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THREE BPCC SOFTBALL PLAYERS HONORED BY THE NFCA

Release date: June 6, 2018

After a sensational sophomore season in which she led the NJCAA’s Division I in home runs with 38, Bossier Parish Community College infielder Chelsea Fagan was named a First-Team All-American today by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

“We are all proud and thrilled for Chelsea,” said BPCC head coach Amanda Nordberg-Hamilton. “She’s an incredible talent and an wonderful young lady. It’s a tremendous honor for her, one that’s well deserved and something she’ll carry with her the rest of her career.”

Fagan, who was the Region XIV Player-of-the-Year, batted .454 and drove in 86 runs for the Lady Cavaliers this season. The Bastrop High School product, helped lead BPCC to a school record 44 wins and a share of the conference’s regular season title. Fagan, who was a catcher throughout her freshman campaign in 2017, made the transition to third base this season. She led the team in total chances with 209 and assists with 40. She finished the season with a .938 fielding percentage.

Elisa Favela, a sophomore from Ewa Beach, Hi., was a Second-Team All-American selection as the designated player. She led the Lady Cavs with a .478 batting average and in hits with 88. She hit 19 home runs and drove in 73 runs, while posting a 17-7 record with a 2.01 earned run average in the circle. This season Favela struck out 162 batter in 153.1 innings. She finished her career with a school-record 309 strikeouts.

Both Fagan and Favela were also named to the NFCA’s All-Midwest Region First-Team

After batting .423 with a team-high 19 doubles, sophomore outfielder Jayleen Lantier was selected to the Midwest Region Second-Team. The Sulphur, La. native, also hit two triples and two home runs. A stalwart in left field for the Lady Cavs, Lantier made just two errors in 104 chances, finishing with a .981 fielding percentage.

“I can’t begin to explain how proud I am of these three young ladies,” said Nordberg-Hamilton. “They were part of a group of eight sophomores, my first recruiting class, which have rewritten the record books and elevated BPCC Softball to among the top junior college programs in the country.”

Fagan has signed a National Letter of Intent with Southern Arkansas University, while Favela will continue her career at the University of Hawaii. Lantier has decided to attend McNeese State University and pursue a degree in elementary education.

BPCC AND CYBER EDUCATION LEADER CYBINT HOST INAUGURAL CYBER RANGE COMPETITION AND WORKSHOP FOR LEADING COMPANIES

Release date: June 4, 2018

Louisiana’s first-ever partnering of higher education and business for advanced, hands-on cyber security cyber range training hosted by BPCC.

Leading Louisiana IT professionals recently matched their cyber wits and skills in the first-ever Cyber Range Competition and Workshop, a unique cyber experience including an educational session led by global cyber experts and a cyber security competition set within one of the world’s most advanced Cyber Range environments.

Hosted by Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) and cyber education leader Cybint, a BARBRI company, the June 1 event featured five of the area’s leading IT businesses, including some such as CenturyLink, Technologix Group, and Enterprise Computing Services (ECS). Company representatives participated in one of two 90-minute competitions where they faced cyber threats and situations based on real-life scenarios and were challenged to mitigate and resolve them as quickly as possible. The winning teams each received five scholarships from Cybint for its Cyber Security Analyst Simu-Lab Suite to be awarded to BPCC students in the winners’ company names. The two winning teams included John Sonnier, Jason Klosterman, and Cynthia Eaton from ECS and Dustin Patterson, AJ Withem, Patrick Holladay, and Paul Williams.

After completing the range competition, participants received an in-depth briefing from Cybint CEO and global cyber intelligence expert, Roy Zur, on current cyber threats, the Dark Web, cyber intelligence, and other timely cyber topics.

“We’re very proud to be the first institution in Louisiana and one of the earliest in the nation to bring together businesses in an educational environment to ‘compete’ in a setting this advanced and state-of-the-art,” said Dr. Rick Bateman, BPCC Chancellor. “This type of event reinforces the value of collaboration between higher-ed and the business community in cyber education and developing skilled professionals in the IT industry.”

“Across the globe, we’re facing a significant shortage of cyber expertise. That will only be resolved if the private and education sectors work closely together,” said Zur. “Our goal with the cyber range competition was to bring together businesses and educators to experience realistic cyber security challenges in a life-like environment and see first-hand the type of expertise that must be developed. We hope that our partnership with Bossier Parish Community College and local companies will help foster cyber literacy and unique career opportunities for Louisiana professionals.”

Will Heflin, Chief Technology Officer of Technologix Group, said, “As a cyber security and networking professional, it’s important to have the right tools and knowledge in order to combat cyber attacks and to be prepared when an actual attack occurs. Seeing Cybint’s cyber range first-hand allows us to evaluate training labs that could potentially be embedded in BPCC’s IT programs and also assure we are continually assessing new hacking techniques. The cyber range event was a great opportunity to showcase the level of collaboration and innovation happening here in north Louisiana!”

Funding for the Cyber Range Competition and Workshop was made possible through a Rapid Response grant through the state of Louisiana.

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND CYBER EDUCATION LEADER CYBINT TO HOST INAUGURAL CYBER RANGE COMPETITION AND WORKSHOP FOR LEADING COMPANIES

Release date: May 31, 2018

Louisiana’s first-ever partnering of higher education and business for advanced, hands-on cyber security cyber range training hosted by BPCC

Tomorrow, Friday, June 1, leading Louisiana IT professionals will match their cyber wits and skills in the first-ever Cyber Range Competition and Workshop hosted by Bossier Parish Community College and cyber education leader Cybint, a BARBRI company. The event will be a unique cyber experience including an educational session led by global cyber experts and a cyber security competition set within one of the world’s most advanced Cyber Range environments.

Media are invited to the Cyber Range Debriefing and Awards Ceremony held from 4:30-5:00pm on Friday, June 1 at Bossier Parish Community College in Building F, Room 203.

The June 1 event will feature four of the area’s leading IT businesses, including General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), CenturyLink, Technologix, and Enterprise Computing Services (ECS). Microsoft personnel will also provide additional support for competing team members. Company representatives will participate in one of two 90-minute competitions where they will face cyber threats and situations based on real-life scenarios and will be challenged to mitigate and resolve them as quickly as possible. The winners will each receive scholarships from Cybint for its Cyber Security Analyst Simu-Lab Suite to be awarded to BPCC students in the winners’ company names.

After completing the range competition, participants will receive an in-depth briefing from Cybint CEO and global cyber intelligence expert, Roy Zur, on current cyber threats, the Dark Web, cyber intelligence, and other timely cyber topics.

Funding for the Cyber Range Competition and Workshop was made possible through a Rapid Response grant through the state of Louisiana.

BPCC & UT TYLER TO SIGN AGREEMENT – Wednesday, June 6 at 1:30pm

Release date: May 30, 2018

Bossier Parish Community College and The University of Texas at Tyler will sign a 2+2 articulation agreement to develop innovative transfer pathways focusing on the unique needs of today's college student. The agreement, a first between the two institutions, will focus on Industrial Technology. Details of the agreement will be made available at the signing.

The signing will take place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 6 in the Chancellor’s Boardroom (Building A-230) on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

This agreement will facilitate the path for students to achieve their educational goals while meeting regional workforce needs.

Date/Time:
Wednesday, June 6
1:30 pm

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

Participants:
The University of Texas at Tyler
Dr. Michael Tidwell, President
Dr. Amir Mirmiran, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Van Patterson, Longview University Center Director
Dr. Mark Miller, Department of Industrial Technology Chair
 
Bossier Parish Community College
Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr., Chancellor
Lesa Taylor-Dupree, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Megan Martin, Dean of Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

BPCC ANNOUNCES STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION OFFICERS FOR 2018-2019

Release date: May 21, 2018

Bossier Parish Community College announces new officers for the Student Government Association (SGA) for the 2018-2019 academic year. The new officers include Sydney Green, president; Gavin Hendricks, vice president; and Julieanne Reynolds, secretary/treasurer.

“Congratulations to each of our new SGA officers. I am thrilled to work alongside each of them in the coming year,” stated Tiffany Sandifer, advisor and program coordinator for Student Life. “They are dynamic student leaders and have displayed a passion for student engagement and truly care about our campus culture.”

Green, a general studies major, is also a member of the Debate Club, BPCC Green, and Mrs. Duncan’s Student Board of Directors. Hendricks is an occupational therapy assistant major and serves as a member of Rotaract of BPCC. Reynolds is majoring in physical therapist assistant.

BPCC Student Government Association (SGA) encourages meaningful participation in student activities, represents and executes the student will, and promotes the general welfare of self-government. SGA members, who are elected by the student body, represent all BPCC students by providing input into College policies and College management. During the fall and spring semesters, the SGA members serve as the voice of advocacy for all students on the BPCC campus. SGA members also assist with events and activities sponsored by the Office of Student Life. Students are elected to serve as representatives or executive.

In addition to the new officers, twelve representative positions were filled.

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE ANNOUNCES ITS GRADUATES FOR THE SPRING 2018 SEMESTER

Release date: May 21, 2018

The following students graduated from Bossier Parish Community College on May 11, 2018 in the College’s Health and Physical Education Complex.

Commencement speakers for the 9:30am and 2:00pm ceremonies were former BPCC chancellors Jim Conerly, Tom Carleton, and Dr. Jim Henderson. BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. presided over the College’s 78th graduation ceremony.

The College is also pleased to announce students’ names on the Chancellor’s list and the Dean’s list for the 2018 spring semester.

BPCC & NSU TO SIGN AGREEMENT – Thursday, May 17

Release date: May 14, 2018

Bossier Parish Community College and Northwestern State University will sign an agreement to continue the commitment the two institutions have for developing innovative, world-class transfer pathways focusing on the unique needs of today's college student. Details of the agreement will be made available at the signing.

