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CCBC LAUNCHES FIRST AVIATION ACADEMY IN REGION FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

10/16/2014

Each year, the national need for professional pilots greatly exceeds the number of students who are being prepared for the career. With the current need at nearly 6,000 and constantly increasing, CCBC took the lead to address this issue by creating the first regional Aviation Academy. The Academy, which is set to start in January 2015, is a dual-enrollment, educational partnership between CCBC and Beaver County high schools.

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CMT AND COUNTRY STAR DUSTIN LYNCH PARTNER WITH COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF BEAVER COUNTY IN “CMT EMPOWERING EDUCATION” CAMPAIGN

10/1/2014

4.7 million jobs are open right now in the United States according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, many of which remain unfilled due to a lack of skilled applicants. Community College of Beaver County is teaming up with CMT and country music star Dustin Lynch to encourage area residents to go back to school as part of the cable network’s CMT EMPOWERING EDUCATION initiative.

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CCBC AND LOGSTOWN ASSOCIATES HOST 27th ANNUAL AMERICAN INDIAN GATHERING

9/25/2014

The 27th Annual American Indian Gathering, sponsored as an educational event by Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) and Logstown Associates Historical Society, will be held at the Center Township campus’s Athletics and Events Center (Dome) on Saturday, October 11, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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CCBC RECERTIFIED AS ACHIEVING THE DREAM LEADER COLLEGE

9/25/2014

Achieving the Dream, a national nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping more community college students stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree, announced this week the recertification of Community College of Beaver County as a Leader College, a designation that recognizes the College’s commitment to the national student completion movement.

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CCBC LAUNCHES A NEW ERA OF PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

9/18/2014

“We want CCBC to be known as the partnership college,” said new CCBC President, Dr. Chris Reber as he laid out his vision to the College community. Creating partnerships that promote community development, expand the economic potential of the region, and provide opportunities for lifelong learning is a top priority of Community College of Beaver County. Reber believes the College’s primary partners, the students, are the main beneficiaries of this approach to engagement.

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ATTENTION POTENTIAL RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY STUDENTS

9/16/2014

Applications for Fall 2015 Radiologic Technology clinicals are available now through December 12, 2014. The application forms and reference forms are available at the Information and Registration Center and can be found online at ccbc.edu/RadiologicTechnologyAdmissions.

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STUDENT RETURNS TO COLLEGE TO BE ROLE MODEL FOR SON

9/10/2014

Clinton Tidwell, a business administration major, faced many ups and downs in life but credits those same struggles as the parts of life that helped to shape him into the person who he is today. From growing up with an abusive father and struggling in school due to a learning disability to being laid off from his job at the same time he was the sole provider for his son, Clinton learned how to overcome his struggles in order to create a better life for himself and his now four-year-old son.

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NURSING STUDENT AWARDED SCHOLARSHIP FOR CLINICAL EXCELLENCE

8/29/2014

Community College of Beaver County nursing student Bridget Wrynn of Aliquippa is the recent recipient of the Alice Hirt Scholarship, which is awarded to a second-year nursing student for clinical excellence.

“To win a scholarship for doing well in clinical [courses] means the world to me,” said Bridget. “The scholarship will help with books, my nursing boards, and taking the prep class for the boards.”

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CCBC ANNOUNCES PRESIDENT’S LIST AND DEAN’S LIST FOR SUMMER 2014 SEMESTER

8/19/2014

Community College of Beaver County is proud to release the following names of students who comprise the President’s List and Dean’s List for the summer 2014 semester. In order to be recognized as part of the President’s List, students must have at least 12 credit hours and receive a 3.75 or above for the semester. In order to be recognized as part of the Dean’s List, students must have at least 12 credit hours and receive a 3.2 to 3.7499 for the semester.

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MY CCBC AND JENZABAR MAINTENANCE PLANNED

8/18/2014

Please note that MyCCBC and Jenzabar will be undergoing scheduled maintenance this Saturday, August 23. As a result, those services will be unavailable most of the day. This does not affect Blackboard.

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STUDENT RECEIVES TWO CCBC FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

8/6/2014

Madeleine Wiley, a communication major from Ambridge, is the recent recipient of two CCBC Foundation Scholarships, the Robert D. Thompson, Jr. Memorial Scholarship and the Ambridge Wolves Club scholarship.

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5 TIPS FOR CREATING INDUSTRY CURRICULUM

8/1/2014

(The following originally appeared online on the AACC 21st Century Center website and is republished with permission by AACC 21st Century Center and the author, Emily Rogan.)

The nation’s community colleges have long taken pride in their ability to react to economic change: A blue-chip employer opens a factory — the local community college provides the training. Emerging industries, such as wind and solar, create new career opportunities — the college offers certificates and degrees to enable students to land those jobs.

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CCBC AWARDED FIRST NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRANT

7/31/2014

Community College of Beaver County received its first National Science Foundation Grant, a three-year award of nearly $200,000, for the project proposal, “SySTEMatic Change through Process Technology.” The project will launch the College’s new Process Technology program with the goal of increasing the number of highly-skilled, well-educated and diverse process technicians in the region.

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FAMILY OF LATE CCBC INSTRUCTOR TO HOST 5K WALK FOR SCHOLARSHIP IN HER NAME

7/17/2014

On Saturday, July 26th, the family of Jeannie M. Schilling, who was an English instructor and tutor at Community College of Beaver County, will host a 5K benefit walk at Raccoon State Park in effort to raise $1,500 for two scholarships in her name.

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BEAVER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS APPOINT TWO NEW CCBC TRUSTEES

7/16/2014

The CCBC Board of Trustees welcomed two new members at their board meeting on Tuesday, July 15. Pamela M. Johnson of Freedom and Dr. Robert H. Postupac of Monaca are the newest members of the CCBC Board of Trustees appointed by the Beaver County Commissioners.

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CCBC FACULTY MEMBER SELECTED FOR DISTANCE EDUCATION LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

7/15/2014

Office Technology Professor Mary Jo Slater was recently selected to participate in The Instructional Technology Council (ITC) 2014 Distance Education Leadership Academy. Created in 1977, ITC is an affiliated council of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and represents nearly 400 institutions that offer distance education courses to their students in the United States, Canada and around the world.Mary Jo has been an employee of the College for a total of 35 years, including part-time and full-time positions.

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ELIGIBLE COMPANIES ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR WEDnetPA GRANT PROGRAM

7/10/2014

As a local WEDnetPA partner, Community College of Beaver County encourages eligible companies to apply for the Pennsylvania Guaranteed Free Training / WEDnetPA workforce training grant program, which is accepting new applications for the 2014-15 program year. WEDnetPA can reimburse eligible, participating companies up to $450 per year, per employee for essential skills training and up to $850 per year, per employee for advanced technology training.

