2010 News Release Archives

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Chesapeake Donates Laptops to Deserving Students

Release date: December 10, 2010

Today, Chesapeake Energy Corporation donated laptops to 27 BPCC Middle College graduates as part of the students’ awards celebration. The students had no prior knowledge that they were going to receive the laptops.

“Through our support of education, we are committed to providing leadership as a responsible corporate citizen and dedicated community advocate,” Kevin McCotter, Chesapeake’s Senior Director of Corporate Development, Haynesville Shale, said. “Bossier Parish Community College has created a unique opportunity for success in the Middle College program, and is doing a great job in serving the citizens of Northwest Louisiana by providing education and workforce development opportunities for people interested in pursuing life goals through higher education. Chesapeake considers this support as an investment in the economic competiveness of the Haynesville Shale region.”

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BPCC Middle College students receiving laptops from Chesapeake Energy.

Chancellor Jim Henderson applauded the students for their hard work and spoke of BPCC’s commitment to providing programs for students to achieve their educational goals. “The BPCC Middle College program, which marries GED curriculum with college-level coursework, consists of ‘at risk’ students who never completed high school. Out of the 34 students who started the program, 27 will graduate Tuesday evening from the program,” said Chancellor Henderson. “Not only is the BPCC Middle College program a model for student success, the students (many of whom are first-generation college students) are shining examples of what we believe to be at the heart of Chesapeake’s educational philanthropy focus. Chesapeake’s gift of laptops to these graduates will not only serve as a tangible award for the students’ accomplishments and inspire them to advance to the next phase of higher education, it will also give them the tools to be successful.”

The BPCC Middle College program combines college credit courses, GED Prep, and leadership classes. Enrollment is open to high school drop-outs ages 17-22 targeting low income students with barriers such as addiction, homelessness, and single parenthood.

The Middle College students will graduate on Tuesday, December 14 at 6:00pm in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre. For more information on BPCC Middle College, contact Shelli Ulrich, Workplace Literacy Director, at 678-6358.

BPCC Library Committee Donates Books to Troops

Release date: November 24, 2010

Books for Troops drive

BPCC Library Committee Member Edward Chopin (second from left) delivers more than 500 books to The Thrifty Peanut owner Jason and Jeanne McLaughlin (right) in support of their Books for Troops drive. The books, donated by BPCC faculty, staff, students, and friends as a part of the Library Committee’s annual book project, were added to the approximately 7,300 books already collected by the Books for Troops drive.

The Thrifty Peanut is matching the donations, which will total more than 16,000 books sent to troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Ken Koval (left), Louisiana State Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, is working with McLaughlin to transport the books overseas.

BPCC Green Receives Donation from Keep Bossier Beautiful

Release date: November 16, 2010

Keep Bossier Beautiful (KBB) Director Dawna Barrera, KBB Board President Tom Lawson, Board Secretary Mary Ann Van Osdell, and board member/BPCC professor Dan Cain presented BPCC Green Faculty Advisor Ty Bryan and other BPCC Green members a check for $575 to help establish a recycling program of white paper on the college campus.

“Keep Bossier Beautiful was instrumental in putting BPCC Green in contact with Hughes Recycling to establish our cardboard recycling program. With this donation and the money raised by BPCC Green through plant sales, we will have enough funds to purchase recycling bins,” says Bryan.

BPCC Green, a student organization on the college campus, was established in 2009. The group consists of student and faculty members who are working to raise awareness on campus about the importance of recycling.

“How fitting it is that we presented BPCC Green with funds to assist in the recycling project because today, November 15, is America Recycles Day,” comments Director Barrera. Since 1997, communities across the country have come together in November to celebrate America Recycles Day. More than a celebration, America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the United States.

Area residents interested in BPCC Green’s activities may contact Ty Bryan, advisor for the organization, at tbryan@bpcc.edu.

Check presentation

Keep Bossier Beautiful Director Dawna Barrera (center) presents BPCC Green advisor Ty Bryan with a $575 check to establish a recycling program on the college campus. Chancellor Jim Henderson (far right), students, faculty, and board members participate in the presentation.

Construction Management Program Available

Release date: 11/15/10

Associated Builders and Contractors, Pelican Chapter along with Bossier Parish Community College announce a limited number of openings for their joint program “Maximizing Success for Female and Minority Contractors” are still available through December 17.

The one-year educational program for persons wishing to pursue careers in Construction Management begins in January and meets one Saturday per month for ten months. In addition to classroom training, participants will be mentored by experienced construction professionals to help them bridge the gap from training to success in construction careers.

Contact Bridget Benton with ABC, Pelican Chapter for an application packet: 318-401-5835 or bbenton@ABCPelican.com.

BPCC and LA Tech sign agreement for engineering degree

Release date: November 3, 2010

Chancellor Henderson and President Reneau sign the Memorandum of Understanding

Louisiana Tech President Dan Reneau (left) and Bossier Parish Community College Chancellor Jim Henderson (right) signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will permit BPCC's Associate of Science in Engineering to satisfy the first 60 hours of a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at the four-year university.

College officials from Bossier Parish Community College and Louisiana Tech signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will permit BPCC’s Associate of Science in Engineering to satisfy the first 60 hours of a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering at the four-year university. Chancellor Jim Henderson and President Dan Reneau met on the LA Tech campus in Ruston to initiate this 2+2 agreement.

“BPCC's Associate of Science in Engineering will provide a new pathway into Louisiana Tech's highly respected engineering programs,” said Chancellor Henderson. “The development of the curriculum was a joint effort of the academic leadership of both institutions in a model of collaboration in support of our regional economy.”

“Louisiana Tech is excited to enter into this agreement with Bossier Parish Community College and to welcome a fine group of students to Tech who will, one day, represent both institutions as the next generation of engineering and science leaders in our state,” said Louisiana Tech President Dan Reneau. “The relationships we have built with Bossier Parish Community College and other community and technical colleges around the state are sure to produce new educational opportunities for our young people and new growth opportunities for Louisiana.”

The Memorandum of Understanding articulates the transfer agreement and process for students to complete an A.S. in Engineering at BPCC and transfer as juniors to Louisiana Tech into one of the seven engineering degrees that are offered (at the B.S. level):

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nanosystems Engineering

 

Memorandum of Understanding
Establishing an AS to BS in Engineering Progression Program Between

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Associate of Science in Engineering

AND

LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY
Bachelor of Science in an Engineering Discipline

ENGLISH (6 credit hours):
BPCC COURSE LATECH COURSE
ENGL 101 ENGL 101
ENGL 102 ENGL 102
 
MATHEMATICS (12 credit hours):
BPCC COURSE LATECH COURSE
MATH 250 MATH 241
MATH 251 MATH 242
MATH 252 MATH 243
MATH 253 MATH 244
 
APPROVED NATURAL SCIENCE (9 credit hours):
BPCC COURSE LATECH COURSE
CHEM 101 (3) CHEM 101 (2), 103 (1 -lab)
PHYS 211 PHYS 201
PHYS 212 PHYS 202
 
SOCIAL SCIENCE (6 credit hours):
BPCC COURSE LATECH COURSE
Gen Ed Social Science
Gen Ed Social Science
 
ARTS (3 credit hours):
BPCC COURSE LATECH COURSE
Gen Ed Arts Appreciation
 
HUMANITIES (6 credit hours):
BPCC COURSE LATECH COURSE
Gen Ed Humanities (Literature)
Gen Ed Humanities (World/Int’l History)
 
ENGINEERING SCIENCE ELECTIVES: (15 credit hours):
BPCC COURSE LATECH COURSE
ENGR 100 (3) In lieu of ENGR 120/121/122 (6); 3 hours of additional advanced engineering to be taken in major curriculum
ENGR  220 (3) ENGR 220 (Statics)
ENGR 221 (3) ENGR 221 (Circuits)
ENGR 222 (3) ENGR 222 (Thermodynamics
ENGR 201 (3) MEMT 201 (Strengths/Materials)
 
ADDITIONAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE (3 credit hours):
BPCC COURSE LATECH COURSE
BLGY 105 BISC 130

For more information, contact the following:

Dr. Barbara Poole
Associate Vice Chancellor
Bossier Parish Community College
6220 East Texas Street
Bossier City, LA 71111
318-678-6001
bpoole@bpcc.edu
Dr. James D. Nelson
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies,
College of Engineering and Science
Louisiana Tech University
600 W. Arizona (Bogard Hall)
Ruston, LA 71270
318-257-2842
jdn@latech.edu

Dr. Stan Wilkins
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Bossier Parish Community College
6220 East Texas Street
Bossier City, LA 7111
swilkins@bpcc.edu

Dr. Stan A. Napper
Dean, College of Engineering and Science
Louisiana Tech University
600 W. Arizona (Bogard Hall)
Ruston, LA 71270
san@latech.edu

BPCC presents annual Christmas Show—Santa Comes to Cajun Land!

Release date: November 1, 2010

For 18 years every December, BPCC has joined with Bossier City to present their 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 “A CAJUN CHRISTMAS” with all of the College’s choirs, bands, cheerleaders, actors, and dance line girls adding music, song, and dance to the electricity of the evening.

Dates: December 1 - 2
Times: Doors open at 6:00 p.m., show starts at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Bossier Civic Center
Cost: FREE

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.

BPCC Photography Student to Show Work

Example of Amanda Currier's workRelease date: Octiber 29, 2010

Amanda Currier, BPCC student and photographer, will showcase her images themed, “A Vision of Northern Louisiana,” in a gallery at Le Fevre’s Flowers and Framing Gallery inside the Villagio on Friday, November 5, starting at 6:00 p.m.

Currier is planning to feature at least twenty images at the opening. The inspiration for the choice in theme came from her years of growing up in the southeast Arkansas and Northern Louisiana area

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BPCC and LA Tech to sign agreement for engineering degree

Release date: October 26, 2010

Bossier Parish Community College administration will establish the Associate of Science in Engineering. A Memorandum of Understanding will be signed between Chancellor Jim Henderson and President Dan Reneau to initiate a 2+2 agreement with LA Tech that will allow the associate degree to satisfy the first 60 hours of a BS in engineering at the four-year university.

Participants:
Mr. Jim Henderson, Chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC)
Dr. Dan Reneau, President of Louisiana Tech University
Dr. Stan Wilkins, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, BPCC
Dr. Ken Rea, Vice President for Academic Affairs, LA Tech
Dr. Stan Napper, Dean of the College of Engineering, LA Tech

Date/Time:
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
1:30 p.m.

Location:
Louisiana Tech University
President's Conference Room on the 16th Floor of Wyly Tower
(tall white building off Railroad Avenue)
Ruston, LA

BPCC at Grambling Agreement Signed

Release date: October 20, 2010

Today, officials from Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) and Grambling State University signed an alliance agreement establishing BPCC at Grambling – permitting students to attend Grambling but take BPCC developmental courses that will apply to a Grambling baccalaureate degree. BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson welcomed both Grambling President Dr. Frank G. Rogue and Grambling Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Connie Walton to the campus for the signing ceremony.

Chancellor Henderson and Dr. Pogue sign the alliance agreement

Chancellor Henderson (right) and Dr. Pogue (left) sign the alliance agreement.

"This agreement is about access: two great institutions collaborating to ensure students have access to higher education and a higher quality of life. Grambling serves a national audience, and BPCC is honored to help welcome new populations to their proud tradition," says Chancellor Jim Henderson.

BPCC at Grambling agreement includes:

BPCC agrees to:

  • Admit students to BPCC at Grambling State University.
  • Employ and provide qualified faculty member/s to teach a designated number of sections of developmental mathematics, developmental English courses, and a mutually agreed upon set of core or other courses at BPCC at Grambling for students to complete twelve semester hours applicable to a baccalaureate degree at Grambling State University. The remainder of the core or other courses required for completion of associate/certificate will be taught via internet and/or at the Bossier City location.
  • Provide the University with an opportunity to review material, publications or media releases related to the subject of this agreement prior to any release of information.

BPCC-Grambling group photo

BPCC and Grambling officials signed an alliance agreement today establishing BPCC at Grambling.

Grambling agrees to:

  • Work closely with BPCC to schedule the courses and register students for the specific sections at the University campus.
  • Provide classroom space as well as office space for counseling with students for the conduct of the specified courses.
  • The University will provide housing options (either University-owned or privatized) for BPCC at Grambling students.
  • Provide access to open computer labs to the students enrolled in the sections to allow for the use of supplemental learning resources via the Internet.

As a reciprocal component of the alliance between the two institutions, BPCC agrees to provide Grambling faculty use of classrooms for instruction of classes on the BPCC campus each semester during the evening hours and on Saturdays.

The BPCC at Grambling program is modeled after the BPCC at NSU program, which began in August 2005. That program has served 2,366 students.

For more information on BPCC at Grambling, contact Dr. Stan Wilkins, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at 318-678-6377 or swilkins@bpcc.edu.

BPCC announces Encana scholarships for oil and gas program

Release date: October 18, 2010

Current and future students at Bossier Parish Community College in the Oil and Gas Production Technology program now have scholarships available through a gift from Encana Corporation.

These academic scholarships make it possible for 15 continuing students and 10 entering students to receive a stipend of $500 - $1000 for spring semester, 2011.

“Encana’s support for the Oil and Gas Production Technology program at BPCC has been significant in establishing the program, and continues to enrich the opportunities for students with this scholarship offering,” notes program director Linda Sonnier.

Students who wish to apply may get an application online at the BPCC Foundation scholarship website (www.bpcc.edu/foundation/scholarships), or can contact Linda Sonnier at 318-678-6524 for additional information.

BPCC Holds Informational Meeting for Program to Assist High School Dropouts Prepare for GED and College

Release date: October 13, 2010

Bossier Parish Community College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Department will hold another informational meeting for its Middle College program from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thurs., October 14 at BPCC’s Theater, 6220 East Texas St, Building C.

BPCC Middle College is a program combining college credit courses, GED Prep classes and Leadership classes for high-school drop-outs ages 17-22. The program targets low income students with barriers such as addiction, homelessness and single parenthood.

Middle College students will be enrolled in 12 hours of college credit classes as a “Learning Community,” attending identical classes and class sections as well as be enrolled in the Middle College as a group. College classes consist of two tracks involving courses such as Computer Concepts, College Success Skills, Developmental Reading, Fundamentals of Composition, Composition & Rhetoric and Intro to Psychology.

Students will also attend GED Prep classes 12 hours per week as part of Middle College. After earning their GED, students will continue to attend class, focusing on math. “Because only 3% of BPCC applicants are able to enroll in Math 102, our goal is to prepare our Middle College students to increase Math performance scores and test into Math 102 upon completion of their first semester,” says Middle College Director Shelli Ulrich.

Leadership classes are the third component to the Middle College program. Students will attend Leadership session on Fridays. These sessions will include speakers, activities and site visits in the areas of Teamwork, Social Services, Leadership, Education, Law Enforcement, Quality of Life (Art and Culture), Government and Economic Development.

Any student wishing to enroll in Middle College must attend an informational meeting. For more information and/or to register, please contact Shelli Ulrich, Director at 318-678-6358.

BPCC and Grambling State University to sign agreement

Release date: October 13, 2010

Officials from Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) and Grambling State University will sign an alliance agreement that will permit students to attend Grambling but take BPCC developmental courses that will apply to a Grambling baccalaureate degree.

