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New Committee at Bloomfield College Welcomes Representatives from Corporate, Community, and Non-Profit Sectors

Bloomfield College

By Alicia Cook

The “Business, Industry & Community Council” (BICC) is a new committee at Bloomfield College that welcomes a wide range of representatives from the corporate, community, and non-profit sectors – including alumni.

The BICC meets two times a year for a reception, updates on new and established programs, one-on-one interaction with College leadership and students, and networking opportunities with peers. The intent of BICC (formerly the “Corporate Council”) is to engage external friends of Bloomfield College for information sharing and the opportunity to consider partnering with the College for the benefit of our diverse student body.

“Our new name reflects the true professional makeup of this group, which includes corporate, community and civic representatives as well as nonprofit executives,” explained Diane Picciuto, Director of Corporate and Foundation Innovation.

BICC members receive priority invitations to campus events, serve as informal “ambassadors” of Bloomfield College, and share their expertise and critical input so that the College can best prepare its students for the working world. 

Since the BICC’s inaugural meeting on March 29, 2016, a number of key partnerships have been established, including but not limited to:

  • $10,000 scholarship established by ProudLiving Companies
  • Summer 2016 internships provided by The Provident Bank, QuickChek, and Investors Bank
  • Opportunity to interface with corporate recruiters at iCIMS and Aon Hewitt with BC’s Center for Career Development
  • Partnerships with the Bloomfield Center Alliance and Jazz House Kids re: Bloomfield College’s Westminster Arts Center
  • Student Mentorship by a Peapack-Gladstone Bank executive
  • Information sharing to expand our outreach to potential donors

“We are deeply grateful to the Business, Industry & Community Council for their time and commitment to our students,” expressed Picciuto.    

The next BICC meeting is planned for Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 6-8pm on campus. The program will be hosted by Gene Waddy, CEO of Diversant, Inc., and will focus on the programs and students of our Creative Arts & Technology (CAT) Division. Waddy will speak to trending workplace opportunities related to STEAM:  Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. An informal tour of the new Center for Technology + Creativity on campus will follow the meeting.

We invite any corporate/community partners interested in joining BICC to contact Diane Picciuto at Bloomfield College via email or phone (973) 748-9000 ext. 1293 for more information.