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President's Perspective

On Cloud 9

So many times I have said “The sun always shines at BC3.”But today, a welcomed cloud stretches over the 100-plus miles between our six locations.It’s Cloud 9.And we’re flying high on it.BestColleges.com’s ranking of BC3 as...

BC3 busy and bustling

Our college is buzzing. Contractors are building new facilities on our main campus and in Ford City. Visitors are envisioning their futures by attending our spring open houses. Alumni have read poetry at public events on campus. Our student-athletes returned to action...

A date to reflect

We did it. Our college successfully navigated a spring semester, a walk-thru commencement and the start of summer sessions as the clouds of COVID-19 may be lifting. I was happy to see the calendar reach June...

BC3 flourishes in a changing world

https://videopress.com/v/1YsnB4zG?preloadContent=metadata It’s been seven weeks since our college responded to the COVID-19 situation. We did so keeping the safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors to our BC3 locations at the forefront of our decisions.   Since March...

A Dancing Debut

As president of our No. 1 Community College (in three consecutive Schools.com rankings, I might add) I love our role as the "community's college." BC3 supports various community organizations and service projects, and our employees volunteer...

Celebrating 2018

Good morning, BC3, and welcome to 2019! I’m excited to step forward into what promises to be another extraordinary year at BC3, filled with accomplishments, honors and success stories from the reigning No. 1 community college...

Best Wishes to Anna Weitz

L to R: Mr. Tom Leary, President of Luzerne Community College; Dr. Nick Neupauer, President of Butler County Community College; Anna Weitz, Former President of Reading Area Community College; Elizabeth Bolden, President of the Pennsylvania Commission...

Holiday Season

It is officially the holiday season. Where has the semester gone? Here are some highlights from a memorable Fall of 2017 semester: For a fifth consecutive time, BC3 was recognized as a Military Friendly Campus. Janice...

Fall Season

With the fall-like chill in the air and football season thankfully here, the Fall 2017 semester is off to a great start. As the community’s college, we appreciate and understand the value of athletics in our...

Spring Break at BC3

Spring Break at Pennsylvania’s No. 1 Community College is here! While students and faculty are enjoying some well-deserved rest and relaxation, it has been a busy few weeks. From February 13-16, Executive Director of the BC3...

Exciting Times at BC3

Degree Completion Partnership signing on Wednesday, February 25 at BC3. It has already been a great 2015 for Butler County Community College! On the national level, President Obama has highlighted community colleges with his American's College...

Semester Wrap Up

It's crunch time! Are you ready? We're heading into the final week of classes, followed by finals week and then our Commencement festivities. It always amazes me how quickly the academic year progresses. This year seemed...

Commencement 2013

Commencement night is finally here! Simply put, this is BC3's Super Bowl - a night to show off our beautiful campus, tremendous faculty and staff and celebrate our students. I truly hope that our graduating students...

Spring Fever

Greetings, BC3 friends and colleagues. Spring fever is in the air. Finally, some nice weather! I love seeing our main campus buzzing with activity. Dozens of people have pulled me aside to express their satisfaction with...

Happy Holidays

Another semester is in the books. Can you believe it? While students and faculty concluded finals last week, the College is busy heading into the holiday break. Grades are being processed and students are registering for...

Weather Alert/Update

Earlier today, I received information from the Lieutenant Governor's office regarding the Commonwealth's safety and security over the next several days. He stated that Hurricane Sandy and its impact on all of Pennsylvania - including Western...

Pioneer Pride

Often, I am proud of Butler County Community College. Earlier this week was yet another time. Our Communications and Marketing staff shined at the annual National Council of Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) conference held in...

Lobby Day 2012

On Tuesday, April 3, I joined several of BC3's finest students in Harrisburg for the Pennsylvania Commission for Community College's Annual Lobby Day. The purpose of the event is to meet with legislators to lobby on...

$20 million grant

What a week! BC3 learned that Pennsylvania's 14 community colleges will share in a $20 million Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College & Career Training (TAACCCT) grant. Our share is expected to be about $750,000. We will...

Top 10 Recap

Welcome to the 2011-12 academic year! So far, so good on a beautiful first day of classes. I always enjoy meeting with incoming freshman during our student orientation sessions. When I do, I immediately think of...

Road Trip

Happy Independence Day to the BC3 family! I was happy to have some rest and relaxation with family. It has already been a busy summer with little downtime. Last week, I joined our executive team on...

