2009 News Release Archives

BPCC Offers Sign Language Courses

Release date: December 17, 2009

For the first time in over five years, Bossier Parish Community College will be offering sign language courses for academic credit. Scheduled for spring 2010, the two courses, which will be taught by nationally-certified sign language interpreter Margaret “Peggy” Gray, include INTR103 American Sign Language I and INTR106 Psycho-Social Aspects of Deaf Culture. INTR103 will be offered in the daytime from 12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and INTR106 will be offered on Tuesday evenings.

Because of a renewed interest in sign language among the community and a greater need for interpreters in various areas within the community, the BPCC administration and the Liberal Arts Division recognize the significant role that BPCC could play by providing instruction in the field and reaching out to help an under-served population in our city and surrounding areas.

According to Gray, currently, there is no place in the area for individuals to receive college credit for sign language courses. These courses will be especially beneficial for individuals working in schools and agencies that serve individuals who may be hearing-impaired. Future plans include expanding course offerings each semester as enrollment and interest continue to grow.

For more information, contact Holly French-Hart, Dean of Liberal Arts, at 318-678-6132.

BPCC and EnCana Corporation Partner For Oil And Gas Technology Program. $100,000 gift is the largest in the college’s history.

Release date: December 17, 2009

Bossier Parish Community College and EnCana Corporation have partnered to create a new degree and certificate program in oil and gas technology at BPCC. College officials welcomed EnCana personnel to the campus for the presentation of a $100,000 donation to jumpstart the degree program. The Associate of Applied Science in Oil and Gas Technology and Certificate of Technical Studies in Oil and Gas Technology have both been approved by the Louisiana Community and Technology College System Board of Supervisors and are currently seeking approval from the Louisiana Board of Regents.

Chancellor Jim Henderson accepted the donation and commented, “We could not be more grateful to EnCana for this gift to BPCC. We take great pride in ensuring our programs are aligned with the needs of the industries we serve. EnCana’s generous donation is a validation of BPCC’s responsiveness and an investment in the energy sector’s future workforce. The EnCana-BPCC partnership will help ensure the continued growth of our regional economy and provide our citizens with access to education leading to quality careers.”

“As a large portion of the energy workforce nears retirement, it is incumbent upon industry, schools and communities to collaborate and work together to create ways to bolster our workforce and provide a career path for young adults in a growing and exciting industry,” said Deborah West, EnCana’s Team Lead for Community Relations. “Part of being a corporate citizen is contributing to the institutions and programs that are important and vital to the community’s well-being. Bossier Parish Community College has a strong reputation of providing exceptional educational opportunities to the students of northwest Louisiana. We’re proud to work with them in developing a new program in Oil and Gas Technology that can provide a career path from high school through community college, and can also benefit those currently in the field with the education needed for advancement.”

EnCana Corporation, one of North America’s leading independent natural gas companies, has U.S. headquarters in Denver, Colorado. EnCana employs over 500 people in its Texas and Louisiana operations. EnCana seeks to build partnerships with local groups through the Community Investment program and has focused much of its attention on educational efforts and workforce development. EnCana has been responsible for developing Oil and Gas Technology programs in several states including two in Texas: Navarro College in Corsicana and North Texas College in Bowie. EnCana knows how important its workforce is and contributes to educational programs that foster tomorrow’s workforce.

The Oil and Gas Technology programs will help prepare students for careers in the oil and gas industry. The oil and gas boom has resulted in increased demand for workers in this and other related positions. The new programs are, in large part, a response to the tremendous increase in job opportunities created by the exploration and increasing significance of the Haynesville Shale natural reserve in northwest Louisiana.

Bossier Parish Community College’s degree program will do the following:

  • Provide graduates with the diverse skills necessary to fill the highly-specialized growth positions in the oil and gas industry;
  • Provide opportunities for interaction with the local oil and gas community so that real-world experience becomes part of the learning process;
  • Use existing course offerings from General Education and Political Science to assemble the needed degree requirements;
  • Create new courses in Oil and Gas Technology and OSHA Regulations;
  • Provide for natural transition to employment using both community service opportunities and internship requirements; and,
  • Provide a method for current oil and gas workers to improve both their knowledge and skills in oil and gas technology, so that they can be ready by experience, skill and knowledge to meet the demands of the industry.

BPCC anticipates enrolling students in the programs for the Fall semester 2010. For more information about the programs, contact Dean Frank Viviano, Division of Mathematics and Technical Education, 318-678-6363 or fviviano@bpcc.edu.

EnCana Corporation representatives present BPCC with $100,000.

EnCana Corporation representatives present BPCC with $100,000. Pictured left to right are Keith Gamble, LCTCS Board of Supervisors; Helen Black, BPCC Foundation Board of Directors; Shawn Helm, Community Relations, EnCana; Tommy Clark, LCTCS Board of Supervisors; Susan Thompson, Community Relations, EnCana; Jim Henderson, BPCC Chancellor.

BPCC’s Division of Accelerated Learning-Adult Bridge Program

Release date: December 11, 2009

Do you have the desire to return to college but don’t know where to begin?
Don’t have the time for traditional classes (face-to-face)?

Sign up today for FREE workshops designed to prepare you for college success. The Adult Bridge Program provides the perfect path for first-time adult learners, or those returning after several years removed from higher education, to make a successful transition into college. Workshops begin spring 2010. Ask a member of our staff for details.

Register by calling 318-678-6427 or via email to call@bpcc.edu.

Dates/Times Session Topics
January 12, 2010 Learning the Language
January 19, 2010 How do I pick a major?
January 26, 2010 Prior Learning Assessment
February 2, 2010 How do I get money for college?
February 9, 2010 How to become a college student
February 18, 2010 Course Options-SORT Tool
February 25, 2010 Why should I take fast-track courses?
March 4, 2010 How to become a successful online student
March 11, 2010 Black Board 101

Call us today to register – limited seating available! We will help you make sense of it all and get you on the fast track to SUCCESS.

BPCC receives gift from oil and gas corporation

Release date: December 12, 2009

Chancellor Jim Henderson of Bossier Parish Community College welcomes a delegation from EnCana Corporation. EnCana Corporation, which is North America's largest natural gas producer with more than 80 percent of its production in natural gas, is announcing substantial financial support for the creation of an oil and gas degree program at BPCC.

Participants:
Jim Henderson, BPCC Chancellor
Dr. Stan Wilkins, BPCC Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs
Deborah West, EnCana Corporation, Team Lead, Public Relations
Susan Thompson, EnCana Corporation, Community Relations
Shawn Helm, EnCana Corporation, Community Relations

Date/Time:
Thursday, December 17
10:00 a.m.

Location:
Bossier Parish Community College
Building A-230
6220 East Texas Street
Bossier City, LA 71111

BPCC sponsors Christmas baseball youth camp

Release date: December 4, 2009

Bossier Parish Community College Cavalier baseball team is sponsoring a youth baseball camp Saturday, December 5 from noon to 2:00 pm at Extra Innings of Shreveport.

Children ages 6-14 will be instructed on hitting skills. The cost is one unwrapped toy to be donated to Toys for Tots.

Citizens National Bank funds Bossier Parish Community College Scholarship

Release date: December 4, 2009

Woody Schick, President and CEO of Citizens National Bank, N.A., made a special presentation to Bossier Parish Community College and Chancellor Jim Henderson on December 3, 2009.

Citizens National Bank renewed its commitment to BPCC to support a scholarship fund through the BPCC Foundation that will provide tuition assistance for students in need and “Special Programs” in the Athletic Department. The scholarship fund will be in the name of Citizens National Bank N.A./John R. McConathy. Mr. McConathy is the Chairman of the Board at Citizens and has supported Bossier Parish Community College since its inception serving on Campus Facilities, Inc., and Board of Directors.

Citizens National Bank, N.A., has been a long-time partner of Bossier Parish Community College and has donated $81,105 since 1998. The new commitment will be for $16,000 this year with an additional $10,000 in the last quarter of 2010.

Chancellor Henderson stated, “We are grateful to Citizens National Bank for the partnership we have enjoyed for many years. Bossier Parish Community College is the access point to higher education and workforce training for thousands. This generous donation will enable us to expand that access even further.”

Mr. Schick agreed, “The partnership with Citizens National Bank, N.A., goes back over a decade, and we are proud to have been a part of the success of Bossier Parish Community College.”

