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B E R G E N C O M M U N I T Y C O L L E G E 75. 77. A dual-domed observatory at the main campus offers evening viewings of celestial objects open to the public. 76. Since 1968, total degree enrollments number more than 560,000. In 2013, student athlete Shauntierah Douglas set a national record in the javelin. 85. 86. 87. 88. 89. 90. 91. 92. The College maintains articulation (transfer) agreements with 33 fouryear schools. Since 2011, the mysterious “Mr. BCC” has answered every question and made every post on the College’s social media. The Office of Specialized Services assists students with disabilities achieve their goal of earning a degree. Shortly after entering the National Football League, New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms taped a periodic television program at the College. Eight percent of all credits taken at Bergen are completed exclusively online. The Stryker Manufacturing Laboratory at main campus houses industry-standard milling and turning equipment to help train students. More than 33 percent of Bergen students are Hispanic. Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands includes a conference center available for area businesses. 93. 94. 95. The main campus cafeteria composts most items – including food waste and utensils. The Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre appeared in season three, episode three of “The Sopranos.” A total of 179,442 credits were taken by students in fall 2012. 78. 79. 80. 81. 82. 83. 84. Only seven men and women have served as Bergen’s president. The Division of Continuing Education offers hundreds of courses for adults seeking certifications, career development or entertaining a hobby. Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands (1280 Wall Street West in Lyndhurst) opened in 2008. Led by 100 faculty members, 650 Bergen students completed more than 10,000 hours of community service in 2012. The main campus sits nestled between three golf courses: Orchard Hills Golf Course, Paramus Golf & Country Club and Ridgewood Country Club. Five Bergen students claim Australia as home. The College’s horticulture program operates a greenhouse laboratory that enables the sale of plants for fundraisers. 96. 97. 98. 99. The College enrolls more than 300 veterans under the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill. The main campus’ Child Development Center operates a state-of-the-art educational facility for children ages 30 months to six. More than 6,600 students enrolled in adult education classes at the Philip J. Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in 2012. Three governors, multiple senators and U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios have delivered the commencement keynote. Almost 10 percent of Bergen students are older than 34. 100. Bytes and Bits from Bergen’s Past, Present and Future H A C K E N S A C K | M E A D O W L A N D S | P A R A M U S 1. 3. 4. A 65,000 square-foot health professions center will rise at main campus in 2015. The “green roof” of the student center at main campus features water-absorbing plants that limit run-off. Bergen’s 167-acre main campus in Paramus rests on the former nine holes of Orchard Hills Golf Course. 2. The Bergen Community College Foundation has awarded more than $6.8 million in scholarships and awards for special projects since 1995. 38. The Pitkin Education Center’s original name was the “Megastrucutre.” 39. Phi Theta Kappa, the academic honor society of two-year schools, graduated 68 students in 2013. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. Students enrolled in the dental hygiene program operate a public clinic at main campus. Bergen enrolls 138 NJ STARS students. The College’s official Facebook page averaged more than 38,000 visits per day during the week of Hurricane Sandy. Outside of the U.S., students from Korea (648) represent the largest country of citizenship. Bergenstages features the work of students in musical, dramatic and comedic productions. Enrollment in the information technology major had a three-fold increase from 2008 to 2012 (23 to 99). The College’s adult education center in Hackensack once occupied the former headquarters of The Record newspaper. Students and professors worked with a bio-diesel generator that turned cooking oil into fuel. MTV’s Daisy Fuentes graduated from Bergen in 1986. Student interns from Bergen have worked at organizations such as MSNBC. Two electric car charging stations reside in the College’s student parking lot. Pulitzer Prize winner Sidney Kingsley (Men in White, 1934) served on the College’s original board of trustees. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. The 2009-10 men’s basketball team completed an undefeated regular season (30-0). Ender Hall at the main campus was the College’s first building (originally the “E Building”). The College was founded in 1965 and opened in 1968. The nursing program enrolls 301 students – the highest enrollment of the College’s renowned health professions programs. The student-run restaurant laboratory, the Bergen Room, is open to the public. In 1968, Bergen offered four majors: business, education, science and social science. One quarter of all students live outside Bergen County. