Oct 17, 2018  
2009-2010 Official General Catalog 
2009-2010 Official General Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Student Services

Library/Learning Resources Center (LRC)


The Cecil C. Tyrrell Learning Resources Center was constructed in 1967-68 and named after the College's founding president. The building is an attractive, three-story structure, which houses the Library, the Learning Assistance Center, Teaching Resources Center, as well as offices and classrooms.

The Library provides the resources and services to meet the informational and instructional needs of BCC students, faculty, and the broader college community. Its primary functions are to support and supplement the academic programs of the College, increase information literacy, and to provide a center for serious study, research, and learning.

The Library integrates a variety of print, electronic, and non-print materials with the necessary services and equipment to enhance their use. Our electronic databases provide access to approximately 10,000 full text articles that students can access through the Internet at any time. The print collections consist of nearly 67,000 books and 300 periodical titles. The non-print collection includes videos, CD's, DVD's, audio books, microfilm, and other audio-visual formats.

Access to our collections is provided through our Online Public Access Catalog. To ensure access to books and magazine articles not owned by the College, the Library participates in various local, regional, state, and national reciprocal access and borrowing agreements. Library staff can request specific books or articles from other libraries through interlibrary loan. In addition, the Library maintains listings of other area libraries' periodical holdings where students can have direct access to their collections.

Library facilities include a student computer lab, Library instruction classroom, public access electronic database stations, web-based public access catalog, individual study carrels, small group study rooms and individual audiovisual viewing stations.

The library has wireless connections to the internet and wireless laptops available for student and faculty use within the library with a valid BCC ID.

A staff of professional, technical, and clerical specialists offers a broad range of services including lending of materials, information services, assistance with research techniques, and instruction in the use of materials and equipment.

Most materials may be borrowed for use outside the Library, although restrictions are placed on reference and reserve works. The basic loan period for books is twenty-one days, and for videocassettes, seven days.

The BCC ID card, issued by Student Affairs, serves as a Library card. Failure to return borrowed materials promptly upon notice can result in withholding of grades, transcripts, and other services as well as collection fees. The borrower is responsible for all materials charged out on his/her card.

The Library is open for service during the following hours:

Fall and Spring Semesters
  Monday-Thursday   7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  Friday   7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  Sunday   3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Summer Session
  Monday-Thursday   7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  Friday   7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  Sunday   3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Holiday and Intersession
  As posted    

The Library is closed on all the days that the College is officially closed.

Extra Help at the Learning Assistance Center

The Learning Assistance Center provides a comprehensive range of programs and services designed to foster development of critical thinking, problem-solving, and educational opportunities to enhance teaching and learning.  These programs and services include:

  • Writing Center
  • Math Lab
  • Tutoring Program
  • Supplemental Instruction
  • Reading/Study Skills Support
  • Student Support Services
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program
  • Learning Disabilities Program

Writing Center

Writing plays a big role in college and professional life, and the Writing Center is here to help you develop your writing.  We work with writers on papers, essays, resumes, applications, and creative pieces--writers at any stage of their process, from initial brainstorming and prewriting through revising and polishing that final version.  We offer one-on-one or small group sessions, workshops, online consultations, and a wealth of informative handouts about writing clearly and effectively.  We're located in L-8, near the Math Lab and the LAC; you are welcome to stop by to meet us and find out more about the services we offer.

You can make an appointment with the Writing Center in person in the Writing Center (L-8), the LAC (L-6) by calling 607 778-5632 or 607 778-5038.  You can access more information about our hours and find helpful online resources by visiting our website.

Math Lab

The Math Lab offers individual and group tutorial assistance for students in courses ranging from arithmetic to calculus.  The lab is staffed by peer tutors, mathematics department members, and learning specialists.  Professional tutors are also available to assist with questions related to mathematics courses.  You may use the lab as ofen as you wish each day without an appointment, and are welcome to stay for as much time as you need.

