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Foundation Celebrates 40th Anniversary Date with $100 Awards for 40 students

(Newtown, PA) – Chartered on August 12, 1982, tomorrow marks the Bucks County Community College Foundation’s 40th Anniversary! In honor of 40-years of raising funds to support students, the Foundation will raffle $100 awards to forty students during the first week of the fall semester which begins in just two short weeks on August 24, 2022. All students who are registered for the fall 2022 term will be eligible for the $100 award raffle.   Since 1982, the Bucks County Community College Foundation has provided expanded resources to ensure the College's growth and development. The Foundation approaches local, regional, and national supporters to create partnerships and raise funds, assistance, and awareness in support of both new and existing educational opportunities.   This last year, the Foundation provided students with nearly $400,000 in scholarship support, invested in opening food pantries on the College’s three campuses in Newtown, Bristol, and Perkasie, and launched an emergency microgrant program to support a student on their educational journey. The year 2022 has also been a historic year for the Foundation having raised the most ever in their forty-year history. The record-breaking year included a number of fundraising events including a Scholarship Tea, Golf Classic, and the Inauguration of Bucks’ fifth president, Dr. Felicia L. Ganther.   “We are excited to celebrate 40 years of philanthropic efforts to support students at Bucks. The work our Foundation does is so critical to ensuring that every student who comes to our college has access to resources to help them cover tuition, pay for books, purchase supplies, or assist them when in crisis. I am grateful to every individual and corporate entity that has donated to our foundation over the past 40 years. I am hopeful that we will continue to grow our endowments and funds so that we can provide more resources to our students so that they can graduate with little to no debt,” says Dr. Ganther.   Since the College’s first graduates completed their education in 1967, Bucks County Community College has provided educational opportunities to more than one million students seeking affordable credentials needed to enter a vast array of industries. Today, the College’s combination of accessible community-based education, state-of-the-art facilities, extensive online programs, and comprehensive support resources, empowers student learners to pursue their higher education goals.   Earning a degree or credential can be transformative. The Bucks County Community College Foundation salutes Bucks students today on their 40th anniversary of raising funds to change lives!   To learn more about the Bucks County Community College Foundation, Alumni Association, upcoming events including the inaugural Celebrating Student Success gala, student support initiatives, or to make a philanthropic contribution, please visit bucks.edu/foundation or contact Christina Kahmar-McGinley, CFRE, at christina.mcginley@bucks.edu. Interested in changing your life? Enroll today at bucks.edu/apply.

Bucks County Community College Partners with Bucks County Opportunity Council

 (Newtown, PA) – Bucks County Community College (Bucks) and the Bucks County Opportunity Council (BCOC) are evolving their partnership to kickstart a new ‘Coaches on Campus’ initiative. This collaboration will allow BCOC to integrate with Bucks’ Student Services division. BCOC’s Economic Self-Sufficiency (ES) coaches will be on the Newtown campus twice a week to offer coaching, financial support and resources to students who are already making strides to better their education and future stories.   “The key to gaining self-sufficiency is acquiring the additional education and training necessary to earn a living wage,” Erin Lukoss, BCOC’s Executive Director. “This partnership will allow BCOC staff to directly assist students by meeting them where they are. It is important for students to know that they have support from their school and their community.”   Part of the Bucks vision is to provide innovative paths that inspire educational, career, and personal fulfillment and BCOC is a key to helping our students realize their dreams and goals.   “At Bucks, we understand that some of our students face significant economic hardships that impact their ability to be successful as they pursue their degrees and academic goals,” Dekia Smith, Ed.D., LPC, Bucks’ Interim Dean of Students. “Having BCOC’s ES Coaches on campus, allows for our Student Services staff to make direct referrals right across the hall which greatly reduces barriers that would otherwise get in the way of Bucks students accessing community-based services.”   Previously, Bucks and BCOC have partnered together to raise funds for the Gateway to Self-Sufficiency Scholarship, open to Bucks students who have joined BCOC’s ES Program. More than 40 students have been awarded this scholarship with a 93% program completion/success rate.   The information above provides both organizations with the knowledge of what works to help those in need succeed, but separately the organizations are limited in their resources to help all who need the support. Therefore, the new Coaches on Campus initiative will bridge the gap in services being offered.    From left to right, Dr. Dekia Smith, Interim Dean of Students, Mary Finch, Senior Self-Sufficiency Coach, April Ettinger, Economic Self-Sufficiency Supervisor, Erin Lukoss, Executive Director/CEO, Christina McGinley, Executive Director of Bucks County Community College Foundation & Alumni Relationa & Lisa Angelo - Provost As the lead anti-poverty, 501(c)(3) non-profit agency in Bucks County, the mission of BCOC is to reduce poverty, and partner with our community to promote economic self-sufficiency. For over 55 years, the Opportunity Council has served low-income families in Bucks County by helping them to stabilize when in crisis, garner resources to achieve a livable wage, gain additional education and training, and work towards economic self-sufficiency.   Bucks County Community College was founded in 1964 in response to a need for a public two-year collegiate institution to serve the County and its residents. Bucks County Community College provides a diverse community of learners with exemplary, accessible educational opportunities and the personal connections that foster success. To learn more about supporting the Coaches on Campus initiative or the Gateway to Self-Sufficiency Scholarship, please contact christina.mcginley@bucks.edu.

Start Smart at Bucks County Community College

7/28/21

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 admissions@bucks.edu.


girl in cap and gown holding diploma and flag Commencement

Commencement

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.

Commencement