Bunker Hill Community College
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|Bunker Hill Community College|
The main entrance to Bunker Hill Community College (The "B" building)
|Motto||Learning for the Real World|
|President||Pam Y. Eddinger (July 1, 2013-) 12
Mary L. Fifield (1997-2013)
|Students||more than 14,000 (2013)|
|Location||Charlestown, Massachusetts, US|
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is a two-year community college situated on 42 acres located in Charlestown, Massachusetts, a neighborhood of Boston and in the vicinity of Bunker Hill, site of the Battle of Bunker Hill in the American Revolutionary War.
BHCC is the largest community college in Massachusetts.
It is a commuter school in that it has no dormitories or housing available for students. It is directly located at an MBTA Orange Line subway stop called Community College and also has many parking spaces for students' cars right on its campus.
The College enrolls more than 14,000 students in day, afternoon, evening, late-evening, midnight, weekend, in web-based and distance-learning courses, and programs each semester. BHCC is one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in Massachusetts. Sixty-seven percent of the students are people of color and more than half of BHCC's students are women. The College also enrolls more than 800 international students who come from approximately 100 countries and speak more than 75 languages, making BHCC one of the most cosmopolitan institutions of higher education in New England.3
A secondary campus is located in Chelsea, Massachusetts in the historic Old Post Office Building in Bellingham Square, and there are three satellite locations in East Boston, Malden, Massachusetts, and Boston's South End. The college is part of the Massachusetts community colleges network.
In recent years, the institution has rapidly gained recognition in the city, the state and beyond due to its graduates successfully transferring into more prestigious programs elsewhere, as well as hailed for its innovative distance learning methods and workforce education. The college was awarded nearly $2 million in federal funds from the United States Department of Education to boost graduation rates among first-time, full-time students.
BHCC was awarded an Achieving the Dream grant from the Lumina Foundation which will dedicate up to $450,000 toward supporting student success at the college.
The college was featured in the movie Good Will Hunting, as the location where Robin Williams' character teaches. BHCC behavioral science chairperson, John P. Reeves, served as a model for Williams’ character.5
On July 1, 2013, Dr. Pam Y. Eddinger became BHCC's seventh president, replacing Dr. Mary L. Fifield who retired after 16 years of presidency.
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- Bunker Hill Community College Magazine, Summer 2013
- "Pam Y. Eddinger ’82 named president of Bunker Hill Community College", Barnard Alumnae, Barnard College, New York City
- About Bunker Hill Community College - BHCC website
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