Tutoring Program

The Peer Tutoring Program provides any BCC student with free tutorial support via three modes:

  1. Long-term individual tutoring
  2. Short-term 'drop in' group tutoring
  3. Online tutoring

Peer and professional tutors are trained to lead individual or group sessions in courses across the disciplines.  Tutors guide students in becoming active learners and provide strategies and skills important for course success.  All students are welcome to take advantage of this support.

Supplemental Instruction

An internationally recognized program, Supplemental Instruction facilitates guided study sessions for stepping stone and challenging courses.  In each of these sessions, the SI leader helps students learn new study strategies and course concepts.  Typically students that attend these sessions earn higher grades and successfully complete classes than their classmates who do not attend.

Reading and Study Skills Support

The ability to read efficiently and effectively is one of the keys to college success.  Some students find that the volume and difficulty of college reading is more than they had anticipated.  If you discover you need help, you can make an appointment with professional tutors to work one-on-one with you.  They can suggest strategies that will make textbooks and classroom notes more manageable.  Tutors can also work with you on time management skills, vocabulary development, and test taking strategies, all helping you develop good strategies for college success.

Services for Students with Disabilities


Student Support Services

BCC is committed to meeting the needs of students with disabilities.  If you are a student with disabilities, you are entitled to accommodations based on your individual needs and disability documentation.  The Student Support Services program coordinates these accommodations and support.  Note takers, testing accommodations, class accessibility and scheduling, adaptive equipment, alternative texts, and other arrangements for educational access are arranged based on your disability documentation.

Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Program

Deaf and hard-of-hearing students participate in every aspect of campus.  This program works to ensure that if you are deaf or hard-of-hearing, you have complete access to offices and activities at the College.  Qualified interpreters and note takers are provided for classes and conferences, as well as for any student club activities, athletics, and cultural events.

Learning Disabilities Program

Students with Learning Disabilities

The LD program offers services to students with learning disabilities (LD), attention deficit disorders (ADD/ADHD) or Asperger's and Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as to students who suspect they have an undiagnosed disability.  Students who provide documentation of a disability to the College may have access to a variety of services.  Services include academic accommodations, skills instruction, learning/study strategies, self-advocacy training, academic advising/planning, and academic coaching.

If you suspect that you have an undiagnosed disability, you are encouraged to meet with a Learning Disabilities Specialist.  An on-campus evaluation is available, at no charge, to determine your eligibility.  If a disability is identified, you may access services from the Learning Disabilities and Student Support Services programs.

International Student Services

The International Student Counselor assists international students with addressing a variety of needs while they attend BCC, including personal, academic, immigration and cultural concerns.  New international students are required to attend a New International Student Orientation program that addresses immigration responsibilities, campus life, local housing needs, and much more.  Interested students can locate the International Student Counselor in the Admissions Office in the Wales Building room 102, or call 607 778-5001.

Student Health Services


Student Health Services is located in the Science Building, Room 102, and is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. All records are confidential, and information will be released only with the written authorization of the student.

The professional staff includes a part-time physician and clinic nurse, and a full-time nurse practitioner.


  • Limited treatment for illnesses and injuries
  • Limited medical emergency care
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Pregnancy tests
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella immunizations (MMR - $65 charge)
  • TB screening ($10 charge)
  • Tetanus immunization ($15 charge)
  • Contraceptive information
  • Healthy lifestyle information
  • Tests for strep throat

Child Care


For many students, a major concern is finding a safe place for their children during class time. The Faculty-Student Association helps to meet that need by operating a licensed child care service known as The B.C. Center.

The purpose of the service is to provide quality care in an educational, instructive, and warm environment. The staff is genuinely interested in the emotional, intellectual and physical growth of each child.

Space is limited, and registration is required. For additional information, call 607 778-KIDS (607 778-5437).

Campus Shop


Students may purchase required course and general supplies, imprinted sportswear, general books, study aids, newspapers, gifts and other merchandise from the Campus Shop.