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CCBC BASKETBALL PLAYER SELECTED TO 2014 COACHES’ ALL-AMERICA TEAM BY NABC

7/9/2014

Nehemiah Fisher, a sophomore basketball player at CCBC, was selected as a member of the 2014 Coaches’ All-America Basketball Team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

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CCBC WELCOMES DR. CHRISTOPHER REBER TO CAMPUS

7/2/2014

Community College of Beaver County welcomed Dr. Christopher Reber, College President as of July 1, 2014, to campus at a greeting yesterday morning.
Dr. Reber shared his thoughts about his role as the President of Community College of Beaver County, what he values as a leader and his vision for the future of the College.

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CCBC FOUNDATION RAISES $33,000 AT GOLF OUTING THANKS TO SPONSORS AND GOLFERS

6/19/2014

With plenty of sunshine on Friday, June 6 for the CCBC Foundation 14th annual Golf Outing, golfers enjoyed a day at Black Hawk Golf Course while helping to raise $33,000 for student scholarships.

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CCBC PROFESSOR RIDING 3,300 MILES TO COMBAT LUNG DISEASE

5/29/2014

While temperatures hover in triple digits and many enjoy the comforts of air conditioning, Paul Rogers will be riding his bicycle 3,300 miles from Seattle, Washington to Washington D.C. His journey is part of an annual ride that benefits the American Lung Association called the “Big Ride Across America,” which aims to generate awareness about lung disease, the number three killer in the United States.

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CCBC ANNOUNCES PRESIDENT’S LIST AND DEAN'S LIST FOR SPRING 2014 SEMESTER

5/14/2014

Community College of Beaver County is proud to release the following names of students who comprise the President’s List and Dean's List for the spring 2014 semester. In order to be recognized as part of the President’s List, students must have at least 12 credit hours and receive a 3.75 or above for the semester. In order to be recognized as part of the Dean’s List, students must have at least 12 credit hours and receive a 3.2 to 3.7499 for the semester.

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CCBC BOARD OF TRUSTEES DEDICATE COURTYARD TO RETIRING PRESIDENT DR. JOE FORRESTER

5/12/2014

Members of the CCBC Board of Trustees, College employees, community leaders, and state legislators gathered on May 8, 2014 to celebrate the naming of the Courtyard on the College’s main campus in honor of retiring President Dr. Joe D. Forrester.

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CCBC BOARD OF TRUSTEES ANNOUNCES DR. CHRIS REBER AS NEXT PRESIDENT

5/8/2014

In a unanimous vote, the Community College of Beaver County’s (CCBC’s) Board of Trustees named Dr. Christopher M. Reber as the College’s next President. Dr. Reber has devoted his entire 33-year career to higher education. He currently serves as Executive Dean of Venango College of Clarion University in Oil City, PA where he is the chief administrative and academic officer.

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RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY GRAD WILL USE HER EDUCATION TO HELP OVERSEAS

5/7/2014

Michaelle Blakley, a soon-to-be graduate of the College’s radiologic technology program, isn't one to take the traditional route when enrolling in college or making plans for after graduation. A mother of four adult children and grandmother of 11, Michaelle surprised everyone, including herself, when she enrolled at the Community College of Beaver County to learn a new career, and two and a half years later, when she committed to a two-year mission trip to Africa.

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STUDENT AWARDED FIRST HAYDEN JURIED PURCHASE PRIZE FOR PAINTING

4/28/2014

The newly created Hayden Juried Purchase Prize in Painting was awarded for the first time at this year’s An Evening of the Arts on April 24th. Established through the CCBC Foundation, the Purchase Prize awards a $200 annual prize to one student for excellence in oil painting. Selected from a total of 17 entries, a landscape oil painting by Joseph Guy St. Esprit, a fine arts major from Beaver, was chosen as this year’s prize winner.

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AN EVENING OF THE ARTS CELEBRATES STUDENT CREATIVITY AT CCBC

4/22/2014

From animation and photography to painting, sculpture and poetry, the annual “An Evening of the Arts” highlights the best artwork from Community College of Beaver County students. This year’s show is on Thursday, April 24th from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Community Education Center and features the creative works from students enrolled in the fine arts program as well as visual communications programs, including digital media design and web design.

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CCBC BOARD OF TRUSTEES DESIGNATE DR. JOE D. FORRESTER AS PRESIDENT EMERITUS

4/16/2014

Recognizing Dr. Joe D. Forrester’s exemplary service to the Community College of Beaver County during his 15 years as President, the Board of Trustees bestowed Dr. Forrester with the title of President Emeritus at the April 2014 Board of Trustees meeting.

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FAMILY MEMBERS ENDOW KAY O’CONNOR ROSENLIEB SCHOLARSHIP

4/8/2014

The Kay O’Connor Rosenlieb Scholarship was recently reestablished through the CCBC Foundation by Dr. Rosenlieb’s daughter Judy Rowley and family, Dan, Jim and Katy Rowley.

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STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT TEAMWORK AND HELP COMMUNITY THROUGH CLASS PROJECTS

3/27/2014

From volunteering at local organizations and holding fundraisers to benefit charities to organizing campus events to bring the community together, students in Donna Bogle’s class have learned the importance of teamwork through hands-on event planning and marketing experience.

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77 STUDENTS INDUCTED INTO PHI THETA KAPPA HONOR SOCIETY

3/25/2014

Community College of Beaver County welcomed 77 new students into the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society at an Induction Ceremony on Friday, March 21. New inductees and their families took part in the ceremony to recognize the students’ successes inside and outside of the classroom. In order to qualify for membership and be invited into the Honor Society, students must be currently enrolled at CCBC, have completed at least 12 credits, and have a career GPA of 3.5 or higher in college-level courses.

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ATTENTION POTENTIAL PRACTICAL NURSING (PN) STUDENTS

3/21/2014

For those students applying to Spring 2015 Practical Nursing I, the “IN HOUSE” application form, with the NLN Practical Nursing Exam testing dates, is currently available at the Information Registration Center, located in the Student Service Center. The applications must be picked up in person and returned in person to the same location. The mandatory information meeting for the Practical Nursing program will be held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the Health Sciences Center Lecture Hall-6010. Please contact the IRC at 724-480-3504 if you have any questions.

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CCBC FOUNDATION APPOINTS NEW BOARD MEMBER

3/17/2014

Community College of Beaver County welcomes Theresa Sims-Jones to the CCBC Foundation. The expansion of the Board allows the CCBC Foundation to increase its efforts with assisting the College.

Mrs. Sims-Jones, a resident of Center Township, PA, is a financial advisor with more than 25 years of professional experience, which includes mortgages, investment management, wealth transfer, banking and retirement planning.

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AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN PRESENTS CCBC WITH GATEWAY TO EQUITY AWARD

3/5/2014

The Beaver Valley Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) honored the Community College of Beaver County as their 2014 recipient of the “Gateway to Equity” award at their March 1st meeting.

