Burlington County College

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Not to be confused with Burlington College.
Burlington County College
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Established 1966
Type Community College
President David Hespe
Location Pemberton / Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA
Campus Suburban
Athletics 7 sports teams
Colors Burgundy and White
Mascot Baron
Affiliations Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
Website http://www.bcc.edu/

Burlington County College (BCC) is an accredited, co-educational, two-year, public, community college located in Burlington County, New Jersey. Main facilities are located in two campuses in Pemberton Township and Mount Laurel and two centers in Mount Holly and Willingboro.

Founded in 1966, the college enrolls more than 7,500 students in Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Applied Science degree programs, and certificate programs.[1] Burlington County College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and approved by the State.

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BCC's logo was originally a shield, surrounded by pine branches, in front of an anchor, surmounted by a burning lamp, triagonalized, containing crossed sheaves of wheat, a plow, and something else. This was replaced at some time by a shield containing BCC's trademark trefoil-hexagon, surrounded with lines extending the pattern. A copy is on display in the Parker Center on the building's information / dedication plaque.

Pemberton Campus[edit]

The Lewis M. Parker Center[edit]

The Parker Center is BCC's original classroom and lab building. This facility contains classrooms, two lecture halls, the campus theatre, student lounge, television and radio studios, the college's radio station WBZC, bookstore, cafeteria, test center, and laboratories. It is built around the theme of hexagonal angles and appears as a key from the air.

The Academic Building[edit]

The Academic Center opened for classes in February 1994. This building contains multi-purpose computer labs, multimedia classrooms, a child care center and College administrative offices.

The Integrated Learning Resource Center/Library (ILRC)[edit]

The Integrated Learning Resource Center/Library houses an online catalog, a law collection, children's reading area, Pinelands Room, Career Adaptive Learning Literacy lab with computers and assistive devices for students with special needs, periodicals and non-print media, a collection of classic films, reference works, leisure reading materials, study rooms and meeting facilities with videoconferencing capabilities.

The Physical Education Center[edit]

The Physical Education Center houses the College's indoor pool, 1500-seat gymnasium, the BCC Fitness Center with exercise and weight training facilities and spas, two classrooms, and locker rooms. Nearby are the campus tennis courts, baseball, softball and soccer fields, beach volleyball courts and bocce ball court.

Mount Laurel Campus[edit]

Laurel Hall/Academic Replacement Building[edit]

This building opened in September 2002. The 52,799-square-foot (4,905.2 m2), three-story building features two entrance foyers leading to a two-story open area rotunda/student lounge and administration/reception area. The Building's first floor includes a 75-station computer room, tiered lecture hall, faculty and administration offices and support space. The two upper floors include 20 standard classrooms with full computer station capabilities. The third floor houses the rotunda student lounge and a multi-purpose classroom. The building was constructed by area general contractor Wu & Associates, Inc.

TEC[edit]

Next to Laurel Hall, the Technology & Engineering Center features robotics, CADD, electronics, physics and high resolution computer labs. It also houses the library, cafeteria, classrooms, faculty offices, vending machines and a student lounge area.

Campus Library[edit]

First floor, TEC Center Besides books and research materials, the library includes computers that link to the main college library on the Pemberton campus and to a large network of resources. Both the college libraries are members of the Burlington County Library System

Drexel at BCC[edit]

First floor, TEC Center After receiving an Associates Degree from BCC, students accepted into the Drexel at BCC Program will transfer seamlessly into 300 and 400 level classes conveniently taught by Drexel professors on BCC’s Mount Laurel Campus.

Cafeteria[edit]

First floor, TEC Center Students can purchase a full breakfast and/or lunch in this sit-down dining room.

The Science Building[edit]

This facility, separated by a domed rotunda from the Enterprise Center, is adjacent to the Technology and Engineering Center. The Science Building features large laboratories for basic and advanced biology and chemistry, computer labs, and classrooms.

In 2008 the Student Lounge was moved from the TEC building into the Science Building

Attached to the Science Building is the College Bookstore which is owned and operated by the Follett Corporation.

Enterprise Center at BCC[edit]

This award-winning facility hosts corporate seminars, conferences, performances and other special events. It features a 575-seat auditorium with global videoconferencing capabilities.

