Why Give to Bergen

For more than 50 years, Bergen has been an engine for opportunity.  Recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the top community colleges in the nation, Bergen offers a pathway to productive lives and innovative jobs.

The College drives more than $600 million each year into Bergen County’s economy.

With today’s public funding limitations, only a combination of good management and philanthropy will maximize Bergen’s impact on the communities we serve.  Private donations can advance critical strategic initiatives:

  • Helping students succeed through increased academic resources, strengthened guidance and tutoring programs, and scholarships.
  • Driving program excellence through innovation and accelerated upgrades to equipment and facilities.
  • Building our campuses to shape student experience, and to engage the people who live and work in Bergen County.

We need you – Bergen’s alumni, partners, faculty and staff – to invest in the future of the College and maintain the excellence that this community requires and deserves.

Your Gift Makes an Impact

Private contributions help us to change lives.

Each year more than 13,500 people use Bergen as a stepping stone to careers in today’s knowledge-based economy.  Young people seeking skills and direction.  Mid-career professionals seeking specialized certification for advancement.  Immigrants seeking pathways to productive lives in their new community.

More students graduate from Bergen with associates degrees and specialty certifications than from any other college in the state.  We provide students with the guidance they need, the opportunities they deserve, and the tools required to succeed, both in school and in their lives.

Bergen for Bergen

More than 3 of 4 students at the College come from Bergen County.  And unlike students from other colleges who scatter after graduation, more than 80% of Bergen graduates stay in Bergen County to live, work, and raise their families.

Our community benefits from people realizing their personal and economic potential.  Bergen Community College is New Jersey’s most productive pipeline to higher education, employment and career advancement.

The power of New Jersey’s largest and most recognized community college is that it serves the community.  In the community.  For the community.

Ask us about tomorrow.