Communication Media started in late 1989 as the Telecommunications Department. The following year, the first course in Telecommunications was offered to twenty students. In early 1991, the department relocated to its present facility on Douglas Drive, where it built its first television studio. The department continued to expand its course offerings as well as increasing the number of registered students.
By early 1993, the department accepted full-time responsibility for the public, education and government (PEG) cable access channel from Cox Communications, Bossier City's cable company. The PEG channel was quickly given the nickname the Smart Channel, thus giving the department its own "television station" and the responsibility of programming it seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day.
Because of the tremendous growth within the department, two more staff members were hired to accept the responsibilities as telecommunications coordinator and news director/telecourse coordinator in 1992. In fall 1993, the department built a field production van, in essence adding a mobile television studio.
1995 brought continues growth with the addition of a second television studio, videotape editing suite, dressing room and a dedicated telecommunications classroom. 1996 was a banner year also with the completion of a second television production van which is fully equipped with a microwave system allowing students to experience remote productions.
Because of an increase in academic offerings and more services for the community, additional staff was hired. Continuing its successful growth and expansion, 1997 ushered in the addition of 28 more course offerings and six concentrations in the telecommunications degree program. That same year marked another milestone, when on July 1, Bossier Parish Community College became part of the University of Louisiana System and the Telecommunications Department was reorganized and became the Telecommunications Division.
In order to prepare for one of the newest concentrations for the associate of Arts in Telecommunications (radio concentration), June, 1998 inaugurated the college's first radio cablecast. KBCC Radio, which complements the television side of the Smart Channel, will continue to expand in the future. March 1999 ushered in another milestone for the Telecommunications Division. The Board of Regents granted the division the authority to award Academic Certificates in Telecommunications.
July 1, 1999, marked another change in the governance of Bossier Parish Community College. A vote by the citizens of Louisiana authorized the creation of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS). The new board oversees all of the community and technical colleges in the state. As a result of the close working relationship that the LCTCS Board enjoys with the Telecommunications Division of Bossier Parish Community College, the division has been recognized as "one-of-a-kind" within the state.
Two years later, ground breaking ceremonies were held on what was to be ground for the new campus. $55 million and almost 5 years later, students were parking their cars in front of the new facility. Located at 6220 East Texas, in Bossier City, the new campus fills 71 acres. Our division is located on the third floor of Building D.
In 2012 the Division of Telecommunications joined with the Division of The Performing Arts and the discipline of speech to form the Division of Communication and Performing Arts.
We have acquired the most advanced video equipment, most up-to-date editing programs, and the only motion capture studio in the state of Louisiana. Our facility is better than ever and has become one of, if not the, best schools for Telecommunications and Film. We provide an experience like no other college can offer. We continue to grow each semester. Our news programs, talk shows, and other programming are all still student produced. The Communication Media area at Bossier Parish Community College is like no other and continues to be the go to place for education and advancement in technology and film!