Bucks County Community College Continuing & Workforce Education

Wherever you are in your career or life, learning is always a step that leads to growth. Whether you’ve come to Bucks for pleasure, or need training to advance professionally, Continuing & Workforce Education has something for you.

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Lenape Valley Foundation to Host Suicide Prevention Conference

Lenape Valley Foundation will host a suicide prevention conference on Monday, November 2.  The conference, Suicide Prevention: Zero is the Answer, will be held at the Zlock Performing Arts Center at Bucks County Community College located at 275 Swamp Road in Newtown from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

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15th Annual International Dinner for ‘Welcoming the Stranger’ will honor BCCC

Welcoming the Stranger, the non-profit educational ministry that offers free classes in English as a Second Language, computer skills and United States citizenship exam preparation to adult immigrants and refugees, will hold its 15th Annual International Dinner on Saturday, October 17th, 6:00pm, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 1200 Park Avenue, Bensalem.

At this year’s event, Welcoming the Stranger will honor Bucks County Community College (BCCC). Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt, President of Bucks County Community College, will accept the honor on the college’s behalf.

The International Dinner is a tasty experience where community members will feast on dozens of exotic dishes from around the globe. These authentic dishes will be prepared by students from Bensalem, Langhorne, Levittown, Morrisville, Newtown, Warminster, and surrounding areas who attend classes at Welcoming the Stranger.

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BCAEYC holding 27th annual conference

The Bucks County Association for the Education of Young Children (BCAEYC) will welcome those engaged in educating young children to its 27th annual fall conference on Saturday, October 3rd, at Bucks County Community College in Newtown.

The keynote address, “Professionalism: The Key to Quality ECE” will be presented by Tyrone Scott II, an entrepreneur and activist who conducts about 200 workshops a year on topics relating to improving quality in early education through improving the actions of the adults in the environment. Conference participants will further their professional growth and development by selecting from 22 different workshops to attend.

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BCCC’s first hired instructor recalls early years at Bucks

by June Portnoy

Glenn Hall has the unique designation of being the first instructor hired to work at Bucks County Community College at a time when most residents in this area had no idea what a community college was. When he accepted the job offer, he never imagined that he would ultimately retire from this college 35 years later.

Glenn, born in York County, received his bachelor’s degree in social science from Lebanon Valley College and his master’s degree in history from George Washington University. He began his career in a one-room classroom in York County teaching 52 students in grades one through eight.

After teaching in the junior and senior high schools at York Suburban High School, he and his wife, Gloria, moved to St. Augustine, Florida where he taught history and geography at the St. Johns River Community College in Palatka, Florida. Glenn joined the faculty in 1959, the second year of the college’s existence.

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BCCC now accepting registration for fall semester

Bucks County Community College (BCCC), a public, two-year college, is accepting registration for its fall semester from now until Monday, August 24th.

Its fall semester begins Wednesday, August 26th. Courses are offered at the original campus in Newtown, the Lower Bucks Campus in Bristol, the Upper Bucks Campus in Perkasie, and online through the award-winning Virtual Campus.

BCCC offers nearly 80 programs of study. Tuition is $135 a credit for Bucks County residents, or a little more than $4,000 a year including fees, for a full-time student. Most credits can then be transferred to a four-year university or college.

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Youth Orchestra of Bucks County seeks young musicians for upcoming season

Young musicians in and around Bucks County take note! The Youth Orchestra of Bucks County is now accepting applications for its 2015-16 season. Auditions for one of the eight large ensembles and 10 chamber groups will take place on May 16th–17th, at Bucks County Community College. YOBC is seeking musicians in grades 3–12 who play strings, winds, or percussion, at all levels. This dynamic community consists of 250 young musicians from over 20 school districts in four counties.

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A sweet celebration!

On the first Saturday in May, A Woman’s Place (AWP) will mark two decades of its annual gala, the Chocolate Lovers’ Fantasy.

Co-chair Samantha Kraus notes that, “This event helps bring the issue of domestic violence to the forefront and provides much-needed funding for AWP to provide free services to victims of domestic violence as well as to the greater community.”

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NOVA plans county-wide Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program

Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA), in collaboration with healthcare providers, law enforcement and the district attorney’s office, is developing a centralized Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program to deliver specialized health care and forensic services at Bucks County emergency rooms to adults and adolescents who are victims of sexual assault.

Although Bucks County has had SANE nurses for over 20 years, this new program will be coordinated through NOVA so as to enhance coverage for sexual assault victims who need a rape exam. “We believe NOVA, with its 40-plus years of helping victims and its experience in providing services in collaboration with our various partners, is in the best position to coordinate this initiative,” said Debbie Nugent, MS, RN, SANE program coordinator.

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Artists’ reception at “Show Some Heart 125” exhibit, BCCC

  1. Grace Bracegirdle, of Bensalem, a member of Artists of Bristol.
  1. Andrea Bachike Wallace, member of Artsbridge.
  1. Haydee Mendez, of Bristol, with a nice horizon scene.
  1. Jeanne Chesterton, of Newtown, a member of Artsbridge and Yardley Art League.
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