During the Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, May 21, Dr. Joe Forrester announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2014, after 15 years as president of the College.
Since October 1, 1999, Dr. Forrester has served as President of Community College of Beaver County, making him the College’s longest-tenured president to-date. He functions as the chief executive officer for a community college district serving approximately 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually at the main campus in Monaca, PA, as well as the Aviation Sciences Center located at the Beaver County airport, and the Washington County Center at Southpointe Industrial Park in Canonsburg, PA.
Dr. Forrester’s leadership and vision led to significant changes for the College and the communities it serves. Among his accomplishments are securing county sponsorship for the College, working with the Board of Trustees to obtain an increase in county funding, securing $30 million in funds to support major campus renovations, and fostering a positive image of the College within the community, state and nation which led to record enrollment increases.
Heritage Valley Health System and the Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) announced today that the Heritage Valley Sewickley School of Nursing will be transitioning its students into the existing Associate’s Degree program at CCBC starting in August. The school, which opened in 1916 on the Heritage Valley Sewickley hospital campus and is now located in Moon Township, has graduated more than 2,200 nurses.
“We are honored to welcome the Heritage Valley Sewickley School of Nursing students to our program on our campus,” said Joe Forrester, Ed.D., President of Community College of Beaver County. “CCBC will ensure that current and all future nursing students receive the highest quality education to prepare them for their future roles or their continued education in nursing and allied health.”
Recognizing the need for greater accessibility to affordable educational programs, four community colleges in western Pennsylvania are joining together to offer a discount rate on tuition for selected programs that support emerging industries in the region.
The Program Reciprocity Agreement (PRA) signed between Butler County Community College (BC3), Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC), Community College of Beaver County (CCBC), and Westmoreland County Community College (WCCC) allows students to have access to a wider variety of unique training programs that would be costly to replicate at the other institutions but that still have capacity to enroll additional students.
“The Program Reciprocity Agreement allows us to more broadly serve students and impact economic growth,” said CCBC President Joe D. Forrester. “By partnering in this way, CCBC and its sister colleges acknowledge that economic development for the region is dependent upon also providing a trained workforce. Providing affordable and accessible educational programs for students from their home counties will help them to better take advantage of future job opportunities.”