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CCBC NAMES TWO STUDENTS TO THE ALL-PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMIC TEAM

3/4/2014

Each year, Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges together with Phi Theta Kappa, the national two-year college honor society, honor community college students from across the commonwealth for their academic achievements in the classroom and volunteerism in their communities.

This year, Community College of Beaver County names Paige Burke of Beaver Falls, PA and Darlene Wilcox of Beaver Falls, PA as the 2014 All-PA Academic Team for the College.

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CCBC AND BCCTC MAKE PLANS TO INCREASE COLLABORATION EFFORTS

2/25/2014

Staff, faculty, and administrators from Community College of Beaver County joined Beaver County Career & Technology Center (BCCTC)staff and administrators for a luncheon and school tour in an effort to get acquainted and to gain an increased awareness of the programs that each organization offers. As next-door neighbors, both see the benefits of uncovering ways in which the organizations can collaborate to pool resources and serve as direct referral streams to one another.

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CASINO MANAGEMENT DEGREE OFFERED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA

2/18/2014

After noticing the need for gaming management and leadership skills for casino positions, Community College of Beaver County joined with the College of Southern Nevada to offer an associate’s degree in casino management.

“The goal was to develop a program that addressed this need [for workers] and to afford potential students with the leadership skills necessary for positions such as casino floor supervisor, shift supervisor, table game supervisor, pit manager, or casino manager,” said Deborah Micheals, Director of Business and Technology at CCBC.

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CCBC ANNOUNCES PRESIDENT'S LIST AND DEAN’S LIST FOR FALL 2013 SEMESTER

2/10/2014

Community College of Beaver County is proud to release the following names of students who comprise the President’s List and Dean's List for the fall 2013 semester. In order to be recognized as part of the President’s List, students must have at least 12 credit hours and receive a 3.75 or above for the semester. In order to be recognized as part of the Dean’s List, students must have at least 12 credit hours and receive a 3.2 to 3.7499 for the semester.

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PENNSYLVANIA’S COMMUNITY COLLEGES RESPOND TO GOVERNOR CORBETT’S 2014-15 BUDGET PROPOSAL

2/5/2014

Harrisburg—Pennsylvania’s community college leaders are concerned about the impact of static levels of state support for the colleges given their important role in the Commonwealth’s education and workforce development systems. Governor Corbett’s proposed 2014-15 Budget recommends level operational funding for the Commonwealth’s community colleges. This funding recommendation is equal to the amount the colleges have received in each of the preceding three fiscal years.

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CERTIFICATE PROGRAM AIMS TO TRAIN WORKERS FOR JOB ADVANCEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

2/4/2014

By working with local businesses to identify hiring needs, the College saw a skills gap in workers who could be promoted to the supervisory positions that will be left unfilled by retiring workers. In order to meet the demand for a properly trained workforce, CCBC will offer a 60-hour Industrial Supervisor certificate program for newly promoted foremen and supervisors in manufacturing organizations.

Interested individuals can learn more about the program at a Lunch-n-Learn event at CCBC’s Washington County Center at Southpointe on Tuesday, February 18 at 11:30 a.m. Reservations can be made by calling 724-480-3443 or emailing melody.kimbrough@ccbc.edu before 4 p.m. on February 13.

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COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF BEAVER COUNTY SELECTED AS A TOP MILITARY-FRIENDLY SCHOOL

1/16/2014

Military Advanced Education (MAE) awarded Community College of Beaver County the designation of a Top Military-Friendly college in its 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities, which provides potential students with information about institutions that go out of their way to give back to our men and women in uniform.

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CCBC POLICE ACADEMY GRADUATES 21 NEW CADETS

12/23/2013

Community College of Beaver County’s Municipal Police Training Academy graduated its December 2013 on Saturday, December 21 at 10:30 a.m. in the College’s Athletics and Events Center as 21 new cadets joined the force.

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CCBC GRADUATES CAN EARN BACHELORS DEGREE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE ONLINE THROUGH NORWICH UNIVERSITY

12/20/2013

Norwich University, a private military college located in Vermont, offers graduates of Community College of Beaver County's Criminal Justice programs (A.A. or A.S. degrees) the ability to earn their Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice entirely online, in less than two years.

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CULINARY STUDENT RECEIVES FIRST NATIONAL BANK CULINARY ARTS SCHOLARSHIP

12/10/2013

Lindsay Ratner, a second-year culinary arts student from East Palestine, OH, received the First National Bank Culinary Scholarship at the CCBC Foundation 17th annual HollyDay Auction and Gala on Friday, December 6.

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CCBC FOUNDATION HOLLYDAY CELEBRATES THE SEASON OF GIVING

12/5/2013

On Friday, December 6, the CCBC Foundation 17th annual HollyDay Auction and Gala celebrates the season of giving by raising funds to provide scholarships to students in our community.

The CCBC Foundation HollyDay Auction and Gala is only made possible through donations from local businesses and community members. We thank our Silver Bells sponsors, First National Bank and Franklin University, for their generous support of the College, its students, the CCBC Foundation, and HollyDay.

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COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER TO HONOR AND REMEMBER VETERANS

12/2/2013

On Saturday, November 16, Community College of Beaver County and the office of Senator Elder Vogel, Jr. partnered with organizations from across the county to host a Veterans Salute Breakfast, a one-stop event where veterans and families could meet with each other and learn more about the local resources available to them.

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ATTENTION POTENTIAL NURSING (RN) STUDENTS

11/14/2013

For those students applying to Fall 2014 Nursing I RN, the “IN HOUSE” application form, with the HESI testing dates and the mandatory meeting date, is currently available at the Information Registration Center (IRC), located in the Student Service Center. The applications must be picked up and returned in person to the same location. Please contact the IRC at 724-480-3504 if you have any questions.

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CCBC FOUNDATION APPOINTS NEW BOARD MEMBERS

11/12/2013

Community College of Beaver County announces the appointment of Linda F. Homyk , Jeffrey J. Liberati, and Joseph Tate to the CCBC Foundation. The expansion of the Board allows the CCBC Foundation to increase its efforts with assisting the College.

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TWELVE STUDENTS GRADUATE FROM WELDER’S HELPER PROGRAM

10/30/2013

Twelve students completed an 8-week training program for welder’s helper with natural gas industry emphasis and are prepared to enter the workforce. A partnership between Western Area Career and Technology Center, who provided the welding instruction, and the College, the program provided low-cost training that matches employer needs.

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CCBC WELCOMES FRANKLIN UNIVERSITY TO ITS CENTER TOWNSHIP CAMPUS

10/8/2013

Community College of Beaver County welcomed Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults, onto its campus at a signing event on October 8, 2013. With the agreement, Franklin University now offers programs onsite at CCBC. Previously, the partnership gave CCBC graduates access to Franklin’s online degree program, but this new partnership brings courses and degree opportunities directly to the campus.

