Last spring, the College received a $25,000 donation by an anonymous donor to conduct a student housing feasibility study on BC3’s main campus. In the fall, BC3 contracted with Anderson Strickler, LLC, a student housing consulting firm in Gaithersburg, MD. The firm began a comprehensive feasibility study for student housing that continued throughout the spring 2013 semester.
Anderson Strickler, LLC conducted focus groups with students, applicants and parents; analyzed current off-campus apartments and rentals; examined peer institutions who currently offer on-campus student housing; and conducted a web survey of both full and part time students to collect demographic and current housing information. The data collected was then used to develop an expected financial model and operating budget.
Concluding the market analysis in September, the findings were presented to the BC3 Board of Trustees, the BC3 Education Foundation and campus community. The study examined the demographics of the market and student population to determine the demand for student housing and financial viability for the College.
From 1979 to 1999, Sue Bennitt worked as an academic counselor at BC3. During her 20 years of service, Bennitt was elected to the BC3 Education Foundation Board of Directors in 1996 and became Chair of the Board in 2005.
While serving on the Board, Bennitt was instrumental in the BC3’s Invest in Our Future Capital Campaign in 1999 that raised 4.3 million dollars for the construction of the Science, Technology and Cultural Center and the Succop Theater. Bennitt was also involved in the creation of BC3 @ LindenPointe, oversaw the transfer of the Succop Conservancy to the Audubon Society and increased overall private funds and student scholarship contributions.
In addition to her work for BC3, Bennitt was committed to community involvement and volunteer service in Butler County. Bennitt passed away this month, but her contributions to the College will impact future students. This year, the BC3 Education Foundation Board of Directors created an endowed memorial scholarship in her name.
"Sue will forever be remembered."
Keynote speakers were Melody Barnes, Former Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council and Ari Fleischer, Former White House Press Secretary and CNN Political Analyst.
Trustees, presidents, students and other advocates came together to advocate community college education, workforce training and economic development.
President Neupauer attended meetings with Senator Pat Toomey, Senator Robert Casey, Congressman Mike Kelly and Congressman Keith Rothfus.
President Neupauer joined fellow PA community college presidents in Harrisburg to make a case for increased state funding for operating budgets and capital projects of the Commonwealth’s 14 community colleges.
Dr. Alex Johnson, President of Community College of Allegheny County; Dr. Stephen Curtis, President of Community College of Philadelphia; Dr. Jerry Parker, President of Delaware County Community College and President Neupauer emphasized the important role of community colleges in economic recovery.
Pennsylvanians entering new and existing industries need further education and training. Increased state funding is needed to support accessible and affordable credit programs and workforce development to narrow the skills gap.
The book The Missing Semester was introduced by BC3 Instructor Melissa Philson to her Human Growth and Development class in the spring semester. With an emphasis on the importance of teaching personal finance to high school and college students, The Missing Semester addresses how to manage a paycheck, save money and pay for college. The book also underlines the responsible use of credit cards and taking ownership of personal finances. Recognizing the importance of this topic to community college students, BC3 created a stand-alone course on financial literacy for the fall semester.
Outside of the classroom, BC3’s Rho Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa hosted a presentation by author Gene Natali for the campus and the community who were interested in learning more about the book and topic. BC3 Financial Aid offered a financial literacy workshop and FAFSA completion sessions for students and their parents. Also, BC3 students and staff created a Harlem Shake video to spread the word about the FAFSA deadline and Book Aid at BC3.
BC3 students Brittany Foertsch and Megan Scott were named to the 2013 All-Pennsylvania Academic Team in Hershey, PA by the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa, the national two-year college honor society.
Alongside community college students from across the Commonwealth, Foertsch and Scott were honored for academic achievements in the classroom and volunteerism in their community.
Students named to the All-Pennsylvania Academic Team are nominated by their attending college and must maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher.
"Congratulations Brittany and Megan! Job well done!"
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BC3 students Josiah Kenyon, Taylor Eshenbaugh, Shelby Hall, Savannah McCance, Amy Euler, and Cory Terwilliger accompanied President Neupauer and Sherri Osborne, Assistant Director of Student Activities, to the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges Annual Lobby Day at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg.
