Butler County Community College is pleased to introduce a Lunch & Learn Series in downtown Butler. Participants will enjoy a catered Lunch along with a taste of how BC3’s Workforce Development division can enhance their business. “The series of six different 90-minute sessions at downtown Butler locations represents the first open programming in the city by BC3’s Workforce Development division” “The concept excites us because we are getting into a new area and providing a different opportunity for people who work or live in the downtown area,” said McKissick, BC3’s coordinator of professional education and certificate programs. “We are trying to bring people out, get them to meet one another, see what spaces are in the downtown area, enjoy lunch, learn some things and see what Workforce Development and BC3 are all about.”

The inaugural Lunch & Learn session in October, focused on Office Safety and was held at the Butler Family YMCA. It included office hazards and safety precautions. Future sessions are in November, February, April, May and June. The sessions begin at 11:30 a.m. with a chance to network, followed by a light lunch and a presentation. “BC3 is really leading the charge and getting people excited about economic development,” said Kenny Bonus, a certified public accountant and Butler City Council member whose ConnectWork on Main will host a February session on grief in the workplace.

Cathy Jones, a BC3 faculty member, will discuss the basics of creativity and easy techniques to incorporate creativity into one’s life in Outside the Box-Creative Thinking, to be held November 16 at the Butler Public Library. Kelly Connolly, of Lutheran Senior Life’s Visiting Nurses Association of Western Pennsylvania, will address common grief reactions, triggers and rapidly changing emotions in Grief in the Workplace, set for February 6 at ConnectWork on Main. Christopher Yco, an instructor with BC3’s Workforce Development division, will discuss Goal Setting during an April 17 Lunch & Learn at The Grand Ballroom. Kiley Cribbs, BC3’s coordinator of EMS and police training programs, will educate participants on the signs and symptoms of a person in cardiac arrest and in need of CPR, and the management of the first few minutes of a cardiac emergency, in Hands-Only CPR – Save a Life, scheduled for May 22 at Springhill Suites by Marriott.

Tricia Pritchard, a BC3 faculty member, will help participants develop listening practices that will help them influence others, reduce conflict and increase productivity in Active Listening, to be held June 12 at The Chop Shop. “Networking opportunities prior to BC3’s Lunch & Learn Series may help to foster economic development in downtown Butler, “said Bonus, owner of Bonus Accounting.

The cost for each Lunch & Learn will be $10 per person. Seating is limited, and registration is required. To register, visit bc3.edu/lunch-learn or call 724.287.8711, Ext. 8476 for corporate billing. Lunch & Learn participants interested in additional information or training on the topics can contact BC3’s Workforce Development division, McKissick said. BC3’s Workforce Development division provides training, certifications and advancement opportunities to meet business, industry and public safety needs. Training to businesses, companies and organizations can be on a customized, contracted basis, or through scheduled, open enrollment professional education programs.

This series follows the realization of 2017-2022 strategic plan initiatives that include the creation of a coordinator of community leadership initiatives position and, by moving that office in August to a South Main Street location, establishing BC3’s first presence in the city of Butler. BC3 has also promoted service to nonprofit organizations among its employees, which has resulted in 41 workers serving a combined 216 hours since Jan. 1 at the Light of Life Community Outreach on West North Street. The college this fall is also offering the most noncredit Lifelong Learning courses held in the city in 10 years.