Woody Schick of Citizens National Bank, and Jim Henderson, BPCC

Pictured l to r are Woody Schick, President and CEO of Citizens National Bank,
and Jim Henderson, Chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College.

BPCC's Workforce Development Department Offers Free Tuition for Certified Manufacturing Specialist™ Program

Release date: November 30, 2009

Free tuition for the Certified Manufacturing Specialist™ program is now available through Bossier Parish Community College’s Workforce Development Department. Enrolling now for classes beginning January 19, 2010. The classes will meet from 6-9 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and 8 am-3pm on Saturdays. The Certified Manufacturing Specialist™ training program, designed by industry-training professionals, provides workers the skills necessary to obtain a job with Louisiana’s manufacturing companies. This 166-hour curriculum is comprised of manufacturing organizational principles, workforce skills, production requirements and automated manufacturing skills. Students will learn precision measurement and critical thinking to computer technology and plant safety, along with interpersonal skills such as decision-making and managing change.

“This course will provide students with the skill set to be a productive employee in any manufacturing environment,” says Cuabeya Woods, course instructor and Training and Development Leader with TRANE, Inc. “Students completing this course will have a strong advantage when applying for manufacturing jobs.”

Lisa Wargo, Dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education at Bossier Parish Community College, says this program is just one of the many opportunities BPCC’s Workforce Development Department offers the community. “The CMS™ program will give manufacturing workers in Northwest Louisiana who might be in need of training the ability to update their skills or retrain them for the manufacturing industry. This will in turn provide a more attractive workforce not only our existing Louisiana companies but also for those companies looking to locate here.”

Tuition for the Certified Manufacturing Specialist™ training program is free after students complete a free work skills assessment. Individuals passing the work skills assessment will qualify for the Certified Manufacturing Specialist™ course. A $30 registration fee will be required for course admittance. Space is limited. For more information and to register, please contact Jasmine Horton, Project Coordinator at 318-678-6221.

BPCC and Citizens National Bank to renew financial commitment

Release date: November 30, 2009

Bossier Parish Community College and Citizens National Bank are renewing a financial commitment that began in 1998. Woody Schick, President/CEO of Citizens, will be announcing a new annual academic scholarship in the name John P. McConathy, Chairman of the Board. In addition, the scholarship will help fund athletic special programs.

Participants:
BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson
Woody Schick, President/CEO Citizens National Bank
John McConathy, Chairman of the Board, Citizens National Bank

Date/Time:
Thursday, December 3
8:30 am

Location:
Bossier Parish Community College
Building A-230
6220 East Texas Street
Bossier City, LA 71111

BPCC presents annual Christmas Show

Release date: November 17, 2009

For 17 years every December, BPCC has presented its Christmas Show at the Bossier Civic Center for all the young children in the area. The “gift to Bossier City” began in 1992.

Each year, the musical is based on a different theme. This year, Stephen Slaughter, Professor of Theatre at BPCC, celebrates “Christmas in America - from Sea to Shining Sea.” College choirs, bands, cheerleaders, actors, and dance line girls all add to the electricity of the evening.

Dates and times:
December 2 and 3
Doors open at 6:00 pm.
Show begins at 7:00 pm.

Location:
Bossier Civic Center

FREE to the public

Canned goods collected at the door for the Northwest Louisiana Food Bank.

Children can whisper their Christmas wishes to Santa after the show is over.

2009 Chirstmas Show poster

Bossier Parish Community College and Northwestern State University signed MOU

Release date: November 16, 2009

On Friday, November 12, Chancellor Jim Henderson from Bossier Parish Community College and Dr. Randy Webb from Northwestern State University signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will expand opportunities for transfer of students between the two institutions.

The following degree programs are covered by this memorandum:

  • Music
  • Telecommunications - Journalism
  • Theatre
  • Industrial Control Systems – Electronics Engineering Technology
  • Art – Fine Arts

BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson commented on the agreement: "BPCC and Northwestern share a common vision of expanding access to students. These articulation agreements are the latest example of how two institutions can collaborate in the best interest of our students and our regional economy."

Jim Henderson and Dr. Randy Webb sign Memorandum of Understanding

Children in Action share gifts with BPCC students

Release date: Novembe 16, 2009

The Children in Action program at First Baptist Church in Benton chose BPCC students as the recipients of their “give back to the community” project. Children ages 6-11 prepared gifts filled with prizes and delivered them to the college. The church group, under the direction of Mary Ann Cole, was excited to share these gifts with BPCC because they felt the college has been a great example of giving back to the community.

Children in Action

Pictured are BPCC students Ricky Gordon, Jacob Champ, Jeremy Turner, Britney Turner, Ayani James, Sherll Jones, and Tiffany Baxter.

Bossier Parish Community College honors Veterans

Release date: November 4, 2009

Bossier Parish Community College will honor all veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces during war, peace time, or global conflicts.

Date and Location:
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
12:30 p.m.
Bossier Parish Community College
Performing Arts Theatre-Building C
6220 East Texas Street
Bossier City, LA

The keynote speaker will be United States Air Force Colonel Steven Basham who is the 2nd Bomb Wing Commander at Barksdale Air Force Base. Colonel Basham is a command pilot with more than 3,300 flying hours.

For additional information about the program at BPCC, contact Cindy Darby, Director, Multicultural Affairs at 318-678-6111 or cdarby@bpcc.edu.

BPCC student will feature photographic works in art exhibit

Release date: October 29, 2009

BPCC student Lisa Bare will feature her photography in an art exhibit entitled “The Many Facets of Love.” Lisa is a student in Fine Arts Photography in the Telecommunications Division at the College. Graduating in December, Lisa offers a wide variety of photographic and design talent. She is a member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI). Her work can be viewed at www.tomorrowstreasuresbylisa.com.Will open new browser window or tab

Date:
Sunday, November 8, 2009

Time:
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Location:
Tomorrows Treasures Photography and Design Studio
4221 E. Front Street
Jamestown, Louisiana

Refreshments will be served.

For additional information, please contact Lisa Bare at 318-455-1210 or email tomorrowstreasures@hughes.net.

BPCC baseball/softball complex previewed by faculty and staff

Release date: October 29, 2009

BPCC baseball and softball players hosted an informal open house for faculty and staff at the new baseball/softball complex on campus. The ball field complex will be ready for spring ball games.

For additional information, please contact Coach Ashley Grisham at agrisham@bpcc.edu, 678-6139,
or Coach Aaron Vorachek at avorachek@bpcc.edu, 678-6319.

BPCC Baseball and Softball Players

Pictured are some of the softball and baseball players who attended the open house.

Cyber Security Education Consortium Awarded $2.7 Million Grant to Expand Workforce Development

Release date: October 14, 2009

The Cyber Security Education Consortium has been awarded a prestigious $2.7 million three-year Advanced Technological Education grant from the National Science Foundation to help reverse the outsourcing and offshoring of high-tech jobs.

“America is an economic superpower, but its per capita production of technical workers is dropping,” said Sujeet Shenoi, F. P. Walter professor of computer science, University of Tulsa. “Already more than two million technological workers in China and India are working in U.S.-related jobs, and the number could quadruple in 10 years.”

CSEC was launched in Oklahoma in 2002 to build cyber security programs at technology centers and two-year colleges and now has grown to an eight-state consortium of technology centers, community colleges and the University of Tulsa. “It has grown beyond our expectations,” said Sheryl Hale, research and development manager, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. “We now have 32 institutions with 105 instructors. More than 1,250 students are pursuing degrees and certifications, and more than eight states have benefited from CSEC’s advanced training opportunities.”

The grant titled, CSEC: Reversing the Outsourcing Tide in Mission-Critical Disciplines, will continue growing cyber security education and workforce development programs at two-year institutions in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas. At the same time, CSEC will create “centers of excellence” in the strategic areas of secure coding, automation and control systems, and mobile communications devices. The consortium’s primary objective is to provide high-quality cyber security programs in at least 19 metropolitan areas in the eight-state region. “The goal is to annually train 2,500 students and 3,000 incumbent workers with advanced skills that will stimulate job growth and stem the tide of outsourcing and offshoring,” said Shenoi.

Gov. Brad Henry said the ATE centers of excellence will be vital to keeping and creating jobs in this region. ”America must reverse the tide of offshoring by spurring high-tech job creation,” he said. “CSEC's centers of excellence will serve as hubs for economic development by creating a globally competitive workforce that will attract high-tech companies."

