Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs and Economic Development
Location: Building A
Business Affairs and Economic Development is the training arm of Bossier Parish Community College. The vision of Economic Development is to become the leader in workforce development and business improvement services as they relate to the citizens of Northwest Louisiana. Focusing on customer needs, Economic Development assists individuals and organizations in improving performance through assessment, training, mentoring, and job coaching.
Specific services offered include customized assessment and training for businesses, standardized and industry-based testing services, career training, and train-the-trainer services. Types of programs available are leadership and organizational development, continuous quality improvement, job analysis and employee profiling, customer service training, basic work skills, computer software training, foreign language training and assessment, as well as technical training. These services may be accessed onsite or online.
Dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education
Workforce Development offers the following programs:
Location: Building D Room 203
The ACT Center is a high-stakes testing center that provides industry-based testing services for the workforce, credit by examination and other academic testing services, proctoring, and online workforce training courses. An appointment is required for all services, and appointments should be cancelled or rescheduled at least 24 hours in advance.
Career Academy Video-Based Training
These courses adhere to Microsoft, CompTIA, and CISCO exam objectives. Courses are presented by leading certification instructors who are concise and engaging in their delivery. Each class session is presented in full motion audio/video, with step by step demonstrations, lab exercises and testing modules to ensure a full understanding of subject matter. New courses are frequently added.
More information about Career Academy is found at http://bpcc.videotrainer.com (Click Demo)
To register for a Career Academy course, call the ACT Center.
Available courses include:
The program is a collaborative effort among the Louisiana Workforce Commission, BPCC, and any employer that wishes to receive training with grant monies. To inquire about this program, contact Lisa Wargo, Dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education at 318-678-6371.
The Workplace Literacy Program offers individuals the opportunity to develop and enhance basic skills needed for employment, promotion, or post-secondary education enrollment. The program consists of three areas.
The Workkeys program offers individuals the opportunity to enhance work-related skills directly tied to industry and business needs. Training and assessments are available in the following areas:
For more information, please contact Shelli Ulrich at 318-678-6358 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals are also allowed the opportunity to earn a National WorkReady Certificate from ACT®. This is a credential accepted by many area employers as a measure of basic skill levels when an applicant has limited education credentials.
Project R.E.A.D. (Reading Enhances Adult Development) is designed to increase literacy skills of Northwest Louisiana residents.
Project R.E.A.D. trains community volunteers to teach adults how to read. A two-day tutor-training workshop certifies volunteers as literacy tutors. Upon successful completion of the workshop, volunteers are matched with an adult non-reader and the team begins meeting privately, on a one-on-one basis, for tutoring sessions. Tutors and students meet each week in a place convenient to both: library, school, church, etc. Materials and training are provided free of charge, and non-readers are assured of confidentiality.
Project R.E.A.D. tutors work with non-readers through grade 8 reading level, at which point students are ready for placement in GED classes.
Project R.E.A.D. also provides literacy instruction in a class setting four days per week for interested students.
For more information, contact TiYonda McCoy at 318-678-6197.
GED classes are available to the public free of charge.
GED classes work with students at grade level 8 through completion of the GED. Grade level skills are determined by a placement test. The classes consist of self-paced computer-based as well as written study led by an instructor.
Classes are Monday - Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Shelli Ulrich 318-678-6358 or email@example.com.
WIA is a FREE career and educational preparation program for OUT OF SCHOOL YOUTH of the Shreveport and Bossier communities between the ages of 17 and 21. Applicants can be either a high school dropout or a high school graduate. To qualify for the program, applicants must be LOW INCOME. They must also meet another barrier such as being a high school dropout, deficient in basic literacy skills, pregnant, a parent, or someone who requires additional assistance to complete an educational program or to secure and hold employment. For more information, contact Sherrie Johnson at 318-678-6172 or Amanda Belcher at 318-678-6405.
Bossier Parish Community College is challenging all high school drop-outs to come to our GED center and continue their education. Once a month students are invited to come to our campus for an overview of our GED program and join us in their quest for their GED. Students needing these services may call Sherrie Johnson at 318-678-6172.
