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Student Services: Programs, Departments, and Facilities

Bossier Parish Community College is committed to providing student services to assist and support students and to provide enrichment of their College experiences. Information and assistance about student services are available from the Student Services Office.

Academic Advising Center

The Academic Advising Center provides students with a wide range of services developed to ensure individual needs of the student are addressed in all aspects of the academic decision-making process.

Comprehensive services include the following:

  • academic advising
  • transcript evaluation
  • career assessment

In addition, the Academic Advising Center staff refers students to the appropriate college personnel to fully utilize available resources. Students are encouraged to view the Academic Advising Center web page under Student Services by visiting www.bpcc.edu/academicadvisingcenter.

Alumni Association

The BPCC Alumni Association includes all graduates of the College who have earned an associate degree or who have completed a certification program. In addition, the Alumni Association is open to current students, faculty and staff, and any former student who has accumulated 12 or more credit hours.

Bookstore

The Bossier Parish Community College bookstore, which is College-owned, is managed as a part of the College facilities. The bookstore's principle objective is service; the bookstore's purpose is to provide any textbook which may be required in a College academic class. Textbooks are selected by instructors. Each division submits book title, author, edition, and quantity to be ordered. Because the book quantities can only be estimated, a shortage of books may occur when enrollment in a course is higher than expected. When this happens, reorders are placed as soon as possible. The selling price of a textbook is based on the publisher’s list price. Because of the high cost of new textbooks, the bookstore will have used books available when possible.

Purchasing Books

Students may purchase textbooks in the College bookstore. Textbooks may be purchased during regular and special business hours posted at the bookstore.

Book Refunds

One hundred percent (100%) refunds on books will be made if a class is canceled or a College error is involved in scheduling. Students who resign or drop a class from the College during the dates scheduled for withdrawal may return their books to the bookstore for credit only if the books are in the same condition as when they were purchased. Names in the books or other alterations will cause the books to be refunded as used books. If a new book has been marked in any way, including name, it will be considered a used book, and a 50% refund will be given. Students must have receipts or canceled checks in order to get a refund or to exchange books.* Book refunds, issued to students on the deferred payment plan, will be applied to the unpaid balance.

*No refund on books if access code is opened.

Book Buyback

If the bookstore can use current books, students will be paid one-half of the purchased price. The bookstore will not buy back outdated books or books in unusable condition. Books are bought back only at the end of a semester at the time posted in the Academic Bulletin. The bookstore reserves the right to determine quantities and title of new and used books. Updated policies and dates on book buybacks can be found in the current Academic Bulletin. Buyback dates for the entire year are also printed in the Academic Bulletin.

The Counseling Center

Career and Personal Counseling Services

A wide range of services is provided to all BPCC students who seek support in career exploration and personal development. Students experience a positive atmosphere in which to explore career and lifestyle options. Group workshops, vocational assessment, and individual counseling offer opportunities for goal setting in educational and personal growth. The office seeks to empower students with the skills needed to excel in a four-year university or in entering the job market. Counselors assist students in determining occupations related to appropriate majors through the use of career assessment, occupational information, occupation search, and concrete steps for deciding upon and reaching career goals. Students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to discuss career exploration and academic programs. Students are encouraged to view the Counseling Center web page under Student Services by visiting www.bpcc.edu.

Services include the following:

  • Career Counseling
  • Personal Counseling
  • Specialty seminars and workshops (Time Management, Study Skills, Stress and Relaxation, Test Anxiety, Depression, Sexual Assault Awareness, etc.)
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Referrals to community support services

Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services coordinates campus-wide efforts to provide services and accommodations for students with disabilities. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the office ensures that eligible students receive proper classroom modification and serves as a liaison between faculty and students. Medical or psychological documentation is required to recognize a disability. Categories included are as follows:

  • Physical impairment
  • Sensory impairment (hearing or vision impaired)
  • Specific learning disability
  • Psychiatric/addictive disorder

To begin services, a registered BPCC student must not only provide Disability Services with proper documentation, but must request assistance.

Food Service

The Culinary Arts students prepare an evening buffet occasionally throughout the semester. Refer to the Student Activities Calendar or Events of the Week for dates and times.

Health Services

Because Bossier Parish Community College is a commuter college, it does not have an official on-campus health clinic. In addition, due to the proximity to the Bossier City Fire Department, first aid services are not offered by the College.

Promotion of prevention practices is encouraged through health-related seminars for the faculty and the staff each semester. Also, weekly campus-wide safety inspections are conducted to identify potential threats.

Though first aid supplies might be provided by an individual, it is not an activity endorsed by or sponsored by Bossier Parish Community College. In case of an emergency, contact the nearest faculty or staff member and they will contact the Campus Security and the Bossier City Fire Department.

The administration of health educational services is the responsibility of the Department of Environmental Health and Safety.

Insurance

Accident insurance coverage is mandatory for all students enrolled in science lab classes or clinicals.