Gov. Henry added that CSEC has thrived because of the synergy of the educational partnerships between all three branches of Oklahoma’s higher education system: the CareerTech system, Oklahoma’s largest community colleges, and the University of Tulsa, a Carnegie research and doctoral university. “CSEC’s latest initiative capitalizes on its demonstrated success in creating a highly skilled cyber security workforce,” he said.

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education serves as the lead institution for Oklahoma in partnership with six technology centers and three community colleges – Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology and Rose State College. The University of Tulsa, a national leader in cyber security education and research, serves as a mentor to the two-year institutions.

CSEC’s curriculum at consortium institutions is recognized for its quality, breadth and depth. Oklahoma schools were some of the first technology centers and two-year colleges to offer Committee on National Security Systems certifications. In fact, Rose State College is the only community college in the country to offer all six CNSS certifications.

“Because of their expertise and hands-on experience, CSEC graduates are highly sought after by employers,” said Hale. “Many graduates have continued their education and training at major universities.” Articulation agreements provide students with seamless education pathways all the way through doctoral degrees.

The ever-increasing complexity of wireless technology and electronic data is escalating the need for trained professionals in digital forensics, information security, secure coding, control systems and mobile communications devices. CSEC is poised to make a significant workforce impact and contribute to national homeland security efforts.

BPCC and Bossier City Fire Department signed MOU today

Release date: October 1, 2009

Bossier Parish Community College and the Bossier City Fire Department signed a Memorandum of Understanding to train Bossier City Fire Department personnel to become paramedics. This agreement utilizes the strengths of both: BCF department has experienced, qualified personnel to serve as instructors; BPCC has resources (Library, training equipment, computer resources, student services). BPCC will also provide instructors to teach the required general education courses (anatomy and physiology) that are required before the students can begin paramedic training.

Memorandum of Understanding documentPDF File

Memorandum of Understanding signees

Pictured l to r:

Dr. Stan Wilkins, BPCC Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Jeff Anderson, BPCC Program Director for Paramedics
Keith Waldron, BCFD Assistant Chief of Training
Debby Coker, BCFD Chief of Training
Danny Asbell, BCFD Training Officer
Chief Sammy Halphen, Bossier City Fire Department
Chancellor Jim Henderson, Bossier Parish Community College

BPCC's Division of Accelerated Learning hosts open house

Release date: September 28, 2009

The Division of Accelerated Learning will hold an open house to support its Accelerated Fast-Track online degree programs. The open house is aimed at working class adults in Northwest Louisiana who want to move ahead in their careers, improve their skills, or reach the goal of achieving a degree. Learn on your own time with courses offered online.

New Fall B-Term session beginning October 13. Please join us!

Accelerate your time to degree completion-just decide, apply, and succeed.

Date/Time:
Thursday October 1, 2009
6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

or

Tuesday October 6, 2009
6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

Location:
Bossier Parish Community College
Building A, Room 248

Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to Tamika Logan at 678-6427 or tlogan@bpcc.edu; limited seating is available!

BPCC and Bossier City Fire Department to sign MOU

Release date: September 28, 2009

Bossier Parish Community College and the Bossier City Fire Department will sign a Memorandum of Understanding to train Bossier City Fire Department personnel to become paramedics. This agreement utilizes the strengths of both: BCF department has experienced, qualified personnel to serve as instructors; BPCC has resources (Library, training equipment, computer resources, student services). BPCC will also provide instructors to teach the required general education courses (anatomy and physiology) that are required before the students can begin paramedic training.

Participants:
BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson
Chief Samuel J. Halphen, Bossier City Fire Department
Dr. Stan Wilkins, BPCC Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Carolyn Burroughs, BPCC Dean of Science and Allied Health

Date/Time:
Thursday, October 1
2:00 p.m.

Location:
Bossier Parish Community College
Building A-230
6220 East Texas Street
Bossier City, LA 71111

BPCC offers 8-week session this fall

Release date: September 18, 2009

For the first time, Bossier Parish Community College is offering an eight-week Session B during the fall semester. The classes will run mid-October through mid-December.

The courses for Session B include accounting, business administration, computer information technology, cyber information technology, English, mathematics, and speech.

For a complete list of the classes, visit the BPCC website at www.bpcc.edu/bulletin/fall.

For more information, contact one of these three offices:

Advising Center 678-6074
Admissions/Registrar 678-6004
Accelerated Learning 678-6050

BPCC’s e-Learning enrollment increases for fall semester

Release date: September 10, 2009

Bossier Parish Community College has reported an increase in enrollment in its e-Learning online courses. The 14-day count for online enrollment reflects students taking 3,290 classes.

BPCC e-Learning students are located in 36 parishes across Louisiana and 12 states across the United States, including one student from the Armed Forces Pacific.

Parishes and states included in this enrollment count are as follows:

36 parishes:
Allen, Ascension, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Claiborne, Concordia, De Soto, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Grant, Iberia, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, La Salle, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Orleans, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, St. Landry, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Union, Vernon, Webster, West Baton Rouge, Winn

13 states:
Alaska, Arkansas, California, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New York, Texas, VirginiaFor additional information, please contact Kathleen Gay, Dean of Educational Technology, at 318-678-6136 or kgay@bpcc.edu.

BPCC and North Louisiana Criminal Justice Academy to sign MOU

Release date: September 10, 2009

Bossier Parish Community College and the North Louisiana Criminal Justice Academy will sign a Memorandum of Understanding to provide expanded educational opportunities for peace officers. The goal of this MOU is to reduce duplication of instruction, reduce student time and effort, and minimize student financial obligations.

Participants:
Chancellor Jim Henderson
Dr. Stan Wilkins, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Dee Dee Mitchell, Dean of Behavioral and Social Science
Dr. David Walden, Director of the Criminal Justice Academy

Date/Time:
Monday, September 14
10:30 am

Location:
North Louisiana Criminal Justice Academy
2981 Old Plain Dealing Road
Plain Dealing, LA 71064

BPCC’s enrollment all time high

Release date: September 9, 2009

Chancellor Jim Henderson announces a record fall enrollment at Bossier Parish Community College. For the first time in the 42-year history of the college, the numbers have topped 5,000. The official 14-day count, which is sent to the Board of Regents, is 5,430.

"Record enrollment at BPCC means more students than ever are investing in their futures and changing their worlds. Record enrollment at BPCC means our employers will have a competitive advantage and our regional economy will thrive,” comments Chancellor Henderson. “We're celebrating, to be sure, but there are so many more lives we will need to touch before we rest."

Historically, BPCC’s enrollment has increased each fall. Starting in 1967 with only 95 students, the college’s figures have inched toward 5,000 for the last few years.

Year Fall enrollment
2004 4,429
2005 4,845
2006 4,688
2007 4,986
2008 4,665
2009 5,430

The academic programs with the highest enrollment numbers for the fall semester are as follows: General Studies, General Science, Business Administration, Physical Therapist Assistant, Telecommunications, Criminal Justice, Computer Information Systems, and Respiratory Therapy.

One of the many groups of students who attended orientations offered before the beginning of fall registration.

Pictured is one of the many groups of students who attended orientations offered before the beginning of fall registration.

Car race benefits scholarship fund for BPCC students

Release date: September 3, 2009

The BPCC Foundation, Inc., is sponsoring the first BPCC 100: Mini NASCAR Event on Friday, September 25 and Saturday, September 26 on the BPCC campus located at 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA. Admission is free.

The event will feature customized go-carts competing for prizes as they speed around a raceway. Prior to the main event race, fans will enjoy food and pre-race speedway activities. For the kids, there is a “Pit Stop,” which will feature inflatable activities and games.

Click here for a detailed two-day schedule.

Monies raised will fund student scholarships at BPCC. Major sponsors for the event are The Radio Group (presenting sponsor), KTBS 3, City of Bossier City, Louisiana Technical College, AEP SWEPCO, Pepsi Americas, Regions Bank, Shreveport-Bossier New Car Dealers Association, Eldorado Resort and Casino, First Louisiana Bank, Bossier Chamber of Commerce, Boggs & Poole Contracting, Inc., and Dandy Products, Inc.

For more information, contact Stephanie Rogers at 318-678-6010 or srogers@bpcc.edu.

