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BPCC MUSIC PROGRAM’S SPRING GUEST ARTIST SERIES TO OPEN

Release date: January 25, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College Music Program will host its first Guest Artist Series of the spring semester with a performance by the Black Bayou Brass at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10 in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Black Bayou Brass has been a faculty ensemble in residence at the University of Louisiana at Monroe since 1971. Its current members are Dr. Aaron Witek, trumpet; Dr. James Boldin, horn; and Dr. James Layfield, trombone. An experienced and versatile professional ensemble, Black Bayou Brass regularly performs at ULM, throughout the northeast Louisiana community, and at numerous venues outside the state. Recent performances include the 2014 International Women’s Brass Conference, the 2013 Louisiana Music Educators Association State Conference, the 2012 National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors National Conference, and a series of performances and master classes in Thailand.

Its members are dedicated to performing, promoting, and creating new literature for brass trio, as well as playing original repertoire and transcriptions from the 16th century to the present. Devoted to encouraging and promoting music education, Black Bayou Brass performs a number of educational concerts each year at schools throughout Louisiana and the surrounding states, and offers master classes, private lessons, and ensemble coaching for all levels.

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

BPCC’S OFFICE OF DIVERSITY AND MULTICULTURAL RELATIONS TO HOLD STALKING AWARENESS EVENT AS PART OF NATIONAL STALKING AWARENESS MONTH

Release date: January 25, 2015

As a part of January’s National Stalking Awareness Month, BPCC’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Relations will welcome Norma L. Whitaker, clinical certified domestic violence counselor and director of You Are Not Alone Counseling Services in Shreveport, to campus at 11:00 am on Thursday, January 29 to discuss the topic: “Stalking on College Campuses.” The discussion will be held in Building G, Room 321 on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 5 females and 1 in 14 males between the ages of 11 and 17 were the victims of stalking. The U.S. Department of Justice also states people ages 18-24 years of age experience the highest incidence of stalking.

“Stalking is a serious, but often overlooked crime in all 50 states that is punishable by law,” said Dr. Cindy Darby, coordinator of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Relations.

The 2015 awareness campaign is being co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Relations, Multicultural Affairs Advisory Committee, and Division of Liberal Arts.

Find more information about stalking awarenessWill open new browser window or tab or contact Project Celebration, Inc.’s 24-hour telephone crisis line at 318-227-7900.

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

Release date: January 22, 2015

BPCC’s Division of Communication and Performing Arts and the Cavalier Players has set auditions for the 2015 Annual Spring Festival of One-Act Plays for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 4, 2015 at the Performing Arts Theatre, Building C, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

There are nine short plays, showcasing the work of nine student directors: Richard Boudoin, Jarious Courtney, Taylor Green, Shaquille Jefferson, Jamie Johnstone, Elizabeth Jones, John Medlin, Allison-Rebekah Miller, and Timothy Monroe. The Spring Festival will offer a full evening of theatre and will round out the theatre program’s fifteenth season of student-directed work.

Roles are available for males and females, aged 18 and up. Anyone interested in filling technical positions should also attend auditions to complete an application and to meet the directors.

Those auditioning are asked to dress comfortably and be prepared to be creative and have a good time. Reading selections will be provided at the audition.

The performance of the nine plays will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28th. Generally, 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 call 318-678-6021.

BPCC CONTINUES TO BE AMONG FASTEST GROWING COMMUNITY COLLEGES IN NATION

Release date: January 20, 2015

Community College Week recently released its 2014 top community college rankings and Bossier Parish Community College is the only Louisiana community college ranked in the top 50 fastest growing community colleges in the nation with enrollments 5,000-9,999. BPCC ranked 11th on the list of top 50, and of those eleven, the College was one of only two community colleges ranked from the South. The rankings, published annually, are based on growth between Fall 2012 and Fall 2013. The college achieved an all-time record enrollment of 8,695 this past fall (2014), an indication the college's rapid growth is not slowing down.

“Since 2008, we have grown by more than 4,000 students,” said Interim Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. “No other college in the state can claim such an amazing increase in productivity; however, we have yet to satisfy the needs of this regional economy. Even in this tough economic climate, we will continue develop innovative ways to provide students with unparalleled paths to opportunity and give our employers a talent-based competitive advantage.”

BPCC has continued to create programs aligned with the needs of employers and employment opportunities in the regional economy. The College has accomplished this while being 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%.