Located in the Student Center, the shop is open throughout each semester for students' convenience.

The Campus Shop is operated by the Faculty-Student Association of Broome Community College, Inc.



Students may purchase their course books from the Bookstore which is located in the Campus Services Building.

The store opens two weeks prior to the start of classes for advance sales, and students are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to purchase their books early.

The Bookstore is operated by the Faculty-Student Association of Broome Community College, Inc.

For additional information, please view the BCC Bookstore web site.

Academic Advising



Academic advising provides clarification of degree and SUNY General Education requirements, assists students with academic planning, and may initiate referrals to campus resources.  Advisors, through both individual and group sessions, help students understand their role and responsibilities in the advising process, and aid students in selecting courses appropriate for their degree and transfer goals.

Contact information for Liberal Arts Division students:  T210 (607 778-5219 or SS210 (607 778-5421).

Counseling Services

Counseling Services assists students with career and life planning, academic issues, personal concerns, and the transfer process/information. College students often encounter new experiences, pressures, anxieties, and challenges. Students can meet with Counselors in a confidential, helpful, and informal atmosphere, as they seek to develop their potential, form realistic goals, and understand themselves emotionally and intellectually. Call 607 778-5210 for an appointment, or walk-in for assistance in Room 210 in the Student Services Building.
Services include:

Career and Life Planning

Counselors assist students in exploring and establishing specific career life goals. The Counselors use a step-by-step approach to help people identify and pursue their most fulfilling options. Services include individual career counseling, interest inventories, computerized career exploration programs, access to career information, career exploration workshops, and career exploration classes.

Human Development Courses

Several credit-bearing courses have been designed to help students establish healthier self-concepts, develop better self-understand- ing, and/or set and accomplish life/career goals. Courses are taught by counseling faculty members. Courses include:

  • SAC 250 Career Exploration assists students who are undecided about their career goals. Students learn the step-by-step process of deciding upon and implementing a career plan.

Academic Counseling

Counselors assist students in channeling their academic efforts in the proper perspective by helping them link their studies to personal and career goals and by aiding students when they are having difficulties in the classroom. Other academic issues, such as course and school withdrawal and curriculum change, can also be discussed with a Counselor.

Personal Counseling

Counselors provide assistance to students who are experiencing social, personal, and family concerns. They are available to help the student face these issues in a safe and confidential setting. Without resolution of the problems, a student's performance in their studies often suffers and, in many cases, leads to the student being dismissed from the college due to poor grades. These individual counseling sessions help students regain perspective and purpose. Counselors also assist students with referrals to appropriate community services. Call 607 778-5210 for an appointment, or walk-in for assistance in Room 210 in the Student Services Building.

Special Workshops and Seminars

Counselors offer a variety of workshops and seminars throughout the year. Topics have included: career exploration, stress management, returning to college, cross cultural communication, self esteem, depression, and others custom- ized to meet the needs of students.

The above Counseling Services are available in the Student Services Building, Room 210. Appointments are encouraged and walk-in times are available. Call 607 778-5210 for an appointment and ask to see a counselor.

Transfer Counseling

Counselors and instructional faculty members both assist students who are interested in continuing their education after BCC by helping them identify colleges that match their educational and personal needs, interests, and abilities, and gain important information about the colleges they are considering. Transfer assistance helps students understand the procedures and steps that are necessary for successful and smooth transfer. Students can also utilize an extensive library of college catalogs, computerized information files, and transfer workshops available in Room 210 of the Student Services Building.

Counselors and the Admissions Office work together to present the annual Transfer Day on campus. During this program, representatives of four-year colleges and universities answer student questions about their institutions and give them specific information to help with their selection of an upper-division college.

Educational Opportunity Program

The Educational Opportunity Program is designed for New York state residents who meet specific academic and financial guidelines. Eligible students can receive economic aid, remedial and developmental assistance, with the amount of support based on need. To be eligible, students must provide appropriate income verification documents and apply before or during the first semester of college. Call 607 778-5220 for further information.