Bossier Parish Community College Chancellor Jim Henderson announces the following academic promotions for 2009-2010:

Release date: August 21, 2009

Division of Accelerated Learning
Paul Weaver Professor
Raymond Gaines Associate Professor
   
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Carol Adkins Professor
Dan Cain Professor
Barbara James Professor
Sharonda Mikle Assistant Professor
   
Division of Business and Computer Science
Pam Milstead Assistant Professor
Annette Shows Assistant Professor
   
Division of Liberal Arts
Yolanda Cooper Assistant Professor
   
Division of Mathematics and Technical Education
Donna Densmore Professor
   
Division of Science and Allied Health
Bob Boykin Professor
   
Learning Resources / Library
Brenda Brantley Professor

Congressman Fleming Announces $384,000 Grant for Bossier Parish Community College

Release date: August 20, 2009

Congressman John Fleming was honored today by Chancellor Jim Henderson at a brief reception at Bossier Parish Community College. College administrators and local dignitaries applauded the Congressman’s efforts in securing the funding under the Strengthening Institutions Program. This grant will be in the amount of $384,268.00 for the period 10/01/2009 through 09/30/2010. It is anticipated that the grant will be for a total of 5 year(s). The program provides grants to eligible institutions of higher education to enable them to improve their academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability, and increase their self-sufficiency.

The full description of the project is as follows:
BPCC and Northwestern State University will eliminate barriers to produce an increased number of health care professionals by analyzing current practices to improve retention and transfer of Nursing and Allied Health students at both institutions, integrate effective academic/student-services practices and strategies that will support positive outcomes and improve student transfer and transition between the two institutions, and implement curricula and instructional revisions for improving the academic skills of students This cooperative agreement will bring the two institutions together and provide a focused agenda which will (a) increase the second-year-success rate of academically under-prepared students from both institutions, (b) increase student retention-to-graduation in BPCC programs, (c) increase the number of students who transfer from BPCC to NSU to study nursing, and (d) increase the graduation rates of BPCC allied health students who transfer to NSU’s nursing programs. The two objectives are to increase student retention and transfer rates by improving academic instruction in common gateway barrier courses in Nursing and Allied Health programs and to develop joint Student Success programs with services that increase student retention and graduation rates in Nursing and Allied Health programs.

Title 3 Grant Proposal Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Total
Total Amount Requested $384,268 $447,242 $473,271 $397,738 $293,850 $1,996,369

Congressman John Fleming represents the 4th District of Louisiana. He is a member of the House Armed Services and Natural Resources Committee.

NSU President Randy Webb; Congressman John Fleming; BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson

Pictured left to right:
NSU President Randy Webb; Congressman John Fleming; BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson

BPCC Chancellor honors Congressman John Fleming

Release date: August 12, 2009

Chancellor Jim Henderson will honor Congressman John Fleming, who was instrumental in BPCC’s receiving funding under the Strengthening Institutions Program in the amount of $384,268 for 2009-2010. It is anticipated the grant will be renewed for five years. The program enables colleges to improve their academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability.

Participants:
Chancellor Jim Henderson
Congressman John Fleming
LCTCS Board of Supervisor Scott Terrill
LCTCS Board of Supervisor Tommy Clark
LCTCS Board of Supervisor Keith Gamble

Date/Time:
Thursday, August 20
10:00 a.m.

Location:
Bossier Parish Community College, Building A, Room 230
6220 East Texas Street
Bossier City, LA 71111

BPCC will be facilitator for ACT Essay-Writing Study

Release date: August 7, 2009

ACT, Inc., will offer students enrolled at four-year colleges and universities an opportunity to participate in an essay-writing study.

Requirements for participation in the study:

  • Must be a sophomore, junior, or senior who is currently enrolled at a four-year college or university.
    (Students enrolled in two-year colleges or technical colleges are not eligible.)
  • Completed at least two college-level English courses (or equivalent AP credits).
  • Each student participating in the study will be paid $50.00. For payment purposes, participation is limited to U.S. citizens.

This study will be conducted between August 24 and September 30, 2009. The study will take approximately one hour to complete and will require each participant to write two short essays.

Location:
ACT Center
Bossier Parish Community College
6220 East Texas Street, Building D-203
Bossier City, LA 71111

Students who are eligible and interested in participating in the study can register at www.act.org/essaystudy . For more information, please call BPCC’s ACT Center at 318-678-6002.

Lists of graduates and honor students for the summer 2009 semester

Release date: August 6, 2009

Bossier Parish Community College is pleased to announce the names of graduates for the 2009 summer semester. The College is also pleased to announce the names of students on the Chancellor's and Dean's lists for the 2009 summer semester.

Bossier Parish Community College sponsors race

BPCC 100 Mini-NASCAR RaceRelease date: August 4, 2009

The BPCC Foundation Inc., and area partners are pleased to bring to the community an exciting, action-filled event - the “BPCC 100” race. This event is a mini NASCAR® - type race where adult drivers zip around the speedway in customized go-karts. Teams will compete for titles of “Fastest Vehicle”, “Best Looking Car”, “Best Dressed Pit Crew”, and “Fastest Pit Crew”.

Food vendors and children’s activities will be available in the “AEP SWEPCO Kids Pit Stop.” Two days of speedway action will be offered on the BPCC campus.

Dates: September 25 and 26, 2009
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Location: Bossier Parish Community College campus
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Race car drivers must be 18 or older. This event is not affiliated with NASCAR.

This is an educational fundraiser for Bossier Parish Community College. All proceeds will be used to support student scholarships and ensure the future of quality education at Bossier Parish Community College!

Bossier Parish Community College Foundation, Inc., is a non-profit organization established exclusively for obtaining charitable contributions for Bossier Parish Community College. Over the past 10 years, the BPCC Foundation has awarded more than $400, 000 to Bossier Parish Community College to fund student scholarships, faculty and staff development, and academic/school enhancement programs. As a result, thousands of students have benefited.

For additional information, please contact one of the following:
BPCC Foundation Office: 318- 678-6185 or email srogers@bpcc.edu
Event Chairpersons: Cliff LeBlanc 318-470-2299 and Ray Tromba 318-752-1466
Race Public Relations Committee:
Markey Pierre, Public Relations Chairperson: 318-675-0116 or email Markey@sostrategy.com
Sandy Cimino, Public Relations Committee: 318-698-5000 or email ciminos@oibank.com

BPCC offers Building Information Modeling courses for fall semester

Release date: August 3, 2009

Beginning fall semester, Bossier Parish Community College will be offering Building Information Modeling courses using the Autodesk REVIT software. H. Michael Hill at GoStructural.com writes: “The technology of building information modeling (BIM) is going to transform the construction industry and affect the jobs of every discipline involved in creating and sustaining the built environment… “ In the future, BIM modeling will be used to design, engineer, construct, maintain, renovate and even demolish structures.

General Services Administration and Department of Defense are now required to submit projects in BIM model format. BIM modeling facilitates the design and engineering of green and sustainable projects and builds digital models that can be explored by other software such as Computational Fluid Dynamics.

BIM goes even further than modeling, however. The user can generate complete sets of construction drawings directly from the model, and these drawings are updated automatically as the model changes.

Having this training available through BPCC will mean that local design and construction professionals can begin to use this cutting edge technology now.

An introductory class will be offered in the fall and an advanced class will be offered in the spring.

For more information, people can contact Frank Viviano, Dean of Math and Technical Education, at 318-678-6363 or fviviano@bpcc.edu.

BPCC students to tryout for national dance squad

Cori Jenkins and Shircarra DobinRelease date: August 3, 2009

Pictured left to right are Cori Jenkins and Shircarra Dobin, BPCC Ladies in Gold Dance Line members, who were selected by the National Dance Association staff to tryout for the All-American Dance squad during the NCA/NDA Summer Camp at SMU in Dallas.

Cori, a sophomore at BPCC, was awarded the highest honor a danceline member can receive when she was selected to attend the national competition in Daytona Beach in April 2010.

Cori is a graduate of Benton High School, and Shircarra from Airline High School.

 

 

BPCC cheer and dance teams together at camp

NCA/NDA College Summer CampRelease date: August 3, 2009

BPCC Ladies in Gold Dance Line and the BPCC Cheerleaders attended NCA/NDA College Summer Camp

at Southern Methodist University in Dallas in July. Both squads received numerous awards for their performances.

The Ladies in Gold received the “Most Improved Squad” at the end of the camp competition. The Cheerleaders received two awards: third place in the Intermediate Co-ed Division and a bronze bid to the national collegiate competition in Daytona Beach, Florida, April 2010.

 

 

 

 

BPCC Continuing Education - Fall Registration now open!