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BPCC Past 7 Fall Enrollment numbers

2008 4665
2009 5430
2010 6473
2011 7077
2012 7917
2013 8512
2014 8695

Community College Week has been the independent source of in-depth information for and about two-year college faculty, administrators, and trustees since 1988. Published biweekly, Community College Week's readers include college presidents, chief academic officers, faculty, student-service professionals, librarians, and other educators.

LOUISIANA COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE SYSTEM (LCTCS) PRESIDENT TO SPEAK AT BPCC TODAY

Release date: January 20, 2015

Dr. Monty Sullivan, president of Louisiana’s community and technical college system, will be on the campus of Bossier Parish Community College today to speak to faculty and staff regarding topics such as LCTCS’ 2020 Plan and the upcoming legislative session. He will also update the faculty and staff on the BPCC Chancellor Search and timeline.

Date: TODAY, Tuesday, January 20

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Location: BPCC Performing Arts Theater – Building C
Bossier Parish Community College
6220 E. Texas Street
Bossier City, LA

AUDITIONS SET FOR BPCC’S PRODUCTION OF NICHOLAS NICKLEBY

Release date: January 7, 2015

The Bossier Parish Community College Theatre Program and the Cavalier Players announce the auditions for the next show in their ANECA-sponsored season, Nicholas Nickleby. Adapted by Tim Kelly, Nicholas Nickleby is based on the Charles Dickens novel.

Auditions will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21 and Thursday, January 22 in the Performing Arts Theatre, Building C on the BPCC campus at 6220 East Texas Street in Bossier City, LA.

Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing Arts and professor of theatre, will direct this whirlwind of Dickensian characters and situations. The essence of Charles Dickens’ most theatrical novel, Nicholas Nickleby, is paraded with colorful characters. Of course, at the center of this “life and adventure” is the young man, Nicholas, finding his way to manhood and adult responsibility by a challenging and arduous journey. Nicholas Nickleby presents a delightful blend of comedy, mystery, and melodrama.

There are plenty of roles available with more than 40 characters to be cast. Those wishing to audition should come prepared to read from the script. BPCC theatre students are required to present a 30 second monologue; however, no advanced monologues are required of other students or community members auditioning. Also, those auditioning should dress comfortably.

Show dates for Nicholas Nickleby will be at 7:30 p.m. March 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, and at 2:00 p.m. March 22 and 29.

For more information, call Mary Lyle-Mitchell at 318-678-6021.

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

Release date: January 7, 2015

Fall 2012 graduation was held at Bossier Parish Community College on December 12, 2014 in the College’s Health and Physical Education Complex.

Commencement speaker for the College’s 68th graduation ceremonies was Dr. Jim Henderson, Chancellor.

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

See all graduates and honorees.

BPCC OFFERS PROPERTY AND CASUALTY INSURANCE PRE-LICENSING COURSE THROUGH ITS WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND CONTINUING EDUCATION DIVISION

Release date: January 6, 2015

BPCC Workforce Development and Continuing Education will offer a non-credit property and casualty insurance pre-licensing course from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm on Friday/Saturday, January 9, 10, 16 and 17, 2015.

This course is designed to prepare individuals for the property and casualty exam and provide a good education for a career in insurance. Topics include sales, basic terminology, concepts, the fundamentals of insurance law, and agent’s responsibility. Course cost is $279 and will include the textbook.

The course will be held in Building D on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA. For more information or to register for this course, contact Workforce Development and Continuing Education at 318-678-6015.

BPCC TO HOLD ON-SITE REGISTRATION FOR SPRING 2015

Release date: January 6, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College’s on-site registration for its spring 2015 term is set for Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Students can select classes from a variety of fall sessions.

Spring 2015 classes begin Friday, January 16, 2015.

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:

  • Fall 2014 graduation class – largest FALL 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 2014 enrollment reached 8,600+ – highest in 47-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)
  • $1.4 million grant from AEP Foundation to launch its Credit Counts program

A new $22 million training facility for Benteler Steel/Tube of Germany’s--Louisiana opened in 2014. This facility also houses BPCC’s programs in manufacturing, oil and gas, engineering, energy and construction.

BPCC offers associate degrees in six academic divisions: Behavioral-Social Sciences and College Transition Programs; 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 contact the Office of Public Relations at 318-678-6031.


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