Dear Ms. Smith: How your alma mater has grown!

June 8, 2020

This blog post is in response to a handwritten letter the College recently received from an alumni.

Letter from Jean H. Smith, BC3 Alumnus from Kittanning, dated May 18, 2020.

Dear Ms. Smith, 

Thank you so much for the kind letter you wrote May 18, 2020. I always enjoy hearing from our 24,500 alumni. I am also pleased that you believe your educational experience at BC3 from the 1970s has served you well over the years. 

Our college has changed quite a bit since you took classes here. Our 330-acre main campus in Butler Township is still as beautiful, especially this time of year, but has far more buildings than the original four dating to our opening in 1966. A one-mile Shaffer Walking Trail now encompasses nearly all of our buildings, and will also pass by a proposed state-of-the-art Victor K. Phillips Nursing and Allied Health building planned for the south end of our main campus – not far from those original four buildings. 

You asked about our library. That, too, has changed. We opened the Heaton Family Learning Commons in 2016. Our ultramodern academic and community library was even featured in a November 2017 issue of Library Journal, the nation’s oldest magazine devoted to libraries. Martin Miller, our dean of library sciences, leads an incredible staff in the Heaton.

Yes, we have expanded quite a bit since your time at BC3. We deliver our quality, affordable and accessible education throughout northwestern Pennsylvania. Our additional locations are in Brockway in Jefferson County; Cranberry Township in Butler County; Ford City in Armstrong County; Hermitage in Mercer County; and New Castle in Lawrence County.

The Heaton Family Learning Commons even links those additional locations to our main campus through technology. We also have a thriving distance education program! 

Would you believe we serve 25,000 students annually? Not only have we received accolades for excellence in our 56 associate degree credit programs, we serve up to 20,000 individuals in noncredit continuing education, workforce development, public safety and other important trainings. 

Margo Pitts and her love of the arts and of students like you are still discussed decades after her retirement. Professor Pitts is symbolic of our excellent faculty and staff over the years. It’s one of the many reasons I just love BC3 — a place I have called home since 1999 and have served as president since 2007. 

There’s little question higher education will change as a result of COVID-19. But I am confident BC3 will continue to thrive. Our “all in” for nursing with the Shaffer School of Nursing and Allied Health and the Victor K. Phillips Nursing and Allied Health building could not come at a more important time. 

I am so pleased you reached out to the college with your touching letter. You are always welcome for a visit. 

Pioneer Proud!

President Neupauer


2013 President’s Timeline

February 26, 2014

Pres Time BlogIt is with great enthusiasm that I share with you the 2013 President’s Timeline.

This is the second edition of the new, online format and 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.

You can 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. Please email me directly should you have other questions, comments or concerns.

Click the image above to view the 2013 President’s Timeline. Enjoy!


Recognizing students & alumni

October 23, 2013

Is there a more beautiful time than autumn on our Main Campus? The leaves, chill in the air and even the smell indicates that fall is here. I just love seeing our students wearing their BC3 gear as they joyfully make their way across campus.

Over 100 student came from all of our BC3 locations to be recognized Saturday at our Annual Legacy Dinner with various scholarships from the BC3 Education Foundation, Inc. This semester, 88 scholarships were awarded to 133 students totaling $140,000. Out of those students, 34 received the President’s Scholarship.

The 2013 BC3 Distinguished Alumni were also honored at the Legacy Dinner. They are: Read the rest of this entry »


Commencement 2013

May 15, 2013

BCCC_Graduation_5-15-12-18Commencement night is finally here! Simply put, this is BC3’s Super Bowl – a night to show off our beautiful campus, tremendous faculty and staff and celebrate our students.

I truly hope that our graduating students comprehend the significance of their accomplishment. Whether it be entering the workforce or transferring to a senior institution, this evening is a night to celebrate. Read the rest of this entry »


2012 President’s Timeline

March 5, 2013

It is with great enthusiasm that I share with you the debut of a new endeavor – The 2012 President’s Timeline.

This replaces the printed President’s Annual Reports and chronicles BC3’s achievements and successes of the past year.

Many students, faculty and staff are represented here, along with programs, awards and news stories. I am sure you will enjoy this new interactive format, which includes links to photos, videos and news articles. Read the rest of this entry »