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NEW SCHOLARSHIP AGREEMENT WITH SAINT JOSEPH'S UNIVERSITY PROVIDES TUITION REDUCTION

9/18/2013

As part of a partnership agreement, Saint Joseph’s University (SJU) will offer students of Community College of Beaver County a 10 percent tuition reduction scholarship toward the online Bachelor of Science in Professional and Liberal Studies (PLS). The agreement helps minimize course duplication and accelerate degree completion.

The program is designed to seamlessly take existing college credits and provide the flexibility and convenience of completing coursework online to fit the busy lifestyles of students.

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FRANKLIN UNIVERSITY RECEIVES APPROVAL TO OFFER CLASSES ONSITE AT CCBC

9/4/2013

Franklin University has received approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (Bureau of Postsecondary and Adult Education) to offer programs onsite at the Community College of Beaver County.

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CCBC ANNOUNCES PRESIDENT’S LIST FOR SUMMER 2013 SEMESTER

8/19/2013

Community College of Beaver County is proud to release the following names of students who comprise the President’s List for the summer 2013 semester. In order to be recognized as part of the President’s List, students must have at least 12 credit hours and receive a 3.75 or above for the semester.

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CCBC ANNOUNCES DEAN’S LIST FOR SUMMER 2013 SEMESTER

8/19/2013

Community College of Beaver County is proud to release the following names of students who comprise the Dean’s List for the summer 2013 semester. In order to be recognized as part of the Dean’s List, students must have at least 12 credit hours and receive a 3.2 to 3.7499 for the semester.

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CCBC STUDENTS RECEIVE SHAW FAMILY TRUST SCHOLARSHIP FOR SECOND YEAR

7/31/2013

Community College of Beaver County students Abigail Couper of Beaver Falls and Frankie DeRose of Hopewell Township were the recipients of the Shaw Family Trust Scholarship for a second year.

Currently a business administration major, Abigail was on the President’s List for the fall 2012, serves as a Student Ambassador, and volunteers her time at a variety of College events, including the American Indian Gathering and the CCBC Job and Career Fair.

Frankie, also a business administration major, was on the President’s List for the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters. Frankie currently works two part-time jobs to help fund his education and was also an assistant coach for the Hopewell Boys Tennis team in the spring of 2013. After graduation, Frankie plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

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TWO CCBC STUDENTS RECEIVE ALIQUIPPA WOLVES CLUB SCHOLARSHIP

7/23/2013

Two Community College of Beaver County students received the Aliquippa Wolves Club scholarship at a banquet on July 17. On behalf of the Aliquippa Wolves Club, CCBC announces Alliea Taitt-Martinez of Aliquippa and Krista Hinzman of Hopewell Township as the 2013 – 2014 Aliquippa Wolves Club Scholarship recipients.

Aliquippa Wolves Club members created the scholarship in 2003 to provide students in Hopewell, Aliquippa and Center with educational funds. Their goal is to “make it more affordable for students to earn their degrees.” By providing funds to students like Alliea and Krista, the Aliquippa Wolves Club members are accomplishing their goal.

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CCBC RECEIVES FUNDS TO TRAIN 80 DISPLACED WORKERS IN GROWING INDUSTRIES

7/12/2013

Community College of Beaver County received over $200,000 in additional grant funds from JobTrakPA, a state-wide initiative by Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges that provides critical training to displaced workers, to train 80 individuals in the growing, high-demand career fields of industrial maintenance, welding, CDL, waste water treatment, and medical billing/coding and medical terminology.

Upcoming courses at CCBC, which start throughout the fall of 2013 and spring of 2014, allow students to train for jobs in the energy field as well as the emerging natural gas industry through fast-track certificate programs. In addition to the training, the College works closely with area employers to identify hiring needs and provides one-to-one job-search training, counseling and placement assistance.

Individuals and businesses who are interested in any of these training opportunities should contact CCBC’s Career Coach, Hugh Gallagher, at 724-480-3567 or via email at hugh.gallagher@ccbc.edu.

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TRAIN FOR A HIGH-DEMAND CAREER FIELD

6/28/2013

Are you currently a welder, work with robotics, or program and maintain machinery? With our certificate program, you can upgrade your skills and find employment within a growing career field.

Starting in July, the College, Job Training for Beaver County, and PA CareerLink® join together to offer a fast-track training program in Advanced Manufacturing. As part of the program, students can enroll in one or all of the following courses: industrial mechanic, industrial electrician, and program logic controller technician. Students who complete all three sections of the series will earn the AMIST I (Industrial Maintenance Technician) Certificate of Completion from the Industrial Maintenance Center of Pennsylvania.

Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Contact Hugh Gallagher at 724-480-3567 for more information.

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CCBC KEY PLAYER IN COMMONWEALTH’S WORKFORCE TRAINING MILESTONE

5/31/2013

Governor Corbett publicly announced a significant workforce training milestone for the Commonwealth. The Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania (WEDnetPA) has invested in its one-millionth trainee in Pennsylvania. The governor’s press release can be found at www.newpa.com/newsroom and www.wednetpa.com.

As a WEDnetPA partner, Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) works with local companies to assess their training needs, develop training plans, submit funding applications and find qualified training providers. CCBC has been active participant in WEDnet, assisting companies each step of the way to ensure they receive training outcomes that have a real and positive impact.

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SPONSORS OF CCBC FOUNDATION GOLF OUTING OFFER GRAND PRIZES

5/24/2013

Sponsors of this year’s CCBC Foundation 13th Annual Golf Outing give golfers a one-of-a-kind experience by offering cash, a car and more for making a hole-in-one!

Thanks to this year’s generous Hole-in-One sponsor, Franklin University, golfers have a chance to win one million dollars at a shoot-out after the game! Prizes on other holes include a car, golf clubs, and a $500 Visa card.

In addition, we extend our thanks to the following companies and individuals for their support of the 13th Annual CCBC Foundation Golf Outing:

• Diamond Sponsors Lamar Advertising and First National Bank Wealth Management

• Gold Sponsors Xerox, First National Bank, IP Logic, BASF, Frank & Judy Garbinski, and Butler County Community College Education Foundation

• Silver Sponsors Michael Baker Corporation, Eric Ryan Corporations and Damian, Amato & Start

• Beverage Cart sponsor Beaver Valley Slag

• Tee sponsors Renick Brothers, Ardex, Cauley Security Services, Heritage Valley Health Systems, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, PGT Trucking, and Andrews & Price

• Auction item donors Seven Oaks Country Club, Izzo’s Embroidery, Chick-Fil-A, Sal’s Ristorante, New Perspective, Carl Dennis, Café Kolache, Shadow Lakes Golf Course, Water’s Edge Pub, and Scott & Debbie Angus

• Additional donors include Snowy White Dry Cleaners, Law Offices of Eric Yandrich, Fritz & Carol Retsch, and Tom & Roberta Bressler

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CCBC PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT FOR NEXT YEAR

5/23/2013

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.

