Butler Community College
|Motto||Pure Learning Power|
|President||Kimberly Krull |
|Location||El Dorado, Kansas, US
|Colors||Purple and Gold
In 1927, El Dorado Junior College was founded. The college name has evolved over the years: Butler County Junior College, Butler County Community Junior College, Butler County Community College (BCCC), then finally to its current name of Butler Community College.
Jackie Vietti was school president from 1995 until her retirement in December 2012. In August 2013, Kimberly Krull became president of the college.
Butler is the second largest community college in Kansas, with 13,000 students annually across six campus location. Most are commuters. The school is accredited with the Higher Learning Commission, the North Central Association of Colleges, the National League of Nursing, and the Kansas State Board of Nursing.
The school mascot is the grizzly bear, colors are purple (PMS 2627) and gold (PMS 465 or 871),cross country, football, basketball (men and women), track, women's soccer, volleyball, baseball, and softball, as well as a spirit squad.
Butler has won 10 NJCAA national championships, including six in football (1981, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2008). Butler also has won national titles in men's basketball (1953), men's cross country (1970, 1995), women's cross country (2002), and softball (2016).
Butler Softball has currently won 88 consecutive games, dating back to March 3, 2016 when the Grizzlies beat Barton Community College 9-1. This includes the 2016 NJCAA Div. I National Championship. On Feb. 25, 2017, Butler passed NCAA Division II school Northern Kentucky, setting what is believed to be the longest winning streak in college softball history. NJCAA records have not been officially kept for consecutive wins. The streak ended on May 6, 2017 with Butler losing to Seward County Community College 6-5.
The softball team finished third nationally in 2013 after being ranked No. 1 nationally for much of the season. That team won a program-record 54 games (54-4).
The Grizzlies finished third in the 2008 NATYCAA standings, which award points to each sports team based on their finish at national competition. It is Butler's highest finish in the NATYCAA standings.
Women's soccer has been among the final four twice as they reached the national semifinals in 2013 and 2015 and has been to the national tournament in Melbourne, Fla. six straight years (2011-2016).
The baseball team finished third in the 1994 NJCAA Division I World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.
The women's basketball team was selected as an at-large team for the 2014 NJCAA Division I national tournament held in Salina. The Grizzlies won two games and reached round of eight before being beaten by Chipola (Fla.). The Grizzlies were 34-3 that season, a school-record for wins.
Troy Morrell was the head football coach. He has compiled a record of 154-22 in ten seasons and won three national titles (2003, 2007, 2008). Former Defensive Coordinator, Tim Schaffner was named head coach in 2015 after Morrell's resignation and led the team to the 2015 Jayhawk Conference championship.
- Cara Gorges, beauty pageant contestant
- John Grange, politician
- Dennis Rader, BTK Killer
- David Rickels, Bellator MMA fighter
- Emily Sander, student, model, nationally reported murder victim
- Brent Sommerhauser, artist
- Jacqueline Vietti – Butler president from 1993 to 2012; also served as interim president of Emporia State University from June to December 2015.
- Butler College Fact Sheet
- GNIS for Butler County Community College; USGS; July 1, 1984.
- BCC Year Book Archive; archive.org