Founded in 1965 to satisfy the region’s need for a convenient, affordable and comprehensive higher education destination, Bergen Community College now enrolls nearly 17,000 students in its academic degree programs. The College’s three sites in Paramus (main campus), Hackensack(Ciarco Learning Center) and Lyndhurst (Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands) serve more than 32,000 students in degree, continuing education and adult education programs.
Upon graduation, students not only utilize the statewide transfer agreement to attend New Jersey’s four-year schools, but use Bergen’s reputation as a top community college to propel them to institutions nationwide. Other students enter careers with the skills they need in order to succeed.
The College boasts an accomplished faculty, cutting-edge facilities and opportunities for cultural awareness, civic engagement and service-learning. Bergen maintains accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Rachel Wieland the Bergen Community College Sustainability Coordinator runs a Green Team on campus which is a group of volunteers that maintain BCC’s recycling and composting efforts on a 17000+ student campus, co-advising the Environmental Club, working with the staff/faculty/student group called the Sustainable Learning Community, and doing public relations- such as hosting our TV program called the Sustainability Minute, writing a two page environmental spread for the Faculty Focus newsletter, giving “green tours” around campus, and monitoring our environmental webpages.
MEVO has a very practical and successful processes of creating sustainability change. From the Farm to Live program to the trash clean-ups, not only do they highly involve and educate people, they create leaders that will spend their entire lives implementing change. Many of our students that have gone through the program have learned an enormous amount about the environment and have increased their opportunities for marketability in an every changing world that values- people, profit AND planet.
– Rachel Wieland, Bergen Community College
Why They’re Awesome
Bergen Community College in connection with BCC Environmental Club, BCC Ground Department, and BCC Phi Theta Kappa Honors program the school provides land to farm, raise honey bees, and teach educational programs. They also provide meeting space for our volunteer events, use of their equipment for farming, and storage space for equipment and tools.