The signing will take place at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 17 in the Chancellor’s Boardroom (Building A-230) on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Bossier Parish Community College already has several agreements in place with Northwestern State University that facilitate the path for students to achieve their educational goals while meeting workforce needs and promoting economic development in northwest Louisiana.

Date/Time:
Tuesday, May 17
10:00 am

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

Participants:
Northwestern State University
Dr. Chris Maggio, President

Bossier Parish Community College
Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr., Chancellor
Lesa Taylor-Dupree, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

BPCC 50th ANNIVERSARY SPRING 2018 GRADUATION TO WELCOME SPECIAL GUESTS

Release date: May 8, 2018

This Friday, May 11, Bossier Parish Community College is set to commemorate its 50th anniversary spring graduation with a number of special guests in attendance.

The College will hold its 78th commencement at the College’s Health & Physical Education complex, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA, and will include two ceremonies:

  • 9:30 am – for the divisions of Technology, Engineering and Mathematics AND Science, Nursing and Allied Health
  • 2:00 pm – for the divisions of Behavioral-Social Sciences; Business; Communication & Performing Arts; and Liberal Arts; AND the College Transition Programs.

The three living former BPCC chancellors – James Conerly (1988-1994); Tom Carleton (1994-2009); and Dr. Jim Henderson (2009-2014) – and their families, dignitaries, and BPCC retirees from throughout the College’s 50 years will attend the morning ceremony.

After the 9:30 ceremony, the BPCC Foundation will host a special Graduation Day Reception for faculty, staff, retirees, and guests in the Emmett E. Cope Student Services Center (Building F-Room 203).

In addition to its spring 2018 graduation ceremonies on Friday, the College will hold additional programs during the week:

WEDNESDAY, May 9 – Phi Theta Kappa Induction Ceremony

The Bossier Parish Community College Alpha Rho Phi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society will induct its 2018 members at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of two-year colleges, particularly community and junior colleges. Headquartered in Jackson, MS, the society has more than 1,250 chapters worldwide and more than 2 million members, including Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise, country musician Trisha Yearwood, entrepreneur and former presidential candidate Henry Ross Perot and Emmy Award winning actress Sela Ward.

A student is invited to join the Alpha Rho Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Bossier Parish Community College if he/she is enrolled at the College in at least 3 credit hours, has earned at least 12 credit hours of degree course work, and has maintained at least a 3.5 grade point average. Benefits of joining Phi Theta Kappa include the right to wear honors regalia at graduation and access to more than $37 million in transfer scholarships to four-year universities throughout the world offered exclusively to members.

THURSDAY, May 10 – Pinning & Nursing Honor Society Ceremonies for Spring 2018 Nursing Class

BPCC will hold the pinning ceremony for its spring graduating class of nursing students at 6:00 pm on Thursday, May 10 in the Health & Physical Education Complex (GYM) on the BPCC campus, 6220 E.Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The pinning ceremony is often more personally meaningful for the student than the graduation ceremony. It signifies the student’s official initiation into the brotherhood and sisterhood of nurses.

“The pinning ceremony is a time-honored tradition in nursing,” says BPCC Nursing Program Administrator Sharon Turley, MSN, RN. “Its history can be traced back to the Crusades of the 12th century when the Maltese cross was adopted by Crusaders to wear on their habits as a symbol of service. Throughout the years, the symbol was modified and eventually was given by the hospital school of nursing to students to identify them as nurses who were educated to serve the health needs of society.”

During the pinning ceremony, the Beta Zeta chapter of the Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society at BPCC will induct its new members. In order to qualify for induction, these prospective members had to complete a capstone project as well as maintain an overall B GPA average and a B in all nursing classes.

The spring 2018 class of registered nurses will graduate from the College on Friday, May 11, 2018.

EIGHT BPCC HIGH SCHOOL DUAL ENROLLMENT STUDENTS TO GRADUATE SIMULTANEOUSLY WITH ASSOCIATE DEGREES/CERTIFICATES/TECHNICAL DIPLOMAS & HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS

Release date: May 7, 2018

Bossier Parish Community College’s Dual Enrollment program is proud to announce the graduation of eight area high school students, who will be earning a postsecondary credential while simultaneously earning their high school diploma, during BPCC’s Spring graduation ceremonies at 9:30 am and 2:00 pm this Friday, May 11 in BPCC’s Gymnasium, 6220 E. Texas St, Bossier City, LA.

The dual enrollment students have earned a total of five associate degrees, five certificates, and two technical diplomas.

“The hard work, determination, and perseverance of these students paired with the unfailing support of their high schools and families has enabled them to achieve these extraordinary accomplishments,” says BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr.

The students who will be graduating with a postsecondary credential include George Booras from Parkway High School; Christopher Gardner from Northwood High School; Garrett Gresham from Ringgold High School; Mackenzie Mitchell from Northwood High School; Nicolas Noel from Ringgold High School; Olivia Prado from Ringgold High School; Aileecia Tipton from Ringgold High School; and Katlyn Word from Ringgold High School.

George Booras, a student from Parkway High School, will be graduating with a Certificate of General Studies. George began taking dual enrollment courses in the Fall of 2014 as a participant in Bossier Parish’s AIM Program. He will have earned his certificate by earning 9 credit hours based on ACT scores, and completing a total of 30 credit hours at BPCC, while maintaining a BPCC GPA of 3.9. After graduation he intends on majoring in Business at LA Tech, where he has been offered a scholarship through the College of Business.

Christopher Gardner, a student from Northwood High School, will be graduating with both an Associate of General Studies and a Certificate of General Studies. Chris began taking dual enrollment courses in the Summer of 2016 as a participant in the AEP Credits Count Program. He will have earned his degree and certificate by completing courses through LSUS and earning credit based on ACT and Advanced Placement scores along with completing 45 credit hours at BPCC, while maintaining a BPCC GPA of 3.87 with an overall GPA of 3.83. After graduation he plans on majoring in Engineering at LA Tech, where he has been offered a LA Tech Presidential Merit Scholarship.

Garrett Gresham, a student from Ringgold High School, will be graduating with a Certificate of General Studies. Garrett began taking dual enrollment courses in the Fall of 2015. He will have earned his degree by completing courses through NSULA, LA Tech, and completing 21 credit hours at BPCC, while maintaining a BPCC GPA of 3.7 with an overall GPA of 3.7. He plans on majoring in Engineering at LA Tech, where he has been offered the Outstanding Student Scholarship.

Mackenzie Mitchell, a student from Northwood High School, will be graduating with a Certificate of General Studies. Mackenzie began taking dual enrollment courses in the Fall of 2016 as a participant in the AEP Credits Count Program and will have earned her certificate by completing courses through LSUS, earning credit based on ACT scores, and completing 25 credit hours at BPCC, while maintaining a BPCC GPA of 3.3 with an overall GPA of 3.49. She plans on majoring in Nursing at Southern Arkansas University, where she has been offered the University Scholarship.

Nicolas Noel, a student from Ringgold High School, will be graduating with both an Associate of Applied Science in Cyber Technology-Programmer Analyst Concentration and a Technical Competency Area in Web Design. Nicolas began taking dual enrollment courses in the Fall of 2015 and will have earned his degree and technical diploma by completing courses through NSULA and completing 51 credit hours through BPCC, while maintaining a BPCC GPA of 3.13 with an overall GPA of 3.18. He plans on majoring in Computer Science at LSUS, where he has been offered the Shreveport Scholarship. Nicolas has also been offered and has accepted a full time position with General Dynamics Information Technology (formerly CSRA) where he will work during the summer and then part-time once he begins classes at LSUS this fall.

Olivia Prado, a student from Ringgold High School, will be graduating with both an Associate of Science in General Science Option in Allied Health and a Technical Competency Area in ECG/Telemetry Technician. Olivia began taking dual enrollment courses in the Fall of 2015 and will have earned her degree and technical diploma by completing courses through NSULA and completing 64 credit hours through BPCC, while maintaining a BPCC GPA of 3.82 and an overall GPA of 3.87. She is also a member BPCC’s Phi Theta Kappa. She plans on majoring in Nursing at NSULA, where she has been offered the NSU Opportunity Scholarship, Outstanding Student Award, and President’s Honor Scholarship.

Aileecia Tipton, a student from Ringgold High School, will be graduating with both an Associate of General Studies and a Certificate of General Studies. Aileccia began taking dual enrollment courses in the Spring of 2016 and will have earned her degree and certificate by completing courses through NSULA and completing 40 credit hours through BPCC, while maintaining a BPCC GPA of 3.675 and an overall GPA of 3.688. She plans on majoring in Criminal Justice at NSULA, where she has been offered the NSU Award, NSU Opportunity Scholarship, and President’s Honor Scholarship.

Katlyn Word, a student from Ringgold High School, will be graduating with an Associate of Science in General Science Option in Allied Health. Katlyn began taking dual enrollment courses in the Fall of 2015 and will have earned her degree by completing courses through NSULA and completing 42 credit hours through BPCC, while maintaining a BPCC GPA of 3.6 and an overall GPA of 3.7. She is also a member BPCC’s Phi Theta Kappa. She plans on majoring in Pre-Med at LSUS, where she has been offered the Shreveport Scholarship.

BPCC’s Division of Innovative Learning serves an average of 600 high school dual enrollment students each semester.

For more information on BPCC’s High School Dual Enrollment Program, visit their website.

BPCC ANNOUNCES CAMP CAVS SUMMER YOUTH CAMPS 2018 OFFERINGS

Release date: May 1, 2018

Registration for Camp Cavs, BPCC’s summer program for kids, is now open! Camp Cavs camps are scheduled for the months of June and July 2018 and will include drama, art, and cooking to name a few.

Camps will be held at Bossier Parish Community College campus, unless otherwise noted. There may be additional supply fees associated with certain camps. All campers will receive a t-shirt!