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HERITAGE VALLEY TRANSITIONS SCHOOL OF NURSING TO COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF BEAVER COUNTY

5/22/2013

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.”

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FOUR WESTERN PA COMMUNITY COLLEGES SIGN PROGRAM AGREEMENT TO SUPPORT REGION’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

5/21/2013

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.”

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CCBC ANNOUNCES PRESIDENT’S LIST FOR SPRING 2013 SEMESTER

5/16/2013

Community College of Beaver County is proud to release the following names of students who comprise the President’s List for the spring 2013 semester. In order to be recognized as part of the President’s List, students must have at least 12 credit hours and receive a 3.75 or above for the semester.

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CCBC ANNOUNCES DEAN’S LIST FOR SPRING 2013 SEMESTER

5/16/2013

Community College of Beaver County is proud to release the following names of students who comprise the Dean’s List for the spring 2013 semester. In order to be recognized as part of the Dean’s List, students must have at least 12 credit hours and receive a 3.2 to 3.7499 for the semester.

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CCBC ALUMNUS JUSTIN SOLOBAY TO GIVE COMMENCEMENT SPEECH

4/30/2013

Community College of Beaver County alumnus Justin Solobay, who graduated from the College’s professional piloting program in 2005, returns May 9 to give the commencement speech to the class of 2013.

Since his time at CCBC, Justin Solobay, son of State Senator Tim Solobay, received his bachelor of science in meteorology from California University of Pennsylvania and his master’s degree in Systems Engineering & Emergency Management from The George Washington University. Currently employed as an Emergency Management Specialist with the U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of the Controller of Currency in Washington, D.C., he serves as the continuity of operations program manager and provides support to physical, personnel and cyber security.

The College graduates over 300 students in May. This year’s commencement ceremony takes place at 6 p.m. on May 9 in the Athletics and Events Center.

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STUDENTS LEARN HANDS-ON BY MOVING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

4/24/2013

Class was in session on a Friday afternoon in April but not in the usual way. Students in an Event and Media Planning course worked all semester to plan and organize their Cyber Security Speaker Series, an event open to the College campus and community, and April 12 was the day they saw their hard work pay off.

“I was very pleased to see their hard work had a positive impact not only for the students but also the community,” explains Mary Jo Slater, Associate Professor of Office Technology, the instructor for both the Event and Media Planning course and Social Media course.

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CIVIL WAR TRAVELING EXHIBIT TO COME TO CAMPUS

4/15/2013

As part of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and in partnership with the statewide Pennsylvania Civil War 150 efforts, Community College of Beaver County will host a new traveling exhibit, The Civil War in Pennsylvania, which is presented by Peoples Natural Gas and supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The 500 square foot exhibit, created by the Senator John Heinz History Center for its Affiliate Program members, will be on display from May 1 to May 15 in the Learning Resources Center at CCBC.

The Civil War in Pennsylvania exhibit features four life-like museum figures, plus a companion Dog Jack, along with artifacts, previously unseen photographs, and large museum panels describing Pennsylvania’s contributions to the Civil War.

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CCBC and ShaleNET TO OFFER FREE WELDER'S TRAINING IN MAY

4/10/2013

Community College of Beaver County is partnering with ShaleNET to offer a free Welder’s Helper with Gas and Oil Emphasis training session to those who qualify for the program. The ShaleNET grant targets Veterans as well as individuals who are unemployed or underemployed. Family income is not taken into consideration for this program.

Classes are scheduled for May 13 to June 21 at the College's Community Education Center in Monaca. For more information, call 724-480-3567 or 724-480-3451.

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CCBC NAMES TWO STUDENTS TO THE ALL-PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMIC TEAM

4/9/2013

Each year, Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges together with Phi Theta Kappa, the national two-year college honor society, honor community college students from across the commonwealth for their academic achievements in the classroom and volunteerism in their communities.

This year, Community College of Beaver County names Brittnay Mayhue of Beaver, PA and Kimberly Zalewski of Aliquippa, PA as the 2013 All-PA Academic Team for the College.

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FORWARD/U. EVENT FOR TEENS AND PARENTS AT COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF BEAVER COUNTY

4/9/2013

Are you a teenager or a parent of a teenager? Come to Forward/U. to discover what it’s like to be a teenager in today’s world and become empowered to make informed decisions about the challenges faced daily.

On April 28, Forward/U. brings an interactive choice-coaching program for teens and parents to Community College of Beaver County from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Forward/U. features hands-on activities that help teens make better choices about drugs, alcohol and other destructive behaviors while showing parents the daily life of teenagers.

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CYBER SECURITY SPEAKER SERIES AT COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF BEAVER COUNTY

3/25/2013

Small and large businesses all face the same issues when it comes to protecting their electronically-stored information. In this first installment of CCBC’s speaker series, community members are invited to learn how to manage cyber security and privacy regardless of budget.

The Cyber Security Speaker Series is April 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the College’s Learning Resources Center, conference room 103. The event is free and open to the public, including individuals and businesses. A partnership between students in an Event and Media course, faculty and staff members, the Speaker Series helps students to learn hands-on how to plan, execute and promote an event as well as work with various departments on campus.

Scott C. Zimmerman, CISSP, Information Security Engineer Leader at Computer Sciences Corporation, will present on the topic of how small, medium and large businesses can manage security on their budget and environment.

Drew Kleibrink, Mid-Atlantic Director at IMSM, will present on the topic of information security and privacy.

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84 STUDENTS INDUCTED INTO PHI THETA KAPPA HONOR SOCIETY

3/25/2013

Community College of Beaver County inducts 84 new students into the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society. PTK is a national organization that recognizes the achievements of students in two-year colleges.

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Community College of Beaver County Expands Workforce Training in Washington County Through Southpointe Center

3/8/2013

The Community College of Beaver County is strengthening its commitment to meet the customized workforce development and professional education needs of Washington County’s employers and workers through its Washington County Center.

Initially launched in 2010, CCBC’s Southpointe Center has grown and expanded its customized workforce training programs for employers and open enrollment professional development courses for individuals seeking job-related training or retraining.

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CCBC DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS WINS COMMUNITAS AWARD

2/21/2013

Community College of Beaver County is pleased to announce Leslie Tennant, Director of Communications, is a winner of a 2013 Communitas Award in the category of Community Partnership.

Tennant received the nomination for the program Home Field Advantage, which she created and implemented at the College. The program is aimed at creating stronger connections between CCBC and Beaver County high school students and their parents.

“The significance of CCBC’s Home Field Advantage campaign continues to have extensive win-win ramifications for both the school districts and for College. It truly is a game changing strategy in how we market and recruit our students,” explains Tennant.

