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THE FIRST “UPSTATE RISING” CONFERENCE A WIN AMONG AREA LEADERS

Release date: September 15, 2017

Economic development was the hot topic recently at the first-of-its-kind “Upstate Rising: The North Louisiana Public-Private Partnership, Real Estate Development, and Land Use Planning Law” Conference, hosted by Bossier Parish Community College’s Economic and Workforce Development Division.

The day-long conference brought approximately 125 attendees including realtors, architects, civil engineers, attorneys, real estate developers, public officials, municipal planners, financial institution representatives, and citizens to the College’s campus. Participants learned “best practices” and strategies to improve their business opportunities and the economic well-being of Northwest Louisiana.

Getting the conversations started and allowing area leaders to learn from others were definitely the key takeaways from attendees.

Curtis A. Wright, Sr., realtor, said attending the inaugural Upstate Rising conference was very informative. “BPCC continues to demonstrate that it is a premier institution attuned to what's happening now and leveraging that knowledge by providing a valuable educational platform on the ever-changing needs of our workforce. I'm very happy I had the opportunity to attend this conference, which was a very informative, wonderful networking opportunity. To hear what has been accomplished in North Louisiana, listen to experts brief us about current projects, and to be introduced to what's on tap for our future growth was eye opening. I look forward to attending next year!”

Jeff Raley, Civil Engineer (PE, PLS) and owner of Raley and Associates, Inc., was also very impressed with the conference. “Upstate Rising was an information-packed day and was well worth my time! I enjoyed learning from the strategically-selected presenters and networking with other attendees.”

Ebony Mapp, Senior Planner and Current Planning Coordinator, Shreveport Metropolitan Planning Commission, found immediate value from her attendance, “Thank you so much for hosting this conference. It was an excellent opportunity to be exposed to what is happening in the NWLA region, even as we learn from and adapt models from our neighbors. This was an excellent initial effort, and I am excited to see what will come in the future.”

The Upstate Rising’s 5 main objectives included:

  • Providing knowledge about the benefits of “place making”, public-private partnerships, real estate development climate forecasting, land use planning law, and services/resources available through financial institutions;
  • Providing attendees access to networking opportunities with local, regional, and statewide industry professionals and proven best-practices in community branding, marketing, design, and development;
  • Examining legal strategies to remove barriers to growth;
  • Exploring professional communication tools proven to transform confrontation into collegial progress; and,
  • Provide continuing education credits for conference attendees.

BPCC was pleased to bring all the dynamic speakers and leaders to the table, and plans to continue providing this unique opportunity for those in “upstate” Louisiana to take control of their own economic destiny.

“BPCC was happy to provide a means for positive community collaboration,” said Gayle Flowers, Ed.D, Vice Chancellor for Economic and Workforce Development at Bossier Parish Community College. “This collaboration uniquely positions North Louisiana as a dynamic region for business success, family stability and satisfaction, and an enviable quality of life.”

Sponsors of the conference were: Platinum sponsor – the Bossier Parish Police Jury; Diamond sponsor – The BPCC Foundation; Gold sponsors -- AT&T, Cyber Innovation Center, and the Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation; Silver sponsors -- Neil Erwin Law, LLC, and the North Louisiana Economic Partnership, and an additional 11 Bronze sponsors.

For additional information on the conference, or to be added to the list to receive next year’s conference information, contact Bossier Parish Community College’s Division of Economic and Workforce Development, upstaterising@bpcc.edu or 318-678-6016.

“OPERATIZER” SCHEDULED AS BPCC GUEST ARTIST SERIES

Release date: September 13, 2017

The Music Program at Bossier Parish Community College will present a Guest Artist Series performance featuring the 2017-2018 Shreveport Opera Artists in Residence at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19, in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre (Building C), 6220 E Texas St. This Guest Artist Series performance is free and open to the public.

The Shreveport Opera Artists in Residence (also known as SOX – Shreveport Opera Xpress) are Karina Brazas, Soprano; Meghan Folkerts, Mezzo-Soprano; Kameron Lopreore, Tenor; and Spencer Reichman, Baritone. The Resident Artist accompanist is pianist Ah Young Kim.

The afternoon’s Operatizer will feature repertoire selected from operas that include The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart; La Boheme, by Puccini; Lakme, by Delibes; and Don Giovanni, by Mozart, and lighter selections from popular musicals. The “Operatizer” serves as a musical appetizer for those who enjoy opera as well as those who would like to know more about opera, the daily lives of opera performers, and some of the inner workings and history of the art form. A brief question and answer session with the artists will immediately follow the performance.

The Shreveport Opera Artists in Residence are featured performers of the current Shreveport Opera season.

“This is an excellent opportunity for the community at large, our students, and the College to experience professional level opera and musical theatre,” says Dr. Michael D. Hart, Music Program Director at BPCC. “This collaboration between the Music Program at BPCC and the Shreveport Opera has been ongoing for more than five years.”

For more information on the Guest Artist Series performances or the Music Program at BPCC, contact Dr. Michael D. Hart at 318-678-6146.

BPCC 50th BIRTHDAY PARTY SET FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 13

Release date: September 12, 2017

BPCC will hold a campus-wide 50th Birthday Party on Wednesday, September 13 in the BPCC Quad on the College’s campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA. BPCC’s Office of Student Life and Office of Public Relations are sponsoring the event for the entire campus.

A ceremonial program will begin at noon which will include:

  • Welcome and words from Dr. Bateman and former chancellors Tom Carleton and Jim Conerly
  • Time capsule from 1992 items revealed and will be on display
    • Letter from Chancellor Conerly to today’s Chancellor will be read
    • Letters from students (25 years ago) to today’s students will be read
    • Other mementos from 1992 will be displayed
  • Announcement of new time capsule plans
  • Campus-wide drone photo with everyone standing in the giant “50” while we’re singing “Happy Birthday”

BPCC’s Learning Resources/Library also welcomes everyone to view a unique t-shirt display celebrating events/activities throughout BPCC’s 50 years.

The Birthday Party and t-shirt display are just a couple of the many events to be held throughout the year to celebrate BPCC’s 50th Anniversary.

Complete list of anniversary events.

BPCC PERFORMING ARTS MUSIC PROGRAM ANNOUNCES FALL BAND POPS CONCERT DATE

Release date: August 31, 2017

Bossier Parish Community College and the BPCC Concert Winds present its Fall Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15 in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C), on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA. This concert is free and open to the public.

The Concert Winds under the direction of Dr. Michael D. Hart will take the stage to perform a variety of popular band selections guaranteed to bring enjoyment to audiences of all ages.

The concert will include Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music,” “Selections from Les Miserables,” “A Tribute to Gershwin,” and “Autumn Leaves”. Additional marches and light selections will also be included in the evening’s concert.

Many of the students enrolled in the ensembles are music scholarship recipients. Auditions for BPCC music scholarships are held periodically throughout the year.

For more information about this free concert or to arrange a music scholarship audition, contact Dr. Hart at 318-678-6146 or mhart@bpcc.edu.

BPCC THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2017-2018 SEASON

Release date: August 25, 2017

Bossier Parish Community College and the Cavalier Players announce the 2017-2018 Performing Arts Theatre season, an assorted lineup of four classic and contemporary plays in repertory that is working its way to the stage starting in October.

Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, Dean of Communication and Performing Arts, is currently conducting rehearsals with the first cast of the season. “We’re beginning the season with ‘Working’ a musical that pays homage to a variety of American workers,” says Crawford. “It’s a season that is ‘all work and more plays!’”

The BPCC Theatre offers season ticket options that give patrons the opportunity to catch every show at a bargain price. “With a season membership you will not miss a single event and could save about 50% off the regular ticket prices for most of the shows,” Crawford says.

Early-Bird Season Memberships are $45 each and are on sale now through September 1. They are $60 from September 2 through October 25. Each membership includes two tickets to each of the four mainstage shows.

The season of plays presented by the Cavalier Players is as follows:

Working (musical)
October 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 at 7:30 p.m.
October 15 and 22 at 2:00 p.m.

With book by Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Wicked) and Nina Faso, and music by Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers, James Taylor, and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), the musical is adapted from the Studs Terkel’s Working: People Talk about What they Do All Day and How They Feel about What They Do.

The hopes, dreams, joys and concerns of the average working American are the focus of this unique, extraordinary musical. That the everyday lives of common men and women should be so compelling and moving will surprise and inspire anyone who has ever punched a time clock.

