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UNIQUE PROGRAM AT BPCC DESIGNED TO ASSIST INDIVIDUALS WITH COGNITIVE DISABILITIES AND AUTISM PREPARE FOR THE WORKFORCE

Release date: December 17, 2013

Memorandum of Understanding signing scheduled for today, Tuesday, December 17.

BPCC’s Program for Successful Employment (PSE), a new, first-of-its-kind program designed to provide access to college for students with cognitive disabilities and/or autism who are seeking vocational training to lead to successful employment, begins in January 2014.

PSE will pilot the program by assisting special education students in Bossier Parish schools with plans to expand the program to all surrounding parishes.

Officials with Bossier Parish Community College and Bossier Parish Schools will sign a Memorandum of Understanding at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 17, 2013 in the Chancellor’s Boardroom, Building A, Room 230 on the BPCC campus, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA. The collaboration and memorandum will build upon a MOU signed in July 2010 that assisted BPSB special education students transition into college life at BPCC.

“Everything we do at BPCC focuses on preparing our students for success in the workforce or at the next level of education,” says BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson. “As a result, the future quality of life in our community looks brighter, and the competitive advantage our employers enjoy in the form of developed talent has never been stronger.”

PSE Program Director Rebecca Hanberry echoes the Chancellor’s comments and says this program is much needed in the community.

“To date, access for these students on a college campus has been limited,” says Hanberry. “Through PSE, the next step for those with these disabilities now exists. If an individual has a cognitive disability and no diploma or GED and wants to work but lacks the training or resources to get a job, PSE will help them achieve their goals. If someone has autism and their social skills seem to be a roadblock for employment, PSE is also for them.”

Bossier Parish Schools is also proud to be the pilot school system in this program.

“This is one more example of how Bossier Schools and BPCC work closely together to help all students succeed,” says Superintendent D.C. Machen. “The Program for Successful Employment is an exciting venture that will enable our students with autism and cognitive disabilities to transition into post-secondary education, employment and community life by providing them with dual enrollment and job opportunities. This will give them a chance to more fully reach their potential as productive citizens, an opportunity many of these students have not had before. We are excited to partner with BPCC in this program.”

The program is a joint endeavor with BPCC and Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS).
According to Mark Martin, Director of Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, “eligible students with disabilities in our community will receive post-secondary training so they’re better prepared to join the workforce. With federal funds providing 78.7 percent of its budget, the program is a winning collaboration for LRS, BPCC and especially the students who will qualify for better jobs because of it.”

Date/Time:
Tuesday, December 17
3:30 p.m.

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

Participants:
Bossier Parish Schools
D.C. Machen

Louisiana Rehabilitation Services
Mark Martin

BPCC faculty and staff
Dr. Jim Henderson (Chancellor)
Dee Dee Mitchell (Dean, BPCC Behavioral-Social Sciences and College Transition
Programs)
Shelli Ulrich (Director, BPCC College Transition Programs)
Rebecca Hanberry (Program for Successful Employment Director)

BPCC’s FALL 2013 GRADUATION WEDNESDAY TO HIGHLIGHT FIRSTS

Release date: December 17, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College will hold two ceremonies for its 65th fall graduation on Wednesday, December 18, 2013:

  • 9:30 a.m. - divisions of Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and Science, Nursing and Allied Health
  • 2:00 p.m. – all other academic divisions

Both graduation ceremonies will be held in BPCC’s Health and Physical Education Complex, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Credentials will be awarded to 377 graduates, making this fall’s graduation the largest fall graduation on record. Fall 2012 awarded 326 graduates with credentials.

“The two words that drive everything that we do at BPCC are access and success,” said Chancellor Jim Henderson. “At the beginning of each recent semester, we have announced record enrollment. Today, we are proud to announce record completions. Each of these graduates is now prepared for success in the workforce or at the next level of education. As a result, the future quality of life in our community looks brighter, and the competitive advantage our employers enjoy in the form of developed talent has never been stronger.”

Jeffery D. Anderson, BPCC’s paramedic program director, will be the speaker for the 9:30 am ceremony. At the 2:00 pm ceremony, Dr. Sandra K. Woodley, president of the University of Louisiana college system, will be the guest speaker.

In addition to this graduation being the largest fall graduation in the College’s 46-year history, Wednesday’s ceremonies will also have other firsts:

  • Graduates who have served in the U.S. Armed Services will be wearing red, white and blue honor cords, a new addition to the graduation ceremonies. Barksdale Federal Credit Union generously sponsored these U.S. Armed Forces Services honor cords.
    “Barksdale Federal Credit Union is proud to support the efforts of BPCC in honoring the achievements of our service men and women,” says Patrick B. Gullatt, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Barksdale Federal Credit Union. “Our veterans have sacrificially served the country and sponsoring this program is just a small token of the appreciation we have for them.”
  • This will also be the first graduation honoring the graduates of the newly-formed Beta Zeta chapter of the Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society at BPCC. In order to qualify for induction, the prospective members had to complete a capstone project as well as maintain an overall B GPA average and a B in all nursing classes.

Fall 2013 graduation ceremonies will be streamed live via Livestream.Will open new browser window or tabThis service allows BPCC graduates to give their friends and family who can’t make it to graduation a way to watch them walk across the stage.

BPCC MIDDLE COLLEGE STUDENTS TO GRADUATE MONDAY

Release date: December 13, 2013

BPCC Middle College will hold its graduation ceremony at 6:00 p.m. Monday, December 16, in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre (Building C), 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The BPCC Middle College program combines college credit courses and GED Prep classes. The program exemplifies BPCC’s commitment to providing programs for students to achieve their educational goals.

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

BPCC Middle College Fall 2013 graduates are:
Lance Ard
Macy Bowlin
Trent Bristow
Brittney Buras
Cheryl Burns
Ashlin Bush
Ebony Butler
Jamie Calhoun
LaDarius Casey
Shaquan Charles
Travon Clark
Lisa Collins
Nicole Collins
Calder (Joe) Cook
Daniel Cook
Kyle Crenshaw
Akil Davis
Destiny Davis
Elza Dawson
Jacob Donaldson
Joanna Foster
Alisha Gibbs
Brenda Gibbs
Jeffrey Heidleberg
Brandon Hunt
Destiny Jackson
Ursalla Jones
Courtney King
Aaron Kracman
Jennifer Kruithof
Scott Labeau
Kevin Lee
Kadie Linn
Dimitri Mahoney
Tricia Malone
Zach Means
Cordaro Morris
Kalaisha Paudel
Jena Paulk
Jazmin Reese
Katilin Schuman
Anna Sexton
Brandon Sith
Richard Smart
Chloe Smith
Lakeysha Thomas
Robin Thrasher
Nakita Turner
Stormy White
Adam Wilson
Kala Woodall
Charles Woodward

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

BPCC HOLDS PINNING AND FIRST NURSING HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTION CEREMONIES FOR FALL 2013 NURSING CLASS.

Release date: December 13, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College will hold the pinning ceremony for its third graduating class of nursing students at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 in the Performing Arts Theatre on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA. Also, during the pinning ceremony, six of the nursing graduates will be inducted into Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society, the first nursing honor society induction at BPCC.

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. Over 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 pinning ceremony, the newly-formed Beta Zeta chapter of the Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society at BPCC will be inducting six members. In order to qualify for induction, the prospective members had to complete a capstone project as well as maintain an overall B GPA average and a B in all nursing classes.

This third class of registered nurses will graduate from the College on Wednesday, December 18, 2013. Forty-five (45) students will graduate which includes ten (10) LPN to RN transition students. These students have been licensed practical nurses and have chosen to advance their career by becoming RNs.

BPCC NURSING PINNING CEREMONY
Date/Time:
Tuesday, December 17
6:00 p.m.

Location:
Performing Arts Theatre
Bossier Parish Community College
6220 East Texas Street
Bossier City, Louisiana

Participants:
BPCC Chancellor Dr. James B. Henderson
BPCC Dean of Science, Nursing and Allied Health Carolyn Burroughs
BPCC Nursing Program
Administrator Sharon Turley, MSN, RN
BPCC Nursing Faculty
Terri Durel, MSN, RN
Carole Jorstad, MSN, RN
Amy Knighton, BSN, RN
Katie Salley, MSN, APRN, WHNP-BC
Melanie Petchak, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Amy Williams, MSN, RN
Yauna Williams, MSN, RN
BPCC 2013 Nursing Class President Kathryn Cutler
BPCC Nursing graduate Tavayae Ferrell

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO HOLD PHI THETA KAPPA HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTION CEREMONY

Release date: December 10, 2013

The Bossier Parish Community College Alpha Rho Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society will induct its 2013 members at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 13, at the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

“These students exemplify excellence in academics, leadership and service,” says Chancellor Jim Henderson. “We are privileged that these students chose BPCC as their institution for higher learning, and whether they decide to advance to the next phase of higher education or choose to enter the job market, these students will possess the qualities necessary to be great leaders and role models.”

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.

As stated in its mission statement, “the purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.”

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.

SANTA MAKES A SPECIAL APPEARANCE TO BPCC CAMPUS SUNDAY, DEC 8

Release date: December 3, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College’s Office of Student Life and Student Government Association will host “A Visit with Santa Claus” from 12:30pm-4:30pm on Sunday, December 8, 2013 in the Emmett E. Cope Student Services Building (Building F) on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Children will enjoy a fun-filled, holiday afternoon full of Christmas activities. Santa will be on-hand for photos and children will listen to a holiday story and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate.

Parents can also sign up to have Santa send a personalized letter from the North Pole to a special little one. There will also be a raffle for a giant stocking and set of family game night board games.

The afternoon is free and open to the public; however, a donation of a new, un-wrapped toy for children in need is requested.

For more information, contact BPCC’s Office of Student Life at (318) 678-6035.

CHRISTMAS MUSIC FACULTY CONCERT SCHEDULED AT BPCC

Release date: November 25, 2013

The Music Program at Bossier Parish Community College will present a Christmas Music Faculty Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, December 9, 2013 in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C), 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The evening’s program will feature Christmas classics and popular holiday favorites that are known and loved by children of all ages. Performers for the evening’s recital are Gulya Chandler, Joy Ratcliff, Mary Cunningham, and Ruben Reyes - piano; Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, Adam Philley - voice; and Paul Tinker and Dr. Michael Hart - trumpet.

“This is the seventh year in which the BPCC Music Program has presented a faculty Christmas concert” said Dr. Michael Hart, Music Program Director. This Christmas Music Faculty Concert concludes the Fall 2013 BPCC Music Program Concert Series.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information on this concert, the Music Program at Bossier Parish Community College, or to be added to the Friends of Music register, call the BPCC Music Program at 678-6146.

BPCC GOSPEL CHOIR TO HOLD CLASSIC CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Release date: November 21, 2013

The BPCC Gospel Choir, under the direction of Kenneth Cornelius, will hold its last musical performance for the fall at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 7 at the St. Luke CME Church, 2110 Martin Luther King Drive, Shreveport, LA.

The concert will feature an evening of well-known Christmas carols and contemporary gospel music favorites including The Gift by Donald Lawrence; Silent Night; Every Praise by Hezekiah Walker; Joy to the World; I Give Myself Away by William McDowell; and Marvelous Things, arranged by Kenneth Cornelius. Special guest will be Jackie Smith and YDM, Houston, TX.

This community concert is free and open to the public.

For additional information on the BPCC Gospel Choir or scholarships, contact Dr. Cindy Darby, Advisor at 318-678-6111 or cdarby@bpcc.edu.

BPCC TO HOLD SPECIAL REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY TO HONOR JFK

Release date: November 21, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College will join those across the nation Friday (tomorrow) to honor John F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his death.

A special JFK Remembrance Day ceremony is set to be held from noon-12:30pm Friday, Nov. 22 in the Performing Arts Theater on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The public is invited to attend.

John F. Kennedy Remembrance Day ceremony
May 29, 1917-November 22, 1963

12:00 noon
Remembering JFK’s words – audio tribute
Honoring JFK – Chancellor Jim Henderson
Rebroadcast of Walter Cronkite’s news account of his death
TAPS

12:30 p.m.
Moment of Silence - JFK’s time of death

BPCC AND CITY OF BOSSIER CITY TO HOST 22nd ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SHOW FOR COMMUNITY

Release date: November 20, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College, in collaboration with the City of Bossier City, is proud to present the 22nd Annual Christmas Show slated for 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 4 and Thursday, December 5 at the Bossier Civic Center, 620 Benton Road, Bossier City, LA. This year’s show, “Around the World with Santa,” will be a treat for everyone.

Since 1992, this “gift to Bossier City” has been entertaining children of all ages. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and admission is free to the community. Canned food donations for The Northwest Louisiana Food Bank are welcome.

The Cavalier Players will join with the Cavalier Players Chorus, the BPCC Jazz Ensemble, the BPCC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, the BPCC Gospel Choir, Jennifer McMullen, Bruce Wilson, David Player, the Cavalier Cheerleaders, and the Ladies in Gold for the annual show. This year, our MC will be Daniel Salazar and, as always, Dr. Ray Scott Crawford will be reading the Christmas favorite – “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

Children will also be able to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus after the show.

For more information, please call Jim Boyter, Performing Arts Manager at 318-678-6021 or email: theatre@bpcc.edu.

BPCC CONCERT WINDS TO PRESENT FINAL FALL PERFORMANCE

Release date: November 19, 2013

The BPCC Concert Winds will present their final fall performance at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 6 in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Michael D. Hart, will present a variety of works representing a diversity of style periods. The concert will open with Toccata, by Claudio Monteverdi. This selection is from the earliest known most successful opera Orfeo. Selections to follow include Block M, a march by Jerry Bilik; Overture to Colas Breugnon, by Dmitri Kabalevsky; Folk Dances, by Dmitri Shostakovitch; The Saint and the City, by Jacob de Haan; and The Walking Frog, a frolicking ragtime-like selection by Karl King.

Earlier this fall, the Concert Winds presented its annual Pops Concert. "That concert drew a large receptive audience that enjoyed popular selections and medleys from Sousa to the Beatles" said Dr. Hart, Music Program Director.

This concert is free and open to the public.

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

BPCC’S OPEN CAMPUS HIGHLIGHTED IN NATIONAL ADVISING PUBLICATION

Release date: November 19, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College’s Open Campus initiative has once again been highlighted in a national publication—Academic Advising Today, the National Academic Advising Association’s (NACADA) quarterly electronic publication. This publication provides a place for those in the higher education fields to share advising experiences and ideas.

Bossier Parish Community College is the first community college in the nation to provide a cross-disciplinary developmental series of FREE, online non-credit courses for the community. Open Campus, BPCC’s open-source initiative, provides free, no-strings-attached, online, non-credit developmental courses available to anyone, anywhere.

In the article, Allison Martin, BPCC’s Director of Institutional Effectiveness, explains how BPCC Open Campus was developed and how it is designed to reach a broad audience and provides open access to quality learning opportunities.

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

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

“Open Campus courses help underprepared students gain confidence in basic skills,” says Martin. “Ultimately, we measure our success by our students’ success.”

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

Course availabilities include

  • Basic Math
  • Introductory Algebra
  • Intermediate Algebra
  • Fundamentals of Grammar
  • Fundamentals of Writing
  • Reading Comprehension

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

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

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

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

Read the entire articleWill open new browser window or tabin Academic Advising Today.

For more information on BPCC Open Campus, contact Allison Martin at amartin@bpcc.edu.

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BPCC TESTING CENTER RECOGNIZED FOR PERFORMANCE

Release date: November 13, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College recently received notification from the College Board that BPCC’s National Test Center at Barksdale Air Force Base is among the 25 military test centers in the country that administered the most CLEP® exams in 2012-2013. This is second year that BPCC’s National Test Center has received this recognition. Currently, there are approximately 164 military test centers that are considered on-base or base-sponsored in the U.S.

The College Board, a national, not-for-profit membership association, represents more than 6,000 colleges, universities and schools and leads national and international efforts to improve access to and readiness for higher education.

According to the College Board’s website, “CLEP® (College-Level Examination Program) has been the most widely trusted credit-by-examination program for more than 40 years and is accepted by 2,900 colleges and universities and administered in more than 1,800 test centers. This rigorous program allows students of a wide range of ages and backgrounds to demonstrate their mastery of college-level material in introductory subjects and earn college credit. Students can earn credit for what they already know by getting qualifying scores on any of the 33 examinations.”

BPCC Testing Center Director Lynn Brown and her staff are proud of this recognition. “This is the second year we have received this recognition, and it shows us just how vital our testing services are for military personnel and families at Barksdale AFB,” says Brown. “Providing access to professional testing services on base gives our military servicemen and women a convenient option.”

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

Tests are delivered at two locations, the Testing Center located on the BPCC campus and the National Test Center located in the Education Building at Barksdale Air Force Base.
Current test services include Pearson VUE, Certiport, Castle Worldwide, College Board “CLEP”, NOCTI Business Solutions, Prometric “DSST”, Distance Education Proctoring, EC-Council, ETS Praxis, and Law School Admission Test. The BPCC Testing Center is a participant in the National College Testing Association Consortium of College Testing Centers.

Visit BPCC’s Testing Center web site and the College Board’s CLEP® program siteWill open new browser window or tabfor more information.

BPCC MUSIC PROGRAM TO PRESENT FALL JAZZ ENSEMBLE CONCERT

Release date: November 6, 2013

The BPCC Jazz Ensemble will present its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 15, 2013, in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre, 6220 E. Texas St, Bossier City, LA.

The concert will include a variety of jazz related styles including swing, blues, ballads, jazz standards, and Latin. The performance will include “Blue Train” by John Coltrane; “Harlem Nocturne” by Earle Hagen; “Final Answer”, by Lennie Niehaus; “Kansas City”; by Mike Stoller, and “Brazil Nuts”, by Les Sabina among other selections.

“The BPCC Jazz Ensemble has been very active in the community in recent semesters”, says Dr. Michael Hart, the ensemble’s director. “Earlier this semester, we performed for Builders Supply Company’s 100th Birthday Celebration Dinner.” The BPCC Jazz Ensemble is comprised of both music and non-music majors. Many students in the ensemble are on full-tuition music scholarships.

The fall concert is free and open to the public.

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

BPCC CELEBRATES VETERANS DAY FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8

Release date: November 5, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College will hold its annual Veterans Day Commemoration at 11:00 am on Friday, November 8, 2013, in Building F-Room 203 on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Lt. Colonel LaDaryl D. Franklin is the Professor of Military Science and Battalion Commander for the Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps (SROTC) Program at Grambling State University, which includes Louisiana Tech University and the University of Louisiana-Monroe campuses. A native of Shreveport, LA, Lt Colonel Franklin received a master’s degree in business administration-information technology from TUI University in Los Alamitos, CA. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree and was commissioned in the Army Corps of Engineers from Louisiana State University-Shreveport. He is also a graduate of Command and General Staff College, Command and Staff Services School, and Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses.

The veterans program, organized by BPCC’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Relations, will include the BPCC Gospel Choir and Northwood High School’s Army Junior ROTC, who will conduct the presentation of colors.

“BPCC faculty, staff, and students as well as the local community will have the opportunity to honor the service men and women who have served or those presently serving to defend our freedoms,” said Dr. Cindy Darby, BPCC’s Director of Diversity and Multicultural Relations.

For more information, contact BPCC Public Relations at (318) 678-6031.

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

Release date: November 5, 2013

The Bossier Parish Community College Division of Communication and Performing Arts and the Cavalier Players announce the 2013 Annual Fall Festival of One-Act Plays. The performance of the five plays is set for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

BPCC’s Theatre program showcases the work of five student directors, two of which are slotted to graduate this May with BPCC’s Associate of Arts in Performing Arts degree. The graduating directors are Donyell Barela and Johnny Marley. Other directors include Matthew Lorenz, Grady Savant, and Connor Snow. The Fall Festival will offer a full evening of theatre and will begin the theatre program’s fourteenth season of student-directed work.

The one-act festival is free and open to the public and, generally, rated M for adult audiences.

For more information or for directions to the theatre, contact Jim Boyter, Performing Arts Manager, at 318-678-6021.

GUEST ARTIST SERIES PERFORMANCE SCHEDULED AT BPCC

Release date: November 4, 2013

The BPCC Music Program will present a Guest Artist Series performance at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6 in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The program is "The Tromb-uba-phone-Experience - Three" and will feature music for low brass ensemble. The performance includes works by di Lasso, Morley, and Pezel. Dr. Joe L. Alexander is the ensemble's Conductor. Several of the evening's selections were written and arranged by Dr. Alexander. The low brass ensemble consists of trombones, euphoniums, and tubas.

This Guest Artist Series performance is free and open to the public. For more information on this concert, the Music Program at BPCC, or music scholarships, contact Dr. Michael D. Hart, Music Program Director at 678-6146 or mhart@bpcc.edu.

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE OBSERVES NATIONAL DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARENESS MONTH

Release date: October 31, 2013

Each October, Bossier Parish Community College participates in National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an annual awareness campaign that educates individuals about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

Reflecting this year's theme, “Because We are EQUAL to the Task,” BPCC’s Diversity and Multicultural Relations Office in collaboration with Disability Services hosted the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) for college students and veterans with documented disabilities. Recruiters evaluated students based upon their online applications, resumé, and transcript.

“The WRP is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal employer’s nationwide with highly motivated college students, veterans, and recent graduates with documented disabilities to full-time paid summer internships or permanent positions,” said Dr. Cindy Darby, Coordinator for Diversity and Multicultural Relations. “Furthermore, the program also supports President Obama’s Executive Order 13548 to promote and increase federal employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.”