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CCBC WORLD LITERATURE CLASS INVITES YOU TO CELEBRATE WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

2/19/2013

Discover the power of the female voice in poetry, music and more. Join us on Tuesday, March 19 at 6:15 p.m. in the College’s Learn Resources Center, room 9103, for a presentation that honors women artists who are making a difference in the world.

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CCBC HIRES NEW BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR FOR SOUTHPOINTE LOCATION

1/14/2013

Community College of Beaver County announces the hiring of Steve Morgan as Business Development Coordinator at CCBC’s Southpointe location in Washington County, PA.

Morgan holds a bachelor’s degree from California University of Pennsylvania and brings more than 15 years’ experience in economic development, including working at the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development headquarters in Harrisburg, PA.

He also served as regional and statewide director of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Action Team and executive director of the Allegheny County Department of Economic Development, where he worked to recruit and assist new and expanding businesses and aid in job creation. His goal is to do the same for Washington County.

“Washington County is experiencing tremendous economic and job growth, but we need to ensure that our workers are ready for the jobs becoming available, and that employers have access to world-class, customized training solutions to remain competitive and grow their businesses,” explains Morgan.

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CCBC HIRES NEW OPERATIONS MANAGER FOR SOUTHPOINTE LOCATION

1/4/2013

Community College of Beaver County announces the hire of Merilee Madera as Operations Manager at the Southpointe location in Washington County, PA.

“As a Washington County native, I look forward to working with business and community leaders in this new role,” says Madera.

As Operations Manager at the Southpointe location, Madera plans to expand customized training for organizations looking to develop their existing workforce or train new employees and build a portfolio of professional development and personal enrichment courses for community members.

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CCBC ANNOUNCES PRESIDENT’S LIST FOR FALL 2012 SEMESTER

12/20/2012

Community College of Beaver County is proud to release the following names of students who comprise the President’s List for the fall 2012 semester. In order to be recognized as part of the President’s List, students must have at least 12 credit hours and receive a 3.75 or above for the semester.

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CCBC ANNOUNCES DEAN’S LIST FOR FALL 2012 SEMESTER

12/20/2012

Community College of Beaver County is proud to release the following names of students who comprise the Dean’s List for the fall 2012 semester. In order to be recognized as part of the Dean’s List, students must have at least 12 credit hours and receive a 3.2 to 3.7499 for the semester.

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CCBC FOUNDATION ESTABLISHES NEW SCHOLARSHIP WITH AMBRIDGE WOLVES CLUB

12/13/2012

The CCBC Foundation recently signed an agreement with the Ambridge Wolves Club to establish a new scholarship at the College.

Established to provide a source of assistance for a full-time student at CCBC, the Ambridge Wolves Club Scholarship is available to any high school student who resides in the Ambridge School District and graduates from high school with at least a 2.5 grade point average. The scholarship can be renewed for a second year as long as the awardee maintains a 2.5 GPA at CCBC.

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CCBC STUDENT AWARDED FIRST NATIONAL BANK CULINARY SCHOLARSHIP

12/12/2012

Lauren Petterson, a second-year culinary arts student from Beaver, PA, received the First National Bank Culinary Scholarship at the CCBC Foundation 16th annual HollyDay on Friday, November 30.

"FNB greatly values our relationship with CCBC and is happy to be able to help further the education of their very talented students with the scholarship program,” says Alan D. Bicker, Regional Banking Executive for First National Bank. “HollyDay is a wonderful event and reflects the excellence of CCBC and its mission."

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MEET LOCAL AUTHOR MARCIA FERGUSON AT CCBC LIBRARY

12/7/2012

Join us as we welcome local author Marcia Ferguson to campus on Tuesday, December 18. A former manager of the CCBC bookstore for 27 years, Marcia returns to the College for a book signing of her debut novel, North of Supposed to Be, from noon to 2 p.m. in the library.

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LOCAL SPONSORS MAKE DREAMS COME TRUE AT HOLLYDAY

11/13/2012

In its 16th year, the CCBC Foundation annual HollyDay Auction and Gala continues to grow with the help of community businesses and organizations. With the support of our sponsors, HollyDay celebrates the season of giving by providing scholarships to students in our community.

We thank our Silver Bells sponsor, First National Bank, for their continued support of the College, its students, the CCBC Foundation, and HollyDay. In addition, we extend our thanks to the following companies and individuals for their support of the 16th Annual CCBC Foundation HollyDay Auction and Gala:

Xerox
Dr. Joe D. Forrester and Gloria Cheshier
Michael Baker Corporation
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino
Huntington Bank
Med-Fast Pharmacy
The National Network of Digital Schools
Cottrill, Arbutina, and Associates
Homer Nine and Sons
Merrick Art Gallery
Q-Cast
C3 Controls
Damian, Amato, & Start
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, No. 712
Jack and Diane Manning
Tod Arbutina
John Rizzo
David and Victoria Turner
Joe and Angela Bielawski
Cathy Paich

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COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF BEAVER COUNTY RECEIVES TWO MARCOM AWARDS FOR 2012

11/12/2012

Community College of Beaver County is the recipient of two gold MarCom Awards. This international awards competition recognizes outstanding creative achievement by marketing and communication professionals.

The College’s submissions were chosen from over 6,000 entries throughout the United States, Canada and several other countries in the 2012 competition. MarCom entries come from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, design shops, production companies and freelancers.

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LOCAL SPONSORS SUPPORT CCBC'S VETERANS SALUTE BREAKFAST

10/25/2012

Throughout the years, the College’s Veterans Salute Breakfast has grown to include partnerships with businesses and organizations throughout our community. Thanks to the help of our sponsors and partners, we are able to serve and salute more and more veterans each year.

Thank you to the following sponsors for making this year’s breakfast possible:
Columbia Gas
BASF
NOVA Chemicals
ARDEX
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Bruce Hartle
Aliquippa Wolves Club Den VII

Thank you to the following for helping us advertise the event:

Froggy and Pickle Radio
Pittsburgh Business Times
Beaver County Times

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CCBC WELCOMES NEW BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEMBER

10/23/2012

Dr. Michael Sisk was sworn in as the newest member of the College’s Board of Trustees at the September Board of Trustees meeting.

Dr. Michael Sisk joins current members Helen T. Kissick, Board Chairperson; Cynthia P. Gleason; John A. Kochanowski; Frederick Retsch; Stephen W. Robinson; Robert Del Greco; Harold F. Reed, Jr.; and Genetha M. Short.

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COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF BEAVER COUNTY BECOMES KINBER’s FIRST CUSTOMER

10/8/2012

Community College of Beaver County and the Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER), the non-profit membership organization that is building a broadband network across Pennsylvania, announced today CCBC has become KINBER’s first customer, selecting KINBER to provide commodity Internet services for its students, faculty and administrators.

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COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF BEAVER COUNTY AWARDED 'MILITARY FRIENDLY SCHOOL' TITLE FROM VICTORY MEDIA, INC.

10/5/2012

Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Community College of Beaver County to the coveted Military Friendly Schools ® list for the fourth year in a row. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools ® list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

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COMMUNITY COLLEGES LAUNCH RAPID RETRAINING PROGRAM FOR PENNSYLVANIA’S DISPLACED WORKERS

10/3/2012

Harrisburg, PA - A statewide initiative by Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges will help provide critical training to displaced workers in Pennsylvania, equipping them with the skills they need to get back to work in a high-demand, family-sustaining jobs.

At CCBC, individuals can train for jobs in the energy field as well as the emerging natural gas industry with new certificate programs in Industrial Maintenance, Proces Technician, and Waste Water Treatment Operator.

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CCBC AND LOGSTOWN ASSOCIATES HOST 25th ANNUAL AMERICAN INDIAN GATHERING

9/24/2012

The 25th Annual American Indian Gathering, sponsored as an educational event by Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) and Logstown Associates Historical Society, takes place at CCBC’s Athletics and Events Center on Saturday, October 13 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, October 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This popular community event is an exciting and informative experience featuring music, dancing, exhibits, seminars, food, and crafts.

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Table Games Training at CCBC Washington County Center

9/19/2012

If you're looking for a change and want a fun job, enroll in our table game training and start a new career this year. The casino industry is growing all around us. With our training, you can be a part of the excitement within a few months.

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Students Receive CCBC Foundation Scholarships for Tuition, Fees, and Books

8/20/2012

Students are awarded CCBC Foundation Scholarships each year to help cover the cost of tuition, fees and books that other financial aid does not. Due to these scholarships, many awardees attend the College at little or no cost.

To learn more about the CCBC Foundation scholarships, visit http://www.ccbc.edu/CCBCFoundationScholarships.

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Three New Board of Trustees Members Sworn In at Monthly Meeting

8/15/2012

Community College of Beaver County welcomed Robert Del Greco, a Center Township resident; Harold F. Reed, Jr., Esquire, a Brighton Township resident; and Genetha M. Short, a lifelong resident of Beaver County, to the Board of Trustees on Thursday, July 26.

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Shaw Family Trust Scholarship Covers Flat-Rate Tuition Cost for Three CCBC Students

8/8/2012

Because of the high academic achievements of the candidates and the affordable tuition rate at the College, the first Shaw Family Trust scholarship is awarded to three incoming Community College of Beaver County students.

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Community College of Beaver County Welcomes New Career Coach

8/7/2012

Community College of Beaver County welcomes Hugh Cannon Gallagher to the position of Career Coach. As Career Coach, Gallagher works closely with Trade Adjustment Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant-eligible students with skill assessment and coaching as well as career planning.

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First Welding Training Program Graduates Ready for Emerging Jobs

8/1/2012

The first students from the Welder Training program offered at Community College of Beaver County through local partnerships recently received their certifications in welder and welder’s helper and are prepared for emerging jobs in the oil, gas, manufacturing and additional industries.

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CCBC Offers Child Development Associate Courses at Low Cost Thanks to Northwest Regional Key Contract

8/1/2012

Due to a grant from Northwest Regional Key, which collaborates with regional early learning and school-age partners to support positive outcomes for children, Community College of Beaver County is offering a low cost Child Development Associate (CDA) cohort for 10 to 15 students this fall.

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New CCBC Student Receives Aliquippa Wolves Club Scholarship

7/31/2012

On behalf of the Aliquippa Wolves Club, Community College of Beaver County announces Frankie DeRose as the 2012-2013 Aliquippa Wolves Club scholarship recipient.

Frankie will major in business administration at CCBC. After graduation, he plans to transfer to a four-year college or university to continue his education. The scholarship will not only help fund Frankie’s education at CCBC but will also allow him to transfer with less student loan debt.

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New CCBC Endowed Scholarship Carries Retired Professor’s Name

7/23/2012

The newly endowed C.V. Smith III Scholarship for Excellence in History, which will provide funds to a full-time student who is pursuing an Associate of Arts in History, is the first faculty-donated scholarship in the history of the CCBC Foundation. C.V. Smith III, a recently retired 20-year CCBC faculty member, signed the memorandum of agreement on Thursday, July 19 to establish the scholarship.

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Community College of Beaver County Offers Free Financial Aid Guidance

7/10/2012

Community College of Beaver County will offer a free FAFSA Completion Session on July 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the College’s Science and Technology Center, room 4117. The workshop for college-bound juniors and seniors, their parents, and school counselors, provides the opportunity to get personalized help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the chance to ask questions related to the financial aid process.

Session information will be provided by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA).

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Thank You to the Sponsors and Golfers of the CCBC Foundation 12th Annual Golf Outing

6/25/2012

Thanks to our loyal sponsors and golfers, the 12th annual CCBC Foundation on June 8 at Black Hawk Golf Course was bigger and better than ever. A special thanks to our Diamond Sponsor, The Meadows Race Track and Casino.

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Community College of Beaver County Wins $100,000 Walmart Press for Completion Grant

6/25/2012

CCBC was selected as one of 15 community colleges across the country to win a $100,000 Walmart PRESS for Completion grant.

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CCBC Implements New Strategies to Help More Students Succeed

6/18/2012

A successful start and finish to a student’s college journey is important to the faculty, staff and administration at CCBC. To ensure that happens, CCBC is making a commitment to increase student success, including persistence and retention to graduation, by implementing several new student success strategies during the Fall 2012 semester.

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CCBC Students Finalists for DATA Awards

5/31/2012

Nine Community College of Beaver County students are finalists for Pittsburgh Technology Council’s 2012 Design, Art and Technology (DATA) Awards. The winners are determined at the 2012 DATA Awards and Interactive Exhibition on June 7, 2012.

Nine CCBC Visual Communications students, including Jacob Doyle, a Digital Media Design major from Industry, PA; Rachel Franz, a Fine Arts major from Ellwood City, PA; Lydia Gregory, a Digital Media Design major from Aliquippa, PA; Joseph St. Esprit, a Digital Media Design major from Beaver, PA; Stephani Walters, a Visual Communications Digital Media Design graduate and Lab Assistant from Industry, PA; Michael Waxler, a Web Programming major from Aliquippa, PA; Jamie Houston, a Digital Media Design major from New Castle, PA; Ryan Barnes, a Business Communications major from Ellwood City, Pa; and Leanne Gill, a Digital Media Design major from New Brighton, PA; are attending the DATA exhibition and event at The Grand Hall of the Priory. The students created the video response as part of CCBC’s Visual Communications Department’s Ninth Annual Design Charrette. The theme for the 2012 charrette was “your life + NO INTERNET = your future”. The students worked against a four-day deadline collaborating with their classmates creating their project within a real-world learning experience.

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CCBC Foundation Appoints New Members

5/22/2012

Community College of Beaver County is proud to announce the appointment of Scott Monit to the CCBC Foundation. The expansion of the Board allows the CCBC Foundation to increase its efforts with assisting the College.