“Based on Studs Terkel's best-selling book of interviews with American workers, Working paints a vivid portrait of the men and women that the world so often takes for granted: the schoolteacher, the parking lot attendant, the waitress, the millworker, the mason, the trucker, the fireman and the housewife, just to name a few. It's a highly original look at the American landscape that is simply impossible to forget. “—MTI Shows.

For teenage and older audiences.


Hansel and Gretel: A Creole Tale (children’s show)
Feb. 16, 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 17, 18, 24, 25 at 2:00 p.m.

The Performing Arts at Bossier Parish Community College and the Cavalier Players announce their 29th annual original children’s show, Hansel and Gretel: A Creole Tale, adapted and by the founder of the BPCC Theatre Program, the late Professor Stephen W. Slaughter.

This musical fable for children of all ages offers a new spin on the traditional fairy tale of the young children’s encounter with a wicked witch in the woods who plans to eat them for supper. This version is told as a Louisiana Creole tale and set in the swamps of Louisiana. It features a host of Cajun animals and characters who present the story of the young siblings, each with a dangerous “sweet tooth.” Hansel and Gretel’s quick thinking and ingenuity are put to test as they learn life lessons about safety and obedience—all while avoiding being the main ingredient in the big pot of boiling-hot gumbo.

Make plans now for you and your children to meet Hansel and Gretel and all the others in this delightful musical show.

For children of all ages.


Rumors
April 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 at 7:30 p.m.
April 15 and 22 at 2:00 p.m.

This hilarious farce is written by Neil Simon, Tony-award winning American playwright who has brought us such comedy hits as Barefoot in the Park, Lost in Yonkers, and Brighton Beach Memoirs—only to name a few. In Rumors, at a large, tastefully appointed Sneden's Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken and wife Chris must get "the story" straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and miscommunications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.

"Light, frothy and fun." – New York Post
"Has nothing on its mind except making the audience laugh." – The New York Times
"Not only side splitting, but front and back splitting." – NBC-TV

For teenage and older audiences.


A Texas Romance (dramedy)
August 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18 at 7:30 p.m.
August 13 and 19 at 2:00 p.m.

--a funny and poignant comedy by Ellsworth Schave.

Daisy Wilson lives in a small Texas town, a widow since her philandering husband was shot by his mistress—an action with which she has some sympathy. It’s 1928, and romance reenters Daisy’s life when she finds Garland Steinholden in the front yard awaiting permission to call on her, despite her older sister’s chagrin. What follows is the inquisition, the courtship, the pecan pie, and the big, loud rocks crashing down on a small wooden table. Daisy must balance her anger and fear with her need for intimacy and her determination to have a second chance. While Daisy decides if Garland is a worthy cause — and politely, but relentlessly pursues her, the food chain and the big wheel of life play a part.

“This comedy-drama may have its sweet side, but it’s also an unpredictable and pushy little play—and one of the best to be staged here in many a moon.” -- Diana Claitor, Austin American Statesman

For teenage and older audiences.


For more information about the season or BPCC Theatre, contact 318-678-6525 or kcondon@bpcc.edu.

COMMAND PERFORMANCE OF BPCC’S THRILLER, THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE

Release date: August 10, 2017

The Bossier Parish Community College Cavalier Players will present a final Command Performance of this summer’s production of The Haunting of Hill House at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 18 at the Performing Arts Theatre on the BPCC campus, 6222 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

The show is presented to welcome faculty and students back to BPCC for the start of the semester and to celebrate the success of the show’s out-of-state presentation.

The cast and crew of the show have just returned from a production tour to the Canterbury Summer Theatre in Michigan City, Indiana. Each summer for the past 12 seasons, BPCC Theatre presents its summer production for a week of performances at this Chicagoland professional summer stock theatre. This tradition offers a professional experience for the BPCC theatre students as it completes its season of plays and musicals at the Canterbury. Hill House met with popular and critical acclaim:

“Canterbury Theatre’s production of The Haunting of Hill House will definitely keep you up in your bed all night. . . The theatre’s final production of the summer gives audiences a chilling end to the wonderful season.” Donovan Barrier, Theatre Critic for the Michigan City News-Dispatch

F. Andrew Leslie has adapted the play from the popular novel by Shirley Jackson. In Hill House, Dr. Montague, who is researching the infamous “ghostly” activity of the house, has arranged for three others – Luke Sanderson, the cynical and skeptical heir to the house; Theodora, a “bohemian” with reported psychic abilities; and the fragile and vulnerable Eleanor Vance, who suffered as the focus of “poltergeist” activity when she was a child—to stay in the house and help him in his investigation. Thus, the stage is set for an atmosphere in the house that as Dr. Montague says, can “find out the flaws and faults and weaknesses in all of us, and break us apart in a matter of days.” Theodora observes, “The house, it watches your every move.” The servants report, “no-one ever visits Hill House, especially not after dark.”

Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing arts, directs the thriller. David White designs the set, Rona Leber designs the costumes, Keith Bruce designs lights, and Jonathon Offutt, properties. Completing the staff are Lauren Holland as stage manager and Amber Simmons as assistant stage manager.

The cast features Tova Volcheck as Eleanor Vance, Amber Simmons as Mrs. Dudley, Annie Barker as Theodora, Jaren Stringer as Dr. Montague, Samuel Copeland as Luke Sanderson, Lauren Holland as Mrs. Montague, and Connor Snow as Arthur Parker.

BPCC’S “ONE AND DONE” ACCELERATED ONLINE DEGREES

Release date: August 7, 2017

Bossier Parish Community College is recognized as a leader in online learning and the College announces an innovative initiative designed to help motivated students complete degrees faster. Beginning in this fall, BPCC will offer three accelerated, online, degree programs that can be completed in just one year; the initiative is called, “One and Done” and includes associate degrees in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, and General Studies.

The pace of technology and innovation are changing how, when, and where higher education is provided. At the same time, higher education consumers have high expectations for quality and responsiveness to their needs and they want services delivered in a cost-effective manner. These accelerated associate degrees, offered in 16-, 8-, and 4-week sessions, are fully online and are designed with the working adult in mind.

“These accelerated online programs are designed for students who are committed and eager to launch their careers or transfer to a four-year program as quickly as possible,” explained Lesa Taylor-Dupree, BPCC’s Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Charley Cameron, BPCC’s Dean of Educational Technology, added, “We are excited to expand our menu of online offerings and meet the unique educational needs of many adult learners who require the flexibility and speed a program like “One and Done” offers.”

“In Louisiana, we have more than 1.5 million adults without the post-secondary credentials needed to succeed in the 21st century economy,” stated Dr. Rick Bateman, Chancellor of BPCC. “One-third of that number have some college credits but no degree; accelerated programs like “One and Done” are strategically designed to help more adults receive the training they need to secure employment that sustains families.”

BPCC’s Fall 2017 On-Campus Registration is from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 9 and Thursday, August 10, on the College’s campus, 6220 E Texas St, Bossier City, LA.

For more information on these new programs and how you can enroll, contact BPCC’s Admissions Office at 318-678-6004, email admissions@bpcc.edu, go online, or visit in person to speak to an advisor.

BPCC WILL NOT RAISE TUITION, ANNOUNCES FALL 2017 ON-CAMPUS REGISTRATION DATES

Release date: August 3, 2017

For the second consecutive year, Bossier Parish Community College, along with the other two-year colleges in Louisiana, will not raise tuition on students.

While most colleges and universities across the country are implementing higher tuition rates, BPCC will not, making it the most affordable, accredited higher education institution in our region.

At the June meeting of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Board of Supervisors Meeting, college administrators recommended tuition remain unchanged and the board unanimously agreed.

According to the LCTCS’ media release dated June 15 (attached), the Governor applauded the system for keeping tuition the same at its colleges. "I commend Dr. Monty Sullivan and the LCTCS Board for their work in continuing to provide a quality education without an increase in tuition or fees for the second year in a row," said Gov. John Bel Edwards. "Our community colleges provide an opportunity for our citizens to get the training and credentials they need to acquire good paying jobs. It helps the state on many fronts including, more opportunities for more people, addressing the workforce needs of industry and improving our state's economy."

"Assuring that two-year community and technical colleges are accessible to as many students as possible is our primary responsibility," said LCTCS President Monty Sullivan. "As such, we must ensure that we provide a level of predictability when it comes to the cost of tuition. We are conscious of the impact of high tuition on our most vulnerable population and we will continue to strive to remove financial barriers and create new viable career pathways for the citizens of Louisiana."

Bossier Parish Community College begins its 50th anniversary (1967-2017) this fall and holds its on-campus registration for the fall term on from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 9 and Thursday, August 10, 2017, at the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Students can also apply online prior to the on-campus registration date at www.bpcc.edu/admissions. Fall 2017 classes begin Friday, August 11.

