BCS Incorporated

BCS in the Community

BCS, Incorporated is dedicated to delivering effective solutions to our clients, providing quality products and services to help them achieve their goals. As a company, we apply an equal commitment to excellence when we perform community service in the areas we both work and live.

In the past year, BCS has supported the following charitable organizations:

Local

  • Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake— BCS staff supported our local Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake by putting finishing touches on Habitat homes in the Pigtown neighborhood of Baltimore.
  • 9/11 Memorial 5K Runs– On September 8, 2012, BCS employees gathered in Arlington, Virginia, and Arvada, Colorado, to participate in memorial 5K runs to remember the victims of September 11, 2001, to honor the firefighters and police officers who responded, and to support our troops who are currently serving. BCS staff raised a total of $800 that will be donated to 9/11-related charities.
  • Team Tassy– On July 21, 2012, employees from BCS’ West Virginia and Pittsburgh offices volunteered their time to help Team Tassy—a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit seeking to fight poverty in Haiti—get ready for the Great American Water Balloon Fight in Pittsburgh’s Point State Park. BCS helped Team Tassy reach its goal of filling 100,000 water balloons in preparation for the largest water balloon fight in Pennsylvania history. Proceeds from the charity event are being used to advance Team Tassy’s vision of eliminating global poverty.
  • Helping Up Mission—On March 31, 2012, a number of BCS staff members were pleased to serve dinner to approximately 250 individuals at Helping Up Mission—a nonprofit organization located in Baltimore City, Maryland, that provides services to poor and homeless men. The organization has a number of different programs that help meet the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of these men. Along with counseling, housing services, substance abuse programs, medical assistance, and vocational services, Helping Up Mission serves hundreds of meals each day. BCS has provided support to the Mission for the past 20 years.
  • Howard County Police Officers Association—BCS contributed to this local charity to help protect the community and the rights of its officers.
  • Community Action Council—BCS contributed to this council to provide backpacks and supplies to children in need within the Howard County Public School system.
  • Leadership Howard County—BCS plays an active role in supporting the local Howard County community through this organization.
  • Johns Hopkins HATS Department—BCS contributed to the "Join for Joe" campaign to support Bone Marrow Research and to help pay for swabs used to test donors for bone marrow.
  • Prepare for Success—BCS contributes to Prepare for Success, a program that provides low income Howard County Public School students with a backpack filled with required school supplies.
  • Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank—The BCS West Virginia and Pittsburgh offices volunteered at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank in Duquesne, Pennsylvania. The food bank serves more than 105,000 people each month in the Pittsburgh area. BCS staff members assisted in preparing mailers and tickets for the Pittsburgh Blues Festival fundraiser.

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Regional

  • National Energy Technology Laboratory LogoThe National Energy Technology Laboratory’s Science Bowl is a science and technology competition open to middle and high school students in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. In 2011 and 2012, BCS helped sponsor the competition, and our staff volunteered their time, providing assistance as timekeepers, scorekeepers, and runners. For more information about the Science Bowl, visit the Southwestern PA Science Bowl website or the NETL Science Bowl Information page.

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National

  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • March of Dimes
  • UNICEF
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BCS Advances Learning

BCS, Incorporated prides itself on fostering an environment that helps employees advance their knowledge and skills. One way the company supports this ambition is through its educational assistance program, which reimburses employees for course tuitions and other types of related expenses. Numerous BCS staff members have taken advantage of this program to continue their formal education or to pursue professional certifications, such as the Project Management Professional®, Certified Information Systems Security Professional, and other accreditations.

In addition to encouraging its employees to grow professionally, BCS believes in science, technology, engineering, and math (e.g., STEM) training, as well as supporting high school and college students in obtaining valuable, real-world experience that encourages them to obtain higher levels of education or prepares them to enter the workforce. For example, BCS sponsored the participation of a team of River Hill High School students in the 2011 Zero Robotics Challenge, a competition in which students programmed small robots to fly aboard the International Space Station. Also in 2011, BCS welcomed a fellow from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, for an eight-week internship. Liz Davis, the Sweet Fellow in Energy Policy, gained valuable project experience by working with BCS staff on energy efficiency and international development efforts, supporting clients such as the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.

Following Liz, Spencer Partridge, the Williams Fellow in Energy Policy, came to BCS and participated in marketing and business development, as well as public policy initiatives.

Both Liz and Spencer, after returning to Cornell, noted their fellowships as having great influences on their personal and professional plans, helping prepare them for future careers. In May 2011, Liz delivered a presentation on her Sweet Fellowship in Energy Policy to professors, students, and alumni, and Spencer is highlighted in the summer 2012 issue of the Cornell Report as the 200th Cornell Fellow.

BCS has also benefited greatly from its internship program, finding extreme value in the talent and fresh perspective of a new generation of workers. Moving forward, the company will continue to look for occasions where it can provide high school and college students with the opportunity to further their education and technical skills.

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BCS Staff in the Community

In addition to group participation with charities and events, BCS employees have taken their own personal time to contribute to local communities and mentor the future generation of industry professionals.

  • Morgan Smith, Senior Technical Research Analyst. Morgan was a guest speaker at the first 2010–2011 school year meeting of River Hill High School's Maryland Technology Honor Society (MTHS). The honor society features students with a special interest and aptitude for technology fields. Morgan provided these students with background on the various types of engineering to help expand their awareness of the range of options they have for college and careers.
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