Participants:
Jim Henderson, BPCC Chancellor
Dr. Frank G. Pogue, President, Grambling State University
Dr. Connie Walton, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Grambling State University
Dr. Stan Wilkins, BPCC Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Date/Time:
Wednesday, October 20
9:30 a.m.

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

Scholarships available for construction contractors

Release date: October 5, 2010

Bridget Benton presents a check to Linda Sonnier for student scholarships in Construction.

Bridget Benton, director northern region, Pelican Chapter, Associated Builders and Contractors; Linda Sonnier, Program Director, Construction Technology and Management at BPCC. Benton presents a check to BPCC representative Sonnier to fund student scholarships in Construction program.

On Monday, October 4, officials from Pelican Chapter, Associated Builders & Contractors presented a $14,925 check Chancellor Jim Henderson of Bossier Parish Community College. The monies will be used to launch a scholarship program titled “Maximizing Success for Minority and Female Construction Contractors.” The scholarships in Construction Management and Entrepreneurship will be awarded to women and minorities who are currently working or attending college in the construction field.

“The construction industry offers pathways to lucrative careers,” stressed Chancellor Henderson. “BPCC is proud to partner with Associated Builders & Contractors to expand access to construction industry success to new populations.”

Bridget Benton, Director of the Northern Region Pelican Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors, presented the check to Chancellor. “On behalf of ABC, we are proud to offer the opportunity to a group of selected individuals a career in one of the fastest growing industries in the nation, she said.

Benton continued: “ABC is a national association made up of contractors that support the industry. The Pelican Chapter in Louisiana has more than 340 members representing over 10,000 construction workers. We are thrilled to give a selected number of people the opportunity to jump start their career in this industry. We are also very excited to partner with BPCC in construction programs because there is a need for educating construction workers. The members of the Pelican Chapter here in North Louisiana are willing to give these selected individuals full support by mentoring each student.”

Applications are being accepted through October 15, 2010. The “Maximizing Success for Minority and Female Construction Contractors” program requires a monthly weekend commitment for one year, January through December 2011. College credit will be awarded to successful participants.

For details and information, please contact Program Director for Construction Technology Linda Sonnier at 318-678-6524 or lsonnier@bpcc.edu.

BPCC and University of Maryland sign Cyber agreement

Release date: October 1, 2010

College officials from Bossier Parish Community College and University of Maryland University College sign an alliance agreement involving six of the Cyber Information Technology degree programsToday, college officials from Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) and University of Maryland University College (UMUC), Adelphi, Maryland, signed an alliance agreement involving six of the Cyber Information Technology degree programs. Dr. Susan Aldridge, President of UMUC, and Chancellor Jim Henderson of BPCC explained the alliance to a large gathering of college dignitaries.

“By joining the UMUC Community College Alliance Program, BPCC is expanding opportunities for students to continue their education with a world class university,” commented Chancellor Henderson. “Our shared commitment to developing the nation’s cyber warriors will create exciting career pathways for our students while protecting our national interest.”

Henderson continued: “BPCC and UMUC share a student –focused commitment to innovation and service. The Instructional Technology Council (ITC) named BPCC the 2010 recipient of the Outstanding Student Services in eLearning award. UMUC won the award for Outstanding eLearning Program. It is only fitting for these two leading institutions to partner on behalf of maximizing student access.”

President Susan Aldridge said in her presentation at BPCC that UMUC, which currently offers over 100 online degrees, is pleased to launch into cyber security programs with the seamless transition from a community college to a four-year state institution. “Currently, 30,000 cyber security warriors are needed in Washington, D.C. to our country and the defense systems,” stressed President Aldridge.

As Dean of the Division of Cyber Information Technology, Laura Goadrich will work closely with the UMUC administration to allow for seamless transfer for BPCC students: “The CIT Division is proud to sign a 2+2 Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Maryland University College for all six Associate of Science degrees in the division. University of Maryland University College has award-winning online coursework and a global reputation for offering quality degree programs. This memorandum will provide a great opportunity for CIT graduates to continue their education at the University of Maryland University College after earning their associate degree at Bossier Parish Community College.

The six degree programs that are included in the alliance agreement are as follows:

  • Computer Information Systems
  • Information Network Security Specialist
  • Information Network Specialist
  • Information Programmer Analyst
  • Information Systems Administration Specialist
  • Web Analyst Programmer

For additional information, contact Dean Laura Goadrich at 318-678-6329 or lgoadrich@bpcc.edu.


Barksdale airmen unveil mini-NASCAR for race

Release date: September 29, 2010

On Thursday, September 30 at 4:00 pm, Team 3-DD will unveil its car for the 2nd Annual BPCC 100. The crew and drivers for this car are all Barksdale airmen, who have prepared the car for the upcoming race October 8 and 9. Car owners are Helen Black (El Dorado Resort Shreveport), Hedy Hebert ( Benefit Consulting Services), and Markey Pierre (Southern Strategy Group). The airmen will unveil the car in front of the Health and PE Complex on the Bossier City campus.

The BPCC Foundation is sponsoring the BPCC 100 mini-NASCAR race at BPCC. This annual event raises money to help support the student scholarship fund at BPCC.

This year, 19 team cars will participate in the event. For two days, mini-NASCAR type cars zip around a race track as they compete for prizes in various categories: Best Looking Car, Fastest Pit Crew, Fastest Car, Best Dressed Pit Crew. In addition to the car races, there are multiple food vendors and a children’s play area—Kids Pit Stop. The event is free to the whole family.

Schedule:

Friday, October 8
8:00 a.m. Car inspections
11:00 a.m. Team contests and awards
Noon Lunch break
1-4:00 p.m. Qualifying Laps
4-6:00 p.m. EnCana Oil/Gas “Crank it up Tailgate Party”
   
Saturday, October 9
9:00 a.m. Chancellor’s Cup
10:00 a.m. Sponsors’ Cup
11:00 a.m. Throw Down Races
Noon Lunch break
1:00 p.m. 2nd Chance Qualifier A
2:00 p.m. 2nd Chance Qualifier B
3:00 p.m. Main Event Race: Champions’ Shoot Out
4:00 p.m. Chesapeake Energy “Checkered Flag” Presentation

Chairing the race this year is Ray Tromba, Property Manager of Louisiana Boardwalk and President of the BPCC Foundation Executive Committee; Honorary chair is former Representative Billy Wayne Montgomery. Chancellor Jim Henderson will serve as the official host for the event.

Major sponsors this year are as follows:

  • EnCana Oil & Gas "Crank It Up Tailgate Party' sponsor
  • Chesapeake Energy “Trophy/Checkered Flag” sponsor

Other sponsors for the 2010 race are AEP SWEPCO, ANECA Federal Credit Union, Capital One Bank, Citizens National Bank City of Bossier, Coca Cola, Cumulus, KTBS Channel 3, LTC-Shreveport, and Marshals for Kids.

Winning last year’s BPCC 100 were ASCA (Don Sonnier, Jr.), BWI from Texarkana, and Louisiana Technical College.

For more information, call 678-6010 or logon to www.bpcc100.org.Will open new browser window or tab This event is not affiliated with NASCAR.

Become a Realtor - Enroll in Real Estate 101 at a New Reduced Fee

Release date: September 28, 2010

Now is a perfect time to train to become a realtor. Because Northwest Louisiana is home to the Cyber Innovation Center, the Haynesville Shale, the movie industry, and other growing industries, there are many people in the market to buy real estate – both commercial and residential. And now, people can receive the necessary training to become licensed real estate professionals at a reduced rate.

BPCC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education department offers Real Estate 101, a 90-hour course which is a prerequisite for the Louisiana State License Examination. The course is scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays beginning October 18, 2010, through February 2, 2011. The fee for Real Estate 101 has been reduced to $549/per person and space is limited.

“One of BPCC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education department goals is to provide the community with courses designed to train individuals in areas that are in demand. We felt the need to offer this course at a reduced fee in order to provide the community tools necessary to succeed at an affordable rate,” says Dean Lisa Wargo.

Real Estate 101 covers the principles and practices of real estate, the Louisiana Real Estate License Law, the Law of Agency, Commission Rules & Regulations, and Civil Law, as it pertains to real estate in Louisiana. The instructor for the course is real estate professional Steve Lowe.

For more information or to register, call BPCC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education office at 318-678-6015.

2nd annual BPCC 100 Mini-NASCAR Race set for October

Release date: September 27, 2010

BPCC 100The BPCC Foundation is sponsoring the 2nd annual BPCC 100 mini-NASCAR race on the Bossier Parish Community College campus Friday and Saturday, October 8 and 9. This annual event raises money to help support the student scholarship fund at BPCC.

This year, 19 team cars will participate in the event. For two days, mini-NASCAR type cars zip around a race track as they compete for prizes in various categories: Best Looking Car, Fastest Pit Crew, Fastest Car, Best Dressed Pit Crew. In addition to the car races, there are multiple food vendors and a children’s play area—Kids Pit Stop. The event is free to the whole family.

Schedule:

Friday, October 8
8:00 a.m. Car inspections
11:00 a.m. Team contests and awards
Noon Lunch break
1-4:00 p.m. Qualifying Laps
4-6:00 p.m. EnCana Oil/Gas “Crank it up Tailgate Party”
   
Saturday, October 9
9:00 a.m. Chancellor’s Cup
10:00 a.m. Sponsors’ Cup
11:00 a.m. Throw Down Races
Noon Lunch break
1:00 p.m. 2nd Chance Qualifier A
2:00 p.m. 2nd Chance Qualifier B
3:00 p.m. Main Event Race: Champions’ Shoot Out
4:00 p.m. Chesapeake Energy “Checkered Flag” Presentation

Chairing the race this year is Ray Tromba, Property Manager of Louisiana Boardwalk and President of the BPCC Foundation Executive Committee; Honorary chair is former Representative Billy Wayne Montgomery. Chancellor Jim Henderson will serve as the official host for the event.

Major sponsors this year are as follows:

  • EnCana Oil & Gas “Crank It Up Tailgate Party” sponsor
  • Chesapeake Energy “Trophy/Checkered Flag” sponsor

Other sponsors for the 2010 race are AEP SWEPCO, ANECA Federal Credit Union, Capital One Bank, Citizens National Bank City of Bossier, Coca Cola, Cumulus, KTBS Channel 3, LTC-Shreveport, and Marshals for Kids.

Winning last year’s BPCC 100 were ASCA (Don Sonnier, Jr.), BWI from Texarkana, and Louisiana Technical College.

For more information, call 678-6010 or logon to www.bpcc100.org.Will open new browser window or tabThis event is not affiliated with NASCAR.

BPCC and University of Maryland sign Cyber agreement

Release date: September 24, 2010

Officials from Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) and University of Maryland University College (UMUC), Adelphi, Maryland, will sign an alliance agreement involving six of the Cyber Information Technology degree programs.

Participants:
Jim Henderson, BPCC Chancellor
Dr. Susan Aldridge, UMUC President
Dr. Stan Wilkins, BPCC Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Dr. Lisa Romero-Arnold, UMUC Assistant Vice President, Community Relations
Laura Goadrich, BPCC Dean of Cyber Information Technology

Date/Time:
Friday, October 1
10:00 a.m.

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

Free Gardening Workshops

Release date: September 23, 2010

The following gardening workshops will be held in October at the Bossier Parish Community College campus in Bossier City. All the workshops are on gardening, and anyone can attend free of charge.

Community Gardens Friday, October 1, 2010 noon-1:00 p.m. room B-110
Instructor: Grace Peterson

Preparing a Garden Bed Friday, October 15, 2010 noon-1:00 p.m. room B-110
Instructor: Pam Tully

Starting Seeds and Planting Plants Friday, October 22, 2010 noon-1:00 p.m. room B-110
Instructor: Pam Tully

Gardening Without Chemicals Friday, October 29, 2010 noon-1:00 p.m. room B-110
Instructor: Pam Tully

Please e-mail Pam Tully at ptully@bpcc.edu, if you would like to attend.

Scholarships available for construction contractors

Release date: September 23, 2010

The Pelican Chapter, Associated Builders & Contractors has donated $14,925.00 to Bossier Parish Community College launching their scholarship program titled “Maximizing Success for Minority and Female Construction Contractors.” The donation will fund scholarships in Construction Management and Entrepreneurship for women and minorities who are currently working or attending college in the construction field.

Applications are being accepted through October 15, 2010. The “Maximizing Success for Minority and Female Construction Contractors” program requires a monthly weekend commitment for one year, January through December 2011. College credit will be awarded to successful participants.

For details and information, please contact Linda Sonnier at 318-678-6524 or lsonnier@bpcc.edu.

Ribbon Cutting for Athletic Fields at BPCC

Release date: September 15 and 20, 2010

A ribbon cutting at Bossier Parish Community College will officially open the new baseball and softball fields on the campus. State and local dignitaries will gather to cut the ribbons.

Participants:
Kevin McCotter, Campus Facilities, Inc.
John McConathy, Campus Facilities, Inc.
Don Jones, Campus Facilities
Jim Henderson, Chancellor
Tommy Clark, Cavalier Athletic Foundation
Mayor Lo Walker, Bossier City
Ray Tromba, BPCC Foundation, Inc.

Date/Time:
Wednesday, September 22
Noon

Location:
Bossier Parish Community College
Athletic Fields (adjacent to Health and PE Complex
6220 East Texas Street
Bossier City, LA 71111

Dedication of Donna Service Gallery

Release date: September 15, 2010

Chancellor Jim Henderson of Bossier Parish Community College will officially dedicate the Donna Service Gallery at a ribbon cutting and grand opening event at the College. Mrs. Service, an art instructor at BPCC, died suddenly at the age of 40. The Gallery will house student art work and will be open to the public.

Participants:
Jim Henderson, BPCC Chancellor
Holly French-Hart, Dean of Liberal Arts

Date/Time:
Tuesday, September 21
10:00 a.m.

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

BPCC holds job fair for adjunct instructors

Release date: September 13, 2010

The Human Resources Department at Bossier Parish Community College is hosting a job fair to locate potential adjunct instructors to teach at the College. Day and evening part-time positions in all disciplines are available.

The job fair will be held Thursday, September 30 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in the lobby of Building A at Bossier Parish Community College, 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City, LA 71111.

The qualifications for a part-time instructor are as follows:

  • Educational Requirements:
    Master’s degree with 18 curriculum hours
  • Experience:
    Teaching experience in higher education is preferable
  • Skills:
    Demonstration of teaching effectiveness; the ability to communicate effectively and harmoniously with students, colleagues, and others; a willingness to work with students who have a wide range of motivation level and academic abilities

Bossier Parish Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Bossier Parish Community College holds informational meetings for program to assist high school dropouts prepare for GED and College

Release date: September 9, 2010

Bossier Parish Community College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Department will hold informational meetings for its Middle College program.

Dates/Location:
Thursday, September 23 OR Thursday, October 14
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Bossier Parish Community College
Performing Arts Theatre – Building C
6220 East Texas St.
Bossier City, LA

BPCC Middle College is a program combining college credit courses, GED Prep classes and Leadership classes for high school dropouts ages 17-22. The program targets low income students with barriers such as addiction, homelessness and single parenthood.