Students can select classes from a variety of fall sessions.

Detailed information regarding applying, registration, tuition costs and deadlines can be found online at www.bpcc.edu/admissions or call the BPCC Admissions Office at (318) 678-6004.

BPCC offers associate degrees in six academic divisions: Behavioral and Social Sciences; Business; Communication and Performing Arts; Liberal Arts; Science, Nursing and Allied Health; and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Technical diplomas, certificates and technical competency areas are also available in each of these divisions.

More information on the College’s programs.

AUDITIONS SET FOR BPCC’S PRODUCTION OF WORKING: A MUSICAL

Release date: August 1, 2017

The Bossier Parish Community College Theatre Program and the Cavalier Players announce auditions for the cast of the Broadway musical tribute America’s job force, Working: a Musical. The show is adapted from Studs Terkel’s novel, Working: People Talk about What they Do All Day and How They Feel about What They Do, with book by Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Wicked) and Nina Faso. The music is by Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers, James Taylor, and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton).

Auditions will be at 6:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, August 14 and 15 in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C) on the BPCC campus, 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

The musical has a large number of roles of all types—for ages 16 and older. Those auditioning should prepare, if possible, a one-minute contemporary monologue and a short musical selection. Please bring sheet music. Readings and singing selections will be provided for those who do not bring their own.

Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing Arts, directs the musical which is interwoven with songs and vignettes featuring the lives, hopes, and dreams of American workers. According to the publisher, Music Theatre International, Working “paints a vivid portrait of the men and women that the world so often takes for granted: the schoolteacher, the parking lot attendant, the waitress, the millworker, the mason, the trucker, the fireman and the housewife”.

Show dates for Working: a Musical are at 7:30 p.m. October 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, and at 2:00 p.m. October 15 and 22.

For more information, contact Paul Belcher at 318-678-6591.

BPCC’s 2017 SUMMER GRADUATION CEREMONY SET FOR FRIDAY, JULY 21 at 10:00 a.m.

Release date: July 20, 2017

Bossier Parish Community College will celebrate graduates at its 76th commencement ceremony at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 21, in the College’s Health and Physical Education Complex, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Heath White, special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will deliver the commencement address to the summer 2017 graduates.

White, a former military pilot, airline pilot, law enforcement officer, and endurance runner who has ran more than 30 marathons, graduated with a master’s degree in Aeronautical Science, with a cumulative 4.0 graduate and undergraduate GPA. White flew 275 combat hours and 18 bombing missions over Afghanistan following 9/11.

In his address, White will reflect on his own personal experiences with his special needs daughter, Paisley, and how she has tested his values and taught him what true perfection really is. He will tell graduates that “No matter what the perceived disability may be, we’re more alike than different.”

One hundred-forty-two credentials will be awarded to 111 graduates during the ceremony Friday morning.

Students will be awarded associate degrees, technical diplomas, certificates, and technical competency areas in each of BPCC’s six academic divisions: Behavioral and Social Sciences; Business; Communication and Performing Arts; Liberal Arts; Science, Nursing, and Allied Health; and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

BPCC TO OFFER SUPER SATURDAY ONE-STOP REGISTRATION DAY

Release date: July 10, 2017

BPCC’s Super Saturday, set for Saturday, July 22, offers prospective students a one-stop college registration event on a “Saturday.” The BPCC campus will be OPEN for this special “Super Saturday” event from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 22 at 6220 E Texas St, Bossier City, LA. Super Saturday will begin in Building G.

New and current students can enroll for fall classes in one easy location. “We want to make registration as easy as possible, and make it available on a Saturday for working students,” says Kathy Vercher, dean of Enrollment Management. “This is a great way for students to get assistance with admissions and registration, and finish it all in one day!”

Students can get information on degree plans, day and evening classes, and non-credit courses; sit for placement testing; meet with advisors; register for classes and financial aid; and experience campus life. Students also can enter to win a 3-credit hour course and other prizes!

BPCC staff members from Admissions, Academic Advising, the Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid, the Business Office, and others will be available to assist students through the application and registration processes as well as with class schedules, course selection, financial aid applications, and placement testing.

Fall 2017 classes begin August 11. If someone is unable to make the Super Saturday event, BPCC’s regular, on-campus registration is scheduled for Wednesday, August 9.

Information on Fall classes

Contact BPCC Admissions by phone at 318-678-6004 or by email at admissions@bpcc.edu.

BPCC ANNOUNCES THE THRILLER, The Haunting of Hill House

Release date: July 10, 2017

The Bossier Parish Community College Theatre Program and the Cavalier Players announce the opening of The Haunting of Hill House, the final show of the 2016-2017 season. Adapted by F. Andrew Leslie, the play is from the popular novel by Shirley Jackson.

Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. July 21, 22, 28 and 29 and 2:00 p.m. July 23 and 30 in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C) on the BPCC campus, 6220 East Texas Street in Bossier City. There will also be one additional BPCC performance of the show at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 18, following the start of BPCC’s fall semester.

In Hill House, Dr. Montague, who is researching the infamous “ghostly” activity of the house, has arranged for three others – Luke Sanderson, the cynical and skeptical heir to the house; Theodora, a “bohemian” with reported psychic abilities; and the fragile and vulnerable Eleanor Vance, who suffered as the focus of “poltergeist” activity when she was a child—to stay in the house and help him in his investigation. Thus, the stage is set for an atmosphere in the house that as Dr. Montague says, can “find out the flaws and faults and weaknesses in all of us, and break us apart in a matter of days.” Theodora observes, “The house, it watches your every move.” The servants report, “no-one ever visits Hill House, especially not after dark.”

Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing arts, directs the thriller with David White set designer; Rona Leber costume designer; Keith Bruce lighting designer; and Jonathon Offutt, property designer. Completing the staff are Lauren Holland as stage manager and Amber Simmons as assistant stage manager.

The cast features Tova Volcheck as Eleanor Vance; Amber Simmons as Mrs. Dudley; Annie Barker as Theodora; Jaren Stringer as Dr. Montague; Samuel Copeland as Luke Sanderson; Lauren Holland as Mrs. Montague; and Connor Snow as Arthur Parker.

In addition to the BPCC performances, The Haunting of Hill House will continue its run by traveling to Michigan City, Indiana, where it will be offered as the final show of the 49th season of the Canterbury Summer Theatre. This will be the 12th summer for a BPCC Theatre production to complete the Canterbury season, where Director Ray Scott Crawford is Artistic Director.

The Canterbury is a professional non-Equity summer theatre, and the experience provides a professional opportunity to the BPCC Theatre students involved in the production. The cast and crew will depart from Bossier City on Monday, July 31 for the Canterbury Theatre. There they will construct the set, re-stage and rehearse the production for performances August 3-5.

This show can be frightening and is not suitable for young children. If you have questions regarding small children attending, refer to our policy.

Tickets may be purchased online. For more information, call 318-678-6021.

BPCC ANNOUNCES NC-SARA APPROVAL

Release date: July 7, 2017

Bossier Parish Community College, a leader in online education in Louisiana, is proud to announce that the College has been approved to operate under the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).

NC-SARA authorizes and validates postsecondary distance education courses and programs as meeting national standards for interstate offerings. BPCC is now authorized to offer online degree and certificate programs in 47 other SARA-member states.

“Approval to participate in SARA eliminates the requirement for the College to file multiple applications with various state agencies in order to ensure students in a state have access to our quality online programs,” said Dr. Rick Bateman, BPCC Chancellor. “Re-defining our market on a national level is a strategic objective of ours and SARA helps us move toward that goal.”

States and institutions that choose to become members of SARA operate under a set of policies and standards that assure high-quality distance education practices at each member institution. These quality practices are overseen by a national council and administered by four regional education compacts, the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, the New England Board of Higher Education, the Southern Regional Education Board and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.

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NEW SERVICES FOR BPCC STUDENTS AT LSUS’ UNIVERSITY COURT APARTMENTS

Release date: July 5, 2017

Bossier Parish Community College students living at Louisiana State University in Shreveport’s University Court Apartments will benefit from two new services to be launched this fall: an express shuttle and an onsite Student Success Navigator.

The shuttle dedicated to BPCC students is made possible by a recent agreement between University Court Apartments and iShuttle, LLC. The express shuttle service will run in the morning and in the afternoon Monday through Friday. Students will be able to stay connected while on the shuttle through the charging stations and Wi-Fi. iShuttle also offers an app allowing students to track their shuttle and get real-time locations for their driver.

