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Bucks Cited as Top PA Community College for Transfer-Out RateA recent U.S. Department of Education report highlighting the top two- and four-year colleges and universities supporting student transfer was released earlier this month with groundbreaking data. Nearly 40% of students transfer at some point during their collegiate journey, and they lose more than 40% of their credits on average when they transfer from one institution to another resulting in lost time, money and all too often, the degree or certificate they are pursuing due to never completing their graduation requirements. As a result, the U.S. Department of Education has launched its “Raise the Bar: Attaining College Excellence and Equity” initiative with the goal of improving the student transfer process to boost degree completion by working with higher education leaders across the country. The Department of Education study looked at a substantial sample of students who began their collegiate journey in 2014. Bucks County Community College has the highest transfer-out rate (44 percent) of Title IV students among Pennsylvania community colleges. Title IV funding refers to federal financial aid such as Federal Direct Student Loans and Federal Pell Grants. Of the 700 Title IV students who started a 2-year cohort in 2014, 311 of those enrolled at a 4-year institution within eight years. In addition, the Bucks County Community College and Temple University transfer partnership was recognized as having the best completion rate in the state. “Students participating in the Temple University dual admission transfer agreement benefit from being conditionally accepted to Temple, having their application fee waived and access to merit scholarships up to $2,000 per year depending on their GPA,” according to Bucks’ Provost, Kelly Kelleway, PhD. Dr. Kelleway adds, “Bucks has dual admission agreements with 28 colleges and universities providing many options to students seeking a bachelor’s degree.” In total, the College has transfer and general articulation agreements with more than 66 institutions. However, the Department of Education’s “Raise the Bar” initiative is not focused exclusively on four-year degree pathways. The effort involves improving access for students from all socio-economic backgrounds to succeed in whichever academic or occupational pathway they choose. In fact, the focus of the initiative in 2024 will be on improving completion rates and ensuring student outcomes lead to better employment and earnings potential. Bucks County Community College stands ready to meet the needs of academic-minded and career-focused students alike. With 23 occupational degrees resulting in an associate degree and 27 short-term certificate programs, Bucks helps prepare students for entry-level positions in the workforce as well as career advancement in a wide gamut of professions ranging from culinary arts to diagnostic medical sonography, information technology to brewing and fermentation science, and furniture/cabinetmaking to firefighting. In total, there are more than 90 transfer and occupational majors available at Bucks. In addition, there are numerous career and technical education and training programs, many with funding provided through grants and free to eligible students.
Bucks County Short Fiction Contest Announces WinnersThe Bucks County Short Fiction Contest is pleased to announce the winners for Fall 2023. Jennifer Fritch of New Hope won first place for her story, “Hungry.” LWC Allingham of Doylestown captured second place for “Cellar Door.” Lonn Braender of Washington Crossing took third place for “Red Spinny Dress.” Philadelphia writer Emma Copley Eisenberg, author of the nonfiction book The Third Rainbow Girl, and the upcoming novel Housemates, was the final judge. The contest is open to adults who are residents of Bucks County. The winners will receive honoraria of $200, $100, and $50, respectively. The contest is funded by Bucks County Community College and receives support from the Department of Language and Literature. Professor Elizabeth Luciano is the contest administrator. A contest for high-school students will be held next spring.
"Skull Sessions" Group Art Exhibition Opens November 20 at BCCCThe Hicks Art Center Gallery at Bucks County Community College is pleased to announce the opening of the group art exhibition, “Skull Sessions,” on view from November 20, 2023–January 6, 2024. The Gallery is located in the Hicks Art Center building on the campus of Bucks County Community College in Newtown, Pennsylvania. From realism to narrative installation, the artworks in the exhibition “Skull Sessions” represent a current survey of the range of genres in which artists amongst their art group peers are currently practicing. The title of the exhibition takes its name from the strategy-building sessions that are more typically associated with athletics—especially football. In “Skull Sessions,” the art will speak for the artist with ideas shared and communicated to the viewers as if they are players on a united team. Like an art fair format, the artworks and installations in “Skull Sessions” will be arranged within the areas of Hicks Art Center designated to the following 20 diﬀerent artist-run collectives and cultural organizations in the Bucks County and Philadelphia regions: African American Museum of Bucks County Art at Kings Oaks Arts and Cultural Council of Bucks County ARTWRKD Automat fjord Grizzly Grizzly Newtown Historic Association Past Present Projects Peep Projects Pink Noise Projects Rush Arts Philadelphia Space 1026 Termite TV Collective The Upstairs Gallery of Bucks County Vox Populi Zach's Crab Shack The groups will be represented by artworks or displays from their board members, curators, directors, or members at large, some of whom do not often exhibit their own works collectively. “Skull Sessions” will oﬀer a unique opportunity for the public to see the 20 participating artist-run spaces and cultural organizations in one location together for the ﬁrst time ever. There will be an opening reception on December 6, 2023, from 4–7:30 p.m. at Hicks Art Center. All are invited and welcome to meet the artists and cultural organizations’ members. Free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Saturdays from 12–4 p.m. Please note that the gallery will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday November 22–November 25. For winter break, the gallery will be closed from December 22, 2023–January 2, 2024. For more information, please visit Hicks Art Center Gallery or call 215-968-8425. [Image: Avtomat, Death Buy Adidas, digital print on acrylic, dimensions variable, 2010 courtesy of Rush Arts Philadelphia]
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The brand-new state-of-the-art Center for Advanced Technologies (CAT) has been designed to ignite a spark in Bucks County and the surrounding areas. Located on the Epstein Campus at Lower Bucks in Bristol Township, the Center houses in-demand advanced manufacturing training and workforce programs.