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. Bergen students have transferred to all eight Ivy League schools. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. An alumnus of the College serves on the board of trustees as the “alumni trustee;” the position earned voting rights in 2013. Gallery Bergen, featuring art from students and the community, resides on the third floor of West Hall at main campus. The American Red Cross has utilized the main campus as a shelter during significant storms. In 2012, Bergen students qualified for nearly $23.7 million in Pell Grants, which unlike loans, do not need to be repaid. Original plans called for the main campus to stand on Century Road in Paramus. Student newspaper the Torch won the “general excellence” award from the New Jersey Press Foundation in 2012. Over 1,200 international students attend Bergen on an F-1 visa. The College was the first school in the U.S. to have a channel on the Verizon FIOS cable system. Until 2003, part-time students outnumbered full-time every year except once since the College opened. Thirty-eight retired faculty have earned the rank of “professor emeritus” – a Bergen faculty hall of fame. The mean age of Bergen students is 23.9 years. The Bergen Small Business Development Center resides at the Philip J. Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack. 63. 64. 65. 66. 67. 68. 69. West Hall at the main campus features two television studios and a radio studio. The Cerullo Learning Assistance Center offers free tutoring for more than 7,000 students each year. Due to affects from Hurricane Sandy – including a loss of power – the College was closed for six days. Full-time faculty number 392. Bergen’s Center for Peace, Justice and Reconciliation focuses many of its efforts on genocide – including that of the Armenians in 1915. At least one student from every municipality in Bergen County (except Teterboro) attends the College. The College veterinary technology program has its own building at the main campus. 05. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. The class of 2013 included 57 students with 4.0 GPAs. Every year since 2006, Bergen has earned a spot on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Judith K. Winn School of Honors enrolls 230 students. Due to demand, students were first allowed to register via fax machine in 1990. Guest speakers have included personalities such as Barbara Walters, Ralph Nader, Gloria Steinem, James Earl Jones, Red Auerbach and Maya Angelou. Bergen is a smoke free college. The first version of Bergen.edu launched in 1996. The Meadowlands Regional Accelerator, housed at the College’s Meadowlands facility, helps earlystage businesses get off the ground. After a $1 million gift by the Winifred M. and George P. Pitkin Foundation, the College renamed the main campus’ signature building in their honor. More students are enrolled in the criminal justice major (856) than any other non-general program. Students who attend classes exclusively during evenings and Saturdays account for 15.5 percent of the College’s population. In 2001, Macy’s flagship store in Manhattan featured a display of more than one million plants and flowers completed by Bergen students and faculty. Nearly 13 percent of all courses taken at the College are part of the mathematics program – the highest among all programs. The library at main campus bears the name of the College’s first president: Sidney J. Silverman. Following in the tradition of shows like “On Campus,” which had more than 300 episodes, “Studio Bergen,” a 30-minute news magazine, airs monthly. Students call Hackensack “home” (733) more than any other municipality. The Bergen County Police Department maintains a permanent substation at the College. The College offers 143 degree and certificate programs. In 2011, Bergen received more than $31 million in grants. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. Students from more than 130 countries attend Bergen. 70. 71. 72. 73. 74. At the first commencement in 1970, Dr. John W. Davis of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund served as the keynote speaker. Senior citizens can take classes through the College’s Institute for Learning in Retirement. In 2013, Bergen became one of only 20 colleges in the world to earn a TEDx license. “Taking Chance,” starring Kevin Bacon, filmed in the College’s West Hall at main campus. Bergen's Facebook is the most-followed community college page in New Jersey. A small number of degree program classes are offered at locations in Fort Lee and Mahwah. More students graduated with degrees in business administration (132) than any other non-general major in 2012. Based on enrollment, Bergen is the state’s largest community college. A flight simulator in the Emil Buehler Trust Aviation Center at the main campus prepares students for careers in aeronautics and avionics.