“We are delighted to be part of an innovative transportation solution for students,” said David Wimberley, iShuttle’s chief operating officer. “We are also open to discussing these services with other property management companies. “

In addition to the transportation assistance, BPCC students living at University Court will now have access to a Student Success Navigator who will reside at the property.

“We are excited to partner with University Court Apartments, and we are especially excited about the onsite Student Success Navigator [SSN],” said Karen Recchia, BPCC’s Vice Chancellor for Student Services. “The Navigator will provide support services such as referrals for tutoring, study resources, career services, and crisis intervention. They will also be a liaison for providing important information such as advisor contacts and financial aid contacts for BPCC students.”

“We have seen a steady increase in the number of BPCC students choosing to live at University Court, and we’re excited to be able to create these enhancements for BPCC residents,” said Jackie Hughes, Assistant VP of Operations for Campus Living Villages, owner and operator of University Court Apartments. “We are always creating ways to make our students’ experiences better and this partnership is a great example.”

For more information about attending BPCC, contact BPCC’s Admissions Office at 318-678-6004, email admissions@bpcc.edu, or visit the Admissions/Registrar web site.

For more information about University Court Apartments, call (318) 872-1424, email info@universitycourtLSUS.com or stop for a tour at 8445 Youree Drive, Shreveport, LA 71115.

A BUS FROM DALLAS WINS REMI AWARD AT INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

Release date: June 29, 2017

Bossier Parish Community College’s Communication and Performing Arts Division earned a Bronze Remi Award recently at the 50th Annual International Independent Film Festival--WorldFest in Houston, Texas.

The Remi was awarded to BPCC’s film, A Bus from Dallas. The screenplay, produced by the BPCC Film Institute, was written by David Wesley Graham, Chicago playwright, and directed by Keith Bruce.

Each year, students in the BPCC Film Institute participate in classes geared to the production of movies and documentaries. Most recent movies from the BPCC Film Institute have included Zombie T.V., Suite Dreams, and The Remnants, the latter of which also received the Bronze Remi Award in 2014.

Founded in 1961, WorldFest-Houston has emerged as the largest running film festival in the world, the oldest film festival in the South, and the third oldest international film festival in North America. The festival received more than 4,500 category entries from 74 nations in 2017.

The diverse works in competition at WorldFest are not created by major studios, but by truly independent artists like the students in the film program at Bossier Parish Community College. The Remi Award is named after Frederic Remington, whose brilliant sculptures and paintings captured the spirit of Texas and the West.

Learn more about Bossier Parish Community College’s Communication and Performing Arts Division and the Film Institute

BPCC TO UNVEIL ITS NEW DESIGNATION AS A CENTER OF WORKFORCE EXCELLENCE IN CYBER TECHNOLOGY

Release date: June 23, 2017

Bossier Parish Community College will hold an unveiling of its new designation as a Center of Workforce Excellence in Cyber Technology at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 29 in BPCC’s Emmett E. Cope Student Services Center, Building F on the College’s campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Act 555 of the 2010 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature authorized the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Board of Supervisors, in coordination with the Louisiana Board of Regents, to create Centers of Excellence that provide customized educational and training programs to meet areas of need as identified by business and industry. The establishment of BPCC’s Center of Workforce Excellence in Cyber Technology will represent the first Center of Workforce Excellence in North Louisiana.

"This Center of Workforce Excellence is another positive step toward ensuring that we meet the cyber industry's workforce needs in the region and the entire state,” says BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. “We will continue to work closely with industry partners and our colleagues in education to ensure a robust workforce pipeline for this sector.”

BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr., along with Cyber Innovation Center Executive Director and President Craig Spohn and BPCC’s Dean of Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Sandra Partain, will participate in the ceremony.

Date/Time:
Thursday, June 29, 2017
2:00 p.m.

Location:
Bossier Parish Community College
Emmett E. Cope Student Services Center
Building F, Room 203 - 2nd floor
6220 E. Texas Street
Bossier City, LA

BOARD OF REGENTS APPROVES NEW PROGRAMS FOR BPCC

Release date: June 22, 2017

When the fall semester begins in August, Bossier Parish Community College will offer even more options to students. The Louisiana Community and Technical College System’s Board of Supervisors and the Louisiana Board of Regents have approved 9 new programs for the College. Notably, each of the programs lead to 4- and 5-Star careers as classified by the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

The programs approved include a new degree, a technical diploma, six technical certificates, and a Technical Competency Area:

“The new degree in Systems Administration includes two concentrations and is designed to lead directly into employment as systems administrators and devOps professionals,” said Sandra Partain, dean of the Technology, Engineering, and Math Division. Partain’s Division includes Louisiana’s Center of Workforce Excellence in Cyber Technology and the national Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance as designated by the NSA and the Department of Homeland Security.

The technical diploma in Criminal Justice and its associated certificates, along with the certificate of technical studies in Engineering Graphics, create areas of concentration within the same-named degree programs offered at BPCC.

BPCC SERVES THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED US

Release date: June 19, 2017

Bossier Parish Community College has a long-standing commitment to serving our veterans, active duty, military spouses, and dependents, and the College was recently recognized as the top performing two-year college in Louisiana for the number of military-affiliated students served.

During the 2016-2017 academic year, BPCC certified more than 1,000 students under the GI Bill®. According to David Lewis, Education Liaison Representative with the Veterans Affairs Administration, “BPCC serves on average more veterans, active duty, and military dependents than any other community college in Louisiana. In fact, among all of the higher education institutions in Louisiana - only LSU in Baton Rouge serves more military-affiliated students than BPCC.”

BPCC has been recognized for outstanding service to military families with six consecutive national designations as a Military Friendly® College. The recognition honors BPCC for their dedication to providing veterans, military service members and their families with quality educational experiences. BPCC is also designated through the Department of Veterans Affairs as a Principles of Excellence participant, by the U.S. Department of Education as an Eight Keys to Veterans’ Success Site, and by the Louisiana Board of Regents as a Governor’s Veterans Friendly Campus.

BPCC’s Office of Veteran Education Services is located on the first floor of the Administration building and the services are coordinated by Program Coordinator Susan Stakes. “Our services are designed with military students’ needs in mind,” said Stakes. “As a military-inclusive family, we proudly offer educational opportunities and benefits to military members, their families, and veterans who have honorably served.”

For more information visit Veteran Education Services at BPCC, contact Susan Stakes at 318-678-6472 or sstakes@bpcc.edu. Visit in person in Building A, Room 138 to take a tour of the campus.

BPCC CAVALIER BASEBALL PLAYERS EARN HONORS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Release date: June 16, 2017

Bossier Parish Community College baseball team recently wrapped the 2017 season under first-year head coach, Bobby Gilliam, and although it may have been a rebuilding year for the Cavaliers, the team led Region XIV in home runs with 69. Additionally, several players earned conference/region honors and signed scholarships to continue their studies and their baseball careers.

Austin Stegall, outfielder from Evangel High School, was named 1st team All-Conference and led Region XIV in home runs with 17. Stegall has accepted a scholarship to play for NCAA Division I Northwestern State University.

Joseph Tassin, third baseman from West Ouachita High School, and Dakota Wright, outfielder from Fort Worth, Texas, have signed scholarships to play at Southern Arkansas University, a top 10 ranked NCAA Division II team. Tassin hit .331 with 8 home runs and was named 1st team All-Conference. Wright hit .325 with 7 home runs.

Luis Santiago, catcher from Puerto Rico, signed a scholarship to NCAA Division I Stephen F. Austin after hitting .321 with 5 home runs. Cody Navarro, pitcher from Ennis, Texas, committed to continue his career at NCAA Division I, Alabama State University, a team that has won the SWAC conference the last three consecutive years.

Three Cavaliers also earned Academic All-Conference honors: Andy Riester, pitcher from Cypress, Texas; Brent Holcombe, pitcher from La Porte, Texas; and Joseph Tassin.

BPCC Baseball Coach Bobby Gilliam was proud of the team’s effort this season.

“We had a special group of sophomores this past season that played the game hard no matter what,” said Gilliam. “They showed character, talent, and leadership despite any adversity or injury the team faced. As individuals, some guys put together a great season, but as a group the sophomore position guys kept us playing with the intensity and effort it takes to have a chance to win in a very competitive region. Looking toward next year, we are bringing in a team full of people that have been successful and decorated high school players and we have players coming back with experience.”

BPCC’s Athletic Director John Rennie added, "We are excited about the future of our baseball program and the direction it is heading under Coach Gilliam's guidance.”

