An Overview of The Bahamas Baptist College
This dynamic centre of higher education opened its doors in September 1995 and it grew out a successful Continuing Education Division that offered B.G.S.E. and other certificate courses for adults and young people. Prior to this, for some five years, the Bahamas Baptist College in partnership with The College of the Bahamas, prepared students for entry into that institution by means of the College Prep Programme. The College has grown to become the nation’s larges private College and the second largest tertiary institution in the country.
From the inception of the College in 1995 to August 2002, Rev. Dr. Baltron B. Bethel, C. M. G., served as the President. He has handed over the reins to Dr. Brendamae Cleare, formerly of The College of The Bahamas. Today, The Bahamas Baptist Community College offers some thirty (30) Associate of Arts degree majors, numerous professional certificate programmes and maintains a large College Prep Division.
The student body is made up of recent high school graduates and mature adults. The College also operates a distance education programme in Eleuthera. In addition to being registered and approved by the Ministry of Education, the College’s Associate of Arts Degrees are recognized by the Department of Public Personnel. The institution adheres to high standards and maintains systems of internal and external control. As a result, BBCC has established Articulation Agreements, memoranda of Understanding and Working Relationships with a number of Colleges and Universities. The list includes The College of The Bahamas, University of the West Indies, University of Michigan, University of Detroit, Florida Memorial College, Florida Atlantic University, North western College, Mars Hill College and Berkeley College. Credits earned at BBCC are readily accepted at accredited institutions locally and abroad. The College is a member of the Association of Caribbean Tertiary Institutions in the Bahamas and The Association of Caribbean Education Administrators.
For the first seven (7) years of the College’s existence it occupied its own small premises at #8 Jean Street, Gleniston Gardens and shared facilities with Charles W. Saunders Baptist High School and the Central Baptis Church. Since September 2002, a new academic building was commissioned into use. This represents the first phase in the construction of a greatly expanded campus.
The College represents a bold commitment on the part of The Bahamas National Baptist Missionary and Education Convention to respond o the crucial tertiary needs of this nation. While pursuing excellence in education in a Christian environment, the College is committed to providing opportunities for as many Bahamians as possible, at all levels of society. Studies can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis so that students can benefit from the wide variety of programme offerings at the College.