Students met with legislators to promote BC3 and community colleges across the Commonwealth.
"I am so proud of these students. They each represented us very well."
A $100,000 donation to BC3 from XTO Energy will establish a new Petroleum Technology Training Center and training for gas and oil workers in Butler County.
The training will prepare workers for a range of positions from entry-level roustabouts to high level technicians. XTO Energy will work with BC3 as a partner to develop curriculum and provide employees as instructors in the program.
With the natural gas industry growing in Butler County, BC3's Public Safety Training Facility currently offers safety and roustabout training. Expanded training, made possible by the donation, will allow workers to earn a certificate or transfer to a degree program.
The College held its Annual Recognition Dinner & Awards Banquet in Founders Hall on the Main Campus. BC3 honored the following employees for their years of service to the College.
"Congratulations to all! I appreciate your dedication to the College."
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A plaque was unveiled outside of the Succop Theater in the Science, Technology & Cultural Center to recognize those individuals and companies who donated to BC3’s Invest In Our Future Capital Campaign in 1999. The campaign raised $4.3 million dollars and resulted in the construction of the Science, Technology & Cultural Center on main campus.
The BC3 Education Foundation invited donors to view the plaque at a dessert reception in the AK Steel Lobby followed by a Beatlemania Magic show in the Succop Theater.
The BC3 Board of Trustees approved a 6-year faculty contract with the BC3 Education Association, part of the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) and the National Education Association (NEA).
The Association represents 70 full-time faculty and 44 regular part-time faculty at the College. The contract is retroactive to July 1, 2012 and continues through June 30, 2018.
The contract contains annual pay raises and early retirement incentives as well as increased employee contributions to health care costs.
The BC3 Board of Trustees approved a contract with BarkleyREI of Pittsburgh for a full website redesign. The new website will feature a responsive design that will adapt to smartphones and tablets as well as laptop and desktop computers.
Along with implementing a new look and feel, BarkleyREI will conduct focus groups, user testing and training for the new website. The entire project will take approximately 18 months to complete. The last redesign of the BC3 website was made in 2008.
BC3 collaborated with the Community College of Allegheny County, the Community College of Beaver County and Westmoreland County Community College to offer specific programs to out-of-county students at a lower tuition rate. Normally, out-of-county residents pay twice as much as in-county residents, but under the agreement, students will pay $150 per credit - a savings of $36 per credit for out-of-county students at BC3.
The agreement was made to support development and training in high demand industries in Western PA. It also allows PA community colleges to share resources and faculty in specialized programs.
Programs offered under the reciprocity agreement include Metrology and Nanofabrication at Butler County Community College; Technical Theatre and Welding for the Oil and Gas Industry at the Community College of Allegheny County; Aviation – Aerospace Management or Air Traffic Control, Casino Management and Process Technology at the Community College of Beaver County; and Natural Gas and Oil Certificate and Travel, Tourism and Lodging at Westmoreland County Community College.
"This is a unified approach by western Pennsylvania’s community colleges and a great opportunity for our students."
The BC3 community and friends of the College gathered at the trailhead to dedicate the new, mile-long Shaffer Walking Trail on main campus. The trail was made possible through a gift by the College’s first academic dean, E. Bertrum Shaffer and his wife Esther.
The paved trail is complete with benches at each quarter mile and concrete bollards that display the College’s seal. Construction of the trail coincides with BC3’s goals of campus beautification and promoting physical education. The trail also provides safe recreation for the public and is free to use.
Students, faculty, staff and the public are encouraged to join the Trailblazers Club. Participants earn a free tshirt by walking 100, 250 or 500 miles around the trail.
"The Shaffer Walking Trail has transformed our main campus!"
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President Neupauer and Clarion University President Dr. Karen Whitney signed a joint degree completion agreement benefiting students in the Early Childhood Education (Pre K-4) associate degree program.
The agreement allows graduates of BC3's Early Childhood Education (Pre K-4) program to apply to Clarion University to pursue a bachelor's degree and teacher certification, but remain on BC3 main campus to take classes instructed by Clarion University faculty.
