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GREATER TUNA PRODUCTION OPENS AT BPCC

Release date: July 27, 2014

The Performing Arts of Bossier Parish Community College and the Cavalier Players announce the production of Greater Tuna, written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard. This delightful comedy is scheduled to run July 25 – August 3 in BPCC’s Performing Arts Theatre, Building C on the BPCC Campus at 6220 E. Texas Street in Bossier City.

The fictitious town of Tuna, Texas, is located in west Texas, about half-way between San Angelo and Hell. Though the action takes place in the early eighties, nothing has changed since then.

Greater Tuna was originally produced in 1981 in Austin, Texas, by its authors, Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard. The play's stars, Williams and Sears, played all twenty characters in this hilariously dysfunctional Texas town. One year after its premier, Greater Tuna opened Off-Broadway, ran for over a year and went on to tour major theatres all over America and spots overseas for the next thirty some years, and became one of the most produced plays in American theatre history.

Denise Dalton, Jesse Kortus, Hannah Monette, Conner Snow will play all the residents of Tuna, Texas, with Ray Scott Crawford as director, Rona Leber as costume designer, David White as set designer, Keith Bruce as light and sound designer, Austin Jennings as stage manager and Lari Leber as assistant stage manager.

According to Crawford, Greater Tuna was chosen as the summer production for a number of reasons. “First of all, a number of our full-time students are pursuing summer theatre work outside of Shreveport/Bossier or are participating in local community theatre summer productions, so we needed a small-cast show,” explains Crawford. “Also, the playwrights have given us some incredibly hilarious characters and situations in Tuna for our students to develop and present.”

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 pm July 25-26 and August 1-2 and 2:00 pm July 27 and August 3 in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C) on the BPCC Campus, 6220 East Texas Street in Bossier City.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults, and $10 for seniors, military, and non-BPCC students. All seats are reserved. Tickets are available by calling The Performing Arts Box Office number, 318-678-6021, or by reserving online. Please note that this comedy contains adult situations and children under the age of 6 years will not be permitted.

In addition to the BPCC performance dates, in mid-August the BPCC show will travel to Michigan City, Indiana, for a weekend of performances in a co-sponsored production with the Canterbury Summer Theatre, a professional non-Equity summer stock theatre in the Chicagoland area. Currently, four BPCC Theatre students (Jay Allen, Matthew Lorenz, Samantha Rogers, and Emily Dollar) are working as designers, technicians, and/or stage managers for the full summer season at the Canterbury.

“Each summer, we co-produce with the Canterbury Summer Theatre the final production of the theatre’s summer stock season,” says Crawford. “This year, we are excited to continue that tradition by taking our students in this production to complete this year’s season at Canterbury, providing a professional venue for a BPCC production and a professional opportunity for our students.”

Crawford adds, “As artistic director of the Canterbury, I am able to provide an additional quality production for the theatre’s audiences while at the same time provide a showcase for BPCC’s Theatre Program. With the small cast and minimal set requirements, Greater Tuna is a perfect choice for traveling to Indiana—adding to an ten-year tradition that has earned much recognition for BPCC Theatre with award-winning productions of such shows as The Woman in Black and The Star-Spangled Girl, Almost Maine, and last year’s Barefoot in the Park.”

For more information or to reserve tickets, please call the Theatre Program at 318-678-6021.

BPCC TO RECEIVE $1.4 MILLION TO LAUNCH AEP FOUNDATION’S CREDITS COUNT PROGRAM

Release date: June 27, 2014

The American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation will partner with Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) to provide $1.4 million over five years to launch the Credits CountSM program, benefiting middle and high school students in north Louisiana. BPCC is the second college to receive funding from the Foundation for this program.

Credits CountSM, a signature program of AEP Foundation, is a five-year project targeting dual enrollment students with a focus on studies in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The hands-on, year-round activities and services of the Credits CountSM program are centered on four major components which include:

  • STEM Experiences - expanding awareness, at an early age, of possible STEM careers through middle and high school exploration experiences;
  • College Course Readiness Assessments - identifying gaps in writing, reading and math that may require tutoring;
  • Summer Bridge Programs - providing remediation in English and math and improving skills prior to students enrolling in dual enrollment programs;
  • Dual Enrollment in High Schools and at BPCC - allowing students to graduate high school with at least 12 college credits toward an associate degree or job ready certificate.

“We could not be more excited about AEP Foundation's investment in the future of our community,” says BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson. “STEM fields will drive our economic growth in the 21st Century. Our potential in Northwest Louisiana is limited only by our ability to nurture talent. BPCC has been a leader in the development of engineering and cyber technology programs, and we look forward to partnering with Bossier and Caddo schools to expand our offerings of these and other STEM programs to a new generation of learners.”

BPCC will work with Bossier and Caddo Schools and collaborating partners to introduce middle school students to STEM experiences and engage high school learners for college credit coursework prior to graduation. Credits CountSM focuses on introducing students to careers they otherwise may never have considered as career options and providing a pathway to attain college credits while completing high school.

“The AEP Foundation is excited to join with the BPCC Foundation to introduce middle school and high school students to the possibilities of a STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) career,” says Venita McCellon-Allen, AEP-SWEPCO president and chief operating officer. “Through the AEP Foundation’s Credits CountSM program, we are changing lives for our young people in both Caddo and Bossier parishes, so they can be a part of a well-educated workforce of the future.”

BPCC will facilitate dual credit enrollment in cooperation with Bossier and Caddo Parish Schools with a goal of providing participating students, the opportunity to graduate high school with at least 12 college credits toward an associate degree or one year certificate. The program seeks to serve approximately 400 students once it is fully-launched in fall 2015.

BPCC Foundation Board President John Hubbard expresses the Foundation’s appreciation of the generous gift. “The AEP Foundation shares the confidence in the faculty and leadership at BPCC,” says Hubbard. “The students can be even more confident that a high quality education is a commitment.”

For more information on this gift or program, contact Stephanie Rogers, Director of Institutional Advancement, at 318-678-6010.

FIFTH ANNUAL ICING ON THE CAKE COMPETITION SET FOR SATURDAY, JULY 12 AT BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Release date: June 23, 2014

Food Network Cake Champion Bronwen Weber and other prominent cake professionals to participate in fundraiser event

Quota Club of Shreveport’s Fifth Annual Icing on the Cake Competition will be held on Saturday, July 12 at Bossier Parish Community College, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, La. Cake artists from throughout the region will face-off in the competition, which also features a day-long program of cake decorating classes and demonstrations. The competition is open to the public for general viewing, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., in Building F on the BPCC campus.

Tickets are $5 for general admission or $20 for an all-access pass to all classes and demonstrations on July 12. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.quotacake.com and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the door. Lunches will be available to purchase and vendors will be on-hand selling a variety of creative tools and tasty treats.

Several well-known cake artists will bring their talent to the Icing on the Cake stage, including Food Network Cake Champion Bronwen Weber. In addition to the demonstrations offered on Saturday, July 12, a number of classes and demonstrations will be offered, July 11-14, for cake artists of all ages and experience levels. Enrollment fees for these classes vary. See a complete schedule of classes and for information on how to enroll.Will open new browser window or tab

The theme for this year’s event is “The Glitz and Glamour of Broadway.” Registration has begun for bakers of all skill levels, from amateur to professional, in categories including wedding, theme, special occasions and a new category being introduced in 2014, “Red Carpet Worthy Red Velvet Cakes.” Registration for competing cake artists is open until the morning of the event; however, a late registration fee will be applied for all registrations received after Friday, June 27.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the following: Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) – Culinary Arts Program; Quota Club of Shreveport to help with service projects such as Deaf Action Center, Highland Haven - VOA, and Pine Grove Elementary.

The 2014 Title Sponsor is Edible Artists Network Magazine. Additional sponsors include “Silver Spoon” Sponsor deZaan Gourmet as well as “Fondant” sponsors Diana de Charles of Sagepoint Financial and Barksdale Federal Credit Union and “Ganache” sponsors Caljava Online and Dallas Foam, Inc.

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BPCC FACULTY MEMBERS RECEIVE NISOD EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Release date: June 5, 2014

Bossier Parish Community College is proud to announce its recipients of the annual National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards. The College’s 2014 honorees include:

Laura Bryant - Science, Nursing, and Allied Health
Jonathan Elmore - Communications and Performing Arts
Peggy Fuller - Business
Katie Jones - Library/Learning Resources
Richard Pool - Behavioral-Social Sciences and College Transition Programs
Linda Sonnier - Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
John Wagoner - Liberal Arts

NISOD’s Excellence Awards recognize men and women each year who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and contribution to their students and colleagues. In 1989, in connection with a University of Texas at Austin national study of teaching excellence, NISOD hosted its first ceremony honoring NISOD Excellence Award recipients. The response to that ceremony was so positive that NISOD began what has become the largest and most inspiring gathering that recognizes the contributions and achievements of community and technical college faculty, administrators, and staff.

“Each of these award recipients are leaders not only in the classroom but also on the BPCC campus and in the community,” said BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson. “We applaud them for their tireless dedication and service to the College.”

Excellence Award recipients were celebrated during NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, May 25-28, in Austin, Texas. During the Excellence Awards Dinner and Celebration, held in conjunction with NISOD’s annual conference, each Excellence Award recipient received a specially cast, pewter medallion hung on a burnt-orange ribbon. The names, titles, and colleges of all Excellence Award recipients are included in a special booklet that features congratulatory ads from many of the recipients’ colleges. In addition, presentations at the conference involving Excellence Award recipients are indicated in the Conference Program with a special icon. All Excellence Award recipients and their colleges are also listed in a special multi-page display in a special edition of Community College Week.

“Recognizing those individuals who have contributed to student success and their colleges’ mission is something we look forward to doing each year,” said Dr. Edward J. Leach, NISOD’s Director. “The extraordinary work of these men and women includes not only what they do for their students and colleagues, but what they do for the communities in which they live and work. We’re honored to be able to play a part in celebrating their achievements.”

