BC3 flourishes in a changing world

May 1, 2020

It’s been seven weeks since our college responded to the COVID-19 situation. We did so keeping the safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors to our BC3 locations at the forefront of our decisions.  

Since March 11, not only has the college changed, but so has the world around us. Work-from-home, remote instruction, social distancing and mitigation strategies have become regular parts of our vocabulary. An eagerness to return to normal – a new normal – is on everyone’s mind.  

Each day, I connect with statewide leaders. Safety, of course, is paramount in these discussions. But strategies to lead institutions of higher education forward are also shared, critiqued and evaluated.  

BC3 has moved to remote instruction for the summer. Our work-from-home model is still intact for the immediate future. We are exploring options for a creative 2020 Commencement. Faculty and administration are sharing ideas on how to shape the fall of 2020 for our students.  

While there are still many unknowns for the future, one constant each and every day is the fact BC3 still shines – regardless of COVID-19 constraints.   

Our Shaffer Walking Trail has never been more popular.  

Our college’s Pioneer Pantry addresses food insecurity as referenced in our strategic plan.  

Our Presidential Scholars excelled Tuesday in a virtual poster presentation.  

Our prospective students can learn more about BC3 during an upcoming Virtual Open House.

Our current students are still the beneficiaries of quality instruction from outstanding faculty.  

Our commitment to supporting our community was exemplified through a recent donation of PPE to local healthcare providers.

And our local and statewide outreach is vast with various college representatives continuing their services on boards, through volunteer efforts and in quality of life and economic development initiatives.  

I will be sure to share plans for the future of our college. In the meantime, I sincerely hope you and your family are safe and secure. I truly hope to see you soon at one of our BC3 locations!  

BC3’s approach shines during crisis

April 2, 2020

I’ve taught public relations for many years and at many different colleges and universities – including Butler County Community College.

Crisis management is so significant to public relations that I dedicate two weeks to teaching about how to confront adversity.

Honesty, transparency and being proactive are essential to dealing with a crisis. When faced with adversity in years past, BP Oil, Domino’s Pizza and Exxon failed. Johnson & Johnson and Pepsi thrived.

An organization’s true moral compass will become clear when faced with such adversity, I tell students. This is particularly true during the period of “escalating events” in a crisis lifespan.

I am proud to say our college has shined over the past three weeks. We have shared information in a timely manner with our internal and external stakeholders, including the media, whether the news be good or bad.

The late, great former Steelers head coach Chuck Noll often cited a “whatever-it-takes” attitude that lifted his team to four Super Bowls in six years beginning in 1975.

As president of a community college ranked No. 1 in Pennsylvania five times beginning in 2015, I can easily borrow the term from the Emperor Chas and apply it to BC3.

Our shift to remote instruction and a work-at-home model was a heavy lift, but went off flawlessly thanks to dedicated faculty, staff, trustees and students. No griping. No complaining. Just getting the job done with that “whatever-it-takes” attitude for the betterment of our most important asset – BC3’s students.

These are unique times. BC3 has been up to the challenge. I am confident that will continue, regardless of how long our country is confronted with the COVID-19 crisis. 

Pioneer Proud! 

A Message from the President

March 20, 2020
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Good evening.

Butler County Community College is releasing the below statement tonight.

As you know, the current COVID-19 situation is changing daily — sometimes hourly. The safety and well-being of our college community is constantly in the forefront.

I cannot stress enough how proud I am of each of you. Like true Pioneers, we are navigating this crisis and keeping our students at the center of our decisions.

Best wishes to each of you and your families.

President Neupauer

BC3 to close access tonight, begins remote instruction Monday

March 19, 2020

(Butler, PA) Access to all buildings and facilities on Butler County Community College’s main campus and at its additional locations is immediately closed to students, faculty, nonessential staff and the public until further notice in compliance with a statewide directive by Gov. Tom Wolf.

Wolf on Thursday ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to temporarily close their physical locations by 8 this evening as a precautionary measure with regard to COVID-19.

All BC3 employees will conduct college business remotely until further notice. Employees who are deemed essential will be granted administrative approval to access to BC3’s main campus and additional locations.

BC3 will move to remote instruction Monday, March 23, a format that will continue through the end of the spring 2020 semester.

All face-to-face noncredit workforce development, public safety, lifelong learning and adult literacy courses and trainings will move to remote instruction or have been canceled.

BC3’s closure of its main campus and additional locations does not impact remote instruction.  

BC3 had previously canceled all college and public events scheduled to be held on its main campus and at its additional locations until further notice.

The college’s precautionary measures in advance of Wolf’s order were intended to protect the safety, health and well-being of BC3 students, faculty, staff and the community with regard to COVID-19.

Updates will be posted on BC3’s website at https://bc3.edu/services/coronavirus-2019.html.