PTK “Honors in Action”

February 6, 2018

PTK VidButler County Community College is the Commonwealth’s No. 1 community college two-times running for a host of reasons.

Today, I would like to focus on one – our Rho Phi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society.

Rho Phi has been in existence at the College since 1968. It recognized our students of excellence – those who have earned a 3.5 grade point average and are active campus and community members.

A five-star ranking is the highest honor in which a Phi Theta Kappa chapter can earn. Last year, the College moved to a five-start chapter. Recognition at this level focuses on service and excelling in what is called an “Honors in Action” project – which is set by the international office.

This year’s Rho Phi Chapter has connected its project to our larger strategic plan that is addressing the opiate epidemic and stigma surrounding it. The College’s Tracy Hack is leading our opiate initiative with an active advisory team.

Rho Phi President Chris Slay coordinated five students to speak in the video about either their personal struggles or of someone close to them.

Enjoy the video. I am certain you will be moved, just like me.

BC3 2017 Year in Review

January 22, 2018

Grey and gloom… that’s not just my mood with the Steelers out of the playoffs and New England making a return trip to the Super Bowl. We are stuck right dab in the middle of a brutal winter.

Need cheering up? The BC3 2017 Year in Review might just do the trick.

The Year in Review replaces a President’s Timeline, which analyzed the College’s annual accomplishments from 2012-2016. Previously, BC3 produced a printed annual report.

Without question, 2017 is a year to remember. I am confident the College’s Communications and Marketing Division captured all with this phenomenal online production.

I am certain you will enjoy the 2017 Year in Review as much as I did.

Holiday Season

December 7, 2017

It is officially the holiday season. Where has the semester gone? Here are some highlights from a memorable Fall of 2017 semester:

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Professional Development

November 6, 2017


Greetings from Eastern West Virginia Community College in beautiful Moorefield, WV. I am attending the Fall Conference of the Community Colleges of the Appalachia (CCA). Not sure if you realized, but BC3 is part of the Appalachian region.

I am delighted to join Presidents and staff members from states like Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, New York, Ohio and of course West Virginia. Furthermore, I am honored to serve on the CCA Board of Directors.

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Community College Daily

October 4, 2017

As a former journalist, I watch, read, and listen to the news with a critical eye.

What angle did the reporter take? How effective were the quotes? Was the reporting accurate?

Unfortunately, my analysis of the media lately has been of sorrow for what it is reporting. Global news is chock-full of natural disasters and desperation. Here in the United States, natural disasters have left citizens vulnerable. And the news from Las Vegas could not be more gut-wrenching.

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Fall Season

September 7, 2017

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 service area high schools. To that end, we are promoting our affordable, accessible and quality education in high school football programs; on local sports talk radio shows (WBUT’s Saturday Morning Sports Journal); and by sponsoring Sportsfever’s Channel 22 broadcast of the Mars-Hampton High School Football game on August 25.

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Fall 2017 Preview

August 9, 2017

Where oh where has summer gone?

While the calendar still indicates we are stuck in the dog days of summer, the beginning of the fall semester will be here before you know it.

Higher education in the Commonwealth has certainly been in the news a great deal lately. As part of the 14 institutions that make up Pennsylvania’s community college sector, our quality and affordability is more important than ever before.

That is especially the case at BC3. Our diverse credit and non-credit offerings; our impact on the communities we serve; our excellent faculty and staff; and our ability to leverage governmental funding with private donations are just some of the reasons we are ranked as the top community college in Pennsylvania by

The 2017-18 academic year promises to be another exciting one. I am confident we can help you in your educational journey. Please feel free to reach out to let us know how we can assist you.