The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), created in 1978, is a consortium of community and technical colleges that share a commitment to supporting excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership. NISOD supports its member colleges by providing professional development resources and learning experiences, including practitioner publications, webinars, the annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, the NISOD Excellence Awards, and more. More information about NISOD.Will open new browser window or tab

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE ANNOUNCES ITS GRADUATES FOR THE 2014 SPRING SEMESTER

Release date: June 3, 2014

The following students graduated from Bossier Parish Community College on May 16, 2014 in the College’s Health and Physical Education Complex.

Spring 2014 GraduatesPDF File

Commencement speaker for the 9:30 a.m. ceremony was Darrell Rebouche, Cavalier Athletic Foundation Board Member.

Tommy Williams, CFP and president of Williams Financial Advisors, was the guest speaker at the 2:00 p.m. ceremony. BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson presided over the College’s 66th graduation ceremony.

The College is also pleased to announce students’ names on the Chancellor’s list and the Dean’s list for the 2014 spring semester.

Spring 2014 Chancellor's ListPDF File
Spring 2014 Dean's ListPDF File

BPCC TO HOST ENERGY CAMP OF LOUISIANA FOR LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLERS

Release date: May 28, 2014

BPCC will be one of 3 host sites of Energy Camp Louisiana this summer. Energy Camp Louisiana, a weeklong camp designed to expose students to the exciting and vital role the energy industry is playing in Northwest Louisiana, is sponsored by Shell Oil. Incoming 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students from Caddo, Bossier, Red River, DeSoto and Natchitoches parishes who are eligible will be able to attend this unique, hands-on experience. This will be the fifth year for the camps.

BPCC’s Energy Camp Louisiana 2014 is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday on June 9-13 at Bossier Parish Community College, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA. The camp is designed to educate and energize local youth about fossil fuels, alternative energies and energy efficiency and conservation.

“With Northwest Louisiana being the center of the Haynesville Shale, Energy Camp Louisiana gives high school students a fun way to explore and learn about the natural resources we have in this area,” says Carrie Salinas, BPCC instructor and organizer for the camps. “The camps are hands-on with each day consisting of a theme and specific career focus.”

BPCC Energy Camp of Louisiana’s themes and career focuses include:

  • Monday - Safety and Introduction to Fossil Fuel Energy
    Career Focus: Safety Technician
  • Tuesday - Process Engineering and Quality Control
    Career Focus: Production Technician
  • Wednesday - What Happens on the Rig/Products from Fossil Fuels
    Career Focus: Careers in the Field
  • Thursday: Alternative Energy Sources and Conservation
    Career Focus: Engineer
  • Friday: What Have We Learned

Cost of Energy Camp is a $25 non-refundable registration fee (need-based scholarships available). For more information or to register, email energycamplouisiana@gmail.com or call 318-678-6590. Visit bpcc.edu and click on the Energy Camp web banner on the homepage to access the application.

Two additional Energy Camp 2014 sites this summer are scheduled for:

  • June 23-27 at Southern University-Shreveport
  • July 8-11 at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.

BPCC HOSTS AREA-WIDE VETERANS’ BENEFITS AND RESOURCE FAIR

Release date: May 27, 2014

BPCC will host a Veterans’ Benefits and Resource Fair from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 6 at Bossier Parish Community College’s Building A, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA. This event is sponsored by the Shreveport Veterans Center and is part of the Readjustment Counseling Services’ “Vets to Vets” tour.

Area veterans who attend will receive resources and information from a multitude of veteran services throughout Bossier parish. Families are also invited to attend and receive valuable information regarding dependent benefits.

Participants at the Resource Fair will include:

Bossier Parish Department of Veteran Affairs
Vet Center
Troops to Teachers
Wounded Warrior
Overton Brooks VA Medical Center (five different areas)
American Legion
Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs
Disabled American Veterans
Vocational Rehabilitation Center
Louisiana Workforce Development
Bossier Parish Community College
Barksdale Federal Credit Union
Northwestern State University
Louisiana State University Shreveport
Southern University Shreveport
DeVry University
Louisiana Tech
Northwest Louisiana Technical College
Jean Simpson Temporary

The Veterans Administration’s Mobile Vet Center from New Orleans will also be on-site in front of the Building A.

For questions and other information, call Susan Stakes at 318-678-6472 or Garett Juneau at 318-861-1776.

BPCC TO HOLD ON-SITE REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER 2014

Release date: May 19, 2014

Bossier Parish Community College’s on-site registration for its summer 2014 term is set for Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Students can select classes from three different summer sessions:

  • Session A – Entire semester – May 28 through July 21, 2014
  • Session B – First Half of Semester – May 28 through June 24, 2014
  • Session C – Second Half of Semester – June 25 through July 22, 2014

Summer 2014 classes begin May 28, 2014.

Detailed information regarding applying, registration, tuition costs and deadlines can be found online or call the BPCC Admissions Office at 318-678-6004.

As the fastest growing community college in the nation, BPCC’s most recent accomplishments include:

  • Spring 2014 graduation class – largest graduation in school’s history
  • Named to 2014 Military-Friendly Schools list – one of top 15% of schools to make list 3 consecutive years
  • Fall 2013 enrollment reached 8,500 – highest in 46-year history
  • Cyber program – accredited with all six CNSS certifications as well as designated a National Center of Academic Excellence 2-Year Education
  • Transfer agreements with 4-year schools – allowing for seamless transfers for students
    • (i.e. engineering graduates can transfer to Louisiana Tech as a junior into any of Tech’s engineering programs)
  • Named lead in a $14.7 million grant to promote the development of programs in healthcare information technology and cyber security/networking

Bossier Parish Community College will be soon home to a new $22 million training facility for Benteler Steel/Tube of Germany’s--Louisiana plant to be located at The Port of Caddo-Bossier. This facility will house BPCC’s programs in manufacturing, oil and gas, engineering, energy and construction.

BPCC offers associate degrees in six academic divisions: Behavioral and Social Sciences; Business; Communication and Performing Arts; Liberal Arts; Science, Nursing and Allied Health; and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Technical diplomas, certificates and technical competency areas are also available in each of these divisions.

For more information on any of the College’s programs.

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE RECORDS LARGEST GRADUATION IN SCHOOL’S 47-YEAR HISTORY AND ANNOUNCES OTHER NEWS

Release date: May 14, 2014

At its 66th commencement on Friday, Bossier Parish Community College will once again record the largest graduation in its forty-seven year history. The College will graduate its highest number of students during two graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 16 in the Health and Physical Education Complex at 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Credentials will be awarded to 412 graduates, making this spring’s graduation the largest on record. Spring 2013 awarded 373 graduates with credentials.

"The record number of graduates is a source of pride for BPCC's faculty and staff,” says BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson. “Each individual in that number has a compelling story to tell about his or her journey. Each is now prepared for the next step, whether that involves continuing education or beginning a career. Our employers will be more competitive and our community will be richer because of their work."

Associate degrees, technical diplomas, certificates, and technical competency areas will be awarded in BPCC’s six academic divisions. The 9:30 a.m. ceremony will include students in the two divisions of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Students in the divisions of Behavioral and Social Sciences; Business; Communication and Performing Arts and Liberal Arts will graduate at the 2:00 pm ceremony.

Commencement speaker for the morning graduation ceremony is Darrell Rebouche, a Cavalier Athletic Foundation board member. Tommy Williams, CFP®, president of Williams Financial Services, is the commencement speaker for the 2:00 p.m. ceremony.

This spring’s graduation yields some additional exciting announcements:

  • BPCC is proud to announce that Industrial Technology: Automation and Controls graduate, Scott Haynes, will be the first BPCC student to be awarded the Siemens Mechatronic Certification – Level I.
    • “BPCC adopted this certification and became a Siemens partner school because of our affiliation with Benteler Steel/Tube,” says Lamont Lackman, an instructor in BPCC’s Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics division. “But now, the certification has created quite a buzz in the area manufacturing industry and it’s of interest to other manufacturers.”
    • Siemens AG, one of the world's largest high-tech manufacturing corporations, is a leader in complex technologies, particularly in complex systems integrating electrical, mechanical and computer engineering. According to the Siemens website, “the marriage of these three engineering fields, better known as mechatronic systems, plays an ever-increasing role in technology: from cars to household appliances, from public transportation systems to electric power generators, in short, almost every aspect of daily life.
    • The Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program (SMSCP) is a comprehensive industry skills certification offered together with partner schools worldwide. A central theme in the SMSCP is the System Approach, a special set of teaching and learning methods developed over 25 years in Siemens technical schools in Germany.”
    • Haynes plans to continue his career in the oil and gas industry. “Having the Siemens certification encourages me to pursue an engineering degree,” says Haynes. “My goal is to continue my career and work within the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) department. It’s the backbone of how the oil and gas industry knows what is happening from one instant to another by acquiring data from and controlling remote industrial systems.”
  • BPCC will also graduate 13 students with an associate degree in engineering. These students were the first cohort of students to complete the full two-year program and are eligible to transfer as juniors to Louisiana Tech University or the University of Louisiana-Lafayette in any of their engineering programs.
  • Spring 2014 graduation ceremonies will be streamed LIVE via Livestream.Will open new browser window or tab This service allows BPCC graduates to give their friends and family who can’t make it to graduation a way to watch them walk across the stage.

BPCC MIDDLE COLLEGE STUDENTS TO GRADUATE WEDNESDAY

Release date: May 12, 2014

BPCC Middle College will hold its graduation ceremony at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 14, in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre (Building C), 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The BPCC Middle College program is designed to prepare students, who did not graduate from high school, to pass the HiSet exam in order to earn their high school equivalency diploma and enroll in college.

“Not only is the BPCC Middle College program a model for student success, the students (many of whom are first-generation college students) are inspired to advance to the next phase of higher education,” said BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson.

The program helps students identify a plan for their lives beyond a high school diploma. All of the classes require students to think, learn and study on a post-secondary educational level. With multiple sessions per year, students can choose from morning, afternoon or evening classes.

“This program provided students with educational opportunities to help them excel,” said Justin Tison, assistant director of BPCC’s College Transition Programs. “We look forward to continuing to assist them with their future individual educational paths.”

The BPCC Middle College program is housed at the BPCC College Transition Programs building located at 415 Monroe St., Bossier City, LA.

For more information on the BPCC Middle College program, contact Justin Tison at jtison@bpcc.edu.