 

Listed below are the 2018 CAMP CAVS camps:

CAVALIER DRAMA FUN FEST • $129
AGES 10-18    JUNE 11-14    8AM – 1PM
AGES 10-18    JUNE 18-21    8AM – 1PM

CAVALIER CHEER CAMP • $99
AGES 5-12    JUNE 4-7    9AM – 12PM

CAVALIER DANCE LINE CAMP • $99
AGES 5-12    JUNE 18-21    9AM – 12PM

CAVALIER YOUNG CHEFS CAMP • $169
AGES 10-13    JULY 9-12   1PM – 5PM
AGES 14-17   JULY 16-19   1PM – 5PM
AGES 7-9   JULY 30-AUGUST 2   1PM – 5PM

YOUTH WATERCOLOR CAMP • $109
AGES 10-17   JUNE 18-21    9AM – 12PM

WILD ABOUT PRINTMAKING • $49
AGES 7-12   JUNE 12    8AM – 3PM
AGES 7-12    JULY 18    8AM – 3PM

POP ART FRENZY • $49
AGES 7-12  JUNE 13   8AM – 3PM
AGES 7-12    JULY 17    8AM – 3PM

ART AROUND THE WORLD • $49
AGES 7-12  •  JUNE 14  •  8AM – 3PM
AGES 7-12  •  JULY 19  •  8AM – 3PM

YOUNG SCHOLARS ART IN NATURE • $129
AGES 9-14   JUNE 25-28    9AM – 12PM

YOUNG SCHOLARS STEAM DISCOVERY • $129
AGES 9-14    JULY 9-12    9AM – 12PM

YOUNG SCHOLARS ENGINEERING DESIGN CHALLENGE • $129
AGES 9-14   JULY 16-19   9AM – 12PM

YOUTH CROCHET CAMP • $109
AGES 10-15    JUNE 25-28    9AM – 12PM

GUITAR CAMP FOR BEGINNERS • $109
AGES 10-16  •  JULY 23-26   8AM – 12PM

 

For more detailed information on camps or to register, contact BPCC’s Workforce and Continuing Education Department at (318) 678-6015 or go online at http://www.bpcc.edu/campcavs/index.html. All campers must complete a release/waiver form prior to participation.

BPCC WINS GRANT AWARD FROM SACSCOC AND LUMINA FOUNDATION

Release date: May 1, 2018

Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) received a grant award from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the Lumina Foundation to advance BPCC’s work to recognize nontraditional educational experiences as building blocks toward traditional postsecondary degrees and credentials.

The 10-month award will be used to provide professional development opportunities for both BPCC and high school faculty. This project will provide training for faculty to align courses in the Division of Communication and Performing Arts (CaPA) with industry-based credentials (IBCs) in conjunction with applicable high school pathways.

Chancellor Rick Bateman explained, “In today’s postsecondary education marketplace, education credentials have grown exponentially and are highly fragmented. As the Lumina Foundation observed, it is a complex, multi-layered system that is confusing to students, educators, and businesses alike. This project will allow our institution to work with our dual enrollment partners in high schools that currently offer these IBCs. Through this process, we will create an alignment at the post-secondary level to provide an opportunity for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit toward a short-term certificate or a full Associate of Applied Science Degree in Communication Media.”

Rona Leber, Assistant Dean for the Division of Communication and Performing Arts commented, “At BPCC, we see this project as an opportunity to create a direct pathway from high school and give students credit for concepts they mastered in high school. Being able to work with students who already have these credentials is exciting for our program and faculty.”

Working with secondary schools and BPCC faculty provides an opportunity for collaboration on curricula in the communication media pathways and allows the collegiate faculty to better understand the training students are getting in high school. Likewise, the high school teachers gain more understanding of the expectations for their graduates when they enter BPCC and start their collegiate career in higher-level course work.

SACSCOC is exploring opportunities to award Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) for credit. BPCC currently has a PLA policy and this helps students who enter college with professional experience test out of introductory courses and begin their college careers at a higher level—saving students time and money. For high school students in a design pathway, the PLA offers an incentive to continue at BPCC and receive credit for the work already completed. For adult learners in the design career field, earning certifications for the work they do every day can be an incentive to go back to college and earn an academic credential.

For more information on this grant, contact Jennifer Lawrence, BPCC’s Director of Grants, at jelawrence@bpcc.edu.

AUDITIONS SET FOR BPCC CHEERLEADERS/MASCOT AND LADIES IN GOLD DANCELINE

Release date: April 30, 2018

Auditions have been scheduled for BPCC Cavalier Cheerleaders and Mascot as well as Ladies in Gold Danceline.

Cheerleader & Mascot Auditions: 
Mandatory Clinic                     Friday, May 4              5:30 pm–9:00 pm       Gym
Mandatory Clinic #2                Saturday, May 5         9:00 am–6:00 pm       Gym
Tryouts                                    Sunday, May 6            2:00 pm                       Gym

Ladies in Gold Danceline Auditions:
Mandatory Clinic                     Friday, May 4              5:30 pm–9:00 pm       Gym
Mandatory Clinic #2                Saturday, May 5         1:00 am–6:00 pm       Gym
Tryouts                                    Sunday, May 6            5:00 pm                       Gym

The Cavalier Cheerleader squad and Ladies in Gold Danceline perform at all home basketball games and represents the College at various events on-campus and in the community throughout the year. Tuition waivers are available.

Cheer and Ladies in Gold members must be a full-time BPCC student (12 hours or more); maintain a 2.0 or higher GPA; and be in good academic standing at BPCC or any previous school attended.  Additional requirements and forms can be found at  http://www.bpcc.edu/cheerleaders/index.html for cheerleader and mascot and http://www.bpcc.edu/lig/index.html for Ladies in Gold Danceline.

For information or questions, contact Marjoree Harper at (318) 678-6144 or mharper@bpcc.edu.

BPCC THEATRE TO HOST AUDITIONS FOR ITS SUMMER PRODUCTION OF A TEXAS ROMANCE

Release date: April 25, 2018

The Bossier Parish Community College Theatre Program and the Cavalier Players encourages local actors to audition for the final show in their 2017-2018 season, A Texas Romance -- a funny and poignant comedy by Ellsworth Schave.

Auditions are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on May 2 in the Stephen W. Slaughter Theatre in Building C on the BPCC campus, 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City.

Dean of Communication and Performing Arts Dr. Ray Scott Crawford will direct BPCC Theatre’s production of A Texas Romance. Actors should bring a headshot and resume, if available, though not required. It is recommended that actors arrive at least 15 minutes early to auditions to complete an audition form.

Publisher’s Synopsis: Daisy Wilson lives in a small Texas town, a widow since her philandering husband was shot by his mistress—an action with which she has some sympathy. It’s 1928, and romance reenters Daisy’s life when she finds Garland Steinholden in the front yard awaiting permission to call on her, despite her older sister’s chagrin. What follows is the inquisition, the courtship, the pecan pie, and the big, loud rocks crashing down on a small wooden table. Daisy must balance her anger and fear with her need for intimacy and her determination to have a second chance. While Daisy decides if Garland is a worthy cause — and politely, but relentlessly pursues her, the food chain and the big wheel of life play a part.

There are three roles available with two female and one male character(s) to be cast. Community members will be considered. 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 prepared monologues are required of other students or community members auditioning. In addition, those auditioning should dress comfortably and be prepared to “move about.”

Show dates for A Texas Romance are set for 7:30 p.m., August 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18 and 2:00 p.m., August 13 and 19. The show will also travel to Michigan City, Indiana for special performances at the Canterbury Summer Theatre on August 2-4.

For more information about the season or BPCC Theatre, contact 318-678-6525 or kcondon@bpcc.edu.

BPCC NAMES BRENDA NICHOLS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACH

Release date: April 18, 2018

BOSSIER CITY, La. - Bossier Parish Community College Athletic Director John Rennie today named Brenda Nichols as the college’s new women’s basketball coach. Nichols takes over the Lady Cavaliers basketball program from Rennie, who stepped down in March.

“My family and I are so excited about being part of the BPCC family and community,” said Nichols. “I am very honored to have been chosen to take Lady Cavalier basketball to the next level, and to continue building on the vision that has already been established. Louisiana is my home state and I am extremely motivated to be back. I am ready to share my knowledge and vision for the women's basketball program with BPCC and the community.”

“This is just another step in the right direction for BPCC Athletics to become a championship program in the NJCAA,” said Rennie. “Brenda brings great experience and tremendous passion to the Lady Cavalier basketball program. It excites me to be able to turn the women’s basketball program over to a new head coach who will keep improving on what we have already built.”

Nichols comes to BPCC after spending the previous 12 years as the head coach at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. In her 12 years at Sam Houston, Nichols won SHSU’s first women’s Southland Conference championship and earned the first NCAA Division I post-season tournament appearance in the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI). In total, Nichols has 16 seasons of experience as an NCAA Division I head coach having spent four seasons at Mercer University prior to Sam Houston.

After winning the Southland Conference regular season in 2013, the Bearkats played in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) for the first time in school history, playing a first-round game at Tulane. Nichols’ players set 27 school records and earned All-Southland Conference honors 12 times during her tenure.

From 2011-2013, the Bearkats won a combined 53 games, the best three-year stretch in program history. The 18 wins both in 2012 and 2013 equaled the school mark for most victories in one year at the Division I level (tying the 1988 and 1996 squads).

Nichols played collegiately at Sam Houston for two years from 1987-89. She was the leading scorer on the 1988 SHSU team that finished with an 18-9 record. Her 17.8 career scoring average stands as the second-highest mark in Bearkat women's basketball history. In 2014, Nichols was inducted to the Sam Houston Athletics Hall of Honor.