The primary goal of the MOMs program is to assist mothers and other females living in subsidized housing by giving them the opportunity to further their education and to secure a better future of their children and themselves. Bossier Parish Community college provides support for the MOMs population through career counseling; pre-GED classes; remedial writing, reading, and math skills training; and English as a second language programs. Project MOMs also provides supportive services such as childcare and transportation assistance for those who qualify.
Dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education
The Continuing Education Division offers low-cost, non-credit courses that address the educational, recreational, and cultural needs of the community.
Non-credit courses include leisure learning classes, continuing education, professional development and job skills training, certification and license prep courses, and computer training. The Division also offers a wide variety of online classes through Education-to-Go and Gatlin Education Services.
In providing lifelong learning opportunities for the community, the Division
One (1.0) CEU is awarded for every ten (10) contact hours of instruction or training.
Instructors for non-credit classes are people in the community who have exceptional knowledge about the subjects they teach. They must complete an application or provide a resume, demonstrate ability, and provide credentials if requested. They must submit a course proposal and course outline for each class they request to teach.
Certified Nurse Assistant
The CNA program prepares individuals to work with long-term care patients, such as those in nursing homes and those receiving home health care. The program provides approximately 164 hours of instruction, including medical terminology, health care safety, patient care lecture, patient care studies and clinicals.
Upon successful completion of the program, the student will receive a certificate of completion and be recognized as a Certified Nurse Assistant in the state of Louisiana. The student must complete all coursework with a grade of “C” and score at least 70% on the final exam to successfully complete the program. Textbooks are required.
Food Safety Certification
The Louisiana Office of Public Health, Sanitarian Services, has approved BPCC as a provider for the Food Safety Certification course. The course covers safe food handling techniques, prevention of food borne illnesses, sanitary facilities and equipment, reducing liability, training and supervision of employees. Participants must pass a written exam before applying with the State for the Food Safety Certificate, which must be displayed in the food service establishment and renewed every five years.
This course, open to registered Louisiana voters, prepares one to take the state Notary Public examination.
Private Investigation Training
The 40-hour private investigation training is offered with approval from the Louisiana State Board of Private Investigator Examiners. The training prepares one to take the state private investigator exam, which BPCC offers through the State Board at the completion of training. One must complete the training, pass the exam, and be employed by a licensed agency to obtain a private investigator license.
Real Estate 101
This 90-hour pre-licensing program is approved by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission (Cert. No. 0220) and is a prerequisite for the State License Examination. The requirements for a real estate salesperson license in Louisiana are: you must be at least 18 years of age, possess a high school diploma or GED, successfully complete 90-hours of approved education courses, pass the real estate salesperson licensing exam and be sponsored by a licensed Louisiana real estate broker and provide Errors & Omissions Insurance prior to license issuance.
Paralegal Certificate Program
To receive the certificate in paralegal studies, one must attend an orientation and successfully complete four required courses and four electives in substantive law topics. Students receive 18 hours of instruction in each course. Local attorneys teach the classes.
Admission Requirements: Complete an application to the program and provide the following (or take a proficiency exam):
Note: If transcripts, assessment, or ACT scores indicate a weakness in English, options may be recommended or required for improving communication skills.
General Required Courses (Complete all four at BPCC)
Paralegal Skills and Seminars in Louisiana Law
Basic Communication Skills
Legal Research and Writing
Ethics for Paralegals
Substantive Law Topics (Complete any four)
Criminal Law and Procedures
Louisiana Civil Procedure I
Louisiana Civil Procedure II
Real Estate OR Notary Public
OnLine Entry-Level Training
Registration is held at BPCC's Continuing Education Office. Individuals may register in person, by fax, mail, or phone. Fees are paid by cash, check, or major credit card.
A ninety percent (90%) refund is granted if the request is made three days prior to the beginning of the class. Refunds are not granted on the day a class begins or after it begins. Full refunds are processed when a class is canceled by BPCC.
Books and Supplies
Book lists and supply lists are provided at registration. Books and/or supplies may be purchased at the BPCC bookstore, local vendors, or instructors as indicted on the lists provided.
Special BPCC parking permits are given to those who register for a non-credit class.
Senior Citizen Discount
Senior citizens age 60 and older receive a 10% discount on all classes except when posted or noted in the course description. The discount applies to fees only, not to books or supplies. Discount must be requested at time of registration.