BPCC AND NORTHWEST LA TECHNICAL COLLEGE OFFICIALS TO SIGN CROSS-ENROLLMENT AGREEMENT

Release date: May 8, 2014

Officials with Bossier Parish Community College and Northwest Louisiana Technical College will announce a cross-enrollment agreement between the two schools at a signing ceremony scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 15 in the Chancellor’s Boardroom, A230, Bossier Parish Community College, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The agreement allows a student to be eligible to take one course at the “host” institution for each course taken at the “home” institution with a maximum of three courses taken at the host institution per semester. Under the agreement, the student will enroll and pay tuition and fees at one institution, which the student designates as his or her primary or “home” institution and the other institution, at which the student also takes classes, is designated as the secondary or “host” institution.

“Our ability to affect positive outcomes is greatly enhanced through collaboration,” says BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson. “BPCC has had a long-standing partnership with Northwest Louisiana Technical College, and together, we will create pathways to prosperity for students and enhance the human capital advantage of our employers in northwest Louisiana.”

Bateman echoes Chancellor Henderson’s comments. “Northwest and BPCC have a shared vision of innovation and collaboration that leads to enhanced educational services to the citizens of our region.”

“Degree-seeking students at Northwest are required to complete general education courses, and BPCC has outstanding faculty in this area,” says Bateman. “This new agreement expands opportunities for Northwest students to access those courses and creates an avenue for BPCC students to also take courses offered by Northwest."

Date/Time:
Thursday, May 15
2:00 p.m.

Location:
Chancellor’s Boardroom – Building A-230
Bossier Parish Community College
6220 E. Texas Street
Bossier City, LA

Participants:
Northwest Louisiana Technical College
Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr., Interim Director

BPCC faculty and staff
Dr. Jim Henderson, Chancellor

BPCC OPEN CAMPUS™ WINS GLOBAL AWARD

Release date: May 8, 2014

Bossier Parish Community College’s Open Campus™ initiative has been chosen as one of three educational institutions worldwide to receive Blackboard’s® Catalyst Award for Innovation. Winners will be recognized in July at BbWorld 2014 in Las Vegas, NV.

Blackboard, Inc® provides education, mobile, communication, and commerce software to clients including education providers, corporations and government organizations. Its Catalyst Award for Innovation recognizes innovative achievements in teaching and learning practices, software development, mobile innovation, cloud innovation, and online program management.

Chancellor Jim Henderson says Open Campus™ is not only a winner for the College but also is a winner for the community.

“To meet the needs of students and employers in the 21st Century economy, community colleges must take a leadership role in the innovative delivery of education to our consumers,” says BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson. “Open Campus™ is great example of how our colleges can creatively utilize technology to expand access and improve college readiness.”

BPCC’s Open Campus™—the College’s free, online, series of preparatory courses--offers underprepared students a user-friendly, video-lecture based pathway to success in math, English, and reading comprehension. BPCC’s goal is to provide anyone, anywhere access to quality, preparatory instruction, without cost or obligation.

Open Campus™ courses are designed to prepare individuals for college-level placement testing, to enhance students’ study and practice sessions, or to help employees brush up on basic professional skills.

Course availabilities include

  • Basic Math
  • Introductory Algebra
  • Intermediate Algebra
  • College Algebra
  • Fundamentals of Grammar
  • Reading Comprehension
  • College Success Skills course (opens June 1).

Course content and progression mimic “for-credit” offerings with two exceptions:

  • no textbooks are used,
  • courses are self-contained (with no direct interaction between instructors/students.)

Allison Martin, BPCC’s Director of Institutional Effectiveness, says Open Campus™ is designed to reach a broad audience and provides open access to quality learning opportunities.

“Open Campus™ seeks to reach prospective students preparing for placement testing, currently-enrolled students using the courses for supplemental instruction, and individuals unable to attend face-to-face--whether they are homebound, work-restricted, or deployed military members,” says Martin.

The Open Campus™ design is tailored for user-friendliness. Student sign-up is easy, and, once enrolled, students can log-in through popular social media sites. Each learning module contains at least one lecture video, printable handout, and multiple-choice, self-graded quiz. Students may access any lecture, handout or quiz as many times as they wish and in any order they choose.

Martin and team have been somewhat surprised with a few of the outcomes of Open Campus™. “We knew the sites would help students prepare for placement testing, yet we had not fully considered the intangibles: confidence-building, reduction in test anxiety and a greater understanding of the impact of high-stakes testing,” says Martin. “Equally significant is the value we’re seeing when our enrolled students access the lecture-videos and practice quizzes as supplements to their face-to-face classes.”

BPCC’s Open Campus™ team has presented its concept at seven national and four international conferences and has been featured both in Inside Higher Ed and Academic Advising Today.

Open Campus™ adds to BPCC’s already innovative mix of online offerings for the community.

Last fall, BPCC launched Discover bpcc, a series of mini-lectures varying in length from 2-14 minutes on courses including English, math, art, biology, business administration, and reading. Designed to offer the community a little taste of the college classroom experience—anyone with internet access can view the mini-lectures free of charge and with no obligation.

For more information, contact Allison Martin at amartin@bpcc.edu .

BPCC TO PARTICIPATE IN LOUISIANA WORKFORCE EXPERIENCE EVENT AT STATE CAPITOL: STUDENTS/FACULTY TO RESPRESENT CYBER/ENGINEERING PROGRAMS

Release date: April 28, 2014

All 13 Community and Technical Colleges to Showcase Premiere Workforce Training Programs

From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, a handful of BPCC students, faculty and staff will participate in the Louisiana Community and Technical College System’s inaugural Louisiana Workforce Experience event in the Rotunda of the State Capitol, Baton Rouge, LA. All 13 community and technical colleges from across the state will highlight cutting-edge programs that are preparing Louisiana’s future workforce.

Visitors to the Capitol Rotunda will have an opportunity to engage with students and industry partners as well as participate in hands-on demonstrations in more than 15 programs which are aligned to the state’s immediate workforce needs. Among the programs to be featured include Petrochemical, Health Occupations, Culinary Arts, Non-Destructive Testing, Alternative Energy, STEM, Process Technology, Welding, Advanced Manufacturing, Instrumentation, Robotics, Television Production, Millright, and Integrated Production Technologies.

BPCC engineering students Emily Jones and Travis Voss, computer technology student Drew Dowd, oil and gas student Tyler Partington, Student Government Association President and business student Nikeba Black, and Ms. BPCC and criminal justice student Larissa Philips will travel to Baton Rouge to “tell their story” to Capitol visitors and lawmakers. They will be accompanied by Associate Professor Chris Rondeau and Student Life Director Marjoree Harper.

The students will demonstrate what they are learning in their various fields of study. An engineering truss and various computer devices will allow the students to provide onlookers with a glimpse of the technology used in the classrooms at BPCC.

“Our programs at BPCC are specifically designed to align with regional, high-demand employment sectors such as nursing and allied health, oil and gas tech, advanced manufacturing, and engineering,” says BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson. “Participating in an event such as this gives us an opportunity to share with a statewide audience the world-class talent we are producing on a daily basis.”

BPCC SUMMER/FALL 2014 ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR NEW STUDENTS BEGINS

Release date: April 28, 2014

Bossier Parish Community College has begun online registration for new students for its summer and fall 2014 terms.

Students can select classes from three different summer sessions:

  • Session A – Entire semester – May 28 through July 21, 2014
  • Session B – First Half of Semester – May 28 through June 24, 2014
  • Session C – Second Half of Semester – June 25 through July 22, 2014

Summer 2014 classes begin May 28, 2014 and Fall 2014 classes begin August 15, 2014.

Detailed information regarding applying, registration, tuition costs and deadlines can be found online or call the BPCC Admissions Office at 318-678-6004.

On-site general registration is scheduled for Tuesday, May 27; however, those interested may apply early in order to register for classes prior to on-site registration. Registering early gives individuals a better opportunity for classes or times they may desire. Apply online.

As the fastest growing community college in the nation, BPCC’s most recent accomplishments include:

  • Named to 2014 Military-Friendly Schools list – one of top 15% of schools to make list 3 consecutive years
  • Fall 2013 enrollment reached 8,500 – highest in 46-year history
  • Fall 2013 graduation class – largest fall graduation in school’s history
  • Cyber program – accredited with all six CNSS certifications as well as designated a National Center of Academic Excellence 2-Year Education
  • Transfer agreements with 4-year schools – allowing for seamless transfers for students
    • (i.e. engineering graduates can transfer to Louisiana Tech as a junior into any of Tech’s engineering programs)
  • Named lead in a $14.7 million grant to promote the development of programs in healthcare information technology and cyber security/networking

Bossier Parish Community College will be soon home to a new $22 million training facility for Benteler Steel/Tube of Germany’s--Louisiana plant to be located at The Port of Caddo-Bossier. This facility will house BPCC’s programs in manufacturing, oil and gas, engineering, energy and construction.

BPCC offers associate degrees in six academic divisions: Behavioral and Social Sciences; Business; Communication and Performing Arts; Liberal Arts; Science, Nursing and Allied Health; and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Technical diplomas, certificates and technical competency areas are also available in each of these divisions.

For more information on any of the College’s programs, visit the web site or contact the Office of Public Relations at 318-678-6031.

BPCC CONCERT BAND TO PRESENT SPRING MUSIC CONCERT

Release date: April 24, 2014

The Concert Winds under the direction of Dr. Michael D. Hart will present their final spring concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The concert repertoire will consist of “A.B.A. March” by John Cheetham; “Danse Diabolique” by Joseph Hellmesberger; “Blessed Are They!” by Johannes Brahms, “Havendance” by David Holsinger; and “Dedicatory Overture” by Clifton Williams.

Many of the students enrolled in the ensemble are full-tuition music scholarship recipients. Music scholarships are awarded to students who pass an audition, maintain a 2.0 GPA, and are full-time BPCC students. Auditions for BPCC music scholarships for the fall 2014 term will be held in the spring and summer of 2014.

This concert is free and open to the public. For more information about this concert or to arrange for a music scholarship audition, contact Dr. Michael D. Hart at 318-678-6146 or mhart@bpcc.edu.