Middle College students will be enrolled in 12 hours of college credit classes as a “Learning Community,” attending identical classes and class sections, as well as be enrolled in the Middle College as a group. College classes consist of two tracks involving courses such as Computer Concepts, College Success Skills, Developmental Reading, Fundamentals of Composition, Composition and Rhetoric, and Intro to Psychology.

Students will also attend GED Prep classes 12 hours per week as part of Middle College. After earning their GED, students will continue to attend class, focusing on math. “Because only 3% of BPCC applicants are able to enroll in Math 102, our goal is to prepare our Middle College students to increase math performance scores and test into Math 102 upon completion of their first semester,” says Middle College Director Shelli Ulrich.

Leadership classes are the third component to the Middle College program. Students will attend Leadership session on Fridays. These sessions will include speakers, activities and site visits in the areas of Teamwork, Social Services, Leadership, Education, Law Enforcement, Quality of Life (Art and Culture), Government and Economic Development.

Any student wishing to enroll in Middle College must attend an informational meeting. For more information and/or to register, please contact Shelli Ulrich, Director at (318) 678-6358.

Bossier Parish Community College Workforce Development and Continuing Education awarded IWTP grant funds

Release date: September 9, 2010

BPCC Workforce Development and Continuing Education department has been awarded eight (8) Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWTP) grants, totaling more than $745,000, by the Louisiana Workforce Commission for the following Northwest Louisiana businesses:

  • Custom Labels Inc. $ 63,525.00 – training 67 employees
  • Highland Clinic $ 39,876.65 – training 44 employees
  • McElroy Metal Mill Inc. $ 48,785.00 – training 81 employees
  • The Arc of Caddo-Bossier $ 92,965.95 – training 119 employees
  • Caddo Council on Aging, Inc $ 16,254.02 – training 20 employees
  • Holmes Auto Group $ 189,969.78 – training 164 employees
  • Minden Medical Center $ 164,878.34 – training 404 employees
  • Springhill Medical Center $ 130,931.11 – training 89 employees

IWTP grants provide qualifying employers with grant funding to train their workforce. The program is a partnership between the Louisiana Workforce Commission, business and industry, and training providers such as BPCC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education department. IWTP benefits business and industry by assisting in the skill development of existing employees, thereby increasing employee productivity and company growth.

To date, BPCC Workforce Development and Continuing Education’s department has managed more than $19 million in IWTP funding. For more information on Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWTP), call BPCC Workforce and Continuing Education at (318) 678-6016.

BPCC enrolls record numbers this fall--again

Release date: September 8, 2010

BPCC StudentsFor the fourth consecutive semester, students are enrolling at Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) in record numbers. In fact, for the first time in the 43-year history of the College, enrollment figures have reached nearly 6,500—a 19.25 percentage increase over last fall’s student population.

“Record enrollment is just another indication that BPCC is responding to the needs of this regional economy,” commented Chancellor Jim Henderson. “Our students recognize the opportunities that become available through education, and they are taking advantage of both established and new program offerings in unprecedented numbers.”

Enrollment figures 2009-2010

  • Spring 2009: 4,759
  • Summer 2009: 1,922
  • Fall 2009: 5,430
  • Spring 2010: 5,647
  • Summer 2010: 2,412
  • Fall 2010: 6,475

BPCC’s new academic programs are attracting more students. This summer, BPCC received approval from the Louisiana State Board of Nursing to progress with plans for a new Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ADN) on its campus. The program comes from the expressed demand from area hospitals and from the availability of potential students requesting the program.

Other new programs include Oil and Gas Production Technology and Cyber Information Technology. Enrollment in these programs illustrates the demand for these occupations in the workforce:

Program Number of students enrolled
Nursing 603
Oil and Gas 67
Cyber Information Technology 322

Chancellor Henderson remains optimistic concerning BPCC’s future. “We are not through growing. Our students and would-be students deserve the education that leads to a higher quality of life. Our employers deserve the human capital that will give them a competitive advantage. While the state wrestles with budget priorities, at BPCC we remain totally focused on the mission. In the end, I think the return on investment will be clear to all.”

Oil and Gas Safety Certificate offered through BPCC Workforce Development and Continuing Education

Release date: September 3, 2010

BPCC Workforce Development and Continuing Education announces safety courses from First Responder to Electrical Safety to Hazwoper training. Designed to train employees with the latest safety skills, businesses as well as individuals can choose from more than a dozen courses.

“We have partnered with SRP Environmental to offer the community the latest in safety training available,” says Dean Lisa Wargo. “These courses can offer safety training for businesses as a whole or for individuals wanting to update their skills.”

The following courses are scheduled for fall 2010. For more information and to register, call Workforce Development and Continuing Education (318) 678-6015.

OCT 4 – OCT 15 (M, W, F)
OIL and GAS SAFETY CERTIFICATE - $449

This course discusses various topics such as hazards of H2S, how to prevent the release of energy into the workplace, complying with your company Hazard Communication Program requirements, such as labeling, Material Safety Data sheets, employee information and training, and record keeping. Students completing this course will also receive certification through the American Red Cross in First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) as well as 24 hours of HazWoper training. Topics covered in this training includes Hazard Communication, Lock-out/Tag-out, Hydrogen Sulfide, Personal Protective Equipment, and Hazmat Security (DOT HM 181).
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

For more information on each course or to register, call BPCC Workforce and Continuing Education at (318) 678-6015.

Customer Service courses offered through BPCC Workforce Development and Continuing Education

Release date: September 1, 2010

Customer service is a key element for any business to be successful. BPCC Workforce Development and Continuing Education department understands this need and is offering five (5) courses this fall in Customer Service.

“BPCC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education department’s goal is to provide business and industry with courses designed to keep them successful. Offering these customer service courses will give businesses a way to train their employees with valuable skills needed for the workplace,” says Dean Lisa Wargo.

For more information or to register, call BPCC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education office at (318) 678-6015.

COURSE DATES/TIMES

SEPT 14 (TU)
SELLING CUSTOMER SERVICE TO YOUR TEAM - $79

Perfect for team leaders, supervisors and managers of customer service representatives. This course will help leaders close the gaps in providing customer service. Course topics include recognizing the role of employee loyalty, empowering employees to succeed, teamwork, and understanding and dealing with employee turnoffs.
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

SEPT 15 (W)
FUNDAMENTALS OF EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE - $79

Providing customer service is a critical component of any business. The Fundamentals of Excellent Customer Service Seminar will focus on providing the foundation of skills necessary to build lasting customer relationships. Topics include: Listening to your customer and meeting their needs, the importance of first impressions and appearances, building customer relationships, resolving customer complaints, how your attitude affects your customers behavior and telephone etiquette and body language.
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

OCT 4 (M)
OCT 11 (M)
CUSTOMER SERVICE FOR CALL CENTERS - $79
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Providing customer service is a critical component of any business. Providing excellent customer service and exceeding customer expectations separates you from the rest of the crowd. This course will focus on identifying the skills necessary to move your performance from ordinary to extraordinary! Topics include: listening skills, exceeding customer expectations, identifying gaps in service, resolving complaints, and speaking with a smile. Minimum Age: 16
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (OCT 4)
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (OCT 11)

OCT 12 (TU)
OCT 19 (TU)
CUSTOMER SERVICE FOR THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY - $79

Providing customer service is a critical component of any business. Providing excellent customer service and exceeding customer expectations separates you from the rest of the crowd. This course will focus on identifying the skills necessary to move your performance from ordinary to extraordinary. Topics include: listening skills, exceeding customer expectations, identifying gaps in service, resolving complaints, body language, first impressions and appearance.
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (OCT 12)
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (OCT 19)

NOV 1 (M)
CUSTOMER SERVICE FOR THE RETAIL INDUSTRY - $79

Learn to be more effective and successful in your sales and service career. This course is designed to provide the fundamentals of providing customer service in a retail environment.
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Human Resources for Small Businesses series offered through BPCC Workforce Development and Continuing Education

Release date: September 1, 2010

BPCC Workforce Development and Continuing Education department offers three courses this fall in its Human Resources for Small Businesses series. The HR for Small Businesses series is designed for employers and individuals to receive guidelines from a small business perspective.

“Human Resources is a critical issue to small business owners. Many small business owners cannot afford a HR position upon startup. Our HR for Small Businesses series courses will provide these employers with key answers to many human resources issues,” says BPCC Workforce Development and Continuing Education Dean Lisa Wargo.

For more information or to register, call BPCC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education office at (318) 678-6015.

COURSE DATES/TIMES

SEPT 8 (W)
SEPT 15 (W)
NOV 10 (W)
HUMAN RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT HIRING EMPLOYEES -- $79

This course will address decisions every start up business is faced with such as what employees do I need? Who should I hire? How do I create a job posting and job description? Where do I advertise? Other topics included: Applicant screening: learn the basics, avoid the pitfalls, and hire the best, how to conduct an interview, screening applicants and reference checking.
Books approx. $12
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (SEPT 8)
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (SEPT 15)
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (NOV 10)

SEPT 29 (W)
NOV 3 (W)
HUMAN RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES: PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT -- $149

This seminar will provide an in depth look at performance management practices including coaching and motivating employees, positive reinforcement, teambuilding, encouraging diversity in the workplace, how to give performance feedback, and how to write and deliver effective performance evaluations.
Books approx. $12
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

OCT 27 (W)
HUMAN RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES: THE BIG PICTURE -- $159

This seminar will provide guidelines from a small business perspective for human resources business practices that comply with applicable employment laws. Topics include: Employment law basics such as workers compensation, unemployment compensation, discrimination in the workplace, sexual harassment, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) and COBRA. Benefits: voluntary and non-voluntary, vacation pay, sick time, full-time vs. part-time, definition of a contract employee, flexible staffing, social security, Medicare, worker’s compensation, unemployment insurance, military pay (USERRA), medical/dental/vision Insurance; Compensation Practices: How much is too much?, determining salaries, merit increases/profit sharing, bonuses, and contractual agreements.
Books approx. $12
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Safety Courses offered for fall 2010 through BPCC Workforce Development and Continuing Education

Release date: August 31, 2010

BPCC Workforce Development and Continuing Education announces Safety courses from First Responder to Electrical Safety to Hazwoper training. Designed to train employees with the latest safety skills, businesses as well as individuals can choose from more than a dozen courses.

“We have partnered with SRP Environmental to offer the community the latest in safety training available,” says Dean Lisa Wargo. “These courses can offer safety training for businesses as a whole or for individuals wanting to update their skills.”

The following courses are scheduled for fall 2010. For more information and to register, call Workforce Development and Continuing Education (318) 678-6015.

Fall 2010 Safety Courses

SEPT 13 – SEPT 17 (M-F) FIRST RESPONDER (40 HOURS) - $599

Provides students with the core knowledge, skills and attitudes to function in the capacity as a first responder. First Responders utilize a limited amount of equipment to perform initial assessment and intervention and are trained to assist other EMS providers. Facility-specific policies and procedures will be incorporated into this program.

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

SEPT 28 (TU) DOT HM 181-12F and HAZMAT SECURITY (4 HOURS) - $99

Designed to assist employers with Compliance of 49 CFR Section 172.704. Anyone involved with the transport or storage of hazardous materials must be trained. The class will discuss the client’s policies for shipping and receiving hazardous materials.

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 

OCT 4 – OCT 25 (M) OSHA TRAINING FOR 10-HOUR CARD - $149

Provides information needed to apply OSHA standards to hazards in the work place. Target areas will include ladder and scaffold safety, chemical safety and occupational exposure to blood borne pathogens.

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

 

OCT 5 (TU) HAZARDOUS COMMUNICATION (2-HOURS) - $49

This training will assist with the compliance for company Hazard Communication Program requirements. These requirements include labeling, Material Safety Data sheets, employee information and training, and record keeping.

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

 

OCT 6 (W) HAZWOPER (8 HOURS) - $179

Meets the requirements in OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 for 8 hours of annual refresher training for workers at hazardous waste sites. This course is designed for general site workers who remove hazardous waste or who are exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous substances or health hazards.

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

OCT 7 (TH) LOCK-OUT/TAG-OUT – $49

Energy appears in the workplace in the form of electrical, mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic and thermal energy (e.g. chemical, water, gaseous, steam). This training will discuss how to prevent the release of energy into the workplace during tasks such as maintenance and repair of equipment.

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

 

OCT 12 (TU) SPILL PROTECTION and COUNTERMEASURE (2 HOURS) – $49

Developed using a facility-specific SPCC plan. The training program is based on the type of material being stored on site, facility contingency plans, and employee involvement in spill response. Topics will include the best approach to emergency responses, notification procedures, and an overview of incident command.

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

 

OCT 14 (TH) PPE COMPLIANCE (2-HOURS) - $49

OSHA requires that all employers assess their workplace for hazards and certify this assessment. This seminar will help meet these requirements. This course will cover the key elements of the OSHA PPE regulation (29CFR 1910.132-14, Subpart I), and show how to help protect company employees.

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

 

OCT 18 – OCT 22 (M-F) HAZWOPER (40 HOURS) - $549

Course is specifically designed for workers involved in clean-up operations, voluntary clean-up operations, emergency response operations, and storage, disposal, or treatment of hazardous substances or uncontrolled hazardous waste sites.

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

NOV 9 (TU) HAZARDOUS WASTE AWARENESS (1-HOUR) - $49

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires companies that produce Hazardous Waste to train employees on Waste Minimization methods and Pollution Prevention techniques. This course discusses the site specific waste streams and policies/procedures to minimize waste, both hazardous and non-hazardous.

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

 

NOV 11 (TU) ELECTRICIAL SAFETY (1-HOUR) - $49

This training covers basic information about electricity and the hazards of electrical shock, including methods to prevent electrical hazards and also covers the skills and techniques necessary to safely work on or near exposed energized electrical circuits. Topics reviewed include the OSHA Electrical Safety-Related Work Practices standard, personal protective equipment, and selection and use of equipment.

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

 

NOV 16 (TU) INCIDENT INVESTIGATION (1-HOUR) - $49

Includes the goals of an accident investigation: securing the scene, “root-cause” analysis, importance of investigative interviews, assisting in an accident investigation, importance of warning signs in accident prevention, reporting “near misses”, role of policies, equipment and training in accident prevention, and more. Using a combination of audio, full-motion video, text and colorful graphics, this course provides cost-effective Safety and Regulatory Compliance training.

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

 

NOV 18 (TH) EMERGENCY PROCEDURE PREPAREDNESS (2 HOURS) - $49

Emergency Action Plans are required by OSHA for every facility. Weather, terrorist, chemical-related emergencies, and site evacuation plans are discussed along with emergency rescue procedures.

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

 

For more information on each course or to register, call BPCC Workforce and Continuing Education at (318) 678-6015.

Bossier Parish Community College elects officers for Staff Senate positions

Release date: August 31, 2010

2010-2011 Staff Senate Officers

Pictured (l to r):

Tootie Guy, Treasurer
Brenda Williams, President
Eddy Smith, Vice President
Monette Smith, Member-At-Large
Christina Hughes, Secretary

Officers will serve in these positions through June 2011.

