Like many colleges right, Bucks County Community College is finding new ways to connect with current and prospective students. This fall, Bucks is hosting “Open House October,” a series of online events to showcase opportunities at the top-rated two-year college. The event will culminate in a live online session just for parents and guardians on October 29.

Informational videos about the college, which was recently named the number one online community college in Pennsylvania, can be found at bucks.edu/OpenHouseOct. In addition, the college is using its Instagram and Facebook social media channels to profile current students, answer questions, and roll out short videos ahead of an October 24 premiere on the college’s YouTube channel.

For example, Nico Albertson, who graduated in 2019 with a health sciences degree then returned to major in nursing, took over the @BucksCCC Instagram page recently to post live videos and answer questions as he went about his typical day as a Bucks student.

Nico Albertson, Class of 2019

“I chose to go to Bucks because it was the best option financially for me,” the Yardley resident said during the takeover. “I love the college, and I love the fact that I’m not in debt.” Alberton’s IG takeover can be viewed on the college’s Facebook page.

On Friday, October 16, criminal justice major Brianne North of Richland, class of ’22, will be interviewed live on Instagram by Casey Grunmeier, the college’s admissions recruiter. And on Monday, October 19, Tadiwa Gwatiringa, a biomedical sciences major from Zimbabwe, class of ’21, will take over the college’s Instagram.

Brianne North, Class of 2022

Tadiwa Gwatiringa, Class of 2021

Professors share their passion to teach and what each academic department has to offer in a new video that debuts at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 24, on the college’s YouTube channel. The premiere will be followed by a Facebook live question-and-answer session.

Open House October culminates with a live parents and guardian night at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 29. The “Parents Night In” event takes place online using the Zoom videoconference tool, and features academic department deans, advising and transfer staff, as well as the Bucks Admissions team, who will provide information and answer questions.

“If you have a high school senior at home, your child might be thinking about what's next,” said Marlene Barlow, director of admissions. “Often a difficult decision, this year has its own set of challenges, so we’re inviting parents to Zoom in to learn more about Bucks, where you don’t have to go far to get far.”

To register for the October 29 Parents Night In, visit bucks.edu/admissions/events.

About Bucks County Community College

Bucks County Community College offers more than 80 programs of study in seven academic departments – Arts; Business & Innovation; Health Sciences; Kinesiology & Sport Studies; Language & Literature; Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM); and Social & Behavioral Sciences. Programs lead to either a two-year associate degree or shorter-term certificate.

During the ongoing pandemic, most courses are offered remotely and online. Some classes, such as science labs and art studio courses, are offered on campus, where masks must be worn and social-distance protocols are in place.

The college has three locations: the Newtown Campus, the Upper Bucks Campus in Perkasie, and the Gene and Marlene Epstein Campus at Lower Bucks in Bristol. In addition, 21 associate degrees and six credit certificate programs can be completed entirely online through the college’s award-winning virtual campus.

Tuition is only $165 a credit for Bucks County residents, making it the most affordable option to begin your academic career. Credits transfer to most four-year colleges and universities. Complete information is at bucks.edu. To learn more about Open House October, visit bucks.edu/OpenHouseOct.

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