The Cavaliers are a part of District I - Region XIV of the NCJAA.

BPCC SOFTBALL’S FAVELA AND FAGAN EARN ALL-AMERICAN HONORS

Release date: June 12, 2017

The National Junior College Athletic Association has recognized two BPCC freshmen student-athletes, Elisa Favela and Chelsea Fagan, as All-Americans. This announcement added to BPCC softball’s already historic 2017 season in which the Lady Cavs finished with a record 42 wins, including an opening round victory in the Region XIV tournament.

The NJCAA recognized Favela as a Division I, 2nd Team All-American utility player, while Fagan earned 3rd Team All-American honors as a catcher. Both Lady Cavs, along with five of their teammates (Galen Brooks, Micah Gray, Raina McKean, Shelrika Bryant, Ashley Nipper) were also named All-Conference and/or All-Region. Favela was also named Co-Conference Player of the Year and nominated as All-Region Player of the Year.

Fagan, from Bastrop High School, hit .443 with 14 home runs (2nd in the Region XIV East Zone) and a slugging percentage of .885 (also 2nd in the East Zone).

Favela, from Campbell High School in Hawaii, finished first overall in home runs (21), slugging percentage (.888), total bases (158), and earned run average (1.87). She also lead the Region XIV East Zone in hits (43), strikeouts (92), and strike outs per game (7.52). She also threw a perfect game (third in program history) against Northeast Texas Community College.

The Lady Cavs are led by second-year coach, Amanda Nordberg-Hamilton, and first-year assistant coach, Curt Williams.

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE ANNOUNCES ITS GRADUATES FOR THE SPRING 2017 SEMESTER

Release date: May 22, 2017

Graduates
The following students graduated from Bossier Parish Community College on May 12, 2017 in the Collegeís Health and Physical Education Complex.

Commencement speaker for the 9:30 a.m. ceremonyWill open new browser window or tabwas General Robin Rand, Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command. Chris Lovell, BPCC Menís Basketball Coach, was the guest speaker at the 2:00 p.m. ceremony.Will open new browser window or tabBPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. presided over the Collegeís 75th graduation ceremony.

Congratulations to the following graduates:

List of GraduatesPDF File

Chancellor's List
Lesa Taylor-Dupree, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Bossier Parish Community College, announces the Chancellorís List for the fall 2016 semester. Each student listed earned a 3.750 or higher:

Chancellor's ListPDF File

Dean's List
Lesa Taylor-Dupree, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Bossier Parish Community College, announces the Deanís List for the fall 2016 semester. Each student listed earned a 3.500 or higher:

Dean's ListPDF File

BPCC HOSTS FIBER ART EXHIBIT, STUDENT ART EXHIBIT DURING SUMMER SEMESTER

Release date: May 22, 2017

Bossier Parish Community College announces two art shows during the summer semester: one featuring fiber artists from the local community held in the Donna Service Gallery, and the other featuring BPCC student art held in the College’s Learning Commons. The artwork will be on display May 22 through July 21. Both the Donna Service Gallery and the Learning Commons are located on the first floor in Building A on the BPCC campus, 6220 E Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

Fiber Art Exhibit in Donna Service Gallery
According to fiberartnow.net, fiber art “is created using natural or synthetic fibers or techniques that are traditionally thought of as relating to fiber, such as sewing or weaving.” These techniques can include basketry, clothing design, crochet, felting, knitting, quilting, and many more.

BPCC Art Instructor Lily Thompson is excited to show people that fiber art includes much more than traditional methods such as quilting. “I hope to expand people’s minds about what you can create with fiber,” says Thompson.

The artists showcased in this exhibit are from Shreveport, Bossier, and Natchitoches.

BPCC Student Art Exhibit in Learning Commons
The Learning Commons will display student artwork including drawings, paintings, photographs, and mixed media pieces. BPCC faculty are delighted to showcase student work so that others can see what they are capable of creating.

Reception
A reception for both exhibits will be held from 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12 at the Gallery.

The Donna Service Gallery is free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Learning Commons is open from 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

BPCC SUMMER AND FALL 2017 ONLINE REGISTRATION AVAILABLE NOW

Release date: May 16, 2017

Online registration for both summer and fall 2017 is available now.

On campus registration - 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Detailed information regarding applying, registration, tuition costs and deadlines can be found online or call the BPCC Admissions Office at 318-678-6004.

BPCC offers associate degrees in six academic divisions: Behavioral and Social Sciences; Business; Communication and Performing Arts; Liberal Arts; Science, Nursing, and Allied Health; and Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Technical diplomas, certificates and technical competency areas are also available in each of these divisions.

More details about all academic programs.

BPCC STUDENT EARNS MUSIC EXCELLENCE AWARD

Release date: May 11, 2017

Josh Bell, a freshman music major at Bossier Parish Community College, is the recipient of the Tom Carleton Excellence in Music Award for 2016-2017. The award was announced recently during the BPCC Choirs Concert.

Named after former BPCC chancellor, Tom Carleton, who was a great proponent of the arts, the award is presented each year to a music student that exhibits superior qualities in the pursuit of their performing arts degree.

A permanent plaque listing all recipients of the award is on display in the lobby of the Performing Arts Theatre on the BPCC campus.

Josh is also the recipient of a music tuition scholarship at BPCC. Upon graduation, Josh plans to enter into the field of church music.

BPCC ANNOUNCES SPEAKERS FOR ITS 75th COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES

Release date: May 11, 2017

General Robin Rand, Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command, and Chris Lovell, BPCC’s first-year Men’s Basketball Coach, are slated to give the commencement addresses at Bossier Parish Community College tomorrow. The graduation ceremonies will be held Friday, May 12, at the College’s Health and Physical Education complex, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA. This Friday’s ceremonies will mark BPCC’s 75th graduation.

General Robin Rand will address graduates at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony for the divisions of Science, Nursing and Allied Health as well as Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Gen. Robin Rand is the Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, and the service component commander to U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) for all bombers, Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs), and Nuclear Command, Control and Communications (NC3) systems. As the commander, he is responsible for organizing, training, equipping, and maintaining combat-ready forces that provide strategic deterrence, global strike and combat support to USSTRATCOM and other geographic combatant commands. The command is comprised of more than 33,700 professionals operating at two Numbered Air Forces and eleven active-duty, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve wings. Weapons systems assigned to the command include Minuteman III ICBMs, B-1, B-2, and B-52 bombers, UH-1N helicopters, the E-4B National Airborne Operations Center aircraft (NAOC), and the NC3 system.

General Rand was commissioned in 1979 after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He's had multiple flying tours; served as an air liaison officer with the U.S. Army; and has had staff tours on the Joint Staff, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Air Staff. General Rand's previous commands include the 36th Fighter Squadron, USAF Weapons School, 8th Fighter Wing, 56th Fighter Wing, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing at Balad Air Base, Iraq, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), and prior to this assignment, Air Education and Training Command. General Rand is a command pilot with more than 5,080 flying hours, including more than 470 combat hours.

Coach Chris Lovell will address graduates at 2:00 p.m. for the divisions of Behavioral-Social Sciences; Business; Communication and Performing Arts; and Liberal Arts.

Chris Lovell is in his first year as the Cavalier men’s basketball head coach. He came to Bossier Parish Community College from Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, TX. At Prestonwood, Lovell led a nationally-recognized and ranked men's basketball program, which just won its fifth straight Texas TAPPS 5A State Championship in 2016. The Prestonwood Christian Men’s Basketball Program was recently named in the top 36 High School Basketball Programs in the country since 2010-2011 by Max Preps. While at Prestonwood, Lovell has had the fortune of coaching some of the best players in the nation, including Julius Randle of the Los Angeles Lakers. Lovell has seen his players go on to play at NCAA Division I programs like Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Kansas, Arizona, Ohio State, Florida Atlantic, Texas A&M, and at other levels of college basketball. He previously held coaching positions at Grapevine Faith High School, Trinity Christian Academy, and Briarcrest Christian School.

Previous to coaching, Lovell served as the head student pastor for Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, TX, and Germantown Baptist Church in Memphis, TN. He also has deep local roots playing high school basketball at the former Trinity Heights Christian Academy and then college basketball at LSU-Shreveport. Lovell graduated from LSU-S with a bachelor's degree before attaining a master's degree in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

For graduates’ friends and family who cannot attend the commencement ceremonies, both programs will be streamed LIVE online.

