Founded in 1966, Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) has an annual enrollment that exceeds 3,600 credit students and an additional 3,200 non-credit students. CCBC continues to grow its offerings and community engagement through partnerships and new program development.
CCBC’s vision is to lead, educate, innovate, and inspire.
Our mission is to transform lives through personalized education, dynamic partnerships, and high impact practices.
The initial offices for the College were established inside the old Freedom National Bank building on Third Avenue in Freedom, PA, on December 6, 1966. Student enrollment for the opening Fall 1967 semester began in the Spring of 1967 as College officials began to transform the former bank offices into classroom space.
On July 24, 1967 an agreement was made to purchase 100 acres of farmland in Center Township, adjacent to the Center Area High School complex. This property, purchased from the Mancini family, would become the permanent home of CCBC. Over the next decade, many improvements and additions would enhance the new campus.
The CCBC Aviation Sciences Center is home to one of the most respected aviation programs in the nation. In 1984, CCBC partnered with the Beaver County Airport Authority to construct a new Air Traffic Control tower to be operated by students of the school. On October 26, 1990 the new CCBC Aviation Sciences Center was dedicated on the grounds of the airport.
In 2002, the College partnered with the Beaver County Board of Commissioners to secure county sponsorship and a new nine-member Board of Trustees was appointed, which has resulted in the significant, sustained growth and development of the college in service to the region and its people.
In 2007, CCBC embarked on an exciting period in its history with a major campus renovation project. Every building on campus was renovated and updated to include state-of-the-art classroom technology, meeting rooms and offices as a result of a $30 million bond-funded renovation project. The project took three years to complete.
Today, CCBC is focused on partnerships with all educational sectors to create seamless educational and career pathways that support workforce and economic development and combat the cycle of poverty prevalent throughout our region with a clear focus on increasing high school and postsecondary completion and credential attainment.
CCBC is partnering with school districts throughout southwestern Pennsylvania, offering more than 70 college courses at 14 high schools and online. Three high schools offer students the opportunity to complete a CCBC associate degree.
Additionally, the college is developing Bellwether-nominated high school academies for students in grades ten through twelve in areas of high-priority workforce need and CCBC academic strength. Academy students spend half of their high school experience at CCBC in STEM-related credit courses and have the opportunity to graduate high school with a full year of college completed. A $1.5 million corporate gift from Lincoln Learning Solutions, Inc. has created an endowed scholarship fund for academy students with financial need and has provided funds to begin additional academies over the next five years. Aviation and Health Academies are already underway, and a STEM Academy will begin in Fall 2017 with four additional academies planned over the next five years. These partnerships benefit students, families, high schools, CCBC, four-year colleges, and the regional economy through enhanced high-impact student learning, enrollment growth, and the development of a regional pipeline of future employees.
CCBC is also assiduously partnering with four-year colleges and universities to provide seamless educational and career ladders through full transfer of credits from institution to institution, including transfer of major and technical credits. Examples include a partnership with Southern Illinois University to offer baccalaureate-level junior and senior courses at CCBC’s Aviation Sciences Center, a 3 + 1 program on-campus with Franklin University that offers baccalaureate courses in business and management areas, a 3 + 1 nursing partnership with Clarion University that includes three years of CCBC courses and a fourth year of hybrid Clarion courses at CCBC and online. CCBC has also developed partnerships with all regional colleges and universities; all public universities in Pennsylvania; 13 campuses of Penn State University; Point Park University, Robert Morris University, Carlow University, Geneva College, and more than 53 public and private colleges and universities throughout the nation.
During academic year 2014-15, CCBC re-envisioned its institutional effectiveness measures, dedicating significant resources to the development of new, more efficacious and sustainable planning and assessment processes. These efforts included: the launch of a year-long training event to re-establish the role and importance of outcomes assessment at both the service department and student learning levels, and the creation of an Office of Planning, Assessment, and Improvement to provide centralized and systematic support for all planning and assessment activities at the College.
CCBC most recently underwent campus renovations and upgrades at both its Center Township location and at the Aviation Sciences Center in order to increase campus safety, upgrade classrooms and conference rooms, and provide a more inspiring atmosphere for students, employees, and the community outside of campus.
Above all, CCBC is most proud that approximately 18,000 degree and certificate graduates have passed through our doors during the course of our 50-year history. Many of our alumni are working and developing small businesses here in Beaver County and throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania and are vital community leaders.
Activities and Accomplishments
CCBC is an Achieving the Dream Leader College, a leading institution in a national reform movement dedicated to the use of data and best practices to promote student success and achievement. The college currently offers 75 degree, certificate and diploma programs, hundreds of Continuing Education and Workforce Development courses and certifications, and seamless transfer to a growing number of baccalaureate and graduate institutions. The Aspen Institute recently named CCBC one of America’s 150 Best Community Colleges, and the U.S. Department of Education chose CCBC as the only PA college or university to participate in a national four-year Dual Enrollment Pell Grant experiment to provide federal funding for high school students pursuing postsecondary education.
In 2016, the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce launched a think tank project that has engaged leaders throughout our region in discussion and planning related to a future vision, mission and goals for Beaver County. A new Beaver County Partnership for Community and Economic Growth has formed with five Councils that will engage a broad cross-section of community representatives. Each Council will address important community needs and priorities, including Desirable Housing, Economic and Job Stimulus, Quality Education, Quality of Life, and Good Government. CCBC’s president, Dr. Chris Reber, chairs the Quality Education Council that will develop a vision and plan for the future educational initiatives and programs for Beaver County and the surrounding region.
Recently, the college was honored to be asked by the Allegheny Conference and Catalyst Connection to participate in a tristate network modeled after Shale-Net. Dubbed Manufacture-NET, the project has created a coalition of colleges, universities, other training partners, employers and industry representatives, workforce and economic development boards and agencies, and others in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. As we look forward, 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.
CCBC will continue to collaborate with our community, elected public servants, and business leaders to identify how CCBC can contribute to workforce needs, economic development, and quality of life standards for our region’s people. Our goals are to offer new credentials in areas of high-priority workforce need; develop specialized training to advance business, industrial, health care, human services and other sector needs; and contribute to causes and activities that serve our region and its people. CCBC has a strong history of contributions to the vitality of Beaver County and all of Southwestern Pennsylvania through innovative teaching; workforce development leadership; community, regional and statewide service; and national engagement.
As the face of Beaver County’s future changes, CCBC will continue its commitment to serving as a leader and an active partner in expanding educational opportunities and shaping economic growth in our region
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