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Bucks to host virtual ‘Open House October’

The series of virtual events includes Instagram takeovers by current students, Facebook Live Q&As, and a Zoom session for parents and guardians

Bucks County Community College invites the public to “Open House October,” a series of online events to showcase opportunities at the two-year college, culminating in a live online session just for parents and guardians on Oct. 29.

Informational videos about the college, which was recently named the No. 1 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 Oct. 24 premiere on the college’s YouTube channel.

Nico Albertson, who graduated in 2019 with a health sciences degree and 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.

“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.”

Albertson’s IG takeover can be viewed on the college’s Facebook page at facebook.com/BucksCCC.

On Friday, Oct. 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. On Monday, Oct. 19, Tadiwa Gwatiringa, a biomedical sciences major from Zimbabwe, class of ‘21, will take over the college’s Instagram.

Professors share their passion to teach and what each academic department has to offer in a new video that debuts on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 11 a.m., on the college’s YouTube channel, youtube.com/BucksCCC. The premiere will be followed by a Facebook Live Q&A session.

Follow Bucks on Instagram at instagram.com/BucksCCC for details and notifications. In addition, “like” the college’s Facebook page at facebook.com/BucksCCC to catch live sessions and more news, and subscribe to the college’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/BucksCCC.

Open House October culminates with a live parents and guardians night on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. The “Parents Night In” event takes place online using the Zoom video conference tool, and features academic department deans, advising and transfer staff, and 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 Oct. 29 Parents Night In, visit bucks.edu/admissions/events.

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. For more on the college’s health and safety plan, visit bucks.edu/coronavirus.

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. Visit bucks.edu/online to learn more.

Tuition is $165 a credit for Bucks County residents. 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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