BPCC SPRING 2017 GRADUATION WEEK EVENTS

Release date: May 10, 2017

Bossier Parish Community College will hold its 75th commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 12, at the College’s Health and Physical Education complex, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The College will hold two ceremonies:

  • 9:30 a.m. – for the divisions of Technology, Engineering and Mathematics AND Science, Nursing and Allied Health
  • 2:00 p.m. – for the divisions of Behavioral-Social Sciences; Business; Communication and Performing Arts; and Liberal Arts

For graduates’ friends and family who cannot attend the commencement ceremonies on Friday, both programs will be streamed LIVE online at www.bpcc.edu/graduation/spring.

In addition to its spring 2017 graduation ceremonies on Friday, the College will hold additional programs during this week beginning tonight (see below):

WEDNESDAY, May 10 – College Transition Programs Graduation Ceremony

BPCC’s College Transition Programs will hold its graduation ceremony at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 10, in the BPCC’s Health and Physical Education Complex (GYM), 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The College Transition Programs department provides instruction, college and career readiness training, and support to local residents seeking skills and credentials for a better quality of life. The knowledge and professional skills obtained through these programs enable participants to succeed in post-secondary education and in the global job market.

BPCC’s College Transition Programs include Middle College (High School Equivalency Program), English as a Second Language, and High School Equivalency in Spanish. BPCC has also partnered with Shreve Memorial Library to offer these programs at the library’s main branch in downtown Shreveport.

All of these programs help students identify a plan for their lives beyond a high school diploma. All of the classes require students to think, learn, and study on a post-secondary educational level.

BPCC’s Program for Successful Employment, which is a vocational training program for adults with cognitive disabilities and/or autism, will also have students receiving certificates during the ceremony.

For more information on the BPCC College Transition Programs, contact Justin Tison at jtison@bpcc.edu.

WEDNESDAY, May 10 – Phi Theta Kappa Induction Ceremony

The Bossier Parish Community College Alpha Rho Phi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society will induct its spring 2017 members at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of two-year colleges, particularly community and junior colleges. Headquartered in Jackson, MS, the society has more than 1,250 chapters worldwide and more than 2 million members, including Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise, country musician Trisha Yearwood, entrepreneur and former presidential candidate Henry Ross Perot and Emmy Award winning actress Sela Ward.

A student is invited to join the Alpha Rho Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Bossier Parish Community College if he/she is enrolled at the College in at least 3 credit hours, has earned at least 12 credit hours of degree course work, and has maintained at least a 3.5 grade point average. Benefits of joining Phi Theta Kappa include the right to wear honors regalia at graduation and access to more than $37 million in transfer scholarships to four-year universities throughout the world offered exclusively to members.

THURSDAY, May 11 – Pinning and Nursing Honor Society Ceremonies for Spring 2017 Nursing Class

BPCC will hold the pinning ceremony for its spring graduating class of nursing students at 6:00 pm on Thursday, May 11 in the Health and Physical Education Complex (GYM) on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The pinning ceremony is often more personally meaningful for the student than the graduation ceremony. It signifies the student’s official initiation into the brotherhood and sisterhood of nurses.

“The pinning ceremony is a time-honored tradition in nursing,” says BPCC Nursing Program Administrator Sharon Turley, MSN, RN. “Its history can be traced back to the Crusades of the 12th century when the Maltese cross was adopted by Crusaders to wear on their habits as a symbol of service. Throughout the years, the symbol was modified and eventually was given by the hospital school of nursing to students to identify them as nurses who were educated to serve the health needs of society.”

During the pinning ceremony, the Beta Zeta chapter of the Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society at BPCC will be inducting two new members - Amanda Hebert and Madeline Gilcrease. In order to qualify for induction, these prospective members had to complete a capstone project as well as maintain an overall B GPA average and a B in all nursing classes.

The spring 2017 class of registered nurses will graduate from the College on Friday, May 12, 2017.

BPCC DEBATE RANKED #3 IN NATION, MARKING 9TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR THE TEAM IS NATIONALLY RANKED

Release date: May 8, 2017

The BPCC Debate Team wrapped up the 2016-2017 season as the 3rd ranked community college in the nation. The team finished the year with 43 awards, including 7 championships, and was led by co-captains Dominick Mercer and Steve Garcia. Mercer finished the year ranked 5th amongst all college and university students in the novice division, and Garcia finished 17th. Mercer and Garcia also paired together in the team division of debate to finish 20th.

This marks the 9th consecutive year that BPCC has ranked amongst the top community college debate programs in the nation, and the fourth year where they have had one or more students ranked in the top 10 amongst all college and university students.

"Dominick and Steve rose to every challenge we put before them this year,” said Bob Alexander, associate professor and BPCC debate coach. “As first year competitors, they could have remained in the novice division of debate - but instead of remaining there (where they could have likely finished the season ranked even higher), the two decided after just one semester of debate to enter into the junior varsity division of individual competition and the varsity division of team debate. This meant that they were often competing against university juniors and seniors with years of experience, but the two definitely held their own."

BPCC Dean of Communication and Performing Arts Ray Scott Crawford said, "Mr. Alexander has done an excellent job of bringing BPCC Debate into the forefront of the national debate community. His leadership with the team has served BPCC and his students quite well. We are very proud of our students' accomplishments and accolades."

The team is now beginning preparations for 2017-2018.

"We have some exciting opportunities for expanding the team next year,” said Alexander. “While we are happy with the success the team has had, we're entering next season with a plan to shatter our previous team records. BPCC Debate's 10th season promises to be our best yet; we have a great group of students coming in, and will continue evaluating new recruits over the summer."

For more information or if interested in joining the team or know someone who may be, contact Coach Alexander at balexander@bpcc.edu.

BPCC OFFICE OF STUDENT LIFE AND SGA WIN NATIONAL EVENT OF THE YEAR AWARD

Release date: May 5, 2017

Bossier Parish Community College’s Office of Student Life and Student Government Association has been chosen as the 2017 recipient of the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA) Event of the Year award for its “A Visit with Santa” community event.

Each year at the APCA national conference, an event is chosen as the Event of the Year from the five regional winners. The national award is given to an event that provides purposeful and meaningful programming for its students and community.

“The Student Life staff is excited and honored to receive this national award for our event - A Visit with Santa,” says Marjoree Harper, director of Student Life. “This annual event allows us to showcase our College, give back to the community by providing toys for Operation Santa Claus, and provide quality family entertainment for the students of BPCC as well as the community.”

‘A Visit with Santa’ gives the community the opportunity to enjoy a family-oriented Sunday afternoon during the holiday season. Children enjoy Christmas activities featuring photos with Santa, creating personalized ornaments and stuffed animals as well as other arts and crafts. Christmas carols fill the air and everyone enjoys cookies and hot cocoa.

“This past Christmas was our fourth “A Visit with Santa,” says Harper. “It’s just a nice family event for everyone during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.”

Although the afternoon is free and open to public, Harper says a donation of a new, unwrapped toy for Operation Santa Claus is requested.

“We provide a truckload of toys for Operation Santa Claus each year through this event,” says Harper. “This event is a way that we can have fun and provide for those in our community who may not otherwise have a Christmas. So, for us to receive the APCA award for this event brings joy to all our hearts.”

Since the announcement of the national award, several other colleges in the APCA South Central region are looking at using BPCC’s “Visit with Santa” as a model for a similar event on their campus and for their community.

For more information on the event, contact BPCC’s Office of Student Life at 318-678-6035.

BPCC AND NSU UPDATE 2+2 AGREEMENT IN EMT-PARAMEDIC/UNIFIED PUBLIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION

Release date: May 3, 2017

Northwestern State University and Bossier Parish Community College updated a 9-year-old agreement that allows BPCC students who complete their Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic training to transfer those credits towards partial fulfillment of degree requirements in unified public safety administration (UPSA), specifically the fire and emergency medical services administration concentration, at NSU.

Administrators signed an addendum to update the course matrix Tuesday to ensure that all coursework is current.

“If our programs are good, they are dynamic and they are changing and they need to be updated from time to time,” said BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman.

In addition to faculty and staff from both institutions, several emergency medical services professionals attended the signing program at BPCC.

“One thing we are not surprised by is the level of engagement we have with the community,” Bateman said. “Folks here have a commitment to our regional university.”

NSU’s Acting President Dr. Chris Maggio noted the many articulation agreements between BPCC and NSU and lauded faculty for their willingness to cooperate and put students first.

“We could not do this without the collaboration and the academic excellence apparent at BPCC,” Maggio said. “Our NSU faculty respect the education that students receive at BPCC and we jump at the chance to formalize these articulations.”

