BCC's Brunswick Interagency program earns accreditation

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Brunswick Community College’s Brunswick Interagency Program (BIP) has earned accreditation from the Council of Accreditation.

The official notification states: “The Council on Accreditation (COA) is delighted to inform you that Brunswick Interagency Program has been accredited. COA’s commitment to maintaining the highest level of standards and quality improvement is designed to identify providers that have set high performance standards for themselves and have made a commitment to their constituents to deliver the highest quality services.

“COA is proud to recognize Brunswick Interagency Program as one of these outstanding providers. COA accreditation is an objective and reliable verification that provides confidence and support to an organization’s service recipients, board members, staff and community partners.

“The COA accreditation process involves a detailed review and analysis of both an organization’s administrative operations and its service delivery practices. All are ‘measured’ against national standards of best practice. These standards emphasize services that are accessible, appropriate, culturally responsive, evidence based, and outcomes-oriented. In addition, they confirm that the services are provided by a skilled and supported workforce and that all individuals are treated with dignity and respect.

“Because COA reviews and accredits the entire organization, not just specific programs, you can have confidence in the credibility, integrity and achievement of your entire organization. COA congratulates Brunswick Interagency Program for their hard work and wonderful achievement and is proud to have it as part of COA’s Community of Excellence.”

The mission of BIP is to provide a comprehensive educational/vocational program that enables individuals with developmental disabilities to develop to their full potential, become more independent and fully participate in their communities. It is the only program of its kind in the nation on a community college campus.

“We are elated about this accomplishment. We are very proud to know that we are the first community college in the nation to receive the COA accreditation,” said Velva Jenkins, dean of continuing education and workforce development.

This accreditation, which occurs once every three years, secures mental health and Medicaid funding the program has been receiving. It also opens the door for additional funding opportunities.

Before the on-campus three-day visit, the BIP staff completed a nine-month self-study.

“(BIP Director) Greg Bland did an outstanding job leading this initiative,” said Sharon Thompson, BCC vice president for academic services. Bland thought the process was the best thing for the agency, allowing them to formalize some of the processes they have always followed and improving their service delivery.

“It fostered an environment of cohesiveness, cooperation, and a renewed sense of purpose,” Bland said.