Chesapeake Energy Corporation makes presentations to BPCC

Release date: August 25, 2010

Kevin McCotter of Chesapeake Energy Corporation made two presentations today to Chancellor Jim Henderson of Bossier Parish Community College. McCotter, who is the Senior Director of Corporate Development at Chesapeake, announced the corporation’s involvement in the annual scholarship drive and the upcoming 2nd Annual BPCC 100 mini-NASCAR Race.

“This is yet another example of the commitment to higher education that we have come to appreciate from Chesapeake,” commented Chancellor Henderson. “For the second year in a row, they have stepped up to the plate to invest in our students. It has enriched their lives and we are most grateful.”

During a ceremony at the College, Chesapeake donated $5,000 for the Chesapeake Energy Scholarship Award at Bossier Parish Community College Foundation. Last year, Chesapeake initiated the scholarship which was then awarded to four deserving students. In addition, Kevin McCotter announced Chesapeake Energy’s exclusive Trophy Sponsorship of the BPCC 100 Race. This sponsorship will also benefit the general scholarship fund. The race will be held October 8 and 9 on the College campus.

“Through our support of education, we are committed to providing leadership as a responsible corporate citizen and dedicated community advocate,” McCotter said. “Bossier Parish Community College does a great job in serving the citizens of north Louisiana by providing higher education and workforce development opportunities for people interested in pursuing life goals through higher education. Chesapeake is proud to support these efforts in any way possible.”

For more information concerning the BPCC Scholarship Fund or the BPCC 100, contact Alumni Director Stephanie Rogers at 678-6185 or srogers@bpcc.edu.

Kevin McCotter of Chesapeake Energy Corporation made two presentations today to Chancellor Jim Henderson

Pictured (l to r):

Front row
Hedy Hebert, BPCC Foundation; Rep. Jane Smith; Kevin McCotter, Senior Director of Corporate Development; Chancellor Jim Henderson; Ray Tromba, President, BPCC Foundation

Back row
Markey Pierre, BPCC Foundation; Rep. Henry Burns; Jeff Thompson, BPCC Foundation

Bossier Parish Community College Workforce Development and Continuing Education announces courses for August – September 2010

Release date: August 24, 2010

Listed below are a few of BPCC’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education courses for Aug/Sept 2010:

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

AUG 28 or SEPT 18 (Sa) FOOD SAFETY CERTIFICATION - $99
Course prepares the student to apply for the state Food Safety Certificate.
Instruction focuses on handling techniques, preventing food-borne illnesses,
maintaining sanitary facilities and equipment, reducing liability, training and
supervising employees in safe food handling.
Textbook - $76
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

AUG 28 – OCT 2 (Sa) MEDICAL CODING EXAM PREP - $599
Students will prepare for the outpatient (physician-based) coding certification
examination offered through AAPC (CPC) by reviewing ICD-9-CM, CPT and
HCPCS coding concepts, etc. Prerequisite: Prior medical coding coursework
OR at least 1 year experience in medical coding. Exam not included in exam prep.
Textbook approx $260
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

SEPT 7 – NOV 17 (M-TH) CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT PROGRAM - $795
Course prepares one to work with long-term care patients. Instruction
includes medical terminology, health care safety, patient care lecture
& studies, practice lab situations and on-site clinical. Upon completion,
student will be recognized as a Certified Nurse Assistant in Louisiana.
Textbook - $96
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. OR 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

SEPT 18 TRAIN THE TRAINER - $99
DHH-APPROVED – Workshop covers the fundamentals of providing good
training and instruction. For those who provide training in the workplace
as well as beginning trainers & project leaders.
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

COMPUTERS

SEPT 7 – SEPT 16 (Tu, W, Th) ADOBE® PHOTOSHOP® LIGHTROOM® FOR PHOTOGRAPERS - $199
Learn how to use and create your own presets.
6:00 pm- 9:00 p.m.

SEPT 13 – OCT 4 (M) ADOBE® ACROBAT® PRO 9 - $149
Learn how to create PDF documents that look and print the same on
anyone’s computer. You’ll learn design interactive forms and organize
portfolios for paperless filing.
Prerequisite: Beginning Computers
Textbook approx $50
9:00 a.m.-noon

SEPT 13 – OCT 6 (M,W) KEYBOARDING - $259
SEPT 14 – OCT 7 (TU,TH) Build speed & accuracy by learning to touch-type & using the basic tools
of the computer keyboard.
Books approx.-$50
6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (9/13-10/6) OR 9:00 a.m.-noon (9/14-10/7)

SEPT 15 – SEPT 22 (M, W) COMPUTERS, INTERMEDIATE - $129
Learn to use word processing and graphic programs. Discover how to protect
your computer with maintenance, back-up files, and anti-virus programs.
Prerequisite: Computers, Beginning
Books approx. $38 Supplies-$15
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

SEPT 20 – SEPT 27 (M,W) MS WORD®, BASIC - $129
Learn basic terminology as you create, save, print, edit and format documents.
Discover how to add tables and format columns.
Prerequisite: Computers, Beginning
Books approx. $38 Supplies-$10
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

LEISURE

SEPT 2 – OCT 7 (TH) WANT TO BE IN THE MOVIES? - $179
Learn acting techniques and get comfortable speaking in front of a crowd.
Experienced actor or not, come further your knowledge to become even better!
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

SEPT 7 – SEPT 30 (TU, TH) ENGLISH COTTAGE GARDENS - $99
Learn how to create or use a focal point; which type of trees, shrubs, plants and
flowers are best for your garden & how to improve your soil
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

SEPT 7 – OCT 26 (TU) GOLF INSTRUCTION - $149
Course covers all areas of the golf game. Instruction by Pete Lockwood and held
at The Golf Club at Stonebridge
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

SEPT 8 NATURAL FALL DECOR & TABLE ARRANGEMENTS - $29
Create fall decorations & table arrangements using natural materials such
as vines, wood, branches & feathers.
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

SEPT 11 FALL WREATHS – $29
Make a seasonal fall wreath with vegetables and other fall items.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

SEPT 13 HOW TO USE COUPONS - $29
Learn how to use coupons properly, legally and for maximum savings.
Also learn where to find coupons, how to match them with sales, how
to read your sales ads, how to get organized, and where to shop.
Supplies - $5
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 pm

SEPT 13 – OCT 4 (M) CAKE DECORATING MADE SIMPLE - $69
Learn basic techniques to design & decorate party cakes. Basic decorating skills
will include borders, writing & flowers.
NO BAKING IN CLASS – BRING YOUR OWN CAKE.
Supplies approx $30
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

SEPT 13 – NOV 8 (M) LET’S DANCE COUNTRY - $69
Learn to dance the Triple-Two Step. No partner needed.
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

SEPT 13 – NOV 8 (M) LET’S DANCE THE SWING - $69
Learn the West Coast swing. No partner needed.
7:40 p.m. – 8:40 p.m.

SEPT 15 – OCT 27 (W) LAW OF ATTRACTION - $99
Explore the law of attraction, positive thinking and healthy self awareness.
Supplies - $5
6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

For more information on each course or to register, call BPCC Workforce and Continuing Education at 318-678-6015.

LCTCS Board approves Construction Readiness Program

Release date: August 23, 2010

Bossier Parish Community College's Division of Mathematics and Technical Education has received approval to offer a 12-credit hour, one semester program to prepare workers for non-supervisory positions within the construction industry.

Linda Sonnier, Program Director for Construction Technology and Management, said, "Persons with a high school diploma or GED can now come to BPCC for just four months and be ready to go to work in civil, residential, and commercial construction positions. The foundation training they receive will make them more competitive candidates for the available positions."

For additional information on the Construction Readiness program, contact Linda Sonnier at 318-678-6524 or lsonnier@bpcc.edu.

Chesapeake Energy donates to BPCC Scholarship Fund

Release date: August 18, 2010

Chesapeake Energy officials will present 2 separate checks to Bossier Parish Community College to support the scholarship programs.

Participants:

Bossier Parish Community College
Jim Henderson, Chancellor
Ray Tromba, President, BPCC Foundation, Inc.
Stephanie Rogers, Director, Alumni/Development

Chesapeake Energy
Kevin McCotter, Senior Director, Corporate Development

Date/Time:
Wednesday, August 25
10:00 a.m.

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

Summer 2010 Graduate and Honors Lists Released

Release date: August 13, 2010

Bossier Parish Community College is pleased to announce the names of graduates for the 2010 summer semester. The College is also pleased to announce the names of students on the Chancellor's and Dean's lists for the 2010 summer semester.

Summer 2010
Graduates | Chancellor's List | Dean's List

Bossier Parish Community College announces faculty promotions

Release date: August 9, 2010

Bossier Parish Community College Chancellor Jim Henderson is pleased to announce the following faculty promotions:

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Richard Pool, Associate Professor
John Agan, Assistant Professor
Brenda Woods, Assistant Professor

Division of Business
Achla Agarwal, Professor

Division of Cyber Information Technology
Chris Rondeau, Associate Professor

Division of Learning Resources
Kristi Lobrano, Associate Professor

Division of Liberal Arts
Jessica Cobbs, Assistant Professor
Candice Gibson, Assistant Professor
Jennifer McMullen, Assistant Professor

Division of Mathematics and Technical Education
Stacey Black, Assistant Professor
Deanna Hardy, Assistant Professor
Miles Hitchcock, Assistant Professor

Division of Science and Allied Health
Ty Bryan, Professor
Paula Rhoades, Assistant Professor

Performing Arts
Ray Scott Crawford, Professor

Bossier Parish Community College announces dates for general registration for the fall semester

Release date: August 6, 2010

Bossier Parish Community College will begin registration for classes for the fall semester on Monday August 16, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Students need to begin their registration process at the College in Administration Building A.

Late registration will continue on Tuesday, August 17, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the same location.

Bossier Parish Community College's Workforce Development & Continuing Education provides Tax Education Training through a partnership with The Income Tax School

Release date: July 29, 2010

Increased demand for tax courses and seminars result of new IRS requirements for tax preparers

The Income Tax School, the national standard for tax education, announced today it will be partnering with Bossier Parish Community College to make The Income Tax Schools industry-leading tax education courses and seminars available to Ark-La-Tex area tax preparers so they will be in compliance with new IRS suitability standards.

"The Workforce Development & Continuing Education department at BPCC is committed to providing the most innovative and current programs for our community," says Lisa Wargo, Dean of Workforce Development & Continuing Education. "By partnering with The Income Tax School, we can offer courses which allow individuals to update skills and stay current with changing regulations."

The new requirements include having all paid tax return preparers who must sign a federal tax return register with the IRS and obtain a preparer tax identification number (PTIN). After registration, these preparers would also be required to complete 15 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) annually starting January 1, 2011 to continue to practice. In addition, tax preparers would also be required to pass a competency exam, tentatively scheduled to launch in May or June of 2011.

The Income Tax School curriculum is developed by practicing tax professionals. Of particular interest, the courses teach practical application by using real life scenarios -enabling students to prepare returns for the general public as well as improving their competency in tax preparation. In addition, both The Income Tax School continuing professional education seminars as well as tax preparation courses materials are up-to-date, of the highest quality and written in layman's terms.

"We currently provide tax preparer training for a number of colleges nationwide," said Chuck McCabe, President and CEO of The Income Tax School. "The Income Tax School has seen increased interest in our tax preparation courses from other institutions as a result of the IRS announcement. Teaming up with Bossier Parish Community College allows The Income Tax School to create access and opportunity for Bossier City area independent tax preparers and business owners to take the programs that will enable them to fulfill the new IRS requirements."

For more information about the IRS requirements for tax preparers as well as The Income Tax School tax preparation and continuing education programs, please visit The Income Tax School

About Bossier Parish Community College:
Bossier Parish Community College is a two-year community college with approximately 6,000 students enrolled each semester. Academic programs of study include associate degrees, certificate/technical diplomas, and technical competency areas. In addition, BPCC provides courses that transfer to four-year degree granting institutions. Bossier Parish Community College is a member of the Louisiana Community & Technical College System.

About The Income Tax School:
The Income Tax School, formerly a division of Peoples Income Tax, Inc., is a premier provider of tax preparation courses for individuals, schools and businesses. Established in 1990, The Income Tax School has set the national standard in tax education. The Income Tax School offers 40+ income tax training courses online, ranging from 3 hour CPE seminars and 30-60 hour tax preparation courses to the premier 180-hour Chartered Tax Professional-CTP® certificate program. The Income Tax School tax education materials are used by tax, accounting and financial services firms that provide in-house tax training, as well as by many colleges and career schools.

For additional information, please contact:

Maureen Scott
804-204-1040

Tracy McGill
318-678-6190

Keeping children safe from the dangers of technology is focus of upcoming community seminar

Release date: July 28, 2010

Bossier Parish Community College's Workforce Development & Continuing Education Department and Marshals for Kids will offer a free community education seminar, "The Invisible Monster: Educating Parents and Kids against the Dangers of Technology." This community service program is designed to educate families against the dangers of a digital world. Shelly Anderson with Marshals for Kids will give parents and kids tips, lingo, and information to keep them safe.

"We are happy to collaborate with the Marshals for Kids to provide this educational and informative seminar to parents and children as the new school year begins," says BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson. "As parents and a community as a whole, we can never have too much information to keep our children safe. BPCC applauds the Marshals for Kids in their efforts to inform the community."

Date/Time:
Monday, August 16, 2010
6:30 p.m.

Location:
Bossier Parish Community College
6220 East Texas Street
Building D, Room 215
Bossier City, Louisiana

*Seating is limited for this free seminar. Call 318-678-6015 to reserve your seat.

Bossier Parish Community College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Department offers free tuition for Certified Manufacturing Specialist Program

Release date: July 20, 2010

Free tuition for the Certified Manufacturing Specialist™ program is now available through Bossier Parish Community College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Department. Students can enroll now for classes beginning August 24 through December 7, 2010. The class will meet from 5:30pm-8:30pm Mondays through Thursdays.

The Certified Manufacturing Specialist™ training program, designed by industry-training professionals, provides workers with 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 Don Brummett, course instructor. “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 partners with Bossier Parish schools to help disabled students

Release date: July 19, 2010

On Friday, July 16, BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson and Superintendent of Bossier Parish Schools DC Machen signed an agreement to create the College Life is Possible (CLIP) program, which assists disabled students succeed beyond high school.

With the help of Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC), students with significant disabilities ages 18-22 are participating in CLIP. The goal of the program is to expand the transition experience by exposing students to real-life, age-appropriate opportunities on a college campus alongside their typical peers.

“College Life is Possible is another example of the collaborative relationship between Bossier Parish School System and Bossier Parish Community College that has served this community so well,” comments Chancellor Henderson. “The CLIP program will provide access to the dream of a college education to an expanded population of students. The workforce development component makes this version of the program unique and ensures the education provided is relevant to the student’s goals.”

CLIP is a landmark program because it is one of only three in the state, and the only one associated with workforce development.

For more information, contact Cindi Barulli at 318-549-6134 or cindi.barulli@bossierschools.org.

Chancellor Jim Henderson and Superintendent of Bossier Parish Schools DC Machen signed an agreement to create the CLIP program

Pictured left to right:

Back row: Theresa Doss, Special Education Coordinator, BPS; Cindi Barulli, Special Education Manager, BPS; Sally Namie, Assistant Superintendant, BPS; Karren Arnold, Supervisor of Special Education, BPS; Shelli Ulrich, Workplace Literacy Director, BPCC; Dee Dee Mitchell, Dean of Behavioral and Social Sciences, BPCC; Kris O’Daniel, Special Education Supervisor, BPS; and Zac Burson, Transition and Mentoring Coordinator, BPS.

