Bunker Hill Community College

Bunker Hill Community College is a two-year, multi-campus community college serving the Greater Boston area. Founded in 1973 in the Charlestown neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, BHCC provides higher education and job training services at two campuses and three satellite locations.

Bunker Hill Community College
The main entrance to Bunker Hill Community College (The "B" building)
Other name
TypeCommunity College
Established1973 (1973)
PresidentPam Eddinger
Location, ,
42.375566°N 71.069816°W / 42.375566; -71.069816

BHCC is the state's largest community college, enrolling more than 13,000 students[4] in day, afternoon, evening, late-evening, midnight, weekend, in web-based and distance-learning courses. It is also one of the state's most diverse institutions of higher education: 24% of the students are African-American, 24% are white or caucasian, and 24% Latino.[4] More than half are women. Students' average age is 27.[4] The college enrolls more than 800 international students who come from about 100 countries and speak more than 75 languages.[5]


Bunker Hill Community College's 42-acre (17 ha; 0.066 sq mi) main campus is in Boston's Charlestown neighborhood, on the site of the former Charlestown State Prison that closed in 1955.[6] It is served by the MBTA Orange Line rapid transit station called Community College, and sits near the site of the 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill in the American Revolutionary War.

Since 1987, a second campus has provided higher education and job training to residents of Chelsea, Revere, Everett, East Boston, Winthrop and other surrounding communities.[7] This campus moved several time until settling in 1998 into a former post office in Bellingham Square. The two-story 1910 brick structure had been vacant for a decade before being donated to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.[8]

In Boston's South End, BHCC worked with Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA), a community-based organization, to establish the Pathway Technology Campus (PTC) in Villa Victoria, a predominantly-Latino affordable-housing community. PTC helps residents of the South End and Lower Roxbury earn a GED certificate, take adult education (ESL, Basic English and Math) classes, and to enroll in community college-level classes.[9]

Since 2007, BHCC has operated an East Boston Satellite campus at the Education and Training Institute of the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. It offers introductory and allied health courses in the evening during the fall, spring and summer terms.[10]

Established in fall 2009, the Malden Satellite is based at Malden High School in Malden, Massachusetts, and offers introductory and college-level courses in the evening during the fall and spring semesters.[11]

In recent years, the institution has rapidly gained recognition in the city, the state, and beyond as its graduates transferred into more prestigious programs elsewhere. It has been 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 recently 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 Dr. Sean Maguire (Robin Williams) teaches. BHCC behavioral science chairperson, John P. Reeves, served as a model for Williams’ Maguire.[12]

On July 1, 2013, Dr. Pam Y. Eddinger became BHCC's seventh president, replacing Dr. Mary L. Fifield, who retired after 16 years.[13]

Notable alumni


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  2. "Pam Y. Eddinger ’82 named president of Bunker Hill Community College", Barnard Alumnae, Barnard College, New York City
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  4. Wickersham, Joan (2017-02-24). "Cooking up a better future". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
  5. About Bunker Hill Community College - BHCC website
  6. Barbo, Theresa Mitchell. The Cape Cod Murder of 1899: Edwin Ray Snow's Punishment and Redemption. The History Press, 2007. ISBN 1-59629-227-X, 9781596292277. Cf. Chapter 4, p.29.
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  8. "Rehabilitation of the Chelsea Post Office. 1997". preservationnation.org. National Trust for Historic Preservation. 10 June 1998. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
  9. Desmarais, Nartin (25 October 2013). "IBA celebrates 45 years of building community". baystatebanner.com. Bay State Banner. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
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  11. "Malden Satellite". bhcc.edu. Bunker Hill Community College. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
  12. Sloane, Wick (September 11, 2009). "Teaching After Midnight". Inside Higher Ed. Archived from the original on 2009-09-14.
  13. Moore, Mary (30 April 2013). "Bunker Hill Community College names new president". bizjournals.com/boston. Boston Business Journal. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
  14. "Jahar's World". Rolling Stone. 2013-07-17. Retrieved 2018-09-23. After graduating in 2006, [Tamerlan] enrolled at Bunker Hill Community College to study accounting, but attended for just three semesters before dropping out.
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