Prior to attending Sam Houston, Nichols was a NJCAA All-American at Western Texas Junior College

A native of Jennings, La., Nichols has three children Brady, 24, Brock, 16, and Brelee, 12.

LABC HONORS BPCC’S MUHAMMED AND LOVELL

Release date: April 17, 2018

BOSSIER CITY, La. - The Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches has selected Bossier Parish Community College’s Mubarak Muhammed as the recipient of the Louisiana Junior College Player of the Year award for 2018. The LABC also selected BPCC coach Chris Lovell as the recipient of the Louisiana Junior College Coach of the Year award for 2018.

“This award is the result of hard work and resilience,” said Muhammed. “It’s a symbol of God’s blessing and recognition of my grind. I am humbled and grateful to have been selected as the player of the year.”

“I’m truly honored to receive this award,” said Lovell. “All the credit and glory goes to God. I’m thankful and blessed to have assistant coaches and players who have worked extremely hard to make us successful. It really makes me happy to see that people around the state are starting to take notice of what we’re doing here at BPCC.”

Listed on the roster as a power forward, Muhammed was the Cavaliers post player for the majority of the 2017-18 season. That didn’t prevent Muhammed from putting up some impressive numbers in his first season at BPCC. He averaged 14.2 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. Muhammed averaged 16.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game in NJCAA Division I Region XIV.

A native of Nigeria, Muhammed registered 15 double-doubles this season. He had 17 games in which he hauled down 10 or more rebounds. Muhammed shot 47.7 percent (156-327) from the field and 75.2 (106-141) percent from the free throw line. He averaged 1.5 blocked shots per game and blocked three or more shots in seven games this season.

Lovell just completed his second year as the men’s basketball head coach at BPCC. In the 50th anniversary of the college and the 35th season of Cavaliers basketball, Lovell led BPCC to a 17-14 record, which was the best record for a BPCC team in a decade.

BPCC’s 17 wins were the most wins posted by a Cavaliers team since the 2007-08 team won 17 games. The Cavs went 9-10 in Region XIV play, which is BPCC’s highest conference win total since moving into the region, considered to be one of the toughest in the country.

Lovell is the first BPCC coach since Louis Bonner to post double-digit win seasons in his first two seasons and to take the team to back-to-back postseason tournaments. After his Cavaliers won four straight games in the first two weeks of 2018, Lovell was named the Hoopdirt.com NJCAA Coach-of-the-Week on January 16, 2018.

Lovell has excelled in having players continue their careers at the next level. Five players off of this year’s team have signed with four-year schools, including forward Brandon Moore, who signed with Nicholls State University.

This is the second straight year in which a BPCC Cavalier has been selected by the LABC as the Junior College Player of the Year. In 2016-2017, Lasani Johnson, who’s now playing at Grambling State University, was the recipient of the honor.

SPRING BAND CONCERT SCHEDULED FOR BPCC

Release date: April 17, 2018

The BPCC Concert Winds will present its Spring Concert at 7:30 pm on Friday, April 27 in the Stephen W. Slaughter Performing Arts Theatre (Building C) on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The Concert Winds under the direction of Dr. Michael D. Hart will take the stage to perform a variety of wind band selections.

The evenings concert will include “As Summer Was Just Beginning” by Larry Daehn; “Chant and Jubilo” by W. Francis McBeth; “Trieste Overture” by Pietro Deiro; "Angel Band” by Walter Hartley; "A Little Tango Music" by Adam Gorb; and “Where Never Lark or Eagle Flew”, by James Curnow.

Many of the students enrolled in the ensembles are full-tuition music scholarship recipients. Auditions for BPCC music scholarships are held periodically throughout the year.

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

BPCC CONCERT CHOIR TO PRESENT SPRING CONCERT

Release date: April 16, 2018

The Concert Choir, under the direction of Mr. William Bond, Jr., will present its Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, in the Stephen W. Slaughter Performing Arts Theatre (Building C) on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St, Bossier City, LA.

The ensemble will perform And This Shall Be for Music by Mary Lynn Lightfoot; With a Voice of Singing, by Martin Shaw; O Vos Omnes by Tomas Victoria; I Shall Not Live in Vain by Ruth Morris Gray; Think of Me by Alicia Scott, and 4 Chords arranged by Mark Brymer. Dr. Dan Gibbs serves as the choir accompanist.

Many of the students enrolled in the Concert Choir have earned music scholarships. Music scholarships are awarded to students who pass an audition, maintain a 2.00 GPA, and are full-time BPCC students. Auditions for BPCC music scholarships are held several times throughout the year.

“In addition to the semester performances on campus each year, the Concert Choir always performs as part of the annual BPCC/Bossier City Christmas Show at the Bossier Civic Center,” states Dr. Michael Hart, Music Program Director.

This concert is free and open to the public.

For more information about this concert or music scholarships and auditions, contact the BPCC Music Program at 678-6146 or e-mail.

BPCC NAMES KENT FALTING CROSS COUNTRY COACH

Release date: April 10, 2018

BOSSIER CITY, La. - Bossier Parish Community College Athletic Director John Rennie today named Kent Falting as the college’s new cross country coach.

“All my life, I've dreamed of being a college coach and I'm grateful to BPCC for giving me that opportunity,” said Falting. “I am excited for the new challenge taking what I have learned as a high school coach and applying it on the college level.”

““Kent’s passion for the overall development of student-athletes is just another asset for our athletic department,” said Rennie. “We are confident that he will move our cross country program forward as we continue to progress.”

BPCC’s cross country program began in 2015, and previously competed at the NJCAA’s Division III level. However, the program will now begin competing at the Division I level in the fall, something Falting is excited about.

“The move to Division I has created the opportunity for our athletes to compete against some of the best in the country,” said Falting. “It raises the bar for athletic expectations and sets up our student athletes to be prepared to make an impact at the university level upon graduating from BPCC.”

Falting has been the head cross country and track coach at Parkway High School for the last 13 years, compiling one of the most impressive records in north Louisiana. He has led his teams to two state championships, three state runner-up finishes and 13 district titles.

He has coached 16 individual state title winners in track and cross country as well as seven All-American finishers. Falting was Louisiana's nominee for National Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2014.

Besides his coaching duties, Falting serves as mathematics department chair at Parkway. Recently, he became a published author releasing the book titled: Motivated Runners Find a Way.

BPCC ATHLETES EARN ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE ACCOLADES

Release date: April 9, 2018

BOSSIER CITY, La. - Fourteen Bossier Parish Community College student athletes were recently named to the NJCAA’s Region XIV Athletic Conference’s All-Academic Team.

“We are extremely proud of these student-athletes for achieving this honor,” said BPCC Athletic Director John Rennie. “It takes tremendous dedication to excel in the classroom while also competing in college athletics as these student-athletes have done.”

The athletes received a certificate signifying their achievements from Region XIV Athletic Conference Director Roark Montgomery.

The list of BPCC’s Academic All-Conference selections are as follows:

Women’s Basketball
Damilola Balogun
Tyra Kidd

Men’s Basketball
Mahammadu Jawara
Dezmond McDaniel
Mubarak Muhammed

Baseball
Wesley Anderson
Alexander Boone
Kyle Koch
Adam Thompson

Softball
Shelrika Bryant
Morgan Bullock
Chelsea Fagan
Mae Jones
Tyler Robinson

BPCC OnDemand™ IS NOW OFFERING CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT TRAINING COURSE

Release date: April 9, 2018

Managing a classroom can be harder than ever in today’s world. Student issues that barely existed ten years ago can pose significant challenges for contemporary educators.

BPCC’s OnDemand™ now offers a course to help instructors better manage their classrooms. Classroom Management focuses on how to manage a modern classroom by evaluating how to build relationships, de-escalate challenging situations, and teach multiple generations; it also extends for educators a deeper understanding of experiences faced by students in poverty.

This non-credit course provides participants with practical methods to work with all generations from the adult learner to the 15-21 year old at-risk youth. Educators will receive proactive solutions for setting guidelines that lead to decreased disciplinary issues in the classroom.

Eight (8) course modules feature live-recorded lectures, PowerPoint slides, and activities where participants

  • learn the importance of building routines in the classroom for effective classroom management;
  • receive practice steps to manage discipline in the classroom;
  • understand best-practice solutions for managing the classroom in the first days of class;
  • challenge themselves with scenarios and hear how college professors suggest they would handle each scenario;
  • receive additional information and take-away resources.

Participants will complete this course with fresh ideas to create a more positive environment for themselves and their students.

Desiree Alexander, Ed.S., an award-winning, multi-degreed educator who has been in the educational field since 2002, is the instructor. Alexander is currently the Regional Director of North Louisiana for the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana and is the Founder CEO of Educator Alexander Consulting, LLC. She consults with members of several schools/businesses and presents at conferences nationwide.

To register for this course, visit BPCC OnDemmand.

BPCC’S SPRING SWING GOLF TOURNAMENT 2018 SET TO RAISE FUNDS FOR WORKFORCE TRAINING SCHOLARSHIPS

Release date: April 9, 2018

The Bossier Parish Community College Annual Spring Swing Golf Tournament 2018 is scheduled to be held on Friday, April 20 at the Stonebridge Golf Club. Registration begins at 11:00 am with lunch following at 11:30. Shotgun start is set for 1:00 pm.

Proceeds from the golf tournament will fund scholarships for future students to receive a quality education and world-class workforce training.

“BPCC’s growth over the past few years could not have been possible without the continued support of our local business and community partners,” said Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. “Workforce training solutions scholarships will allow BPCC to assist our future community leaders with career development and advancement.”