2011 Lobby Day

I have attended four Lobby Days in Harrisburg on behalf of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges. Each year, we talked to local elected officials about the benefit of the Commonwealth's community colleges as a whole...

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here's a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!. Crunchy numbers A...

BC3 @ Upper Allegheny

Last week, Butler County Community College took another step forward as a regional institution of higher learning. On Friday, October 8, the College announced an expansion into the Upper Allegheny region of PA. BC3 will offer distance education...

Summer Break

Did you have a good Fourth of July? The Fourth is one of my favorite holidays. In higher education circles, July Fourth also serves as an indicator that the summer break is halfway over. BC3 really...

Business as usual

Butler County Community College held its regularly scheduled Board of Trustee meeting yesterday at BC3 @ Cranberry.  At the meeting, the Board unanimously voted that the College supports the Butler County Board of Commissioners'  lawsuit against...

Spring 2010

Are you ready for the Spring of 2010 semester?  I sure am. I'm excited to see everyone back at the College this coming week.  I can hardly wait to teach another semester of Introduction to Public...

Words of advice

Did you have a good Thanksgiving? I sure did. Plenty of rest, relaxation, turkey, football and - most importantly - time with my family. Our record-breaking fall semester is winding down. So, to our 4,352 students,...

Fall Enrollment Up

How is your summer going?  I can hardly believe it is already July.  Before we know it, the fall semester will be here.  Enrollment for the College is up 19.1 percent for the fall!  Butler County residents are up...

09 Commencement

Last evening, the College held its 41st Annual Commencement.  Approximately 170 graduating students participated in the event. Guest speakers included: Brian Morgan, Student Address; Dr. Marlene P. Hassenfratz, Distinguished Alumni Address; Dr. Kathleen M. Howley, Keynote...

Nurses Pinning

Today is one of those days where I realize just how lucky I am to be president of BC3.  Tonight, 48 students were awarded their nursing pins during the College's Annual Nurses Pinning Ceremony.  As I...

Swine Flu Update

The following information is taken from the Pennsylvania Departments of Education and Health, the University of Delaware, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention.  Special thanks to our own Dr. Robin Patterson for...

Swine Influenza

The College is currently monitoring the Swine Influenza A (H1N1) situation. The College is using the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention website for daily updates.  As of 11:00 a.m. today, 64 confirmed cases of...

March Madness

March Madness - a time college basketball fans crave.  Area teams were well-represented in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament.  Pitt, Robert Morris, and West Virgina made the NCAA's, while Penn State and Duquesne earned National...

Spring Break

I can hardly believe that Spring Break is just about here.  It probably has to do with the weather.  As an undergraduate student, I never went on a Spring Break trip.  I was always happy to...

Drive to Succeed

The sun is shining (a rarity it seems), the Steelers are six-time world champions, and BC3 is humming.  The black-and-gold's hard work and determination that ultimately led to another Lombardi Trophy reminds me of staff and...

A Challenge

On Wednesday, January 21, I met with my Introduction to Public Relations class for the first time this semester.  Twelve eager BC3 students listened closely as we discussed the course outline and expectations. One of the...

Giving Thanks

As Thanksgiving is fast approaching, I am already counting my blessings and thanks.  Foremost, I am thankful for my family and the opportunity to serve as the eighth President of Butler County Community College.  Just today...

BC3 Help Line

This post is by guest blogger, John Kearney, Vice President of Student Services at BC3. It's hard to believe its already past midterm for the fall 2008 semester.  I hope that your classes are going well and that...

Heart Walk

This past Saturday, October 12, several hundred people participated in the American Heart Association's Annual Butler County Heart Walk.  This is the second consecutive year the event was held on our Main Campus. Dozens of people...

Stormy Situation

As you know, remnants from Hurricane Ike travelled to Butler County Sunday evening.  BC3's main campus was bit especially hard, while our off-campus locations were spared. At approximately 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, Director of Operations Brian...

BC3 Pioneers

Today is a college football Saturday.  One of my alma maters, Penn State, is hosting Oregon State University.  State College is buzzing with activity.  Over 108,000 fans will cram Beaver stadium, donning blue and white to...

Labor Day

Labor Day is on the calendar to pay tribute to those workers who make America so great.  We have many working students at BC3. I admire you juggling the rigors of college with the demands of employment. ...

First Generation Students

In a recent snapshot of Pennsylvania's 14 community colleges, the National Community College Benchmarking Survey indicated BC3 has more first-generation college students than any of our sister institutions.  Thirty-eight percent of our students are the first...

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