The program will save students time and money and is set to begin in the fall semester.
"My wife Tammy and I are both graduates of Clarion University."
Under the Community College Act of 1963, each community college was required to have a local sponsor. Jim Green led the charge to make Butler County the local sponsor for BC3 during his first term as Butler County Commissioner in 1959. The College would not be here today if not for his efforts. The College opened in 1966 and was the first community college in western PA.
Green served on the House of Representatives from 1971 to 1976 and as Commissioner again from 1979 to 1995. During his second term as Commissioner, he also served on the BC3 Board of Trustees from 1980 to 1989. In 2006, he was selected as an honorary chair of BC3’s 40th Anniversary Celebration.
Green passed away in 2011. This year, in honor of his memory and civic involvement, the Slippery Rock Lions Club dedicated a flag pole and memorial stone in Slippery Rock Park. President Neupauer attended the memorial event in recognition of Green’s dedication to BC3.
"Jim Green was a true leader in every sense of the word."
In December of 2012, an independent feasibility study was conducted by the Armistead Group LLC, to determine the success of a comprehensive major gifts campaign for BC3.
On May 9, the BC3 Education Foundation Board reviewed the results of the feasibility study and unanimously voted to embark on a comprehensive major gifts campaign. The BC3 Board of Trustees also voted to endorse the campaign.
The results of the feasibility study were positive and determined that a campaign would enhance BC3’s mission and vision and promote economic vitality of the region.
The BC3 Education Foundation will facilitate the campaign and has assembled a steering committee of college trustees, foundation board members and community members.
The campaign will launch to an external audience in 2014 and will focus on transforming the John A. Beck, Jr. Library, supporting emerging careers and sustaining student access and success through scholarship opportunities.
The 36-hole region win earned the team a spot in the NJCAA National Tournament at Chautauqua Golf Club in Chautauqua, New York in June.
Individual scores were 85-79 for Garrett Gabriel who finished third, 85-81 for Tyler Friel who finished fourth, 86-84 for Matt Eshelman who finished fifth and 89-87 for Tucker Preston who finished seventh.
"Congratulations to our golfers and coaches Miller and Dunaway!"
BC3 held its 45th Annual Commencement Ceremony in the Field House on main campus to celebrate the 2013 graduating class. Approximately 522 students graduated from BC3 in the 2012-2013 academic year.
Debbie Muck, life coach and 1985 graduate of BC3, gave the keynote address. Rob Olszewski, 1996 graduate of BC3, was the Distinguished Alumni speaker. Honors student Elizabeth Kightlinger gave the student address.
Around 200 students marched in the ceremony. Of the 522 graduates, there were 14 military veterans and 8 graduates with multiple degrees, including featured graduate Justin Barnes.
"I always refer to commencement as our Super Bowl!"
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The College offers accommodations for students with disabilities at each BC3 location. Greg Mason, Disability Coordinator and Academic Counselor at BC3, works with outside agencies to facilitate various services including academic aides, sign language coordinators and special software for students.
There are 200-300 students each semester that benefit from disability services and support.
The BC3 Education Foundation appointed two new members to its Board of Directors: Nancy Hunter Mycka, Executive Vice President of Human Resources of The Hunter Family of Companies and Kelly Giles, Vice President of Future POS, Inc. Mycka and Giles were each elected to a 3-year term beginning in March 2013.
The BC3 Education Foundation Board secures and manages private funds for the benefit of Butler County Community College. Mycka will serve on the Campaign Steering Committee and Giles will serve on the Golf Outing Committee.
The BC3 Alumni Association raised $7,200 at the 10th Annual Pioneer Golf Outing at the St. Jude Golf Club in Chicora. The title sponsor of the golf outing was the Butler Armco Employees Credit Union with additional local sponsorship support.
The golf outing hosted 52 golfers and was played in a 4-person team scramble format. The first place team overall was Bill Miller, Corey Miller, Austin Miller and Stefan Carlsson. Proceeds from the event support the BC3 Alumni Legacy Scholarship.
