Basic Needs

Basic Needs & Community Resources

Addressing the basic needs crisis is a priority for Bucks County Community College. Whether it’s food insecurity or homelessness, we know many of our students do not have what they need to meet their higher education goals. Basic Needs refers to the food, stable housing, and wellness security of our students at Bucks County Community College as well as community members. We have created support programs and resources that can assist our students in meeting their basic needs and promoting their academic success.

Basic needs security has been shown to have a direct impact on the mental-emotional-physical health, wellness, academic performance, professional development, and holistic success of our students. Bucks looks to increase accessibility to food, housing, mental wellness along with financial resources.

Career Development, Job Listings & Unemployment

Bucks County Community College has provided a list of resources to help you find job listings and information on applying for unemployment benefits. The resources on this page are updated on a regular basis. Pennsylvania Workforce Development Pennsylvania's workforce development system enables businesses and workers to compete in the worldwide, knowledge-based economy. The workforce system enhances employer competitiveness and innovation while preparing Pennsylvanians for jobs that pay in an economy that grows, supports families and businesses and is effectively improving the quality of life for our most valuable resource - our people. To learn more about workforce development initiatives and activities, view the 2018 Workforce Development Update Report. For more information about, visit the PA Workforce Development Website Bucks Workforce Development and Services Bucks County Community College offers professional development opportunities for you to learn a new skill, update credentials, refresh your software know-how, and enable you to advance your career. We also offer customized training to meet the needs of your business. Visit Workforce Development Opportunities Business & Career Opportunities Public Safety Training & Certification Opportunities Information Technology Opportunities We are also dedicated to helping students and alumni make informed decisions in pursuit of meaningful work. Through individual career counseling and other services, we help students and alumni through the career planning and job search process. Visit Center for Student Employment & Career Development Encore Program for Adult Learners Connect with Employers: Online Job Board Unemployment Resources The Pennsylvania UC program is administered by the department and provides temporary wage replacement income to qualified workers. The Unemployment Compensation (UC ) program provides temporary income support if you lose your job through no fault of your own or if you are working less than your full-time hours. If you qualify, you will receive money for a limited time to help you meet expenses while you seek new employment. To be eligible for UC benefits, you must be a worker who performed services that are covered by the Pennsylvania UC Law. For more information, visit Pennsylvania Office of Unemployment Compensation or call 1-888- 313-7284

Child Care, After School & Youth Programs

Since 1973, the Early Learning Center, or ELC as it is known, has provided high-quality child care at Bucks County Community College at the Newtown campus. The center is licensed as a daycare center by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. The ELC also participates in the Pennsylvania Keystone Stars q Bucks County Community College's Gene and Marlene Epstein Campus at Lower Bucks is pleased to announce our new partnership with Early Childhood Educators of Pennsylvania Childcare. At the Epstein Campus at Lower Bucks in Bristol, the Early Childhood Educators of Pennsylvania Childcare is an up-to-date Keystone STARS facility that focuses on providing a safe, educational and fun environment for children ranging in ages from newborn through Elementary School. Bucks County Community College students have flexible pricing and time blocks, including evening options to choose from. Other Childcare Resources Increasing evidence has emerged to show that children's learning opportunities in the years before kindergarten have an important effect on their performance in school and ultimately their ability to contribute to society as adults. Through the Office of Child Development and Early Learning, Pennsylvania is helping our children, families, teachers, and communities reach their promise. Keystone STARS rates child care programs from one to four STARS on things you care about (meets state regulations for safety, offers a kid-friendly atmosphere with good teachers that partner with you to help your child learn) so you can find the program that feels right for your family.  Keystone STARS provides early childhood programs in Pennsylvania with the tools to continually improve service to children and families. Pennsylvania Early Learning Resources Center