UPSA is a unique program that was developed to fill a void in the education of fire service members, said Dr. Joe Morris, head of NSU’s Department of Criminal Justice, History and Social Science. NSU UPSA program coordinator Jack Atherton is a retired federal prison warden who has first-hand experience in dealing with emergency management, crisis intervention, emergency preparedness and catastrophic damage and injury mitigation and prevention. BPCC students who complete their EMT Paramedic training get 25 credit hours towards their UPSA degree, Morris said.

Information on NSU’s UPSA program or other degree programs IS available On the Department of History, Criminal Justice and Social Sciences web site.Will open new browser window or tab

»Information on BPCC’s Paramedic Program.

BPCC TO DEDICATE THE CITIZENS NATIONAL BANK CENTER FOR BUSINESS STUDIES ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 3

Release date: May 1, 2017

For 20 years, Citizens National Bank has been one of Bossier Parish Community College’s longest, most loyal, and esteemed partners. With its donation to BPCC’s Major Gifts Campaign, the Citizens National Bank Center for Business Studies was established.

The dedication ceremony for the Center is set for 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3 in Building G, First Floor on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The Citizens National Bank Center for Business Studies will be a center of excellence for students majoring in business at BPCC.

Date/Time:
Wednesday, May 3
1:00 p.m.

Location:
Bossier Parish Community College
Building G – First Floor
6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA

Participants:
Citizens National Bank
Jason D. Smith, President, Chief Executive Officer

Bossier Parish Community College
Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr., Chancellor
Lesa Taylor-Dupree, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Peggy Fuller, Dean of Business

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE ANNOUNCES CAMP CAVS SUMMER YOUTH CAMPS 2017 OFFERINGS

Release date: April 26, 2017

Registration for Camp Cavs, BPCC’s summer program for kids, is now open! Camp Cavs camps are scheduled for the months of June and July 2017 and will include art, basketball, culinary, cheer, guitar, theater/drama to name a few.

Camps will be held at Bossier Parish Community College campus, unless otherwise noted. There may be additional supply fees associated with certain camps. All campers will receive a t-shirt!

Listed below are the 2017 CAMP CAVS camps:

NEW! Art around the World • $49
Ages 7-12 • June 30 • 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Ages 7-12 • July 21 • 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

NEW! Pop Art Frenzy • $49
Ages 7-12 • June 26 • 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Ages 7-12 • July 19 • 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

NEW! Youth Jewelry Making Camp • $109
Ages 10-16 • June 12-16 • 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

NEW! Youth Watercolor Camp • $109
Ages 10-16 • June 19-23 • 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Cavalier Boys Basketball Camp • $109
Ages 6-9 • June 12-15 • 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Ages 10-15 • June 12-15 • 1-4 p.m.

Cavalier Cheer Camp • $109
Ages 5-12 • June 26-30 • 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Cavalier Young Chefs Camp • $169
Ages 7-10 • July 24-28 • 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Ages 11-13 • July 24-28 • 1-5 p.m.

Cavalier Drama Fun Fest • $129
Ages 10-18 • June 19-23 • 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Ages 10-18 • June 26-30 • 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Guitar Camp for Beginners • $129
Ages 10-16 • June 19-23 • 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Wild about Printmaking • $49
Ages 7-12 • June 28 • 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Ages 7-12 • July 17 • 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

For more detailed information on camps or to register, contact BPCC’s Workforce and Continuing Education Department at 318-678-6015 or go online. All campers must complete a release/waiver form prior to participation.

BPCC’S SPRING SWING GOLF TOURNAMENT 2017 SET TO RAISE FUNDS FOR WORKFORCE TRAINING SCHOLARSHIPS

Release date: April 24, 2017

The Bossier Parish Community College Annual Spring Swing Golf Tournament 2017 is scheduled to be held on Friday, April 28 at Stonebridge Golf Course. Shotgun start is scheduled for 10:00 a.m.

Proceeds from the golf tournament will fund scholarships for future students to receive a quality education and world-class workforce training.

“BPCC’s growth over the past few years could not have been possible without the continued support of our local business and community partners,” said Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. “Workforce training solutions scholarships will allow BPCC to assist our future community leaders with career development and advancement.”

Sponsorship levels include:

  • Team of 4 - $600 (includes food, drinks, range balls, door prizes and photo of team; lunch reception)
  • Hole Sponsor- $300 (advertise your business on a tee box at the course)
  • Individual Player - $150 (cart, green fee, and range balls; door prizes and photo; lunch reception)

For more information or to register for the Spring Swing Golf Tournament or applying for a workforce training scholarship, contact Sean Downing, Business Development, BPCC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Department, at 318-455-3391.

BPCC CAVS GUARD NAMED LABC’S 2017 JUNIOR COLLEGE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Release date: April 21, 2017

The Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches (LABC) has announced that Lasani Johnson of Bossier Parish Community College will receive LABC's 2017 Junior College Player of the Year Award at the LABC Banquet in Baton Rouge, LA on May 13.

"It is a great honor for me to receive this award,” says Johnson. “It was a goal of mine when I signed here to help the basketball program move in a new direction. I wanted to be a leader and do my very best as a student athlete to represent myself, my family, and the basketball program here at BPCC. I want to thank God, my family, Coach Lovell, and BPCC, for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of something special. I hope receiving this award will help bring attention to where this basketball program is headed in the future!"

Johnson, a 6-3 sophomore guard from Dallas, TX, averaged 21.1 points per game and made 4.06 three-point field goals (3rd in nation). He had a 40.1% three-point field goal percentage and a 74.7% free throw percentage.

Johnson scored in double figures in 30 of 31 games, including seventeen 20-point games and six 30-point games. He had single game highs of 37 points, 8 three-point field goals made, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals.

"There is no one more deserving of receiving the LABC Junior College Player of the Year award than Lasani Johnson,” says Coach Chris Lovell. “He is the hardest working young man I know. He consistently led our team not just in points scored but in consistent work ethic and what is means to be a student athlete on the court, in the classroom, and in the community. Lasani is exactly the kind of student athletes we want here at BPCC!"

The Cavaliers, led by Johnson, finished fifth in the North Division of the Region XIV Athletic Conference, and were a #10 seed in the Region XIV Regional Tournament.

BPCC CHOIRS TO PRESENT SPRING CONCERT – THURSDAY, APRIL 27

Release date: April 18, 2017

The BPCC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, under the direction of Mr. William Bond, Jr., will present their Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 27 in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre (Building C) on the BPCC campus, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA. This concert is free and open to the public.

The evening’s performance will include traditional choir selections and will be selected from “Cum Sanctum Spirito” by Antonio Lotti; “Like a Mighty Stream” arranged by Moses Hogan; “In Flanders Fields” arranged by Roger Emerson; “Hymn of Creation” by Dan Forrest; "For God So Loved the World", by Hugo Distler; "This is Our Time for Singing", by Orazio Vecchi; "Alleluia" by arranged by Russell Robinson; "O God Beyond All Praising" by Gustav Holst; "Veni, Creator Spiritus", by Michael Trotta; "Come in From the Firefly Darkness", by Amy Bernon; and "Come, Thou Fount of Ev'ry Blessing", by Laura Farnell.

The choirs will combine to perform "How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place", by Johannes Brahms. Both the Concert Choir and the Chamber Singers are accompanied by Dr. Dan Gibbs.

For more information about this concert or music scholarship auditions, contact the BPCC Music Program at 318-678-6146 or email mhart@bpcc.edu.

BPCC LAUNCHES BPCC ONDEMAND™, A NEW FORM OF ONLINE TRAINING THAT COULD TAKE INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESS TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Release date: April 18, 2017

Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) has released BPCC OnDemand™, a Learning Management System (LMS), to deliver non-credit, customizable, and self-paced online training that fits the needs of industry partners.

BPCC’s response to the need for an accelerated and modernized training platform is essential to today’s training management. BPCC OnDemand™ removes all the traditional barriers of enrollment for learners and is instantly available to anyone, anytime, and anywhere. The initial launch of the BPCC OnDemand™ platform offers courses that align to valuable Industry Based Certifications (IBCs), like CompTIA’s Network+ and (ISC)2’s CISSP. Future rollout plans include both independent and facilitated courses in Information Technology, Business, and Healthcare, just to name a few.

“With industry requirements ever changing we can offer a quick, high quality, and customized solution to training to meet the requests of our industry partners,” says Sandra Partain, dean of the BPCC’s Division of Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

BPCC OnDemand™ mutually benefits both individuals and companies. Individuals benefit by gaining the credentials they need to be competitive in their field while employers benefit by utilizing a professional development platform that is cost effective, user friendly, and customizable. The BPCC OnDemand™ team has the capability to create virtually any type of training to meet employers’ needs.

