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Home>About Bergen>> >Bergen Community College in Hackensack - The Philip Ciarco Jr., Learning Center
Our History
Located at 355 Main Street in Hackensack, The Adult Learning Center was founded by
Bergen Community College in 1970 with the primary mission of providing educational and support
services for adults seeking high school equivalency education or English as a Second Language
In 1999, the Adult Learning Center was renamed the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center by Philip Ciarco, Jr., in honor of his father, Philip Ciarco. Mr. Ciarco Jr., and his sister, Kathleen, established a lasting tribute to the life of the senior Ciarco who had left school to work at the age of 13.Mr. Ciarco, Jr., and his sister pledged a generous bequest of $500,000 to support an endowed scholarship fund to enable deserving students to receive the education that Mr. Ciarco's father never had the opportunity to receive.
In addition to the Ciarco family’s tremendous generosity, Kathleen Ciarco is an alumnus of BCC’s Early Childhood Education program and Philip Ciarco Jr. is an esteemed member of the Bergen Community College Foundation, the fundraising arm of the College.
Since its inception, thousands of adults have completed coursework that has improved their quality of life through language acquisition, acculturation, and the development of workplace skills for employment and job advancement. A testimony to the success of Bergen Community College in Hackensack is the significant number of students who have gone on to obtain bachelors and master’s degrees and other postsecondary training.
Today, in addition to high school equivalency education and ESL, the College offers college credit courses, non-degree credit courses, Flexible Start accelerated credit courses, American Language Program (ALP) courses, employment preparation and job training, and a wide variety of other general education, certificate and degree classes. We provide on- site academic and admission counselors in order to aid students in their future goals of transition from non degree programs to degree programs or in reaching their employment and career goals.
All of our courses and programs may be completed in a spacious, modern, and welcoming environment in vibrant, downtown Hackensack. The Ciarco Center provides six (6) state-of-the-art
computer labs, numerous Smart Classrooms, and a new Tutoring and Language Center. The Ciarco
Center is an official, GED Testing Site. We are easily accessible by public transportation or car.
Ample parking is available.
Our Mission
The Mission of Bergen Community College in Hackensack, Philip Ciarco Jr., Learning Center is:
·To provide quality programs and services to adults seeking high school equivalency education or English as a Second Language (ESL);
·To offer academic and counseling support to adult students transitioning from GED or ESL programs into BCC degree or certificate programs;
·To act as an extension of Bergen Community College by offering credit courses that are affordable, accessible and convenient options to our student body;
·To be an integral and responsive member of the College community, the community of Hackensack, and the County of Bergen.