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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 http://www.usefultraffic.com/somerville-esol/

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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.

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
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.
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!
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
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
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
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
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.

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.
Jul
2
2021

Request for Responses: Insurance Brokerage

Request for Responses for Insurance Brokerage RFR # BHCINSC21

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
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.
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.
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.

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
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
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
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
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
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.

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.
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
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
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.
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.
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