Sherri holds an associate degree in applied science and both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in information technology. For the past 4 years, Sherri has been the president of the BC3 Faculty Organization as well as serving on other college committees. She was coordinator of the Kids On Campus (KOC) summer enrichment program at BC3 for 8 years and continues to teach KOC classes.
The awards were given to 11 dedicated teachers that demonstrate leadership and involvement in the classroom and community. Each teacher is presented with $500 for their school or department sponsored by local business and organizations.
"Job well done Professor Mack! We are so proud."
On July 1, President Neupauer officially began a 2-year term as the President of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges. He previously served as Vice President for 2 years before advancing to President.
The Commission is comprised of representatives of the 14 community colleges in the Commonwealth including presidents, trustees and executive staff. The group lobbies for state legislation in Harrisburg that affects funding, accessibility and maintenance of PA’s community colleges.
On behalf of the Commission, President Neupauer will communicate with legislative officials and advocate for the advancement of their mission and goals.
The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) held the 2013 Presidents Academy Summer Institute in Baltimore, MD. President Neupauer attended the 3-day professional development program with fellow community college CEOs and presidents from across the nation.
Program topics included current challenges, trends and opportunities for leaders of community colleges. The program also offered skill building and networking opportunities.
The AACC is an advocacy organization for over 1,200 2-year associate degree institutions nationwide.
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The state awarded BC3 a $2.3 million grant to fund half of the 4.7 million renovation of the John A. Beck, Jr. Library on main campus. The College plans to raise matching funds through the upcoming comprehensive major gifts campaign.
Renovations to the 25,000 square foot facility are expected to take around 18 months. Plans to revamp the building will include a new entrance, large windows, a café, a balcony with outdoor seating and study rooms, as well as new computers and tablets.
"Finally! After two decades of waiting, our Beck Library is undergoing a conversion to a library of the 21st century."
Heidi Long was laid off and looking for a career change when she found BC3’s JobTrakPA program. The statewide program, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, offers free or affordable training for displaced workers in high demand fields.
BC3’s training focuses on the energy and advanced manufacturing fields. While training in the program, Heidi secured an internship with Cygnus Manufacturing in Saxonburg. After graduating, the company hired her full-time as a precision welder.
Dr. Francie Spigelmyer, Vice President for Academic Affairs, announced the recipients of the Best Practices in Teaching and Learning Awards at the 2013-14 College Convocation.
Certificates are awarded annually to recipients who have demonstrated excellent pedagogical strategies that promote effective student learning.
The following BC3 faculty members were awarded: Jennifer Sarabok, Instructor in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division; Les Graves, Instructor in the Business Division; and Ivory Dunlap, Academic Counselor and Retention Specialist.
"Congratulations Les, Ivory and Jennifer!"
Welcome Day allowed students to meet faculty and staff at BC3, as well as other students. The event offered an overview of critical information about classes and student support services.
In addition to getting student I.D.s, textbooks and parking permits, students toured their location, attended academic program meetings and other important information sessions to help them be a successful student at BC3.
"Our Welcome Days were spectacular at each of our BC3 locations!"
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The BC3 Education Foundation’s 18th Annual Golf Outing raised the highest amount in the history of the event with $82,000 in gross proceeds.
Held at the Olde Stonewall Golf Course in Ellwood City, the golf outing hosted 117 golfers and was played in a scramble format. The title sponsor of the outing was Farmers National Bank with additional support from 40 area businesses.
Proceeds from this event support student academic scholarships at BC3 and provide funding for college initiatives and improvements.
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The Pioneer Women’s Volleyball team won the BC3 Early Bird Kick Off Tournament (4-0) to start the 2013 season. BC3 setter Makenzie Huey was named MVP of the tournament and Libero Alexis Linamen was selected for the All-Tournament team.
The Pioneers finished their regular season tied for first place before heading into the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference (WPCC) Tournament. BC3 was defeated by Potomac State in the WPCC Tournament championship match. BC3 players Makezie Huey, Mariah Clark, Heather Straynick and Alexis Linamen were all named to the WPCC All-Conference team. Huey and Straynick were also named to the Region XX All-Tournament Team as well as receiving All-Region First Team recognition.
The Pioneers ended their season 20-7.