BPCC DIVISION OF COMMUNICATION AND PERFORMING ARTS AND THE CAVALIER PLAYERS ANNOUNCE THE SPRING FESTIVAL OF ONE-ACT PLAYS

Release date: April 24, 2014

The Bossier Parish Community College Division of Communication and Performing Arts and the Cavalier Players announce the 2014 Annual Spring Festival of One-Act Plays at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, at the BPCC Theatre, Building C, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The work of three student directors--Denise Dalton, Emily Dollar, and Jonathan Rambin--will offer a full evening of theatre and will round out the theatre program’s fourteenth season of student-directed work.

The performance of the three plays is free and open to the public. Generally, the one-act festival may contain mature subject matter and/or language and may not be suitable for children.

This spring’s student directors have the following to say about each of their plays:

Denise Dalton: “In Anne Phelan’s Body Shop, nothing is as it seems. Gender stereotypes are reversed, bizarre orders are placed, and customers are well “taken care of”. Come check out this backwards comedy in the BPCC Theatre Department’s Evening of One Acts.”

Emily Dollar: “You move into a new house with your best friend, and what’s on the agenda for the first night there? Card games? Video games? Grave robbing? But the last option is way too farfetched for anybody! …Or is it?”

Jonathan Rambin: “Have you ever had a day that didn’t go as planned? Have you ever had a nosy waitress? Have you ever had a canker sore that distracted you in the middle of a life changing conversation that changed your entire future? In Christopher Durang’s Canker Sores and Other Distractions, all this happens and more. Come see this raucous comedy at the BPCC Theatre… if you don’t get distracted on the way.”

For more information or for directions to the theatre, call 318-678-6021.

FIFTH ANNUAL COLLEGE AND CAREER EXPO FOR CADDO/BOSSIER 8TH GRADERS SET FOR APRIL 30/MAY 1

Release date: April 24, 2014

For the fifth year, Bossier Parish Community College will partner with area businesses, other colleges, and technical schools in hosting two days of career and educational exploration opportunities for 8th grade students in Caddo and Bossier. The expo will be held from 8:30am-1:00pm on Wednesday, April 30 for Caddo Parish students and from 8:30am-1:00pm Thursday, May 1 for Bossier Parish students. Both days’ event will be at the Bossier Civic Center, 620 Benton Rd., Bossier City, LA.

Students attending the expo will be provided information and hands-on demonstrations from participating sponsors as they are introduced to career pathways for planning their educational goals. They will also be exposed to high demand career areas, starting salaries, required training and experience, and educational options.

Studies show that middle school students are at the optimum age to begin exploring career opportunities or to drop out of school. Therefore, the community has stepped in to form a consortium to make this expo an annual event.

Participating sponsors of the expo are:

North Shreveport Business Association – Title Sponsor
Bossier Parish Community College, the City of Bossier City and Shell Oil – Platinum Sponsors
Willis-Knighton Health System – Gold Sponsor
Barksdale Federal Credit Union – Silver Sponsor

For more information, contact Sherrie Johnson or Angela Herren at 318-678-6172 or 318-678-6151, sjohnson@bpcc.edu or aherren@bpcc.edu.

BPCC MUSIC PROGRAM SCHEDULES SPRING CHOIR CONCERT

Release date: April 22, 2014

The BPCC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will present its Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 2 in the Performing Arts Theatre, Building C, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Both choirs under the direction of Mr. William Bond will take the stage to perform traditional choral selections guaranteed to bring enjoyment to audiences of all ages. This concert is free and open to the public.

The Concert Choir will perform “Alleluia” by William Boyce; “Here I am” by Long and Pote; “Gloria in Excelsis” by Antonio Lotti; “Be Merciful unto Me” by G. F. Handel; and “Hymn to America” by Snyder and Parry. The Chamber Singers will perform “Dies Irae” by Mozart; “Prayer” and ”Set Me As a Seal” by Rene Clausen; “Omnia Sol” by Z. Randall Stroope; “Psallite” by Michael Praetprius; and “Homeland” by Holst, Rice, and Stroop.

Many of the students enrolled in the ensembles are full-tuition music scholarship recipients. Music scholarships are awarded to students who pass an audition, maintain a 2.0 GPA, and are full-time BPCC students. Auditions for BPCC music scholarships for the fall 2014 term will be held in the spring and summer of 2014.

For more information about this concert or to arrange for a music scholarship audition, contact Dr. Hart at 678-6146 or mhart@bpcc.edu.

“OPERATIZER” SCHEDULED AS BPCC GUEST ARTIST SERIES

Release date: April 22, 2014

The Music Program at Bossier Parish Community College will present a Guest Artist Series performance featuring the 2013-2014 Shreveport Opera Artists in Residence at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre, Building C, 6220 E. Texas St, Bossier City, LA. This Guest Artist Series performance is free and open to the public.

The Shreveport Opera Artists in Residence (also known as SOX – Shreveport Opera Xpress) are Christina Bakhoum, Mezzo-Soprano; Sarah Bauer, Soprano; Daniel Bates, Tenor; and Leroy Davis, Baritone. They are accompanied by Zalman Kelber, pianist.

The evening’s Operatizer will feature repertoire selected from opera and musical theatre and include “Some Enchanted Evening” from South Pacific; “O mio babbino” from Gianni Schichi by Puccini; “Questa o Quella” from Verdi’s Rigoletto; and the “Flower Duet” from Lakme by Leo Delibes. Also included in the evening’s performance will be music from Carmen and La Boheme among others.

The “Operatizer” serves as a musical appetizer for those who enjoy opera as well as those who would like to know more about opera, the daily lives of opera performers, and some of the inner workings and history of the art form.

The Shreveport Opera Artists in Residence are featured performers of the current Shreveport Opera season which included Elixir of Love, The Mikado, and Turandot scheduled for Saturday, April 26.

“This is an excellent opportunity for our students, the College, and the community at large to experience professional level opera and musical theatre for free,” says BPCC Music Program Director Dr. Michael D. Hart. “We expect this collaboration of providing a free and truly cultural event to the public to continue for years to come.”

For more information on the Guest Artist Series performances or the Music Program at BPCC, contact Dr. Michael D. Hart at 678-6146.

BPCC and LED announce a new Advanced Manufacturing Program: Public Interest Meeting Set

Release date: April 16, 2014

Companies guaranteeing interviews to qualified completers of C4M program

Bossier Parish Community College is proud to announce a new program: Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics as part of its Division of Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. This program is in concert with the Louisiana Economic Development (LED) FastStart program, Certification 4 Manufacturing, or C4M.

This program consists of four college courses that can be completed in one semester (16 weeks) and covers the essential skills needed in the modern manufacturing environment including: Principles of Manufacturing (safety, quality, lean manufacturing, and teamwork), Tools and Equipment, Automation, and an Introduction to Fabrication, Process Technology, and Machining. This program incorporates class lectures, laboratory work, and independent study. BPCC is excited about the new program.

“Today is a new day in manufacturing,” said BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson. “Today’s employers need employees with advanced skills. They need problem solvers and troubleshooters. They need employees who have savvy computer, programming, and mechatronic skills. BPCC is excited to work with LED to bring this state-recognized, industry certification to the area and to develop a program in Advanced Manufacturing looking forward to meet our area industry needs.”

This program will help interested students train for new manufacturing jobs with area industry partners. Companies are guaranteeing interviews to qualified completers of the C4M program.

For anyone interested in this program or interested in the local manufacturing industry, BPCC is hosting a public interest meeting:

WHAT: Public Interest Meeting – Advanced Manufacturing
WHO: BPCC and LED
WHEN: Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
WHERE: BPCC Performing Arts Theater (Building C) on the BPCC campus, 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City, LA

This new program is currently accepting application for the next round of courses that will begin on Wednesday, May 28. For more information or to apply to the program, visit the program website.

BPCC MUSIC PROGRAM TO PRESENT SPRING JAZZ ENSEMBLE CONCERT

Release date: April 9, 2014

The BPCC Jazz Ensemble will present its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 25, in the Performing Arts Theatre, Building C, on the BPCC campus at 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The concert will include a variety of jazz related styles including swing, blues, ballads, jazz standards, and Latin. Their performance will include Bradley’s Groove Shop by Mark Taylor; Down ‘N Up by Les Sabina; Absolutely, Positively by Gregory Yasinitsky; Honk by Jeff Jarvis; and Dat Dere by Bobby Timmons, among other selections.

In addition to the concerts on campus, the group performs in the community as well. “The BPCC Jazz Ensemble has been very active in the community in recent semesters”, says Dr. Michael Hart, the ensemble’s director. “Earlier this year we performed for the Builder’s Supply Company’s 100th Birthday Celebration Dinner.”

The BPCC Jazz Ensemble is comprised of both music and non-music majors. Many students in the ensemble are on full-tuition music scholarships.

The concert is free and open to the public.

For more information about this free concert or music scholarships at BPCC, call 318-678-6146 or e-mail mhart@bpcc.edu.

BPCC LIBERAL ARTS INSTRUCTOR RECEIVES TWO AWARDS FOR POETRY AND WILL BE PUBLISHED NATIONALLY

Release date: April 8, 2014

BPCC Liberal Arts Instructor Katie Bickham has been recently awarded two prestigious awards for her literary work – The Belle Mar, a collection of poems – and soon will be published nationally.

Bickham was named "Best in Show" at the Shreveport Regional Arts Council's (SRAC) CRITICAL MASS Contest, where she received a $2,000 cash prize and an advertisement in a national Literary publication. Her work was chosen by book critic David L. Ulin, former book editor of the Los Angeles Times. His written review of her work will be published in local/national literary art publications/websites.

Bickham is honored to chosen by a renowned literary critic. “The premise of the contest was that SRAC brought in professional critics from all over the US to select winners,” said Bickham. “I'm really excited that SRAC is shining a light on writers in our Shreveport-Bossier community in addition to our many outstanding visual artists, and I'm proud to be a part of this movement.”

In addition to the SRAC award, Bickham also recently won the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize for The Belle Mar. This prize comes with $2000 and publication.

Each year, Pleiades Press, in collaboration with Louisiana State University Press and Winthrop University, publishes a book of poetry, as determined through the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize. Judges are poets of national prominence; screeners are also well-published poets. This year, the judge was Alicia Ostriker, an American poet and scholar who writes Jewish feminist poetry. Winning books are printed in a run of 1,000 copies and distributed through Louisiana State University Press.