Some of the sponsorship levels include:

  • Team of 4 - $600 (includes food, drinks, range balls, door prizes & photo of team; lunch reception)
  • Hole Sponsor- $300 (advertise your business on a tee box at the course)
  • Individual Player - $150 (cart, green fee, & range balls; door prizes & photo)

For more information or to register for the Spring Swing Golf Tournament or applying for a workforce training scholarship, contact Sean Downing, Business Development, BPCC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Department, at (318) 455-3391.

BPCC THEATRE ANNOUNCES ITS PRODUCTION OF RUMORS

Release date: April 3, 2018

The Bossier Parish Community College Theatre Program and the Cavalier Players announce the next show in its season, Rumors. This hilarious farce is written by Neil Simon, Tony-award winning American playwright who has brought us such comedy hits as Barefoot in the Park, Lost in Yonkers, and Brighton Beach Memoirs—only to name a few.

Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. on April 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 and 2:00 p.m. on April 15 and 22 in the Stephen W. Slaughter Theatre in Building C on the BPCC campus, 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

Synopsis: In Rumors, at a large, tastefully appointed Sneden's Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Despite the deputy mayor receiving only a flesh wound four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken and wife Chris must get "the story" straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and miscommunications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.

"Light, frothy and fun." – New York Post
"Has nothing on its mind except making the audience laugh." – The New York Times
"Not only side splitting, but front and back splitting." – NBC-TV

BPCC Theatre’s production of Rumors is directed by Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing Arts. The cast includes Annie Barker, Michael Davis, Kelsi Monet, Mikah Thomas, Bianca Anderson, Myeleke Saimon, William Price, Taylor Brown, John Stewart and Louis Nelson. Rona Leber is costume designer; David White is technical director and sound designer; Keith Bruce is light designer; Jonathon Offutt is set and properties designer; and Joy Rester is stage manager.

This production is appropriate for teenage and adult audiences. Tickets are $12.

To schedule your reservation, call the box office at 318-678-6021or visit us online.

For more information about the season or BPCC Theatre, contact 318-678-6525 or kcondon@bpcc.edu.

BPCC DEBATE TEAM WINS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Release date: April 2, 2018

Bossier Parish Community College's Debate Team remained at the top of the standings, as the nation's largest intercollegiate debate organization concluded its national championship tournament on March 27 at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA.

The BPCC team earned the regular season community college national championship, breaking the organization's all-time record for ranking points earned by a community college and finished with a 3rd place ranking among all colleges and universities. In Spokane, the team concluded the season by earning the community college championship national championship at the national championship tournament as well.

"This is an amazing group of students,” said Debate Team Coach Bob Alexander. “We started the season with two primary goals: regular season and championship tournament national championships, and they opened the season in September as the top ranked community college in the nation and never looked back. It was truly a team effort, and I'm honored to have been able to work with this talented group."

Mary Catherine Procell finished the year as the regular season national champion in the novice division; her 82 ranking points not only broke the single season novice record of 69 points, but also the all-time record for any division of competition – which was previously 77 points. Procell was also named the regular season speaking national champion in the novice division and again eclipsed the all-time record point total. In the varsity division of debate, Jerry McCauley earned the regular season national championship as well. The 19 season-long awards the team received included the following: Steve Garcia finished 10th in the varsity division; Dena O'Banion finished 3rd in the Professional Division; Preston Langley 4th Pro; and Dominick Mercer and Hannah Morris paired together for a 6th place finish in team debate.

"This year the BPCC debate team has exceeded my wildest dreams and then some,” added Assistant Debate Team Coach Preston Langley. “To go from such a small group of motivated and eager students to the 2018 national champions in less than 7 months is unheard of. I am extremely proud and I can't wait to break even more records next year."

In the national championship tournament, the team earned 10 more awards, including the community college national championship. The team was led by Jerry McCauley (2nd place), Mary Catherine Procell (tie 3rd place), Dena O'Banion (tie 3rd place) and the team of Dominick Mercer & Hannah Morris (tie for 5th place).

"This team set a new standard for excellence, and once again showed the nation the quality of students that choose Bossier Parish Community College,” Alexander concluded. “We're going to enjoy this one for a couple of weeks, and then it's time to start focusing on earning the next."

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

Release date: March 20, 2018

Singers from Bossier Parish Community College competed in the annual National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) State Chapter student competition on Saturday, March 10 at McNeese State University in Lake Charles.

More than 100 singers from both universities and community colleges attended. BPCC was the only community college represented at the competition.

BPCC students competing were Joshua Bell, Gabriel Belton, Malicia Owens, and Hannah Potter. All students are music or musical theatre majors and voice students of Janice Aiken and Juliana Handy.

Of the BPCC students competing, Joshua Bell placed first in his Men's Sophomore Classical division. This is the fourth year in which students from the BPCC Music Program have competed.

Base music scholarships of $1,325 are offered each term at BPCC. All of those students attending the 2018 NATS competition have earned music scholarships at BPCC.

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

BPCC AND STEP FORWARD CREATE LITTLE FREE LIBRARY AT MEADOWVIEW ELEMENTARY

Release date: March 15, 2018

Bossier Parish Community College and Step Forward of North Louisiana believe that access to books matters and have partnered to create a Little Free Library for the students of Meadowview Elementary School in Bossier City.

Late last year, Step Forward’s Laura Alderman invited BPCC’s Division of Learning Resources to partner in a collaborative effort designed to build home libraries for young readers in Northwest Louisiana. Three ladies then met to develop a strategy for moving toward that vision—Araceli Bateman (Step Forward Volunteer), Brenda Brantley (BPCC’s Dean of Learning Resources), and Segann March (Community Engagement Coordinator, Step Forward). From that meeting came the idea of a Little Free Library at Meadowview Elementary School and thus far more than 250 new and gently-used books for K-5 school-aged children have been donated.

One of the most successful ways to improve the reading achievement of children is to increase their access to books, especially at home. But according to the U.S. Department of Education, up to 61% of low-income families do not have any books for their kids at home. The Little Free Library plays an essential role by providing access to books and encouraging a love of reading in homes where books are scarce.

“Between 65 and 70 percent of NWLA school-age students come from socioeconomically disadvantaged families,” shared Laura Alderman, Step Forward’s Executive Director. “For these families, books may well be a luxury item; yet we know that having a home library is a critical factor in reading success. Step Forward works to eliminate such disparities by encouraging collaborative projects such as the Meadowview Little Free Library. Together with partners such as Bossier Parish Community College, Caddo Career and Technology Center, Barnes and Noble, Bossier Parish Libraries, and Bossier Parish Schools, we are working to ensure success for every child."

Janice Williams, principal of Meadowview Elementary School, added, “Since the LFL has been at Meadowview, it is amazing to see how the students’ eyes beam when they see the books. Every morning, a group of students converges in the library to inspect the latest additions. It is truly a joy for the students to have books of their own to carry home to read and enjoy.”

For more information on how you can contribute to the Little Free Library at Meadowview Elementary School, contact Brenda Brantley at bbrantley@bpcc.edu or Janice Williams at janice.williams@bossierschools.org.

BPCC NURSING PROGRAM IS A LEADER IN NWLA, U.S.

www.ncsbn.org

Release date: March 15, 2018

The BPCC Nursing Program has a 100% employment rate for fall 2017 graduates and a National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)-RN pass rate of 95.89% for fall 2017 graduates. The program is also second place in the United States for 2017 in NCLEX-RN education programs with a score of 92.93%, which is 5.08% above the national average of 87.85%.

BPCC Nursing Program Director Sharon Turley gives credit for these high marks to the hard-working nursing faculty. “These figures speak volumes about the nursing faculty at BPCC. They are the smartest, most dedicated, and most supportive group of people I have had the honor of working with in all my years in nursing.”

The NCLEX is an examination for the licensing of nurses in the United States. NCLEX examinations are developed and owned by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN). NCSBN administers these examinations on behalf of its member boards which consist of the boards of nursing in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories. NCLEX examinations are designed to test the knowledge, skills and abilities essential to the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry-level.

Turley adds, “The test is extremely important. If students do not pass this national exam, they do not get a license and they cannot practice nursing.”

In 2010, Bossier Parish Community College received approval from the Louisiana State Board of Nursing and the Board of Regents to offer the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing. Since that time, many students have declared nursing as their major course of study. There were 24 nursing graduates in the fall 2017 class.

“The talent of our graduates, the quality of our nursing program, and the dedication to excellence of our faculty and program administrators is what has allowed BPCC to attain these benchmarks,” says Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr., Chancellor. “The Division of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health is home to a number of world class programs, providing opportunities for our students and giving our employers the human capital they need to compete and grow.”

For more information on the BPCC Nursing Program, contact the Division of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health at (318) 678-6080.

For more information on NCLEX, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing at.

BPCC WORKFORCE & CONTINUING EDUCATION OFFERS NEW COURSE FOR ANGLERS TO LEARN ABOUT FISHING WITH ELECTRONICS

Release date: March 13, 2018

Are you an angler who has the desire to learn and improve your skills? If so, then you don’t want to miss the NEW course offered by Bossier Parish Community College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Division.

Fishing with Electronics/Fishing Line Selection course is set for 7:00pm-9:00 pm on Thursday, April 12 at the Margaritaville Resort Casino Theatre.

The course will provide anglers with specific examples of what objects, structures, and fish look like on structure scan. It will provide anglers detailed information and examples of fishing line selection, indicating the differences between monofilament, fluorocarbon, and braid.

Instructor for this course will be local angler Nick LeBrun. Since 2011, LeBrun has fished and placed in many tournaments including FLW Costa Series SW Division, FLW BFL Cowboy Division, FLW Tour Invitational, ABA Weekend/RAM Series, Bassmaster Team Championship and Bassmaster Central Open. His current sponsors include H&W Marine, Skeeter Boats, Yamaha Outboards, V&M Baits, Fitzgerald Rods, Bass Pro Shops, Elite Tungsten, 6th Sense Lures, and Covington Lumber and Building Materials.