Release date: August 3, 2009

BPCC’s Continuing Education Division offers a wide variety of non-credit computer, leisure, professional and online courses. Get you copy of the fall schedule in the Sunday edition of the Shreveport Times on August 9 or view it online at www.bpcc.edu/continuingeducation.

Call 318-678-6015 to register now!

Chesapeake Energy Corporation turns keys over to BPCC

Release date: July 17, 2009

Bossier Parish Community College Chancellor Jim Henderson accepts keys to a F-150 truck
donated to the college by Kevin McCotter, Chesapeake Energy Director of Corporate
Development.

The vehicle will be used for athletic events and general needs of the campus.

Chancellor Jim Henderson accepts keys to a F-150 truck

New coaches for the Cavaliers

Release date: July 15, 2009

Bill McConathyChancellor Jim Henderson has announced the new basketball coaches for the Bossier Parish Community College Cavaliers. Joe St. Andre’ is the head coach, and Bill McConathy is the assistant coach.

Joe St. Andre'St. Andre’ has eighteen years coaching experience: Centenary women’s basketball, Airline and Haughton men’s basketball, and BPCC baseball. McConathy, who has fifteen years experience, has coached basketball at Bossier High, Airline, and Haughton High. In addition, as a college student, McConathy served as the team captain and lettered on the LA Tech basketball team.

St. Andre’ replaces Louis Bonner, who resigned his head coaching position at BPCC to coach basketball in Searcy, Arkansas, at Riverview High School. Bonner had been at BPCC since 2002.

Longtime BPCC basketball coach takes job in Arkansas

Release date: July 13, 2009

Louis BonnerLouis Bonner, head basketball coach at Bossier Parish Community College, has accepted the head coaching position at Riverview High School in Searcy, Arkansas. Bonner has been at BPCC since 2002. He starts his new coaching job July 15.

At BPCC, his teams compiled a 138-98 record, including two Louisiana Conference championships. This past season the Cavs finished with a record of 12-18.

Coach Bonner has been recognized as both the Louisiana Conference Coach of the Year 2005-2006 and the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches (LABC) Coach of the Year. Bonner has coached numerous athletes who have gone on to have very successful careers at four-year institutions.

Coach Bonner is a native of Scott, Arkansas. He spent one year as a graduate assistant at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas.

When asked what he will miss most about BPCC, he replied, “The people, the BPCC family.”

New Chancellor for BPCC

Release date: July 6, 2009

Jim Henderson is the new Chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College effective July 1.

Prior to his appointment as chancellor, Henderson joined the Louisiana Community & Technical College System as Senior Vice President for Workforce and Economic Development in 2005, where he was responsible for shaping the purpose and direction of the system's workforce development efforts. Prior to his position at LCTCS, Henderson worked with the Louisiana Department of Labor as the Director of the Incumbent Worker Training Program. Preceding that position, he spent 10 years in executive level management roles in the private sector.

Henderson has helped shape state workforce and education policy, serving as a member of the Louisiana Occupational Forecasting Conference, the state apprenticeship council, and the HealthWorks Commission. He has also served as a member of the Louisiana Workforce Commission, the Small Business Entrepreneurship Commission, the Louisiana Recovery Authority Workforce Recovery Committee, and Governor Jindal's Workforce and Economic Development Transition Advisory Committee.

A native of Shreveport, Henderson has a bachelor's degree in journalism and English from Northwestern State University and a Master of Science degree from the University of West Florida in Human Performance Technology. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

He has been married for 15 years to his wife Tonia and they have three children, Reagan, 13; Nicholas, 10, and Alexander, 5.

BPCC’s Campus Lions Club inducts new officers for the 2009-2010 year

Release date: June 22, 2009

Bossier Parish Community College’s Campus Lions Club inducted a new slate of officers for the 2009-2010 year at an end-of-the-year luncheon. Receiving “member of the year” award was Lynn Lyle, 2008-2009 President.

BPCC established the first College Lions Club chapter In May 2007. BPCC staff and students are encouraged to become members.

Lions Club Officers

Pictured (l to r) are newly elected officers Jessie Darby, Lion Tamer; Jim Boyter, 1st Vice President; Juanita Epps, Treasurer; Joey Brown, President; Lynda Dickson, Secretary; Ron Viskozki, Tail Twister; and (not pictured) Susan Harlan, 2nd Vice President.

For more information about the College’s Campus Lions Club, contact Joey Brown, Chapter President, at 678-6083, or jbrown@bpcc.edu.

Tom Carleton named Chancellor Emeritus

Tom Carleton, BPCC Chancellor EmeritusRelease date: June 11, 2009

Tom Carleton, retiring Chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College, has been named Chancellor Emeritus by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Board of Supervisors. Carleton is the only BPCC chancellor to be awarded this title.

 

 

 

Bossier Parish Community College Employees Receive Awards for Outstanding Service

Release date: May 29, 2009

Bossier Parish Community College recently awarded several of its employees for outstanding service to their school at the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Annual Conference. Outstanding Service Award recipientsThe conference was held in Shreveport, Louisiana, on April 23 - 25 with the theme “Delivering on the Guarantee: Building a 21st Century Workforce.” Over 600 system employees were in attendance and experienced both personal and professional development through a series of informative breakout sessions.

On Friday, April 24, an awards luncheon was held at the Shreveport Convention Center and awardees were recognized in the following categories: Outstanding Professional Staff, Outstanding Faculty, Outstanding Professional Support Staff and Distinguished Retiree. Fifty-seven recipients from across the LCTCS were given jade-glass plaques. At BPCC, four staff members were given awards.

Award recipients are (l to r):
Dr. Michael Hart, Assistant Professor of Music – Outstanding Faculty
Lesa Taylor-Dupree, Executive Dean of Instruction – Outstanding Professional Staff
Juanita Epps, Compliance Officer - Outstanding Professional Support Staff
Tom Carleton, Chancellor

BPCC breaks ground on two athletic fields

Release date: May 19, 2009

Area dignitaries and college personnel will participate in a groundbreaking ceremony for two athletic fields to be completed by August. A baseball field, softball field, and concession area are being constructed next to the Health and PE Complex on the BPCC campus.

Participants:
Tom Carleton, Chancellor
Kevin McCotter, Campus Facilities Inc.
Don Jones, Campus Facilities Inc.
John McConathy, Campus Facilities Inc.
Karen Recchia, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Louis Bonner, Associate Athletic Director
Aaron Vorachek, Baseball coach
Ashley Grisham, Softball coach

Date/Time:
Wednesday, May 27
10:00 a.m.

Location:
Adjacent to Health and PE Complex
Bossier Parish Community College
6220 East Texas Street
Bossier City, LA 71111

Bossier Parish Community College hosts Bio-Link Regional Conference

Release date: May 19, 2009

Bossier Parish Community College will host the South Central Bio-Link Regional Conference May 28 through May 31, 2009. All sessions will be held in Building B on the College campus.

The Bio-Link Conference will allow members and partners to share successes in teaching the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for student success in the rapidly changing biotechnology workplace. A highly qualified workforce is one of the major factors required for high tech industries like biotechnology to thrive. Bio-Link and its members are dedicated to supplying the workforce with such skilled personnel.

At the regional conference, participants will learn new skills and techniques, examine and test exemplary curriculum models and instructional materials, and engage in discussions about regional program needs. Participants are expected to implement new skills, materials, and strategies into their own programs and to lead regional staff development activities.

Contacts for general information or a schedule of events:

Sandra Partain, Program Director, at 318-678-6231 or spartain@bpcc.edu
Elaine Cox, Professor, at 318-678-6106 or ecox@bpcc.edu

Henderson Chosen to Lead Bossier Parish Community College

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Jim HendersonBATON ROUGE - After conducting a national search, today, during the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Board of Supervisors meeting, Jim Henderson was appointed chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College. Acting on the recommendation of LCTCS President Dr. Joe D. May, the LCTCS Board approved the appointment of Henderson as the fifth chancellor of the college. LCTCS Board member and Search Committee chair Tommy Clark thanked the search committee members and applauded the outstanding process that took place to identify the next chancellor.

"Jim is an outstanding leader who has a great passion for career and technical education. He's going to do an extraordinary job as chancellor of this institution and I look forward to working with him in this new role," said Dr. Joe D. May, LCTCS President.

Henderson will take over for Tom Carleton, who is retiring after 42 years of state service, which includes 15 successful years as chancellor of BPCC. Henderson will assume duties on July 1, 2009.

