Bunker Hill Community College Awarded $1.2M Trio Talent Search Grant by U.S. Department of Education
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) has received a $1.2 million federal TRiO Talent Search Grant from the United States Department of Education. The funds, to be awarded over five years, will support the College’s TRiO Program, which provides college access services to prospective low-income, first-generation college students from Chelsea Public Schools as well as to local youths who have left high school and wish to return to school. Since 2011, the TRiO Chelsea Program has provided academic advising, career exploration, financial literacy, college visits and college and financial aid application support to more than 1,000 Chelsea youths from grades 7-12.
“TRiO has been an incredible partner and resource for our students,” said CHS Principal Priti Johari. “With the support of TRiO, our students are graduating from high school and leaving with concrete plans for their futures. I am looking forward to our ongoing partnership and to breaking new ground as we build out our Early College Program.” BHCC’s Early College program at CHS allows students to earn college credits while they are still enrolled in high school.
“In a short time, this partnership has created a strong pathway to college for Chelsea High School students,” added BHCC President Pam Eddinger. “Our community partnerships are an important part of the College’s commitment to making higher education more accessible to Boston-area residents.”
In partnership with the Chelsea High Early College Program, the TRiO Chelsea Program helps students begin their major-specific coursework early in their education, allowing them to complete their degree programs on time or even early. With thirty-five percent of TRiO graduates intending to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields, many are able to take advantage of programs such as the BHCC STEM Starter Academy and accelerated math programs designed to jump-start students’ major-specific courses. Plans are underway to further develop an associate degree pathway program between CHS and BHCC over the next five years.
Ninety-two percent of BHCC’s TRiO Chelsea participants graduate from high school in four years, with more than 85% of graduates going on to enroll in post-secondary education. Five TRiO graduates are current Posse Scholars, and three have received the Christian A. Herter Memorial Scholarship from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
About Bunker Hill Community College
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.