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The Bronx Community College of The City University of New York (BXCC) is a community college in the City University of New York system located in the University Heightsmarker neighborhood of The Bronxmarker.

History

The college was established in 1957 through the efforts of civic-minded groups who felt that there was a growing need for more higher education facilities in the Bronx. Classes began at Hunter Collegemarker, and later at the former site of the Bronx High School of Sciencemarker.

In 1973, the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York acquired the University Heights campus from New York Universitymarker, who had sold the campus under threat of imminent bankruptcy. Beginning in the fall of that year, the BCC moved its operations to the spacious and modern 55 acre (223,000 m²) site overlooking the Harlem Rivermarker. Among the distinguished early alumni of BCC is Richard Carmona, who served as the Surgeon General of the United States from 2002 to 2006.

In 2001, parts of the motion picture A Beautiful Mind that depicted MITmarker were instead filmed in the BCC, due to the film's low budget. The dome at BCC was also used in the filming of The Good Shepherd.

Campus

The BCC campus originally housed NYU's undergraduate college and now-defunct engineering school, and consists of a mix of neo-Renaissance buildings designed by architect Stanford White and brutalist concrete buildings by Marcel Breuer. Most notably, the BCC campus is home to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, the first such hall of fame in the United Statesmarker. This landmark, which was founded in 1900 by Henry Mitchell MacCracken, Chancellor of NYU from 1891 to 1910, was designed as part of the undergraduate college of that university. At the time, a number of prominent local universities had made the move to upper Manhattan and the Bronx in order to build bigger campuses, including Columbia University, and the City College of New Yorkmarker.

The Hall of Fame (NRHP), which was also designed by Stanford White, was established to honor prominent Americans who have had a significant impact on the country's history and includes bronze busts of Alexander Graham Bell, Eli Whitney, and George Westinghouse.

The college is also home to the Center for Sustainable Energy, which was founded in 2003 as an educational resource for students pursuing careers in alternative energy.

The college also offers a wide array of workforce community development and personal enrichment courses and programs through Continuing & Professional Studies (CPS, www.bcc.cuny.edu/cps CPS also delivers customized training for local employers. CPS works closely with unions, city, state and federal agencies and accepts vouchers and other forms of financial aid for individual students.

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