Job Placement Services

A successful job search requires an understanding of how to identify employers who seek your academic and experiential background. The BCC Placement Services Office (SS-210, 607 778-5205/5207) not only assists students in locating positions, but also helps in developing a winning resume, how to prepare for the job interview, and offers timely advice in other job search issues.

Broome Community College's Placement Services Office website allows students to view daily updated part-time and seasonal job listings. Students are welcome to stop by and pick up a copy of the Job Search Handbook, featuring many sample resumes, cover letters and other employment related information.

Employers visit our campus to meet predominantly with graduating seniors. This is done through on-campus mini-job fairs held individually throughout the academic year, as well as our annual spring job fair, held usually the first Thursday in April. Typically between 35 and 50 employers take part in this annual event. A resume is a must for students to participate.

Veterans Services


The Veterans Services Office assists qualified veterans and other eligible students in acquiring and using educational benefits from the Department of Veterans Services. Benefit programs include Active Duty and Guard/Reserve GI Bills, Dependents Educational Assistance\ Program (DEA), Vocational Rehabilitation and Post 9/11 GI Bill.

Eligible Students should contact the Veterans Services Office at 607 778-5148. The office is currently located on the second floor of the Student Services Building, Room 214.

Placement and Transfer Statistics: 2008 Graduates


% Of Those Finding Work or Transferring

  • 46% of the graduates went to work.
  • 51.3% transferred to 2 or 4-year colleges and universities
  • 1027 graduates were in this class, 19 of which received dual degrees; with 719 responding to the survey, or 69%

Where They Went to Work

  • 75.7% of those went to work found jobs in Broome County, with an additional 11.2% working elsewhere in the Southern Tier. In addition, 8.2% found employment elsewhere in New York State, and another 4.9% were employed outside the state.

Where They Transferred To

  • 54.2% transferred to SUNY colleges
  • 6.8% transferred to New York State private colleges
  • 4.3% transferred out of state
  • 0.7% transferred to unknown colleges

Placement By Academic Division

  • Business and Office Technologies: 47% employed; 49% transferred; 5% unemployed
  • Engineering, Technology, and Computing: 34% employed; 65% transferred; 2% unemployed
  • Health Sciences: 82% employed; 15% transferred; 2% unemployed
  • Liberal Arts and Related Careers: 28% employed; 67% transferred; 4% unemployed

Placement by Curriculum

The following is a summary of each curriculum of BCC's four academic areas in which there were graduates in 2008. Salaries indicated are the computed mean salaries.

Business and Office Technologies

  • Accounting: 72% employed; 11% transferred; 17% unemployed; $28,650.50
  • Business Administration: 29% employed; 71% transferred; $22,500
  • Business Information Management: 39% employed; 46% transferred; 15% unemployed; $12,558
  • Desktop Publishing Certificate: No information available
  • Hotel Restaurant Management: 67% employed; 20% transferred; 13% unemployed; no salary information
  • International Business: 0% employed; 100% transferred; 0% unemployed; no salary information
  • Office Administration: 50% employed; 50% transferred; 0% unemployed; no salary information
  • Financial Services: 33% employed; 33% transferred; no salary information
  • Management: 60% employed; 40% transferred; no salary information
  • Marketing Management: 68% employed; 32% transferred, 0% unemployed; $36,500
  • Paralegal Certificate: 100% employed; 0% transferred; no salary information
  • Paralegal: 33% employed; 67% transferred; no salary information
  • Web Management Certificate: 50% employed; no salary information