For additional information, contact Morris Robinson, Disability Services Counselor at (318) 678-6315.

BPCC DIVISION OF COMMUNICATION AND PERFORMING ARTS AND BPCC FILM INSTITUTE TO PREMIERE THE REMNANTS

Release date: October 30, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College’s Division of Communication and Performing Arts and the BPCC Film Institute is pleased to announce the premiere of this year’s movie, The Remnants, a ghost story inspired by BPCC Performing Arts Theatre major Lari Leber; written by a crew of faculty, staff, and students from the communication media department; and directed by Jonathan Elmore, communication media instructor.

The premiere will be held at 7:00 p.m. on November 14 in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre, Building C, 6220 East Texas Street., Bossier City, LA. An additional showing will be held on at 7:00 p.m. on November 16, also in the Performing Arts Theatre.

The Remnants tells the story of a single mother and teenage daughter struggling to make sense of paranormal happenings in their home. A seemingly friendly spirit follows Katie, the daughter, home from a friend’s, but the interactions soon become more and more malicious. With the help of friends, they realize this is no typical haunting.

Kalah Roberts plays the leading role of the mother, Sara Landry, and Megan Jopplin makes her debut as the daughter, Katie. The role of David Landry, Katie’s father is played by BPCC Theatre graduate James Kline. Ian, the new-in-town-professor, is played by BPCC’s Interim Theatre Instructor, Luke Eddy. Other local actors featured in the film are Heather Bloom, Elise Birmingham, Haley Evans, Rachel Allen, Sarah Vallacchi, Daniel Salazar, Johnny Marley, Robin Carlisle, Ebony Taylor, Dale Beasley, KK Birmingham, Michael DeArmond, and Hallie Feibel.

The showings are free and open to the public; however, to guarantee seating, tickets may be reserved by calling Stella Thompson at (318) 678-6038 or emailing sthompson@bpcc.edu.

GUEST ARTIST SERIES PERFORMANCE SCHEDULED AT BPCC

Release date: October 30, 2013

The BPCC Music Program will present a Guest Artist Series Concert at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, November 12 in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre, 6220 E. Texas St, Bossier City, LA.

The program is "A Tribute to Giacomo Meyerbeer" and will feature Meyerbeer's Sonata for Clarinet and String Quartet in E flat Major". Dr. Malena McLean is the clarinet soloist. Also on the program will be Jacques Offenbach's cello sextet "Reminiscences à “Robert le Diable”.

This Guest Artist Series performance is free and open to the public.

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

BPCC CHOIRS TO PRESENT FALL JOINT CONCERT

Release date: October 29, 2013

The BPCC Chamber Singers and Concert Choir will present their Fall Concert on at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 8 in the Performing Arts Theatre on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA. The ensembles, under the direction of Mr. William Bond, will present a variety of works representing a diversity of styles.

The concert will open with the Concert Choir performing traditional and seasonal selections including: “Antiphonal Deck the Hall”, by Greg Giplin; “Lamb of God”, by Paris and Larson; Shenandoah”, arranged by Purify; “Christmas Glory Hallelujah”, arranged by Fettke and Grassi; and “Like a Mighty Stream”, by Hogan and Jacobson.

The Chamber Singers, a newly formed group of auditioned singers, will follow the Concert Choir with selections that include: “He is Born”, arranged by Forrest; “Sing Me To Heaven”, by G.F. Handel; “Kyrie from Memorial”, by Clausen; and “Lamentations of Jeremiah” by Stroope. This is the Chamber Singers debut as a newly formed ensemble in the Music Program.

As the two choirs change places on stage, students Amanda Charles and Elisha Jordan will be featured in a duet selection from Phantom of the Opera. Assistant Professor Gulya Chandler serves as the accompanist for the Concert Choir and Instructor Ruben Reyes serves as accompanist for the Chamber Singers.

This concert is free and open to the public. For more information on this concert, the Music Program at BPCC, or music scholarships, contact Dr. Michael D. Hart, Music Program Director at 678-6146 or mhart@bpcc.edu.

BPCC SET TO MAKE HISTORY WITH INAUGURAL WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: OPENING GAME OF SEASON – NOV. 4

Release date: October 28, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College is making history once again. Women’s basketball is set to begin at BPCC with the opening game scheduled for 6:00 pm Monday, November 4, 2013, in the gymnasium on BPCC’s campus at 6220 East Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The Lady Cavs will play East Texas Flight – beginning the College’s inaugural women’s basketball season. Head Coach John Rennie and Assistant Coach Yolanda Cooper have been building and preparing the Lady Cavs team for months and look forward to a great first season.

“I am blessed with the opportunity to become a college coach for the first time while launching the first women's basketball team at Bossier Parish Community College,” Rennie said. “I am thrilled to have this opportunity to help build the Lady Cavalier basketball program and be a part of making history at BPCC.”

Rennie has been coaching basketball for the past 20 years serving as an AAU coach for the majority of that time. He has had numerous players advance to play at the collegiate level including two that have played in the WNBA. During his high school basketball career at Trinity Heights Christian Academy, his team won three state championships and he earned All-District, All-State and All-City honors.

Cooper has been coaching high school basketball for the past eight years in addition to coaching AAU teams during the summer. She played high school basketball at Eisenhower High School in Lawton, OK, where her 5A team won back to back state championships. She was an All State player in high school and continued to play at the collegiate level at Southern Nazarene University. Cooper is also an assistant professor in the Liberal Arts at BPCC.

The roster and schedule for the inaugural Lady Cavs team can be found online.

Admission to the game is $5 adults and $3 students (children 5 and under free). BPCC students, faculty and staff are free with a BPCC ID. Five hundred souvenir mini-basketballs sponsored by ANECA Federal Credit Union will be thrown to fans during game. The Cavalier men’s basketball game will be immediately following the Lady Cavs game.

BPCC is a member of Division I Region XIV conference.

BPCC AND LOCAL COUNCIL OF LEAGUE OF UNITED LATIN AMERICAN CITIZENS (LULAC) TO SIGN AGREEMENT PROVIDING COMMUNITY WITH HISPANIC RESOURCE CENTER

Release date: October 21, 2013

Officials with Bossier Parish Community College and the local chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC Council #16001) will sign a Memorandum of Understanding at 9:30 am Thursday, October 24, 2013 in the Chancellor’s Boardroom, Building A Room 230 on the BPCC campus, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA. 

This memorandum and collaboration between BPCC and LULAC will increase access to education and training opportunities for Latino residents of the region and strengthen the relationship between Bossier Parish Community College and the growing Hispanic community in the Shreveport-Bossier area.  As a part of the partnership, a Hispanic Resource Center (HRC) will be created and located in BPCC’s College Transition Programs building, 415 Monroe St, Bossier City, LA.

“I am truly excited about the opportunities that this collaboration will provide for our citizens,” says BPCC’s College Transition Programs Director Shelli Ulrich.  “The League of United Latin American Citizens supports education and provides scholarships for Latino students and the new Hispanic Resource Center will provide added support and resources to our students. This is a ‘win-win’ for all of us!”

LULAC Council #16001's President Everardo Recendiz echoes Ulrich’s thoughts. “The benefits of the HRC to LULAC are immeasurable,” says Recendiz. “Latinos in Bossier City and Shreveport will have a non-profit, one-stop information center for local resources. These resources include but are not limited to government agencies, law enforcement, legal assistance, immigration, education, health services, drug abuse counseling, life skills counseling, and citizenship.”

LULAC's primary objective for the HRC is to attract Latinos to educational institutions—by seeking English as a Second Language classes for them and by exposing them to educational scholarship resources and bi-lingual youth leadership camps.  The local LULAC Council #16001 has a scholarship program which is projected to award $20,000 for school year 2014-2015. This year, LULAC awarded $12,000 in educational scholarships to Ark-La-Tex Latino students.

The Hispanic Resource Center (HRC) will be open from 10am-2pm, Monday-Thursday. These hours will expand as support from local Hispanic organizations who have expressed interest in being part of this project grows.

Date/Time:
Thursday, October 24
9:30 a.m.

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

Participants: 
LULAC Council #16001
Everardo Recendiz, President, LULAC Council #16001
Francisco "Pancho" Trejos, Owner, Trejo's Mexican Restaurants

BPCC faculty and staff
Dr. Jim Henderson, Chancellor
Michelle “Dee Dee” Mitchell, Dean, BPCC Behavioral-Social Sciences and College Transition Programs
Shelli Ulrich, Director, BPCC College Transition Programs
Mark Hux, ESL Coordinator, College Transition Programs

100% OF BPCC’S MOST RECENT RESPIRATORY THERAPY GRADUATES PASS BOARD EXAM – WITH ONE GRADUATE SCORING HIGHEST IN THE LOUISIANA HISTORY OF EXAM

Release date: October 17, 2013

College officials at Bossier Parish Community College announce that 100% of the graduates from its most recent respiratory therapy class have passed the National Certified Respiratory Therapy (CRT) exam on their first attempt. One student, in particular, was noted as scoring one of the highest scaled scores in the Louisiana history of the CRT exam – a 95%.

BPCC respiratory graduate Cindy Corley scored one of the highest national board exam scores on the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) exam in the state of Louisiana (95%).

When asked what she felt like to find out about her score, Corley said, “It hasn’t really sunk in yet. It feels surreal.” Corley says she will be forever grateful to her instructors for the preparation she received. “The last 13 months have been super challenging, but I was prepared and confident.”

BPCC Respiratory Therapy Program Director Tim Gilmore says Corley was always a high performer in the program. “The current national pass rate for the CRT exam is only 79.5% for new candidates. Ms. Corley is definitely a record holder,” says Gilmore. “We are extremely proud to have such an overall high passage rate from all our graduates. I am confident she, along with her classmates, will be great respiratory therapists.”

The Entry-Level CRT Examination, offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care, Inc. (NBRC), is designed to objectively measure essential knowledge, skills, and abilities required of entry-level respiratory therapists. The exam covers three major content areas: clinical data, equipment, and therapeutic procedures.

Chancellor Jim Henderson expresses the College’s enthusiasm for this achievement. “This tremendous accomplishment is a testament to the talent of our graduates, the quality of our respiratory therapy program, and the dedication to excellence of our faculty and program administrators. The Division of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health is home to a number of world class programs, providing unparalleled opportunities for our students and giving our employers the human capital they need to compete and grow.”

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

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BPCC STUDENT ART WORK ON DISPLAY IN DONNA SERVICE ART GALLERY

Release date: October 16, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College’s Liberal Arts Division announces a Student Art Show on display through November 22nd in the Donna Service Gallery, located in Building A, on the College campus, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

This exhibit contains student work from Painting I and II during the spring and summer courses of 2013. Opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 12:30 pm-2:00pm on October 17.

“The current body of student work is a testament to the diversity of media explored within the Art Department at BPCC,” says BPCC art instructor Kelly McDade. “The students have dutifully re-interpreted master artworks, while also creating unique works of their own design.”

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

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

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

BPCC OTA HOLDS “TAKE A LOAD OFF: BACKPACK AWARENESS” CHECK for STUDENTS

Release date: October 16, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) students will hold a backpack awareness check for BPCC students from 9:30am-12:30pm on Friday, October 18, in the Quad on the BPCC Campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The BPCC OTA students will be weighing backpacks, assessing the position and size in relation to the person, and handing out information cards to students with tips on how to “lighten their load.”

Date/Time:
Friday, October 18, 2013
9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Location:
BPCC Quad
Bossier Parish Community College
6220 East Texas Street
Bossier City, Louisiana

BPCC THEATRE AND SPONSOR ANECA FEDERAL CREDIT UNION ANNOUNCE 2013-2014 SEASON

Release date: October 14, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College and the Cavalier Players join forces this year with ANECA Federal Credit Union, the official sponsor, to announce the 2013-2014 BPCC Theatre Season. The season begins with the much anticipated production of the melodramatic thriller, Dracula, slated for October 17–27 in the Performing Arts Theatre on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

“We are honored for ANECA to join us as the official sponsor for our new theatre season,” says Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of BPCC Communication and Performing Arts. “ANECA’s commitment to the arts in education here in Shreveport/Bossier has made it possible for our theatre students to enhance their classroom experience with visits to live performances of plays and musicals in a variety of local and regional theatres.”

“ANECA’s sponsorship also makes it possible for the Cavalier Players to take their summer show to Indiana for a week of performances at the Canterbury Summer Theatre,” adds Crawford.

The shows for the 2013-14 season include:

Dracula—a melodrama (October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 at 7:30 p.m., October 20 and 27 at 2:00 p.m.)
First up in our season is the riveting story of Lucy Seward, whose father is the doctor in charge of an English sanatorium, has been attacked by some mysterious illness. Dr. Van Helsing, a specialist, believes that the girl is the victim of a vampire, a sort of ghost that goes about at night sucking blood from its victims. The vampire is at last found to be certain Count Dracula, whose demise is planned for the climax of the story in a striking and novel manner. The play is intended for all who love thrills in the theatre, and though appropriate for all groups, it is suggested for mature audiences.

Fiddler on the Roof –the musical (March 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 at 7:30 p.m. and March 16 and 23 at 2:00 p.m.)
Attempting to live a normal life filled with Jewish traditions in early twentieth century Russia, Tevye, a dairyman, is searching for appropriate husbands for his three eldest daughters - Tzeital, Hodel and Chava. In a break of tradition, his daughters refuse to accept the wishes of the matchmaker, Yente, and their father. Instead, they marry men that they love. Meanwhile, Russians are instigating terrible programs against the Jewish people in Russia, until, in the end, the Jews of Anatevka are forced to leave their homes and Tevye is determined to start a better life in a new land. This is one of the most beloved musicals of all time.

Jack and the Beanstalk (April 4 and 11 at 6:00 p.m. and April 5, 6, 12, 13 at 2:00 p.m.)
A Children’s Show for All Ages! This is the traditional fairy tale of Jack and the Beanstalk as told with a “Louisiana” twist by BPCC’s own master story-teller, Stephen W. Slaughter. Children of all ages will enjoy the adventures of Jack and his mother as he climbs to the magic kingdom in the sky. Magic beans begin this wonderful tale of golden hens and harps and all of Jack’s adventures.

Greater Tuna—a comedy (July 25, 26 and August 1, 2 at 7:30 p.m. July 27 and August 3 at 2:00 p.m.)

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

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

In addition to the above shows, there are more opportunities to see theatre productions this season:

The Christmas Show
The annual Bossier City/ Bossier Parish Community College Christmas show at the Bossier Civic Center will be held December 4 and 5, 2013. This year’s theme is “Around the World with Santa!” This is a wonderful evening of holiday cheer featuring several BPCC performers, including the Cavalier Show Band, the BPCC Choir, the BPCC Cheerleaders, the Ladies in Gold, as well as other BPCC performing groups. The doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the show starts at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free to the community. Canned good donations for the Northwest Louisiana Food Bank are welcome.

Fall and Spring One Act Festivals
Also, BPCC Theatre offers two bonus events for the community--the Fall and Spring Festivals of One Act Plays. These student-directed evenings of theatre will be presented Tuesday, November 12 at 6:30 p.m., and Tuesday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Theatre. Each Festival presents a selection of individual short plays. Though the play titles are not available at this time for publication, normally the One Act Festival is more appropriate for mature audiences. Admission to the festival is free.

Season ticket members can save over 50% off the regular ticket prices for most shows. For more information about the season or BPCC Theatre, please call 318-678-6021 or email theatre@bpcc.edu. You can also visit the BPCC Performing Arts web site.

BPCC ANNOUNCES CAST FOR DRACULA

Release date: September 25, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College and the Cavalier Players announce the cast and crew for the vampire thriller, DRACULA. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on October 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25 and 26 and at 2:00 p.m. on October 20 and 27 at BPCC’s Performing Arts Theatre, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

In this macabre melodrama, Lucy Seward, whose father is the doctor in charge of an English sanatorium, has been attacked by some mysterious illness. Dr. Van Helsing, the specialist who’s been called in by Dr. Seward, believes that the girl is the victim of a vampire, a ghostly being that goes about at night sucking blood from its victims. The vampire is found to be a certain Count Dracula and Van Helsing vows to end the fiend’s existence on Earth.

Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of BPCC’s Communication and Performing Arts, will direct the play with set design by David White; costume design by Rona Leber; lighting design by Keith Bruce; and prop design by Jonathon Offut. All are faculty and/or staff of BPCC. Theatre students Matt Lorenz and Grady Savant are stage managers.

The cast features BPCC Performing Arts Theatre degree students as well as other students. Sam Copeland will play the Transylvanian Count Dracula. Dr. Abraham Van Helsing, the cunning nemesis to the vampire, will be portrayed by Jesse Kortus. Taylor Green, a first-year theatre student, will play Lucy Seward, the wistful victim and intended eternal bride of the Count. Tegan Godfrey will play Jonathan Harker, the passionate young lawyer who is engaged to Lucy. Sam Condon will play Dr. Seward, Lucy’s father who owns the sanatorium across from Dracula’s London mansion. Austin Jennings is cast as the lunatic, Reinfield. Elise Birmingham will play the skiddish maid, Miss Wells, and Johnny Marley will portray the frustrated attendant of the sanatorium.

Residents of the sanatorium and minions to Dracula include Brittanie Custer, Ryan Thompson, Lari Leber, Jamie Johnstone, Lauren Rogers, Dalton Witte, Allison Miller, Keiandre Harper, Ardesya Haley, Jay Allen, Denise Dalton, Conner Snow, Robin Carlisle, Bregon Webb, Elizabeth Jones, and Luke Digilormo.

“Dracula has probably been our most-requested play over the past few years,” says Crawford. “I believe the renewed interest in movies and on television of “all things un-dead” has helped perpetuate an audience for the perennial vampire tale. And, of course, our students are thrilled to produce this sexy, suspenseful, and sometimes downright silly melodrama.”

Tickets for Dracula may be reserved now online. Reserved ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, military, and non-BPCC students. Please note that because of the subject matter and adult situations, this production is rated “M” for mature audiences.

For more information, call the Performing Arts program of Bossier Parish Community College at 318-678-6021.

BPCC CAVALIER BASKETBALL TEAM HOSTS SPORTING CLAY SHOOTOUT TOURNAMENT

Release date: September 25, 2013

BPCC Cavalier Basketball team hosts a Sporting Clay Shootout Tournament on Saturday, September 28 at the Shreveport Gun Club, 4435 Meriwether Rd, Shreveport, LA.

Registration begins at 8:00am with the tournament beginning at 9:00 a.m. Awards ceremony will be held at 1:00 p.m. with more than $700 in prize money to be given away.

Cost is $100 for individual entry or $500 for a 5-man team. Register to win a raffle for a Beretta A400 with 28” barrel. All proceeds support the BPCC Cavalier Basketball team.

For more information, contact Joe St. Andre at (318) 773-6676 or email at jstandre@bpcc.edu.

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE AWARDED $3.5 MILLION IN ROUND THREE NATIONAL TAACCCT GRANT AWARD

Release date: September 24, 2013

Officials of Bossier Parish Community College were recently notified that the college has been awarded a $3.5 million grant as part of the third installment in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) initiative. This national initiative promotes skills development and employment opportunities in fields such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and health care, as well as science, technology, engineering and math careers through partnerships between training providers and local employers. The U.S. Department of Labor is implementing and administering the program in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education.

BPCC, along with three other leading community colleges across the United States, will work as a consortium on the almost $16 million grant award. Consortium members include Consortium Leader Mount Wachusett Community College – Gardner, MA ($6,450,356); Southwest Tennessee Community College – Memphis, TN ($2,906,345); North Central State College – Mansfield, OH ($2,993,615) and BPCC – Bossier City, LA ($3,525,116). The total consortium award amount is $15,875,432.

This Advanced Manufacturing, Mechatronics, and Quality Consortium (AMMQC) will transform educational delivery methods and accelerate credential attainment in the advanced manufacturing fields of mechatronics and quality career pathways. The AMMQC will serve more than 1,720 TAA-eligible workers, veterans and other individuals in Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio and Tennessee. Each college brings to the consortium a unique expertise in the mechatronics and quality fields that will be leveraged to create and implement stacked and latticed credentials that will be shared across all four colleges.

Lisa Wheeler, BPCC’s Director of Institutional Research and Grants, says the College looks forward to the impact this award has for Louisiana. "We appreciate the opportunity to effect long-lasting change in our regional economy using these funds. We hope to purchase a mobile mechatronics training lab to take mechatronics, safety, and quality training to remote sites in Louisiana.”

Wheeler adds, “We will also expand our Industrial Readiness Training program with the mobile lab and purchase equipment for a new manufacturing and mechatronics lab in the building that is currently under construction on our campus. In addition, we will develop some open-source simulation software and curriculum for manufacturing, including modules on quality and safety instruction.”

BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson echoes Wheeler’s statements and also applauds BPCC’s world-class faculty and staff. "Manufacturing in the 21st Century involves greater technology and demands a higher skilled workforce than ever before. This grant will enable the faculty and leadership in our engineering technologies programs to take our manufacturing skills development efforts to a world class level.”

Speaking in Colorado at Front Range Community College last week, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced that $474.5 million in grants to community colleges and universities around the country for the development and expansion of innovative training programs in partnership with local employers. The grants are part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program, a multiyear, nearly $2 billion initiative to expand targeted training programs for unemployed workers, especially those impacted by foreign trade.

Secretary Perez said: "These investments in demand-driven skills training bring together education, labor, business and community leaders to meet the real-world needs of the changing global marketplace. These partnerships strengthen not only the American workforce, but the American economy as well."