"I am honored to be selected to lead this tradition rich college to a new level of excellence," said Henderson. "With a team of dedicated and highly competent faculty and staff, combined with state of the art facilities, BPCC is well positioned to positively impact the future of thousands of citizens, and give the employers of Northwest Louisiana a competitive advantage."

Prior to his appointment, Henderson joined the Louisiana Community & Technical College System as Senior Vice President for Workforce and Economic Development in 2005, where he was responsible for shaping the purpose and direction of the system's workforce development efforts. He provided strategic focus for the customized training and corporate services of the system's seven community colleges, two technical community colleges, and the statewide Louisiana Technical College (38 campuses). In 2006, his responsibilities increased to include operational oversight of the restructured Louisiana Technical College. In 2007, he assumed responsibility for the administration of the Carl Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Program, creating a seamless integration of workforce training and technical education within LCTCS.

Prior to his position at LCTCS, Henderson worked with the Louisiana Department of Labor as the Director of the Incumbent Worker Training Program. Preceding that position, he spent 10 years in executive level management roles in the private sector. Henderson has helped shape state workforce and education policy, serving as a member of the Louisiana Occupational Forecasting Conference, the state apprenticeship council, and the HealthWorks Commission. He has also served as a member of the Louisiana Workforce Commission, the Small Business Entrepreneurship Commission, the Louisiana Recovery Authority Workforce Recovery Committee, and Governor Jindal's Workforce and Economic Development Transition Advisory Committee.

A native of Shreveport, Henderson has a bachelor's degree in journalism and English from Northwestern State University, and a Master of Science degree from the University of West Florida in Human Performance Technology. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He has been married for 15 years to his wife Tonia and they have three children, Reagan, 13; Nicholas, 10; and Alexander, 5.

Bossier Parish Community College is a member of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. BPCC was established in 1966 and held classes for the first time in 1967, serving 101 students. As of Spring 2008, enrollment was at 4,759 students. The mission of Bossier Parish Community College is to provide instruction and service to its community. This mission is accomplished through courses and programs that provide sound academic education, broad career and workforce training, continuing education, and varied community services through flexible instructional delivery systems. The College provides a wholesome, ethical, and intellectually stimulating environment in which diverse students develop their academic and workforce skills to compete in a technological society. Bossier Parish Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree and certificate.

51st Graduation Ceremony at Bossier Parish Community College - Chancellor Tom Carleton to preside for the last time

Release Date May 11, 2009

On Friday, May 15, Bossier Parish Community College will hold its 51st graduation ceremony. Over 350 graduates will receive their degrees. Because of this record number of graduates, the ceremony will be split into two separate programs—one at 9:30 am and one at 2:30 pm.

The first ceremony (9:30 a.m.) and will honor the Science and Allied Health graduates. Mr. Charles Strong, LTC Director, Region 7, will be commencement speaker.

The second ceremony (2:30 p.m.) will honor all other graduates from the various disciplines. Governor Bobby Jindal will serve as the commencement speaker. Mayor Lo Walker will also present a proclamation to retiring Chancellor Tom Carleton.

Both graduations will take place in the Health and PE Complex on the BPCC campus.

For additional information, please contact the BPCC Public Relations Office at 318-678-6216.

Award for Student Excellence in Performing Arts presented during music program

Chancellor Tom Carleton and recipient Danyelle AdkinsRelease Date: May 5, 2009

In March, the Performing Arts Theatre at Bossier Parish Community College unveiled a new award honoring Chancellor Tom Carleton. Each year both theatre and music will give an award to an outstanding student in each discipline.

The Tom Carleton Award for Student Excellence in Performing Arts was awarded to music major Danyelle Adkins on May 1, 2009, during the BPCC Concert Winds’ spring concert. Danyelle, who is an accomplished flutist, received the award for excellence in music. Program Director of Music Michael Hart was part of the presentation.

Pictured:
Chancellor Tom Carleton and recipient Danyelle Adkins.

BPCC Continuing Education - SUMMER REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Release Date: May 5, 2009

BPCC’s Continuing Education Division offers a wide variety of non-credit computer, leisure, professional and online courses. Kids’ College camps and courses are offered for children during the summer. New courses begin each week.

Call 318-678-6015 to register, or visit our website (www.bpcc.edu/continuingeducation) for a complete list of our summer 2009 courses.

Chancellor’s portrait frozen in ice

Chancellor Tom CarletonRelease Date: May 1, 2009

Chef Ryan Gillespie, from Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, captured a perfect portrait of BPCC’s Chancellor Tom Carleton. The ice sculpture was carved by the chef and displayed at the chancellor’s recent retirement reception.

Pictured:
The real Chancellor Tom Carleton beside his icy portrait.

 

 

BPCC announces new child education program

Release Date: May 1, 2009

Associate of Applied Science in Care and Development of Young Children (CDYC)

Bossier Parish Community College is approved to offer the Associate of Applied Science in Care and Development of Young Children (CDYC) (formerly titled Early Childhood or Early Childhood Education) with the emphasis in the development of infants, toddlers and young children.

Bossier Parish Community College and the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences recognize the need for quality child care in the community. The Care and Development of Young Children (CDYC) Program at Bossier Parish Community College is designed to meet the educational standards set by the State and federal governments for early childhood programs and satisfies the highest level of requirements in the Louisiana Quality Rating System (QRS) for providers of child care.

The mission is to provide quality, research-based course work, specifically designed for roles in homes, residential, or institution-based child-care services and Head Start programs. Candidates will develop practical, hands-on techniques and methods to apply to teaching practices with young children

For more information, contact program coordinator Kathy Porter at 318-678-6126 or kporter@bpcc.edu.

Bossier Parish Community College announces 2009 pageant winners

Release Date: April 29, 2009

BPCC held its annual Ms. BPCC and Miss Tiny Cavalier pageant on Saturday evening, April 18, 2009.

Ms. BPCC and Miss Tiny Cavalier Pageant Winners

Pictured l to r (back row):
Sydney Rae Simpson – Ms. BPCC 1st runner-up
Morgan Lindsey Potter – Ms. BPCC 2009
Chancellor Tom Carleton
Sarah Elizabeth Rains – Ms. Congeniality

Pictured l to r (front row):
Gracie Elizabeth Stewart – Miss Tiny Cavalier 2009
Kendall Jade Earley – Miss Tiny Cavalier 1st runner-up

For additional information, contact Marjoree Harper, Director of Student Life, at 318-678-6144 or mharper@bpcc.edu.

BPCC Chancellor Search Narrowed to Four Finalists. Open Forums to Be Held Wed., April 22

Release Date: April 20, 2009

BATON ROUGE – After conducting a nationwide search, four applicants have been selected by the Bossier Parish Community College Search Committee as finalists, moving the college one step closer to naming the next chancellor of BPCC.

Tommy Clark, Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) Board Supervisor and chair of the search committee, said that he is pleased with the slate of finalists that the committee is recommending for visits and further consideration.

“I’m extremely pleased with the progress of our search and am grateful to the members of our outstanding search committee for their hard work,” Clark said. “We have four very strong candidates, and I am looking forward to the next phase of this process.”

Chancellor FinalistsThe finalists, in alphabetical order, are: Carol Brown, Ph.D., Special Assistant to the Chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District, Dallas, Texas; Jim Henderson, Senior Vice President for Career and Technical Education, Louisiana Community and Technical College System, Baton Rouge, La.; Marc A. Nigliazzo, Ph.D., Vice President of Rio Rancho Operations and Branch Academic Affairs, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.; and Joseph Seabrooks, Jr., President, Metropolitan Community College – Blue River, Independence, Mo. (See full bios below)

The next step in the search process will provide an opportunity for the four finalists to visit BPCC on Wednesday, April 22, to participate in a series of interviews and open forum discussions with College stakeholders. The forums will be open to students, faculty and staff, and members of the community at large (see schedule below).

The candidate selected will succeed current BPCC Chancellor Tom Carleton, who is retiring in June after 42 years of state service. Carleton has served as chancellor of BPCC since 1994.

Bossier Parish Community College is a member of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, and has become the leading institution in workforce development in Northwest Louisiana. BPCC was established in 1967, and as of fall 2008, the college enrolled 4,600 students. BPCC is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and offers more than 25 associate degree programs, as well as many certificate programs and Technical Competency Areas (TCAs) in high demand fields.