The Butler County Chamber of Commerce presented BC3 with the 2013 Chamber Champion Award in recognition of the College’s positive impact in the county.
President Neupauer accepted the award at the Chamber’s Annual Celebrate Business Dinner held at Slippery Rock University.
President Neupauer noted the economic savings and contributions of the College in both Butler County and the region.
"What an honor for BC3. We should all be proud!"
The Board of Trustees is a policy-making body that provides direction and guidance to the President and administration of the College. The primary functions of the Board include: establishing basic policy, appointing the President and financial control of the institution.
Since 1970, Dr. Orvan "Van" Peterson was a dedicated professor of English and American Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division at BC3. He retired in 1995 after 25 years of service to the College.
Peterson, who passed away this month, was a donor, supporter and friend of the College. His wife, Joan Chew, is a member of the BC3 Board of Trustees and BC3 Education Foundation Board of Directors.
"Dr. Peterson is already missed. We are thankful for his contributions to BC3."
A branch location of the Butler Armco Employees Credit Union opened on the second floor of the Student Success Center on main campus. Along with offering financial services, the credit union branch supports the College’s emphasis on financial literacy.
The new location will also provide BC3 business students with a professional experience on campus. Students Rose Dickey, Katie Stivason and Jenna Hoehn will intern at the new branch led by Supervisor Lori Henderson.
"Another ‘thinking outside of the box’ concept at BC3. Thank you to our new partners!"
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The College officially named the board room in the Science and Technology Building on main campus after Ray D. Steffler, Chairman of the BC3 Board of Trustees.
A plaque was unveiled at the Board of Trustees meeting with the words "In grateful appreciation for your outstanding Board leadership and dedication to Butler County Community College."
Steffler has served on the Board of Trustees since 1985 and has been the Chairman since 1999. His service to BC3 includes remarkable vision and leadership, philanthropy and pride as a BC3 alumnus.
"Ray is so deserving of this honor!"
The BC3 Education Foundation established the Glenn R. and Rhea J. McCandless Logan Endowed Scholarship with $50,000 from the Glenn and Rhea Logan Family Trust.
This renewable scholarship will be awarded to BC3 students who are full time and enrolled in an occupational associate degree program. Occupational programs are designed to provide students with the education and skills needed to move into the job sector at the completion of a two year associate degree.
The Glenn R. and Rhea J. McCandless Logan Endowed Scholarship will be awarded for the first time in the 2014-2015 academic year.
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The BC3 Pioneer Golf team won the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference (WPCC) championship at The Links in Apollo and earned second place at the Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association (PCAA) state tournament at the Penn National Golf Club in Fayetteville.
Team members William Smith, Tyler Friel, Jordan Johnson, Tucker Preston, Nick Brosius and Jayce Corklin were led by Coach Bill Miller and Coach Chuck Dunaway. At the WPCC championship, Corklin, Johnson and Preston made the All-Tournament and All-Conference team and Coach Bill Miller was named Coach of the Year.
The College hosted the annual Oak Hills Legacy Dinner in Founders Hall to honor donors and recognize students who received scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year.
The BC3 Education Foundation awarded 88 scholarships to 133 students. There were 34 students who received the President’s Scholarship. For 2013-2014, scholarship awards totaled over $200,000 – the highest amount in the history of the Foundation.
Attendees also recognized the 2013 BC3 Distinguished Alumni: Kenneth L. Bronder (’68), Vice President of Bronder Technical Services; Brian K. Hortert (’83), CEO of Concordia Lutheran Ministries of Pittsburgh; and Andrew D. McDowell (’89), Vice President of the Western Field Operations of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy in Ohio.
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The National Council of Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) selected President Neupauer to receive the 2013 Pacesetter of the Year Award for District 1.
NCMPR District 1 represents community colleges and technical schools in Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.
The Pacesetter Award "recognizes a community college CEO who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to marketing and communications and strong personal leadership for college outreach endeavors."
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From 1981 to 1993, Nancy Murrin served as a member of the BC3 Board of Trustees. During her 20 years as a trustee, Murrin held the officer positions of Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. She also served on the BC3 Education Foundation Board of Directors from 1989 to 2004.
