College
With more than 50 years of academic excellence, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is Massachusetts' largest community college, annually welcoming a diverse community of around 16,000 students. With campuses in Charlestown and Chelsea, BHCC extends its reach across several locations in Greater Boston. The College offers associate degrees and certificates, early college and dual enrollment, community education, corporate training, and industry-specific training programs. BHCC is celebrated for its diversity, boasting a student body where 65% identify as people of color and more than half are women. The College also embraces a global perspective, with over 600 international students representing 90 countries and conversing in more than 65 languages. Our commitment to diversity is further reflected in BHCC's designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI).