BC3 hoping for higher enrollment in the fall

May 20, 2020 Cranberry Local News

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Enrollment for summer classes at Butler County Community College surged by 20 percent in the month before classes began, and the school is hoping fall enrollment will follow the same pattern.

School officials discussed enrollment and reviewed a budget report during a trustees meeting May 13.

Enrollment for summer classes was down 20 percent in April, then made up that ground and a little more before classes started earlier this month, said Nick Neupauer, BC3 president.

The total number of credits that students are taking this summer is 3.7 percent more than summer 2019, he said. Summer credits rose from 5,459 in 2019 to 5,661 this year, according to an enrollment report presented to trustees.

“We gained 20 (percent) to 23 percent in summer enrollment. We couldn’t be more pleased with that,” Neupauer said.

Fall enrollment is down 20 percent, but the school has just started holding virtual open houses for prospective students.

All open houses had already been held by this time last year, but the virtual open houses have only recently started, Neupauer said.

According to the enrollment report, students took 10,370 credits in the fall 2019 semester and have so far signed up for 8,132 credits in the fall 2020 semester.

“If the summer is any indication, we are looking for those fall numbers to improve. It is certainly early in the game,” he said.

In other business, the trustees approved a slate of officers that will be voted on at the June 17 meeting. The slate is Joe Kubit as chairman, William DiCuccio as vice chairman, Jennifer Pullar as secretary and Scott McDowell as treasurer. They are the current officers.

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