History

About the College

Bucks County Community College was founded in 1964 as the first public two-year college in the county. Sponsored by the County of Bucks under provisions of the state’s Community College Act, the College’s first 15-member Board of Trustees was appointed on October 5, 1964, by the County Commissioners.

Three months later, the site of the College was determined when the county acquired 200 acres of the former 2,000 acre Tyler Estate in Newtown Township from Temple University. The estate had been bequeathed to Temple in 1963 by Mrs. Stella Elkins Tyler, a sculptress and patron of the arts who had been a university trustee for 20 years.

Over the years the Newtown campus continued to grow. In 1968 the first major expansion included construction of Founders Hall, the Library (currently Pemberton Hall), the Gymnasium and pool, and the Student Union Building (now named the Charles E. Rollins Center).

The 1972 expansion included construction of Penn Hall, a new Library, including an audio-visual center, an auditorium and two television studios; conversion of the original Library into Pemberton Hall, which housed a computer lab and the Admissions, Records and Registration office; and conversion of the former Computer Center in a carriage-style garage into the Hicks Art Center.

A facility for Fine Woodworking was added to the Hicks Art Center in 1980. In 1994, the Music and Multimedia Center was constructed for the College’s music and communication students. The 3D Arts building opened in 2002, providing extensive modern facilities for sculpture, ceramics and glassblowing programs, which had been housed in the Barn on the East end of campus.

The Early Learning Center, a childcare center for children of students and staff, opened in 1973 and moved to its own building behind Founders Hall in 1987. The Gateway Center, which houses science labs, a teleconference center and computer classrooms, was constructed in 1999, expanding the Library.  A new home for the Wellness Center, adjacent to the gym, was added in 2002.   An 11,900-square-foot Allied Health building, adjacent to the Music and Multimedia Center, opened in 2006 to house the College's Practical Nursing, Radiography, and Allied Health programs.

 Extensive renovations of the Newtown campus include the "extremem makeover" of the Quad, Gyn, and Pemberton hall area into a "Newtown Commons" in 2012, complete with a geotherman heating system, air-conditioned gymnasium, and 9,000 square feet of office and public meeting spaces.  The Cafeteria, Gallagher Room, Fireside Lounge, Clubs and Organizations area, and Student Services offices were also recently renovated in the Rollins Center, while Admissions, Registration, Financial Aid, and Student Accounts were consolidate into The Hub between Pemberton and Rollins.

To better serve the needs of the entire county, the College opened a 55,000-square-foot Lower Bucks Campus in 2007, complete with science labs, classrooms, and meeting rooms. The facility replaced the Bristol Center, which opened in 1989 in a nearby office park.  Meanwhile, the Upper Bucks Campus in East Rockhill Township in Perkasie, which opened in 1999, unveiled a 26,000-square-foot expansion in 2010. Both the Lower Bucks and Upper Bucks campuses are silver LEED qualified buildings using geothermal heating systems and the latest in sustainable building and design.

BCCC Foundation

The Bucks County Community College Foundation was established in 1982 as a non-profit educational trust under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code to provide expanded resources for the growth and development of Bucks County Community College.

In its quest to advance the College as a community of excellence, the Foundation proactively approaches the private sector of the Bucks County community to secure financial support and other assistance. This community support enhances the College’s ongoing activities and programs as well as initiates new services and programs not adequately funded through traditional sources.

Foundation funds support instructional resources, campus facilities, scholarships and awards, cultural activities and special College projects. The Foundation assists donors in creating the maximum benefit from their gifts, thereby enabling immediate and endowment goals to be enjoyed by both the College and the benefactor. In addition to soliciting and receiving funds and other gifts on behalf of the College, the Foundation encourages community awareness through special events, such as the annual Tyler Tasting Party, Golf Classic, and 'Salute to Mothers' Scholarship Tea.

The Foundation is administered by an executive director and governed by a board of directors. These volunteers are leaders in business, industry, education, health care, community services and the arts throughout Bucks County. For more information about the Foundation, call 215-968-8224, e-mail foundation@bucks.edu, or visit the web site at www.bucks.edu/foundation.