Small Business Incubator[edit]

Located near the Briggs Road entrance, the High Technology Small Business Incubator helps start-up high-tech firms thrive by providing labs and other physical resources needed for growth. It houses more than 20 tenant companies.

Science Incubator[edit]

Located adjacent to the Small Business Incubator, the Science Incubator offers early-stage bio-technology, chemistry and pharmaceutical companies a way to afford modern laboratory and production facilities that can be customized to fit specific research needs.

Athletics[edit]

The sports teams are called the Barons. They compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

History[edit]

  • 1966 - Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders founds Burlington County College with the appointment of a nine-member board of trustees. The trustees elect Lewis M. Parker as their first chair.
  • 1967 - The College's Board of Trustees appoint Dr. N. Dean Evans as the founding president.
  • 1969 - Burlington County College opens in temporary facilities at Lenape High School, Medford, with 728 full-time and 323 part-time students.
  • 1971 - BCC moves into its first two permanent structures on the Pemberton Campus: the multileveled college center and the health and physical education building.
  • 1972 - Two reasons to celebrate: BCC graduates its first students and receives accreditation by the Commission on Higher Education, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • 1974 - BCC opens its first daytime off-campus facility in Willingboro to accommodate growing enrollment
  • 1975 - First production of Foundation Theatre, Burlington County's only non-profit professional theatre company, housed on BCC's Pemberton Campus
  • 1979 - BCC welcomes new president, Dr. Harmon Pierce, who opens second off-campus center in Cinnaminson
  • 1987 - Dr. Robert Messina, Jr. becomes BCC's third president and expands community outreach sites.
  • 1990 - BCC establishes the Learning Institute for Elders (LIFE), offering academic, cultural and social opportunities for county residents over 55 years old.
  • 1994 - The first classes are offered in the new Academic Center, Pemberton Campus
  • 1995 - Opening of the Technology & Engineering Center, Mt. Laurel Campus, a joint venture with the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT); the first broadcast of BCC's radio station, WBZC 88.9 FM
  • 1996 - The Integrated Learning Resource Center/Library opens on the Pemberton Campus and WBZC is named National College Radio Station of the Year.
  • 1998 - BCC's innovative High Technology Small Business Incubator opens on the Mt. Laurel Campus to encourage the growth of entrepreneurial businesses.
  • 1999-2000 - BCC maintains Middle States accreditation in ten-year renewal requirement and celebrates four "Milestones at the Millennium": 30th Anniversary of College opening, 25th Anniversary of Foundation Theatre, 10th Anniversary of LIFE and 5th Anniversary of WBZC 88.9 FM.
  • 2001 - College attains highest enrollment in its history for the Fall semester. Health Center opens on Pemberton Campus to serve students and staff.
  • 2002 - College opened The Enterprise Center at BCC, the Science Building, Academic Replacement Center and Central Power Plant on its Mt. Laurel Campus. Dr. Robert C. Messina celebrates his 15th year as BCC President.
  • 2003 - BCC renamed the Academic Replacement Center to Laurel Hall and dedicated the Pavilion connecting the Science Building and the Enterprise Center at BCC honoring The Vottas who owned the farm on which the Mount Laurel Campus currently resides. BCC also moved its Willingboro Center to Route 130 in the Willingboro Town Center.
  • 2004 - The newest site, The Mount Holly Center, opened its doors in October 2004. It moved the Business and Career Development Center which occupied 60 High Street to its current location at the corner of High and Mill Streets in Downtown Mount Holly.
  • 2005 - The College Opened the Student Gallery and Art Store, a student run facility in the Mount Holly center to showcase and sell original artwork and supplies. This year also saw record breaking enrollment.
  • 2006 - The college entered into a partnership with Drexel University, Drexel at BCC, to bring Drexel faculty to the Mount Laurel Campus to offer bachelor's degree programs.
  • 2007 - The college entered into a partnership with Wilmington University, Wilmington University at BCC, to bring WU faculty to the Mount Laurel Campus to offer bachelor's degree programs.

Radio station[edit]

WBZC is a college-run FM radio station broadcasting at 88.9 mHz and owned by Burlington County College. It also broadcasts from 95.1 FM in some regions, including Mt. Holly.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ About BCC - Student Profile, accessed May 1, 2006

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