This latest announcement comes a year after Bossier Parish Community College, along with consortium members from eight other community colleges in Louisiana and Mississippi, received $14,710,837 in round two of the TAACCCT grant initiative.

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For more information on the Bossier Parish Community College’s grant award, contact Lisa Wheeler at lwheeler@bpcc.edu or (318) 678-6206.

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE AWARDED MILITARY-FRIENDLY SCHOOLS® DESIGNATION FOR 3rd CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Release date: September 18, 2013

Military Friendly SchoolsBossier Parish Community College has, once again, been named to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. This is the third consecutive year that BPCC has been named to the list.

"We view serving those who have so ably served this nation as an honor and a privilege,” BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson said of the announcement. “Barksdale Air Force Base is a vital part of this community and a tremendous partner to BPCC, but we have a large contingent of reserves, National Guard, and veterans from all branches of our military. They all deserve our best."

The Military Friendly Schools® media and websiteWill open new browser window or tabfeatures the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows your school’s name commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.” (Survey methodology)Will open new browser window or tab

Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results that comprise the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst and Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media.

Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. Full list of board members.Will open new browser window or tab

A full story and detailed list of 2014 Military Friendly Schools® will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools®, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.

Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that has been serving the military community since 2001. Our data-driven Military Friendly® lists are published in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur media channels, republished in periodicals like USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg BW and are frequently cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others.

BPCC DIVISION OF COMMUNICATION AND PERFORMING ARTS AND CAVALIER PLAYERS SET 2014 TRIP TO NYC

Release date: September 18, 2013

The BPCC Communication and Performing Arts Division and the Cavalier Players announce the New York City 2014 trip “Broadway or Bust” scheduled for May 22-26, 2014.

The NYC trip will include airfare, hotel reservations, Broadway shows as well as an off-Broadway show, workshops, a seminar with a Broadway actor, and more! There will also be time for sight-seeing and shopping.

Cost is $1,675 per person for a quad occupancy. A payment plan is available and deadline to sign up is October 15, 2013. No one under 18 is allowed unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For more information on trip details or to sign up, contact Jim Boyter at 318-678-6246 or email at jboyter@bpcc.edu.

OPEN HOUSE AND RIBBON CUTTING FOR BPCC’S COLLEGE TRANSITION PROGRAMS

Release date: September 16, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College will host an open house and ribbon cutting at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 20, for its new College Transition Programs building.

The new location, formerly Bossier Parish School’s Bossier Learning Center, will house BPCC’s College Transition Programs which provide residents of the community access to a multitude of educational services including English as a Second Language (ESL), high school equivalency (formerly GED) and basic computer skills.

As a part of the Division of Behavioral-Social Sciences, College Transition Programs supports students needing additional instruction or guidance to enroll in college courses.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will be followed by an open house where attendees can meet with instructors in the various programs.

Participants:
Dr. Jim Henderson, Chancellor, BPCC
Pam Glorioso, Project Coordinator/Film Liaison, Bossier City Mayor’s Office
D.C. Machen, Bossier Parish Schools Superintendent
Michelle “Dee Dee” Mitchell, Dean, BPCC Behavioral-Social Sciences and College Transition Programs
Shelli Ulrich, Director, BPCC College Transition Programs

Date/Time:
Friday, September 20
10:00 a.m.

Location:
415 Monroe St. – two blocks north of Barksdale Blvd.
(entrance on Arcadia St.)
Bossier City, Louisiana

FALL 2013 ENROLLMENT ANOTHER RECORD FOR BPCC

Release date: September 12, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College’s Fall 2013 enrollment reached 8,512 students, an increase of 7.5% over Fall 2012. For the 5th fall semester in a row, BPCC has reached its highest enrollment in the school’s 46-year history.

"Enrollment growth is a great indication that students find value in the product a college offers,” says Chancellor Jim Henderson. “As we continue to provide students the soundest foundation upon which to build their careers or further their education, our enrollment will continue to grow."

Based on 14th class day credit enrollment figures, BPCC’s enrollment increased 595 students from Fall 2012.

Henderson adds, "Even more exciting: our growth in the number of graduates outpaces the 80% growth in enrollment over the past four years. These successful students have a competitive advantage whether they enter the job market or continue their education."

BPCC THEATRE STUDENT ONE OF 5 COLLEGE STUDENTS IN COUNTRY SELECTED FOR MFA PLAYWRIGHTS’ WORKSHOP

Release date: September 11, 2013

Elise BirminghamElise Birmingham, a BPCC performing arts-theatre student, was one of five college students in America selected to participate in the MFA Playwrights’ Workshop in Washington, DC this past summer.

Hand-picked by Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s (KCACTF) Artistic Director Gregg Henry, Birmingham served as an actor in the playwriting intensive workshop, which took place July 27 through August 4, 2013. She was also the youngest student to participate in the entire workshop.

“I was honored to be able to participate and act for the Kennedy Center’s 2013 writing intensive,” said Birmingham. “I am also happy for the opportunity to represent BPCC in the national KCACTF spotlight.”

National New Play Network (NNPN), the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) and Stanford University’s National Center for New Plays partner each year to host an exclusive professional development opportunity for playwrights, actors, dramaturges, and directors (professional and student) called the MFA Playwrights Workshop. The workshop is by-invitation-only to qualifying MFA students to present their plays in order to gain an understanding of how their work may be perceived by directors, actors, and dramaturges through a rehearsal reading, reflection time to make rewrites, and a stage reading in front of an audience of professional and student colleagues.

Henry, co-manager and artistic director for KCACTF, saw Birmingham’s talents first-hand when she participated in the annual KCACTF Region 6 competitions at Centenary College in Shreveport—the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions, the Student Directing Initiative (SDI), and the Musical Theatre Initiative (MTI). Henry approached Birmingham after she performed a scene from Crooked, directed by Victoria Chavis, and offered her a position at the Kennedy Center for the summer. The play for which Birmingham was selected was a love story by Kelly Lusk, an MFA student from Indiana University.

Birmingham, a Haughton, LA, native, has just begun her final semester at BPCC and is slated to graduate in December with an associate of arts in performing arts-theatre. After graduation, she plans to relocate to Chicago to pursue her acting training and experience.

BPCC BECOMES ONE OF ONLY A FEW COLLEGES IN STATE TO OFFER STATE LICENSING EXAMS FOR CONTRACTORS

Release date: September 9, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College Testing Center has recently become one of only a few colleges in Louisiana to offer computer-based licensing exams for the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors, making test-taking for contractors more convenient and allowing them the opportunity to receive results immediately. Previously, these licensing exams have only been offered in Baton Rouge, LA.

North Louisiana contractors say it’s a win for them to have the testing opportunity come to BPCC. “Completing my contractor license exam in BPCC’s Testing Center saved me a trip to Baton Rouge,” said local contractor Tim Pulley, who recently completed his licensing exam. “It saved time, gas and hotel expenses. It’s great that the Contractor Licensing Board is providing this service for north Louisiana.”

Lynn Brown, director of BPCC’s Testing Center, says BPCC is happy to offer the LSLBC testing service to north Louisiana contractors. “The LSLBC testing is a great addition to the wide range of test services already offered by our Testing Center,” says Brown.

In addition to the BPCC Testing Center, test-takers will be able to choose from four other testing locations across the state: the LSLBC office in Baton Rouge; Delgado Community College in New Orleans; LSU Alexandria in Alexandria; and SOWELA Technical Community College in Lake Charles.

As stated in the June 2013 Contractor News Source Bulletin, the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors (LSLBC) has “achieved major improvements in the assessment process by which contractor licenses are obtained in Louisiana. The LSLBC partnered with Learning Sciences Corporation to develop an assessment engine for enhanced testing convenience, assessment administration and data management.”
“Testing is no longer limited to one location and with the outdated use of pencil and paper. Proctors at various locations throughout Louisiana will administer online exams, and test-takers will obtain assessment results immediately rather than waiting for printed results mailed by the LSLBC.”
Louisiana State Licensing Board of Contractors Executive Director Michael McDuff also states in the Bulletin that “the purpose of the LSLBC is to protect the public and the integrity of the construction industry by regulating all contractors who bid on or perform work in Louisiana.”

“Not only does this project expand our reach throughout the contracting community, but it streamlines our operations,” said McDuff. “This enables a profoundly more efficient administration of a rigorous process, both operationally and fiscally, while better serving the contracting industry.”

The BPCC Testing Center test services include high-stakes professional certification and licensure exams, information technology certifications, final exams that require completion of an industry-based certification, credit-by-examination, distance education proctoring, DANTES-funded testing, and national test services.

Tests are delivered at two locations – the Testing Center located on the BPCC campus at 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City and the National Test Center located at Barksdale Air Force Base.

Current test services include Pearson VUE, Certiport, Castle Worldwide, College Board “CLEP”, NOCTI Business Solutions, Prometric “DSST”, Distance Education Proctoring, EC-Council, ETS Praxis, and Law School Admission Test. The BPCC Testing Center is a participant in the National College Testing Association Consortium of College Testing Centers.

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

Release date: September 5, 2013

The Bossier Parish Community College Division of Communication and Performing Arts and the Cavalier Players announce auditions for the 2013 Annual Fall Festival of One-Act Plays.

Auditions are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 11, 2013, in the Performing Arts Theatre on the BPCC campus, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

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

Those auditioning are asked to prepare a one-minute contemporary monologue. Those without prepared material will be given readings from the scripts at the audition.

Numerous actors are needed for the eight short plays—which will showcase the work of eight student directors, three of which are slated to graduate this May with associate of arts degrees in performing arts.

The graduating directors are Donyell Barela, Cassandra Juell, and Johnathon Marley. Other directors include LaShethia Bouligny, Kayla Johnson, Matthew Lorenz, Grady Savant, and Connor Snow. The Fall Festival will offer a full evening of theatre and will kick-off the theatre program’s fourteenth season of student-directed work.

The performance of the eight plays will be at 6:30 pm, Tuesday, November 12, 2013. The one-act festival is generally rated PG for adult audiences.

For more information or for directions to the theatre, contact Performing Arts Manager Jim Boyter at 318-678-6021.

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

Release date: August 26, 2013

The following students graduated from Bossier Parish Community College on July 31, 2013 in the College’s Health and Physical Education Complex.

Summer 2013 Graduates.PDF File

Commencement speaker for the 10:00 a.m. ceremony was BPCC Staff Senate President Jerona Washington. Chancellor Jim Henderson presided over the College’s 64th graduation ceremony.

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

AUDITIONS SCHEDULED FOR BPCC’S DRACULA

Release date: August 22, 2013

The Bossier Parish Community College Theatre Program and Cavalier Players will hold auditions for Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston’s Dracula at 7:00 pm Monday, August 26 and Tuesday, August 27 in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre, Building C on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

Dracula has roles for 20 or more actors ages 16 and older. Those wishing to audition should come prepared to read from the script. BPCC Theatre students are required to present a very short (30-second) monologue; however, no advanced monologues are required of other students or community members auditioning. Also, those auditioning should dress comfortably and be prepared to “move about.”

Performances of this intriguing tale held at the BPCC’s Performing Arts Theatre are set for 7:30 pm October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 and at 2:00 pm October 20 and 27.

Dracula is the riveting story of Lucy Seward, who has been attacked by some mysterious illness. Dr. Van Helsing, a specialist, believes that the girl is the victim of a vampire, a sort of ghost that goes about at night sucking blood from its victims. The vampire is, at last, found to be a certain Count Dracula, whose demise is planned for the climax of the story in a striking and novel manner. The play is intended for all who love thrills in the theatre and is appropriate for all groups. Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing Arts and professor of theatre, will direct this first show in the program’s Season of Travel.

“Pure escape and great fun.” – New York Post
“An evening of high class fun.” – Newsweek

For more information, contact Jim Boyter at 318-678-6021.

BPCC THEATRE TAKES SHOW TO CHICAGOLAND

Release date: August 9, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College Theatre will travel to the Chicagoland area to present Barefoot in the Park, the charming Neil Simon comedy. The show will run August 15-17 at The Canterbury Summer Theatre at the Mainstreet Theatre in Michigan City, Indiana. This co-produced presentation is the final show of the summer season for the Canterbury Summer Theatre. The play just completed a two-week run at BPCC in Bossier City last week.

Barefoot in the ParkThis production is a collaboration between the Canterbury Summer Theatre, a professional non-Equity summer stock theatre and Bossier Parish Community College, where Canterbury Artistic Director Ray Scott Crawford is Dean of Communication and Performing Arts. Crawford directed the show at BPCC and will be touring the company to Michigan City. This arrangement has been a tradition now for nine years, with Crawford bringing the final show of the season from BPCC.

“This is a great opportunity for student actors to get a professional opportunity, and the Canterbury Resident Company gets a break from the breakneck summer schedule,” Crawford states.

Barefoot is no stranger to the Canterbury. This will be the fifth production of the play at the theatre in its 45 years of summer theatre. In the play, Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He’s a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she’s a free spirit always looking for the latest kick. Their new apartment is the most recent find—too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job. After a six day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic, Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does. Paul just doesn’t understand Corie, as she sees it. He’s too staid, too boring and she just wants him to be a little more spontaneous, running “barefoot in the park” would be a start.

The cast for the show includes Daniel Salazar as Paul, Lari Leber as Corrie, Denise Dalton as Corrie’s Mom, and Jesse Kortus as Velasco. Bruce Wilson is the Telephone Repairman. Johnny Marley is the Delivery Man and also is stage managing. David White and Keith Bruce, both staff Technical Coordinators at BPCC will travel with the cast and crew as scenic and lighting designers. The troupe will spend two days setting up the production and rehearsing, with three days of performances. On Sunday the group will sightsee and attend a performance of Death and Harry Houdini in Chicago.

More information:

The productions of the Festival Players Guild are presented with support from South Shore Arts, the Indiana Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, Horizon Bank, and the Michigan City Community Enrichment Corporation. The BPCC Production was sponsored by ANECA Federal Credit Union of Shreveport and Bossier City.

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO HOLD REGISTRATION FOR FALL 2013

Release date: August 6, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College will hold registration for its fall 2013 term from 9:00am-6:00 pm on Monday, August 19, 2013 at the BPCC campus, 6220 E Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

Students can meet with advisors and select classes from a variety of fall sessions.

Find detailed information regarding registration, tuition costs and deadlines online. Students can apply online as well.

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

3D PRINTING TECHNOLOGY: STUDENT TO DEMONSTRATE TECHNOLOGY and DONATE FINAL PROJECT TO COLLEGE

Release date: July 30, 2013

Technology comes to life in the classroom at Bossier Parish Community College. With the use of a state-of-the-art 3D printer, BPCC’s Industrial Technology students are able to train on equipment that they will use on the job – making them more marketable to local employers.

Student (recent graduate) Mark Holstrom has experienced first-hand what his education and training from BPCC as done for him. Recently accepting a job at Gordon, Inc., a local company and leader in the engineering and manufacturing of custom architectural specialty products, Holstrom has planned a presentation and donation of his final project to the Chancellor, other college officials and guests. The presentation is designed to give everyone a glimpse of what the field of industrial technology is and what the world of 3-D printing is all about.

“I wanted to give back to the College something that I designed and learned in my classes here at BPCC,” says Holstrom. “By presenting my final project to the Chancellor and my instructors, I am able to show them my appreciation and thank them publicly for ‘embracing, educating, and empowering’ me.”

Holstrom’s project will be presented at 2:00pm Wednesday, July 31 in the Chancellor’s boardroom, Building A, Room 230 on the College campus at 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

The presentation will also consist of instructors in the Industrial Technology department discussing the use of 3-D printing technology and how it is incorporated into the curriculum.

According to definition, the 3D printing technology is used for prototyping and distributed manufacturing with applications in architecture, construction, industrial design, automotive, aerospace, military, engineering, civil engineering, dental and medical industries, biotech (human tissue replacement), fashion, footwear, jewelry, eyewear, education, geographic information systems, food, and many other fields.

Students who plan to study Industrial Technology at BPCC can choose from two concentrations:

  • Engineering Graphics prepares individuals to function as entry level graphics specialists, and includes instruction on types of views, line and dimensioning standards, and spatial relationships of surfaces as typically used in engineering, industry, and architecture. The curriculum emphasizes 2-D and 3-D techniques, as well as computer software programs used in industry.
  • Automation and Controls provides the graduate the opportunity to work as industrial electronic technicians in the growing industry.

“Students can complete their associate degree at BPCC and go to work immediately, or, if they choose, they can transfer their course work and continue their education at Northwestern State University,” says Ed Chopin, program director for Engineering Graphics. “We have an articulation agreement with NSU where students can transfer seamlessly and earn a bachelor’s degree.”

For more information, contact Program Director Ed Chopin at (318) 678-6092.

ANECA FEDERAL CREDIT UNION TEAMS WITH BPCC THEATRE TO SUPPORT STUDENT PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES

Release date: July 30, 2013

This weekend, ANECA Federal Credit Union of Shreveport and Bossier City joined forces with Bossier Parish Community College Performing Arts as the official sponsor of the BPCC Cavalier Player production of Barefoot in the Park. As the sponsor of the summer production, ANECA will help send BPCC students to the Chicagoland area, where they will present the show for audiences of the Canterbury Summer Theatre in Michigan City, Indiana, August 15-17. The show will be the final offering of the professional non-Equity summer stock theatre’s 2013 summer season.

Each summer for the past eight years, BPCC Theatre has traveled to the Canterbury with a show, and even though the cast is paid by the Indiana theatre for their work, there have been costs associated with travel that the students have had to bear. Earlier in the year, ANECA leadership volunteered a pledge of support. In addition to the financial pledge to the Players, the staff of ANECA also volunteered to host and usher opening night and other performances of the show at BPCC.

“I have been a fan of the Cavalier Players for a number of years, and it is great for us to be able to help,” said Stephanie Sievers, CEO of ANECA.

Whitney Thompson, Shreveport Branch Manager and Daniel Lowe, Bossier Branch Manager, as well as ten ANECA staff members joined in opening night as hosts and ushers for the performance.

“ANECA has certainly proven itself a strong community supporter with this wonderful gesture,” stated Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing Arts at BPCC and director of the show. “It is great that they have helped our students take advantage of the excellent opportunity that touring a show to a professional theatre can offer them.”

The staff of ANECA will return as official hosts and ushers this weekend for performances of Barefoot in the Park as the show continues through August 4. For performance and ticket information, those interested may call the BPCC Theatre Box Office at 318-678-6021 or visit the BPCC Theatre online.

Aneca Federal Credit Union representaives present check to BPCC Performing Arts representatives

(l to r) Grady Savant, President of Cavalier Players; Daniel Lowe, ANECA Bossier Branch Manager; Whitney Thompson, Shreveport Branch Manager, and Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, Dean of Communication and Performing Arts, BPCC.

MANUFACTURING MANAGERS COUNCIL OF NWLA DONATES TO BPCC

Release date: July 30, 2013

The Manufacturing Managers Council of Northwest Louisiana recently donated $1,000 for BPCC’s Industrial Technology degree program.

Eric Nelson, president of Maktec Manufacturing, and Charley Kingery, business development manager with The Wieland-Davco Corporation, presented the check to BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson and Industrial Technology Program Director Ed Chopin.

Chancellor Jim Henderson acknowledged the support and generous donation given by the Manufacturing Managers Council. “MMC’s investment in BPCC will provide students with the most innovative, state-of-the-art training,” said Henderson. “Our students will be better prepared to enter the workforce which is a win for employers in northwest Louisiana.”

Chopin added, “Some of the funds will be used for scholarships for first-time students enrolling in the Industrial Technology program this fall.”

Students studying industrial technology at BPCC can receive associate of applied science degrees in two concentrations:

  • Engineering Graphics – which prepares individuals to function as entry level CAD specialists, with emphasis on 2-D and 3-D computer software programs used in industry
  • Automation and Controls – which provides individuals the opportunity to work as industrial electronic technicians in the growing automation and controls industry
Graduates from these programs will have the diverse skills necessary to fill highly-specialized vacancies in industry, manufacturing, construction, and engineering.

For more information on the Industrial Technology program at BPCC, contact Ed Chopin at (318) 678-6092 or email at echopin@bpcc.edu.

 Eric A. Nelson, president of Maktec Manufacturing, presents Ed Chopin, BPCC Industrial Technology assistant professor, with a check for $1000 from the Manufacturing Managers Council of Northwest Louisiana.

(l to r) BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson; Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Dean Laura Goadrich; Chopin; Nelson; Charley Kingery of The Wieland-Davco Corporation; and BPCC Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Stan Wilkins.

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO HOLD SUMMER GRADUATION CEREMONY WEDNESDAY

Release date: July 29, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College will hold its summer graduation ceremony at 10:00 am on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 in the Health and Physical Education Complex on the BPCC campus at 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Credentials will be awarded to 152 graduates Wednesday, making the number of students graduating this summer an increase from summer 2012. Last summer, 138 graduates were awarded credentials.

Students will be awarded associate degrees, technical diplomas, certificates, and technical competency areas in each of BPCC’s six academic divisions: Behavioral-Social Sciences and College Transition Programs; Business; Communication and Performing Arts; Liberal Arts; Science, Nursing, and Allied Health; and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

“Each of these graduates is now prepared for success in the workforce or at the next level of education,” says BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson. “As a result, the future quality of life in our community looks brighter, and the competitive advantage our employers enjoy in the form of developed talent has never been stronger.”

Guest speaker for the sixty-fourth commencement ceremony is BPCC Staff Senate President Jerona Washington.