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Eight University Administrators from Russia to Visit Community College of Beaver County

5/1/2012

As part of a program entitled “Higher Education and Workforce Development in the U.S.: Multifunctional role of U.S. Community Colleges”, arranged by GlobalPittsburgh, eight university administrators from regions throughout Russia will be visiting the Community College of Beaver County on Thursday, May 3.

Designed to create relationships between institutions to exchange best practices, the project, sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, will provide opportunities for Russian education administrators to learn about the community college model in U.S. higher education and about the ways that community colleges are helping to meet the goals of providing access to higher education and preparing future workers with in-demand job skills. The national itinerary for the group has been coordinated by GlobalConnect at Meridian International Center in Washington, DC.

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CCBC First Community College to Use Augmented Reality Technology

4/16/2012

As new technology emerges, the urge to create new and useful ways to incorporate it into the college experience becomes prevalent. While many technologies only create a buzz for a short time, augmented reality, which Wired magazine refers to as “live, direct or indirect, view of physical real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics, or GPS data,” has the ability to deliver content in an innovative way to students, faculty, staff, and visitors of the college.

Community College of Beaver County is at the forefront of this new technology, becoming the first community college to create an augmented reality application for use on its main campus in Center Township, PA. The College is using this technology to overlay video and graphics with buildings, directories, publications, and more. By doing so, the user is able to experience more content through the use of a mobile device (smartphone) or tablet.

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Free Welding Training Available for Veterans, Dislocated Workers, and Low-Income Adults

4/11/2012

An informational session about our new Welder Training with an Oil and Gas Emphasis program will be held at PA CareerLink® Beaver County located in the Beaver Valley Mall, Monaca, PA on Tuesday, April 24 at 1:30 p.m. Qualified veterans, dislocated workers, and low-income adults can apply to receive this training at no cost.

As a result of the demand for a properly trained workforce, the College and its local partners joined together to offer a well-rounded training program. Starting in May, the Welding Training with an Oil and Gas Emphasis program offered through the College, JTBC, and PA CareerLink® Beaver County brings together employability skills training, basic welding skill training, gas and oil training, and natural gas classes. The welding program combines Welder’s Helper training under the ShaleNET grant with 80 hours of additional welding training supported through WIA Adult and Dislocated Worker funds. By training local workers, the College is hoping to decrease the need for out-of-state workers.

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Community College Students, Local Business Leaders: Community College Workforce Training Will Get People Back to Work

4/3/2012

Nearly 400 community college students and supporters rallied today at the State Capitol in Harrisburg saying that Governor Corbett’s budget proposal fails to remedy the skills gap and will ultimately slow Pennsylvania’s recovery.

In the governor’s FY 12-13 budget, community college budgets would be reduced by an estimated 5 percent and, for the fourth year in a row, community colleges will not receive new dollars for capital funding. Capital funding is used by the colleges to update labs, equipment and classrooms to train students for jobs.

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Pennsylvania Community College Students Recognized by National Honor Society for Academic, Civil Achievements

4/3/2012

The College is pleased to announce the two CCBC students who are designated as members of the All-PA Academic Team:

Marissa Galupi, a humanities major from Aliquippa, PA, hopes to one day be a novelist and English professor. Upon graduation from the College, Marissa plans to transfer to Clarion University of Pennsylvania to pursue her Master’s Degree. Marissa is an active member of the College’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society and has helped to organize several events for Breast Cancer Awareness and autism. She has been named to the President’s List and is an office of the Creative Writers Club.

Joseph Ligato, a social science major from Crescent, PA, plans to transfer to Slippery Rock University after graduating from the College. He hopes to one day obtain his Doctorate degree in Psychology and work as a therapist or psychology teacher. While at the College, he has been on the President’s List, served as President of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, and is currently the President of CCBC’s Student Government Association.

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Community Colleges Make Their Case for Increased State Funding

3/1/2012

Harrisburg – Community college presidents today testified before the House Appropriations Committee that the Governor’s proposed budget unveiled last month risks putting higher education out of reach for students and will stifle the state’s recovery.

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Eight CCBC Students Named as Recipients of Barnes & Noble Book Scholarship

2/2/2012

Marking the highest number of recipients since it was presented in the fall of 2010, the Barnes & Noble Book scholarship is awarded to eight current full-time Community College of Beaver County students.

The following students are the Spring 2012 Barnes & Noble Book scholarship recipients: Andrew Malone, a Nursing major from Beaver Falls, PA; Tyler William David Samorey, an Air Traffic Control major from Ambridge, PA; Ashlee Malone, a Nursing major from Beaver Falls, PA; Paul Carnemella, an Air Traffic Control major currently residing in Beaver, PA; Adrienne Wilmes, a Nursing major from New Castle, PA; Rayburn Mumbuna, a Liberal Arts/Natural Science major from Aliquippa, PA; Heather Sexton, an Air Traffic Control major from Seville, OH; and Robert Goodale, an Air Traffic Control major from Mattituck, NY.

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CCBC Receives Grant to Support Youth Entrepreneurship Mentoring Program

1/10/2012

Community College of Beaver County continues to grow its youth entrepreneurship initiatives and was recently awarded $9,000 to support a one-to-one mentoring program and a Venture Capital Fair for youth entrepreneurs.

The Coleman Foundation, a Chicago-based nonprofit that supports educational institutions offering entrepreneurship education, awarded 11 total community colleges with elevator grants during the 9th annual NACCE (National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship) Conference in October of 2011. Competing community colleges from across the United States submitted proposals for an Entrepreneurship Engagement Plan through which they will identify practicing entrepreneurs in their local community and engage them in education programs.

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Federal Dollars to Help Pennsylvania’s Community Colleges Train Workers for 21st Century Jobs

10/4/2011

Laid-off or underemployed workers will now have a better chance to enter high-wage, high-demand jobs throughout the state with the help of a $20 million grant from the U.S Department of Labor, the first ever prepared and received Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges in a joint effort.

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CCBC Recognized as a Leader in the National Student Completion Movement

9/28/2011

Community College of Beaver County was recognized as a leader in the national student completion movement by Achieving the Dream, a national nonprofit that helps 3.5 million community college students stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Community College of Beaver County, one of 23 institutions designated as a 2011 Leader College, was recognized for demonstrating sustained improvement and accomplishments on key student achievement indicators.

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CCBC Establishes Flat Tuition Rate To Encourage More Students To Complete Associate Degree

3/21/2011

In an effort to encourage full-time students to complete their studies within two years, the Community College of Beaver County’s Board of Trustees have adopted a flat tuition rate for students taking between 12-18 credits per semester. Approved at Monday night’s monthly public board meeting, the new tuition and fees structure will increase the amount per credit by $2.50 for students taking eleven credits or less. This represents an increase of approximately 2.7% making the tuition cost for an in-county student $95 per credit hour.

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