Bossier Parish Community College is located on Hwy. 80 at 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City, Louisiana. Bossier City, the largest city in Bossier Parish, has a population of over 60,000. Many lakes, parks, and other recreational facilities may be found in the area. Cultural activities and organizations are diverse, including a planetarium, state exhibit building, art museums, symphony society, little theatre group, and summer concerts facilities.
History of the College
- A joint resolution of the Louisiana legislature created Bossier Parish Community College as a pilot program. The purpose of the program was to determine a need for, and feasibility of, establishing two-year commuter colleges throughout the state. The College held classes for the first time during the fall of 1967 with 101 students and a faculty of five full-time and three part-time instructors.
- The name of the school was established as Bossier Parish Community College. In the fall of 1973, academic course offerings, which were expanded in both the day and evening divisions, now provided special courses designed for persons representing the business, industrial, and military communities.
- The new Community Education Division began offering non-academic courses. The Northwest Louisiana Police Training Academy, established in 1977 to provide officer training and retraining in ten northwest Louisiana parishes, was renamed the Criminal Justice Institute in 1984.
- The Respiratory Therapy Technology program was established.
- BPCC was authorized to grant associate degrees in Occupational Studies. At that time, two-year degrees were established in criminal justice, business administration, and office administration. In the fall of 1981, an Associate Degree in Occupational Studies in Medical Assistant was introduced, and in the spring of 1984 an Associate Degree in Occupational Studies in Data Processing was approved.
- Eight students received degrees during the first commencement exercise.
- Bossier Parish Community College received accreditation from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
- An associate degree in General Studies was approved.
- An associate degree in Telecommunications was approved.
- Bossier Parish Community College entered into articulation agreements with Louisiana Tech University, Northwestern State University, Grambling State University, Southern Arkansas University, Kilgore Junior College, and Louisiana State University-Shreveport.
- The College added new associate degree programs to the curriculum in Physical Therapist Assistant, EMT: Paramedic, and Computer Drafting and Design.
- On July 1, 1997, Bossier Parish Community College became a member of the University of Louisiana System.
- In May several programs were added: Associate degrees in Industrial Technology and Theatre; academic certificates in Computer Aided Drafting, Pharmacy Technician, and Telecommunications.
- On July 1, 1999, Bossier Parish Community College became a member of the newly-created Louisiana Community and Technical College System.
- Board of Regents approved the consolidation of associate degrees in Law Enforcement Technology and Corrections Science into a single Associate of Science in Criminal Justice. In addition, the Board approved the conversion of the Culinary Arts non-credit program to an academic certificate program. The Board also approved the new Medical Office Specialist Certificate.
- Academic divisions developed 16 technical competency area programs to provide
short term training for entry level positions in a variety of fields. Associate degrees in General Science and Web Development and Design were approved.
Medical Office Specialist was changed from a certificate program to a technical diploma. The Surgical Technology program was changed to a technical diploma.
- The entire college moved to its new $55,000,000 campus on Hwy. 80. An associate degree in Music was added.
- February 1 was the official Grand Opening of the new campus. Academic certificates in Construction Technology and Legal Secretary were added. The Pharmacy Technician program was changed from a technical diploma to a certificate program.
- Both the Health and Physical Education Complex and the Performing Arts Theatre officially opened. A certificate of General Studies was added. A CRTT was approved for Respiratory Therapy Technology.
- An associate degree in Teacher Education was approved.
- Five associate degrees and one certificate in Cyber Information Technology were implemented. An associate degree in Care and Development of Young Children was approved. A certificate in Theatre was added.
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The mission of Bossier Parish Community College is to provide instruction and service to its community. This mission is accomplished through courses and programs that provide sound academic education, broad career and workforce training, continuing education, and varied community services through flexible instructional delivery systems. The College provides a wholesome, ethical, and intellectually stimulating environment in which diverse students develop their academic and workforce skills to compete in a technological society.
To achieve its mission of instruction and service, Bossier Parish Community College is committed to:
- Offering associate degree programs, one-and two-year occupational certificate programs, and specialized career training.
- Delivering education and training/retraining through technical programs, workforce development, community education, and non-credit courses to serve citizen, business, and industry needs.
- Providing opportunity to earn academic college credits for articulation to other institutions of higher learning.
- Providing developmental studies and remedial programs that enable students to acquire basic skills.
- Utilizing a comprehensive program of student services.
BPCC Foundation, Inc.
The purpose and mission of the BPCC Foundation is to host fundraising events and activities to raise monies that will assist the College in the following manner: to provide additional student scholarships, to sponsor faculty and staff professional development workshops, and to support the athletic programs.
Organized in 1998, the BPCC Foundation, Inc. was designed for the purpose and mission of engaging in educational, scientific, literal, benevolent, and charitable works exclusively for Bossier Parish Community College.
The fundamental purpose of the Foundation is to promote the educational and cultural welfare of Bossier Parish Community College, to improve the College’s facilities so as to provide broader educational advantages and opportunities, to encourage educational advancement, and to increase the College’s usefulness to the citizens of Louisiana.
In addition, the BPCC Foundation is dedicated to providing educational and financial resources to the students, faculty, and staff of Bossier Parish Community College. The Foundation awards up to 23 scholarships each semester. For more information, log on to the foundation website at www.bpcc.edu/foundation or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bossier Parish Community College's campus has expanded through the years:
- Administration/Classroom building constructed.
- Criminal Justice Institute moved to a 48-acre tract of land in Bellevue, Bossier Parish.
- Library/Classroom Building constructed south of the AC Building.
The completion of these structures enabled BPCC to completely remove its operations from Airline High School during the daytime, while continuing to utilize the high school for some evening classes.
- BPCC leased two buildings approximately one mile from its campus. The Health and Physical Education Building provided classrooms, a weight room, offices, and contained an outdoor swimming pool. The South Classroom Building contained the Telecommunications department, classrooms, a student center, and faculty offices.
- Renovation of the South Complex was completed in and included the addition of nine classrooms, a telecommunications studio, a drama theatre seating 100, and a parking lot with 400 spaces.
- The Division of Community Education and the Workforce Development programs moved to the Community Workforce Center in the Heart O=Bossier Shopping Center.
- The Health Science Center opened and the PE Building lease ended.
- BPCC has entered into an agreement to purchase 70 acres bordering Highway 80 and I-20, which will be the new site of the College.
- The official groundbreaking for the new campus occurred.
- Infrastructure of new campus underway.
- In December, the new campus site was completed. In January 2005, students enrolled in classes at the new 71-acre campus on Highway 80. Campus facilities include the following:
||Administration, Learning Resources, The Learning Center
||Science and Allied Health
||Performing Arts Theatre
||Economic Development, Educational Technology, and Telecommunications
||Mathematics/Technical Education and Behavioral & Social Sciences
||Student Services (Admissions, Advising/Counseling, Bookstore, Business Office, Financial Aid, Recruitment, Registrar, Student Life, etc.) and Culinary Arts
||Business/Computer Science, Liberal Arts, and
||Health and Physical Education Complex
||Physical Plant and Purchasing
- All college personnel moved to the new campus. Classes began in January.
Official grand opening was February 1.
- The Health and Physical Education Complex and the Performing Arts Theatre officially opened.