BPCC INSTRUCTOR ONE OF 75 IN NATION CHOSEN TO ATTEND SUMMIT AT GOOGLE HEADQUARTERS

Release date: July 15, 2013

BPCC Technology, Engineering and Mathematics instructor Carrie Salinas has been chosen to attend Google’s Geo for Higher Ed Summit 2013 on July 22-24 at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California. She is one of 75 applicants nationwide chosen to attend the summit.

The three-day, hands-on technical workshop, hosted by Google, will “bring together instructors and researchers in GIS (geographical information systems) and remote sensing technologies from higher education institutions.” The workshops will connect the participants with Google instructors and engineers who will give them resources for using these tools in research and teaching.

Salinas, who applied through Google’s application process, is honored to be one of the few chosen for the summit.

“The Geo for Higher Ed Summit is a huge opportunity to gain knowledge and resources related to GIS, specifically geared to Google-based tools,” says Salinas. “Upon return, these tools can be shared with students, allowing them ability to collect, host, analyze, visualize, and publish pertinent map data.”

According to the website, “the workshop is designed for mapping and technology specialists, instructors, faculty, and advisers in higher education research and teaching, who are actively working on projects or teaching courses related to mapping. Special attention will be paid to new Google tools, including Google Maps Engine, Google Earth Engine, and others.”

Salinas, who teaches the oil and gas theory classes at BPCC, plans to utilize the information and resources learns at Google in her oil and gas technology classes. “The ability for students to understand topography and subsurface data will be valuable to them in the workforce,” says Salinas. “Students will be able to use GIS programs to evaluate geologic, production, and other well data to find oil and gas.”

Salinas adds, “Google Earth has replaced several computer programs previously used for mapping. Being able to teaching students using this technological tool will be a huge advantage for them on the job site,” say Salinas.

For more information on the Geo for Higher Ed Summit.

BPCC PERFORMING ARTS AND THE CAVALIER PLAYERS ANNOUNCE SUMMER PRODUCTION

Release date: July 11, 2013

The Performing Arts of Bossier Parish Community College and the Cavalier Players announce the production of Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park. This delightful comedy is scheduled to run July 26 – August 4 in BPCC’s Performing Arts Theatre, Building C on the BPCC campus at 6220 E. Texas Street in Bossier City.

In addition to the BPCC performance dates, Barefoot in the Park will travel to Michigan City, Indiana, in late August for a weekend of performances in a co-sponsored production with the Canterbury Summer Theatre, a professional non-Equity summer stock theatre in the Chicagoland area.

Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing Arts and Professor of Theatre, will direct the final production of the season. The cast includes Lari Leber, Bruce Wilson, Robin Carlisle, Daniel Salazar, Denise Dalton, and Jesse Kortus. Rona Leber will design costumes, David White will design the set, Keith Bruce will design the lights, Robin Carlisle will stage manage, and Johnny Marley will act as assistant stage manager as well as props manager.

“We chose Barefoot as our summer show because the small cast makes it a perfect choice for traveling—an eight-year tradition that has earned much recognition for BPCC theatre with award winning productions of such shows as The Woman in Black, The Star-Spangled Girl, Echoes, and last year’s Almost Maine,” says Crawford. “Each summer we co-produce with the Canterbury Summer Theatre the final production of the theatre’s summer stock season. This year we are excited to continue that tradition.”

Crawford adds, “As artistic director of the Canterbury, I am able to provide an additional quality production for the theatre’s audiences while at the same time providing a professional showcase for BPCC’s Theatre Program and students.”

According to the publisher, Samuel French, “Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He's a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she's a free spirit always looking for the latest kick. Their new apartment is her most recent find- too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job. After a six day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie's loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does. Paul just doesn't understand Corie, as she sees it. He's too staid, too boring, and she just wants him to be a little more spontaneous, running ‘barefoot in the park’ would be a start...”

"A bubbling, rib-tickling comedy."-The New York Times

“Critic weeps joyfully...I don't think anybody stopped laughing while the curtain was up last evening."-New York Daily News

Performances are scheduled for July 26-27 and August 2-3 at 7:30 pm; and July 28 and August 4 at 2:00 pm at the Performing Arts Theatre, Building C on the BPCC Campus, 6220 East Texas Street in Bossier City.

Tickets are available by calling The Performing Arts Box Office number, 318-678-6021, or by going online. Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, military, and students. All seats are reserved.

Please note that this comedy contains adult situations and may not be appropriate for young children.

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

BPCC AT LSUS PROGRAM ESTABLISHED TODAY

Release date: July 2, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College Chancellor Jim Henderson and LSU Shreveport Interim Chancellor Paul Sisson signed an alliance agreement today in the Assembly Room of Noel Memorial Library on the LSU Shreveport campus, One University Place, Shreveport, LA.

The agreement establishes the BPCC at LSU-S program which will allow students to attend LSU Shreveport but take BPCC developmental and general education courses that will apply to a LSU Shreveport baccalaureate degree.

State Senator Barrow Peacock and State Representative Henry Burns were on hand for the signing and both praised both institutions for partnering to make the Shreveport/Bossier City community united in providing educational opportunities to area students.

The BPCC at LSUS program is modeled after the BPCC at Grambling which began in October 2010 and the BPCC at NSU program in August 2005.

For more information on BPCC at LSUS program, contact Director Becky Turbeville at (318) 795-4224 or becky.turbeville@lsus.edu.

State Senator Barrow Peacock, LSUS Interim Chancellor Paul Sisson, BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson and State Representative Henry Burns hold the BPCC at LSUS sign at the signing ceremony today between the two schools.

(l to r) State Senator Barrow Peacock, LSUS Interim Chancellor Paul Sisson, BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson and State Representative Henry Burns hold the BPCC at LSUS sign at the signing ceremony today between the two schools.

LSUS Interim Chancellor Paul Sisson and BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson sign the MOU today to establish the BPCC at LSUS program.

(l to r) LSUS Interim Chancellor Paul Sisson and BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson sign the MOU today to establish the BPCC at LSUS program.

BPCC NOMINEE – THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF NORTH LOUISIANA – SELECTED AS 2013 COUNCIL FOR RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT BENEFACTOR AWARD WINNER

Release date: July, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College is pleased to announce the selection of its nominee The Community Foundation of North Louisiana as a 2013 Council for Resource Development (CRD) Benefactor award winner.

The Community Foundation of North Louisiana was selected as the Public Rural Medium-Campus Institution category winner. Chosen for its generous contributions to Bossier Parish Community College in particular and community colleges in general, The Foundation will be recognized at the Benefactor Awards Banquet in November 2013 in Washington, DC. The CRD Benefactor Award embodies the ideals of philanthropy, leadership, and volunteerism in the service of community, technical, and junior colleges. One recipient from each of CRD's ten regions will receive the award on behalf of that region.

“The Community Foundation is honored to accept this prestigious award on behalf of our generous donors who have provided for our community’s future through the Foundation,” said Paula Hickman, executive director of The Community Foundation of North Louisiana. “Our investment in Bossier Parish Community College has leveraged these gifts by training a new generation of educated and effective citizens who are prepared to lead our area in the new economy.”

Chancellor Jim Henderson applauds the support The Community Foundation has given BPCC throughout the years. “The Community Foundation of North Louisiana has invested more than $1 million in Bossier Parish Community College,” said Henderson. “With their generous support, more BPCC students have been given access to a better quality of life.”

Stephanie Rogers, director of BPCC Foundation, Inc., said this investment has granted access to more than 510 students through scholarships and has strengthened and expanded services in the College’s adult literacy, workforce, and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs.

“Through The Community Foundation’s Workforce Innovations in Northwest Louisiana (WINLA) program at BPCC, unemployed and under-employed students have been trained for jobs in the energy, manufacturing and healthcare sectors,” said Rogers.

The CRD Benefactor Award recognizes individuals, foundations, or businesses/corporations for outstanding contributions to community colleges. The Council for Resource Development connects, educates, supports, strengthens, and celebrates community college development professionals.

BPCC AT LSU Shreveport - SIGNING CEREMONY SET for TUESDAY, JULY 2 at 1:30 p.m.

Release date: June 27, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College and LSU Shreveport officials will sign an alliance agreement at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, in the Assembly Room of Noel Memorial Library on the LSU Shreveport campus, One University Place, Shreveport, LA. BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson and LSU Shreveport Interim Chancellor Paul Sisson will be joined by other officials from both schools for the signing ceremony.

The agreement establishes the BPCC at LSU-S program which will allow students to attend LSU Shreveport but take BPCC developmental and general education courses that will apply to a LSU Shreveport baccalaureate degree.

"This agreement is about access: two great institutions collaborating to ensure students have access to higher education and a higher quality of life," says Chancellor Henderson. “This partnership will provide educational opportunities for even more students across the northwest Louisiana region.”

Chancellor Sisson echoes Henderson’s comment. “The driving purpose for both LSUS and BPCC is to provide the citizens of our region every opportunity to achieve all their educational goals. BPCC at LSUS is a tremendously important example of our collaborative pursuit of that goal.”

BPCC at LSU-S agreement includes:

BPCC agrees to:

  • Admit students to BPCC referred from LSU Shreveport
  • Employ and provide qualified faculty member/s to teach a designated number of sections of developmental mathematics, developmental English courses, and a mutually agreed upon set of general education or other courses at BPCC at LSUS.
  • Provide LSU Shreveport with an opportunity to review material, publications or media releases related to the subject of this agreement prior to any release of information.

LSU Shreveport agrees to:

  • Work closely with BPCC to schedule the courses and register students for the specific sections at LSU Shreveport.
  • Provide classroom space as well as office space for counseling with students for the duration of the specified courses.
  • Provide access to open computer labs to the students enrolled in the sections to allow for the use of supplemental learning resources and library resources.
  • Provide BPCC with an opportunity to review material, publications or media releases related to the subject of this agreement prior to any release of information.
  • Develop processes that are in the best interest of the student, BPCC and LSU Shreveport.

BPCC at LSUS Director Becky Turbeville explains the program offers a convenient option for students where they can attend their “campus of choice” from the onset. “Students needing developmental courses will be able to begin their coursework on the LSU Shreveport campus by taking BPCC developmental courses and then continue through their desired degree program at LSU Shreveport.”

The BPCC at LSUS program is modeled after the BPCC at Grambling which began in October 2010 and the BPCC at NSU program in August 2005.

For more information on BPCC at LSUS program, contact Director Becky Turbeville at (318) 795-4224 or becky.turbeville@lsus.edu.

SIGNING CEREMONY FOR SENATE BILL 204 SLATED FOR TODAY MONDAY, JUNE 17

Release date: June 17, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College Chancellor Dr. Jim Henderson will join other state officials at the signing ceremony for Senate Bill 204 by Governor Bobby Jindal at 11:30 am tomorrow, Monday, June 17, at Central Louisiana Technical Community College-Alexandria Campus, 4311 South MacArthur Drive, Alexandria, LA.

Senate Bill 204 by Robert Adley (Benton), a statewide facilities initiative that will improve Louisiana’s Community and Technical College facilities, was passed by the legislature in the recent session. The bill provides increased training capacity and opportunities for students, business and industry in both rural and urban areas across the state.

Included in the bill is $18.5 million for a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) building for Bossier Parish Community College. This building will house programs that will train individuals for high-demand, high-paying careers in these fields.

“BPCC now serves nearly 70% more students than we did just four years ago,” says Chancellor Henderson. “The vast majority of that growth has been in STEM fields: nursing, allied health, engineering technologies, cyber, etc. The additional capacity provided by Senator Adley's SB204 will ensure we are able to meet exploding demand in these critical economic sectors.”

Henderson also praises the support of all those involved with the passage of SB 204. “We are grateful for Sen. Adley's leadership in authoring this landmark legislation, Governor Jindal's unwavering support of community colleges, and the thoughtful consideration of our entire delegation.”

In addition to BPCC’s STEM Building, SB 204 authorizes financing and construction of 29 projects throughout the state in the amount of $251.6 million. The bill will provide 25 workforce projects, 3 one-stop student testing, career and service centers, and one-safety related project. Twelve percent, or $2.22 million, for the BPCC project will be provided from local private matching funds.

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND NORTHWEST LOUISIANA TECHNICAL COLLEGE-MANSFIELD BRING COLLEGE READINESS PROGRAM TO DESOTO RESIDENTS

Release date: June 3, 2013

DeSoto Parish and surrounding area residents are able to benefit now from a National Fund for Workforce Solutions funding to provide college readiness courses at the NWLTC-Mansfield campus, 943 Oxford Rd. Mansfield, LA.

The college readiness preparation courses, brought to the Mansfield campus by Bossier Parish Community College, are designed to help students prepare for locally-offered programs for careers in the Energy industry coming in the fall. BPCC currently offers highly-successful programs in Oil and Gas Production Technology and Energy Services on its campus in Bossier City and, by partnering with NWLTC-Mansfield, these same programs will be offered in DeSoto Parish this fall.

Adults who have been out of school for a while or need to brush up on basic courses like math and English can participate in an 8-week college readiness course, and upon successful completion, they will be ready for the BPCC programs at NWLTC-Mansfield in the fall.

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

“This endeavor is the latest in a long line of cooperative efforts between our two colleges,” says NWLTC Regional Director Charles Strong. “Once again, BPCC and Northwest (LTC) have set turf aside to make opportunity available to area residents.”

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

Shell Oil also applauds the efforts of the partnerships. “In working collaboratively with our partners in academia, we aim to develop local talent through innovative career readiness programs like this one,” said James Blanton with Shell. “Shell is focused not only on the business, but the people who make our business possible. We are excited to be a part of a process that will enable the community to learn and explore educational opportunities that will open the door to future careers in energy.”

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

Workforce partnerships are organized by sector and also include of representatives of higher education and support organizations. Paula Hickman, executive director of The Community Foundation of North Louisiana, serves as collaborative chair and Patti Trudell, executive director of CERT—which is a regional consortium of colleges and universities, serves as coordinator of workforce partnerships.

Hickman expresses the Foundation’s support of the work by these two institutions. “We applaud BPCC and NWLTC for their innovative and creative approach to create career pathways for local residents that leads to jobs needed in our local economy,” said Hickman.

Trudell echoes Hickman’s comments. “Our entire region’s economy benefits when employers like Shell partner with technical and community colleges to build college readiness and skills of adult learners,” said Trudell. “CERT is pleased to work as a convener of workforce partnerships that support adult learners as they re-enter college and earn industry-recognized credentials for family-sustaining wage jobs.”

For more information on this program, contact Jill Heard at NWLTC-Mansfield at (318) 872-2243.

LOUISIANA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES APPROVES FACILITIES FUNDING BILL TO CONSTRUCT PROJECTS STATEWIDE

BPCC slated to receive funding for STEM building

Release date: May 31, 2013

The Louisiana House of Representatives yesterday approved Senate Bill 204 by Robert Adley (Benton), a statewide facilities initiative that will improve Louisiana’s Community and Technical College facilities. The bill provides increased training capacity and opportunities for students, business and industry in both rural and urban areas across the state.

Included in the bill is $18.5 million for a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) building for Bossier Parish Community College. This building will house programs that will train individuals for high-demand, high-paying careers in these fields.

“This was a monumental win for students, employers and communities – not only in NW Louisiana but in the entire state,” said BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson. “The new STEM facility at BPCC will produce the skilled workforce our employers need, and in turn, create a better quality of life for our residents.”

The bill authorizes financing and construction of 29 projects in the amount of $251.6 million. Twelve percent, or $34.3 million, will be provided from local private matching funds. The program will provide 25 workforce projects, 3 one stop student testing, career and service centers, and one safety related project.

“The approval of SB204 shows a commitment by the Legislature to continue to invest in, and improve, facilities for career and technical education programs to meet the growing demand for a skilled labor force,” said Joe May, president, Louisiana Community and Technical College System. “This action will enable us to maintain the course—one of unprecedented enrollment growth, program development aligned with business and industry, and graduating highly skilled students who will produce tangible, economically beneficial results for our state.”

Governor Jindal said, “We have always been committed to investing in higher education, and we supported a move to utilize this funding source in 2008. It has been very successful in helping educate a highly skilled workforce right here in Louisiana. In fact, since 2008, we have supported more than $700 million in critical higher education infrastructure investments across our state. Included in that $700 million is more than $225 million at Louisiana Community and Technical College Campuses. These schools are a critical pipeline for workforce needs, and we are proud to fund them however we can.”

BPCC CAMP CAVS SUMMER YOUTH CAMPS FOR WEEK OF JUNE 3-7

Release date: May 30, 2013

Camp Cavs, BPCC’s summer program for kids, will be held in the months of June and July 2013. Camps are 3 or 4 hours and are scheduled Monday-Friday, unless otherwise noted. Camps are available for ages 5-18 and will include softball, basketball, karate, BMX, cheer, dance, guitar, theater/drama, painting, drawing, CSI, writing to name a few. All campers will receive T-shirts.

Registration for Camp Cavs is open, and camps will be held at Bossier Parish Community College campus, UNLESS otherwise noted. There may be additional supply fees associated with certain camps.

The following camps are being held next week, June 3-7:

Cavalier Softball Camp - $79
Ages 6-12 6/3- 6/5 9:00 am-12:00 pm M, Tu, W
Hosted by the BPCC Lady Cavs softball team, this camp is open to girls with all skill levels. From hitting, base running, outfield, infield, pitching-catching, and team play, this will be a fun week to brush-up on your skills or try out softball for the first time.

BMX Riding Camp - $129
Ages 5-18 6/3-6/7 8:00 am-12:00 pm M–F BMX Track Cargill Sports Complex
Learn the proper selection and fit of BMX safety gear, how to navigate various obstacles and become a proficient rider. All campers will receive a 30-day membership to the American Bicycle Association.

NEW! "Famous Artists" Art Camps:
Drawing - $129
Ages 8-11 6/3-6/7 8:00 am-12:00 pm M–F
Ages 12-14 6/3-6/7 1:00 pm-5:00 pm M–F
Have fun learning to draw with pencils and charcoal using examples from famous Master Artists and your own imagination! Use photos to see shapes, light & shadow and more!

Cavalier Drama Fun Fest - $129
Ages 8-12 6/3-6/7 8:00 am-11:30 am M–F
Discover the joy of theater and acting. Learn how to use your voice and body effectively to portray a character through improvisations, games, scene studies and short sketches. Uncover behind the scenes secrets about make-up techniques, lighting, sound, set construction and dressing, props and more. An all-star presentation will be presented on the last day of camp.

For more information or to register, contact BPCC’s Workforce and Continuing Education Department at (318) 678-6015. Campers must complete a release form prior to participation.

BPCC FOUNDATION RECEIVES $50K FOR FIRST-GENERATION ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

Release date: May 17, 2013

BPCC Foundation is pleased announce the establishment of a $50,000 Michael H. Woods Family First Generation Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship Award. This gift, combined with the Capital One’s $50K award, bolsters BPCC’s First Generation Endowment Fund to $100,000.

Woods expresses how important it is to him to invest in programs which break generational cycles for individuals who are first in their family to attend college. “This is an investment that puts them on a pathway to a prosperous future,” says Woods.

With a $35,000 lead gift from Foundation Board Member Mike Woods and a $20,000 matching grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents, students who are the first in their family to attend or finish college will find it easier to get a college degree at Bossier Parish Community College. The additional $5,000 was given by Woods to provide immediate assistance to first generation-level students seeking to enter school.

BPCC Foundation Board Chairman Hedy Hebert expresses the Foundation’s gratitude of Woods’ gift. “Mike saw a need and stepped in to help fill that need,” says Hebert. “Creating opportunities through education is what BPCC is all about and the Woods Family Fund will advance that mission even further.”

BPCC Chancellor Dr. Jim Henderson also conveys the College’s appreciation of partners such as the Woods family. “This gift is a true investment in the future of our students and our community,” says Henderson. “The BPCC family could not be more appreciative of the Woods family’s generosity and compassion.”

For more information on contributing to the First Generation Scholarship Fund, contact BPCC Foundation Director Stephanie Rogers at (318) 678-6185.

BPCC’S NEW TRAINING PROGRAM GIVES EMPLOYERS OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN CLASSROOM SETTING

Release date: May 16, 2013

When Bossier Parish Community College’s new Industrial Readiness Training program begins next week, participating employers will have the opportunity to assess and select successful graduates for hire directly from the program.

Developed in partnership with the local Workforce Investment Boards, business, industry, and government leaders, the innovative training course will teach individuals soft skills like safety, communication and team-building and hard skills like basic mechanics and math; however, a unique component of the course is it is conducted on behalf of an employer and that employer will be able to assess the students while they go through the course. Industrial Readiness Training is a preview for the employer to see the skills and behaviors as the students learn them.

BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson says BPCC looks forward to being the area’s training provider. “BPCC is ready to meet all training needs for manufacturers with workforce training and education.”

Henderson adds, “Our goal with this opportunity is to better define employable candidates, and make them work-ready for entry level positions. We will work with the companies to meet specific education and training needs beyond basic skills and assessments.”

Ron-Pak, Inc. will be the first employer to participate in the training program.

“Ronpak, Inc. is very excited to be the first employer to benefit from the Industrial Readiness training program,” said Elizabeth Henson, Human Resources for Ron-Pak. “We provide extensive training to every employee so we especially look forward to hiring from this group as we expand our headquarters in Shreveport, LA.”