The Belle Mar is a fictional plantation in South Louisiana, and each poem in the collection takes place in a different room of the house in a different year,” says Bickham. Last year, Bickham’s collection of poems in The Belle Mar was also published in Vol 36.1 of The Missouri Review, the nation’s number one literary journal.

Bickham has taught English at BPCC for more than two years as an adjunct instructor and became a full-time instructor in January. She holds a bachelor of arts in English, a master of arts in liberal arts from Louisiana State University in Shreveport and a MFA from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine.

BPCC AND UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT LAFAYETTE® ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP

Release date: March 28, 2014

Bossier Parish Community College and University of Louisiana at Lafayette® officials will announce at 10:30 am Tuesday, April 1 a partnership between the two schools allowing for students to complete an associate of science in engineering at BPCC and transfer all credit hours to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette/

Because of this agreement, students will be able to transfer as a junior to one of University of Louisiana at Lafayette®’s five engineering programs—chemical, civil, electrical and computer, mechanical, or petroleum engineering.

This partnership is mutually beneficial to both institutions for several reasons. It will benefit the BPCC students, both traditional and nontraditional, by offering them an opportunity to continue their education after completing the associate degree in engineering at BPCC with a university that will accept those credits. The agreement will provide the University of Louisiana at Lafayette® another opportunity to attract and retain engineering students with a proven record of academic success. Both higher education institutions have full-time, tenure track faculty with advanced academic and field experience credentials and both institutions have extensive support resources (i.e., library, on-line access, service courses, and adequate administrative- faculty- staff backup).

Date/Time:
Tuesday, April 1
10:30 am

Location:
Chancellor’s Boardroom – Building A-230
Bossier Parish Community College
6220 E. Texas Street
Bossier City, LA

Participants:
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Dr. Terrance Chambers, Associate Dean, College of Engineering

BPCC faculty and staff
Dr. Jim Henderson, Chancellor
Dr. Stan Wilkins, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Laura Goadrich, Dean, Division of Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Dr. June Schneider, Program Director/Instructor, Engineering

BPCC’S DIVISION OF COMMUNICATION AND PERFORMING ARTS ANNOUNCES CASTING CALL FOR SUMMER 2014 MOVIE

Release date: March 27, 2014

The casting call for this summer’s movie, Suite Dreams, will be held at 6:30 pm April 2 and 3, and at 2:00 pm April 4 in Building D, Room 303, on the BPCC Campus at 6220 East Texas St, Bossier City.

The story centers on Carole Bailey, who expects nothing short of perfection from her daughter and two granddaughters. However, when seemingly ordinary ballet slippers are given to her as a gift, she is given a magical second chance to dance the role of her dreams.

Resumes and headshots are preferred but not required.

There are speaking roles for the following:

Carole Bailey – quick-witted grandmother   50-60
Holly Chomsky – Carole’s daughter   30-40
Isabelle Chomsky – Holly’s daughter, ballerina   15-17
Angel Chomsky – Holly’s daughter   9-12
Nick Chomsky – Holly’s husband   30-40
Jacob Hardy – mailman   50-60
Attendant   15-20
Officer Daniels – local police   20-40
Dr. Klein – cardiologist   50-60
Young Grandma/Diana Adams   15-19
Cheerleaders (2)   15-19
Miss Ruthie – dance teacher   30-60
Doug Spencer   15-19
ER Nurse   25+
ER Doctor   30+

There will also be a need for extras in several scenes, including high schoolers, ballet performers and attendees, Santa Claus at the mall, etc.

For more information, contact Stella Thompson at 318-678-6560

BPCC GUEST ARTIST SERIES PRESENTS DANYELLE ADKINS, FLUTE

Release date: March 26, 2014

The Music Program at Bossier Parish Community College will present a Guest Artist Series performance featuring flautist and BPCC graduate Danyelle Adkins at 3:30 pm Tuesday, April 8 in the Performing Arts Theatre on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Adkins holds an associate of arts in music degree from Bossier Parish Community College and a bachelor of music from the University of Louisiana-Monroe. While at BPCC, Danyelle was a flute student of Ted Hopkins. At ULM, she studied under Dr. Sandra Lunte.

The performance will include “Kokopelli” by Katherine Hoover; “Andante” by W. A Mozart; “Romance” by Camille Saint-Saens; “Sonata in F Major” by Benedetto Marcello; “Fantaisie” by Georges Hue; and “Soaring” a flute duet by Jennifer Grady. Hope Spaw will join Adkins for the duet and Assistant Professor of Music Gulya Chandler will serve as accompanist for Adkins.

The Guest Artist Series performance is free and open to the public. For more information on this performance or the Music Program at BPCC, contact Dr. Michael D. Hart at 318-678-6146.

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE MUSIC STUDENTS COMPETE IN STATE-WIDE COMPETITION

Release date: March 25, 2014

Singers from Bossier Parish Community College competed in the annual National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)-State Chapter student competition recently at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Singers from both universities and community colleges were invited to attend and BPCC was the only community college in attendance at the competition.

The students who competed were Amanda Charles, Deandra Jefferson, Michelle Moline, Alanna Seidelman, and Stefani Wilson. BPCC Assistant Professor of Music Gulya Chandler served as accompanist for the singers at the competition.

Of the BPCC students participating, Stefani Wilson placed third in her division. All five singers who competed are music majors at BPCC and voice students of Janice Aiken. Amanda Charles, Michelle Moline, and Stefani Wilson are also music scholarship recipients in the BPCC Music Program.

For more information on the Music Program at BPCC, contact Dr. Michael D. Hart at 318-678-6146 or mhart@bpcc.edu.

BPCC ANNOUNCES PERFORMANCES AND CAST FOR THE 2014 CHILDREN’S SHOW JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

Release date: March 21, 2014

The Communication and Performing Arts Division and the Cavalier Players announce the cast for the upcoming children’s show Jack and the Beanstalk, directed by Luke Eddy. Show dates are at 6:00 p.m. April 4 and 11 and at 2:00 p.m. April 5, 6, 12, 13 in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre, Building C, 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

This is the traditional fairy tale of Jack and the Beanstalk as told with a “Louisiana twist” by BPCC’s own master story-teller, Stephen W. Slaughter. Magic beans begin this wonderful tale of golden hens and harps and all of Jack’s adventures. Children of all ages will enjoy the adventures of Jack and his mother as he climbs to the magic kingdom in the sky.

“Think: Looney Tunes meets Cirque du Solei,” says Eddy. “This show will be an exciting blend of wacky humor, Louisiana culture, and bold physical acting that I hope will be exciting and educational for both kids and parents.”

The cast will feature Lauren Rogers, Lari Leber, Connor Snow, Keiandre Harper, Allison Miller, Alanna Seidelman, Hannah Monette, Dalton Witte, and George James. In addition to Luke Eddy as director, David White is the scenic designer/tech director, Jonathan Offutt is the lighting designer, and Rona Leber is the costume designer with Andrea Ohnesorge as the costume assistant.

Tickets are $5 for general admission and are available at the door. For more information, call 318-678-6021 or email: theatre@bpcc.edu.

THE DIVISION OF COMMUNICATION AND PERFORMING ARTS AND THE CAVALIER PLAYERS OF BPCC ANNOUNCE AUDITIONS FOR THE SPRING FESTIVAL OF ONE-ACT PLAYS

Release date: March 14, 2014

The Bossier Parish Community College Division of Communication and Performing Arts and the Cavalier Players announce auditions for the 2014 Annual Spring Festival of One-Act Plays at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 at the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA. There are three short plays to be cast.

BPCC’s Theatre program is showcasing the work of three student directors: Denise Dalton, Emily Dollar, and Jonathan Rambin. The Spring Festival will offer a full evening of theatre and will round out the theatre program’s fourteenth season of student-directed work.

There are roles available for males and females aged 18 and up and anyone interested in filling technical positions should also attend auditions. Reading selections will be provided at the audition. The performance of the four plays will be Tuesday, April 29.

The one-act festival may contain mature subject matter and/or language and may not be suitable for children.

For more information or for directions to the theatre, contact the Theatre at 318-678-6021.

BPCC STUDENT ART WORK ON DISPLAY IN DONNA SERVICE ART GALLERY

Release date: March 11, 2014

BPCC’s Liberal Arts Division is excited to announce its Spring 2014 opening exhibition of student artwork in the Donna Service Gallery. The exhibit is on display through March 21 in the College’s art gallery located on the first floor of Building A on the BPCC campus at 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

An opening reception for the show is set from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on March 12. The exhibition showcases the final art projects from the 2013 fall semester and contains a variety of media from Ceramics I and II, Design I, Drawing I, and Painting I and II courses.

The Donna Service Gallery at Bossier Parish Community College is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and hosts exhibitions in all forms—portraits, paintings, sculpture, and photography—at various times throughout the semesters.

The art gallery is named in memory of BPCC art instructor Donna Service. While at BPCC, Service taught Introduction to Fine Arts, Art History, Ceramics, Sculpture, and Art for Elementary Teachers. She encouraged her students to interact with the broader art scene in Shreveport-Bossier by involving them in projects such as Arts in the Edge - a month long art showcase with local and regional artists in downtown Shreveport.

For more information on the Fine Arts program at Bossier Parish Community College, contact the Liberal Arts Division at 318-678-6041.

BPCC LADY CAVS BASKETBALL IN REGIONAL PLAYOFFS

Release date: February 28, 2014

In its augural season, BPCC’s Lady Cavs basketball team will head to the Region XIV conference playoffs against Coastal Bend College at noon on Monday, March 3 in the BPCC gym, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

"We are thrilled to be playing in the postseason our first year,” says Coach John Rennie. “As a coach, I'm extremely proud of our Lady Cavaliers pushing on the way they have to finish this first season. It's been a great start to building a successful women's basketball program here at BPCC."

Vice Chancellor of Student Services Karen Recchia says BPCC is looking forward to cheering the Lady Cavs to victory on Monday. “We couldn’t be more proud of the ladies and what they have accomplished this year. They have exhibited excellence not only on the basketball court but also excellence in citizenship through sportsmanship and fair play.”