Open Forum Schedule
Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Three open forums will be held at Bossier Parish Community College, 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier, La. The forum sites will remain in place and the four candidates will rotate to each of the designated locations for: Students (Building F, Room 203), Community Leaders (Building D, Room 215) and Administrators/Faculty/ Staff (Building C, Theatre). The forums will be held in 30 minute increments at the following times: 9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.; 9:45 – 10:15 a.m.; 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.; and 11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Through this communication, media and interested community members are invited to participate in the appropriate forums.

Finalists Bios (in alphabetical order)

Note to media: Please contact Kizzy A. Payton at 225-922-2391 or kpayton@lctcs.edu to request photos of the finalists.

Carol Brown, Ph.D. serves as the Special Assistant to the Chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District. Prior to accepting this position, she was President of Eastfield College (DCCCD).Dr. Carol Brown Her experience in higher education includes serving as a faculty member, instructional officer, district senior executive and college chief officer.She served as President of Waukesha County Technical College in Wisconsin, Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs at Oakland Community College in Michigan and Dean of Academic and Student Affairs at the Orchard Ridge campus of Oakland Community College. Dr. Brown also served as a department chair and instructor of history at Houston Community College in Texas. Dr. Brown has served as the President of the National Council for Continuing Education and Training and as a Commissioner on the American Association of Community College’s Commission on Academic, Student and Community Development. Her awards and recognition include the Technical Excellence Award from the National Association for Printing Leadership and the Phi Theta Kappa Texas Hall of Fame for Administrators. Dr. Brown’s community involvement includes serving on a wide range of civic and community boards which include Chambers of Commerce, United Way, La Casa de Esperanza and Girl Scouts. Dr. Brown received her doctorate in Higher Adult Learning from Michigan State University, Master of Arts in American History from Catholic University and a Bachelor of Arts in secondary social studies from the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Jim Henderson joined the Louisiana Community & Technical College System as Senior Vice President for Workforce and Economic Development in 2005, and is responsible for shaping the purpose and direction of the system’s workforce development efforts. Jim HendersonHe provides strategic focus for the customized training and corporate services of the system’s 7 community colleges, 2 technical community colleges, and the statewide Louisiana Technical College (38 campuses). In 2006, his responsibilities increased to include operational oversight of the restructured Louisiana Technical College. In 2007, he assumed responsibility for the administration of the Carl Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Program, creating a seamless integration of workforce training and technical education within LCTCS. Prior to his current position, Mr. Henderson worked with the Louisiana Department of Labor as the Director of the Incumbent Worker Training Program. Preceding that position, he spent 10 years in executive level management roles in the private sector. Mr. Henderson has helped shape state workforce and education policy, serving as a member of the Louisiana Occupational Forecasting Conference, the state apprenticeship council, and the HealthWorks Commission. He has also served as a member of the Louisiana Workforce Commission, the Small Business Entrepreneurship Commission, the Louisiana Recovery Authority Workforce Recovery Committee, and Governor Jindal’s Workforce and Economic Development Transition Advisory Committee. A native of Shreveport, Henderson has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and English from Northwestern State University, and a Master of Science degree from the University of West Florida in Human Performance Technology. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Marc A. Nigliazzo, Ph.D. currently serves as Vice President of Rio Rancho Operations and Branch Academic Affairs at The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Dr. Marc A. NigliazzoDr. Nigliazzo has held various leadership positions, including President of Temple College (1995 – 2008) and President of Galveston College (1991 – 1995). Dr. Nigliazzo has also served in several faculty appointments at Adams State College of Colorado, Odessa College, Boise State University in Idaho, Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, and Corpus Christi State University (now Texas A&M – Corpus Christi). Additionally, he has also served as the Director of Freshman Composition at Odessa College; Director of the English Learning Center and then Chairman of the Department of English, Philosophy, and Reading at Del Mar College; and Vice President and Dean of Instruction at Galveston College. Dr. Niglliazzo has received many honors and recognitions, including receiving the 2002 Western Region Chief Executive Officer Award, presented by the Association of Community College Trustees. He is also active in the community, currently serving as a member of the Rio Rancho Partners, and also serving on the boards of the Rio Rancho Economic Development Corporation and the Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Nigliazzo received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Arts in English from Texas A&M University at College Station, and a Doctor of Philosophy in English from the University of New Mexico.

Joseph Seabrooks, Jr., Ph.D. currently serves as President of Metropolitan Community College – Blue River in Independence, Mo. Prior to joining MCC-Blue River, Dr. Joseph Seabrooks, Jr.Dr. Seabrooks served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. Before joining the University of Arkansas, Dr. Seabrooks served the University of Missouri-Kansas City for over a decade in numerous capacities, including Assistant Director for Alumni and Constituent Relations, Director of Minority Student Affairs and Executive Director for the Diversity In Action Office. Dr. Seabrooks' most recent recognitions include: 2009 Alumni Achievement Award, School of Education, University of Missouri-Kansas City and 2009 Ingrams' Business Journal's 40 Most Influential Under 40, Kansas City, MO. Dr. Seabrooks holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology, a Masters and Educational Specialist degree in Higher Education Administration and an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Urban Leadership and Policy Studies and Education Administration, all earned at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Bossier Parish Community College student-produced feature film will premiere in the Performing Arts Theatre

Release Date: April 17, 2009

Each summer students in the Telecommunications Division of Bossier Parish Community College produce a full-length feature film as part of the requirement for an Associate’s Degree in Film.

Feature Film:
Anything for the Game

Date/Time/Location:
Monday, April 27, 2009
7:00 p.m.
Performing Arts Theatre – Building C
Bossier Parish Community College
6220 E. Texas St.
Bossier City, LA

During the production, students worked in all aspects of professional filmmaking, including cinematography, sound recording, and make-up. The student-produced project was directed by Eric Tuxen, Telecommunications Editor, and produced by Larry Powell, Dean and Paula Kaszuba, Telecommunications Professor.

The film tells the story of Jake Poise, a young man who has it all; a family that cares, friends who are always there, and a talent for baseball. After a career threatening injury, Jake is forced to make a decision that will change his life forever.

The Telecommunications Division offers Associate of Applied Science Degrees, Certificate of Technical Studies, and Technical Competency Areas in Broadcasting, The Business of Makeup, The Business of Music, Computer Animation, Film, Fine Art Photography, Graphic Design, Media for the Ministry, Photography, Radio, Sound Recording Technology and Television Production.

To attend the premiere, contact Laken Bowles at 318-678-6274 or ebowles315@student.bpcc.edu.

BPCC joins the community to sponsor the inaugural Opportunities and Choices, A Career Expo for 8th Graders

Release Date: April 15, 2009

Eighth graders and their parents are invited to participate in an evening of fun-filled adventure in education during the inaugural Career Expo for 8th Graders. Area businesses, colleges, and technical schools will be available to provide information and hands-on demonstrations as students are introduced to career pathways for planning their educational goals. Students attending will be exposed to high demand career areas, average starting salaries, required training and experience, and educational options.

Studies show that middle school students are at the optimum age to begin exploring career opportunities or to drop out of school. Therefore, the community has stepped in to form a consortium to make this expo an annual event.

Date/Time/Place:
Tuesday, April 28
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Bossier Parish Community College
Health & Physical Education Complex (Building I)
6220 E. Texas Street
Bossier City, LA 71111

Attendees:
Eighth graders and their parents

Participating sponsors:
Bossier Federal Credit Union

Bossier Parish Community College
Northwest LA Economic Development Foundation
Southern University Shreveport
Women in Construction

For additional information, please contact event co-chairpersons Sherrie Johnson at 318-678-6172, sjohnson@bpcc.edu, or Shelli Ulrich at 318-678-6358, sulrich@bpcc.edu.

BPCC honors retiring chancellor

Release Date: April 15, 2009

The Bossier Parish Community College faculty/staff/students and invited community leaders will honor retiring Chancellor Tom Carleton with a reception on Sunday, April 26, at 2:00 pm in the Health and Physical Education Complex on the BPCC campus.

Participants:
Chancellor Tom Carleton
Dr. Joe May, President of the LCTCS
Cliff LeBlanc, President of BPCC Foundation, Inc.

Date/Time:
Sunday, April 26
2:00 p.m.

Location:
Health and Physical Education Complex
Bossier Parish Community College
6220 East Texas Street
Bossier City, LA 71111

BPCC Campus Lions Club is accepting applications for summer camp

Release Date: March 5, 2009

Applications are now being accepted by the BPCC Campus Lions Club for special needs youth in the Bossier City area who are interested in attending summer camp.