Front Row: BPS Superintendant DC Machen and BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson

Cake competition will be held at local college

Release date: July 13, 2010

2010 Icing on the Cake Competition is a charitable endeavor by Quota International of Shreveport and Bossier Parish Community College’s Culinary Arts Program. The competition promises to bring a fun-filled day with creativity and education by some of the most celebrated artists in the country, including Food Network Cake Challenge Champion Bronwen Weber.

The competition will be held at BPCC on Saturday, August 7, 2010. Three divisions of competition will be offered, as well as an opportunity for vendors to rent booth space or become a major sponsor of the event.

Date and Time:
Saturday, August 7, 2010
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location:
Bossier Parish Community College
Building F – Emmett E. Cope Student Service Building
6220 East Texas Street
Bossier City, LA 71111

For additional information, please visit www.QuotaIcingOnTheCake.comWill open new browser window or tabor contact:

Chef Elizabeth Dickson
BPCC Culinary Arts Director
318-678-6115
edickson@bpcc.edu

Kacee Kirschvink
Immediate Past President of Quota International of Shreveport
318-655-7737

BPCC and Bossier Schools to sign agreement

Release date: July 12, 2010

Bossier Parish Community College will partner with Bossier Parish School Board to create the College Life Is Possible (CLIP) program. This landmark program is one of three in the state of Louisiana and the only such program associated with workforce development.

Participants:

Bossier Parish Community College
Jim Henderson, Chancellor
Dee Dee Mitchell, Dean of Behavioral and Social Science
Shelli Ulrich, Director of Workplace Literacy

Bossier Parish Schools
D.C. Machen, Superintendent, Bossier Schools
Sally Namie, Assistant Superintendent, Bossier Schools
Cindi Barulli, Special Education Curriculum/Program Manager
Karen Arnold, Supervisor Special Education

Date/Time:

Friday, July 16
10:00 a.m.

Location:

Bossier Parish Community College
Building A-230 (Chancellor’s Boardroom)
6220 East Texas Street
Bossier City, LA 71111

Bossier Parish Community College holds informational meeting for program to assist high school dropouts prepare for GED and college

Release date: June 18, 2010

Bossier Parish Community College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Department will hold an informational meeting for its Middle College program. BPCC Middle College is a program combining college credit courses, GED prep classes and leadership classes for high school dropouts ages 17-22. The program targets low income students with barriers such as addiction, homelessness, and single parenthood.

Middle College students will be enrolled in 12 hours of college credit classes as a “Learning Community,” attending identical classes and class sections, as well as enrolled in the Middle College as a group. College classes consist of two tracks involving courses such as Computer Concepts, College Success Skills, Developmental Reading, Fundamentals of Composition, Composition & Rhetoric and Intro to Psychology.

Students will also attend GED prep classes 12 hours per week as part of Middle College. After earning their GED, students will continue to attend class focusing on math. “Because only 3% of BPCC applicants are able to enroll in Math 102, our goal is to prepare our Middle College students to increase math performance scores and test into Math 102 upon completion of their first semester,” says Middle College Director Shelli Ulrich.

Leadership classes are the third component to the Middle College program. Students will attend leadership session on Fridays. These sessions will include speakers, activities, and site visits in the areas of Teamwork, Social Services, Leadership, Education, Law Enforcement, Quality of Life (Art and Culture), Government and Economic Development.

Time / Location:
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
6:00 p.m.
Bossier Parish Community College
Performing Arts Theatre – Building C
6220 East Texas Street
Bossier City, LA

Any student wishing to enroll in Middle College must attend the informational meeting on Wednesday, June 23. For more information and/or to register, please contact Shelli Ulrich, Director at 318-678-6358.

BPCC Campus Lions Club inducts new officers for 2010-2011

Release date: June 17, 2010

Bossier Parish Community College’s Campus Lions Club inducted a new slate of officers for the 2010-2011 year during an end-of-the-year luncheon. Receiving “Member of the Year” award was Joey Brown, 2009-2010 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 are newly elected officers.
Back row 1 to r: Ron Viskozki, Tail Twister; Jim Boyter, President; Joey Brown, Secretary.
Front row 1 to r: Juanita Epps, Treasurer; Carliss Pierce, Vice President; Jonathan Grant, Lion Tamer.

For more information about the BPCC Campus Lions Club, contact Jim Boyter, Chapter President, at 678-6246, or jboyter@bpcc.edu.

BPCC’s Film Institute currently in production of summer film project

Release date: June 15, 2010

The BPCC Film Institute is currently in production of its summer film project titled “College: A Documentary…kind of…” The film is a fake documentary mocking film maker Benjamin “Ben” Dover’s trip to the area and his visit to a local community college. He follows the last semester of college student Bradley Dinger and meets interesting instructors, students, and staff. The comedy film is written and directed by Telecommunications Production Coordinator Jonathan Posey and produced by Dean Larry Powell and Professor Paula Kaszuba.

This project will be the eighth feature length film produced by the BPCC Film Institute. Participation in the movie includes BPCC students, faculty, staff, and area actors. The majority of the scenes are being filmed on the BPCC campus.

For general information about the movie, or specific information about the filming schedule, please contact Paula Kaszuba at 318-773-3103 or pkaszuba@bpcc.edu.

BPCC summer enrollment is highest in 43 years!

Release date: June 10, 2010

Bossier Parish Community College breaks another enrollment record! The College enrolled 2,412 students for summer classes. This is the highest summer enrollment in 43 years. Numbers continue to soar as new programs are being added to curriculum choices. Popular programs include Occupational Therapy Assistant, Construction Technology and Management, Care and Development of Young Children, Oil and Gas Production Technology. With approval to progress with plans for a new Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ADN), to be offered in the fall semester, enrollment numbers are expected to continue setting records.

Nursing program approved for BPCC

Release date: June 10, 2010

Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) has received approval from the Louisiana State Board of Nursing to progress with plans for a new Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ADN) on its campus in Bossier City, Louisiana. The program comes from the expressed demand from area hospitals and from the availability of potential students requesting the program.

The purpose of the program is to train Associate Degree Registered Nurses and move them into the workforce as quickly as possible. For that reason, Chancellor Jim Henderson applauds the role that the College will play in addressing the need for registered nurses: “BPCC is helping to solve a critical workforce need by creating a program that expands access to a traditionally underserved population. Through use of technology and innovative scheduling, those who have previously faced barriers will be able to realize the dream of becoming a registered nurse.”

Carolyn Burroughs, the Dean of Science and Allied Health at BPCC, agrees with the Chancellor, “We are excited about the opportunity to serve the needs of students wishing to pursue a career in the nursing field and at the same time help meet the growing and urgent need for Registered Nurses in the Shreveport- Bossier medical community. Bossier Parish Community College has a history of producing excellent allied health professionals and we look forward to serving students as they pursue education to become registered nurses.”

Sharon Turley, Program Director for Nursing at BPCC, is confident the first class will fill with interested students in the fall. “The nursing faculty are delighted to receive approval for the Registered Nursing Program at BPCC pending a June 30 site visit. I want to thank both the faculty for their hard work over the past few weeks and the Louisiana State Board of Nursing for putting us on a fast track and granting approval of the program. “

According to predictions, the Shreveport/Bossier area will easily employ nursing graduates within the workforce:

  • Employment of RNs is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2016 (U. S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2009)
  • The Louisiana Workforce Commission indicates that the Shreveport/Bossier market will need 26.8% more Registered Nurses by 2016.
  • Thousands of job openings will result from the need to replace experienced nurses who have left the occupation due to retirement or other reasons (Louisiana Workforce Commission, 2009)
  • “There are expected to be 13,510 new openings for Registered Nurses in the state of Louisiana by 2016. In the light of these findings, it is essential that strategic measures are taken to ensure that there is an adequate workforce to meet the current and future healthcare needs of the citizens of the state of Louisiana” (The Examiner: A Louisiana State Board of Nursing Publication, Winter 2010).

Nationally, the long-term projections indicate the nursing shortage will continue as the current workforce retires and the economy improves.

BPCC’s request for a Nursing Program has been prompted by the following: the current number of vacancies for registered nurses in the service area indicated in a feasibility study conducted by the Division of Science and Allied Health at BPCC; Louisiana Workforce Commission projections; and the projected increase in need due to an aging population

For more information, interested students can call the Division of Science and Allied Health at 318-678-6080.

Bossier Parish Community College Workforce Development and Continuing Education announces courses for June 2010

Release date: June 8, 2010

Listed below are a few of BPCC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education courses for JUNE 2010:

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

JUNE 22 & JUNE 24
HOW MAY I HELP YOU?
CUSTOMER SERVICE FOR THE RETAIL INDUSTRY - $99

Learn to be more effective and successful in your sales and service career. Course is designed to provide the fundamentals of providing customer service in a retail environment.
9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. OR 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

JUNE 26
FOOD SAFETY CERTIFICATION - $99

Course prepares the student to apply for the state Food Safety Certificate. Instruction focuses on handling techniques, preventing food-borne illnesses, maintaining sanitary facilities and equipment, reducing liability, training and supervising employees in safe food handling.
Textbook - $76
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

COMPUTERS

JUNE 15-22 (Tues & Thurs)
COMPUTERS, BEGINNING - $129

Learn computer terminology, the parts of a computer, how to use the mouse, taskbar, menus, toolbars, etc.
Supplies - $10; Textbook - $38
9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

JUNE 23-30 (Mon & Wed)
JUNE 24-JULY 1 (Tues & Thurs)
COMPUTERS, INTERMEDIATE - $129

Learn to use word processing and graphic programs. Discover how to protect your computer with maintenance, back-up files, and anti-virus programs.
Supplies-$10; Textbook-$38
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (June 23-30)
9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon (June 24-July 1)

JUNE 22-29 (Tues & Thurs)
MS WORD, BASIC -$129

Learn basic terminology as you create, save, print, edit and format documents.
Supplies-$10; Textbook-$38
6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

JUNE 22-29 (Tues & Thurs)
PERSONAL FINANCE USING EXCEL - $129

Use Excel templates to manage your budget. Build, edit, and format a spreadsheet and work with formulas and functions.
Supplies-$10
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

LEISURE

JUNE 16
PATIO PARTY FLORAL DESIGN – $29

Demonstration of how to arrange fresh flowers from your backyard.
5:20 p.m.-7:20 p.m.

JUNE 22 & 24
IT ALL ADDS UP: FINANCES FOR TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS - $49

This course for ages 16-21 will cover venues critically important for preparing a financial foundation for success. Included will be setting financial goals, understanding statements, paystubs, credit reports, and identity theft.
6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m\. (June 22)
2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. (June 24)

JUNE 23-JULY 21 SEWING, BEGINNING - $59
Make a simple skirt while learning the basic operation of a sewing machine, learn common sewing terminology, how to read a pattern and understand layouts.
Supplies - $20
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

JUNE 29-JULY 20 (Tuesdays) SILK FLORAL DESIGN: GORGEOUS FLOWERS - $69
Learn how to arrange unusual, natural, romantic flowers.
Supplies - $30
5:20 p.m.-7:20 p.m.

JUNE 29 CUPCAKE SHEET CHARACTERS - $29
Create unique and creative cakes designed from cupcakes. Your creation will be based on the season. BRING PREPARED CUPCAKES-NO BAKING IN CLASS.
Supplies approx. $30
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

JUNE 29 GET ORGANIZED! SAVE TIME AND MONEY - $29
Course will provide you with many organizational skills and methods that will help you get organized. Ideas can be used at home and work. Also, learn to help your children become more organized.
6:30 p..m-9:00 p.m.

For more information on each course or to register, call BPCC Workforce and Continuing Education at 318-678-6015.

LEED Workshop 100 Level - Green Building Basics

Release date: June 8, 2010

  • Learn how green building can save money.
  • Prepare for Green Associate Exam in Louisiana.

For those new to green building, this instructor-led course offers an introduction to USGBC, green building principles, and the fundamentals of the LEED Rating System. The course includes topics on climate change and building impacts; motivators for green building; and conventional versus integrative approaches - and the associated benefits - to building design, construction and operations.

This is the first step in building your knowledge of USGBC, LEED, and green building best practices and is a recommended prerequisite for any 200 or 300-level LEED education program. This course also satisfies the pre-requisite for the Green Associate Exam.

Co-sponsored by Bossier Parish Community College's Construction Technology and Management program.

When:
June 25, 2010
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Where:
Bossier Parish Community College
Building F, Room 203
6220 East Texas Street
Bossier City, LA 71111

Visit the following website for more information and to register for the Bossier City course: https://www.usgbc.org/CourseCatalog/coursedetail.aspx?ID=90000027Will open new browser window or tab

Contact Brian Bailey, Vice Chair of US Green Building Chapter—Louisiana, for additional information: bbailey@tldistributing.com or Linda Sonnier, Instructor in the Construction Technology and Management program: lsonnier@bpcc.edu.

Bossier Parish Community College holds informational meetings for program to assist high school dropouts prepare for GED and college

Release date: June 7, 2010

Bossier Parish Community College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Department will hold informational meetings for its Middle College program at 6:00 pm each Wednesday in June. BPCC Middle College is a program combining college credit courses, GED prep classes, and leadership classes for high school dropouts ages 17-22. The program targets low income students with barriers such as addiction, homelessness, and single parenthood.

Middle College students will be enrolled in 12 hours of college credit classes as a “Learning Community,” attending identical classes and class sections, as well as enrolled in the Middle College as a group. College classes consist of two tracks involving courses such as Computer Concepts, College Success Skills, Developmental Reading, Fundamentals of Composition, Composition & Rhetoric, and Intro to Psychology.

Students will also attend GED prep classes 12 hours per week as part of Middle College. After earning their GED, students will continue to attend class, focusing on math. “Because only 3% of BPCC applicants are able to enroll in Math 102, our goal is to prepare our Middle College students to increase math performance scores and test into Math 102 upon completion of their first semester,” says Middle College Director Shelli Ulrich.

Leadership classes are the third component to the Middle College program. Students will attend leadership session on Fridays. These sessions will include speakers, activities, and site visits in the areas of Teamwork, Social Services, Leadership, Education, Law Enforcement, Quality of Life (Art and Culture), Government and Economic Development.

Location:
Bossier Parish Community College
Performing Arts Theatre – Building C
6220 East Texas Street
Bossier City, LA

Any student wishing to enroll in Middle College must attend one of the informational meetings on a Wednesday in June. For more information and/or to register, please contact Shelli Ulrich, Director at 318-678-6358.

Spring 2010 Graduate and Honors Lists Released

Release date: May 26, 2010

Bossier Parish Community College is pleased to announce the names of graduates for the 2010 spring semester. The College is also pleased to announce the names of students on the Chancellor's and Dean's lists for the 2010 spring semester.

Spring 2010
Graduates | Chancellor's List | Dean's List


BPCC math professor recognized by ISTE

Donna Densmore Release date: May 17,2010

The ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) has announced its 2010 SIGOL Online Learning Award recipients.