The Industrial Readiness Program, a 49-hour, 12-day program scheduled from 8:00 am-12:00 pm, Monday-Friday, consists of 6 major components:

WorkKeys® Pre-Test

  • Tests job-related knowledge and abilities that can be used to identify readiness
  • for specific jobs (Reading, Math, locating information i.e. reading charts, etc.)
  • Career Readiness Certificate: Bronze, Silver or Gold
  • Mechanical Aptitude pre Assessment
  • Tests mechanical aptitude, or the ability to “figure it out”, not necessarily experience.

KeyTrain®

  • An online, self-paced training program designed to enhance a person’s job readiness knowledge and skills covered in the WorkKeys® tests.
  • Used by individuals to improve WorkKeys® scores.

Industrial Readiness Training

  • Climate and Culture
  • Communication (appropriate business and interpersonal communication)
  • Team Building
  • Technical Math – applied math
  • Lean and Waste Management
  • Basic Machines

Post Tests

  • WorkKeys®
  • Mechanical Aptitude

Follow-up Data Collection

  • Interviews
  • Job Offers, Retention at 30, 90 and 180 days

To participate, employers place a job order with the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

The LWC screens, interviews and recommends at least 20 applicants for the Industrial Readiness Training Program and covers the cost of the training.

The Manufacturing Managers Council of Northwest Louisiana applauds the production of programs that feed skilled workers into the local workforce.

“From the MMC’s perspective, developing programs that will produce qualified candidates for entry level manufacturing positions is vital to the continued growth of the manufacturing industry, currently the 5th largest employment sector in NWLA,” says Angie White with the North Louisiana Economic Partnership. “With recent announcements from Ronpak, Benteler Steel and Elio Motors, manufacturing should remain a leading employment sector in the region for the foreseeable future.”

Linda Sonnier, program director in BPCC’s Division of Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and who has been key in getting this program developed at BPCC, says all have an opportunity to work together to make a better workforce for NW Louisiana.

“It’s partnerships between BPCC, employers, Workforce Investment Boards and others that are the cornerstone for preparing students for future job opportunities.”

For more information on the Industrial Readiness Training Program, contact Linda Sonnier at (318) 678-6524 or lsonnier@bpcc.edu.

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO HOLD REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER 2013

Release date: May 15, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College will hold on-site registration for its summer 2013 term beginning at 9:00 am on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at the BPCC campus, 6220 E Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

Students can meet with advisors and select classes from three different summer sessions:

  • Session A – Entire semester – May 30 through July 24, 2013
  • Session B – First Half of Semester – May 30 through June 26, 2013
  • Session C – Second Half of Semester – June 27 through July 25, 2013

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

On-site registration is scheduled for Tuesday, May 28; however, those interested can apply early in order to register for classes prior to on-site registration. Registering early gives individuals a better opportunity for classes or times they may desire. Apply online.

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

Spring 2013 graduation class – largest in school’s history

Named to 2013 Military-Friendly Schools list – one of top 15% of schools to make list

Fall 2012 enrollment reached 7,900 – highest in 45-year history

Cyber program – accredited with all six CNSS certifications as well as designated a National Center of Academic Excellence 2-Year Education

Transfer agreements with 4-year schools – allowing for seamless transfers for students

(i.e. engineering graduates can transfer to Louisiana Tech as a junior into any of Tech’s engineering programs)

Named lead in a $14.7 million grant to promote the development of programs in healthcare information technology and cyber security/networking

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

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

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

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE HOLDS LARGEST GRADUATION IN SCHOOL’S 46-YEAR HISTORY

Release date: May 14, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College graduated 380 students – its largest graduation in the school’s forty-six year history –Friday, May 10, during two graduation ceremonies in the campus’ Health & Physical Education Complex at 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Students were awarded associate degrees, technical diplomas, certificates, and technical competency areas in BPCC’s six academic divisions. Students in the Division of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health and the Division of Technology, Engineering and Mathematics received credentials at the 9:30 am ceremony. At the 2:00 pm ceremony, students in the divisions of Behavioral and Social Sciences; Business; Communication and Performing Arts and Liberal Arts were awarded credentials.

Commencement speaker for the Science, Nursing, and Allied Health graduation ceremony was local cardiologist Dr. Phillip Rozeman. Northwestern State University Basketball Coach and former BPCC Basketball Coach Mike McConathy was the commencement speaker for the 2:00 pm ceremony.

As a special recognition to Coach McConathy and his tenure at BPCC, Chancellor Jim Henderson presented Coach McConathy with a permanent banner in the gym as well as a canvas print in honor of him being named “Louisiana’s Winningest College Basketball Coach.”

Student receiving diploma

Students received associate degrees, technical diplomas, certificates, and technical competency areas in the largest graduating class at BPCC’s Spring 2013 commencement on Friday, May 10.

Chancellor Jim Henderson presents print to Coach Mike McConathy

Former BPCC basketball coach and current Northwestern State University basketball coach Mike McConathy receives a canvas print as a memento for speaking at BPCC’s Spring 2013 graduation ceremony on Friday, May 10. BPCC also presented McConathy with a permanent banner to be hung the college’s gym.

Photos by Neil Johnson.

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE RECORDS LARGEST GRADUATION IN SCHOOL’S 46-YEAR HISTORY

Release date: May 8, 2013

Once again, Bossier Parish Community College not only records the highest spring enrollment in its forty-six year history, the College is set to graduate its highest number of students during two graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 10 in the Health & Physical Education Complex at 6220 E. Texas St.

Credentials will be awarded to 373 graduates, making this spring’s graduation the largest on record. Spring 2012 awarded 360 graduates with credentials.

“At the beginning of each recent semester, we have announced record enrollment,” said Chancellor Jim Henderson. “Today, we are proud to announce record completions. Each of these graduates is now prepared for success in the workforce or at the next level of education. As a result, the future quality of life in our community looks brighter, and the competitive advantage our employers enjoy in the form of developed talent has never been stronger.”

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

Commencement speaker for the Science, Nursing, and Allied Health graduation ceremony is Dr. Phillip Rozeman. NSU Basketball Coach and former BPCC Basketball Coach Mike McConathy is the commencement speaker for the 2:00 pm ceremony.

BPCC MIDDLE COLLEGE STUDENTS TO GRADUATE WEDNESDAY

Release date: May 7, 2013

BPCC will hold its Middle College program graduation ceremony at 6:00 pm, Wednesday, May 8, in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre (Building C), 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The BPCC Middle College program combines college credit courses, GED Prep, and leadership classes. The program exemplifies BPCC’s commitment to providing programs for students to achieve their educational goals.

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

BPCC Middle College Spring 2013 graduates are Daniel Brown, Ashlyn Caraway, Johnny Carson, Emily Coffman, Justin Frasier, Elizabeth Godfrey, Hannah Lincks, Anthony Pickett, Thomas Profitt, Sasha Robison, Nichelle Scholar, Paulla Swanson, Akeiaa Washington, and Alyssa Wilson.

“This program provided students with educational opportunities to help them excel,” said Justin Tison, BPCC Middle College Case Manager. “We look forward to continuing to assist them with their future individual educational paths.”

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

BPCC RESPIRATORY THERAPY FACULTY MEMBERS FEATURED IN NATIONAL ASSOCIATION MAGAZINE

Release date: April 25, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College Respiratory Therapy Program Director Tim Gilmore and Clinical Education Director Paul Lowe are featured in the May 2013 edition of the American Association for Respiratory Care.

The article on asthma awareness shares new ways AARC members are reaching out in their communities to educate individuals on asthma. Gilmore and Lowe discuss how they are reaching out to educators in local schools to help them “recognize asthma and the dangers associated with the asthmatic condition.”

“With May being National Asthma and Allergy Month, educating the educators is an important tool in getting the word out about asthma,” says Gilmore.

Gilmore, a former graduate of Bossier Parish Community College, joined BPCC faculty in 2006 and also is an adjunct instructor in biology. Lowe joined BPCC faculty in 2007.

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For more information on BPCC’s Respiratory Program or to schedule one of the instructors to speak on asthma, contact Tim Gilmore at (318) 813-2933.

FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR MEETS WITH BPCC CYBER FACULTY

Release date: April 25, 2013

Community Renewal International Founder Mack McCarter and former National Security Advisor Robert Carl "Bud" McFarlane met with Bossier Parish Community College Chancellor Jim Henderson and BPCC’s Technology, Engineering and Mathematics faculty Wednesday as part of McFarlane’s visit to Shreveport-Bossier City.

McFarlane, a CRI board member, came to BPCC to learn about the College’s work with Community Renewal. He also met with BPCC cyber faculty to learn about the College’s extensive work in cyber security.

McFarlane was National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan, serving from 1983 through 1985.

Community Renewal founder Mack McCarter, former National Security Advisor Bud McFarlane and BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson

Community Renewal founder Mack McCarter, former National Security Advisor Bud McFarlane and BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson.

BPCC cyber faculty meet with former National Security Advisor Bud McFarlane to learn of the College’s extensive work in cyber security

BPCC cyber faculty meet with former National Security Advisor Bud McFarlane to learn of the College’s extensive work in cyber security.

BPCC STUDENT NURSES ASSOCIATION DONATES STUFFED ANIMALS TO LOCAL POLICE/FIRE DEPARTMENTS

Release date: April 22, 2013

BPCC Student Nurses Association today presented stuffed animals collected during the organization’s “Tuff Stuff” Toy Drive. The stuffed animals will be given by police and fire departments to children in times of crisis (domestic violence calls, house fires, etc.).

Collection boxes were placed on the first floor of each building on the BPCC campus.

BPCC Student Nurses Association members choose a service project to participate in each semester. “Involvement in service projects provides nursing students with the opportunity to make positive changes in the lives of others. They also get to experience the joy that comes with service to those in need,” says Katie Salley, BPCC Nursing Program Instructor and Student Nurses Association Advisor.

The BPCC Student Nurses’ Association meets twice each month to plan and evaluate community service projects and fundraising activities.

BPCC Student Nurses, Nursing Faculty: Katie Salley and Melanie Petchak and Bossier Sheriff’s Deputies Christ Wood, Robert Teague and Jason Jenkins.

BPCC Student Nurses, Nursing Faculty: Katie Salley and Melanie Petchak and Bossier Sheriff’s Deputies Christ Wood, Robert Teague and Jason Jenkins.

BPCC Student Nurse Richard Pool and Deputy Robert Teague

BPCC Student Nurse Richard Pool and Deputy Robert Teague

BPCC Student Nurse Jessica Coch and Deputy Jason Jenkins

BPCC Student Nurse Jessica Coch and Deputy Jason Jenkins

BPCC LIBERAL ARTS DIVISION ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF STUDENT ART SHOW

Release date: April 19, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College Liberal Arts Division announces the winners of the Spring 2013 Student Art Show displayed in the College’s Donna Service Gallery:

First place - Gabby Reynolds
Second Place - Ethan Easterling
Third Place - Diana Wollschaeger
Honorable Mention - Cameron Nichols

Student art shows give BPCC art students a forum to display their work to the campus community as well as the community-at-large. “The current body of student work is a testament to the diversity of media explored within the Art Department at BPCC,” says BPCC art instructor Kelly McDade. “The students have dutifully re-interpreted master artworks, while also creating unique works of their own design.”

Students’ artwork will be on display through April 26 in the Donna Service Gallery located on the first floor of 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. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

BPCC Student Art Show First Place Winner

BPCC 2013 BPCC Student Art Show First Place Winner – Artist Gabby Reynolds,
Gene Wilder from Young Frankenstein – Medium: Graphite on paper.

BPCC MUSIC PROGRAM SCHEDULES SPRING CHOIR CONCERT

Release date: April 18, 2013

The BPCC Concert Choir will present its Spring Concert on at 7:30 pm Thursday, April 25 in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C) on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The Concert Choir, under the direction of Mr. William Bond, will take the stage to perform both standard and popular selections guaranteed to bring enjoyment to audiences of all ages. This concert is free and open to the public.

The Concert Choir will perform “The Last Words of David” by Randall Thompson; “Lux Aurumque” by Eric Whitacre; “Lacrymosa” by W. A. Mozart; “Andrew Lloyd Webber: A Concert Celebration” arranged by Mark Brymer; “Medley from Les Miserables”; and the pop hits “Firework” by Katy Perry and “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars. Lacy Young, Jordan Miller, Stephani Wilson, Ashley Scott, Julianna Davis, Amanda Charles, Elisha Jordan, Morgan Phillips, Isaac Saxton, Michelle Moline, Jessica Hall will be featured soloists in the Les Miserable medley.

Many of the students enrolled in the ensembles are full-tuition music scholarship recipients. Music scholarships are awarded to students who pass an audition, maintain a 2.0 GPA, and are full-time BPCC students. Auditions for BPCC music scholarships for the Fall 2013 term will be held in the Spring of 2013 in May.

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

BPCC FINANCIAL AID OFFICE HOSTS FAFSA MARATHON

Release date: April 17, 2013

The BPCC Financial Aid office will host a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Marathon on Wednesday, April 24 – Friday, April 26 in the Emmett F. Cope Student Services Building, Room 203, on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

BPCC Financial Aid professionals will help individuals navigate through the FAFSA completion process so they will be able to complete the document in a timely manner with fewer errors, therefore shortening the processing time.

“We know that the FAFSA is somewhat daunting to students,” says Financial Aid Director Vicki Temple. “We are excited to offer this service.”

FAFSA Marathon hours are set for:
Wednesday, April 24 7:00 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday, April 25 7:00 am – 5:30 pm
Friday, April 26 7:00 am – 4:30 pm

In order to apply for federal student aid for college, prospective students must complete the FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Many states and colleges use FAFSA data to determine eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use FAFSA information to determine if a student qualifies for his or her aid.

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND OTHER REGIONAL COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES TO HOST CAREER FAIR

Release date: April 17, 2013

The fifth annual ARK-LA-TEX College Career Fair, will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Bossier Civic Center. This event is hosted by the career services offices of Bossier Parish Community College, Centenary College, Grambling State University, Kilgore College, LeTourneau University, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana State University-Shreveport, Northwestern State University, Southern University-Shreveport, and University of Texas-Tyler.

The career fair is open to all college students and alumni from any accredited higher education institution in the United States. Professional attire and a resume are required for admission to this annual event.

Over the past four years, this Career Fair has drawn an average of 500+ students/alumni in attendance. Exhibitors will include local, regional, state, federal and graduate schools. Participants will gain knowledge of career opportunities, part-time jobs, internships, full-time jobs, and graduate schools.

Employers or graduate schools interested in exhibiting at this event can contact Kathy Busch, Bossier Parish Community College, at kbusch@bpcc.edu.

For more information on the College Career Fair, contact Kathy Busch at (318) 678- 6084 or Dennis Taylor at Centenary College (318) 869-5360.

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

Release date: April 17, 2013

The Bossier Parish Community College Division of Communication and Performing Arts and the Cavalier Players announce the 2013 Annual Spring Festival of One-Act Plays scheduled to be performed at 6:30pm Tuesday, April 23 at the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre on the College’s campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

BPCC’s Theatre program is showcasing the work of six student directors, two of which are slotted to graduate this May with BPCC’s Associate of Arts in Performing Arts (Theatre) degree. The graduating directors are Jasey Gilbert and Scout Pittman. Other directors include Donyell Barela, Amber Mattingly, Stephan Rambin, and Grady Savant. The Spring Festival will offer a full evening of theatre and will mark the theatre program’s thirteenth season of student-directed work.

The performance is free and open to the public and is, generally, rated PG for adult audiences.

For more information or for directions to the theatre, please contact Jim Boyter, Communication and Performing Arts Manager, at 318-678-6021.

BPCC ADDS MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE TO PERFORMING ARTS DEGREE

Release date: April 15, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College’s Division of Communication and Performing Arts announces a new concentration of study for the Associate of Arts in Performing Arts degree.

Beginning with the summer 2013 semester, BPCC performing arts students will be able to major in Musical Theatre Performance – the only such offering in a two-year program of study in the state.

“This is the perfect addition to our Performing Arts degree programs,” says Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of the division. “We currently offer concentrations in Theatre and in Music, both long-established programs with fine track records of providing quality training for students as well as popular concerts and plays for the community. The Musical Theatre concentration will meet the needs of those students who are really looking to advance in a career of singing and dancing, as well as acting. It will also enhance our public performances.”

In addition to some basic core degree classes, students’ studies will focus on acting, voice technique, and dance classes. Students will also learn some music theory and sight reading while taking applied lessons in singing. Dr. Michael Hart, Program Director of Music, fondly refers to the new concentration as the “Glee Degree—a little music, a little dance, a little acting, and a lot of performance!”

Students will be able to build their musical theatre experience with BPCC musical plays, the annual Christmas Show, vocal recitals, and variety shows. Most importantly, to the musical theatre students, there will be more concentration of their time in school with the courses that provide them with the most specific training for the field.

The Musical Theatre Concentration will be included within BPCC’s Theatre Program. For more information about the concentration, call the Communication and Performing Arts Division at 318-678-6038. To apply for admission to BPCC, contact the Admissions office at 318-678-6004.

BPCC HOSTS READING OF MLK’S “LETTER FROM BIRMINGHAM JAIL” IN HONOR OF 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Release date: April 15, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College, along with hundreds of schools, libraries, and other organizations around the world, hosts a public reading of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” at 10:45 am on Tuesday, April 16 in the Quad on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St, Bossier City, LA.

As part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the letter, the Birmingham Public Library in Birmingham, AL, is sponsoring a worldwide reading.

BPCC Reference Librarian and organizer of the BPCC reading Katie Jones says the College’s celebration will include faculty, staff, and students reading excerpts from the inspiring piece of American history:

“The ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’ has been called one of the most important written documents of the Civil Rights movement,” says Jones. “It is a perfect example of Martin Luther King Jr.’s innate ability to inspire change through rational dialogue. He redefined “civil disobedience” and what it means to do what you know is right, even in the face of adversity. While his letter addresses a specific incident, the message is timeless.”

BPCC Faculty and Staff readers include:
Dr. Henderson, Chancellor
Brenda Brantley, Dean of Learning Resources
Ray Scott Crawford, Dean of Communications and Performing Arts
Debra Harmon, Systems Librarian
Katie Jones, Reference Librarian

BPCC Student readers include:
Natalie Banks
Donyell Barela
Devin Cochran
Victoria Dallas
Erika Hill
Prince Loften
Alessa Rexer

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BPCC GUEST ARTIST SERIES PRESENTS BASS-BARITONE AND PIANO DUO

Release date: April 11, 2013

The Music Program at Bossier Parish Community College will present a Guest Artist Series performance featuring bass-baritone Shawn Roy and pianist Chan Kiat Lim at 3:30 pm April 23, in the Performing Arts Theatre on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA. This Guest Artist Series performance is free and open to the public.

The performance will include “At the River” by Aaron Copland; “September Song’” by Kurt Weill; and “Don Quichotte a Dulcineé” by Maurice Ravel.

The duo has performed concerts nationally. Both Roy and Lim are alumni of the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where Roy received his Master and Artist diploma in Opera and Lim received his Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Piano Performance. The performers are both faculty members of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette School of Music and Performing Arts.

Roy has appeared with opera companies across the United States and abroad including The New York City Opera National Company. He is also a teacher of note, with students winning awards at the state and regional level. In addition, he also works as a stage director where some of his productions include “Carmen” and “The Barber of Seville”.

An active recitalist, Lim has performed in the United States, Asia, and Europe. Lim is the winner of several competitions and has a strong interest in research on twentieth-century music—particularly by American composers.

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

BPCC NURSING PROGRAM TO HOLD INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS

Release date: April 11, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College will hold two informational meetings for anyone interested in learning more about nursing. The meetings will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, April 24 and 2:00 pm on Thursday, April 25 on the BPCC campus in Building B, Room 216, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

The meetings will give interested individuals information on BPCC’s Nursing Program (i.e. curriculum, requirements, etc) as well as answer any questions pertaining to the field of nursing in general. BPCC Nursing Program administrators and instructors will also be on-hand.

No registration is necessary.

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 in Nursing and received accreditation from the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission. The first class of nurses graduated in Fall 2011 and all of the eighteen graduates passed the national licensure exam on their first attempt.

For more information on the BPCC’s nursing program or any other Science, Nursing and Allied Health program, visit their web site.

BPCC LIBERAL ARTS INSTRUCTOR RECEIVES NATIONAL LITERARY AWARD FOR POETRY

Release date: April 11, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College Liberal Arts Instructor Katie Bickham was been awarded The Missouri Review’s Jeffrey E. Smith Editor’s Prize for poetry. The prize includes $5,000 (the largest dollar amount for poetry prizes in the US), publication of the winning material in the journal, and a trip to Missouri to give a public reading.

Katie BickhamEach year, The Missouri Review, the nation’s number one literary journal, selects a single winner in the three genres of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. The winners are presented at an awards ceremony at Missouri Country Club in Columbia, Missouri.

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When asked what it means to be a recipient of this national poetry prize, Bickham states, “This award has been the greatest affirmation of my writing life. Having The Missouri Review take a chance on a young, unestablished poet like myself really alters the way I look at my future. I’m stepping into the publication world with confidence and a real belief that there are no limitations on the possibilities of poetry in our society.”

Several of Bickham’s poems will be included in the upcoming publication. All of her poems were taken from a longer series called The Belle Mar. “The Belle Mar is a fictional plantation in South Louisiana, and each poem in the collection takes place in a different room of the house in a different year,” says Bickham. “The poems to be printed in TMR are “Dining Room, 1811”; “Kitchen, 1850”; “Master Bedroom, 1859”; “Front Porch, 1900”; “Widow’s Walk, 1917”; “Child’s Bedroom, 1933”; and “Parlor, 2012”.

