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Community college improving online system

Work continues at the construction site for the Victor K. Phillips Nursing and Allied Health Building at the Butler County Community College main campus in Butler Township in April. The BC3 board of trustees heard Wednesday, Sept. 21, that the construction of the health building is on schedule to be completed in 2023. Butler Eagle file photo

Butler County Community College is getting improvements to its online user interface, and trustees on Wednesday voted to further advance that technology.

The college will pay $15,000 per year for five years, plus an implementation cost of $16,000, for the use of Axiom Elite Software. The board voted in March to purchase a constituent relationship management system to “assist with recruitment, admission, retention and graduation.”

Jessica Matonak, executive director of communications and marketing at BC3, said the adoption of the new software allows the college to link its new management system with its existing software.

“It's a different way to talk with current students that allows us to be more efficient,” Matonak said, “and also integrate with our student information system and give us data that we need to help our students move through enrollment process.”

According to the minutes from a March meeting of the college’s finance committee, the management system will be a more sophisticated communication system, “reducing the number of students who could fall through the cracks.”

“It also gives capabilities like texting,” Matonak said.

In unrelated business, the trustees agreed to pay $29,000 to Civil & Environmental Consultants, of Pittsburgh, to perform soil testing for its the BC3 south campus project, which includes the new nursing and allied health facility currently under construction.

The board also heard that the construction of the Victor K. Phillips Nursing and Allied Health Building is on schedule to be completed in 2023.