Learn and Earn Program

Celebrating five years and more than 500 student placements, Bunker Hill Community College’s Learn and Earn program places students in Greater Boston’s top corporations for hands-on experience, and introduces the possibility of transformative careers and improved lives. Launched with the support of the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP) in spring 2012, the program cultivates a diverse workforce aligned to industry needs. 2,304 student applicants have yielded 512 internship placements across 38 BHCC academic programs. 18 employer partners represent every major industry sector in Boston, and serve over 100 students per semester working 16 to 40 hours per week. A living wage of $15/hour and transportation stipend support student accessibility and diversity. Transformative student success is consistently reported in boosted confidence, self-growth, network connections and career readiness. As of spring 2017, 259 students (52%) have had extended internships and 74 students (15%) have landed jobs across professional roles at 12 partner companies.

Learn and Earn inspires continued career and educational success. Of the 429 student participants as of fall 2016, 78% remain enrolled at BHCC, graduate, or transfer (50% graduate; over 35% transfer). Success outcomes for the 65 students hired as of fall 2016 by their intern employer are even higher; 83% are retained, graduate, or transfer (75% graduate; over 50% transfer). Program alumni remain engaged through networking events, class peer mentors, alumni ambassadors, career fair mentoring or LinkedIn groups, and nearly 35 faculty have engaged with employer partners for curriculum development, workforce alignment needs, and career/transfer pathways discussions. In recognition of its innovative excellence in establishing career pathways and advancing student success, Learn and Earn received the statewide Deval Patrick Award in the amount of $50,000 award from the Boston Foundation in March 2017. In January 2017, Learn and Earn was also honored as a Bellwether Finalist in the Workforce Development category by the Community College Futures Assembly (CCFA), a think tank that identifies trend-setting institutions for critical issues facing community colleges.

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