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Bossier Parish Community College
2010 - 2011 General Catalog

 

 

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

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 at www.bpcc.edu/academicadvisingcenter.

BPCC Alumni

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.

To update your alumni information or to contact us, log on to www.bpcc.edu/foundation/alumni and click on Update your Contact Information.

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. Students must have copy of schedule to purchase textbooks or software. Students may purchase textbooks online at www.bpccbookstore.com.Will open new browser window or tab

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.

Career Services

(Building F-Room 250, located directly across from Financial Aid)
Career Services assists students throughout their college career at BPCC. The student-centered environment offers services to currently enrolled BPCC students free of charge. Students may call 318-678-6005 to schedule an appointment for the following services:

Career Services

Students experience a positive atmosphere in which to explore career and employment options. The office of Career Services seeks to empower students with the skills needed to excel at a four-year university or in entering the job market. Professional counselors assist students in developing career decision-making skills, in assessing ability, personality, interest, and values and in acquiring information about careers. Students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to discuss career exploration and academic programs.

Current students and alumni are assisted in locating employment which is compatible with their job needs and educational objectives. Job opportunities include full-time, part-time, and temporary employment for both on and off campus. The use of electronic applications for students and employers and OPTIMAL RESUME enables Career Services to be of greater assistance in the registration and employment process for students, alumni, and employers. On campus job interviews with prospective employees are held throughout the year in addition to the annual Career Fairs held each fall and spring. The office provides resume and cover letter writing and interview skills workshops. Students are encouraged to view the Career Services web page under Student Services by visiting www.bpcc.edu/careerservices.

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) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 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 of disabilities include:

  • Physical impairment
  • Sensory impairment (hearing or vision impaired)
  • Learning disabilities
  • Psychiatric/addictive disorder
  • Serious contagious and non-contagious diseases

Students should contact Disability Services four weeks prior to registering for classes. To begin services, students must complete the application process and submit current medical documentation. Students are encouraged to view the Disability Services web page under Student Services by visiting www.bpcc.edu/disabilityservices.

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.

Learning Resources

Building A

The Learning Center (TLC)

The Learning Center provides free personal tutoring and computer-assisted instruction to all BPCC students. Students receive assistance with the sciences, mathematics, writing, English, and other areas of study. Microscopes, graphing calculators, human anatomy models, and a CPR manikin are samples of student resources available for use. Services at the Learning Center are free of charge and appointments are not necessary.

The Learning Center uses its website to inform BPCC students about important announcements such as hours of operation, special programs, and new services. Students can view a tutor schedule by subject via the website to determine the best time that a tutor will be staffed for a subject. Students are encouraged to access The Learning Center homepage by logging onto www.bpcc.edu/thelearningcenter.

The Writing Support Services Learning Laboratory, located within The Learning Center, serves all students in every stage of the writing process, regardless of the subject. Writing, like learning, is a dynamic process, and writers, no matter their level of expertise, can always improve. Writing Support Services' tutors help students focus on the process of writing and work to help students establish a foundation for success in writing. For online assistance, visit www.bpcc.edu/writingsupportservices.

The Learning Center hours: Spring and fall semesters (when classes are in session and during final exams)

Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Hours for the summer semester are posted by the Learning Center door and on the Learning Center’s website, 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 47,000 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 Library staff consists of professional librarians, an administrative assistant, a Library assistant, a TRC Manager, and library technician positions. Student assistants help in the mechanical and clerical processes of the Library.

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

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

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

Monday through Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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

Technology Resource Center (TRC)

A Technology Resource Center, located on the Library's second floor, 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.

TRC hours: Spring and fall semesters (when classes are in session and during final exams)

Monday through Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Friday 7:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

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

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, JRNL 102, JRNL 211, or JRNL 212 must have taken or be currently enrolled in ENGL 101 and TLCM 211 Newswriting or TLCM 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 (F-220).

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.