In 1989, Nancy was elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). In 1992, she received the ACCT Trustee Award for the Northeast Region.
Murrin has been a generous benefactor of the College throughout her years of service. In 2012, she made a gift through her will to BC3’s Faculty Enhancement Fund. In 2006, she was selected as an honorary chair of BC3’s 40th Anniversary Celebration.
In addition to her work for BC3, Murrin gave her time and talents through volunteer service in the community. Murrin’s husband John was the original solicitor for the College in 1965.
"Nancy will be forever remembered."
The Rho Phi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa at BC3 inducted 97 students in the spring semester and 67 students in the fall semester.
Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of the 2-year college with over 2 million members. The Rho Phi Chapter was established at BC3 in April of 1968.
The honor society is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship.
The BC3 Education Foundation, Inc. announced gifts received this year totaling $85,500 from area businesses through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.
Businesses supporting BC3 through the EITC program include: Northwest Savings Bank($20,000), Phoenix Sintered Metals($20,000), Farmers National Bank($15,000), NexTier Bank($15,000), Brayman Construction($10,000), First National Bank of Pennsylvania($5,000) and Mars National Bank($500).
The gifts will benefit students in BC3’s College Within the High School program and Center for Economic Education program.
The College held an opening and dedication for BC3 @ Brockway at its new location in Brockway, PA.
BC3 @ Brockway allows residents to attend college close-to-home and at an affordable cost. Associate degrees available at the new location include: Business Management, Early Childhood Education (Pre K-4), General Studies, Pre-Nursing, Psychology and Social Work.
The 14,000 square foot facility includes classrooms; a biology, anatomy and geology lab; a conference room; student lounges; and an outdoor patio.
BC3 @ Brockway is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and officially opened for the fall semester.
"A great staff at a beautiful new location doing what we do best – provide quality, affordable education!"
BC3 and the Student Veterans Association (SVA) opened a new veterans lounge on the second floor of the Student Success Center on main campus for student veterans to gather and share their experiences.
The lounge is equipped with a flat screen television, computer, printer, lounge space and bulletin board to post local resources and information relevant to veterans.
In a recent survey of over 12,000 schools, BC3 was named as a "Military Friendly School" for 2014 by Victory Media, ranking BC3 in the top 15% of schools nationwide.
"Thank you to all of our veterans!"
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As president of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges, President Neupauer attended regional trustee meetings across the state.
Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges divided into 3 regions for the meetings. Delaware County Community College and Luzerne County Community College hosted in eastern PA and the Community College of Allegheny County: Boyce Campus hosted in western PA.
Trustees and presidents from each community college networked and shared ideas and information on campus issues, trends and best practices.
The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Associate Degree Board of Commissioners awarded BC3 reaffirmation of accreditation of its business programs.
BC3 has 16 associate degree programs and 8 certificates of achievement in the Business Division. BC3’s business programs are designed primarily for students interested in careers in business or industry or who plan to transfer to a four-year university.
ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the BC3 Business Division meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP.
"A job well done by our Business faculty and staff!"
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Pennsylvania updated state education standards for emergency medical services to align with national training standards. Emergency Medical Technicians and first responders who receive training under the new standards will be able to practice nationwide. BC3 is currently adapting public safety training, associate degree and certificate programs to meet the national standards, while still adhering to employer requirements at the local level.
The General Education Development (GED) test will soon be aligned with national core curriculum standards. For the past two years, BC3’s Adult Literacy Program has been preparing for the changes, which will take effect in January 2014. The future GED test will be computer-based and will feature fill-in-the-blank, hot spot, drop and drag, short response and multiple choice questions. There will also be four sections instead of five with an emphasis on reading and critical thinking skills.
After receiving a $120,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, BC3 acquired a fire arms training system by Meggitt Training Systems. The College started training local law enforcement officials in an effort to expand public safety offerings.
The Meggitt system simulates emergency scenarios on a large screen. Using wireless technology, real fire arms are repurposed to shoot lasers that connect to images on the screen.
In addition to providing a virtual, interactive experience, the Meggitt system is cost effective, portable and can be customized to represent various situations.
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