Rho Phi Chapter wins awards

March 21, 2017

Move over March Madness, Butler County Community College had a monster slam dunk at the recent Phi Theta Kappa Middle States Regional Convention this weekend in New Jersey.

The College’s Rho Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa scored incredible victories by bringing home a variety of awards.


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Spring Break at BC3

March 9, 2017

Spring Break at Pennsylvania’s No. 1 Community College is here! While students and faculty are enjoying some well-deserved rest and relaxation, it has bemwc-neupaueren a busy few weeks.

From February 13-16, Executive Director of the BC3 Education Foundation and External Relations Ruth Purcell and I attended The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) National Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C. We met with Congressmen Mike Kelly and Keith Rothfus and spent time with staff members of Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey. We discussed the importance of our country’s 1,100 community colleges and asked for continued support of federal PELL grants.

On February 25, my wife Tammy and I represented the College at the first Butler Radio “Men Who Cook” event, a fundraiser for local charities. While I didn’t exactly cook, our students in the Hospitality Management Program, under the direction of Jennifer Taylor, did. Their apple crumb cake was a huge hit!
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2016 President’s Timeline

February 1, 2017

pres-time-jpegHello BC3 colleagues, students, and friends.

The spring of 2017 is already three weeks old! Enrollments are steady and our students are off and running at our six college locations.

It is with great pride and pleasure that I introduce the annual President’s Timeline, which recaps the 2016 calendar year. As you will see, there is much to highlight from another banner year at Pennsylvania’s No. 1 community college.


A Fantastic Fall 2016

December 21, 2016


Finals are finished, students are getting their grades and the College is putting a giant bow on another fantastic fall semester.

The fall of 2016 is one that will forever be remembered. Consider the following list of accomplishments over the last five months:

I am truly lucky to be the leader of this phenomenal institution of higher learning.

Main Campus Late Start due to Power Outage

November 10, 2016

Thursday morning at 4:45 a.m., I was notified by Brian Opitz, Executive Director of Operations, that our Main Campus lost power. Later we learned that a downed-power line impacted 200 residents of Butler Township, including BC3. At 5:21 a.m., the College used its emergency texting to announce the Main Campus would open at 9:30 a.m. At the same time, emails were sent and our switchboard message shared the late start information. Media outlets were contacted shortly afterwards.

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Community colleges teach financial literacy

October 20, 2016

nick-testimonyGreetings from Hershey, where I will be joining colleague Presidents from Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges for two days of meetings.

As an important point of clarification with what has been in the news this week, the Commonwealth’s 14 community colleges are not part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Our nearly 320,000 students across the state continue to attend classes this fall of 2016 semester.

Our sector of higher education was highlighted Monday in a Senate Hearing. I was honored to represent not only Butler County Community College, but all of our institutions in a discussion on student loan debt, borrowing and financial literacy.

Make no mistake about it, our community colleges continue to be the right choice for a quality, affordable and accessible education.

Read more about my testimony at the state Senate hearing.

BC3 Signs “Teach-Out Plan” with DuBois Business College

September 8, 2016

The fall of 2016 semester is off to a great start at all Butler County Community College’s locations. However, news at other colleges across the country isn’t so great.

The United States Department of Education barred all Indiana-based ITT Technical Institute campuses from enrolling new students who depend on federal financial aid. ITT was also told that it must increase its reserves to $247.3 million, or 40 percent of federal student aid the for-profit company received in 2015. ITT made the decision to close its operations; a move that will impact thousands of students and employees.

On August 25, Cambria-Rowe Business College, the Johnstown area’s oldest college, closed because of issues with the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).

On Wednesday, September 7, BC3 officials visited DuBois Business College (DBC), which was founded in 1885. On September 6, DBC officials announced it would close operations on September 22. Officials said the closing is a result of similar issues with ACICS.

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