BC3 named #1 community college in PA

December 4, 2015

Schools.com GraphicAs the fall 2015 semester winds down, I have some GREAT news to share. I was just made aware that Butler County Community College has been recognized as Pennsylvania’s best community college by Schools.com! The ranking evaluates the 14 community colleges in the Commonwealth.

According to the list, BC3 was highlighted for affordable tuition and our outstanding transfer rates to senior institutions. An average class size of 18 allows our faculty to give students individual and small group attention. This also correlates to higher retention and graduation rates for our students.

Just another reason to be Pioneer Proud! Happy holidays!

Giving Thanks

November 24, 2015

Hello, Pioneers!

Last year, I shared a Top 10 List of Giving Thanks. In recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday, here is my 2015 List.

10. Our Alumni Association.
Established in 1997, this fine group of BC3 grads is always supportive.

9. Our Degree Completion Partners.
Unique; innovative; and tens of thousands of dollars saved. The College’s Degree Completion Partners are making bachelor’s degrees possible at BC3.

8. The Rho Phi Chapter of BC3’s Phi Theta Kappa.
The College’s oldest student club, originated in 1968.

7. The communities we serve.
After all, “Community” is BC3’s middle name. Read the rest of this entry »

BC3 PSU Articulation Signing

October 10, 2015

PSU Articulation SigningThere have been lots of special moments for me since becoming President of the College in 2007 — new buildings, new campuses, major gifts, new programs, etc.

Articulation signings are important in our “student-centered” environment, but describing them as special on a personal-level might be stretching it a bit.

That is until yesterday.

On October 8 in Steffler Board Room on our Main Campus, several BC3 representative in addition to several representatives from the Penn State University Commonwealth Campuses were present for the signing of a multi-program articulation agreement.

Students at BC3 who earn an associate degree can transfer all of their credits toward a similar bachelor’s degree program offered at the Penn State’s six western Pennsylvania campuses — Beaver, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, New Kensington, and Shenango. In addition, BC3 graduates can easily transition to four-year programs at the eight other Commonwealth campuses — Brandywine, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, Schuylkill, Wilkes-Barre, Worthington Scranton, or York.

As a marginal graduating senior from Lincoln High School in Ellwood City (Lawrence County) back in 1985, I felt stuck. The economy was struggling and my friends were heading off to college. Although a prime candidate for a community college, BC3 @ Lawrence Crossing didn’t yet exist. And the universities in which I applied were not accepting me. Read the rest of this entry »

Pioneer Proud Campaign enters community phase

September 17, 2015

Pioneer Proud JPEGThe 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.


Welcome back students!!!!

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!

Pioneer Proud!

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.