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Bunker Hill Community College’s Learn and Earn Program Wins National Award

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Bunker Hill Community College’s Learn and Earn Internship Program, in partnership with the program’s founding sponsor, Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP), has received a national Award of Excellence in the Outstanding College/Corporate Partnership category from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). A committee of the AACC Board of Directors cited the innovative Learn and Earn paid internship program for its exceptional work in advancing student success.

Bill Swanson and BHCC President Pam Eddinger
Bill Swanson and Pam Eddinger

Pam Eddinger, President of Bunker Hill Community College, accepted the award at the AACC Awards of Excellence gala on April 20 in San Antonio, Texas. The AACC represents nearly 1,200 two-year associate degree-granting institutions and more than 13 million students. The Awards of Excellence program was created by AACC to celebrate the truly extraordinary—often visionary—work being done at community colleges.

"Together, we are cultivating learning excellence, creating a more competitive workforce, and inspiring social mobility,” said President Eddinger.

Working with MACP, the College launched the Learn and Earn program in 2012 with five leading corporations and 20 students. The program, which has now served 347 students, takes students into 15 of Greater Boston’s most prestigious firms, representing every major industry sector in the area. Employers have cited the benefits of working with the College’s diverse population of students, and more than 40 percent of Learn and Earn students have been offered continued work following their internships.

“Innovative programs like Learn and Earn put community colleges at the forefront of providing students with valuable skills for successful careers and providing industry with a competitive 21st century workforce. It has been a pleasure to partner and work with Bunker Hill Community College; President Eddinger and her team have been essential in the successful implementation of the program,” said MACP Chairman Bill Swanson, who is the Retired Chairman and CEO of Raytheon Company. “MACP is excited to continue our partnership with Bunker Hill Community College, and we hope that this collaboration can serve as a model.”

Greater Boston corporate partners in the Learn and Earn program include Bank of America, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, BJ’s Wholesale Club,The Boston Foundation, Dovetail Health, Eaton Vance, EMC, Fidelity Investments, Liberty Mutual, Raytheon, Staples, State Street, Suffolk Construction,UBS and Vertex Pharmaceuticals. The program is expected to continue to grow and add new partners. For more information, visit www.bhcc.edu/learnandearn.

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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.