Bickham has taught English at BPCC for more than two years as an adjunct instructor. In January, she became a full-time instructor.

She holds a bachelor of arts in English and a master of arts in liberal arts from Louisiana State University in Shreveport and is nearing completion of her MFA from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine.

The Missouri Review, founded in 1978, is one of the most highly-regarded literary magazines in the United States and have the reputation for finding and publishing the very best writers first for the past thirty-four years. Based at the University of Missouri and publish four issues each year, each issue contains approximately five new stories, three new poetry features, and two essays, all of which is selected from unsolicited submissions sent from writers throughout the world.

BPCC GOSPEL CHOIR TO PRESENT COMMUNITY CONCERT AT SHREVE MEMORIAL LIBRARY-WEST SHREVEPORT BRANCH

Release date: April 11, 2013

The BPCC Gospel Choir will present its Spring Community Concert at 4:30 pm today, Thursday, April 11 at Shreve Memorial Library West Shreveport Branch, 4380 Pines Road. The concert is free and open to the public.

“The concert will include a variety of sacred music including spirituals, traditional, and urban contemporary gospel music,” says Mr. Kenneth Cornelius, music director of the BPCC Gospel Choir.

In addition to performing, the students in the Gospel Choir will be donating gift certificates and new children’s books to benefit Shreve Memorial Library West Shreveport Branch’s Summer Reading Program.

“The concert is more than a community service event,” said Dr. Cindy Darby, BPCC Gospel Choir advisor. “It’s a great way to teach students to take part in solving community problems by helping those in need.”

The community is also encouraged to donate gift certificates or new children’s books.

To learn more about the BPCC Gospel Choir and its full-tuition scholarships, contact Dr. Cindy Darby, advisor, at (318) 678-6111 or cdarby@bpcc.edu.

GOLF TOURNAMENT BRINGS IN $13K FOR WORKFORCE TRAINING SCHOLARSHIPS

Release date: April 9, 2013

The Bossier Parish Community College Spring Swing 2013 Golf Tournament held recently at Old Oaks Golf Course raised more than $13,000 for workforce training scholarships. These scholarships will provide future students with the opportunity 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 Jim Henderson. “Workforce training solutions scholarships will allow BPCC to assist our future community leaders with career development and advancement.”

First place winners of the 18-hole, four-man scramble tournament were The Simple Church team - Curt Joiner, Cody Young, Teague Lampkin, and Ronnie Tubbs.

For more information on applying for a workforce training scholarship, contact BPCC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education at (318) 678-6015.

First place winners

The Simple Church team – (l to r) Curt Joiner, Cody Young, Teague Lampkin, and Ronnie Tubbs – won first place at BPCC’s Spring Swing 2013 Golf Tournament.

BPCC ANNOUNCES CAST AND CREW FOR DARK OF THE MOON

Release date: April 3, 2013

The Performing Arts of Bossier Parish Community College and the Cavalier Players announce the cast for Howard Richardson and William Berney’s witch play—Dark of the Moon. Performances are set for April 11–21 at the Performing Arts Theatre, Building C, on the BPCC campus, 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, Dean of Communication and Performing Arts, directs this eerie classic with Rona Leber-costume design; M.E. Kirk-scenery design; Keith Bruce-lighting and sound; and Rose Clayton-properties design. David White is Technical Coordinator and Bruce Wilson serves as Stage Manager.

This perennial favorite is based on the haunting folk ballad of Barbara Allen. Employing a large cast and imaginative settings in the Smoky Mountains, it recounts the story of John, a strange "witch boy" who upon first beholding the beautiful Barbara Allen immediately falls in love. He is given human form to woo and marry her on the condition that she remains true to him. The marriage is consummated and Barbara gives birth to a witch child whom the townspeople destroy in a superstitious frenzy. During a religious revival Barbara is led to make choices that will end forever the spell of love that binds her with John, sending him back to his life with the mountain witches.

"…gusto, vitality, humor, and a natural and easygoing way of introducing folk songs that adds up to an engaging evening on Broadway. There's a swing and spirit to the best scenes that had some of the audience tapping its feet and humming."-New York Post

The cast features many of BPCC’s theatre students as well as some of the Cavalier Players’ veteran performers. The cast includes Jesse Kortus, Luke Digilormo, Scout Pitman, Traci Campbell, Tuquisha Adams, Jay Allen, Lari Leber, Conner Snow, Denise Dalton, Robin Carlisle, Lin Rivers, Grady Savant, Jamie Johnstone, Chris Gonzales, Emily Dollar, Daniel Salazar, Liz Smith, Alexandra Harris, Johnny Marley, Elise Birmingham, Jasey Gilbert, Matthew Lorenz, Elizabeth Jones, Matt Carroll, and Shelbi Sappington.

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on April 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 and at 2:00 p.m. April 14 and April 21. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors, military, non-BPCC students and children.

For more information call the Theatre Program at 318-678-6021 or email: theatre@bpcc.edu.

FALL 2013 MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP AUDITION DATES ANNOUNCED AT BPCC

Release date: April 3, 2013

Audition dates for Fall 2013 music scholarships have been scheduled by the Music Program at Bossier Parish Community College for Saturday, April 13, and Saturday, May 11. The auditions will take place in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C), room 123 on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

To schedule an audition date and 30 minute time slot, students must call or e-mail the BPCC Music Program at (318) 678-6146, mhart@bpcc.edu.

Those 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 receive a music scholarship. Music scholarships are full-tuition scholarships that cover the cost of tuition. They 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 to date and there are a limited number of scholarships now available to be awarded for the Fall 2013 term,” Hart said. Last year, the BPCC Music Program awarded more than 40 full-tuition music scholarships to area students.

BPCC is the only public institution in the Shreveport/Bossier metropolitan area that offers the Associate of Arts Degree in Music. 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.

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE ANNOUNCES CAMP CAVS SUMMER YOUTH CAMPS 2013 OFFERINGS

Release date: April 3, 2013

Camp Cavs, BPCC’s summer program for kids, will be held in the months of June and July 2013. Camps are 3 or 4 hours and are scheduled Monday-Friday, unless otherwise noted. Camps are available for ages 5-18 and will include softball, basketball, karate, BMX, cheer, dance, guitar, theater/drama, painting, drawing, CSI, writing to name a few. All campers will receive T-shirts.

Registration for Camp Cavs is open, and camps will be held at Bossier Parish Community College campus, UNLESS otherwise noted. There may be additional supply fees associated with certain camps. For more information or to register, contact BPCC’s Workforce and Continuing Education Department at (318) 678-6015 or online. Campers must complete a release form prior to participation.

List of the 2013 CAMP CAVS campsPDF File

BPCC TO HOST ADJUNCT INSTRUCTORS JOB FAIR

Release date: March 28, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College will host an Adjunct Instructors Job Fair from 4:00pm-7:00pm on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Building A (Administration) lobby on the BPCC Campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Day, evening, and online part-time positions are available in all disciplines. Interested candidates are encouraged to attend and visit with division representatives. Candidates must have a master’s degree with 18 curriculum hours and teaching experience in higher education is preferable.

Additional skills include:

  • demonstration of teaching effectiveness
  • the ability to communicate effectively and harmoniously with students, colleagues, and others
  • a willingness to work with students who have a wide range of motivation level and academic abilities
For more information, contact BPCC Human Resources at 318-678-6040.

Date/Time:
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Location:
BPCC campus, Building A (Administration Building)
Bossier Parish Community College
6220 East Texas Street
Bossier City, Louisiana

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BPCC OFFERS GRANT-FUNDED SAFETY/HEALTH CLASS AT NO COST

Release date: March 20, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College Workforce Development and Continuing Education will offer a grant-funded safety/health class – Hazcom - GHS Classification and Labeling Changes – at no charge. The class is scheduled from 8:30am-12:45pm on Saturday, April 6 in Building D, Room 227 on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Hazcom - GHS Classification and Labeling Changes class is designed for high-hazard industry workers, manufacturers, distributors, owners, and managers designated with the responsibility of implementing new GHS requirements. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to describe the key elements of OSHA’s Hazard Communication standard revision.

Space is limited and seating is reserved. Register online for the class or call 318-678-6015.

BPCC CAVALIER BASEBALL “GOES PINK” FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

Release date: March 19, 2013

The BPCC Cavalier baseball team will don pink jerseys in honor of breast cancer awareness for its game at 3:00 pm Monday, March 25 against Eastfield College at BPCC ball field, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

All gate proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Admission to the game will be a donation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Donations for admission to the game are strictly on a volunteer basis.

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

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

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

BPCC MUSIC PROGRAM TO PRESENT SPRING JAZZ ENSEMBLE CONCERT

Release date: March 19, 2013

The BPCC Jazz Ensemble will present its Fall concert at 7:30 pm on Friday, April 5 in the Performing Arts Theatre on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert will include a variety of jazz related styles including swing, blues, ballads, jazz standards, and Latin. The performance will include “Missing Tooth” by Doug Beach; “Before We Say Goodbye” by Howard Rowe featuring Ben Johnson on Alto Sax; “Esperanto” by Doug Beach; “Alone Together” arranged by Dave Wolpe; “Blue Bossa” arranged by Mark Taylor; and “She Got the Benz, I Got the Blues”, a standard blues tune, by Jim Mahaffey.

“The BPCC Jazz Ensemble has been very active in the community in recent semesters,” says Dr. Michael Hart, the ensemble’s director. “We’ve performed for several Mardi Gras Krewes and local businesses.”

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

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

2013 MS BPCC AND MISS TINY CAVALIER CHOSEN

Release date: March 18, 2013

Jacqueline Willhite was named Ms. BPCC and Christina Guardado was selected Miss Tiny Cavalier at the 2013 Ms. BPCC Pageant held recently at the College campus.

Willhite, a freshman general science major, is the daughter of Jack and Mary Willhite. Guardado, age 5, is the daughter of Greg and Kim Banks.

Ms. BPCC first runner-up and Ms. Congeniality was Victoria Dallas, a sophomore communication media major and daughter of Kenneth and Erica Early. Kaylei’ Edwards, age 5 and daughter of Derrick and Torquenarda Edwards, was Miss Tiny Cavalier first runner-up.

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

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

Ms BPCC and Miss Tiny Cavalier

Front row (l to r):
Miss Tiny Cavalier 1st Runner-Up: Kaylei’ Edwards, Miss Tiny Cavalier 2013: Christina Guardado
Back row (l to r):
Ms. BPCC 1st Runner-Up and Ms. Congeniality: Victoria Dallas, Ms. BPCC 2013: Jacqueline Willhite

BPCC TO HOLD SENIOR FLING OPEN HOUSE ON MARCH 21

Release date: March 11, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College will open its gymnasium to local high school seniors and their parents for Senior Fling Open House at 6:00 pm Thursday, March 21, 2013.

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

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

With more than 7,900 students, BPCC has expanded programs in high demand areas including allied health, manufacturing, engineering, oil and gas, and cyber. Many of these programs are aligned with programs at 4-year institutions, giving students graduating from BPCC a seamless transfer to those schools.

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

Also a part of Senior Fling are performances by the Cavalier Cheerleaders and the Ladies-in-Gold Danceline. Attendees will also hear welcomes from BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson and BPCC SGA President Randy Stewart. BPCC Financial Aid staff will also provide informative and useful “funding your education” tips.

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

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

BPCC GUEST ARTIST SERIES PRESENTS SHREVEPORT OPERA ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

Release date: March 11, 2013

The Music Program at Bossier Parish Community College will present a Guest Artist Series performance featuring lyric baritone Adrian Rosales at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Rosales is a member of the Shreveport Opera Express and one of five Artists in Residence with the opera company for their 2012-2013 season.

The performance will include “Les Banalités” by Francis Poulenc; “Come Paride vezzoso’” from Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’amore”; “Look through the Port ...” from Benjamin Britten’s “Billy Budd”; and “Largo al factotum” from Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville”.

Adrian is from Portland, Oregon, and received his Master’s Degree in Vocal Arts/Opera from the University of Southern California, having studied with world-renowned baritone Rod Gilfry. Recently, Rosales played “Morales” in Opera-Theater Pittsburgh’s Carmen, “Leporello” in Don Giovanni with the Pacific Opera Project, and “Belcore” in L’Elisir d’Amore with Oberlin in Italy. An enthusiast of contemporary English works, Rosales lately sang “the Bass” in Michael Gordon’s Van Gogh with the “What’s Next?-Music Ensemble” in Los Angeles, pit-covered the title role and ’Spencer Coyle” in Britten’s Owen Wingrave, and presented John Adams The Wound-Dresser at USC.

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

BPCC DIVISION of COMMUNICATION and PERFORMING ARTS ANNOUNCES MOVIE AUDITIONS DATES

Release date: March 7, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College’s Division of Communication and Performing Arts announces open auditions for the upcoming BPCC Film Institute’s annual summer movie to be shot in June 2013.

Auditions will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 and Thursday, March 21, and at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 16 in BPCC’s Building D, Room 311, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Resumes and headshots preferred. If you do not already have one or both, there will be a free workshop at 3:00 p.m. Monday, March 11 in Building D-347 to assist you.

This year’s film tells the story of a single mother and teenage daughter struggling to make sense of paranormal happenings in their home. A seemingly friendly spirit follows Katie, the daughter, home from a friend’s, but the interactions soon become more and more malicious. With the help of friends, they realize this is no typical haunting.

In our summer 2013 movie production, we have speaking roles for the following:

Sara Landry – single mother; real estate agent 35-45
Katie Landry – Sara’s daughter 14-16
Ian – History Professor and author; Sara’s new friend 35-50
David Landry – mechanic; Katie’s dad 35-50
Barbara – eccentric, real estate agent; Sara’s coworker 35-45
Peggy – secretary at Sara’s work; believer in spirits 20-35
Zoe Miller – Katie’s friend; host of slumber party 14-16
Heather – Katie’s friend 14-16
Lori – Katie’s friend 14-16
Sam - college student 18-24
Tony – college student 18-24
Lisa – college student 18-24
Monica Rouseau – medium 30+
Mrs. Miller – Zoe’s mother 35-45
Mr. Miller – Zoe’s father 35-45
Hostess at restaurant 18+
Police Officer (2 or 3) 18+
Princess – young slave woman 14-18
Malachi Timms – plantation owner 40+
Grace – slave woman 30-40

There are non-speaking roles for adults of all ages.

For more information on auditions or the workshop, contact Stella Thompson at (318) 678-6038.

BPCC AND UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT MONROE SIGN 2+2 AGREEMENT FOR OTA STUDENTS

Release date: March 6, 2013

BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson and University of Louisiana at Monroe President Dr. Nick Bruno signed a new Memorandum of Understanding today that expands on the 2010 agreement, allowing for an even larger collaboration between the two institutions.

The initial 2010 agreement enables students to earn a two-year Associate of Science in Health Care Management at BPCC and then transfer to ULM’s two-year online Healthcare Management and Marketing program, which results in a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management and Marketing.

The new amendment to the standing agreement will add the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. Students who obtain an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant at BPCC will be able to continue their education at ULM and complete the program with a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies. With the Occupational Therapy Assistant A.S. and the B.S. in Health Studies, students will qualify for admissions into ULM's graduate program in Occupational Therapy.

BPCC Chancellor Dr. Jim Henderson welcomes the expansion to the schools’ partnership. “This agreement between Bossier Parish Community College and University of Louisiana-Monroe continues the rich partnership that has existed for years,” said Chancellor Henderson. “Our colleges share a commitment to improving lives through education. The leveraging of resources resulting from this agreement will enable us to expand access to students across this region.”

BPCC Chancellor Dr. Jim Henderson and ULM President Dr. Nick Bruno

BPCC Chancellor Dr. Jim Henderson (left) and ULM President Dr. Nick Bruno sign the new MOU today at Bossier Parish Community College.

BPCC OFFICE OF DIVERSTY AND MULTICULTURAL RELATIONS ANNOUNCES NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH EVENTS

Release date: March 4, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Relations, in collaboration with The Multicultural Affairs Advisory Committee, announces events celebrating National Women’s History Month.

The month-long celebration, sponsored by the national non-profit organization—National Women’s History Project, honors generations of women who throughout American history have used their intelligence, imagination, sense of wonder, and tenacity to make extraordinary contributions to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields.

Each year, March is designated as National Women’s History Month to ensure that the history of American women will be recognized and celebrated in schools, workplaces, and communities throughout the country. This year’s theme is Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Events at BPCC this month include Women’s Wellness Wednesday Workshops:

2013 Top Women Beauty Tips
Wednesday, March 6
1:30 p.m.
Location: D-226

Participants will have an opportunity to engage in ongoing discussions about the latest skincare, makeup application tips, exfoliation, and beauty advice from a beauty consultant and aesthetician.

Women in the Arts: Featuring Artist Sierra Pearce
“The Phenomena of Nature, Science, and Imaginative Themed Art”
Wednesday, March 13
1:30 p.m.
Location: D-226

Discover more about the work of Sierra Pearce, a talented woman artist devoted to promoting the beauty of nature and science. Pearce uses various forms of media such as: printmaking, ceramics, drawing, and painting. She will give a presentation on her background, inspirations for her work throughout the years, and will talk about various techniques she uses in her work.

Women’s Health: Healthy Energy Boosting Foods
Wednesday, March 20
1:30 p.m.
Location: D-226

Are you curious about all the hype surrounding healthy foods today? Discover healthy and delicious foods that are readily available in your supermarket and how they will drastically give you more energy, benefit your body, mind, and boost your immune system.

These events are free and open to the public. For additional information about the BPCC events, contact Dr. Cindy Darby at (318) 678-6111.

The National Women's History Project, founded in 1980, is an educational nonprofit organization. Its mission is to recognize and celebrate the diverse and historic accomplishments of women by providing information and educational materials and programs.

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BPCC GUEST ARTIST SERIES PRESENTS TUBA RECITAL

Release date: March 4, 2013

The Music Program at Bossier Parish Community College will present a Guest Artist Series performance featuring Dr. Joe L. Alexander at 3:30pm on Tuesday, March 12, in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre, 6220 E Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

Valentin Bogdan will accompany Dr. Alexander on piano. The recital will include music by Domenico Scarlatti, Johannes Brahms, Alberto Ginastera, and Ludwig van Beethoven. Dr. Alexander is a member of the music faculty at Louisiana Tech University. He serves as the tuba and theory instructor. Dr. Alexander will also perform two of his own compositions for this recital.

This Guest Artist Series performance is free and open to the public.

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

BPCC AND ULM EXPAND ON 2+2 AGREEMENT

Release date: March 1, 2013

In 2010, Bossier Parish Community College signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Louisiana at Monroe to offer a unique opportunity for students seeking four-year degrees in health care management.

At 10 a.m., on Wednesday, March 6, on the BPCC campus, the two schools will sign a new MOU that expands on the 2010 agreement, allowing for an even larger collaboration between the two institutions.

The initial 2010 agreement enables students to earn a two-year Associate of Science in Health Care Management at BPCC and then transfer to ULM’s two-year online Healthcare Management and Marketing program, which results in a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management and Marketing.

The new amendment to the standing agreement will add the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. Students who obtain an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant at BPCC will be able to continue their education at ULM and complete the program with a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies. With the Occupational Therapy Assistant A.S. and the B.S. in Health Studies, students will qualify for admissions into ULM's graduate program in Occupational Therapy.

BPCC Chancellor Dr. Jim Henderson welcomes the expansion to the schools’ partnership. “This agreement between Bossier Parish Community College and University of Louisiana-Monroe continues the rich partnership that has existed for years,” said Chancellor Henderson. “Our colleges share a commitment to improving lives through education. The leveraging of resources resulting from this agreement will enable us to expand access to students across this region.”

ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno also looks forward to the agreement expansion. “I am pleased that ULM has the opportunity to work with BPCC on the development of this MOU,” said ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno. “It is our goal to partner with institutions of higher education in order to provide the citizens of Louisiana more opportunities to secure four year degrees if they so choose. We support the mission of the community colleges and stand prepared to partner whenever practical.”

Attending the signing from the University of Louisiana at Monroe is President Bruno, Dr. Eric Pani (VPAA), Dr. Denny Ryman (Dean, College of Health Sciences), Dr. Judy Fellows (Associate Dean, COHS) and Dr. Jessica Dolecheck (Department Chair, Health Studies, COHS).

BPCC faculty and staff attending in addition to Chancellor Henderson include Dr. Stan Wilkins (Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs), Carolyn Burroughs (Dean, Division of Science, Nursing and Allied Health), Kelly Brandon (BPCC Science, Nursing and Allied Health OTA instructor) Beth Gleason (BPCC Science, Nursing and Allied Health OTA instructor) and BPCC OTA students.

GUEST ARTIST SERIES CELLO RECITAL TO BE PRESENTED AT BPCC

Release date: February 25, 2013

Paul Christopher and two of his students, Christina Lake and Milovan Paz, will present a cello recital at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, March 5 in the Performing Arts Theatre on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St, Bossier City, LA, as part of the Music Program’s Guest Artist Series.

The recital will include cello etude duets, by Jacques Offenbach and the “Duo for Two Violoncelli in G minor, Opus 54, No. 1” by Offenbach.

Paul Christopher is Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Low Strings at Northwestern State University. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from the New England Conservatory of Music and his Master of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Memphis. He has performed guest artist recitals in Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Texas. Christopher has appeared on numerous recordings as a member of the Nashville String Machine with artists such as Faith Hill, Ricky Skaggs, Bruce Springsteen, and George Strait. He has also recorded four CDs devoted to the cello duos of Jacques Offenbach on the Human Metronome label.

