Bristol Community College
|Bristol Community College|
|President||John "Jack" Sbrega|
17,923 in noncredit enrollments
|Location||Fall River, Massachusetts, United States
|Campus||Suburban, 65 acres (0.26 km²; 26.3 ha)|
|Athletics||NJCAA Division III. Two men's varsity teams, two women's. BCC Athletics|
The college was originally established in December 1965 when it was instituted by the Massachusetts Board of Regional Community Colleges.
The main campus is located on 65 acres (260,000 m2) of land at 777 Elsbree Street. There are also campuses located in New Bedford in the Star Store Building located at 188 Union Street, and at 800 Purchase Street (host of the E-Health Program); Attleboro located at 11 Field Road; Taunton located in the former Taunton Catholic Middle School at 61 Summer Street; and a satellite campus in New Bedford located at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational-Technical High School. BCC also has a Center for Workforce and Community Education located at 1082 Davol St in Fall River. Directions to all of these locations are available on the BCC website, along with parking information for the New Bedford Campus and the Workforce Center.
Bristol Community College offers associate degrees and certificates in over 150 academic programs, ranging from Associate of Science degrees, Associate of Arts degrees, Associate of Applied Science degrees, and a wide range of certificates. In addition to students being able to obtain associate degrees from the college, the Eastern Nazarene College has an agreement with BCC to offer courses toward a bachelor's degree at the Fall River campus.
At the end of the 2010-11 year, Bristol Community College had an undergraduate population of 12,123 day and evening credit students, along with an additional 17,439 in noncredit enrollments. The average annual tuition and fees for in-state students was around $4,166, whereas the out of state students paid, on average, about $9,482 in total annual tuition and fees. The average cost for a 3 credit course is approximately $498, equivalent to about $166 per credit.
The BCC athletic program was re-established in 2008. Under the guidance of Derek Viveiros as the athletic director, the college now competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) in four varsity sports: men’s and women's soccer in the fall and men's and women's basketball in the winter. The current mascot (until fall 2015) is the Bristol Bees. In fall 2015, the mascot will be changing to the Bristol Bayhawks.
- David B. Sullivan, member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1997–2013)
- Howard Tinberg, professor of English, the Carnegie Foundation's Outstanding Community College Professor of 2004.
- William E. Kaufman, professor of philosophy, author of several theology books including Journeys: An Introductory Guide to Jewish Mysticism, The Case for God, A Question of Faith: An Atheist and a Rabbi Debate the Existence of God With Morton Shor and The Evolving God in Jewish Process Theology.
- Dana Mohler-Faria, former BCC Assistant Dean of Administrative Services (served 1984-1987), current president of Bridgewater State College and the Special Advisor for Education to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.
- "ENC's Adult and Graduate Studies Program expands into satellite locations around the state". Nazarene Communications Network. December 18, 2008.