BPCC TO HOLD SENIOR FLING OPEN HOUSE ON MONDAY, MARCH 3

Release date: February 29, 2014

Bossier Parish Community College will open its gymnasium to local high school seniors and their parents for Senior Fling Open House at 6:00 p.m. Monday, March 3, 2014.

This open house will give seniors and their parents the opportunity to visit with representatives from the various academic divisions, meet instructors, experience our student organizations, and receive important financial aid information.

“In these last months of high school, seniors and their parents are finalizing college decisions,” says Karen Recchia, Vice Chancellor for Students Services. “We wanted to give area students and their parents a little glimpse of what makes Bossier Parish Community College one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation.”

With more than 8,500 students, BPCC has expanded programs in high demand areas including allied health, manufacturing, engineering, oil and gas, and cyber. Many of these programs are aligned with programs at 4-year institutions, giving students graduating from BPCC a seamless transfer to those schools.

BPCC offers associate degrees, certificate/technical diplomas, and technical competency areas in 6 academic areas: Behavioral and Social Sciences; Business; Communication and Performing Arts; Liberal Arts; Science, Nursing and Allied Health; and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Also a part of Senior Fling are performances by the Cavalier Cheerleaders and the Ladies-in-Gold danceline. Attendees will be welcomed by Chancellor Jim Henderson and Ms. BPCC and SGA President on behalf of the student body. BPCC Financial Aid staff will also provide informative and useful “funding your education” tips.

The BPCC gym is located on the College campus at 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

For more information on the BPCC Senior Fling Open House or to schedule a personalized tour, contact the Recruiting Office at 318-678-6033.

BPCC CAVALIER BASEBALL GOES PINK FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

Release date: February 27, 2014

The BPCC Cavalier baseball team will don pink jerseys in honor of breast cancer awareness for its game at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 2 against Wabash Valley Community College at BPCC’s ball field, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

All gate proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. All BPCC students, faculty and staff are admitted free with a BPCC ID.

"Bossier Parish Community College's motto of embracing, educating, and empowering shows through in every aspect of our College,” says Karen Recchia, Vice Chancellor of Student Services. “We embrace our students and community and educate them both in the classroom and by supporting community events. It's with this education that our students and community are then empowered to make a difference in their lives and the lives of those around them. BPCC Athletics plays a big role in our mission by participating in many community service activities throughout the year.”

Coach Aaron Vorachek echoes Recchia’s comments. “The BPCC Cavalier Baseball team is honored to be a part of promoting breast cancer awareness in conjunction with the local affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.”

“All the players are looking forward to ‘PINK OUT BASEBALL’ and we hope the community will join us as we support this worthy cause,” says Vorachek.

BPCC SPONSORS LOUISIANA REGION I SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR 2014 AT BOSSIER CIVIC CENTER

Release date: February 24, 2014

Bossier Parish Community College, Bossier City Optimist Club, Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Funeral Homes, Cemeteries and Flower Shops Inc., Louisiana Engineering Society, and the City of Bossier, will sponsor the 2014 Louisiana Region I Science and Engineering Fair March 6, 7, and 8, at the Bossier Civic Center, 620 Benton Road, Bossier City, LA.

The 2014 Region I Science and Engineering Fair marks the 40th year BPCC has served as host.
The Fair includes students in grades 4-12 from a 5-parish area: Bossier, Caddo, DeSoto, Red River, and Webster. More than 500 students compete annually and are judged by 135 professionals from throughout the area.

BPCC Science Professor and Fair Director Bob Boykin is always amazed at the talent shown at the Region I Fair. “There are too many times when students’ names are associated with negative activities and this is a positive event showcasing students who would otherwise not get noticed.”

The Region I Fair begins Friday, March 7 with judging from 9:00-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3:00 p.m.. Public visitation is from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday and from 8:30-10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 2, with the awards ceremony scheduled from 10:00-11:30 a.m. on Saturday.

With more than $3,000 in cash and other awards, first place winners in Division B (middle school grades 6-8) and Division C (high school grades 9-12) qualify for the Louisiana State Science Fair in Baton Rouge March 25-27.

In addition to hosting the Region I Science and Engineering Fair, Bossier Parish Community College also sponsors 2-3 students each year for the International Science and Engineering Fair. The ISEF will be held May 11-16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. BPCC faculty members have also participated at ISEF as judges, advisory council and display and safety committee members.

Three of our high school winners competed last year at the International Science Fair. They competed against students selected from 433 affiliate fairs in more than 70 countries, regions and territories. Two of our students placed for cash awards within their categories. Henry Lin, of Shreveport, received the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Awards of $50,000. “This is an indicator of the academic success we are having in our area and it speaks well of our educational system,” says Boykin.

Visit the site for more information on the Region I Science and Engineering Fair or contact Bob Boykin at 318-678-6067.

2014 MS BPCC AND MISS TINY CAVALIER CHOSEN

Release date: February 25, 2014

Larissa Phillips was named Ms. BPCC and Kaylei’ Edwards was selected Miss Tiny Cavalier at the 2014 Ms. BPCC Pageant held Saturday evening at BPCC’s Performing Arts Theater.

Phillips, a sophomore criminal justice major, is the daughter of Collette and Lee Phillips. Edwards, age 6, is the daughter of Torquenarda and Derrick Edwards. She attends 1st grade at Turner Elementary School.

Ms. BPCC first runner-up was Emily Jones, a sophomore engineering major, and Ms. Congeniality was Robyn Hart, a sophomore nursing major. Taylor Washington, age 6 and a 1st grade student at Claiborne Elementary School, was chosen as Miss Tiny Cavalier first runner-up. She is the daughter of DeLecia Washington.

The Ms. BPCC contestants are judged on leadership in academic and extracurricular activities, citizenship, service to the College, poise, personality, and personal attractiveness. Miss Tiny Cavalier contestants are judged on beauty/appearance, personality, projection, and poise. Various prizes are awarded including a full-tuition scholarship plus books for the Ms. BPCC titleholder.

Ms. BPCC represents Bossier Parish Community College as a spokesperson and community ambassador. The pageant is held annually.

BPCC AND NORTHWEST LOUISIANA TECHNICAL COLLEGE-MANSFIELD CONTINUE PARTNERSHIP TO PROVIDE TRAINING TO DESOTO RESIDENTS

Release date: February 25, 2014

Interested DeSoto Parish and surrounding area residents will soon have the opportunity to earn a Certificate of Technical Studies in Energy Services through the continued partnership between Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier City and Northwest Louisiana Technical College-Mansfield.

Through funding from the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and the Social Innovation Fund, the CTS in Energy Service courses, brought to the Mansfield campus by Bossier Parish Community College, are designed to help students prepare for locally-offered programs for careers in the Energy industry. BPCC currently offers highly-successful programs in oil and gas production technology and energy services on its campus in Bossier City and will now bring those classes to the NWLTC-Mansfield campus, 943 Oxford Rd., Mansfield, LA.

Information nights for interested individuals are scheduled for 5:00 p.m. March 5 and March 10 at the Mansfield campus. Classes are scheduled to begin March 13.

BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson, Northwest Louisiana Technical College Regional Director Rick Bateman and NWLTC-Mansfield Campus Dean Dianne Clark recently signed the Memorandum of Understanding offering 34 credit hours in energy services at the Mansfield location.

Henderson sees the partnership and program as a tremendous win for the residents of northwest Louisiana. “Our ability to affect positive outcomes is greatly enhanced through collaboration,” says Henderson. “BPCC has had a long-standing partnership with Northwest Louisiana Technical College, and together, by bringing our energy programs to the Mansfield campus, we will create pathways to prosperity for workers and enhance the human capital advantage of our employers in the DeSoto Parish area.”

NWLTC-Mansfield Campus Dean Dianne Clark also praises the partnership. “The ever-evolving partnership between NWLTC-Mansfield and BPCC will benefit everyone,” says Clark. “Our residents will be able to receive the training in their own community—a community where they live and, after completing the coursework, will potentially work for many years to come.”

The program began as a request from local DeSoto, Red River and Sabine parish energy employers. “Working with major grant partners, Shell and Halliburton, we have identified that the local workforce in these parishes are well positioned to secure high-demand, high-compensation positions in the industry,” says Linda Sonnier, BPCC’s Energy Program Director. “Our partners have stressed the need to bring this training to the local residents in their E and P areas and Mansfield is where we will be starting this process.”

The National Fund for Workforce Solutions selected Workforce Innovations in Northwest Louisiana (WINLA), a funding collaborative led by North Louisiana Economic Partnership, as one of only eight sites in the South to receive funding to create career pathways for under and unemployed workers. WINLA supports the creation, management and work of employer-led workforce partnerships to train under and unemployed workers for jobs needed in the local economy.

Other local WINLA funders include:

  • Caddo Parish Commission
  • Capital One Bank
  • City of Shreveport
  • Committee of 100
  • Community Foundation of North Louisiana
  • Foundation for Louisiana
  • Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce
  • J. P. Morgan Chase Bank
  • Shell Exploration and Production Company
  • United Way of Northwest Louisiana

For more information on this program, contact Dianne Clark at NWLTC-Mansfield at 318-872-2243.

BPCC TO HOLD STAMP DEDICATION AS PART OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Release date: February 24, 2014

In honor of Black History Month, BPCC’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Relations will hold a stamp dedication of the U.S. Postal Service’s new Shirley Chisolm stamp at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2014 in the Emmett E. Cope Student Services Center (Building F, Room 203) on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

According to the USPS, the Shirley Chisholm Stamp is “the 37th stamp in the Black Heritage series and features a painting of Chisholm by artist Robert Shetterly. The compelling portrait is taken from a series of paintings entitled “Americans Who Tell the Truth.” Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp.”

Dr. Cindy Darby, coordinator of BPCC’s Diversity and Multicultural Relations and organizer of the event, said, “Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm, who was an outspoken politician and bold soldier for the Equal Rights Amendment during the 1960s and 1970s, was also the first black American woman elected to Congress. She also ran for president in 1972 and became the second woman to seek the nomination of a major political party.”

The stamp dedication program will include a reading of Shirley Chisholm’s memoir by Dr. Frances S. Conley, an instructor of liberal arts at BPCC, as well as music provided by the BPCC Gospel Choir under the direction of Kenneth Cornelius.

