BC3’s 47th Annual Commencement

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!

2014 President’s Timeline

March 16, 2015

2014 President's TimelineIt 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.


Speech: BC3’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

March 4, 2015

9931 Banner_2 FinalPresident 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 »

Exciting Times at BC3

March 3, 2015
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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 »

America’s College Promise Plan

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.”

Stay tuned…

Top 10 List: Giving Thanks

December 4, 2014

Greeting and happy end-of-the-semester! Can you believe we’re already heading into the winter break?

Just coming off Thanksgiving, I certainly counted my blessings. The following is my Top 10 “Giving Thanks List.” Please share yours with me in the comments!

#10 – An early morning walk with our pooch, Mika. Although she is slowing down a bit, I can clear my head and solve the world’s problems during our 40 to 50 minute trots.

#9 – Our beautiful main campus. I can’t tell you how often people comment on the beauty of the 330-acres.

#8 – Our regional approach to higher education. Questioned by some early in my tenure as President, our off-campus locations and the staff members are an important part of BC3. Thanks to all of those who make these locations so successful. Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrating Victories

October 17, 2014

Although the Pirates are history and the Steelers are off to a mediocre 3-3 start (keep the faith!), the College is chalking up some nice victories.

  • FACETS, the College’s art and literary magazine, was recently awarded First Place with Special Merit by the American Scholastic Press Association. BC3 student Travis Ritenour received Outstanding Photograph for his photo “Fork in the Road.”
  • The BC3 Pioneer Golf team built on its Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference championship by being crowned Pennsylvania Invitational Tournament Champions.
  • Our Marketing and Communications Division brought home gold and bronze medals from the recent National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District 1 Conference.
  • Although still in the “silent” phase of our major gifts campaign, the campus community giving rate so far is at 80 percent!

Keep up the great work Pioneers… and continue to be Pioneer Proud!


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