Welcome and Instructions

Thank you for your interest in taking a certification/certification prep course at Bossier Parish Community college. The information provided here should help answer any questions you may have.

Please read the information carefully, then follow the steps listed to complete paperwork in order to take courses. Classes are starting soon so don't delay.

Due to space limitations maximum initial class sizes are 10 students (with the exception of CISSP which is not taught in a lab).

Current Course Offerings and Times

Summer 2014

CIT122: Cisco II (Horton)
MW 5:00p-7:45 May 28 - Jul 21

 

Fall 2014

CIT112: Support of Emerging Technologies / A+ Certification (Horton)
T 5:30p-8:30p Oct 9 - Dec 8

CIT121 - Cisco I (Horton)
T 5:30p-8:30p Aug 15 - Oct 8

CIT220 - Managing Firewalls / CISSP Part 1 (Shaw)
R 6:30p - 9:30p Aug 15 - Oct 8

CIT224 - CISSP Part 2 (Shaw)
R 6:30p - 9:30p Oct 9 - Dec 8

CIT225 - Network Security / Security+ Certification (Rondeau)
TR 12:00p - 1:15p Oct 9 - Dec 8

Course Cost

The most often asked question is how much do these courses cost. If you pay out of pocket, the cost is $210 per credit hour, and this includes the fee for the certification exam at the end of the course. ($210 per credit hour X 3 credit course = $630 dollars per course)

For the CISSP course, students must take BOTH courses in order for the course fees to pay for the cert. Because this is a more expensive certification, those student numbers must be higher for the class to make.

There are several opportunities in which you may be eligible to take the courses free of charge. If you are active duty you may use your TA certification money to cover the cost of these certs. Another option is to use GI bill money, which in most cases will cover all costs. In some cases, with approval from your superiors you can take these courses under DoD 8570.01-M Info Assurance Workforce Improvement program.

For courses using a book, it will be provided during the course, but must be returned BEFORE the student can take the certification exam. Failure to return a book will result in forfeit of the certification exam. Currently the students in the CISSP course will need to purchase the book for that course, but it will be theirs to keep and use in the second CISSP course.

Course Layout

These courses will be set up as 4 week courses. Class will meet twice per week for 3 hours during the four weeks, and then students will take the certification during the fifth week.

Students will be given access to an online study program that will help prepare them prepare to take the exam. Much of the work students will need to do in this program will be done outside of class hours. Students will therefore need access to a computer and an Internet connection during the course.

Procedures to Apply

Please pay attention to this section very carefully, and be sure you pick the appropriate application procedure:

All forms are located at www.bpcc.edu/bafb. Please go there to print and fill out the appropriate forms.

Procedure for Students who wish to use TA/One time Certification:

  1. Apply to BPCC using the Admission Application formPDF File on the web site.
  2. Print and complete the Immunization Compliance form.PDF File This is required by all students who enroll in any state school in Louisiana. If you do not have the immunization information, check PERSONAL under REQUEST FOR EXEMPTION and write in “do not have” as the reason. You must sign this form to take courses at any school in Louisiana.
  3. Look at the PROGRAMS OF STUDY formPDF File form on the web site and select which cert package you will go with.
  4. Print and complete thePLAN OF STUDY form.PDF File Fill out the top portion, be sure to write in the NAME OF PROGRAM from the PROGRAMS OF STUDY form above. Be sure to initial the statements at the end of the second page, then sign and date it.
  5. Complete theCourse Enrollment Coversheet.PDF File Put this on top of all your other paperwork. This will help us route the paperwork to the proper department for processing.