This concert is free and open to the public.

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

FALL 2013 MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP AUDITION DATES ANNOUNCED AT BPCC

Release date: February 25, 2013

Audition dates for Fall 2013 music scholarships have been scheduled by the Music Program at Bossier Parish Community College for Saturday, March 9, Saturday, April 13, and Saturday, May 11. The auditions will take place in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C), room 123 on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

To schedule an audition date and 30 minute time slot, students must call or e-mail the BPCC Music Program at (318) 678-6146, mhart@bpcc.edu.

Those 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 receive a music scholarship. Music scholarships are full-tuition scholarships that cover the cost of tuition. They 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 to date and there are a limited number of scholarships now available to be awarded for the Fall 2013 term,” Hart said. Last year, the BPCC Music Program awarded more than 40 full-tuition music scholarships to area students.

BPCC is the only public institution in the Shreveport/Bossier metropolitan area that offers the Associate of Arts Degree in Music. 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 GUEST ARTIST SERIES PRESENTS NSU WIND SYMPHONY

Release date: February 20, 2013

The Music Program at Bossier Parish Community College will present a Guest Artist Series performance featuring the NSU Wind Symphony at 3:30 pm February 28 in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre, Building C, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The NSU Wind Symphony, under the direction of Bill Brent, will perform literature composed specifically for wind band.

Brent is currently the director of the Alice E. Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts and Director of Bands at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. He holds the Bachelor of Music Education and the Master of Music degrees from the University of Texas-Austin. Among his professional organization memberships are the College Band Directors Association, Louisiana Music Educators Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and Phi Beta Mu. In 2007, Brent was inducted into the Louisiana Music Educators Association Hall of Fame.

This Guest Artist Series performance is free and open to the public.

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

BPCC SPONSORS LOUISIANA REGION I SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR 2013 AT BOSSIER CIVIC CENTER

Release date: February 20, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College, Kilpatrick's Rose-Neath Funeral Home, and The City of Bossier will sponsor the 2013 Louisiana Region I Science and Engineering Fair February 28-March 2, at the Bossier Civic Center, 620 Benton Road, Bossier City, LA.

The 2013 Region I Science and Engineering Fair marks the 39th year BPCC has served as host.

The Fair includes students in grades 4-12 from a 5-parish area: Bossier, Caddo, DeSoto, Red River, and Webster. More than 500 students compete annually and are judged by 135 professionals from throughout the area.

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

The Region I Fair begins Friday, March 1 with judging from 9:00am-11:30am and 12:30pm-3:00pm. Public visitation is from 6:00pm-8:00pm on Friday and from 8:30am-10:00am Saturday, March 2, with the awards ceremony scheduled from 10:00am-11:00am on Saturday.

With more than $3000 in cash and other awards, first place winners in Division B (middle school grades 6-8) and Division C (high school grades 9-12) qualify for the Louisiana State Science Fair in Baton Rouge March 25-27.

In addition to hosting the Region I Science and Engineering Fair, Bossier Parish Community College also sponsors 2-3 students each year for the International Science and Engineering Fair. The ISEF will be held May 11-17 in Phoenix, AZ. BPCC faculty members have also participated at ISEF as judges, advisory council and display and safety committee members.

For more information on the Region I Science and Engineering Fair, contact Bob Boykin at (318) 678-6067.

BPCC DIVISION OF COMMUNICATION AND PERFORMING ARTS HOSTS EXHIBIT IN THE COLLEGE’S DONNA SERVICE GALLERY

Release date: February 18, 2013

Setting the Stage: The Design and Craft of the Theatre

The Bossier Parish Community College’s Division of Communication and Performing Arts announces its upcoming theatre design exhibit.

Dates:
February 20th through March 6th

Location:
Donna Service Gallery
Building A, BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA

Opening Reception:
1:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 20th

“Setting the Stage: The Design and Craft of the Theatre celebrates the behind the scenes work of the visual designer’s contribution to the art of live theatre,” says Exhibit Coordinator Mark Kirk, interim design instructor at BPCC.

The show features examples of work produced by members of the faculty, staff and students of the Division of Communication and Performing Arts. On exhibit are numerous drawings, scale models and photographs of theatre sets, lighting equipment, properties and actual costumes produced for the theatre.

The show is free and open to the public. BPCC’s Donna Service Gallery is open from 9:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

BPCC FOUNDATION, INC TO HOLD ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD PROGRAM

Release date: February 14, 2013

The BPCC Foundation, Inc., will hold its Annual Scholarship Award program and luncheon honoring Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 recipients and benefactors at 11:30 am Friday, February 15 at Silver Star Smokehouse, 1201 Dixie Overland Rd, Bossier City, LA.

Sixty-eight scholarship awards totaling approximately $70,000 will be presented to students at the luncheon.

“BPCC offers the most affordable options for higher education in this region, yet given the current economic climate, paying for education is still a major concern for families,” says BPCC Foundation Director Stephanie Rogers. “Partners who underwrite the Foundation’s annual scholarship funds help remove some of these financial barriers. They not only grant access to a college education, but expand career options for graduates which, in turn, lead to a stronger regional economy.”

In addition to presenting students with the scholarship awards, the Foundation will also present two corporate partners with the BPCC Foundation’s Philanthropy Award. This award is given to those corporate partners whose philanthropic gifts have significantly impacted the lives of our students and academic programs. This year, the Philanthropy Award is presented to two partners:

  • Capital One Bank for providing $30K needed to secure the matching funds for the Board of Regents to establish the $50,000 First Generation Undergraduate Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • The Community Foundation for investing $100K to establish:
    • Annie Lowe Stiles Healthcare Award
    • Annie Lowe Stiles Energy Award

The BPCC Foundation is grateful to all of its annual partners who support the student scholarship funds. “Dedicated partners like Capital One, The Community Foundation and others allow BPCC students to accomplish their dreams,” says Foundation Board of Directors President Hedy Hebert.

BPCC Foundation, Inc., is a non-profit 501 (c)3 organization whose mission is to raise monies that will provide additional student scholarships, sponsor faculty and staff professional development workshops, and to support the athletic programs for the College.

The 2012-13 BPCC Foundation Board of Directors officers include Hedy Hebert, president; David “Rocky” Rockett, first vice-president; Cliff LeBlanc, second vice-president; Tom Glass, treasurer; and John T. Hubbard, secretary. Other members are Jeff Darby, Markey Pierre, Jeff Thompson, Ray Tromba, and Mike Woods. Ex-officio members include Dr. Jim Henderson, BPCC Chancellor; Billy Wayne Montgomery, Cavalier Athletic Foundation; Jeffrey Anderson, BPCC Faculty Senate President; and Lynda Dickson, BPCC Staff Senate President.

See list below of scholarship recipients, majors, and benefactors. For more information, contact Stephanie Rogers at (318) 678-6010.

AWARD NAME RECIPIENT MAJOR Period
FALL 2012        
Bossier Volunteer Guild Jackalin Schaffner Nursing fall 2012
BPCC Foundation Carly Davis Medical Assistant fall 2012
BPCC Foundation Jennifer Donaldson EMT/Paramedic Program fall 2012
BPCC Foundation Ashley Green Physical Therapist Asst. fall 2012
BPCC Foundation Lovely Sharma Nursing fall 2012
BPCC Foundation Connie Shell General Studies fall 2012
BPCC Foundation Tina Love General Studies fall 2012
BPCC Foundation in Honor of AT&T Denzel Allen Communications fall 2012
BPCC Foundation in Honor of Encana Tyler C. Gregory Oil and Gas Production Technology fall 2012
Chancellor's Student Support Award Layne LeBleu Geology fall 2012
Chesapeake Energy Andela Jackson Oil and Gas Production Technology fall 2012
Chesapeake Energy Cory Randle Industrial Technology fall 2012
Christine LeGrand Memorial Courtney Coats Teaching fall 2012
Citizens National Bank Sydni Sturdivant Business Administration fall 2012
Community Foundation's Annie Lowe Stiles Energy John R. Carlisle Oil and Gas Production Technology fall 2012
Community Foundation's Annie Lowe Stiles Energy Ryan J. Hoechten Industrial Technology fall 2012
Community Foundation's Annie Lowe Stiles Energy James McKeown CTS-Energy Services fall 2012
Community Foundation's Annie Lowe Stiles Energy Brian McWilliams CTS-Construction Technology fall 2012
Community Foundation's Annie Lowe Stiles Energy Patrick Short CTS-Construction Technology fall 2012
Community Foundation's Annie Lowe Stiles Health Care Kristen DuHamel Pharmacy Technician fall 2012
Community Foundation's Annie Lowe Stiles Health Care Timothy Ethridge Physical Therapist Asst. fall 2012
Community Foundation's Annie Lowe Stiles Health Care Shelley Wang Nursing fall 2012
Community Foundation's Annie Lowe Stiles Health Care Michelle Willis Pharmacy Technician fall 2012
Cpt. Robert Jones, In Memory of Charli Beall Criminal Justice fall 2012
Craig Nelson, Pvt 1st Class Memorial Britney Roland Business fall 2012
Darla Logan Memorial Cara Timerding Theatre fall 2012
GBEDF Working Adults Valerie Jones Allied Health fall 2012
GBEDF Working Adults Kenneth Quarales General Studies fall 2012
GBEDF Working Adults Aisha Taylor Nursing fall 2012
In Memory of Mrs. Al Lyons Chelsea Horton Nursing fall 2012
Johnny Wyatt Public Service Derek E. Owen Criminal Justice fall 2012
Kenneth Black Memorial  and    GBEDF Working Adults Jo'Cody Washington General Studies fall 2012
Southern Farm Bureau Insurance In Honor of Brian Mitchell Audrey Booth-Edwards Telecommunications fall 2012
         
SPRING 2013        
BPCC Foundation In Honor of Benny Murphy Patrick Lewis Computer Information Systems spring 2013
BPCC Foundation Middle College Landon Morvant Communications spring 2013
Chancellor's Student Support Award Chekera Smith General Studies spring 2013
Chancellor's Student Support Award Elizabeth Girard General Studies spring 2013
Chesapeake Energy Tyler Gregory Petroleum Engineering spring 2013
Community Foundation's Annie Lowe Stiles Energy John Whited CTS-Energy Conservation spring 2013
Community Foundation's Annie Lowe Stiles Energy Juan Ybarra CTS-Energy Conservation spring 2013
Community Foundation's Annie Lowe Stiles Energy John Carlisle CTS-Energy Services spring 2013
Community Foundation's Annie Lowe Stiles Energy Jason McHalffey CTS-Construction Tech. spring 2013
Community Foundation's Annie Lowe Stiles Energy Brian McWilliams CTS-Energy Conservation spring 2013
Community Foundation's Annie Lowe Stiles Energy Vanessa Reeves CTS-Energy Conservation spring 2013
Community Foundation's Annie Lowe Stiles Health Care Loretta Bean Respiratory Therapy spring 2013
Community Foundation's Annie Lowe Stiles Health Care Ronald Carter Nursing spring 2013
Community Foundation's Annie Lowe Stiles Health Care Brandi Cathey Physical Therapy Asst. spring 2013
Community Foundation's Annie Lowe Stiles Health Care Tricia Cobb Nursing spring 2013
Community Foundation's Annie Lowe Stiles Health Care Cindy Corley Respiratory Therapy spring 2013
Community Foundation's Annie Lowe Stiles Health Care Kristine Davies Pharmacy Technician spring 2013
Community Foundation's Annie Lowe Stiles Health Care Timothy Ethridge Physical Therapy Asst. spring 2013
Community Foundation's Annie Lowe Stiles Health Care Tanya Griffith Paramedic spring 2013
Community Foundation's Annie Lowe Stiles Health Care Chelsey Houlton Medical Office Specialist spring 2013
Community Foundation's Annie Lowe Stiles Health Care Shawn Jones Pharmacy Technician spring 2013
Community Foundation's Annie Lowe Stiles Health Care Lakishia Marshall Medical Office Specialist spring 2013
Community Foundation's Annie Lowe Stiles Health Care Terry McAndrews Medical Assistant spring 2013
Community Foundation's Annie Lowe Stiles Health Care Kathleen Parker Paramedic spring 2013
Community Foundation's Annie Lowe Stiles Health Care Michelle Pilgreen Physical Therapy Asst. spring 2013
Community Foundation's Annie Lowe Stiles Health Care Courtney Reeve Pharmacy Technician spring 2013
Community Foundation's Annie Lowe Stiles Health Care Aronn Riepe-Johnson Medical Office Specialist spring 2013
Community Foundation's Annie Lowe Stiles Health Care Ralph Robison Physical Therapy Asst. spring 2013
Community Foundation's Annie Lowe Stiles Health Care James Smith Medical Office Specialist spring 2013
Community Foundation's Annie Lowe Stiles Health Care Dodie Snyder Medical Assistant spring 2013
Community Foundation's Annie Lowe Stiles Health Care Sherry Swanton Nursing spring 2013
Essie Mae Winfield Aisha Taylor Nursing spring 2013
Gibsland Bank & Trust Maria G. Austin Legal Secretary spring 2013
Johnny Wyatt Tracy Lyle Criminal Justice spring 2013
Margaret Fowler Covington, In Honor of Bongkodmas Kimbrell Nursing spring 2013

BPCC HOLDS OPEN HOUSE FOR LOCAL MANUFACTURING COMPANIES TO GET A GLIMPSE of NEW OFFERINGS

Release date: February 13, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College opens its doors to local manufacturing employers, Workforce Investment Boards, and government entities from 2:00 pm-5:00 pm on Monday, February 25—giving them a first-hand glimpse of what the College’s new Industrial Readiness training course and skills assessment will provide for the area’s future workforce.

The Industrial Readiness Training Open House, held in Building F, Room 203, will give manufacturers an opportunity to see what BPCC offers students and how this new training course is designed to prepare those students for the needs of companies in Northwest Louisiana.

The training course will teach individuals soft skills like safety, communication and team-building and hard skills like basic mechanics and math; however, a unique component of the course is it is conducted on behalf of an employer and that employer will be able to assess the students while they go through the course. Industrial Readiness Training is a preview for the employer to see the skills and behaviors as the students learn them.

Attendees of the open house will hear presentations from John Churchill, program director from Southwest Tennessee Community College which implemented the same collaborative effort in Tennessee. Churchill will discuss Southwest Tennessee Community College’s program and how employers appreciate being able to see the individuals in a work environment prior to hiring them.

Also included in the open house presentation is a hands-on demonstration of training and assessment tool and curriculum by Stephen Berry of Scientific-Management Techniques, a global leader in "Hands On" Manufacturing Skills Assessment programs. The assessment machines use test aptitudes, determine a future employee’s skill level, and determine employee needs. Hiring costs will be reduced because employers are assured the person already has the skill set needed for the job.

BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson says this assessment/training is just the beginning. “BPCC is ready to meet all training needs for manufacturers with workforce training and education.”

Henderson adds, “Our goal with this opportunity is to better define employable candidates, and make them work-ready for entry level positions. We will work with the companies to meet specific education and training needs beyond basic skills and assessments.”

The Manufacturing Managers Council of Northwest Louisiana applauds the production of programs that feed skilled workers into the local workforce.

“From the MMC’s perspective, developing programs that will produce qualified candidates for entry level manufacturing positions is vital to the continued growth of the manufacturing industry, currently the 5th largest employment sector in NWLA,” says Angie White with the North Louisiana Economic Partnership. “With recent announcements from Ronpak, Benteler Steel and Elio Motors, manufacturing should remain a leading employment sector in the region for the foreseeable future.”

Linda Sonnier, program director in BPCC’s Division of Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and who has been key in getting this program developed at BPCC, says all have an opportunity to work together to make a better workforce for NW Louisiana.

“It’s partnerships between BPCC, employers, Workforce Investment Boards and others that are the cornerstone for preparing students for future job opportunities.”

For more information on the Industrial Readiness Open House or BPCC program, contact Linda Sonnier at (318) 678-6524 or lsonnier@bpcc.edu.

BPCC DEBATE TEAM TO HOST INTERCOLLEGIATE DEBATE TOURNAMENT

Release date: February 13, 2013

The BPCC Debate Team will host the 5th Annual Eddy Shell Invitational Debate Tournament February 22-24 on the College campus, 6220 E. Texas St, Bossier City, LA.

The competition, expected to draw 15 colleges/universities and approximately 200 students, is named in honor of Dr. Edwin T. “Eddy” Shell, who taught speech at BPCC for forty years until his passing in 2008 after a battle with cancer.

In its first four years, the tournament has attracted 29 different colleges and universities from seven states to the BPCC campus. BPCC Debate Team Captain Erika Hill is looking forward to having the tournament at her home campus.

“Throughout the year, we get the opportunity to visit campuses throughout the region and meet students from schools across the nation,” says Hill. “This tournament at BPCC gives us a chance to showcase our campus.”

Debate team coach Bob Alexander added, “This event provides us the chance to both honor the memory of Dr. Shell and provide a unique opportunity for BPCC students, faculty, staff and members of the community to see some of the top intercollegiate debaters who will ultimately be the leaders of their generation.”

Competition runs from 11:45 am-800 pm on Friday, Feb. 22, 8:00 am-10:00 pm on Saturday, Feb. 23 and 8:30 am-500 pm on Sunday, February 24, and will be headquartered in Building F.

Volunteers are needed to serve as judges. No prior experience is required and judges’ training will be available. If you would like to learn more about the tournament or would like to volunteer, to judge, contact BPCC Debate Team Coach Bob Alexander at (318) 678-6460.

WINTER’S NIGHT PERFORMANCE SCHEDULED AT BPCC

Release date: February 8, 2013

The Music Program at BPCC will present another concert in its Guest Artist Series at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, February 19, in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre, Building C, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Randall Sorensen (trumpet) and Shayla Blake (piano) will present a concert featuring music inspired by images of winter and night.

The program will feature the works of British composers Howard Blake and Cecilia McDowall and American composers David Snow and Richard Peaslee. The final selection of the program will feature music by Howard Blake written for the children’s animated film The Snowman which will be accompanied by clips from the movie.

Dr. Sorensen is a music faculty member at Louisiana Tech University.

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

BPCC STUDENT NURSES ASSOCIATION BEGINS “TUFF STUFF” TOY DRIVE

Release date: February 7, 2013

Members of BPCC Student Nurses Association placing a Tuff Stuff collection box in a building on campus. BPCC Student Nurses Association will be collecting new or gently used stuffed animals through the month of February as part of its “Tuff Stuff” Toy Drive. Student nurses will donate the stuffed animals to local police and fire departments who will give to children in times of crisis (domestic violence calls, house fires, etc.).

“We feel this is a great opportunity for BPCC’s student nurses to give back to the community,” says BPCC SNA President Dolores Landry. “We have set a goal of collecting 500 stuffed animals by February 28.”

Collection boxes have been set up on the first floor of each building on the BPCC campus.

BPCC Student Nurses Association members choose a service project to participate in each semester. “Involvement in service projects provides nursing students with the opportunity to make positive changes in the lives of others. They also get to experience the joy that comes with service to those in need,” says Katie Salley, BPCC Nursing Program Instructor and Student Nurses Association Advisor.

The BPCC Student Nurses’ Association meets twice each month to plan and evaluate community service projects and fundraising activities. Upcoming events for SNA include a t-shirt sale, participation in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Bossier on April 26, 2013, and an orientation brunch for first level clinical students in the fall.

Pictured are members of BPCC Student Nurses Association placing a “Tuff Stuff” collection box in a building on campus.

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE LAUNCHES 360° VIRTUAL TOUR

Release date: February 6, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College launches its virtual campus tour, BPCC 360°, on the College’s website. BPCC 360° gives prospective students, parents, and the community a chance to tour the BPCC campus online from anywhere, anytime. The BPCC virtual tour is the first-of-its-kind for a college in the Shreveport-Bossier area.

Partnering with YouVisit.com, a national virtual campus tour company providing virtual tours for colleges such as Yale, University of Arkansas, Vanderbilt, and West Point, BPCC’s virtual tour features realistic online walking tours with rich media, video content and 360-degree panoramic views. Interactive and three-dimensional, the tour will give students, parents and visitors a glimpse of the College campus.

“Providing this interactive virtual tour allows us reach out to those who may not be able to come to campus for a personal visit,” says Public Relations Director Tracy McGill. “Virtually ‘walking’ around campus allows the viewer to see first-hand all of our world-class facilities and programs. Students can see into classrooms, labs, library and even the bookstore.”

Virtual TourBPCC’s virtual tour can found on the College’s homepage, by clicking on the 360° icon on the bottom right of webpage. Photos and other information will regularly be updated on the tour.

BPCC 360° is just the first of a series of new virtual additions for the College. The new BPCC App will launch in the next month and BPCC 360° virtual tour will also be uploaded on the College’s Facebook page.Will open new browser window or tabThe BPCC App will be available for Apple® and Android® (and also compatible with Mobile Browsers) and will be complete with full GPS and campus tour components, as well as with maps, news, athletics, academics, videos, and much more.

“Once the app is available, anyone will be able to explore BPCC directly on our website, Facebook page, mobile devices, and other highly popular platforms,” says McGill.

These virtual additions also add to BPCC’s innovative mix of online offerings for the community. Last fall, BPCC launched Discover bpcc, a series of mini-lectures varying in length anywhere from 2-14 minutes on courses such as English, math, art, biology, business administration, and reading. Designed to offer the community a little taste of the college classroom experience—wherever they are, the mini-lectures can be viewed free of charge and with no obligation by clicking on the Discover bpcc web banner on the BPCC website or go directly to the Discover bpcc web site.

