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Security & Safety Executive Director Dennis McCauley, Bucks County Community College accepts the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) Certificate of Accreditation from IACLEA President Paul Dean and IACLEA Executive Director Paul Cell

BCCC Office of Security and Safety Earns Accreditation

Bucks County Community College's Office of Security & Safety earns accreditation from International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.  (Second from the left) Security & Safety Executive Director Dennis McCauley, Bucks County Community College accepts the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) Certificate of Accreditation from IACLEA Director of Professional Services Jerry Murphy (first from the left), IACLEA President Paul Dean (second from right) and IACLEA Executive Director Paul Cell (first from right). [Newtown, PA] – Bucks County Community College today announced that its Office of Security & Safety has achieved accreditation from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), the leading authority for campus public safety. The Bucks Office of Security & Safety demonstrated to outside, impartial experts its compliance with national best-practice standards in the profession. Fewer than 100 agencies have earned this distinctive recognition. The Bucks Office of Security & Safety is now one of only two IACLEA-accredited campus safety agencies in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and one of only three community colleges nationwide to achieve the accreditation to date. “We congratulate the Bucks County Community College Office of Security & Safety on achieving IACLEA accreditation, a unique distinction among campus police and public safety agencies,” said IACLEA President Paul Dean. “The men and women protecting your campus have proven through policy and practice the commitment to operate at the highest level of the profession.” IACLEA accreditation signifies an agency’s ongoing commitment to excellence and state-of-the-art performance in every aspect of its operations. The standards guide the recruitment, selection, training, and professional development of agency personnel and overall agency operations. “The IACLEA accreditation is proof-positive of the steadfast work and attention-to-detail that that our campus safety team exhibits every day,” said Bucks County Community College President Patrick Jones. “Our security and safety professionals are focused on maintaining the highest standards of safety and security on each of our campuses throughout the county.” Among the many benefits of the accreditation are increased accountability from agency personnel and the agency as a whole and a commitment to continuous improvement to maintain excellent operations. “The accreditation is a direct result of our entire team’s professionalism and commitment to protecting the campus community, as well as the ongoing support from College leadership,” said Dennis McCauley, Executive Director of Security & Safety for the College. “It was truly an honor to accept the award on behalf of Security & Safety and Bucks County Community College.” Achieving accreditation was a multi-year undertaking in which department policies and procedures were completely revised to conform with the campus safety best practices specified by IACLEA's rigorous standards. As the final step in the process, a team of IACLEA assessors conducted a thorough review of the department’s policies and procedures followed by a three-day on-site visit in April 2024 during which they inspected Security & Safety's facilities and equipment, observed operations, met with team members, interviewed stakeholders, and invited public comment. Executive Director McCauley accepted the accreditation award on behalf of the Office of Security & Safety at IACLEA's National Conference on June 25, 2024. The IACLEA accreditation is valid for a four-year period after which the agency can apply for re-accreditation.     
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BCCC Launches 48th Annual Bucks County Poet Laureate Competition

 The 2024 search is on for the 48th annual Bucks County Poet Laureate, according to Bucks County Community College professor and director of the program, Ethel Rackin, Ph.D. The Bucks Laureate Program is one of the oldest in the country. It also holds a High School Poet Contest every spring. The Bucks County Poet Laureate Program is seeking the 2024 Laureate. The postmark deadline for submission to the competition is Friday, September 13, 2024. The winner of the competition will receive a $500 honorarium, a plaque from the Bucks County Commissioners, and a reading at Bucks County Community College in the fall with the previous year’s laureate, Tara Tamburello. The 2024 final judge will be Kasey Jueds. Keeper, Jueds’ first book, won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press, and was published by Pitt in 2013. Her second book, The Thicket, was published by Pitt in 2021. Jueds has been a resident at the Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Soapstone, and the Ucross Foundation; she has also been a visiting poet at the University of Pennsylvania, LaSalle College, and the University of Northern Colorado. She currently resides in New York State. Preliminary judge will be Thomas Devaney. Devaney is a poet, facilitator, and educator based in Philadelphia. He is a Pew Fellow in the Arts with a focus on city building and community engagement. He wrote and co-directed the film Bicentennial City with Green House Media (2020). Devaney is the author of Getting to Philadelphia (Hanging Loose Press, 2019) and You Are the Battery (Black Square Editions, 2019). Entrants to the competition must be Bucks County residents and 18 years or older. Poetry of any kind is welcome. The entry requires 10 poems, any style, form, or length. All work must be original, published or unpublished, typewritten or word-processed, one poem per page, in black ink. Poems and entry form must be submitted online. For more information, contact Dr. Ethel Rackin at
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Bucks Announces Virtual Information Session for UArts Students

 A virtual information session will be hosted by Bucks County Community College for first-and second-year University of the Arts (UArts) students to present various educational pathways on Tuesday, June 25 at 6 p.m. Students and parents can learn about the high-quality art disciplines available at Bucks, which has a long and deep arts heritage. Representatives from Admissions, Transfer Services and Financial Aid will be ready to answer your questions, including how to bring your financial aid with you! Bucks County is a well-established and vibrant center for the arts both regionally and nationally, and Bucks County Community College is a premier provider of collegiate arts education. The College is proud to be one of the few community colleges in the country accredited by both the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Whether you are a newly admitted UArts student or a currently enrolled UArts student, Bucks County Community College is ready to help you navigate this difficult time. If you enroll in one of our associate degree programs, you’ll be able to transfer to a baccalaureate program after you’ve had time to further develop your plans. Bucks County Community College offers the following arts degrees and certificate programs: Art and Art History, A.A. Cinema Video Production, A.F.A. Communication Studies, A.A. Dance, A.A. Fine Arts, A.F.A. Graphic Design, A.F.A. Multimedia & Digital Arts, A.F.A. Music, A.M.* Photography, A.F.A. Theater Arts, A.A. Creative Arts and Entrepreneurship, Certificate Furniture and Cabinetmaking, Certificate *Bucks County Community College School of Music is an All-Steinway School. Register to Attend To register to attend the Virtual Information Session, complete the online registration form. For more information, visit the College’s UArts website. Or complete the Request Information form.