Job Placement Services

The Job Placement Office assists BPCC students and alumni who are seeking full-time and part-time employment. Available area jobs are posted online and on the Job Opportunities bulletin board which is located on the first floor of Building F. Students interested in any of the posted jobs should register with the Job Placement Office, where they will receive free career counseling and assistance. Recent alumni, who meet job qualifications, receive personal letters announcing the availability of called-in jobs. The office provides resume and cover letter writing and interview skills workshops. On campus job interviews with prospective employees are held throughout the year in addition to the annual Job Fair held in the spring of each year. Students are encouraged to view the Job Placement web page under Student Services by visiting www.bpcc.edu.

The Learning Center

The Learning Center provides free personal tutoring and computer-assisted instructions to all BPCC students. Students may receive assistance with sciences, mathematics, writing, reading, English, and other areas of study. Students are encouraged to utilize additional materials which are available for checkout within TLC. Microscopes, graphing calculators, desk top drafting tables, and human anatomy models are a sample of learning resources available for use in The Learning Center. The Learning Center services are free of charge and an appointment is not necessary; however, you are encouraged to schedule an appointment if using the Writing Support Services to review your essay. You may also submit an electronic copy of your essay for review.

Students may access more information on The Learning Center services and resources on the website at www.bpcc.edu/thelearningcenter. Website information includes important announcements such as hours of operation, special programs, and new services. Students will be able to view a tutor schedule by subject via the website to determine the best time that a tutor will be staffed for a subject.

The Learning Center (TLC)
Building A, Room 248
318-678-6059
Free tutoring and learning resources

Hours of operation (Fall and Spring)

Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Sunday: CLOSED
(Hours are subject to change. Summer hours: TBA)

Visit the Learning Center's webpage at www.bpcc.edu/thelearningcenter.

Library

The BPCC Library is a vital part of the educational program, providing a comprehensive range of services to students, faculty, and staff. It contains over 43,000 cataloged items that provide both primary and secondary resource materials needed to support the purposes and programs of the College. An open-shelf arrangement of the main collection makes material easily accessible. The Library regularly receives 6 newspapers, 220 periodicals, and maintains a closed stack periodical area for unbound issues of magazines.

The BPCC Library provides the following services:

  • Reference and research assistance
  • Interlibrary loans
  • Library instruction
  • Reserve materials
  • Vertical files
  • Audiovisual center of curriculum-related materials
  • Photocopiers
  • Laptop computers

A Technology Resource Center, located in the Library, provides students access to the Internet and various classroom software. A member of LOUIS, the Louisiana Library Network, the BPCC Library is connected to the online catalogs of all Louisiana state-supported institutions of higher learning and many other state and private institutions. The system also allows BPCC students access to many full-text articles from periodicals to which the library does not subscribe. The Library staff consists of five professional librarians, one Library assistant, one TRC Manager, and four secretary/clerical positions. Student assistants help in the mechanical and clerical processes of the Library.

Library hours: Spring and Fall semesters (when classes are in session and during final exams)

Monday through Thursday 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Friday 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. to noon

Hours for the summer semester are posted by the Library door and on the Library's website, www.bpcc.edu/library.

See the Auxiliary Division section for a complete description of the Library and its holdings.

Publications

Student publications at Bossier Parish Community College serve a valuable and necessary function. One of the primary reasons for their existence rests in the educational value for editors, staff, and the student body at large. Publications should be used as tools for the establishment and maintenance of free, responsible discussion and intellectual exploration. As vehicles for free expression in an academic community, student publications must be guaranteed sufficient editorial freedom.

At the same time, since the entire academic community is represented in part by student publications, the editors of such publications must recognize their commitment to responsible journalism in the avoidance of libel, indecency, undocumented allegations or personal attacks, and in fair representation of the student body and the College. In an attempt to ensure responsible journalism, all copy must be previewed by the advisor prior to publication.

Kaleidoscope

All students scheduling JRNL 101, 102, 211, or 212 must have taken or be currently enrolled in ENGL 101 or ENGL 102 and Telecommunications 211 (newswriting) or Telecommunications 209 (scriptwriting). Students work under the direction of a faculty advisor. Scholarships are available for full time students.

Savoir Faire

The BPCC literary arts magazine is published once each semester. The magazine features original art, poetry, essays, short stories, one-act plays, and photographs by students. All contributions are welcome and encouraged. For information contact the Office of Student Life (F220).

This Is BPCC

This Is BPCC is an external newsletter published in the fall and spring. The newsletter is distributed to alumni, retirees, area and state businesses, area schools, legislators, and civic organizations. The newsletter’s purpose is to inform the public of College advancements and current events. The newsletter is published by the Public Relations Office.

Vanpooling

BPCC offers vanpooling service for clients of the Economic Development Division and students living outside the city limits of Bossier City and Shreveport. A student is eligible if his/her home address is more than one mile from a Sportran bus stop. The aim of the vanpooling program is to meet the daily transportation needs of currently enrolled BPCC students and workforce clients who lack personal transportation and are without readily available access to mass transit.


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