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 Bristol Community College 

Name: Bristol Community College
President: John J. Sbrega
City: Fall River
State: MA
Type: Public
Campus Setting: Small City
Year Established: 1965

Governing Board Website


Bristol Community College

Student Characteristics Based on Fall 2013 IPEDS Data

2013 Fall Credit Enrollment
Total Enrollment: 9,335
Part Time: 4,906
Full Time: 4,429

African-American: 7%
Asian: 2%
Pacific Islander: 0%
Hispanic: 8%
Native American: 0%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 3%
Two or more races: 4%
White: 76.0%


 Bristol Community College President

John J. Sbrega

 Bristol Community College Board Chair

James T. Grady
Board Chair

Quote from the President

“Bristol Community College (BCC) is one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the Northeast. In the last 12 years we have grown to three campuses with three satellite locations where thousands of learners take advantage of our credit and noncredit offerings. We are embedded in our community and continually responding in nimble ways to address the education and workforce needs in our region. Working with pre-K through 16 partners, the business community, or government leaders, BCC changes the world, learner by learner.”

Interesting Facts

  • BCC entered into an agreement with private partners to expand the college’s capacity for healthcare education. Called eHealthCareers, it leveraged private investment to enable the college to open a state-of-the-art health and general education campus in downtown New Bedford, not only providing education but also urban renewal in a struggling city. Now entering its third year, eHealthCareers will start its first nursing class this fall. This hybrid online/onsite model is the future for cash-strapped community colleges who are committed to achieving its mission.
  • With campuses in two of the school districts with the state’s highest dropout rate, BCC launched two dropout recovery programs in 2011-12. In New Bedford, BCC worked with the public high school to reach out to those who have left school or were in danger of leaving school and enrolled them in college courses at the campus. Four students participated in New Bedford High School’s graduation this spring, and many others are on the path to complete in the next year. In Fall River, through a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, BCC is the site of Gateway to College. After the first semester, two students graduated, and 40 students are enrolled and earning dual credit for high school and college.
  • BCC was one of the first community colleges to be named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and to achieve the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.
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