BPCC ANNOUNCES PERFORMANCES AND CAST FOR 2013 CHILDREN’S SHOW HENNY PENNY AND THE LITTLE RED HEN

Release date: February 6, 2013

The Communication and Performing Arts Division of Bossier Parish Community College and the Cavalier Players announce the cast for the upcoming children’s show, Henny Penny and the Little Red Hen, directed by Keith Bruce. Show dates are 6:00 pm on February 15 and 22, and 2:00 pm on February 16-17 and 23-24, in the BPCC Performing Arts Theater, Building C, 6220 E. Texas St, Bossier City, LA.

“Henny Penny and the Little Red Hen is a wonderfully wacky multimedia experience for all ages. The original play by Stephen W. Slaughter offers singing, adventure, and a fun time for all,” said Director Keith Bruce.

The cast will feature Matthew Lorenze, Johnny Marley, Jasey Gilbert, Elise Birmingham, Katia Powell, Traci Campbell, Jill Harper, Robin Carlisle, Allison Miller, Denise Dalton, David Coston, Lacey Smiley, Samuel Copeland, Prince Lofton, Grady Savant, Simon Crader, Erin Foster, Luke Digilormo, Jesse Kortus, Bruce Wilson, Channing Ewing, and Jamie Johnstone. David White will design sets, Keith Bruce will design lights and animations, Rona Leber will design costumes, and Ray Scott Crawford will serve as music director.

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

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE ANNOUNCES EVENTS FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2013

Release date: February 4, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College announces events scheduled for Black History Month 2013:

Take Me Back: A Tribute to Gospel Music-presented by the BPCC Gospel Choir
February 21 – 11:30 am–12:30 pm
Location: Student Services Building, Building F, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA

The BPCC Gospel Choir will hold a concert in honor of Black History Month entitled Take Me Back: A Tribute to Gospel Music. The choir will perform variety of selections ranging from hand clapping spirituals to church gospels. The BPCC Gospel Choir, under the direction of Kenneth Cornelius, will also feature Kelvin Johnson on drums and Jessica Douglas on bass. “The performance is part of BPCC Gospel Choir’s outreach to the community,” says Dr. Cindy Darby, BPCC Gospel Choir Advisor.

2nd Annual African American Literary Read-In
February 28 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Donna Service Gallery, Building A, on the BPCC campus, 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

BPCC will host the 2nd Annual African American Literary Read-In on February 28, 2013 in the Donna Service Gallery on the BPCC campus, 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City, LA. This event is part of the 24th National African American Read-In
celebrated by participants from 49 states.

The African American Literary Read-In 2013, celebrated during Black History Month, promotes literacy. Among the readers at BPCC will be Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, Dean Communications and Performing Arts; Dr. Frances S. Conley, Instructor, Liberal Arts; Dr. Dawn Young, Professor, Behavioral and Social Sciences; and Ellen Boose, Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts.

Attendees will hear passages from selected literary works and contributions of African American authors and poets. The National African American Literary Read-In was established by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) in 1990 and is sanctioned by the NCTE and endorsed by the International Reading Association.

This event is free and open to the public.

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

Release date: January 31, 2013

The Bossier Parish Community College Division of Communication and Performing Arts and the Cavalier Players announce auditions for the 2013 Annual Spring Festival of One-Act Plays at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, in the BPCC Theatre, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Seven short plays are to be cast and numerous actors are needed. Roles are available for both males and females, ages 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 prepare a one-minute contemporary monologue. Those without prepared material will be given readings from the scripts at the audition.

BPCC’s Theatre program is showcasing the work of seven student directors, two of which are slotted to graduate this May with BPCC’s Associate of Arts in Performing Arts degree. The graduating directors are Jasey Gilbert and Scout Pittman. Other directors include Donyell Barela, Dalton Brooks, Amber Mattingly, Stefan Rambin, and Grady Savant. The Spring Festival will offer a full evening of theatre and will mark the theatre program’s thirteenth season of student-directed work.

The performance of the seven plays will be Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. Generally, the one-act festival is rated PG for adult audiences.

For more information or for directions to the theatre, please contact Jim Boyter, Performing Arts Manager, at 318-678-6021.

BPCC CONTINUES TO BREAK ENROLLMENT RECORDS

Release date: January, 31, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College once again reports the highest spring enrollment in its 45-year history. With 7,710 students, BPCC enrollment increased 10.25% over spring 2012.

Chancellor Jim Henderson attributes the enrollment increase to a number of factors. “BPCC has purposefully invested in programs aligned with opportunities in this regional economy: nursing and allied health, engineering technologies, oil and gas, cyber,” says Henderson. “In addition, we have strengthened the whole of our academic offerings to ensure BPCC is the college of choice for those beginning their higher education journey.”

Based on 14th class day credit enrollment figures, BPCC’s enrollment increased 717 students from 6,993 students in spring 2012.

Henderson adds, “The faculty and staff at BPCC are dedicated to the prospects of access and success, finding innovative ways to serve more students with higher quality. As a result, BPCC continues to be one of the most efficient colleges in the state in terms of tax dollars appropriated per student, and one of the highest performing according to GRAD Act performance metrics.”

What’s next in BPCC’s future? Henderson looks to new and innovative programs and services to meet the local workforce needs. “We have yet to realize our full potential or satisfy the needs of this regional economy,” says Henderson. “We will continue to develop high demand programs delivered through innovative means providing students with unparalleled paths to opportunity and giving our employers a talent-based competitive advantage.”

BPCC Enrollment Growth (last 5 spring semesters)
2009: 4,759
2010: 5,647
2011: 6,619
2012: 6,993
2013: 7,710

FACULTY PIANO DUET RECITAL SLATED AT BPCC

Release date: January 30, 2013

The Music Program at Bossier Parish Community College will present a faculty piano duet recital featuring Gulya Chandler and Joy Ratcliff at 7:30 pm on Friday, February 8 in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA. The recital is free and open to the public.

The repertoire will include Sonata in D Major, K. 381, by W. A. Mozart; Fantasy in F Minor Op. 103, by Franz Schubert; and Dolly, Op. 36 by Gabriel Faure.

Chandler is a graduate of Kazan State Conservatory (Russia), where she earned bachelor and master of arts degrees in music, and has also completed the MAT program at Centenary College of Louisiana. She teaches piano, music theory, music appreciation, music history, and class piano at BPCC. She also serves as the staff accompanist for the BPCC Concert Choir and BPCC music programs. Chandler maintains a private piano studio and has taught piano in the Centenary Piano Prep Program. She frequently performs and accompanies in recitals. She is the current Vice President of the Greater Shreveport Music Teachers Association and is a nationally-certified teacher of music through the Music Teachers National Association.

Ratcliff holds a bachelor of music in Piano Performance, magna cum laude, from Centenary College of Louisiana where she studied with Dr. Donald Rupert. Her master’s degree is from San Jose State Universality where she studied with Aiko Onishi. Post-graduate study includes a Rotary Fellowship to study piano in Lyon, France, where she studied with Jean Martin. In addition to her teaching responsibilities of Class Piano and Applied Private Piano at BPCC, Ratcliff has taught piano classes at Centenary College and currently serves as the director of the Centenary Piano Conservatory Program. She has also performed numerous solo recitals and has served as an accompanist in the Shreveport-Bossier area.

For more information on this faculty recital or the Music Program at BPCC, contact Dr. Michael D. Hart at 678-6146.

BPCC BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL TEAMS ANNOUNCE SPRING 2013 SEASONS

Release date: January 28, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College Cavalier baseball team and Lady Cavalier softball team announce their spring 2013 seasons.

“2013 gives us a good mixture of experience and talent both with our newcomers and our high number of returners,” says Cavalier Baseball Coach Aaron Vorachek. “This mixture should put the team in a good position to reach the regional tournament and a possible shot at the World Series.”

Lady Cavalier Coach Ashley Grisham is also looking forward to the spring season and a chance to play in the regional tournament. “I am honored to begin my 15th spring season at BPCC,” says Coach Grisham. “I believe the girls will be very competitive because of speed, good pitching and athletic ability. We will strive to win 40+ games this season and win our spot in the regional tournament.”

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

The Cavalier baseball team will play its first home game on Friday, February 1, against Hill College and the Lady Cavaliers will play their first home game as a double-header on Saturday, February 2, against Lamar State College-Port Arthur.

BPCC WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND CONTINUING EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES UPCOMING FEBRUARY NON-CREDIT COURSES

Release date: January 28, 2013

The following courses are just a few of BPCC’s non-credit courses for February 2013. A complete listing of courses for February can be found online.

  • Medical Terminology
  • Basic Computer Drafting with AutoCAD 2012
  • Criminal Justice ONLINE Series: Forensic Science
  • Criminal Justice ONLINE Series: Criminal Investigation
  • Louisiana Criminal Law
  • Death Investigation
  • Sales Strategies Workshop
  • Notary Public Exam Preparation
  • Private Investigator Pre-Licensing Education and Exam
  • Certified Nurse Assistant

For complete information on course fees and registration and for full course listing vist or call BPCC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Office at 318-678-6015.

BPCC HOLDS NATIONAL STALKING AWARENESS MONTH SEMINAR ON JANUARY 30

Release date: January 25, 2013

In observance of National Stalking Awareness Month, Bossier Parish Community College’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Relations and Dr. Wesley Hinze, instructor in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences, will present a Stalking Awareness seminar at 9:00 am Wednesday, January 30, in Building E, Room 203 on the College’s campus, 6220 E Texas St, Bossier City, LA.

Norma L. Whitaker, clinical certified domestic violence counselor and director of You Are Not Alone Counseling Services in Shreveport, will discuss how to recognize a potential stalker, who might be affected by stalking, and how to help victims and survivors of stalking.

According to a report from The National Center for Victims of Crime, incidents of stalking on college campuses are occurring at alarming rates and college students are at greater risk of being stalked than other populations. “By providing this seminar on campus, we hope to educate our campus community about the dangers of stalking and increase awareness of this serious, and often overlooked, crime,” said Dr. Cindy Darby, BPCC’s Coordinator of Diversity and Multicultural Relations.

The Department of Justice estimates that in the United States alone, 3.4 million people over the ages of 18-24 experience the highest incidence of stalking.

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BPCC and LOUISIANA NATIONAL GUARD YOUTH CHALLENGE TO SIGN MOU

Release date: January 24, 2013

BPCC and Louisiana National Guard Youth ChalleNGe will sign a Memorandum of Understanding at 10:00 am on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at Camp Minden. This MOU will allow cadets passing the GED test the opportunity to also take course assessments with the potential to earn 15 college credits. This will be a statewide initiative providing college access to students at Camp Minden, Camp Beauregard in Pineville, and Gills W. Long in Carville.

“The Louisiana National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program provides a pathway to a better future for at-risk adolescents,” says BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson. “Bossier Parish Community College is proud to join the Guard in providing the college-level education that will open even more doors to Youth Challenge Program completers.”

Date/Time:
Tuesday, January 29
10:00 am

Participants:
Major General Glenn H. Curtis, Adjutant General for Louisiana National Guard
Colonel Michael Borrel, Director of Education programs, Louisiana National Guard
Jim Henderson, Chancellor, BPCC
Dr. Stan Wilkins, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, BPCC
DeeDee Mitchell, Dean of Behavioral and Social Sciences, BPCC

Location:
Camp Minden
Building 120
Attendees will need to provide an ID at the guard stand, drive to the second street on right and pull into the adjacent parking lot.
The signing will be in the large white building next to this parking lot.

Directions:
I-20 east to Exit 38/Goodwill Rd. Turn right on Goodwill Road. Goodwill Road ends at Hwy 80, turn left on Hwy 80. Louisiana National Guard will be on your right on Hwy 80.

For more information visit the Louisiana National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program.Will open new browser window or tab

AUDITIONS FOR BPCC’S DARK OF THE MOON

Release date: January 23, 2013

The Bossier Parish Community College Theatre Program and the Cavalier Players will hold auditions for Howard Richardson and William Berney’s eerie tale, Dark of the Moon, Monday and Tuesday, January 28-29 at 7:00p.m. in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre, Building C.

Performances for this classic at the Performing Arts Theatre are at 7:30 pm on April 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, and at 2:00 pm on April 14 and 21.

Dr. Ray Scott Crawford will direct Dark of the Moon. This perennial favorite is based on the haunting folk ballad of "Barbara Allen." Employing a large cast and imaginative settings in the Smoky Mountains, it recounts the story of John, a strange "witch boy" who upon first beholding the beautiful Barbara Allen immediately falls in love. He is given human form to woo and marry her on the condition that she remains true to him. The story that follows demonstrates the tragedy caused by the fear and misunderstanding embraced by feverishly religious, back-woods family and neighbors towards the “different” witch-boy and his beautiful bride.

The local color and personality of this Depression-era play add humor and style to the romantic drama. "Gusto, vitality, humor, and a natural and easygoing way of introducing folk songs that adds up to an engaging evening on Broadway. There's a swing and spirit to the best scenes that had some of the audience tapping its feet and humming."-New York Post

A large number of characters are to be cast—all types and age ranges. Those auditioning are asked to prepare a one-minute monologue; however, those without monologues will be asked to read from the script. Dress comfortably and be prepared to move around. There are also roles for musicians: guitar, banjo, fiddle, etc. Only actors ages 17 and older will be considered for casting. If you need more information, please call Jim Boyter at 318-678-6021.

BPCC CAVALIER BASKETBALL TEAM TO PLAY HOMECOMING GAME JANUARY 19

Release date: January 17, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College Cavalier Basketball team will host Stephen F. Austin Junior Varsity at 4:00 pm., Saturday, January 19 in the BPCC gym, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Saturday’s game is Homecoming and the 2013 Homecoming Court will be presented during halftime. The elected Homecoming court members are:

  • King and Queen: Randy Stewart and Kristal Jones
  • Sophomore Maids: TuQuisha Adams, Robyn Hart and Brittanie White
  • Freshman Maids: Bree Cummings, Alessa Rexer and Courtney Stahl

BPCC GUEST ARTIST SERIES PRESENTS “OPERATIZER” PERFORMANCE

Release date: January 14, 2013

The Music Program at Bossier Parish Community College will present a Guest Artist Series performance featuring the 2012-2013 Shreveport Opera Artists in Residence at 7:30 pm on Saturday, January 26, in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre, Building C, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

This Guest Artist Series performance is free and open to the public.

The Shreveport Opera Artists in Residence (also known as SOX – Shreveport Opera Xpress) are Kelly Curtin, Soprano; Audrey Grieme, Mezzo-Soprano; Adrian Rosales, Baritone; and Jacob Watson, Tenor. They will be accompanied by Irina Nedelcu, Pianist and Music Director for SOX.

The evening’s presentation will include opera repertoire selected from “Rigoletto” by Verdi; “Carmen” by Bizet; “The Barber of Seville” by Rossini; “The Magic Flute” by Mozart; and Broadway musical repertoire selected from “Les Misérables”, “Wicked”, and “Camelot.”

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

The Shreveport Opera Artists in Residence are the featured performers of the current Shreveport Opera season which opened with Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” last October, and continues with “I Pagliacci” in February, and “Rigoletto” in April 2013. The Shreveport Opera performs in the Riverview Theatre.

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

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

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE ANNOUNCES ITS GRADUATES FOR THE 2012 FALL SEMESTER

Release date: January 14, 2013

The following students graduated from Bossier Parish Community College on December 14, 2012, in the College’s Health and Physical Education Complex.

Commencement speaker for both the 9:30 am and 2:00 pm ceremonies was BPCC Faculty Senate President Jeff Anderson. Chancellor Jim Henderson presided over the College’s 62st graduation ceremony.

Congratulations to the following graduates:

List of GraduatesPDF File

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO EXTEND SPRING 2013 ON-SITE REGISTRATION

Release date: January 9, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College will extend on-site registration for its Spring 2013 term an additional day for those interested in attending the College. On-site registration will be held from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm BOTH today, Wednesday, January 9, 2013 (as scheduled) and tomorrow, Thursday, January 10, 2013 at the BPCC campus, 6220 E Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

“Because of the heavy rain forecasted for today, Wednesday, January 9, we wanted to provide the community with another on-site registration day,” said BPCC’s Vice Chancellor of Student Services Karen Recchia. “This will give potential students two full days to come to campus to apply for admission, register for classes, purchase books and take care of any student service they may need.”

Students can meet with advisors and select classes from a variety of spring sessions:

Session A Classes Entire Semester January 11, 2013 – May 7, 2013
Session B Classes First Half of Semester January 11, 2013 - March 6, 2013
Session C Classes Second Half of Semester March 7, 2013 - May 3, 2013
Session D Classes Four-Week Session January 11, 2013 - February 7, 2013
Session E Classes Four-Week Session February 8, 2013 - March 6, 2013
Session F Classes Four-Week Session March 7, 2013 – April 9, 2013
Session G Classes Four-Week Session April 10, 2013 - May 3, 2013
Session J Classes Thirteen-Week Session January 28, 2013 – May 7, 2013
Internet Classes   Dates vary
Off-Campus Classes   Dates vary

Find detailed information regarding registration, tuition costs and deadlines in the BPCC Spring Bulletin online.

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

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO CHAMPION AREA WORKFORCE INITIATIVE

Release date: January 8, 2013

Employers and Job Seekers to Benefit from Proven Workplace Assessments

Bossier Parish Community College, in partnership with ACT®, is leading an initiative designed to build the skills of the region’s workforce by providing twenty (20) area employers with access to ACT® workplace assessments and credentialing—at no charge. Each of the participating employers will be able to measure the workplace skills of their employees or applicants, while individuals who participate will have an opportunity to earn ACT®’s National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC™) Plus—a nationally recognized, portable skills credential that certifies essential foundational skills and competencies important for workplace success.

“This is truly a unique partnership,” said Lisa Wargo, Dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education at Bossier Parish Community College. “We will provide the testing administration; ACT® is providing the assessments and certifications; and participating employers have an opportunity to measure the skill sets of their employees or applicants—all at no cost. In the process, approximately 400 area residents will be able to document their skills and earn a nationally recognized skills credential. Everybody wins.”

To earn the NCRC Plus, an employee or job seeker will successfully complete four computerized assessments. Three of them measure cognitive skills—Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information—that are linked by ACT® research data to success in a broad span of jobs and occupations. Each assessment takes about an hour to complete. The fourth assessment, Personality (formerly called Talent), measures non-cognitive characteristics that contribute to job performance. It can be completed in approximately 30 minutes.

The objective for this national initiative—“Tomorrow’s Workforce Now”—is bridging the well-documented gap in workplace skills and jump-starting an economic revival across the nation. It will demonstrate and replicate the improvements reported by employers already using ACT® workforce solutions. These include reductions in employee turnover and training costs; significant gains in safety and morale; and opportunities to rely on standardized skills measures to inform promotion and training decisions. Tomorrow’s Workforce Now will put these proven solutions into the hands of more business leaders and inspire greater collaboration with community colleges that are dedicated to addressing the skill development needs of their communities.

Martin Scaglione, president of ACT®’s Workforce Development Division, congratulated BPCC for stepping up to lead the way. “The success of this initiative depends on progressive local colleges and employers,” said Scaglione. “It takes a local champion like Bossier Parish Community College to make something like this happen for the benefit of the area’s workforce, and we thank the College for leading this initiative to serve area stakeholders and strengthen the local economy.”

Scaglione described the initiative as a mechanism to identify and close the gap between the skills that employers need and the skills that individuals have. “Our country faces near-record unemployment. At the same time, employers struggle to find the right people for unfilled jobs because they lack evidence-based tools that aid in reliably predicting job performance. ACT® workforce solutions bridge that gap: employers know what skills an individual has, and individuals have a way to document their strengths and stand out from the crowd to earn a job or a promotion.”

Scaglione added, “The credentialing system ACT® has created also helps communities attract new businesses by demonstrating that they’ve created a dynamic talent pool whose skill sets have been tracked and measured against precise job requirements. Our intention is to demonstrate the value of evidence-based tools that reliably predict job performance and help individuals define their own career path.” The National Career Readiness Certificate is in active use in 42 states.

When the initiative was announced by ACT® in April, Dr. Walter G. Bumphus, president and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges, stated, “It is increasingly clear that better alignment of employer needs with contemporary education and training is critical to ensuring a more competitive workforce. As the premier training provider and an economic engine for the nation, community colleges are essential to that alignment.”

Employers who wish to participate need to contact Sean Downing, Business Representative, Bossier Parish Community College, at 678-6551 or sdowning@bpcc.edu by January 28th.

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO HOLD REGISTRATION FOR SPRING 2013

Release date: January, 2, 2013

Bossier Parish Community College will hold on-site registration for its Spring 2013 term from 9:00 am-6:00 pm on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at the BPCC campus, 6220 E Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

Students can meet with advisors and select classes from a variety of spring sessions:

Session A: Entire semester
January 11, 2013 – May 7, 2013

Session B: First Half of Semester
January 11, 2013 – March 6, 2013

Session C: Second Half of Semester
March 7, 2013 – May 3, 2013

Sessions D, E, F, and G: 4-week Sessions
January 11, 2013 – February 7, 2013
February 8, 2013 – March 6, 2013
March 7, 2013 – April 9, 2013
April 10, 2013 – May 3, 2013

Session J: 13-week Session
January 28, 2013 – May 7, 2013

Internet classes
Dates vary

Off-campus classes
Dates vary

Find detailed information regarding registration, tuition costs and deadlines in the BPCC Spring Bulletin online.

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


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