Bossier Parish Community College is working to extend IA beyond the normal boundaries of the College/Institution and is bringing current IA practitioners into the IA Center. Below is evidence of partnerships in IA education with 4-year schools, other community colleges, two-year technical schools, K-12 schools, industry schools, government schools, federal/state agencies, business, industry or non-profit organizations.
Bossier Parish Community College and the other CSEC (Cyber Security Education Consortium) partners have adopted an academic degree or certificate program in Information Assurance (IA) and Digital Forensics (DF). The members of CSEC participate and develop workshops for all participating institutions and other state and federal agencies. Curriculum is shared with all members of the CSEC institutions. By leveraging partnerships with universities, other two-year colleges, and career/technology centers, opportunities to provide education and training throughout Louisiana and other neighboring states is possible with Bossier Parish Community College and the CSEC's partnerships. A link to our consortium page showing all member schools is located at www.cseconline.org.
Bossier Parish Community College through CSEC has been able to reach out to not only Louisiana schools, but also to schools in Colorado, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas, and Oklahoma.
The following institutions are partners in the operation of CSEC:
Bossier Parish Community College has embraced dual enrollment. The College has been working with five parishes in order to enhance their programs and to benefit the students. The parishes currently involved are Bossier, Caddo, Webster, Claiborne, and DeSoto. BPCC is a full service institution. The College will send a teacher to the high school campus when the teacher does not have the proper credentials. Students can attend classes on their own at the main campus and online or off campus in Minden. BPCC encourages rural schools to set up a lab facilitated by a certified teacher where the students can participate online.
Hitachi Data Systems, one of the world's leading technology companies, will be housing one of its data centers adjacent to the College campus on the grounds of the Cyber Innovation Center. College faculty have been working with Hitachi to develop a course in Advanced Data Storage. This course will be based on Hitachi Data Systems specific curriculum. This partnership will also lead to internship opportunities for students and is a good example of how partnerships between industry and academia can build a stronger technology-focused workforce. See Hitachi document
Bossier Parish Community College along with CSEC has a curriculum work group. This work group is responsible for the development, update, and dissemination of CSEC-sponsored curriculum as well as training faculty from other institutions:
Hitachi is providing its own instructor for this course material. This person will be the content expert from the organization and will be evaluated to meet the requirements of Bossier Parish Community College faculty.
Through the dual enrollment programs, the high school faculty must meet the credentialing requirements of Bossier Parish Community College. The following faculty meet these requirements and teach dual enrollment courses:
Bossier Parish Community College offers courses in three main formats: face-to-face, Internet, hybrid (a blend of face-to-face and Internet). Faculty use Blackboard to facilitate online courses as an integral part of the hybrid courses. Many traditional classrooms also use this system to enhance the learning process. BPCC offers multiple degrees totally online.
Some individual faculty utilize his/her own pages to deliver distance learning material. Bossier Parish Community College encourages faculty to POD cast their courses; however, it is not required. The teachers who have chosen to do so have received positive feedback from their students.
Bossier Parish Community College supports many clubs. Students in the IA field established the Cyber Security Club. The Cyber Security Club provides many opportunities for students to get together and prepare for collegiate competitions. In addition, the club provides a forum for technical and business leaders to demonstrate products to BPCC students. The Cyber Security Club also participates in service-learning projects, giving students another avenue to get much needed hands-on training in the field of cyber security. Bossier Parish Community College has lecturers that present at monthly meetings. Industry lecturers are brought in to cover current topics important to Cyber Security, IA, and Digital Forensics.
In addition to the above ways students are connecting with industry, each of our degrees have an internship built into the program. These internships help students gain much-needed experience in specific fields of study.