It is important for LeBrun to represent his sponsors in a positive manner on and off the water. “I want to be highly respected by not only other anglers, but also by fans and spectators of the sport,” said LeBrun.

Cost of the course is $49. Click to register for Fishing with Electronics/Fishing Line Selection. For more information, contact BPCC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Office at (318) 678-6015.

BPCC’S OPEN CAMPUS™ PROGRAM RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL AWARD

Release date: March 9, 2018

The American Association of University Administrators has voted BPCC’s Open Campus™ open educational resource program as this year’s recipient of its 2018 Nikolai Khaladjan International Award for Innovation in Higher Education. In the history of the Khaladjan award, BPCC is the first community college to be awarded the honor. The award will be presented June 8 at AAUA’s annual Leadership Seminar in Philadelphia.

The Khaladjan International Award recognizes innovation and achievement in higher education worldwide. Named for the founder and former president of the Moscow External University of the Humanities, the award is given for work that is both innovative and has wide potential for application or impact on the international dimensions of post-secondary education.

The Khaladjan recognizes

  • innovative teaching methods
  • methods which widen access to education
  • efficient use of teaching resources
  • wide use of learning technology
  • efforts that accelerate or deepen student learning

Open Campus™ is a cross-disciplinary developmental series of free, online non-credit courses, offering developmental courses ahead of placement testing and for those enrolled in credit-bearing coursework. The courses are actual BPCC instructors who are videoed teaching actual modules.

BPCC’s Open Campus™ courses premiered in 2013, and, to-date, 30,000+ students have enjoyed FREE access to extended learning opportunities targeting their needs and guiding them through unfamiliar terrain. BPCC was the first community college in the nation to provide these courses to anyone at any time for no cost. Open Campus™ learning materials have now touched students in 200 countries/territories worldwide. Here at home, Open Campus™ has helped students across Louisiana effectively reduce their time to degree completion.

“On average, every minute of every hour of everyday, someone, somewhere around the world is accessing Open Campus™ learning resources, created and produced at Bossier Parish Community College,” said Allison Martin, BPCC’s Director of Institutional Effectiveness Initiatives who spearheaded the initiative. “What we’ve learned since then is that our “anytime, anywhere” model has met the same needs for students in all 50 states and in 200 countries and territories worldwide—a truly astonishing scale which we never expected.”

For more information visit BPCC’s Open Campus™ initiative, or contact Allison Martin at amartin@bpcc.edu.

For more information on the American Association of University Administrators or the Nikolai Khaladjan International Award for Innovation in Higher Education, visit www.aaua.org or http://www.aaua.org/awards/awards_recipients.htm.

BPCC COMM MEDIA STUDENTS AND PR STAFF MEMBER PLACE AT LOCAL ADDY AWARDS

Release date: March 7, 2018

Bossier Parish Community College is proud to announce that both the BPCC Comm Media Club and Public Relations staff member Hannah Cook won Addy Awards at the American Advertising Federation of Shreveport-Bossier’s Annual Gala on February 24.

The BPCC Comm Media Club won two bronze Addy Awards and won third place for People’s Choice. The club was recognized for their work, “Things Beneath the Surface.” BPCC students Alex Richardson and Kerwon Popo also individually entered the competition in the business category and earned silver Addy Awards. Jonathan Elmore, BPCC Communication Media instructor, is the sponsor of the BPCC Comm Media Club.

Cook won a silver Addy for her “Champions in the Classroom” video series, which highlights student athletes who excel not only on the field but also in the classroom. Her video series can be seen on BPCC’s YouTube channel.

The American Advertising Awards are the advertising industry's largest and most representative competition, recognizing creative excellence and the very best advertising worldwide. Sponsored by the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the competition represents the true creative spirit of advertising by recognizing all forms of advertising, from all types of media, created by all sizes and types of entrants, from anywhere in the world. This worldwide competition draws over 60,000 total entries annually.

FALL 2018 MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP AUDITION DATE ANNOUNCED AT BPCC

Release date: March 5, 2018

Audition dates for Fall 2018 music scholarship auditions have been scheduled for Saturday April 14. Auditions will take place in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C), Room 123 on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St, Bossier City, LA. Students must call or e-mail to schedule an audition and a specific 20-minute time slot.

The base music scholarship is $1,325 per term. Students enrolling in Concert Choir, Concert Band, or Jazz Ensemble are eligible for a music scholarship. Students do not need to be music majors to enroll in the ensembles or receive a music scholarship, but an audition is required to earn the scholarship. Music scholarships may be renewed for up to six semesters, and do not cover fees or books.

“Our music scholarships are highly competitive,” says Dr. Michael D. Hart, Music Program Director. “The response from area students has been excellent and there are a limited number of scholarships available to be awarded for the Fall 2018 term.” Last year, the BPCC Music Program awarded more than 32 music scholarships to area students.

BPCC is the only public institution in the Shreveport/Bossier metropolitan area that offers the Associate of Arts Degree with a music concentration. The courses in this program transfer to universities in North Louisiana.

To learn more about what to prepare for the audition or schedule a date and time for an audition, contact Dr. Hart at 678-6146 or mhart@bpcc.edu.

BPCC HOLDS LOUISIANA REGION I SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR 2018 AT BOSSIER CIVIC CENTER FRIDAY & SATURDAY

Release date: March 1, 2018

Bossier Parish Community College, the City of Bossier City, the Bossier Optimist Club, and Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Funeral Homes, Cemeteries, and Flower Shops, Inc. will sponsor the 2018 Louisiana Region 1 Science and Engineering Fair Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3, at the Bossier Civic Center, 620 Benton Road, Bossier City, LA.

The 2018 Region 1 Science and Engineering Fair marks the 44th 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 350 students compete annually and are judged by 100 professionals from throughout the area.

BPCC Science Professor and Fair Director Dr. Elaine Cox is always amazed at the talent shown at the Region 1 Fair. “This is an incredible event which showcases scientific interests and innovations throughout Northwest Louisiana.”

The Region 1 Fair begins Friday, March 2 with judging from 9:00 am-3:00pm. Public visitation is from 6:00pm-8:00pm on Friday and from 8:30-10:00am Saturday, March 3. The awards ceremony is set for 10:00am-11:00am on Saturday, March 3.

Winning projects in Division B (middle school grades 6-8) and Division C (high school grades 9-12) may qualify for the Louisiana State Science Fair in Baton Rouge March 19-21.

Our LA Region 1 Fair was chosen this year for the Community Innovation Award hosted by ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair.) The award will be awarded to a high school project that best solves a local concern or problem and demonstrates positive impact on the local community.

In addition to hosting the Region 1 Science and Engineering Fair, Bossier Parish Community College also sponsors 2-3 students each year for the International Science and Engineering Fair, which will be held in Pittsburgh, PA this year. Some BPCC faculty members participate at the ISEF competition as judges, advisory council and display and safety committee members.

For more information on the Region 1 Science and Engineering fair, visit www.bpc.edu/sciencefair.

COUNTRY MUSIC TELEVISION (CMT) AND COUNTRY STAR COURTNEY COLE BEGIN “EMPOWERING EDUCATION” TOUR AT BPCC ON MARCH 5

Release date: February 27, 2018

CMT and Louisiana’s own country star Courtney Cole will begin the first-ever statewide “Empowering Education” tour March 5 in the Stephen W. Slaughter Theatre in Building C, Bossier Parish Community College, 6220 E. Texas St, Bossier City, La. The doors open at 5:30 for a Resource Fair and the program begins at 6:30pm. Tickets are FREE and available to the general public; however, seating is limited. Seating can be reserved via LCTCS.edu and click on BPCC to reserve tickets.

The “CMT Empowering Education Tour of Louisiana” is hosted in partnership with local education and nonprofit groups Louisiana Community and Technical Colleges System (LCTCS), BPCC, and Louisiana Calling. The tour was first announced last fall, and is part of a larger initiative that seeks to bring awareness to educational opportunities and increase the number of work-ready residents in the state.

A Louisiana native, singer/songwriter Courtney delivers a spirited live show with authentic lyrics and a hint of her New Orleans roots. She has opened for the biggest names in country music like Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney and Thomas Rhett, and was named an artist to watch by Spotify and Huffington Post. She’s a vocal supporter of education, and has been named one of CMT’s “Next Women of Country.” Courtney amassed thousands of streams for her poignant and self-produced documentary, aptly titled The Rockumentary, which chronicles the ups and downs of her path to super-stardom. Additionally, her EP For the Love of Me is available via digital retailers. For more about Courtney, visit CourtneyColeMusic.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

“There’s nothing I love more than being on the road, so to do it in my home state for education is truly incredible,” said Courtney. “If I can inspire just one person to follow their heart and make their world better, then we’ve accomplished what we came here to do.”

The “CMT Empowering Education Tour of Louisiana” serves as an opportunity to build awareness of educational and workforce training opportunities available at the local level. According to the Louisiana Workforce Commission, Louisiana has unprecedented demand for skilled workers throughout the state, and these positions often require training or education beyond a high school diploma. Earlier this year, CMT, LCTCS and Louisiana Calling committed to work alongside community and technical colleges in a statewide campaign to connect Louisianans with the many available opportunities for workforce training and education in their own communities.

CMT’s Empowering Education community college initiative, the channel’s grassroots education campaign, was first announced in 2014 at the Clinton Global Initiative-America meeting. Working in collaboration with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the campaign experienced early success as 10 pilot partner schools hosted local events, bringing star-power and helping put a face on education by highlighting success stories of students. Since 2014, the campaign has worked with 29 colleges in some of the nation’s most economically-depressed regions to highlight the importance of earning a degree or certificate.

