Butler to Host GrizzlyGo! Open House in Andover on July 10

Join us July 10 for our GrizzlyGo! Open house event in Andover. Explore Butler’s vast array of academic offerings that will get your career moving! Talk to admission counselors, academic advisors, financial aid representatives, and program faculty. Gather details from information sessions throughout the day including the Kansas Promise Scholarship which now allows Butler to offer nearly 50 programs at NO COST for tuition, fees, books and course materials.

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Kansas Promise Scholarship Coming Fall 2021

The $10 million Kansas Promise Scholarship Act was signed by Governor Laura Kelly on April 23, 2021. The transformative program provides last dollar assistance for tuition, fees and books. To learn more about eligibility, approved Butler programs, and the application and scholarship process, visit www.butlercc.edu/promiseact.

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Butler Culinary Arts Featured

Butler's Culinary Arts was invited to be a food vendor at the Wichita Open's Hatchett Tee Off Party on June 12. Butler's Chef Luis Peña & Chef Greg Cole were joined by two students interested in catering to ensure they were “the hit of the par-tee”! Attendees were raving about the pulled pork sandwiches and cheesy mashed potatoes!  Butler's Culinary Arts program has already been invited back for next year!

Congrats to Chefs Peña & Cole, current student Kandace Roehl & our youngest graduate Kayleigh Bruce. Kayleigh just graduated from Butler and Augusta HS as part of the Culinary Academy!


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Butler's Accounts Receivable Team volunteering at the Butler Homeless Initiative.

Grizzlies Give Back 2021

This year the annual Grizzlies Give Back Celebration expanded from a one-day event to a week-long celebration April 19-24. Sixty-six Butler students participated in various service projects.

Each year Butler students, faculty and staff show their appreciation to the community by performing service oriented projects.

Daily events included constructing May Day baskets for Lake Point Care residents, making blankets and cards for hospitalized children, decorating and filling activity boxes for the Ronald McDonald House Charities and assisting the Salvation Army at its New Beginnings store.

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Butler’s Huge Impact on the Region Undeniable

A recent economic impact study confirms that Butler Community College plays a significant role in driving the economy of southcentral Kansas, returning $2.30 to the region for every $1 received in taxes. The direct impact to Butler County alone is more than $46 million annually, providing a return of at least $2.88 for every dollar invested in the college.

EMSI, a nationally recognized economic analysis partner for higher education, completed the study. The college benefits regional businesses by increasing consumer spending in the region while also supplying qualified, trained workers to the workforce. Butler students generated $21.3 million in added income for the regional economy through groceries, accommodations, transportation and other household spending.

People networking at the Morning Brew event in Andover.


Butler’s Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Division was thrilled to host the Andover Area Chamber’s Morning Brew on June 11.

Chamber members were welcomed to the remodeled 5000 building for brief presentation on how the STEM division at Butler can help them with a trained workforce and updates on new Butler programs as well as the usual coffee, snacks and networking.

Thank you to everyone who was able to drop-in to have a cup of coffee and visit. Check out more photos here.

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Butler Responds to Industry Request for Diesel Technology Program

Area companies like Dustrol, Inc., Jets Diesel, Murphy Tractor and Equipment, Satchell Creek Express, Foley Tractor Company, Freightliner Truck Center Companies – Wichita, and Wildcat Construction have all worked with Butler Community College to establish a new Diesel Technology program. The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the program during their June board meeting. An Associates of Applied Science degree will now be offered beginning in August with the Diesel specific courses being taught on the El Dorado Campus.

The Technical Education Authority, under the auspices of the Kansas Board of Regents, approved the program in May and congratulated Butler for providing this much needed training in South Central Kansas. In addition, Pittsburg State University’s Diesel and Heavy Equipment program has committed to creating a seamless path for Butler’s Diesel Tech students desiring a bachelor’s degree. Butler’s program will prepare students to apply technical knowledge and skills for specialized maintenance and repair of trucks, buses, and other commercial and industrial vehicles. The Diesel program extends out of Butler’s industry-recognized Automotive Technology program and will seek accreditation from the same agency currently accrediting Auto Tech – the ASE Education Foundation. Diesel Tech will also seek accreditation through the Associated Equipment Distributors (AED).

In support of the program, Foley Tractor donated a 9-liter diesel engine and transmission to enhance hands-on learning. Wildcat Diesel also has committed to equipment donations and both companies are offering student internship opportunities. In a letter of support for the program, Jesse Newman, owner of Jets Diesel in El Dorado, wrote “Our company stands ready to provide support to Butler Community College for this program. We would like to be active in the success of this program offering donations/sponsorships, equipment, diesel career shadowing, facility tours, full-time job placement opportunities for graduates as well as knowledge in any form that would be of use.” Newman has also agreed to serve on the college’s new Diesel Technology Advisory Committee.

Butler’s Industry partners will continue to work with the college through the advisory committee to help ensure the curriculum offered and the skills gained by students are those most needed by industry

Chef Luis Pena

Exciting News for Culinary Arts Program

The Culinary Arts program at Butler Community College continues toward its goal to serve as the region’s premier location for students pursuing careers in Culinary and Hospitality Arts.

A major donation from Betsy Redler and Scott Redler, co-founder of the fast-casual restaurant franchise Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, will advance the growth and expansion of Butler’s Culinary Arts program.

A gift of land in south Andover from Paul Jackson and Vantage Point Properties, Inc. will allow the program to build a state-of-the-art facility on a piece of prime real estate in Butler County.

The college is exploring possibilities for the facility’s use as an after-hours venue to enhance its primary role as a training facility.

Pictured above is Chef Luis Peña, the new chair of Butler’s Culinary Arts program. Chef Peña is a graduate of both The International Culinary Center and The Institute of Culinary Education. He graduated with honors having received the Top Toque Award from the Institute of Culinary Education.

The award, sponsored by Nespresso Business Solutions, is given to the Culinary Arts or Pastry & Baking Arts student who demonstrates excellence in technique, professionalism and industry-preparedness as determined by faculty vote.

Butler is excited to have Chef Peña in place to guide our Culinary Arts program to the next level as we strive to be the areas only five-star culinary arts and hospitality program.

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The 13th Advance Kansas class culminated on Friday, June 4, as 44 area business and community leaders were welcomed by previous graduates to the alumni network known as Advancers. This brings the network of prepared leaders to 513, representing 154 organizations in the area.This year’s class proved their dedication to diversity, meeting over five months on Zoom, due to Covid restrictions. They formed relationships and developed skills to become better leaders in our increasingly diverse organizations and communities. Between class sessions, they worked in teams to accomplish community-action projects benefiting area not-for-profit organizations.  

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More than 1,100 celebrated from 20-21 year

Nearly 1,100 Butler students graduate in the 2020-2021 year and more than 600 graduates are from this spring. A total of 179 students graduated with at least a 3.75 GPA. Below is the list of the 2020-2021 Butler Commuity College graduates.

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Butler Community College nursing students have ranked in the top five community colleges in Kansas for passing the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX) for Associate Degree in Nursing, and in the top three for Practical Nursing from 2016 to 2020.  The five-year average pass rate for Associate Degree in Nursing was more than 89%, while the Practical Nursing program came in with more than 98%. All the pass rates in Practical Nursing since 2016 have been more than 95%, and three of those years had a 100% pass rate. In addition to a state accredited nursing program, Butler Community College offers Allied Health, EMT and AEMT training, and has a partnership with KU for Nursing where students can finish their general education credits, then go on to receive an Associate Degree in Nursing through Butler, and their Bachelor of Science in Nursing through KU simultaneously on the Butler campus.

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