BC3, Clarion form partnership
April 29, 2013

BUTLER TWP — Beginning this fall, Butler County Community College graduates with degrees in early childhood education will be able to stay at BC3 while earning a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

BC3 and Clarion University signed a joint degree completion agreement on Monday, enabling the partnership.

Students will be instructed by Clarion University faculty who will travel to the BC3 main campus. BC3 students will enroll with Clarion for their junior and senior years to finish their four-year degree and teacher certification, according to Dr. Karen Whitney, president of Clarion University.

Early childhood education includes pre-kindergarten through fourth grade levels.

BC3 President Nick Neupauer, who attended graduate school at Clarion University, expressed excitement in a statement accompanying announcement of the partnership.

“This agreement gives them a great opportunity to earn degrees from two great institutions and saves money in the process. I applaud President Whitney and her staff for being so forward thinking in this collaboration,” he said.

For more information about the “2+2 agreement,” contact Dr. Francie Spigelmeyer, BC3 Vice President for Academic Affairs, at 724-287-8711, ext. 8262 or Bill Miller, BC3 Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at ext. 8336.