Butler County Community College will officially begin its fall semester in one week.
School President Dr. Nick Neupauer says enrollment will likely be down a bit- but overall, BC3 is doing pretty well compared to community colleges across the state.
“Enrollment across the board is down,” Neupauer said in an interview last week with Butler Radio, speaking about enrollment challenges that community colleges across Pennsylvania are facing. “BC3’s credit enrollment is down about three percent. But it’s my understanding that our high school programming and dual enrollment is up.”
Neapauer said a large number of students are still enrolling now, and the best enrollment number to look at is at the end of the semester.
BC3’s leader said he believes the key to battling declining enrollment and increased governmental pressures is connecting to the community, something that BC3 does well.
“Frankly the future in our sector is about partnerships and collaboration,” he said. “I’m happy to say from a BC3 point-of-view, we’re about the curve. We have a great connection with the community.”
The fall 2019 semester at Butler County Community College begins Aug. 26 and runs through mid-December.