Each year ISTE receives award nominees who reside in locations all around the globe and who exemplify ISTE’s mission to advance the use of technology to improve education.

Bossier Parish Community College is proud to announce that math professor Donna Densmore was highly commended for her project, “College Algebra Online: Improving Student Engagement.”

Bossier Parish Community College Continuing Education announces professional development courses for businesses

Release date: May 17,2010

Bossier Parish Community College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Department provides businesses with Customized Workforce Training and Professional Development Seminars. Customized training allows businesses to tailor training to the company’s needs. Whether businesses are in need of individual training for employees or company-wide training, BPCC Workforce Development and Continuing Education’s Department can find a training option to meet the diverse needs of the Shreveport-Bossier business community.

Upcoming Professional Seminars for summer 2010 include the following:

Human Resources for Small Businesses: The Basics of Staffing Your Organization: From Recruiting to Terminations

Wednesday, July 21 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (check in 8:30-9:00 a.m.--Lunch on your own)

This seminar will cover the basics of staffing an organization from a small business perspective and will answer participant’s questions on how to staff successfully in today’s economy. Key topics:

  • Creating a People-Oriented Workplace: The On-boarding Process
  • Developing a Policy and Best Practice Manual
  • Legal Requirements: Federal Law Posting Requirements, Minimum Wage, Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Staffing Processes: What do I need? Who to hire?
  • Where to Look & How to Retain?
  • Job Postings/Marketing & Advertising/Job Descriptions
  • Applicant Screening: Learn the basics, avoid the pitfalls, and hire the best!
  • Interviewing: The Do’s & Don’ts–Common Mistakes Businesses Make
  • The Retention Component: The Pros & Cons of Hiring
  • Termination: The 3 D’s: Do, Don’t, & Documentation

Instructor: Nicole Williams
Nicole has an MBA and 15 years of human resources and business experience in both the non-profit sector and Fortune 500 corporations. She is currently completing a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and serves as an adjunct professor in business for Bossier Parish Community College.

Cost for the Human Resources for Small Businesses seminar is $149 per person.

 

Fundamentals of Excellent Customer Service Seminar

Tuesday, August 3 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (check in 8:00-8:30 a.m.)

Providing customer service is a critical component of any business. The Fundamentals of Excellent Customer Service Seminar will focus on providing the foundation of skills necessary to build lasting customer relationships. Topics:

  • Listening to Your Customer and Meeting Their Needs
  • The Importance of First Impressions and Appearances
  • Building Customer Relationships
  • Resolving Customer Complaints
  • How Your Attitude Affects Your Customers’ Behavior
  • Telephone Etiquette and Body Language

Instructor: Don Jagot
Don has many years in the Customer Service Industry. His background includes 20 years retail experience in operations, merchandise and store management, regional and division management He has an MBA and has been an adjunct professor of retail operations/ LSUS and is an adjunct professor of marketing/Centenary College.

Cost of the Fundamentals of Excellent Customer Service Seminar is $99 per person.

 

Selling Customer Service to Your Team

July 13-15 (Tu/Th) 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Instructor: Don Jagot
July 13-15 (Tu/Th) 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Instructor: Don Jagot

This mini-session seminar is perfect for team leaders, supervisors and managers of customer service representatives. This course will help leaders close the gaps in providing customer service. Course topics include recognizing the role of employee loyalty, empowering employees to succeed, teamwork, understanding and dealing with employee turnoffs.

Cost for Selling Customer Service to Your Team Seminar is $99 per person.

 

How May I Help You?
Customer Service for the Retail Industry

June 22-24 (Tu/Th) 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Instructor: Don Jagot
June 22-24 (Tu/Th) 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Instructor: Don Jagot

Employees earn to be more effective and successful in their sales and service career. This mini-session seminar is designed to provide the fundamentals of providing customer service in a retail environment.

Cost for How May I Help You? Seminar is $99 per person.

 

Other customized training opportunities that BPCC Workforce Development can provide for businesses include the following:

Banking: Customizable online training programs offered in partnership with Banker’s Academy. These ABA and ICB approved programs will help bank professionals earn credit towards achieving or renewing CBT, CLBB, CCSR, CPB, and CRCM certifications.

Computer Software Applications: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, QuickBooks, Adobe Creative Suites

Command Spanish: For businesses with Spanish speaking employees and clientele. Learner-friendly workshops are customizable for any industry and require no prior knowledge of Spanish

Customer Service Excellence: Customizable for any industry, from frontline representatives to management

Leadership and Management: Supervisory Skills, Coaching and Motivating, Teambuilding, Communication and Performance Management

Sales and Marketing: Sales and Marketing fundamentals and strategies, enhanced sales skills

Human Resources Training for Small Businesses: Do’s and don’ts of hiring and terminations, recruiting, marketing and advertising jobs, interviewing, job descriptions, developing policy and procedure manuals, employee relations and retention, performance management, employment law basics, benefits management, compensation practices, and more.

Small Business Start-Ups: Learn about Financing—setting up business accounts, loans; Accounting - setting up a company, tax credits, required forms and documents, taxes; Marketing; Customer Service; Human Resources for small businesses, and QuickBooks software.

For more information on these customized training options or to register, call BPCC Workforce Development and Continuing Education Department at 318-678-6016.

Bossier Parish Community College holds information meeting for new program to assist high school dropouts prepare for GED and college

BPCC Middle CollegeRelease date: May 11, 2010

Bossier Parish Community College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Department announces BPCC Middle College, a new program combining college credit courses, GED Prep classes and leadership classes. Enrollment is open to high school dropouts, ages 17-22, and targets low income students with barriers such as addiction, homelessness, and single parenthood.

Middle College students will be enrolled in 12 hours of college credit classes as a “Learning Community,” attending identical classes and class sections, as well as being enrolled in the Middle College as a group. College classes consist of two tracks involving courses such as Computer Concepts, College Success Skills, Developmental Reading, Fundamentals of Composition, Composition & Rhetoric, and Intro to Psychology.

Students will also attend GED Prep classes 12 hours per week as part of Middle College. After earning their GED, students will continue to attend class, focusing on math.

“Because only 3% of BPCC applicants are able to enroll in Math 102, our goal is to prepare our Middle College students to increase Math performance scores and test into Math 102 upon completion of their first semester,” says Middle College Director Shelli Ulrich.

Leadership classes are the third component to the Middle College program. Students will attend leadership session on Fridays. These sessions will include speakers, activities, and site visits in the areas of Teamwork, Social Services, Leadership, Education, Law Enforcement, Quality of Life (Art and Culture), Government and Economic Development. All students wishing to enroll in Middle College must attend the informational meeting.

Time:
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
6:00 p.m.

Location:
Bossier Parish Community College
Performing Arts Theatre – Building C
6220 East Texas St.
Bossier City, LA 71111

For more information and/or to register, please contact Shelli Ulrich, Director, at (318) 678-6358.

54th Graduation Ceremony at Bossier Parish Community College

Release date: May 10, 2010

Chancellor Jim Henderson is pleased to announce Bossier Parish Community College’s 54th graduation ceremony on Friday, May 14, 2010. Over 330 graduates will receive their degrees. Because of the number of graduates, the ceremony will be split into two separate programs—one at 9:30 a.m. and one at 2:30 p.m.

The first ceremony (9:30 a.m.) will honor the Science and Allied Health graduates. Chief Brian A. Crawford, City of Shreveport Fire Department, will be the commencement speaker.

The second ceremony (2:30 p.m.) will honor all other graduates from the various disciplines. Major General Floyd L. Carpenter, Commander Eighth Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), will serve as the commencement speaker.

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.

Former BPCC Chancellor Tom Carleton honored at NSU

Release date: May 10, 2010

Former BPCC Chancellor Tom Carleton honored at NSU

Northwestern State University awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters to former Bossier Parish Community College Chancellor Tom Carleton (center) in recognition of his accomplishments in the field of education and years of community service. NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb (left) presented Carleton with the honorary doctorate as Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies and Research Dr. Steve Horton (right) assists.

Former BPCC Chancellor Tom Carleton honored at NSUFormer Bossier Parish Community College Chancellor Tom Carleton was honored by his alma mater Northwestern State University with an honorary doctorate of humane letters at NSU¹s Spring Commencement Exercises. Among those congratulating Carleton were (from left) Jimmy Long of Natchitoches, a member of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System, commencement speaker Dr. William V. Muse, president of the National Issues Forums Institute in Dayton, Ohio, Carleton and NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb.

 

Second year BPCC will host community sponsored event:“Opportunities & Choices, A Career GPS for 8th Graders”

Release date: May 4, 2010

For the second year, Bossier Parish Community College will partner with area businesses, colleges, and technical schools in hosting two days of fun-filled adventure in education for selected Northwest Louisiana eighth grade students. Students attending the expo will be provided information and hands-on demonstrations from participating sponsors as they are introduced to career pathways for planning their educational goals. Students 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.

Dates:
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Bossier Parish students

Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Caddo Parish students

Time:
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (both days)

Location:
Bossier Parish Community College
Health & Physical Education Complex
(Building I)

Participating sponsors:
Bossier City Rotary Club
Bossier Parish Community College
Shreveport Mayors Women’s Commission
The Parks Firm, LLC – Santi A. Parks, Attorney at Law

Bossier Parish Community College participates in Relay for Life

Release date: May 4, 2010

Faculty and students from Bossier Parish Community College formed a relay team to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. The BPCC “Cakes and Candles” team raised over $7,500, placing them in the gold team category. The team also won first place for spirit/activities the night of the relay.

BPCC relay team members were faculty Pam Milstead and Annette Shows, Co-Captains; Angel Alexander, Yolanda Cooper, Jana Crank, Anna Dickson, Cammie Emory, Cathy Hammel, Cookie Jorstad, Jennifer McMullen, Stephenie Nix, Melanie Petchak, Sharon Turley, Amy Williams, and students Ashley Lokey and Heather Davis.

BPCC faculty Yolanda Cooper, Pam Milstead, Annette Shows, and Jennifer McMullen

Pictured are BPCC faculty Yolanda Cooper, Pam Milstead, Annette Shows, and Jennifer McMullen.

Deputy Superintendent of Louisiana Department of Education to conduct Fiscal Model Training for superintendents at Bossier Parish Community College

Release date: May 3, 2010

Ms. Ollie Tyler, Deputy Superintendent of the Louisiana Department of Education, will conduct Fiscal Model Training at Bossier Parish Community College’s Health and Physical Education Center, Building I, on Wednesday, May 5, at 10:00 a.m. She will facilitate training to more than 120 school superintendents and administrators. Mr. Jim Henderson, Chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College, will give opening remarks at the session.

The mission of the Executive Office of the Superintendent is to recommend and implement public education policy in accordance with the Louisiana Constitution, legislation, and regulations of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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BPCC has presence at Barksdale Air Show

Release date: April 28, 2010

During the annual Barksdale Air Show, BPCC manned a tent that offered people the opportunity to browse through BPCC materials, learn about the academic programs, and fill out an application. Interested individuals entered the drawing. Here, Ms. BPCC Sarah Rains draws the winning entry for a gift certificate courtesy of Texas Street Steakhouse. Rebekah Layfield of Shreveport is the winner.

Ms. BPCC Sarah Rains draws the winning entry

BPCC Library Committee conducts book drive

Release date: April 23, 2010

During the fall and spring semesters, the Library Committee at Bossier Parish Community College conducted a book drive with a goal of donating the books to agencies in the community. Approximately 2,150 books were collected, along with several volumes of magazines. The donated books will be distributed to nursing homes, rescue missions, and shelters for men, women, and children. Shriners Hospital for Children-Shreveport will also receive books. Contributions from this committee and the College will provide needed resources for individuals to read.

Members of the Library Committee

Pictured are members of the Library Committee:
Left to right (back row) Ginger Bryan, Dean of Resource Learning; Elizabeth Dickson, Secretary; Marilyn Persley, and Cynthia Gamble-McCreary
Left to right (front row) Gayle Labor, Vice Chair; and Roxie Johnson, Chair
Members not pictured are: Ed Chopin, Karen Guerin, Linda Scott, Pat Williams, and Sandy Todaro

Springhill High School students visit BPCC campus

Release date: April 20, 2010

Twenty-two seniors from Springhill High School spent the morning at Bossier Parish Community College pre-registering for their fall classes at the college. All of the students will graduate in May and start college in August. Career Compass, a nonprofit organization that coaches students on college and career choices, sponsored the students' visit to BPCC.

Springhill High School students visit BPCC campus

Pictured here are Executive Dean Lesa Taylor-Dupree and senior Jhasilla Yates. The two spent time discussing which classes Jhasilla will take her first semester at BPCC.

BPCC dean congratulates spring graduates

Release date: April 20, 2010

BPCC's Dean of the Division of Business and Computer Science, Dr. Kimberly Harvell, found a creative way to congratulate students graduating in May. Seventy students will graduate from the Division of Business and Computer Science. Dr. Harvell wanted to acknowledge the hard work and accomplishment of her students, so she personally hung 70 shiny gold stars from the ceiling. Each star displays the student's name and his major.

Dr. Kimberly Harvell, Dean, Business and Computer Science

Pictured: Dr. Kimberly Harvell, Dean, Business and Computer Science

BPCC starts up Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Release date: April 16, 2010

Bossier Parish Community College is introducing a new allied health program this spring. The Occupational Therapy Assistant program has been recently approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents.

Program Director Barbara Custer comments on the new program: "BPCC did a feasibility study and learned there is a great need for the OTA program. OTAs are in high demand in this area. Twenty students will be accepted per year." The only other programs in the state of Louisiana are located in Monroe at ULM and in New Orleans at Delgado Community College.

Occupational therapy, a healthcare profession that focuses on helping people, promotes health and wellness to those who have or are at risk for developing an illness, injury, disease, disorder, or disability. Starting salaries for OTAs in the Shreveport/Bossier area range from $35,000 to $45,000 per year. Employment of OTAs is expected to grow by up to 30% from 2010-2018. Demand for this healthcare specialist will continue to rise because of the increasing number of individuals with disabilities or limited function.

For complete information on the new healthcare program, contact:
Barbara Custer, Program Director and LOTR
318-678-6284
bcuster@bpcc.edu

Associated General Contractors present charter to student chapter of BPCC's Construction Technology and Management Program

Release date: April 15, 2010

Bossier Parish Community College's new Construction Technology and Management Program petitioned to begin a student chapter of the Associated General Contractors. Chuck Penn, Executive Director of the Shreveport Chapter of the Associated General Contractors, presented the chapter charter to the student group. Accepting the charter on behalf of the College were Lisa Dumas, Student Chapter President, and Frank Viviano, Dean of the Division of Mathematics and Technical Education.

The new associate degree program is supported by the AGC Shreveport Chapter and is a 63-semester hour, two-year curriculum emphasizing skills and knowledge essential for employment leading to a management position in the area of construction. For additional information about the program, contact Linda Sonnier, Program Director, at 678-6524 or lsonnier@bpcc.edu.

Chuck Penn, Lisa Dumas, Frank Viviano

Pictured l to r:
Chuck Penn, Executive Director of the Shreveport Chapter of the Associated General Contractors; Lisa Dumas, BPCC student and President of the Student Chapter of the Associated General Contractors; and Frank Viviano, Dean of the Division of Mathematics and Technical Education.

