September 17, 2015
The news is spreading quickly – The Pioneer Proud Campaign here at Butler County Community College is entering into its community phase!
Officially launched by the BC3 Education Foundation, Inc. in 2013, the goal of this comprehensive campaign was $5.5 million. Yesterday’s announcement at the College’s Board of Trustees meeting reported $5 million in gifts received and formal pledges made.
Although the Pioneer Proud Campaign identified three initiatives, funding dedicated to the new Heaton Family Learning Commons is being emphasized. The other two points of emphasis have been students scholarships and economic development.
There are so many thanks I would like to extend as we close in on our official goal, but here are three. Campaign Co-Chairs Bob Hunter and Nancy Hunter Mycka have been spectacular. Mr. Bob Heaton’s $1 million pledge to renovate the Beck Library into a 21st century, high tech Learning Commons is awe-inspiring.
Amazingly, 82 percent of the College’s faculty and staff have contributed to the Campaign. To put this into perspective, a national average of internal giving for a campaign of this nature is 40 percent.
The best news of all – there is still time to contribute. Please contact our Foundation office for more information.
I am truly PIONEER PROUD!
August 24, 2015
Today, August 21, was a wonderful day at all campus sites – but particularly our Main Campus in Butler Township. Close to 500 students, parents and friends attended our Annual Welcome Day. With the sun shining and a nice breeze, our new students benefited from meeting with faculty and staff. As I greeted new students in our Field House, I could sense the enthusiasm and excitement. I felt the same way 30 years ago as my mother and father sat nearby in my freshman orientation at the Penn State University – Beaver Campus.
The advice I offered our students was similar to what I received back in 1985: go to class; get involved; and get to know your professors.
It promises to be another banner year at all of our BC3 locations. Have a great academic year!
May 19, 2015
Can you smell it? No, not the flowers or the freshly-cut grass: Graduation is in the air!
May 20 is BC3’s 47th Annual Commencement Ceremony during our 50th Golden Anniversary year. The day promises to be an exciting one.
The College’s second President from 1970-1984, Dr. Thomas Ten Hoeve, will return as the keynote speaker for this special celebration. Earlier in the day, we will hold a reception for Dr. and Mrs. Ten Hoeve from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Steffler Board Room in the Science and Technology Building. Commencement will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Field House. Over 230 of 548 graduating students will march in the ceremony. Seventeen students will graduate with two degrees, while two will earn three degrees.
Following the ceremony, students will have an opportunity to take photos in front of the College’s Conestoga Wagon, which was part of our 50th anniversary. A brief ceremony will take place in which student leaders will bury a time capsule marking the 50th year in the Oak Grove by the Student Success Center.
I am certain to see you around during this special time of year. Congratulations BC3 graduates!
March 16, 2015
It is with great enthusiasm that I share with you the 2014 President’s Timeline.
This is the third edition of the online format that replaces the printed President’s Annual Reports. The timeline chronicles BC3’s achievements and successes of the past year. So many of you are represented here, along with your programs, awards, and news stories. I am sure you will enjoy the live links to photos, videos, and news articles.
Please share this with your friends, family, and business colleagues.
Finally, please feel free to let me know what you think by using the “Feedback” tab on the timeline. Email me directly should you have other questions, comments, or concerns.
March 4, 2015
President Neupauer’s speech from BC3’s 50th Anniversary Celebration on Tuesday, March 3, 2015:
Friends, colleagues, Board of Trustees, Foundation Board, Alumni Council, Retirees, County Commissioners, and distinguished guests:
Welcome. Welcome to the celebration of the establishment of Butler County Community College 50 years ago this very day.
I am Nick Neupauer, the very proud eighth president of BC3 – a nationally recognized, statewide example and county-leader in providing quality, affordable, and accessible education to our citizens.
Oh, where to begin? Perhaps the very creation of this College is a good start. Read the rest of this entry »
March 3, 2015
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 Promise proposal. In the proposal, American citizens would have the opportunity to attend one of the nation’s nearly 1,200 community colleges tuition free.
On the state level, BC3 was part of an initiative involving Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges. The Prior Learning Assessment will give non-traditional students as well as military veterans an opportunity to apply for life experience credits with a rigorous online portfolio.
And just this week, the College unveiled an exciting Degree Completion Partnerships. Soon after, our social media outlets buzzed with activity. A variety of newspapers and radio station also boasted about the innovative model. Read the rest of this entry »
January 22, 2015
The Spring 2015 semester is off to a great start. Students are hustling and bustling at all of our BC3 campuses. We had a great Board of Trustees meeting on January 21 and President Obama highlighted community colleges in his State of the Union Address on January 20.
Since his speech, I have been asked for my thoughts on the President’s America’s College Promise Plan. Here is my recent statement to the Butler Eagle as President of BC3 and Board Chair of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges:
“The President’s proposal for ‘America’s College Promise’ is encouraging and would likely expand access to community colleges to more students than ever before. The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges, together with Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges, looks forward to working with our congressional delegation to make the proposal a reality.
We will soon have that opportunity. Many of us will be in Washington, D.C. from February 9 through February 12 at the American Association of Community Colleges and the Association of Community College Trustees National Legislative Summit.
It is refreshing to hear that community college are being considered as part of a solution to higher education. The Promise is an interesting way to begin a necessary conversation. The whole concept remind me a bit of the passage of the original G.I. Bill many years ago.”