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Division of Behavioral-Social Sciences and College Transition Programs

Contact Information

Office Location: E-140
Phone: 318-678-6008

Mission of the Division of Behavioral-Social Sciences and College Transition Programs

The mission of the Division of Behavioral-Social Sciences and College Transition Programs is to offer courses that complement and/or support degree programs at BPCC; to support the academic and vocational success of students previously unsuccessful in their educational and employment endeavors; to fulfill the needs of individuals seeking credentials or advanced training for promotion in law enforcement and corrections agencies; to offer students a comprehensive education program specifically designed to produce teacher candidates for university colleges of education; to meet the educational standards set by the State and federal governments for early childhood programs and satisfy the highest level of requirements in the Louisiana Quality Rating System (QRS) for providers of child care; to coordinate BPCC Accelerated for working adults interested in completing their education in an online format; and to offer courses that transfer to other colleges and universities.

Objectives of the Division of Behavioral-Social Sciences and College Transition Programs:

  • To offer associate degree programs in Criminal Justice, Teacher Education, and Early Childhood that will prepare graduates for jobs in the related career fields.
  • To promote student success through maintaining and developing academic excellence in associate degree programs.
  • To provide support and retention efforts for working adults in BPCC Accelerated online coursework within fast-track degrees).
  • To prepare previously unsuccessful students for the rigor of college course enrollment and completion.
  • To improve the opportunity for students with disabilities to succeed in the workforce.
  • To improve the opportunity for students to earn academic college credit for transfer to four-year institutions through articulation agreements.
  • To encourage critical thinking, analysis, and observation skills in division course offerings.

Associate Degree

Bossier Parish Community College offers three associate degree programs in the area of Behavioral-Social Sciences and College Transition Programs:

BPCC Accelerated

BPCC Accelerated is coordinated through the Division of Behavioral-Social Sciences and College Transition Programs. Working adults interested in finishing a degree or entering college for the first time have the option of enrolling in programs offered in accelerated, online formats. Online classes allow students flexibility in scheduling classes around a busy work schedule and personal responsibilities. Classes are taught in 4-week and 8-week accelerated formats giving students an opportunity to complete a degree in approximately 1 ½ years. For more information about BPCC Accelerated, visit www.bpcc.edu/accelerated, email accelerated@bpcc.edu, or phone 318-678-6050.

Programs Offered in an Accelerated Format

Associate Degree:

Courses are taught through an innovative process that incorporates proven student success models with student preferred accelerated online delivery. Therefore, the courses are offered in 4-week and 8-week formats and result in a fast track to graduation.

Prior Learning Assessment

Bossier Parish Community College‘s Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is the process of earning credit for college-level learning through a variety of resources. More information on all forms of Prior Learning Assessment at BPCC is located within the Academic Policies and Procedures section of the General Catalog or by contacting BPCC Accelerated at 318-678-6050 or priorlearning@bpcc.edu.

College Transition Programs

Program for Successful Employment

Through the Program for Successful Employment (PSE), Bossier Parish Community College offers vocational training for people with Cognitive Disabilities and/or Autism. The program combines academic and job skills training on BPCC’s campus and in regional businesses. The goal of PSE is paid employment for students in jobs focused on their interests and strengths.

Students receive soft skills as well as career specific training along with actual hands-on work experience through vocational externships in the community. Assistance both in the classroom and on the work site helps all students succeed.

This program is built through a third-party agreement with Louisiana Rehabilitation Services.

Find out more information by visiting the PSE website or calling the PSE Director, Rebecca Hanberry, at 318-678-6334.

Administration and Staff

Michelle D “Dee Dee” Mitchell
Dean, Assistant Professor

Karen Ward
Administrative Coordinator III

Angie Bales
Program Coordinator, AST (grades 1-5)

Kathy Porter
Program Coordinator, CDYC

Brenda Williams
Program Coordinator, BPCC Accelerated

Faculty

Professors:

Carol Adkins
Kay Boston
Dan Cain
Barbara James
Brookie Walker
Dr. Dawn Young

Associate Professors:

Gail Hendrix
Sharonda Mikle
Richard Pool
Brenda Woods

Assistant Professors:

John Agan
Ashley Grisham
Linda H. Scott
John Sells
Sandra Todaro

Instructors:

Anthony “TJ” Forrest
Tony "Rocky" French
Dr. Wesley Hinze
Jeff Lynn
Calli Thompson
Aaron Vorachek
Michael Walker
Rick Woodward

College Transition Programs Staff

Shelli Ulrich
Director

Amanda Reese
Program Assistant

Justin Tison
Assistant Director

Mark Hux
ELS Coordinator

Tiyonda McCoy
Project Coordinator

Linda Sandifer
Instructor, Workplace Literacy

CTS Off-Site Location:415 Monroe Street Bossier City, LA 71111
Contact Numbers: 318-742-6783 and 318-734-6652

Instructional Staff

Belvia Brock
ELA Coordinator
Instructor, Reading

Joe Johnson
GED Instructor, College and Careers

Jacqueline McMichael
GED Instructor, Social Sciences

Madison Miller
GED Instructor, Math

Sharon Spurgin
Interim Adult Education Instructor

Gwendolyn Vaughn
Interim Adult Education Instructor

Program for Successful Employment

Rebecca Hanberry
Director

Sherrie Johnson
Education and Career Placement Specialist

Wardena Jenkins
Specialist-Job Coach

Robin Burcham
Lecturer/Instructor

Jayme McClain
Assistant Instructor