Bossier Parish Community College recognizes outstanding faculty and staff members

Release date: April 5, 2010

Annually, the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) takes time to recognize outstanding faculty and staff members throughout the system, by honoring them for their exceptional work and dedication to their local community college or regional technical college. Faculty and staff from the system’s 16 colleges work tirelessly to ensure the 70,000 students the LCTCS serves receive the best educational and workforce training opportunities available. They do this by going above and beyond their job descriptions and rising to the meet the challenges that each college faces on a daily basis. As the state and higher education continue to face a stream of challenges and obstacles, faculty and staff have worked diligently to make sure that students are not impacted and continue to receive a world-class education at their institutions.

This year, members at each college were honored in the categories of outstanding professional staff, outstanding professional support staff, and outstanding faculty. BPCC recognized the following individuals for their continued excellence and dedication to the college.

Dr. Vernon Leggett, Jr. received this year’s outstanding professional faculty award. Dr. Leggett has worked for the college for 15 years and is Associate Professor of Anatomy and Physiology. Prior to joining the BPCC faculty, Dr. Leggett maintained a successful private dental practice.

Dr. Vernon Leggett, Jr. received this year’s outstanding professional faculty award.

Pictured from left to right are LCTCS Board Chair Stevie Smith, BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson, Outstanding Professional Faculty Award Recipient Dr. Vernon Leggett, Jr., and LCTCS President Dr. Joe D. May.

Mrs. Peggy Fuller received this year’s outstanding professional staff award. Mrs. Fuller has worked for the college for 13 years and is the Director of Academic Advising and has recently been awarded her Masters of Business Administration. For many BPCC students, Mrs. Fuller is their first contact at the college.

Peggy Fuller received this year’s outstanding professional staff award.

Pictured from left to right are LCTCS Board Chair Stevie Smith, BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson, Professional Staff Award Recipient Peggy Fuller, and LCTCS President Dr. Joe D. May.

Miss Adriana Poland received this year’s outstanding support staff award. Miss Poland has worked for the college as a full-time employee since August 2008. She began her BPCC career as a student worker in the Financial Aid Office, where she is now an Administrative Coordinator II.

Adriana Poland received this year’s outstanding support staff award.

Pictured from left to right are LCTCS Board Chair Stevie Smith, BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson, Outstanding Support Staff Award Recipient Adriana Poland, and LCTCS President Dr. Joe D. May.

Bossier Parish Community College holds informational meeting for new program to assist high school dropouts prepare for GED and college

Release date: April 1, 2010

Bossier Parish Community College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Department announces BPCC Middle College, a new program combining college credit courses, GED Prep classes and Leadership classes. Enrollment is open to high school dropouts ages 17-22 and targets low income students with barriers such as addiction, homelessness, and single parenthood.

Middle College students will be enrolled in 12 hours of college credit classes as a “Learning Community,” attending identical classes and class sections as well as be enrolled in the Middle College as a group. College classes consist of two tracks involving courses such as Computer Concepts, College Success Skills, Developmental Reading, Fundamentals of Composition, Composition & Rhetoric and Intro to Psychology. Students will also attend GED Prep classes 12 hours per week as part of Middle College. After earning their GED, students will continue to attend class, focusing on math.

“Because only 3% of BPCC applicants are able to enroll in Math 102, our goal is to prepare our Middle College students to increase Math performance scores and test into Math 102 upon completion of their first semester,” says Middle College Director Shelli Ulrich.

Leadership classes are the third component to the Middle College program. Students will attend Leadership session on Fridays. These sessions will include speakers, activities, and site visits in the areas of Teamwork, Social Services, Leadership, Education, Law Enforcement, Quality of Life (Art and Culture), Government and Economic Development.

All students wishing to enroll in Middle College must attend the informational meeting.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010
6:00 p.m.
Bossier Parish Community College
Performing Arts Theatre / Building C
6220 East Texas Street
Bossier City, LA

For more information and/or to register, please contact Shelli Ulrich, Director at 318-678-6358 or sulrich@bpcc.edu.

BPCC’s Telecommunications Division announces photography student’s exhibition

Release date: March 29, 2010

BPCC’s Telecommunications Division is pleased to announce the photography exhibition of Fine Arts Photography student Lauren Niven. Lauren’s exhibit, “Life of Louisiana,” will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2010, from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Location:
Patterson Dental Supply, Inc.
1794 E. Bert Kouns Industrial Loop
Shreveport, LA

Refreshments will be served. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

Artwork may be purchased during the exhibition.

BPCC’s Fine Arts Photography student showcases skills learned through program offered in the Telecommunications Division

Release date: March 29, 2010

BPCC’s Telecommunications Division is pleased to announce the photography exhibition of Fine Arts Photography major Taryn Kylie Guerrero. Taryn’s exhibit, “Born To Be Wild,” is her final project before graduating in May. For the past two years, Taryn has studied under BPCC instructor Darrell Chitty. The exhibition will feature pet photography and showcase skills she has learned through BPCC’s Fine Arts Photography program.

Time and Location:
Saturday, April 3, 2010
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Gamble’s Gallery
2032 Line Avenue
Shreveport, LA

This exhibit is free and open to the public.

BPCC’s Film Institute holds second round of auditions for summer film project

Release date: March 26, 2010

The BPCC Film Institute is holding a second round of auditions to cast talent for its summer film project titled “College: A Documentary…kind of…” The film is a fake documentary mocking film maker Benjamin “Ben” Dover’s trip to the area and his visit to a local community college. He follows the last semester of college student Bradley Dinger and meets interesting instructors, students, and staff. The comedy film is written and directed by Telecommunications Production Coordinator Jonathan Posey and produced by Dean Larry Powell and Professor Paula Kaszuba. This project will be the eighth feature length film produced by the BPCC Film Institute.

The open casting call will be held:
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
BPCC, Building D – 3rd floor
5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

The casting crew is searching for actors to fit the following criteria:

  • College students
  • Older, non-traditional students
  • Middle-aged security guards
  • Instructors
  • Deans
  • Streaker

Interested persons are asked to show up on time and bring a photo with them. For general information about the film or specific information about the characters, please contact Paula Kaszuba at 678-6177, pkaszuba@bpcc.edu, or Jonathan Posey at 678-6256, jposey@bpcc.edu.

Students in BPCC's Construction Technology degree program give back

Release date: March 26, 2010

Students enrolled in a new associate degree program at Bossier Parish Community College are already involved in community renewal activities.

Recently, after the Board of Regents approval of the Construction Technology and Management degree, program director Linda Sonnier and her students participated in the recent Fuller Center for Housing Blitz Build in Shreveport. For nine hours, the fourteen students in Sonnier’s program, worked side-by-side with community renewal members putting up walls and roof systems for a home in the Allendale neighborhood. Sonnier explained, “Each student grew today not only in construction knowledge, but also in understanding of the personal benefits of altruism.”

The new associate degree program has the support of local Associated General Contractors (AGC). Executive Director Chuck Penn comments, “AGC Shreveport Chapter has long considered construction education to be most vital to the industry we represent. This tenet is evidenced by our long-term commitment to fund college scholarships and by our sponsorship of the student chapter program at Bossier Parish Community College.”

The Associate of Applied Science in Construction Technology and Management is a 63-semester hour, two-year curriculum emphasizing skills and knowledge essential for employment leading to a management position in the area of construction. The program includes training in the areas of materials and methods of construction, construction safety and OSHA requirements, contracting and laws, construction graphics and specifications, plan surveying, computerized estimating systems, reinforced concrete design, computerized management systems, and a semester-long internship with a professional construction company.

Anyone interested in the associate degree or the certificate in Construction Technology and Management should contact Linda Sonnier, Program Director, at 678-6524 or lsonnier@bpcc.edu.

BPCC students participate in the Fuller Center for Housing Blitz Build

Hunter Boggs and Stephen Roberts (left to right) participate in the Fuller Center for Housing Blitz Build in Shreveport in March. Both men are enrolled in the new degree in Construction Technology and Management at Bossier Parish Community College.

Bossier Parish Community College announces 2010 pageant winners

Release date: March 25, 2010

BPCC held its annual Ms. BPCC and Miss Tiny Cavalier pageant on Saturday evening, March 20, 2009, in the College’s Performing Arts Theatre.

Ms. BPCC and Miss Tiny Cavalier pageant winners

Left to right (back row):
Ms. BPCC First Runner-up, Susan Andrea Alexander; Ms. BPCC 2010, Sarah Elizabeth Rains; BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson; Ms. Congeniality, Whitney Danielle Harris

Left to right (front row):
Miss Tiny Cavalier First Runner-up, Allie Rachal Loflin; Miss Tiny Cavalier 2010, Josie Scott Romero

For additional information, contact Marjoree Harper at 678-6144 or mharper@bpcc.edu.

Bossier Parish Community College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Department announces courses for April 2010

Release date: March 22, 2010

Listed below are the BPCC’s Continuing Education courses for April 2010:

APRIL 5-MAY 3
BELLY DANCE, BEGINNING
6:30-7:30pm - $49

Learn the basics of belly dance movement and technique.
Supplies approx. $7.

APRIL 5 & APRIL 7
OPENING A CHILDCARE CENTER
5:20-7:20pm - $49

Receive information regarding location, building requirements and design, staffing, training, funding sources, and licensing requirements to open a child care center.

APRIL 6-APRIL 22
COMPUTER, BEGINNING
6:30-9:30pm - $89

Learn computer terminology, the parts of a computer, how to use the mouse, taskbar, menus, toolbars and the dialog boxes.

APRIL 6-MAY 4
ACRYLIC PAINTING, BASIC
5:20-7:20pm - $59

Learn the basic methods of acrylic painting, using the grid, grisaille method and color glazing, monochrome painting and watercolor methods using acrylic paints.

APRIL 7 & APRIL 14
KNITTING, FUNDAMENTALS
6:30-8:30pm - $25

Learn the basics of knitting, casting on, knit and pearl stitch, increase and decrease stitching and binding off.

APRIL 13
SOCIAL SECURITY: RETIREMENT PLANNING AND MEDICARE
8:30am-12:30pm - $29

This course will provide valuable information on when to retire, medical insurance, how to qualify for benefits, Medicare supplements, and MediGap insurance.

APRIL 13, 14 & 15
CERTIFIED HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
8:00am-4:00pm - $495

This 3-day course offers a comprehensive review of environmental laws and regulations as well as a basic review of safety and health principles needed as an environmental professional. Designed to prepare the participants for the CHMM national exam. Book approx. $70.

APRIL 17
DECORATE A ROOM IN 4 EASY STEPS
9:00AM-12noon - $19

Learn the four key elements that a room needs to be beautiful and complete. Receive many decorating tips and learn about the use of balance, scale & unity in a room.

APRIL 17-MAY 1
BUYING AND SELLLING ON EBAY
9:00am-12:00pm - $49

This course will show you how to sell and be successful on eBay. Supplies approx. $14

APRIL 19-MAY 5
MS WORD, BASIC
6:00pm-9:00pm – $99

Learn the basic terminology as you create, save, print, edit and format documents. Prerequisite: Computers, Beginning or be computer literate. Supplies approx $10. Book approx. $38.

APRIL 29
FAMIILY AND FRIENDS CPR & FIRST AID FOR CHILDREN
5:00pm-9:00pm - $29

Learn how to manage illness and injuries in a child during the first few minutes of an emergency. Injury prevention, how to recognize and treat cardiopulmonary emergencies and how to treat choking will be covered. Ages 15+.

For more information on each course or to register, call BPCC Workforce Development and Continuing Education Department at 318-678-6015.

Bossier Parish Community College’s Camp Cavs: summer camp for kids announces summer 2010 offerings

Release date: March 18, 2010

Camp Cavs, BPCC’s summer program for kids, will be held in the months of June and July 2010. Camps will be held from 8:00am-noon or 1:00-5:00pm on a week-long basis. Camps are available for ages 5-18 and will include camps in: softball, basketball for boys, cheer, dance, art, cyber, theatre/drama, music, painting, drawing, mixed media, and ACT prep to name a few.

All campers will receive camp T-shirts. Registration for Camp Cavs will begin April 1, 2010. Camps will be held at Bossier Parish Community College campus UNLESS otherwise noted. For more information, contact BPCC’s Workforce and Continuing Education Department at 318-678-6015.

See list of the CAMP CAVS camps to choose from.PDF File

BPCC Awarded Green Building 101 Training Grant

Release date: March 15, 2010

Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) announced today that it has been awarded a 2010 Green Building 101 Technical Assistance Grant. Fifteen grants of up to $2000 were awarded by the nonprofit Second NatureWill open new browser window or tabto provide building professionals working on campus facilities projects at under-resourced institutions with training in ‘green building.’

BPCC has selected Linda Sonnier, Program Director of Construction Management and Technology, to represent the school in this green building training opportunity. Workshops, webinars, online courses, and other activities will provide local and regional building professionals with an overview of the benefits of green building and retrofits, case studies of campus green building projects, an introduction to third-party certification, and exposure to innovations in the field.

“We believe that increased capacity in green building knowledge will translate into lower long-term operating costs and improved environmental conditions,” said Frank Viviano, Dean of Math and Technical Education at BPCC. “We’re looking forward to seeing this training bear fruit.”

Grant awardees were chosen based on a committee’s assessment of the institutions’ level of need, statement of interest, and campus sustainability capacity. Said Ashka Naik, Program Manager of Second Nature’s Advancing

Green Building Program, “We are confident that the schools receiving these grants will quickly turn their training into results that will benefit their entire campus community.”

Many under-resourced colleges and universities rely heavily on their local and regional building contractors, including architects and engineers, to provide the technical expertise necessary to carry out green building projects. Institutions located in remote areas, or in regions where green buildings are few and far-between, are often subject to higher premiums charged by contractors with little training in green building. Internal staff at these institutions also often lack the green building expertise to plan and carry out campus green building projects.

Green or sustainable building and renovation can substantially decrease pollution, waste, and costs. Buildings account for an estimated 40% of greenhouse gas emissions, a major contributor to global climate change. In the higher education arena, many institutions are constructing high-performance, healthy facilities that reduce or eliminate harmful emissions and waste. However, many religious, community, technical, minority-serving and state-supported institutions have fewer resources to spend on bricks and mortar projects and less in-house knowledge about green building. Many are unaware that environmentally responsible construction can result in 10-20% annual energy savings over the long-term. Institutions that are building green are also favored for philanthropic grants - such as the facilities challenge grants offered by alumni gifts and The Kresge Foundation,Will open new browser window or tabwhich has funded Second Nature’s Advancing Green Building initiative.

Second Nature is a national Boston-based nonprofit organization that works to accelerate movement towards a sustainable future by helping senior college and university leaders in making healthy, just, and sustainable living the foundation of all learning and practice in higher education. Second Nature began its Advancing Green Building initiative in early 2009 and launched the http://www.campusgreenbuilder.orgWill open new browser window or tabweb portal last fall.

Second Nature is the lead supporting organization of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment,Will open new browser window or tabwhich has been signed by more than 670 school presidents committed to eliminating carbon emissions on campus and training students to help society address the climate crisis.