The program is free and open to the public.

BPCC MUSIC PROGRAM SCHEDULES SPRING CHOIR POPS CONCERT

Release date: February 24, 2014

The BPCC Concert Choir will present its Spring Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 7 in the Performing Arts Theatre, on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The Concert Choir, under the direction of William Bond and accompanied by Gulya Chandler, will take the stage to perform popular selections guaranteed to bring enjoyment to audiences of all ages.

The Concert Choir will perform popular selections including “Seasons of Love” from the musical Rent; the 2003 pop hit “You Raise Me Up”; “All I Ask of You” from The Phantom of the Opera; “Down to the River to Pray” from the motion picture O Brother, Where Art Thou; “He’s Everything” recorded by Dolly Parton; and “California Dreamin” recorded by The Mamas and The Papas. The evening’s performance also includes soloists Jordan Miller, Alana Seidelman, and Ashley Scott.

The inaugural BPCC Music Program Pops Concert was presented in 2012 when the Concert Winds and Concert Choir shared the stage for an evening of light and popular music. Since that time, the ensembles have rotated performances in the fall and spring.

Many of the students enrolled in the ensembles are full-tuition music scholarship recipients. Music scholarships are awarded to students who pass an audition, maintain a 2.0 GPA, and are full-time BPCC students. Auditions for BPCC music scholarships for the fall 2014 term will be held in April and May.

The concert is free and open to the public.

For more information about this concert or to arrange for a music scholarship audition, contact Dr. Michael Hart at 318-678-6146 or mhart@bpcc.edu.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF SHOW DATES SET AT BPCC

Release date: February 20, 2014

The Performing Arts of Bossier Parish Community College and the Cavalier Players announce the production of the emotionally moving musical, Fiddler on the Roof, written by Joseph Stein, with music by Jerry Bock, and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. The dates for Fiddler on the Roof are set for March 13 - March 23 in BPCC’s Performing Arts Theatre, Building C on the BPCC campus at 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City.

Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing Arts, will direct this Tony Award-winning musical. We are drawn into the life of Tevye, a dairyman attempting to live a normal life filled with Jewish traditions in early twentieth century Russia, who is searching for appropriate husbands for his three eldest daughters - Tzeital, Hodel and Chava. In a break of tradition, his daughters refuse to accept the wishes of the matchmaker, Yente, and their father. Instead, they wish to marry men that they love. Meanwhile, Russians are instigating terrible pogroms, or demonstrations, against the Jewish people in Russia, until, in the end, the Jews of Anatevka are forced to leave their homes and Tevye is determined to start a better life in a new land. This is one of the most beloved musicals of all time.

In addition to Crawford’s direction of the production and music, Laura Beeman Nugent is the choreographer, Jonathon Offutt is the scenic designer, Rona Leber is the costume designer, Keith Bruce is the light designer, and Austin Jennings is the sound designer. The cast includes David White as Tevye, Denise Dalton as Golde, Keith Bruce as Lazar Wolf, Jordan Miller as Yente/Fruma Sarah, Matthew Lorenz as Motel, Daniel Salazar as Perchek, Jesse Kortus as Fyedka, and Samantha Rogers as the Fiddler. Tevye’s daughters Tzeitl, Hodel, Chava, Sprintze, and Bielke are played by Lauren Rogers, Lari Leber, Tova Volchek, Tessa Volchek, and Layla Free respectively. The cast is rounded out by the townspeople played by Robin Carlisle, B.J. Gingles, Connor Snow, Luke Digilormo, Jamie Johnstone, Bregon Webb, George James, Jay Allen, Jakob Volchek, Ke Harper, Sam Johnson, Dalton White, Jessica Roby, Hannah Monette, Alanna Seidelman, Olivia Munn, and Jarios Courtney.

“Fiddler is a wonderful show for the whole family—a heart-warming, yet bittersweet tale of tradition that has itself become a tradition of American musical theatre,” says Crawford. “The story of Tevye and His Daughters still packs an emotional wallop for today’s audiences, and we are quite honored to be presenting it for our community.”

Show dates for Fiddler on the Roof are 7:30 p.m. on March 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, and 2:00 p.m. March 16 and 23. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for senior citizens, military, and non-BPCC students. Ticket reservations may be made by calling 318-678-6021, emailing theatre@bpcc.edu, or visiting our reservation website.

BPCC RANKS AMONG TOP FIVE FASTEST GROWING COMMUNITY COLLEGES IN NATION FOR THREE YEARS IN A ROW

Release date: February 19, 2014

For the third consecutive year, Bossier Parish Community College ranks among the top five fastest growing community colleges in the nation in its category. BPCC is the only college of any size to place in the top five all three years. The ranking, published by Community College Week, is based on growth between Fall 2011 and Fall 2012. The college achieved an all-time record enrollment of 8512 in Fall 2013, an indication the college's rapid growth is not slowing down.

"Growth indicates responsiveness to market demands,” says BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson. “We have purposefully created programs aligned with needs of employers and employment opportunities for our students in our regional economy."

Recently, Governor Bobby Jindal announced a funding increase of $141.5 million for higher education institutions for the next fiscal year. According to a press release issued by the governor’s office, “the funding hike represents a 6.66 percent increase over the budget for the current fiscal year. This funding includes a new higher education workforce incentive initiative of $40 million that will better prepare Louisiana students to compete in the new global economy.”

Henderson says BPCC could not be more excited at Governor Jindal's announcement of the WISE plan. “Targeting resources to achieve outcomes in priority economic sectors will incent the entire higher education enterprise towards market responsiveness. Because that is already the prevailing culture at BPCC, we will be well-positioned to deliver a significant return on this new investment."

The announcement comes at a critical time for BPCC. The college is the lowest funded college in the state according to the Board of Regents funding formula for higher education. The formula is based in part on performance and is designed to create incentives for colleges to respond to market forces. BPCC is currently funded at 39% of the funding formula, by far the lowest in the state. The median implementation rate is 54.51%.

"Over the past few years, as the market has spoken, the bureaucracy in Baton Rouge has turned a deaf ear,” adds Henderson. “If we were funded at just the average level of similar colleges over the past three years, more than $10 million would have been available for program growth and service delivery. That we have been able to offer a high quality product to our consumers as the lowest funded college in the state is a testament to the dedication and innovative spirit of BPCC's faculty and staff."

For the college rankings, see Community College Week,PDF Filepage 9 for Bossier Parish Community College.

BPCC WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND CONTINUING EDUCATION OFFERS REAL ESTATE 101: PRE-LICENSING EDUCATION COURSE

Release date: February 18, 2014

BPCC Workforce Development and Continuing Education will offer a Louisiana Real Estate Commission-approved pre-licensing course to prepare individuals pursuing a career in real estate. The course satisfies the 90-hour education requirement to sit for the Louisiana State licensing exam and covers principles and practices of real estate, the Louisiana Real Estate License Law, the Law of Agency, Commission Rules and Regulations, and Civil Law as it pertains to real estate in Louisiana.

The upcoming course is set for from 5:30–9:15 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays March 10-June 9, 2014.

Cost of the class is $549 and textbook and/or supplies are required. Split payment is available by visiting the Workforce Development office in Building D, Suite 134, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City. The split payment option not available online. Scholarships are also available.

Bossier Parish Community College is a State Certified Real Estate School with a certified instructor (BPCC Certificate No. 0220).

Space is limited for this class. For more information or to register, contact 318-678-6015.

MS BPCC AND MISS TINY CAVALIER PAGEANT TO BE HELD SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22

Release date: February 17, 2014

Nine contestants will vie for the title of MS BPCC at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2014 in the Performing Arts Theater on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The pageant is held annually in the spring to select a student to represent Bossier Parish Community College as a spokesperson and community ambassador. Contestants are judged on leadership in academic and extracurricular activities, citizenship, service to the College, poise, personality, and personal attractiveness.

Various prizes are awarded including a full-tuition scholarship and books for the titleholder.

In addition to the Ms BPCC pageant, the Miss Tiny Cavalier pageant is held to select a little girl to represent Bossier Parish Community College. Ten contestants this year will be judged on beauty/appearance, personality, projection, and poise. Various prizes are also awarded.

Cost for general admission is $5.00 and children 10 and under are free. BPCC students, faculty, and staff are free with an ID.

BPCC TO HOST COLLEGE BOARD’S CLEP® WORSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELORS/ADVISORS

Release date: February 17, 2014

In an effort to educate local high school counselors/advisors on how CLEP® (College-Level Examination Program) testing can save students time and money even before they attend college, Bossier Parish Community College’s Testing Center will host an informative workshop for counselors/advisors at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 20 in Building F, Room 203 on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

College Board’s® Suzanne McGurk will give counselors and advisors essential information on how CLEP® testing can give students a head start on college by earning credit for introductory courses.

With a 90-minute CLEP® exam, high-achieving students can earn college credit for knowledge they have acquired through independent study, prior course work, on-the-job training, professional development, cultural pursuits, or internships.

“BPCC’s Testing Center accepts 27 out of 33 CLEP® exams which are administered on the computer,” says Director Lynn Brown. “Instant score reports are available for almost all exams.”

“By hosting this CLEP® workshop, we hope to educate counselors and advisors on CLEP® and other testing services that BPCC’s Testing Center provides,” adds Brown. “CLEP® testing is such a valuable tool for academically gifted students to earn 3, 6, 9 or even 12 college hours. Also, the cost of CLEP® exam including delivery fee is $110 versus $700 average college course. Saving time AND money is a plus for every college-bound student.”

More than 2900 colleges and universities grant credit for satisfactory scores on CLEP® exams. The exams are administered at 1700 college and on-base test centers across the country.

In addition to CLEP® testing, the BPCC Testing Center provides a wide range of test services needed by the area’s workforce, students, and members of the military. Test services include high-stakes professional certification and licensure exams, information technology certifications, final exams that require completion of an industry-based certification, credit-by-examination, distance education proctoring, DANTES-funded testing, and national test services.

Tests are delivered at two locations, the Testing Center located on the BPCC campus and the National Test Center located at Barksdale Air Force Base.