BPCC SGA & OFFICE OF STUDENT LIFE’S COMMUNITY EVENT NAMED APCA’s 2018 NATIONAL SERVICE PROJECT OF THE YEAR

Release date: February 27, 2018

Bossier Parish Community College Student Government Association (SGA) & the Office of Student Life’s “Hurricane Harvey Flood Drive” was chosen as the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA) 2018 NATIONAL Service Project of the Year at the organization’s conference this past weekend in Orlando, FL.

The SGA and Office of Student Life collected relief donations from students, faculty, and staff for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Items collected included cleaning supplies, toiletries, baby supplies, pet supplies, bottled water, canned meats, and dried beans to name a few. The relief drive was made possible by BPCC’s partnership and collaboration with friends from Northwestern State University, University of North Texas Dallas, Texas A&M Texarkana, Navarro, and Kim and C.J. Johnson.

The Office of Student Life also won 1st place in novelty item category and 3rd place in printed material category during the conference’s award ceremony.

APCA promotes campus engagement through quality educational experiences, affordable entertainment and community service initiatives. Throughout the year, APCA hosts leadership development workshops and campus events planning conferences and offer top of the line educational sessions, exhibit halls, and live showcases, providing opportunities for colleges and organizations to network and meet new vendors and artists for campus event planning needs. Last year, more than 600 schools and 2000+ students and higher education professionals attended APCA conferences and institutes.

For more information on BPCC’s SGA or Office of Student Life, on Campus Life above. More information on APCA can be found at www.apca.com.

BPCC MUSIC PROGRAM SCHEDULES SPRING CHOIR POPS CONCERT

Release date: February 27, 2018

The BPCC Concert Choir will present its Spring Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 8 in the Stephen W. Theatre (Building C) on the BPCC campus, 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City. This concert is free and open to the public.

The Concert Choir, under the direction of Mr. William Bond, Jr. and accompanied by pianist Dr. Dan Gibbs, take the stage to perform popular selections guaranteed to bring enjoyment to audiences of all ages.

Musical selections will include Armed Forces-The Pride of America; Can You Feel the Love Tonight? from The Lion King; Poor Wayfaring Stranger; Hallelujah; Shenandoah; All I Ask of You, from Phantom of the Opera; Honey, Honey; Down to the River to Pray; and more. Selections will also be performed by various soloists throughout the concert including Joshua Bell, Alicia Bartholomew, Kelly McFarland, Hannah Potter, Jimmie Crow, Katie Lane, and Zarifa Saleh.

The inaugural BPCC Music Program Pops Concert series started in 2012 when the Concert Winds and Concert Choir shared the stage for an evening of light and popular music. Since then, the ensembles have traded pops performances in the fall and spring semesters. Many of the students enrolled in the ensembles are music scholarship recipients. The base music scholarship is $1,325 per term and are awarded to students who pass an audition, maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA, and are full-time BPCC students.

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

DONNA SERVICE GALLERY FEATURES ARTWORKS FROM FACULTY & STUDENTS in BELIZE

Release date: February 20, 2018

More than fifty works on paper and canvas from Belizean faculty and students are on display through March 23 in the Donna Service Gallery (Building A) on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA. The Gallery is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A virtual artist talk with Belizeans featured in the exhibit will also be held from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm on Wednesday, February 21 in conjunction with an opening reception at the Gallery. Area artists, and the general public are invited to attend.

The collection of artwork was gathered and selected by Kirkland Smith, adjunct professor at Galen University, San Ignacio, Belize, and full time instructor at St. John’s College. Smith is currently collaborating with BPCC Associate Art Professor Kelly McDade on a Virtual Exchange for students at BPCC & GU.

The purpose of the exchange is to develop course materials that encourage direct, real time, engagement on projects among exchange participants; create learning materials and pilot objectives, using Design Thinking as a guide; and establish a framework for gathering data and evaluating results, using the Kirkpatrick Model as a guide; as the model for expanded offerings within additional course offerings. The work will serve as a model for expanded course offerings and further collaborative partnership opportunities between Galen University and BPCC.

BPCC Chancellor Bateman co-wrote an opening statement for the exhibit:
“Perhaps… beauty cannot be judged objectively. Perhaps… what one person finds beautiful may not appeal to another. But we have never encountered another human being that has failed to see beauty in Belize.

From the rainforest to the cayes, the roots reggae to the punta rock, the barrier reef to the ancient Mayan civilizations, the rice and beans to the meat pies… there is an abundance of beauty in Belize. Yet, the source of authentic beauty in Belize is clearly her people. Influenced by colonization, slavery, and immigration… Belize is multi-ethnic and multi-lingual. This diversity of Creoles, Mestizos, Garinagu, Chinese, Lebanese, Mayans, Mennonites, and more… have given rise to a truly multicultural society.

Araceli and our three children were born in Belize and we lived in Belize City from 1993 to 2006. We taught at St. John’s College while Brandon and Kimberly attended Belize Elementary School (Cailin began schooling in Texas). We were active in the community and enjoyed traveling to Caye Caulker, San Pedro, San Ignacio, Hopkins Village, and to various destinations in Southern Mexico such as Merida.

From time-to-time, we are asked about Belize and we enjoy sharing about “the Jewel” as Belizeans refer to their homeland. We certainly encourage you to learn more about this young Central American nation on the Caribbean Sea and suggest you plan a visit soon.
Is Belize beautiful… you better Belize it!”

For further information regarding the Virtual Exchange, contact Kelly McDade at (318) 678-6324.

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND THE BPCC PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAM TO HOST THEATRE DEDICATION CEREMONY IN OF HONOR STEPHEN W. SLAUGHTER

Release date: February 7, 2018

Bossier Parish Community College will dedicate the Stephen W. Slaughter Theatre during an unveiling ceremony scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16 in the front lobby of Building C on the BPCC campus, 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City.

The Stephen W. Slaughter Theatre houses the performance space, scene shop, costume shop and makeup room for the BPCC Performing Arts students and is located in Building C – home of BPCC’s Performing Arts Program.

Steve retired from a long and distinguished career at Bossier Parish Community College where he taught speech and theatre studies. His gift to BPCC and, indeed, the community, will be as the architect of BPCC's Theatre of Arts program of study and as the founder of BPCC's Cavalier Players.

BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. made it possible to name the performing arts stage in memory of Stephen W. Slaughter. “We’re honored to be able to dedicate this world-class performing arts space in Steve’s name,” said BPCC Chancellor Rick Bateman, Jr. “The Steven W. Slaughter Theatre will forever remind us all of his lifelong dedication to performing arts, education, and BPCC. With the naming of this space, generations to come will continue to know Steve’s legacy.”

Slaughter led the design of the College's state-of-the-art theatre replicating Broadway features in all aspects of the building, sets, and programs allowing students to learn in a real theater-house environment from day one of classes.

“Stephen Slaughter was the reason I came to BPCC—he invited me to help him start the two-year theatre degree program, the first and only in the state. I soon became aware that ‘Uncle Stevie’ as all the ‘kids’ called him, saw the potential in every student he taught. He guided so many to realize the talent and ability that most never knew they had,” said Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing Arts.

During Slaughter’s tenure at BPCC, he directed scores of theatrical productions. He wrote and produced ten original educational children's shows, which continue to entertain children of all ages each year.

BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr., former BPCC Chancellor Tom Carlton, Vice Chancellor Lesa Taylor-Dupree will speak at the ceremony. Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing Arts, will make additional remarks for Stephen W. Slaughter.

In addition to the dedication of the Theatre, the Stephen W. Slaughter Memorial Scholarship was established recently to assist students interested in Performing Arts at BPCC.

The dedication ceremony will take place prior to the opening of the annual children’s show, written by Mr. Slaughter. Admission is free for opening night of the children’s show “Hansel & Gretel: A Creole Tale” beginning at 7:00 p.m. immediately following the dedication ceremony.

STUDENT NURSE ASSOCIATION AT BPCC HOSTS CARDIOVASCULAR TESTING FOR STUDENT ATHLETES

Release date: February 7, 2018

The Student Nurse Association at Bossier Parish Community College is collaborating with The Brandon Goyne Foundation and Wimbledon Athletics, the athletic testing division of Wimbledon Health Partners, to provide cardiovascular testing to student athletes between the ages of 12 and 25.

The testing will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018 in the BPCC Nursing Lab (3rd floor of Building H on the BPCC campus, 6220 E Texas St, Bossier City, LA). Appointments are available from 7:30AM through 3:30PM.

Tests include EKGs and echocardiograms to detect heart conditions that can cause sudden cardiac arrest. The American Heart Association reports that every three days in the U.S., a young athlete dies from sudden cardiac arrest. In the majority of cases, there are no warning signs or symptoms prior to a cardiac event, making primary prevention so important.

Vascular ultrasound will also be performed to identify vascular conditions common to athletes, such as blood clots. All tests are non-invasive and involve no radiation exposure. The privacy of each student is maintained.

There are no upfront costs for the testing. Services provided will be billed to your health insurance. If you have questions regarding your health benefits or do not have insurance, call (855) 200-8262 and ask to speak with Customer Relations.

Registration is required in advance. Visit www.wimbledonhealthpartners.com/bpcc to learn more and to secure a spot.

CARDIOVASCULAR TESTING FOR STUDENT ATHLETES
WHAT: EKG, Echocardiogram, and Vascular Ultrasound testing
WHEN: Friday, February 23, 2018: Appts. 7:30AM – 3:30PM
WHERE: BPCC Nursing Lab (3rd floor of Building H – new building next to Highway 80)
WHO: Students between the ages of 12 and 25
REGISTER: www.wimbledonhealthpartners.com/bpcc

BPCC COMMUNICATION MEDIA AND PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTS CHILDREN’S SHOW HANSEL AND GRETEL: A CREOLE TALE FEATURING THE CAVALIER PLAYERS

Release date: January 26, 2018

The Performing Arts at Bossier Parish Community College and the Cavalier Players announce their 29th annual original children’s show, Hansel and Gretel: A Creole Tale, adapted by the founder of the BPCC Theatre Program, the late Professor Stephen W. Slaughter. Musical orchestration and direction is by Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing Arts.