The Louisiana Lions Camp is located north of Leesville, LA. Opening Sunday, May 31, 2009, the camp will offer one-week sessions of fun-filled activities for youth with the following special needs:

  • pulmonary disorders
  • mild, mentally challenged youth ages 8-19
  • youth with diabetes ages 6-14
  • visual, hearing, and orthopedically impaired youth ages 7-19

There is no cost to parents for the camper’s stay. All requests for summer camp are handled locally and each applicant must be sponsored by the Lions Club.

For information about dates and times for each session, or to request an application, please contact Carliss Pierce, BPCC Campus Lions Club, at 318-678-6300 or cpierce@bpcc.edu You may also view additional information on the camp’s website at www.lionscamp.org.Will open new browser window or tab

BPCC’s Accelerated Learning Division Results Show Adults Want to Learn

Release Date: March 4, 2009

With the formation of its Accelerated Learning Division, Bossier Parish Community College embarked on a new venture in fall 2008 that is already showing results. The division was created because of BPCC’s successful involvement in the Center for Adult Learning in Louisiana or CALL, www.yourCALLla.org.Will open new browser window or tab

Accelerated Learning targets working adults with a high school diploma and no college as well as those adults with some college, who stopped short of earning a degree. Courses in the accelerated learning division are taught online in 4 and 8 week sessions.

Three degree programs are offered in these formats including the Associate of General Studies with a concentration in Business, the Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration, and the Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Software Applications. A certificate program for Help-Desk Support Specialist is also offered in an accelerated format.

A recent grant has been awarded to the Division to work with The University of Louisiana-Monroe and develop a new degree program for managers in the healthcare industry. This degree program aims to address the skill development needs of those professionals serving in middle management positions of hospital systems in Northwest Louisiana.

In 2008, Accelerated Learning graduated 40 students, who each earned associate degrees. Twenty – one students are expected to graduate in the spring 2009 semester with another fifteen graduates projected in the summer 2009.

Marilyn Jackson, a recent graduate of the program, commented on why she was successful in an accelerated format. “I was successful in the CALL Program for three reasons – determination, willingness to go the extra mile, and the support of the staff. The program is worth so much more than time and money, I am now a college graduate. I am so thankful that I entered in the CALL Program.”

Accelerated Learning course enrollments have grown significantly. From fall 2007 when the first accelerated courses were offered in a regular semester to fall 2008, course enrollments grew by 160. From spring 2008 to spring 2009, course enrollments grew by 200.

When asked the reason for the success of the program, Luke Dowden, Dean of Accelerated Learning, replied, “The staff who admit and advise our students, as well as the faculty who teach accelerated courses, understand the adult learner. An intentional combination of personnel and support services has created a successful learning environment for our students.”

Dowden reports that the average course retention of all courses is 84% with the average success rate of those who remain in courses averaging 97%. The reason for the success is not a lack of academic rigor; yet, it is the determination of adult student to succeed and dedicate the time required to be successful learners.

Demonstrating their responsiveness to student requests, Dowden projects more 8 week course offerings in the coming semesters in both online and hybrid/blended formats which require some classroom attendance. Hybrid/blended formats will help BPCC transition some of its new adult learners to the online environment through some level of face-to-face interaction.

In addition to 4 week and 8 week online courses, the Accelerated Learning Division also houses BPCC’s Portfolio Assessment, an opportunity for adults to earn college credit for college level learning gained through work, volunteer, or personal experiences. Two graduates of accelerated learning have earned college credit through prior learning. Dianna Weaver, a CIS major and spring 2009 candidate for graduation shared her experience with earning credit through portfolio. She has earned 9 hours of college credit through portfolio assessment.

“Portfolio was a rewarding experience which allowed me to validate my years of business knowledge, and translate it into college credits. The CALL staff was unbelievably supportive in assisting me through the process of developing my Portfolios. Portfolio is an excellent vehicle for validating prior learning, and translating that knowledge into college credit. Other students should consider using Portfolio for college credits. It is less expensive and requires less time than attending class!”

For more information about completing degrees through accelerated course and/or portfolio assessment, people should visit the Division of Accelerated Learning at www.bpcc.edu/callstudents, call 318-678-6050, or email call@bpcc.edu.

BPCC Student-Produced Documentary about the STRAND Theatre to Air on Louisiana Public Broadcasting

Release Date: March 2, 2009

Students in a BPCC’s Telecommunications students recently produced a documentary about Shreveport’s Strand Theatre. I Am the Strand will air on the statewide television network LPB, Wednesday, March 18, at 7:00 pm. Because of its Louisiana-themed subject matter, the documentary was a perfect fit for the programming lineup of Festival 2009, LPB’s membership drive.

Rusty Johnson, an Assistant Editor in the Telecommunications Division, guided students throughout the development process of the documentary. Students wrote and video graphed the documentary about the 84-year old theatre. Student Director Laken Bowles supervised editing of the nearly hour-long video, which was mastered in high definition and completed in May 2008.

The documentary also features interviews with Mr. Tom Carleton, Chancellor of BPCC; and Virginia Shehee and Jim Montgomery; Co-founders of Save the Strand. Archival source material was provided by KSLA-TV and Noel Memorial Library at LSU-S.

For additional information, please contact Larry Powell, Dean of the Telecommunications Division, at 318-678-6304 or lpowell@bpcc.edu .

Governor Bobby Jindal announced the appointment of Deanna Hardy to the Louisiana Commission for the Deaf

Release Date: February 16, 2009

Deanna HardyOn January 21, 2009, Governor Bobby Jindal announced the appointment of Deanna Hardy to the Louisiana Commission for the Deaf.

The Louisiana Commission for the Deaf serves to advocate for the needs and rights of people who are deaf, certify interpreters, promote and facilitate accessibility of all public and private services to people who are deaf, collect and disseminate information concerning people who are deaf, and maintain a registry of certified interpreters. Additionally, the commission’s duties include, but are not limited to, establishing and administering a statewide program to provide access to all public communications services for people who are deaf, deaf-blind or have other related impairments.

According to the statute, the commission is comprised of seventeen members, including the state coordinator of vocational rehabilitation services to the deaf, the president of the Louisiana Association of the Deaf, the president of the Louisiana Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, the superintendent of the Louisiana School for the Deaf, the secretary of the Department of Social Services, the superintendent of education, the director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission, the speaker of the House of Representatives, the president of the Senate, and the secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals or their designees. The remaining seven members are gubernatorial appointments, of which two must be people who are deaf, one must be a person with a hearing impairment, two must be parents of people who are deaf, and two must be professionals who work with people who are deaf. All gubernatorial appointments are subject to senate confirmation.

Deanna Hardy, of Haughton, is a mathematics instructor at Bossier Parish Community College and a member of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Hardy will serve as a parent of a person who is deaf, as required by statute.

Bossier Parish Community College Writing Center Featured in a National Publication

Release Date: February 13, 2009

The 2008 National Report by the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSEE) recently featured BPCC's Writing Support Services Learning Laboratory (WSS) initiative as a best practice for increasing college student effort.

The publication praised the support program and its successes:

“The Writing Support Services (WSS) program at Bossier Parish Community College (LA) encourages greater student effort on writing assignments by providing students with intensive support at all stages of the writing process.

  • The college now aims to increase students’ use of the WSS by building it into the curriculum. For example, WSS staff will visit classes to facilitate group discussions and address students’ concerns about major writing assignments.
  • In addition, faculty members will require students to receive feedback from a writing support specialist (in person, online, or as part of the classroom workshop) for a specified number of drafts each semester.”

The Writing Support Services Learning Laboratory began through a grant by the Charles T. Beaird Foundation in the spring 2007 semester as collaboration between BPCC’s Learning Center and the Division of Liberal Arts. The success of this pilot program led to two consecutive grants from the Louisiana Board of Regents, which have helped to fully establish the writing lab within BPCC’s nationally award winning Learning Center.

In the fall 2008 semester, writing support specialists logged 746 visits/interactions with students about their writing assignments in English and other courses. Of those 746 visits, 255 were submitted through the Writing Support Services’ online system and 144 were students receiving help for assignments in courses other than English.

For more information about the Writing Support Services Learning Lab, visit www.bpcc.edu/thelearningcenter or contact Program Assistant for Writing Support Services Laura Jones by phone at 318-678-6491 or via email at ljones@bpcc.edu.