The MAICEI program at Bunker Hill Community College has been in existence since January 2007. We began as partners with the University of Massachusetts, Boston and took the lead in 2008. Students are chosen by high school counselors in conjunction with the Disabilities Coordinator at BHCC. Students who experience challenges in their learning but are interested and willing to learn and experience the college environment are excellent matches for the MAICEI program at Bunker Hill.
The majority of MAICEI students’ time at BHCC is spent in the classroom and then working with tutors after class. Recreational and gym facilities are most popular. Some students utilize the gym; there is one who participated on Gospel Choir and continues to do so, even though he no longer attends classes. The program is administered by a Disabilities Coordinator and an Educational Coach, both of whom have been with the program since its inception. There are student mentors each semester as well.
Coordinator, Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative
Director of Disability Services
Bunker Hill Community College
250 New Rutherford Ave
Charlestown, MA 02129
Marissa Hines is a 21 year old student who resides in East Boston. She has participated in the MAICEI program at Bunker Hill Community for 4 semesters, beginning in Fall 2016. She continues to be enrolled at the MATCH academy in Boston, MA. She is a hard-working, motivated young woman who is engaged in her academics and in her social development. Marissa has taken 9 courses in her time at BHCC, including “Ain’t I a Woman?” and “Financial Literacy” Learning Community Seminars as well as Writing Skill I and II, Reading Skill I and II, and Nutrition courses. Her professors at MATCH, as well as her Learning Community Seminar professors at BHCC, have attested to Marissa’s hard work and enthusiasm with regard to her classes. She also worked in an internship with Jewish Vocational Services at CVS in a training program.
Marissa chose to participate in the MAICEI program and to attend BHCC because, as she states, “I am trying to make my parents proud and to try to transfer to a 4 year college”. She is appreciative of the support she is receiving at BHCC, especially from the Disability Support Services office and her peer mentors. “They are always there if you need support in class”. When asked what her best memory of her time at BHCC might be, Marissa replied: “One of my best memories is the amount of friends that I made”.
Marissa is applying to Landmark College in Vermont and is hoping to begin there in Summer 2018. She wants to be an Early Childhood Teacher and would love to travel to Italy.
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