Bristol Community College (BCC) was instituted by the Massachusetts Board of Regional Community Colleges in 1965. Since 1968, this two-year college has been helping more than 28,000 Bristol County learners fulfill their goals to earn a degree, access work-related instruction, and find additional educational opportunities. The school’s main campus is located in Fall River. There are also campuses in New Bedford and Attleboro, as well as satellite campuses in Taunton and New Bedford.
Students can pursue more than 100 academic programs, including Associate Degree of Arts, Associate Degree of Science, Associates of Applied Science, certificates, and a wide range of others academic courses. The Adult Basic Education Program provides each and every adult with the opportunity to attain the basic educational skills essential to support their needs as citizens, workers, parents, and lifelong learners. Adult learners also have the opportunity to take courses in writing, reading, and math as well as preparation to take the GED test.
The Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Program provides an excellent opportunity for eligible high school students to register at the institute as non degree students, and have the courses be acknowledged toward degree completion at both the College and the student’s high school.
The Eileen T. Farley Learning Resources Center is considered one of the most comprehensive centers in the Massachusetts community college system. It provides access to several medium needed for scholarship and recreation.
Online education enables customized learning experiences to match your learning styles, educational goals, and add some flexibility to your schedule. The online programs are perfect for students who are unable to attend a traditional college due to personal and professional reasons. Some of the online programs and certificates offered are Accounting, Business Administration, Complementary Healthcare, Computer Information Systems, Office Administration, Medical Administrative Assistant, Legal Office Assistant, Multimedia Development, Office Technology Manager, Therapeutic Massage, and Phlebotomy.
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Students seeing admission to an associate’s degree program should have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate. Applicants do not need to provide standardized test results. However, some programs (such as culinary arts, dental hygiene, complementary healthcare, healthcare information, clinical laboratory science, medical assisting, and histology) have an extremely competitive enrollment. Applicants seeking to transfer from another college or university must send the completed application form along with official transcripts from all previously attended institutes.
International students are encouraged to apply for admission and must submit the completed application form, secondary school or high school official transcripts, local address in Massachusetts or Rhode Island, proof of financial support, and a proof of proficiency in the English language.
Providing equal opportunities for education to all students is a huge belief at this college therefore it provides financial assistance to help students pay for college. Financial aid is offered through various mediums such as grants, scholarships, loans, and student employment programs. Grants and scholarships are gift aids that need not be returned. Some of them are Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Teach Grant, MassGrant, Massachusetts Tuition Waiver, Massachusetts Furcolo Grant, Massachusetts Part Time Grant, Massachusetts Paraprofessional Teacher Prep Grant, Rhode Island State Grant, Rhode Island Academic Promise Scholarship, and BCC Presidential Scholarship.
Loans are the type of financial aid that must be returned with interest. The school participates in Federal Direct Loans, which include Stafford Subsidized, Stafford Unsubsidized, and Parent Loans (PLUS). Federal Work Study (FWS) and Student Employment (SEP) programs that enable students to take up part time jobs to meet higher education expenses are available. Apart from helping students pay for college, these programs also help them gain work experience in their field of interest.
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There are a plethora of events and activities for the overall development of the students. The campus is home to several student clubs and organizations that plan cultural, social, educational, and community service projects. Some of the registered organizations are A’ La Mode, Bristol CC Gaming Association, Bristol Radio Club, Clinical Lab Science, Club Theater, Comp HC/ Massage Club, Deaf Studies, Dental Hygiene Club, Criminal Justice Society, Engineering Club, Gay/Straight Alliance, Medical Assisting Club, Music Club, NALS, Nursing Club, Occupational Therapy Assistants Club, Portuguese Club, and Skills USA.
The school offers a variety of career-related services designed to guide students during their time at the college. Career Services assist students and alumni recognize and pursue rewarding careers through an assortment of programs and services. The institution also offers programs to aid employers seeking talented students or alumni. Some of the other services include career planning, workshops, resume review and critique sessions, job fairs, and on-campus interviews.
The Office of Disability Services provides a full range of advocacy services to the students with documented disabilities. The Center provides special support services that enable the students with disabilities to fully partake in the life of the academic community. Some of the services include classroom accommodations, compensation for learning weaknesses, resources to faculty and staff to know more about learning disabilities and devise good teaching strategies.
The Counseling Center provides services to support students and help them engage in their academic studies purposefully. The center provides personal and professional support and services such as finding a job, choosing a career, deciding on a major, and planning to transfer to a four-year college or University. The professionals also provide personal counseling to help students stay mentally and emotionally stable.
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The Bee’s athletic department sponsors men’s and women’s sports teams such as men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball. The College participates in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
Well-known alumni include:
- Howard Tinberg, noted professor of English
- Dana Mohler-Faria, former Assistant Dean
- David B. Sullivan, member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
- William E. Kaufman, noted Professor of Philosophy and author of several theology books
The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The institute also holds other discipline based accreditations from agencies such as the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, the National League for Nursing and the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, the American Health Information Management Association, and the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).
Justine Ventimiglia graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Currently residing in a 1950’s modest ranch in Metro Detroit, she enjoys researching and writing about Mid Century Modern furniture and decor as she works on restoring her home and documenting the process.