Engineering, Technology, and Computer Studies

  • Civil Engineering Technology: 40% employed; 60% transferred; $36,373.33
  • Computer Information Systems: 33% employed; 67% transferred; no salary information
  • Computer Science: 20% employed; 80% transferred; no salary information
  • Computer Technology: 100% transferred
  • Electrical Engineering Technology: 71% employed; 14% transferred; 14% unemployed; no salary information
  • Engineering Science: 100% transferred
  • Industrial Technology: 20% employed; 80% transferred; no salary information
  • Industrial Technology Quality Assurance: No information available
  • Industrial Technology Quality Assurance Certificate: No information available
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology: 80% employed; 20% transferred; no salary information
  • Telecommunications Technology - Verizon: 100% employed

Health Sciences

  • Dental Hygiene: 91% employed; 6% transferred; 3% unemployed; $44,547.78
  • Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic: 100% employed; no salary information
  • Health Information Technology: 60% employed; 40% transferred; $29,850
  • Medical Assistant: 100% employed; no salary information
  • Medical Laboratory Technology: 80% employed; 10% transferred; 10% unemployed; $39,982.86
  • Medical Transcriptionist Certificate: 67% employed; 33% transferred; no salary information
  • Nursing: 80% employed; 18% transferred; $43,077.57
  • Phlebotomy Certificate: 44% employed; 56% transferred; no salary information
  • Physical Therapist Assistant: 100% employed; $28,880
  • Radiologic Technology: 86% employed; 7% transferred; 7% unemployed; $25,506.67

Liberal Arts and Related Careers

  • Criminal Justice - Corrections: 100% employed; no salary information
  • Criminal Justice - Police: 61% employed; 36% transferred; 3% unemployed; $34,828
  • Early Childhood: 60% employed; 40% transferred; no salary information
  • Early Childhood Certificate: 50% employed; 50% transferred; no salary information
  • EMT Paramedic: 100% employed
  • Fire Science: 60% employed; 40% transferred; no salary information
  • Human Services: 21% employed; 79% transferred; no salary information
  • Individual Studies (AS): 19% employed; 79% transferred; 3% unemployed; no salary information
  • Individual Studies (AT): 44% employed; 44% transferred; 11% unemployed; no salary information
  • Liberal Arts (AA): 11% employed; 88% transferred; 1% unemployed; no salary information
  • Chemical Dependency Counseling (AS): 100% employed; no salary information
  • Communications and Media Arts (AS): 36% employed; 55% transferred; 9% unemployed; no salary information
  • Liberal Arts Certificate: 50% transferred; 50% unemployed; no salary information
  • Liberal Arts (AS): 100% transferred; no salary information
  • Liberal Arts General Studies (AS): 18% employed; 76% transferred; 5% unemployed; $31,460

Student Right-To-Know Statement


The Federal Student Right-to-Know Act was enacted in 1991 and final regulations were published on December 1, 1995. This legislation requires any institution of postsecondary education receiving Title IV funds to disclose calculation and disclosure of graduation rates and transfer-out rates of students. The act also requires the following:

  • Only first time, full-time degree/certificate seeking undergraduates are included in the calculation.
  • Students are reported at the end of the period, which constitutes 150% of the time needed to complete a degree. The report would include those students starting in the cohort of fall 1996 and concludes with the ending date of August 31, 1999.
  • Additional copies of this report are available in the Registrar's Office, Student Services Building, room 105.

The following report fulfills the Student Right-To-Know Act reporting requirements for graduation rate and transfer-out rate for BCC students.

Student Right-To-Know

Fall 2005
Full Time /First Time   1,287
Degree Graduates
By Aug 31, 2008   334
Graduation Rate   25.9 %
Transfer Students
Without a Degree   211
Transfer Rate
Without a Degree   16.4%

Top 12 Transfer Schools

Binghamton University 103
Broome Community College 79
SUNY Cortland 53
SUNY Oneonta 11
Empire State College 9
SUNY Oswego 9
Excelsior College 7
Elmira College 4
Penn State 4
SUNY Institute of Technology 4
Cornell University; Drexel University; SUNY Albany; 3
SUNY New Paltz; University of Albany; and University of North Carolina