Current test services include Pearson VUE, Certiport, Castle Worldwide, College Board CLEP®, NOCTI Business Solutions, Prometric “DSST”, Distance Education Proctoring, EC-Council, ETS Praxis, ETS HiSET (Louisiana's new high school equivalency test, which replaced the GED Test effective 1/1/14), Law School Admission Test, and contractor exams for Louisiana State Licensing Board of Contractors. The BPCC Testing Center is a participant in the National College Testing Association Consortium of College Testing Centers.

For more information on CLEP®testing or any other testing services at BPCC Testing Center, contact Lynn Brown at 318-678-6002 or email at lbrown@bpcc.edu.

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE ANNOUNCES ITS GRADUATES FOR THE 2013 FALL SEMESTER

Release date: January 31, 2014

Bossier Parish Community College congratulates the 2013 fall semester graduates.PDF FileThe ceremony was held on December 18, 2013 in the College’s Health and Physical Education Complex.

Commencement speaker for the 9:30 a.m. ceremony was Jeffery D. Anderson, BPCC’s paramedic program director. Dr. Sandra K. Woodley, president of the University of Louisiana college system, was the guest speaker at the 2:00 p.m. ceremony. BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson presided over the College’s 65th graduation ceremony.

The College is also pleased to announce students’ names on the Chancellor’s listPDF Fileand the Dean’s listPDF Filefor the 2013 fall semester.

BPCC ART INSTRUCTOR TO DISPLAY WORKS AT BOSSIER ARTS COUNCIL’S FINE ART CENTER

Release date: January 30, 2014

Bossier Art Instructor John C. Wagoner, along with fellow artists Julie Crews and Steve Zihlavsky, will have their art on display from February 1-April 30 at Bossier Art Council's Gallery Fine Art Center, 2151 Airline Drive, Suite 1200, Bossier City, LA. An opening reception for the show is scheduled on 5:30-7:30 p.m. on February 25. The gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 12:00-5:00 p.m.

Wagoner, who currently resides in Shreveport, received his bachelor of fine arts degree from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA, and his master of fine arts in painting from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI.

Wagoner’s philosophy on his work is unique. "I deny my artwork as sculptures but define them as three-dimensional paintings, as these objects are entirely made out of the medium of paint,” says Wagoner. “I challenge the notion of what painting is and where it could end."

The Gallery Fine Art Center is a project of the Bossier Arts Council and is made possible through the generous contributions of Meredith Hamrick, Ken and Sharon McGivney, Marcy Everett and the Airline Plaza.

For more information on these artists, the Bossier Arts Council and the Gallery Fine Art Center, call 318-741-8310 or visit BAC’s website.Will open new browser window or tab

BPCC'S BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL TEAMS ANNOUNCE SPRING 2014 SEASONS

Release date: January 29, 2014

Bossier Parish Community College’s Cavalier Baseball team and Lady Cavalier Softball team announce their spring 2014 seasons.

“2014 should be a promising year for us with our pitching depth and athleticism on the field and at the plate,” says Cavalier Baseball Coach Aaron Vorachek. “If we gel the way I hope, we should contend for a conference championship and a birth to the World Series.”

Lady Cavalier Coach Ashley Grisham is also looking forward to the spring season, including a chance to play in the regional tournament. “I am honored to begin my 16th spring season at BPCC. I believe the girls will be very competitive because of the amount of talent we possess across the board. We will strive to win 35 plus games this season and win our spot in the regional tournament.”

Echoing the coaches’ thoughts, Chancellor Jim Henderson says, “We are excited about the prospects for success of both BPCC Softball and Baseball. Our student athletes are an immense source of pride for our college.”

The Cavalier baseball team will play its first home game on Friday, January 31, as a double-header against Eastfield College and the Lady Cavaliers will also play their first home game as a double-header, on Saturday, February 22, against Hinds Community College.

CENTER FOR COMMUNITY RENEWAL AT BPCC ANNOUNCED

Release date: January 24, 2014

Officials to sign agreement at 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 27 at BPCC.

Bossier Parish Community College Chancellor Jim Henderson and Community Renewal International (CRI) Associate Coordinator Mike Leonard will sign a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement at 11:00 am on Monday, January 27 in the Chancellor’s Boardroom (A230) on the BPCC campus at 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA. The agreement creates the Center for Community Renewal at BPCC and commits the necessary BPCC resources to launch and grow this endeavor. Certification class offerings for a new workforce of “Community Renewers” will begin Fall 2014.

BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson applauds the work of Community Renewal International and says this collaboration will allow for the CRI model to expand both locally and globally.

“We value the partnership with Community Renewal International,” says BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson. “Everything we do at BPCC focuses on preparing individuals for success in the workforce or at the next level of education, and as a result of this collaboration with CRI, the future quality of life in our community looks brighter.”

"This is an historic moment for CRI that is the fulfillment of a vision stretching all the way back to 1984," says Mack McCarter, CRI founder.

Community Renewal International has developed a process and a model that can systematically start, grow, and sustain safe and caring communities with measurable results. A critical part of the CRI plan for replicating its new social technology model is the Center for Community Renewal (CCR). Those places implementing the CRI model become part of a caring network that forms the relational foundation of prosperous communities.

More than 190 communities from around the world have traveled to Shreveport/Bossier to see the CRI model of Mutually Enhancing Relationships (MER) at work. All of these visitors leave wanting the model for the places where they live and work. Replication is already in process in several cities.

The Center for Community Renewal at BPCC will provide a means for communities to begin the process of acquiring the new skills and implementing the model. The CCR responsibilities include three important components for scaling the work of CRI to communities across the country:

  • CRI Training Programs designed to deploy a new national workforce of “community renewers”, both paid and volunteer, with skills needed to replicate and customize the CRI model in other communities.
  • The Institute for Community Renewal (ICR) will collaboratively grow the body of knowledge and tools for the new social technology. The purpose of the Institute is to achieve ever-renewing communities.
  • The CRI Resource Support Center will provide support resources and services to replication communities.

Kim Mitchell, the director of the Center for Community Renewal, brings unique skills from a successful architectural and planning career spanning 37 years. He looks forward to the development of the CCR. “Becoming part of the team drawn to this work is a privilege,” says Mitchell. “CRI’s emerging social technology changes people and communities in amazing systemic ways. We have just begun to tap the positive potential of this work.”

Date/Time:
Monday, January 27
11:00 a.m.

Location:
Chancellor’s Boardroom – Building A-230
Bossier Parish Community College
6220 E. Texas Street
Bossier City, LA

Participants:
Community Renewal International
Mike Leonard
Kim Mitchell
CRI program directors and staff

Bossier Parish Community College
Dr. Jim Henderson
BPCC faculty and staff

MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY AND HOMECOMING EVENTS TO BE HELD SATURDAY, JAN 25

Release date: January 23, 2014

Bossier Parish Community College will honor the community’s heroes with Military Appreciation Day during the 2014 Homecoming festivities on Saturday, January 25. Anyone with a military ID will have free admittance to all games, including a special game between Team BPCC vs. BAFB.

As part of Team BPCC, some faculty and staff members as well as our own Chancellor Jim Henderson will participate in an exhibition basketball game against Barksdale Air Force Base personnel. Other faculty and staff members participating include Ashley Grisham, Melissa France, Shelby Leach, Melissa Spilker, Alisha Crowder, Veronica Baker, Jon Carter, Aaron Vorachek, Thaddeus Markray, Brance Davenport, T.J. Forrest, Brian Rockett, and two members of the Cavalier Athletic Foundation. The team will be led by Lady Cavaliers Coach Yolanda Cooper.

The schedule for all of Saturday’s basketball games include:

2:00 pm TEAM BPCC vs. BAFB
4:00 pm Lady Cavs vs. Blinn College
6:00 pm Cavs vs. Kilgore College

Also, the 2014 Homecoming Court will be presented during halftime of the men’s basketball game. The elected Homecoming court members are:

King and Queen: Will Fenton and Labresha Fricks
Sophomore Maids: TuQuisha Adams, Kellee Choate and Precious Foster
Freshman Maids: Ashleigh Bostwick, Ashley Harris, Alexa Nzerem and Jacqueline Willhite

All of Saturday’s games will be played in the BPCC gym, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City.

AUDITIONS SET FOR BPCC’S PRODUCTION OF FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

Release date: January 7, 2014

The Bossier Parish Community College Theatre Program and the Cavalier Players announce auditions for the cast of the classic Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof, written by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Hamick.

Auditions will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, January 22 and 23, 2014, in the Performing Arts Theatre, Building C on the BPCC campus, 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of BPCC’s Communication and Performing Arts, will direct this Tony Award-winning musical. Tevye, a dairyman attempting to live a normal life filled with Jewish traditions in early twentieth century Russia, is searching for appropriate husbands for his three eldest daughters - Tzeital, Hodel and Chava. In a break of tradition, his daughters refuse to accept the wishes of the matchmaker, Yente, and their father. Instead, they wish to marry men that they love. Meanwhile, Russians are instigating terrible programs against the Jewish people in Russia, until, in the end, the Jews of Anatevka are forced to leave their homes and Tevye is determined to start a better life in a new land. This is one of the most beloved musicals of all time.

The musical has a singing/acting ensemble and many lead and supporting roles. Those auditioning should prepare a one-minute contemporary monologue and a short musical selection. Bring sheet music. Readings and singing selections will be provided for those who do not bring their own. Scripts are available for overnight checkout at the BPCC Theatre Program.

Show dates for Fiddler on the Roof are March 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 at 7:30 p.m., and March 16 and 23 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12.00 for senior citizens, military, and non-BPCC students.

For more information, contact Mary Lyle-Mitchell at 318-678-6021 or by email at theatre@bpcc.edu.

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO HOLD REGISTRATION FOR SPRING 2014

Release date: January 6, 2014

Bossier Parish Community College will hold on-site registration for the spring 2014 semester from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at the BPCC campus, 6220 E Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

A variety of spring class sessions are available.

Students can apply online. Academic programs of study include associate degrees, certificate/technical diplomas, and technical competency areas in BPCC’s six academic divisions: Behavioral and Social Sciences; Business; Communication and Performing Arts; Liberal Arts; Science, Nursing, and Allied Health; and Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Detailed information regarding registration, tuition costs and deadlines can also be found online.

Spring 2014 classes begin January 17, 2014.

For more information, contact BPCC at 318-678-6000.


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