Opening February 16, Hansel and Gretel: A Creole Tale will be the first time audiences go “Walking in the Swamps” since the show received the Best New Children’s Show Script Award from the Southwest Theatre Association.

When: Feb. 16, 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 17, 18, 24, 25 at 2:00 p.m.

Where: The BPCC Performing Arts Theatre
Bossier Parish Community College (Building C)
6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City

Tickets: $5.00 (general admission)

This musical fable for children of all ages offers a new spin on the traditional fairy tale of the young children’s encounter with a wicked witch in the woods who plans to eat them for supper. This version, told as a Louisiana Creole tale, is set in the swamps of Louisiana. It features a host of Cajun animals and characters who present the story of the young siblings, each with a dangerous “sweet tooth.” Hansel and Gretel’s quick thinking and ingenuity are put to test as they learn life lessons about safety and obedience—all while avoiding being the main ingredient in the big pot of boiling-hot gumbo.

The ensemble cast features Kiero Jamerson, Shandrika Jones, Aislinn Kimbrough, Cidney LaCour, Katie Lane, Kelly McFarland, Kelsi Monet, Malicia Owens, Kaitlin Polanski, Joy Rester, Myeleke Saimon, John Stewart, Mikah Thomas, Tomyia Washington, Issac Whitten, and Regina Williams.

Make plans now for you and your children to meet Hansel and Gretel and all the other characters in this delightful musical show.

For children of all ages.

For more information, contact Kim Condon at 318-678-6525 or by email at kcondon@bpcc.edu.

CMT AND COUNTRY STAR COURTNEY COLE REVEAL DATES FOR STATEWIDE “EMPOWERING EDUCATION” TOUR IN LOUISIANA – TOUR BEGINS AT BPCC

Release date: January 25, 2018

CMT, LCTCS and Louisiana Calling Shine a Light on Educational Opportunities with Free Concerts throughout State

CMT and Louisiana’s own country star Courtney Cole will soon rule the road in the first-ever statewide “Empowering Education” tour. CMT revealed dates for a series of eight free concerts , which officially kick off March 5 at Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier City, La. The “CMT Empowering Education Tour of Louisiana” is hosted in partnership with local education and nonprofit groups Louisiana Community and Technical Colleges System (LCTCS) and Louisiana Calling. The tour was first announced last fall, and is part of a larger initiative that seeks to bring awareness to educational opportunities and increase the number of work-ready residents in the state.

A Louisiana native, singer/songwriter Courtney delivers a spirited live show with authentic lyrics and a hint of her New Orleans roots. She has opened for the biggest names in country music like Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney and Thomas Rhett, and was named an artist to watch by Spotify and Huffington Post. She’s a vocal supporter of education, and has been named one of CMT’s “Next Women of Country.” Courtney amassed thousands of streams for her poignant and self-produced documentary, aptly titled “The Rockumentary,” which chronicles the ups and downs of her path to super-stardom. Additionally, her EP “For the Love of Me” is available via digital retailers. For more about Courtney, visit CourtneyColeMusic.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

“There’s nothing I love more than being on the road, so to do it in my home state for education is truly incredible,” said Courtney. “If I can inspire just one person to follow their heart and make their world better, then we’ve accomplished what we came here to do.”

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BPCC TO HOLD COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM FOCUSED ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Release date: January 23, 2018

Judge Jeff Cox, Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal, will serve as a special guest presenter at a seminar addressing the laws surrounding domestic violence.

The seminar will take place on Thursday, February 1, 12:30 p.m. in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre (Building C), 6220 E Texas St, Bossier City, LA. The event is free and open to the public and will feature a variety of information to help the community understand the legal impact of domestic violence laws and how they are applied.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, “nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States, and 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of some form of physical violence by a partner in their lifetime.”

“Domestic Violence effects people from all walks of life,” states Judge Cox. “Education about the law and how it affects you can be critical to how you and your family think about victims of domestic violence.”

Dan Cain, BPCC’s professor of criminal justice was instrumental in bringing this program to students, faculty and the community. Cain felt that the issue was a relevant topic since BPCC represents and serves a diverse student body, faculty and staff.

“The issue of domestic violence growing concern among the local legal community,” says Cain. “Domestic violence does not discriminate. Anyone, regardless of race, religion or socioeconomic background can be a victim. It’s important to get the facts and know your rights. Judge Cox is one of the most knowledgeable persons in northwest Louisiana about the subject of domestic violence. More importantly, he truly cares about helping those who are going through, or have been victims.”

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

Release date: January 19, 2018

BPCC’s Division of Communication and Performing Arts and the Cavalier Players announce auditions for the 2017 Annual Spring Festival of One-Act Plays. Auditions are set for 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31 at BPCC’s Performing Arts Theatre (Building C), 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA. Check-in will be in the Theatre lobby.

BPCC’s Theatre program is showcasing the work of the following student directors: Aislinn Kimbrough, Choe Lawrence, Keithen Lewis, John Stewart, Mikah Thomas. The Spring Festival will offer a full evening of theatre and will round out the theatre program’s twentieth season of student-directed work.

There are five short plays to be cast and roles 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 five plays will be at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17 in the Performing Arts Theatre on the BPCC campus. 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 the BPCC Theatre at 318-678-6021 or by email at theatre@bpcc.edu.

BPCC’S 2ND ANNUAL CRAPPIE UNIVERSITY SET FOR JAN AND FEB

Release date: January 9, 2018

Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) is once again offering a continuing education course for those interested in learning more about catching crappies in and around Louisiana.

Called Crappie University, the BPCC fishing course begins on Thursday, Jan. 25, and continues on consecutive Thursday nights of Feb. 1, 8, and 15. All are held at the Margaritaville Resort/Casino in Bossier City, La. Class times are 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Last year’s BPCC class was Crappie University’s largest in the nation, topping 250 in attendance. This year’s class is expected to rival the number because of an instructor lineup that reads like a Who’s Who of crappie fishing. Teaching the classes are FOX Sports Outdoors television personality Barry Stokes, noted big crappie guru Todd Huckabee, crappie guide and pro angler Brad Chappell, and Louisiana outdoorsman Ken Myers.

The course covers topics beneficial to anglers of all skill levels, from beginner to avid. The enrollment fee is $89 per person and includes samples of crappie lures and chances at door prizes.

BPCC 2018 Crappie University Schedule

Jan. 25 Ken Myers “Spider Rigging Simplified and On Budget”

Feb. 1 Brad Chappell “Long Lining to Catch ‘’Em and Learn the Lake”

Feb. 8 Todd Huckabee “Debunking Common Crappie Myths”

Feb. 15 Barry Stokes “Catching Crappies on First Trips to New Waters”

To enroll in the 2018 Crappie University at the Margaritaville hotel in Bossier City, call the BPCC’s Continuing Education at 318-678-6015.

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BPCC TO HOLD ON-CAMPUS REGISTRATION FOR SPRING 2018 TUESDAY, JAN. 9 AND WEDNESDAY, JAN. 10

Release date: January 8, 2018

Bossier Parish Community College’s on-campus registration for its spring 2018 term is set for Tuesday, January 9 and 10 at the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Students can select classes from a variety of spring sessions:

Session Last day to register Start date End date
Session A January 18, 2018 January 11, 2018 May 9, 2018
Session B January 11, 2018 January 11, 2018 March 7, 2018
Session C March 8, 2018 March 8, 2018 May 9, 2018
Session D January 11, 2018 January 11, 2018 February 8, 2018
Session E February 9, 2018 February 9, 2018 March 7, 2018
Session F March 8, 2018 March 8, 2018 April 12, 2018
Session G April 13, 2018 April 13, 2018 May 9, 2018
Session J January 29, 2018 January 29, 2018 May 9, 2018
Special Session Start and end dates vary. See course schedule in LOLA.
BPCC at NSU-A January 18, 2018 January 11, 2018 May 9, 2018
BPCC at NSU-B January 11, 2018 January 11, 2018 March 7, 2018
BPCC at NSU-C March 8, 2018 March 8, 2018 May 9, 2018
Online Louisiana January 29, 2018 January 29, 2018 May 9, 2018
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Spring 2018 session A, B, D, and NSU-A and B classes begin Thursday, January 11, 2018.

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

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.

More information on any of the College’s programs.

BPCC ANNOUNCES NEXT CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT (CNA) PROGRAM COURSE

Release date: January 3, 2018

Bossier Parish Community College’s Certified Nurse Assistant program’s spring 2018 classes are set for Wednesday, February 28 through May 24. Class time is from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Monday through Thursday, with clinical hours 7:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Seating is limited.

This program prepares one to work with long-term care patients, such as those in nursing homes and home health care. Instruction includes medical terminology, health care safety, patient care lecture, patient care studies, practice lab situations, and on-site clinical.

Applicants are required to provide the following prior to enrollment:

  1. Copy of high school diploma or GED certificate
  2. A criminal history record through the Louisiana State Police
  3. Background Check Policy Consent Agreement (This takes anywhere from 28-35 business days.)

Upon successful completion of the program, the student will receive a certificate of completion and be recognized as a Certified Nurse Assistant in Louisiana. The student must complete all coursework with a grade C or better and score at least 70% on the final exam to successfully complete the program.

Cost of the program is $849. A split payment option is available by visiting the Workforce Development and Continuing Education Office in Building D, Suite 134. Split payment option not available online. Ages 17+ can apply for the class.

To register, contact BPCC’s Continuing Education Office at 318-678-6015 or register online.