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Earn Up To Six Credits in BC3’s First 5-Week Winter Session

Butler, Pa- Butler County Community College’s first 100-percent online five-week winter session will allow its own and guest students to earn up to six credits through Jan. 22 and remain on track for graduation, or make a spring semester schedule more manageable, according to BC3’s dean of admissions. The college’s winter session, to be held from Dec. 18 to Jan. 22, will feature courses in elementary statistics, general psychology, health science, human growth and development, intermediate algebra, introduction to art, microcomputers, principles of management and principles of sociology. BC3’s credits transfer to public, private, state-related and online institutions. “Students save…


BC3 No. 1 Again Among State’s 14 Community Colleges

Butler, PA – Butler County Community College’s back-to-back rankings as the No. 1 community college in Pennsylvania in consecutive Schools.com surveys are a testament to BC3’s consistency in excellence and its importance to higher education in eight counties, BC3 President Dr. Nick Neupauer said. “This also speaks to the commitment from the entire BC3 team to provide affordable, accessible and above all, quality education to the students we serve,” said Neupauer, an Ellwood City native and a 1985 graduate of Lincoln High School. Schools.com on Tuesday published only its Top Five rankings in its second survey since late 2015. Bucks…


Documentary “Project 22” Coming to BC3 at Lawrence Crossing

New Castle, PA – BC3 at Lawrence Crossing on Nov. 14 will offer a free public screening of “Project 22,” an April 2015 documentary created by two young combat veterans and one that heightens awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide among those who served in recent wars, the president of the college’s Student Veterans Association said. “Project 22” will be shown at 2849 W. State St., New Castle, from 12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. “The paramount thing that comes to mind is that you are not alone in thinking about suicide and you are certainly not alone in having…


BC3’s Best Shot Depends on Great Shots

Butler, PA – The 3-point shot will give the Butler County Community College men’s basketball team its best shot at its first winning season in three years, Jace Stutz said, and if its unique five-guard offense plays at the height of its game, the small Pioneers can compensate for their lack of size and post “triple digits” on the scoreboard. “With all five guards who can shoot, it is going to be nice,” Stutz said. “I know we can score,” Kaden Rock said. “If we are shooting well,” Brendon Record said, “we can be in any game with anybody.” “Every…


BC3’s Fire Safety Trailer Reaches, Teaches 570 Kids Since June

Portersville, PA – Small hands sensed heat on the door, and as simulated smoke rolled above their heads, third-graders Della, Sara and Tabitha dropped to the floor, crawled to and through a window and met safely at a designated spot outside Butler County Community College’s fire safety training trailer, executing perfectly a lesson presented only 45 minutes earlier. Della, Sara and Tabitha are among more than 570 children who since June have learned how to prevent a fire in their homes or how to respond in the event of one through BC3, which received one of two 30-foot fire safety…


BC3 Volleyball Squad Crowned WPCC Champs Again

Butler, PA- Brittney Bianco had 35 assists and Emily Magusiak 11 kills as the Butler County Community College volleyball team on Saturday won its 14th Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference title since 1977, ninth under coach Rob Snyder and third in a row by sweeping the Community College of Beaver County. BC3, the tournament’s top seed, beat the Titans 25-16, 25-16 and 25-20 in the best-of-5 finals and moved to 17-5 entering this weekend’s National Junior College Athletic Association Region XX Division III championships. BC3 will defend its back-to-back NJCAA Region XX Division III crowns in a tournament it will host…


BC3 at Lawrence Crossing Plans Oct. 25 Open House

Visitors to an Oct. 25 open house can learn about BC3 @ Lawrence Crossing’s innovative scheduling options that reflect students’ needs, about associate degree programs that instill the professional and technical skills necessary to start a career, and how 75 percent of BC3 students graduate debt-free. The open house will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at BC3 @ Lawrence Crossing, 2849 W. State St., New Castle. BC3 will waive its $25 application fee for those who apply for admission during the Oct. 25 open house. Tuition at BC3, named the No. 1 community college in the state…


Clubs, Others at BC3 Give $3,600 to Hurricane Victims

Students representing Butler County Community College clubs have donated to the American Red Cross $3,600, which a local board member says represents “a significant amount of money” to be used to help victims of recent hurricanes. BC3 nursing club members Mikayla Spreng, of Saxonburg, and Josh Cranmer, of Butler; and BC3 physical therapy assistant club members Jessica Palascak, of Cranberry Township, and Rachel Fisher, of Wolcott, N.Y., gave checks totaling $3,600 to Blessel on Oct. 9. “I am really impressed that the local community college folks have been able to come together to give us this,” said Blessel, a Butler…


BC3’s First Hospitality Forum to Cater to Job-Seeking Students

Like the mixing bowl of Hollandaise sauce warming atop a 3-quart pot of simmering water in her classroom demonstration, Jennifer Taylor’s students will pick up steam – in their preparation for employment by planning and leading Butler County Community College’s first Hospitality Management Panel Discussion. The Oct. 26 forum will provide students the opportunity to meet and query officials representing the restaurant, hotel, event planning, catering and tourism sectors that combined are expected to generate $840 million in revenue in Butler County this year, according to Jack Cohen, president of the Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau. All industries that…


BC3’s Bianco Has Skin in Game on Volleyball Court

Butler, PA – Solid black lines on the hardwood floor of the Butler County Community College Field House mark the periphery of the 900-square-foot boundary intended to confine six BC3 volleyball players, 2-inch lines across which Brittney Bianco’s skin shrieks in protest as she dives for the ball and climbs in stature and national rankings. Among players on 102 squads in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division III, the 5-foot-6 sophomore is ranked No. 15 with 7.68 assists per set, assists being likely the only statistical category that reflects a setter’s abilities and one that falls short of adequately…