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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Butler County Community College Announces Courses Available In 11 Central & Western PA Counties

L to R: Jill Martin Rend, Director of BC3 @ Upper Allegheny; Duane Vicini, President of ECUA; Dr. Richard McDowell, Chair of ECUA; Senator Mary Jo White; Senator Joe Scarnati; Dr. Nick Neupauer, BC3 President; William O'Brien, VP of Continuing Education and Off-Campus Sites; Francie Spigelmyer, VP of Academic Affairs.

BC3 announces classes in 11 counties in the Upper Allegheny region of PA

Butler County Community College (BC3) announced its expansion into the eleven-county region in North Central Pennsylvania today at a press conference earlier this month at DuBois Area Catholic High School. BC3 @ Upper Allegheny will provide community college education for residents of 11 central & western Pennsylvania counties, beginning in January 2011, primarily through online classes.

Senator Joe Scarnati said, “BC3 brings additional higher educational opportunities to the people in our area and this will assist in supplementing our existing institutions. We are glad to have them here.”

With the support of the Senator and a partnership with the Education Consortium of the Upper Allegheny (ECUA), BC3 will bring affordable, convenient, and accessible college degrees to the region.

“Access to higher education and serving underserved areas of the region is part of BC3’s mission and goals,” said Dr. Nick Neupauer, BC3 President. “We are pleased to partner with ECUA to bring affordable education and job retraining opportunities to this rural part of Pennsylvania.”

The eleven-county region includes Crawford, Venango, Warren, Forest, Clarion, Jefferson, Clearfield, Elk, Cameron, McKean, and Potter Counties.

BC3 will offer two online degrees initially that students can complete through online classes without having to attend another BC3 location. The programs are an Associate in Applied Science degree in Business Management, which is a two-year career program followed by employment and an Associate in Arts degree in General Studies, which will transfer to a four-year college or university.

Eleven courses are offered for the spring semester that begins on January 18, 2011. There are six online classes and five developmental, face-to-face classes.

Through ECUA, BC3 will hold the developmental classes and computer labs in five locations: two Vo-Tech schools and three Community Education Councils (CEC’s) located in five of the eleven counties.

The main satellite location will be housed at Jefferson County Career Center in Reynoldsville.

The other four satellite locations are Potter County CEC in Port Allegheny, the CEC of Elk and Cameron Counties in St. Mary’s, the Warren-Forest Higher Education Council in Warren, and the Clarion County Career Center in Shippenville.

Eventually more courses will be offered at the five locations, in addition to computer labs for students who may need to access computers.

Jill Martin Rend is the new director of BC3 @ Upper Allegheny and will be located at the Jefferson County Career Center. She holds bachelor’s degrees in both Accounting and Elementary Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and Point Park University, respectively, as well as a master’s degree in Education in Business/Workforce Development with a K-12 Business/Computer Information Technology teaching certificate from IUP. She is currently working on a master’s degree in Reading/Reading Specialist Certification from Edinboro University. In addition, she is ABD away from a D. Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from IUP. Rend has taught at IUP and is currently substitute teaching in the Jefferson County area. She resides in Punxsutawney with her four sons.

Registration for the spring semester begins on November 15, 2010 and classes begin on January 18, 2011. For more information about BC3 @ Upper Allegheny, contact the BC3 Admission’s Office by calling 888-826-2829, ext. 8346 or 724-284-8501 or visit

For more information, contact Susan Changnon, Director of Communications and Marketing at 888-826-2829, ext. 8222 or 724-287-8711, ext. 8222 or email

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Why would Potter County CEC be located in Port? Last I knew Port is McKean County, not Potter. What am I missing here??