I have often said that “we are proud to be Butler County’s community college.” However, we also understand our role as one of the Commonwealth’s 14 community colleges.
As Pennsylvania’s northwestern most community college, our board and institution as a whole has adopted a regional philosophy. Our success in Cranberry Township, Lawrence and Mercer counties and of course Main Campus, speaks volumes of this approach.
Yesterday, the College expanded our off-campus locations by one. BC3 @ Brockway, which will service Clarion, Clearfield, Jefferson and Elk counties, joins BC3 @ Cranberry, BC3 @ Lawrence Crossing, BC3 @ LindenPointe and BC3 Main Campus. An announcement was made yesterday before approximately 100 people at Brockway High School.
Funded by a $500,000 annual grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, BC3 @ Brockway will occupy a 14,000-square foot facility at the site of the former Owens-Illinois Glass Building on Wood Street. Five associate degree programs as well as continuing education courses will be offered at the site.
Support from the four-county region has been overwhelming. Senator Joe Scarnati’s speech at yesterday’s event emphasized not only BC3’s excellence, but also the importance of affordable, accessible and quality education.
We are on schedule to offer classes beginning in the Fall of 2013. More is sure to follow as we “Pioneer” into the northern tier of Pennsylvania.