Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College is a successful two-year institution in Southeastern Massachusetts that provides associates degrees, certificates, and non-credit training for thousands of students on an annual basis. Its main campus, located in Fall River, has grown steadily over the past decade, providing invaluable training and education for the jobs of the future. Since 2001, the college has grown exponentially — by 79%. Today, it has approximately 8,700 students, including students in new campuses in New Bedford and Attleboro.

In September of 2010, the College and Higher Education Partners joined forces to expand the College’s campus in New Bedford. Up to that point, the College hadn’t been able to offer Allied Health programs in that area, so they decided to enlist the help of Higher Education Partners to complete the renovation of a vacant department store, located one block from its existing campus in the heart of downtown New Bedford. It began the 2010-2011 school year offering hybrid programs in medical coding, massage therapy, general health sciences, complementary health, phlebotomy, and pharmacy technology, among others. Approximately 250 new students were admitted for this first year.

In the following years, programs have been expanded to include medical assisting, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and others, with programs tailored to the new jobs being created in the region. These programs require students to come to the campus only once a week, mostly for their labs. On other days, the programs’ online features allow maximum convenience for students who may have a myriad of other responsibilities in their lives, including children, families, and jobs, both part-time and full-time.

The Allied Health venture was so successful, that the College then requested that Higher Ed Partners collaborate with it to expand non-health care programs into its new facility. As a result, HEP continues to expand programming each and every year, building new space and student support services when needed.

HEP has made a capital investment of more than $4 million.