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2023 Womens Power Panelists

Women’s History Month Events Include Panels, Forums and a Pop-up Exhibit

In honor of Women’s History Month, Bucks County Community College presents two free forums on Thursday, March 23. In addition, college president Dr. Felicia Ganther will be a featured speaker in a virtual forum hosted by Guttman Community College in New York City on March 30. And the Library is hosting a pop-up exhibition from the African American Museum of Bucks County, featuring the historic contributions of women of color, March 20 – 31 at the Newtown Campus. Women’s Power Panel at Newtown The Office of Community & Government Relations presents the second annual Women’s Power Panel at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at the Newtown Campus and live on Zoom. Interim Associate Vice President of Advancement Christina Kahmar will moderate the discussion, centered on the national theme for Women’s History Month, “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Story.” The panelists will discuss the obstacles, challenges, and opportunities they encountered on their paths to success. The panelists are: Sara Araya, JD, Loan officer, Advisors Mortgage Group LLC Dr. Vail P. Garvin, FACHE, President Emerita, Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Silvi Haldipur, President, Desis of Doylestown Adrienne King, President, The PairUP Society The Women’s Power Panel takes place at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23 in the Gallagher Room, located in the Rollins Center on the campus at 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa., 18940. It will be streamed live on Zoom for those who register. The event is free and open to the public. Women in Politics Share Forum at Bristol Meanwhile, the Social and Behavioral Science Department presents the Political Power Hour: Women in Politics at noon Thursday, March 23, at the Epstein Campus at Lower Bucks and live on Zoom. Moderated by faculty member Bill Pezza, the forum features the following participants: Hon. Tina Davis (D-141), State Representative Hon. Diane Ellis-Marseglia (D), Bucks County Commissioner Cathy Horwatt, Bucks County League of Women Voters Hon. Kristin Marcell (R-178), State Representative Tiffany Thomas-Smith, Esq., (D), former candidate, Bucks County Court of Common Pleas Hon. Kathleen “K.C.” Tomlinson (R-18), State Representative The Political Power Hour takes place in the Student Commons on the campus, located at 1304 Veterans Highway, Bristol, Pa., 19007. It will be streamed live on Zoom for those who register. The event is free and open to the public Dr. Ganther Joins Presidential Panel in NYC Bucks County Community College president Felicia L. Ganther, J.D., Ph.D., is a featured panelist on Guttman Community College’s President’s Speaker Series at noon Thursday, March 30. The virtual forum will be hosted by Dr. Larry D. Johnson, president of the college that’s part of the City University of New York (CUNY). The topic is “Woman King: Challenging Hierarchical Norms in the 21st Century.” Pop-up History Comes to Newtown The African American Museum of Bucks County brings its pop-up exhibition celebrating the historic contributions of women of color to Bucks County Community College’s Newtown Library. Located inside the main entrance, the exhibition is free and open to the public March 20 – 31 during library hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The Library can be accessed through the Gateway Center building entrance on the campus at 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa. For more information on Women’s History Month events at Bucks County Community College, contact the Office of Community and Government Relations at
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BCCC and Philadelphia Building Trades Announce Historic New Partnership

Officials of Bucks County Community College (BCCC) and the Philadelphia Building & Construction Trades Council today announced the launch of the “Bucks County Community College Building & Construction Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program”, which is believed to be the first of its kind in Pennsylvania. The 11-week course offers BCCC students the opportunity to study many skilled Building Trades disciplines. Skilled building and construction workers are in high demand. To help fill the need, BCCC has partnered with local Building Trades unions to offer its students free training and career service assistance. The launch of this new program is funded through a PA Department of Labor and Industry PAsmart grant. Participants will learn from industry experts with extensive experience in their fields at the state-of-the-art Center for Advanced Technologies (CAT) on the Gene and Marlene Epstein Campus at Lower Bucks in Bristol, PA. The 11-week, 288-hour curricula will provide the fundamental education necessary for graduates to apply for a Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) to potentially secure a high-paying, family-sustaining job. Additionally, students will earn OSHA-10 and Aerial Platform Lift Safety certificates. “The Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council is ecstatic to be partnering with Bucks County Community College on this unprecedented new Pre-Apprenticeship Program,” said Building Trades Business Manager Ryan N. Boyer. “This innovative program, taught by our experienced Trades’ instructors, will provide students who are interested in a career in the unionized construction trades with industry-specific knowledge and a significant edge on other apprentice training program applicants.” “Bucks County Community College is proud to join forces with the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council in this historic partnership,” said Dr. Felicia L. Ganther, President of Bucks County Community College. “Bucks is committed to providing students with pathways to meaningful and relevant career opportunities, and this collaboration furthers that commitment. We are thrilled to welcome our first cohort of students to this inaugural program!” Joining Boyer and Dr. Ganther on the dais were BCCC Board Chair Tom Jennings and Associate Vice President Tracy Timby. For many young people, a traditional four-year college degree is not a viable option, for various reasons. The Philadelphia Building & Construction Trades Council Apprenticeship programs provide young people with the opportunity to “earn while they learn”, along with entry into family-sustaining careers in the unionized construction industry, upon graduation. This unique Pre-Apprenticeship Program being offered by BCCC and the Trades offers participants a potential gateway into a highly-coveted Philadelphia Building Trades Apprenticeship Training Program. The inaugural cohort of the BCCC Pre-Apprenticeship Program begins April 10, 2023 and will feature a total of eight students. With the current staff of seven Building Trades instructors, the BCCC Pre-Apprenticeship Program can accommodate as many as 32 students over the next two years under current grant funding. For more information, contact Program Manager Christine Harvie at

Start Smart at Bucks County Community College


Since you’re reading this right now, you’re likely already thinking about college and what that journey will look like. Maybe you’re still in high school or a recent grad. Perhaps you’re a parent doing some incognito research to give your child a “gentle reminder” to think about their future. Or maybe you’ve been at a job for a few years and are now ready to work towards your degree. No matter what your student story is, we at Bucks County Community College are here to help you start smart. Now that sounds great, but I’m sure you’re wondering what “start smart” actually means. To put it simply, it means to achieve all of your academic goals through an affordable, quality education, which we are proud to offer you here at Bucks. But don’t just take our word for it. Here are 4 reasons why beginning your academic career at Bucks is a smart decision: SAVE $$$ You don’t have to pay top dollar for a quality education. Period. Our tuition rates can save you THOUSANDS over the course of your degree. TRANSFER WITH EASE Have your sights set on a bachelor’s degree? We can help get you there. We have more than 25 admission agreements with local colleges + universities that allow the credits you take here to be seamlessly transferred, and you can continue your studies without skipping a beat. TAKE CLASSES NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE Don’t live in Bucks County? No problem! We offer a variety of remote learning course options that you can access wherever you are, including dozens of degrees and certificate programs that can be completed 100% online. YOU'RE NEVER JUST A NUMBER We know it’s a cliché, but it’s true here at Bucks. Whether you’re taking in-person, online, hybrid, or hy-flex courses, our small class and campus sizes allow you to develop strong relationships with your professors, our staff, and your classmates. Whether you need some extra help with your math homework, are confused about your financial aid package, require accommodations, or have questions about anything at all, we’re here for you.  Ready to start smart at Bucks? Our admissions team is happy to help get you started and answer any questions! Click here for more info or email

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Bucks holds a commencement ceremony every spring in May. Eligible graduates from that year are welcomed to walk in the ceremony. Details about commencement are announced during the Spring semester.