For more information on the Advancing Green Building in Higher Education initiative, please contact Ashka Naik, Program Manager at anaik@secondnature.org. For more information on the project at BPCC, contact Linda Sonnier at lsonnier@bpcc.edu or 318-678-6524.

BPCC’s Film Institute announces audition dates for its summer film project

Release date: March 11, 2010

The BPCC Film Institute is holding auditions to cast talent for its summer film project titled “College: A Documentary…kind of…” The film is a fake documentary mocking film maker Benjamin “Ben” Dover’s trip to the area and his visit to a local community college. He follows the last semester of college student Bradley Dinger and meets interesting instructors, students, and staff. The comedy film is written and directed by Telecommunications Production Coordinator Jonathan Posey and produced by Dean Larry Powell and Professor Paula Kaszuba. This project will be the eighth feature length film produced by the BPCC Film Institute.

The open casting call will be held:

Tuesday, March 16 and Thursday, March 18
BPCC, Building D – 3rd floor
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The casting crew is searching for actors to fit the following criteria:

College students
Older, non-traditional students
Middle-aged security guards
Instructors
Deans
Streaker

Interested persons are asked to show up on time and bring a photo with them. For general information about the film or specific information about the characters, please contact Paula Kaszuba at 678-6177, pkaszuba@bpcc.edu, or Jonathan Posey at 678-6256, jposey@bpcc.edu.

BPCC Chef Nominated for Award

Release date: February 26, 2010

Chef Elizabeth DicksonLLWCF Announces Women of Excellence Awards Nominees
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Legislative Women's Caucus Foundation (LLWCF) has announced the nominees for its 2010 Women of Excellence Awards. The categories for this year’s awards are Business, Culinary Arts, Education, Law & Justice, Volunteerism & Civic Involvement, Young High School Woman of Excellence, and Young Woman of Excellence.

This annual award program recognizes and honors the professional achievements and contributions of extraordinary women who personify excellence in their area of specialty, integrity, character and community service.

From Bossier City, in Culinary Arts, Chef Elizabeth Dickson from Bossier Parish Community College has been nominated. Dickson has been at BPCC since 1992.

The Women of Excellence Awards’ recipients will be announced Friday, March 12, 2010. Awards will be presented at the LLWC Women of Excellence Awards Gala in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Wednesday, May 19, 2010.

BPCC Educational Technology Division wins national award

Release date: February 23, 2010

Bossier Parish Community College’s Division of Educational Technology has been awarded the ITC Award for Outstanding Student Services from the Instructional Technology Council (ITC) at eLearning 2010, which was held in Fort Worth, Texas, on Feb. 20-23, 2010. The ITC Awards for Excellence in eLearning were presented during a special recognition luncheon at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel.

Kathleen Gay, Dean of the Division, commented: “I am very proud of the work that the Educational Technology staff does and the dedication they have for providing our students with services and support that will help them in their academic endeavors. We are very proud and humbled by this award.”

Every year ITC asks its members to nominate an organizational unit that has built a solid reputation for outstanding service for their online students -- on-campus and off-campus. The application must discuss how this unit's efforts are replicable and innovative.

The winners were reviewed and chosen by a panel of judges comprised of members of the ITC board of directors. The judges spent a great deal of time reviewing the courses and materials the nominees shared with ITC in their applications. The reviewers held all of the winners to the high, best-practice standards exemplified by previous ITC award winners.

2010 ITC Awards for Excellence in eLearning:
Bossier Parish Community College, Bossier City, La.
University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, Md.

The Instructional Technology Council (ITC) provides exceptional leadership and professional development to its network of eLearning experts by advocating, collaborating, researching, and sharing exemplary, innovative practices and potential in learning technologies. An affiliated council of the American Association of Community Colleges established in 1977, ITC represents higher education institutions in the United States and Canada, and is leader in advancing distance education.

Pictured is the Division of Educational Technology

Pictured is the Division of Educational Technology:
Front row: Kathleen Gay, Dean; Jennifer Legaux, Administrative Assistant
Back row: Charles Cameron, Assistant Director; Gary Ware, Instructional Tech Specialist

Bossier Parish Community College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Department announces courses for March 2010

Release date: February 23, 2010

Listed below are the BPCC’s Continuing Education courses for March 2010:

MARCH 3

Family Caregiving: Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer's Disease or Dementia
To inform caregivers how to care for a person with Alzheimer's disease or dementia as well as to handle common behaviors associated with the disease. Booklet optional $3.
1-2:30 p..m -- $19

MARCH 3

Family Caregiving: Legal and Financial Issues
To inform caregivers about legal and financial issues that affect them and the loved one for whom they care. Booklet optional $3.
3-4:30 p.m. -- $19

MARCH 8 – APRIL 26

Silk Floral Design: April Showers, Brilliant Flowers
Are you stressed and need some time away? Come and learn how to arrange flowers by using different styles and shapes creating centerpieces, door wreaths, swags and much more. Let the brilliant flowers shower down on you!
5:20-7:20 p.m. -- $59

MARCH 13

Food Safety Certification
This course and examination prepares the student to apply for the state Food Safety Certificate. Instruction focuses on food handling techniques, preventing food-borne illnesses, maintaining sanitary facilities and equipment, reducing liability, training and supervising employees in safe food handling. Senior Citizen discount does not apply. Textbook approx. $76. New textbook is required; used book does not include the necessary answer sheet for the exam.
8 a.m.-5 p.m. -- $75

MARCH 13

Train the Trainer: DHH APRROVED
DHH APPROVED - This train-the-trainer workshop covers the fundamentals of providing good training and instruction: effective presentations, learning environments, instruction methods, learning styles, visual aids, evaluation and assessment. This course is for those who provide training in the workplace as well as beginning trainers and project leaders.
8 am-5 pm -- $99

MARCH 15-APRIL 7

MS Excel, Basic
Simplify your life! Let Excel help you keep your checkbook, track expenses, and project earnings. Using the essentials of Excel, you will build, edit, and format a spreadsheet and work with charts, formulas, and functions. Supplies approx. $10. Textbook approx. $38. Prerequisite: Computers, Beginning or must be computer literate.
9 a.m.-noon -- $119

MARCH 15- JUNE 9

Real Estate 101
Are you ready for an exciting career change? Get the training you need to become a licensed real estate professional. This course covers the principles and practices of real estate, the Louisiana Real Estate License Law, the Law of Agency, Commission Rules and Regulations, and Civil Law, as it pertains to real estate in Louisiana. BPCC Certificate No. 0220. Textbook approx. $100. This 90-hour course is a prerequisite for the Louisiana State License Examination.
8-11:45 a.m. -- $550

MARCH 16 –APRIL 8

MS Word, Basic
Beginning computer users need word processing skills. Learn basic terminology as you create, save, print, edit and format documents. Discover how to add tables and format columns. Prerequisite: Computers, Beginning or must be computer literate. Supplies approx. $10. Textbook approx. $38.
9 a.m. –noon - $99

MARCH 18—APRIL 20

Landscaping Ideas
Give your garden meaning and harmony! Topics include how to create or use a focal point; which types of trees, shrubs, plants, and flowers are best for your garden; and how to improve your soil.
5:30-7:30 p.m. - $65

MARCH 22 – ARPIL 12

Internet, Beginning
Locate unlimited information using various search engines. Learn to email, attach files and download attachments. Get the scoop on Internet etiquette and master the terminology.
6-9 p.m. - $49

MARCH 24 – MAY 15

Computers, Intermediate
Use the Control Panel in Windows Vista to change the appearance of your windows, desktop, screensaver and more. Learn to use word processing and graphic programs. Discover how to protect your computer with maintenance, back-up files, and anti-virus programs. Same textbook as Computers, Beginning. Prerequisite: Computers, Beginning or instructor approval. Supplies approx. $10. Textbook approx. $38.
6:30-9:30 p.m. - $89


For more information on each course or to register, call BPCC Workforce Development and Continuing Education Department at 318-678-6015.

BPCC Student Receives State Award

Release date: February 18, 2010

The Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) along with Phi Theta Kappa International hosted a luncheon and recognition ceremony honoring the All Louisiana Academic Team. Twenty deserving community and technical college students were recognized this year for academic achievement and scholastic excellence. The students' had grade point averages ranging from 3.5 to 4.0, with majors crossing a wide spectrum from animal science/pre-veterinary medicine to industrial instrumentation, to elementary education, and many others.

Gina Rider, who attends Bossier Parish Community College maintains a 3.9 GPA and is majoring in General Studies/Psychology. She is the president of Phi Theta Kappa at BPCC. She received an Academic Scholarship for 2009-2010, has made the Dean's List from 2008 - 2010, and was an Athena Award Nominee in 2000. She tutors elementary math students in her spare time and also volunteers for student life at BPCC. Rider plans to transfer to Louisiana Tech University. Gina's hometown is Bossier City.

2010 PTK Award Winner

Pictured here is Gina Rider with Chancellor Jim Henderson and Representative Jean Doerge

Bossier Parish Community College announces new program to assist high school dropouts prepare for GED and college

Release date: February 15, 2010

BPCC Middle College

Bossier Parish Community College's Workforce Development and Continuing Education Department announces BPCC Middle College, a new program combining college credit courses, GED prep classes, and leadership classes. Enrollment is open to high school dropouts, ages 17-22, and targets low income students with barriers such as addiction, homelessness, and single parenthood.

Middle College students will be enrolled in 12 hours of college credit classes as a "Learning Community," attending identical classes and class sections as well as enrolled in the Middle College as a group. College classes consist of two tracks involving courses such as Computer Concepts, College Success Skills, Developmental Reading, Fundamentals of Composition, Composition & Rhetoric, and Introduction to Psychology.

Students will also attend GED prep classes 12 hours per week as part of Middle College. After earning their GED, students will continue to attend class, focusing on math. "Because only 3% of BPCC applicants are able to enroll in Math 102, our goal is to prepare our Middle College students to increase math performance scores and test into Math 102 upon completion of their first semester," says Middle College Director Shelli Ulrich.

Leadership classes are the third component to the Middle College program. Students will attend leadership sessions on Fridays. These sessions will include speakers, activities, and site visits in the areas of teamwork, social services, leadership, education, law enforcement, quality of life (art and culture), government and economic development. All students wishing to enroll in Middle College must attend the informational meeting on:

Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 6:00 pm
Performing Arts Theatre - Bossier Parish Community College
6220 East Texas St.
Bossier City, LA 71111

For more information, or to register, please contact Shelli Ulrich, Middle College Director at (318) 678-6358.

BPCC enrollment breaks records-again.

Release date: February 9, 2010

For the second consecutive semester, students have enrolled at Bossier Parish Community College in record numbers. For spring 2010 classes, 5,647 students have filled the classrooms. This is an 84% increase or 888 additional students over spring '09 enrollment.

Chancellor Jim Henderson comments: "BPCC's record enrollment is an indication that more and more students are seizing control of their futures. They realize the preparation a BPCC education affords will give them a competitive edge in the job market, or the soundest of foundations for continued education. That the College was able to expand access to this record number of students despite being walloped by a $2.75 million budget reduction is a testament to BPCC's dedicated, innovative faculty and staff."

The most popular programs are the following: General Studies, General Science, Business Administration, Physical Therapist Assistant, and Law Enforcement.

Bossier Parish Community College presented 2010 Homecoming Court at basketball game

Release date: February 8, 2010

Bossier Parish Community College celebrated its Homecoming Saturday, February 6. The 2010 Homecoming Court was presented during half-time of the BPCC Cavalier basketball game against Paris Junior College.

2010 Homecoming Court

Pictured (l to r) Danielle Diggs, Sophomore Maid; Carrie Hattaway, Sophomore Maid; Chelsea Horton, Freshman Maid; Celena Chandler, Queen; Isaac Kessee, King; Morgan Potter, Sophomore Maid; Shircarra Dobin, Freshman Maid; and Melodie Allen, Freshman Maid

BPCC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Department offers ELNEC Pain Management Expanded Workshop

Release date: February 5, 2010

Bossier Parish Community College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Department will hold an ELNEC (End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium) Pain Management Expanded Workshop on:

Saturday, February 27, 2010
8:30-5:00 p.m.
Building D - Room 215
Bossier Parish Community College
6220 E. Texas St.
Bossier City, LA

Presenter for the workshop will be Dr. Linda McClintock. Dr. McClintock, who has more than a decade of hospice and palliative care experience, will review the basic principles of pain assessment and management with a focus on pain at the end of life. This workshop is beneficial to staff nurses, undergraduate nursing faculty, staff development educators, nursing administrators and hospice care providers.

Tuition for the ELNEC Pain Management Workshop is provided by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) and is free to Louisiana residents. Tuition for non-Louisiana residents is $300. Space is limited. For more information and/or to register, please contact Jasmine Horton, Project Coordinator at 318- 678-6221 or jhorton@bpcc.edu.

BPCC award recipients will be recognized at LCTCS Conference

Release date: February 2, 2010

Three employees from Bossier Parish Community College will receive awards at the Louisiana Community and Technical College System’s annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Each year LCTCS honors outstanding faculty and staff from each of its institutions.

Pictured are the following BPCC recipients:

Peggy Fuller Dr. Vernon Leggett, Jr. Adriana Poland

Peggy Fuller, Director of Academic Advising, Outstanding Professional Staff award

Dr. Vernon Leggett, Jr., Associate Professor of Science, Outstanding Faculty award

Adriana Poland, Administrative Assistant-Financial Aid Office, Outstanding Support Staff award

Bossier Parish Community and The University of Louisiana at Monroe to sign MOU

Release date: February 1, 2010

Bossier Parish Community College and The University of Louisiana at Monroe will sign a Memorandum of Understanding to provide an articulation agreement approved for the Associate of Science in Health Care Management-Health Studies Concentration (BPCC) and the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management and Marketing (ULM). Both institutions are committed to seamless transfer so students may successfully complete their academic goals. This agreement ensures that each institution serves the needs of students by providing them with appropriate and accurate transfer and advising information.

Participants:
Jim Henderson, Bossier Parish Community College, (BPCC)
Dr. Stan Wilkins, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, BPCC
Mrs. Donna Womack, Dean for the Division of Accelerated Learning, BPCC
President James Cofer, The University of Louisiana at Monroe

Date/Time:
Thursday, February 4
1:00 p.m.

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

Fall 2009 Graduate and Honors Lists Released

Release date: January 6, 2010

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

Fall 2009
Graduates | Chancellor's List | Dean's List

Bossier Parish Community College announces dates for General Registration for the spring semester

Release date: January 5, 2010

Bossier Parish Community College will begin registration for classes for the spring semester on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Students need to begin their registration process at the college in Administration Building A.

Late registration will continue on Wednesday, January 13, 2010, from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the same location.

For additional information, call 318-678-6000 or visit BPCC’s website at www.bpcc.edu/bulletin for a complete schedule of classes.

Bossier Parish Community College elects officers for Staff Senate positions

Release date: January 5, 2010

2009-2010 Staff Senate Officers

Pictured (Front row l to r) Lynn Lyle, President; Christy Moore, Vice President
(Back row l to r) Chad Johnston, Committee on Committees; Eric Crowder, Secretary; and Anita Drozd, Treasurer

Officers will serve in these positions through June 2010.

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

Release date: January 4, 2010

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 check presentation

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.


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