Procedure for Students wishing to use GI Bill Money:

  1. Apply to BPCC using the Admission Application formPDF File on the web site.
  2. Print and complete the Immunization Compliance form.PDF File This is required by all students who enroll in any state school in Louisiana. If you do not have the immunization information, check PERSONAL under REQUEST FOR EXEMPTION and write in “do not have” as the reason. You must sign this form to take courses at any school in Louisiana.
  3. If you already have a letter of eligibility, please put a copy of it with your application packet.
  4. If you do not have a letter of eligibility, go to www.bpcc.edu/veteraneducationservices and select the sectionFORMS from the left menu.
  5. Complete the BLUE VA formPDF File showing what classes you want to take. The form can be found at www.bpcc.edu/veteraneducationservices, by going to FORMS from the left menu.
  6. Complete theCourse Enrollment Coversheet.PDF File Put this on top of all your other paperwork. This will help us route the paperwork to the proper department for processing.
  7. If you need assistance with anything GI BILL related, BPCC has an office dedicated to that. Please feel free to contact Susan Stakes at 318-678-6472 or see her in Building A room 138 on BPCC’s campus.

Procedure for Students who will pay out of pocket:

  1. Apply to BPCC using the Admission Application formPDF File on the web site.
  2. Print and complete the Immunization Compliance form.PDF File This is required by all students who enroll in any state school in Louisiana. If you do not have the immunization information, check PERSONAL under REQUEST FOR EXEMPTION and write in “do not have” as the reason. You must sign this form to take courses at any school in Louisiana.
  3. Complete the Course Enrollment Coversheet.PDF File Put this on top of your paperwork. This will help us route your paperwork to the proper department for processing.
  4. You will need to go to BPCC’s business office, Building F and pay for your course. You will need to do this before class starts, but after we’ve had time to process your paperwork.

If you need to get access to the Base:

  1. After you have completed all the paperwork above, go to the CIT office at BPCC. This is in building G on campus. Ask for Jennifer Parish. She will assist you in filling out the form for base access.
  2. Bring your Drivers License and proof of insurance, we will need a copy.
  3. Due to Security, you MUST be a US Citizen to take classes on base.
  4. Processing takes up to 10 business days. Per BAFB requirements, you must submit this paperwork to be turned in on Base at least 10 days before class is to begin. Failure to submit this paperwork 10 days or more in advance will result in you being denied access to the base.
  5. When your pass is ready, go to the base entrance on Industrial Drive. They will direct you to the office right inside the gate where you ID will be issued. You must bring a valid drivers licence and proof of insurance in order to be issued the base ID card.
  6. Your base pass will be good from 1 hour before till 1 hour after class, starting on the first day of class and ending the day of the final examination.
  7. It is YOUR responsibility to call Security Forces (2d) at BAFB and see if your paperwork is complete. Beginning 5 days after you have submitted paperwork, you may call 318-456-4354 to check the status. Passes may be picked up between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Once All paperwork is completed: ALL STUDENTS

  1. Please submit your paperwork in one of the following ways:
    1. You may deliver it to the CIT office at BPCC. Inside Building G, to the secretaries. They will put it in my (Eddie Horton’s) box for processing.
    2. You may deliver it to the BPCC Testing center on base. Education Center room 101. Currently this lab is only open on Wednesdays, so you’ll need to come by then or push it under the door Tuesday (if you do this be sure you staple it all together).
    3. You may mail it to BPCC: Bossier Parish Community College, BAFB at BPCC, Att: Eddie Horton, 6620 East Texas Street, Bossier City LA 71111.
    4. You may scan all forms (signed) and email them to ehorton@bpcc.edu. Please email in PDF or TIFF format. Be sure to put the coversheet in front if you scan them.
  2. Once you have submitted your paperwork, the last step is go to the COURSE SELECTION FORMWill open new browser window or tab on the www.bpcc.edu/bafb web site. This will tell us you’ve completed the paperwork and are ready to take a class. Once you’ve completed this form and we’ve processed your paperwork, you will be ready to go! Be sure the email you put on this form is one you check often, as we will email you here with any questions or when things are completed.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT YOU COMPLETE THE STEP ABOVE. WE WILL NOT KNOW WHAT CLASS TO PUT YOU IN IF YOU DO NOT GO TO THE WEB SITE AND CLICK THE COURSE SELECTION FORM

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