Companies in the Shreveport-Bossier City area are already seeing a positive impact. Mimi Hedgcock, Senior Principal, External Affairs at CSRA’s ITC says, “We commend BPCC for creating a user-friendly training approach that allows our current, and potential employees, to further advance their career. CSRA congratulates BPCC for finding new ways to meet the demands of our industry while strengthening their core curriculum”.

BPCC OnDemand™ is unlike any other online training that BPCC offers in that once enrolled, the training will fit the needs of the enrollee. BPCC OnDemand™ breaks the traditional mold of the academic calendar, enrollees can begin and end training at any time.

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BPCC ANNOUNCES PERFORMANCES AND CAST FOR THE 2017 CHILDREN’S SHOW GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE HEBERTS!

Release date: April 10, 2017

The BPCC Communication and Performing Arts Division and the Cavalier Players announce the cast for the upcoming children’s show Goldilocks and the Three Heberts!, directed by Dr. Ray Scott Crawford. Show dates are at 7:00 p.m. April 21 and 28, and at 2:00 p.m. April 22, 23, 29, and 30 in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre (Building C), 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

This musical fable offers a new spin to the traditional fairy tale of Goldilocks and the Three Heberts as told with a “Louisiana twist” by the founder of BPCC’s Theatre Program and master story-teller, Stephen W. Slaughter. In this Cajun version of the story, the swamp animals liven up their “Fais do do” (party) by telling of the frightful story of Goldi Locks, a young girl with an obsession for locking up doors and buildings. Goldi visits the house of Papa, Mama, and Baybay Hebert (The Three Bears) to taste their gumbo, sit in their chairs, and to sleep in their beds and finds that she is not the first visitor—Robespierre the Rabbit has already been there and caused all sorts of trouble for which Goldi is blamed. It’s up to Goldi Locks to chase down Robespierre and return the Heberts’ home and her reputation to order.

Children of all ages will enjoy this children’s comedy featuring Taylor Brown as Goldi Locks, and Mikah Thomas as Robespierre the Rabbit. The cast will also feature Samuel Copeland, Aislinn LaRue, Christian Marshall, Shaundarius Hardman, Hannah Powers, Chris Williams, Jaren Stringer, Kelly McFarland, and Amber Simmons. Shaundarius Hardman will also stage manage. Additional artistic staff include David White, set designer/tech director; Keith Bruce, lighting designer; and Rona Leber, costume designer.

Tickets are $5 for general admission and are available at the door. For more information, call 318-678-6021 or email: theatre@bpcc.edu.

BPCC, SOLDIER’S WISH, AND BPCC SUBWAY® TO SURPRISE MILITARY STUDENT WITH GIFT – TOMORROW, APRIL 11 at 10:00 A.M.

Release date: April 10, 2017

Join us at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11 at the Subway® restaurant on the BPCC campus (Building F) where Soldier’s Wish and Subway® will surprise a very deserving BPCC military student with a gift.

Soldier’s Wish, a national non-profit organization, and Subway® have joined together to grant wishes for military servicemen/women across the country. The organization has worked with our Veteran Educational Services Office to identify a BPCC military student to receive a wish.

We hope you will join us Tuesday to say Thank You in a very special way to an American hero.

Location:
BPCC Subway – Building F- Student Services Building
6220 E Texas St, Bossier City, LA

Date/Time:
Tuesday, April 11 at 10:00 a.m.

Participants:
BPCC officials
Soldier’s Wish representatives
Subway® representatives

BPCC RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD FOR STRATEGIC INNOVATION IN ONLINE EDUCATION

Release date: April 10, 2017

After a nationwide search, Bossier Parish Community College’s Open Campus™ program was voted to receive the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) Strategic Innovation in Online Education Award. Fifteen individuals and seven programs received the Association’s highest honors, and of the 22 honorees, BPCC was the only community college in the nation to receive an award.

“We are extremely honored to be the recipient of the UPCEA Strategic Innovation in Online Education Award,” said BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. “This award exemplifies the dedication that BPCC has to student success and development. Our Open Campus™ team continues to find innovative and creative ways to implement world-class programs for the many students we serve.”

This national award recognizes that BPCC has, at an institutional level, set and met innovative goals focused on online education and been strategic in the planning, development, implementation and sustainability in line with the institutional mission.

Open Campus™ is a cross-disciplinary developmental series of free, online non-credit courses. Since its inception in 2012, the lecture videos have been accessed in all 50 states and 190 countries/territories. BPCC was the first community college in the nation to provide these courses to anyone at any time for no cost, and statistics show that these virtual students from across the U.S. and globe are paying attention and showing engagement. “We have logged more than 2 million minutes of instruction,” said Allison Martin, BPCC’s Director of Institutional Effectiveness Initiatives.

UPCEA, the leader in professional, continuing, and online education, recognizes both individual and institutional achievement across the UPCEA membership. Since 1953, UPCEA has recognized its members’ outstanding contributions to the Association and the field, as well as their achievements in innovative programming, marketing and promotion, community development and services, research and publications, and many other areas.

The award was presented at the recent UPCEA 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago, IL.

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BPCC’S DIVISION OF COMMUNICATION AND PERFORMING ARTS AND THE CAVALIER PLAYERS OF BPCC ANNOUNCE THE SPRING FESTIVAL OF ONE-ACT PLAYS

Release date: April 7, 2017

The Bossier Parish Community College Division of Communication and Performing Arts and the Cavalier Players announce the 2017 Annual Spring Festival of One-Act Plays. The performance of the five short plays will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11 in BPCC’s Performing Arts Theatre, Building C on the BPCC campus, 6220 East Texas Street in Bossier City.

BPCC’s Theatre program is showcasing the work of five student directors: Annie Barker, Samuel Copeland, Shaundarius Hardman, Amber Simmons, and Mikah Thomas. The Spring Festival will offer a full evening of theatre and will round out the theatre program’s nineteenth season of student-directed work.

Admission is free. Generally, the one-act festival may contain mature subject matter and/or language and may not be suitable for children.

For more information or for directions to the theatre, contact Mary Lyle at 318-678-6021.

BPCC MUSIC PROGRAM SCHEDULES SPRING BAND CONCERT

Release date: April 5, 2017

The BPCC Concert Winds will present its Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 13 in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C), on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

The Concert Winds, under the direction of Dr. Michael D. Hart, will take the stage to perform selections guaranteed to bring enjoyment to audiences of all ages. The Concert Winds will perform “Variations on America” by William Schumann; “Fantasia (On Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair)” by Mark Camphouse; “Emperor Waltz” by Johann Strauss, Jr.; “A Highland Rhapsody” by Jan Van der Roost; and “Amparito Roca” by Jamie Texidor.

“This is the third and final concert of the year for the ensemble,” stated Dr. Michael Hart, Music Program Director and the ensemble’s conductor. “Earlier in the year, the Concert Winds presented its Pops concert and final Fall concert.”

Many of the students enrolled in the ensembles are full-tuition music scholarship recipients. Music scholarships are awarded to students who pass an audition, maintain a 2.0 GPA, and are full-time BPCC students.

This concert is free and open to the public. For more information about this concert or to arrange for a music scholarship audition, contact Dr. Hart at 318-678-6146 or mhart@bpcc.edu.

BPCC HIGHLIGHTS CAREERS IN WELDING IN OBSERVATION OF NATIONAL WELDING MONTH

Release date: March 28, 2017

National Welding Month, observed in April each year, is dedicated to celebrating the critical role that the welding trade plays in supporting the manufacturing sector. Now more than ever, the need for advanced welders is crucial.

This April to highlight the opportunities to explore careers in the welding industry, BPCC’s Advanced Welding program will observe National Welding Month by offering the following events:

  • April 1-14 - Welding Art Competition
    Open to all high school, technical school and BPCC welding students
  • April 1-28 - Student Tours
    Welding students from local high schools and technical schools will visit throughout the month
  • April 6 - Welding Lab Open House – 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology - Building L on BPCC’s campus, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA.
  • April 10-13 - Women in Welding Week
    Free class for women who might be interested in the welding field (limited to 14 students)
  • April 19 - Welding Lab Open House – 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology - Building L on BPCC’s campus, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

BPCC’s Advanced Welding program is designed specifically to meet demands of the vastly growing welding industry, and will allow the next generation of welders to experience high leveled hands-on training on the most cutting-edge equipment.

“According to a recent Presidential Memorandum regarding the construction of American pipelines, a plan will be developed under which all new pipelines, as well as retrofitted, repaired, or expanded pipelines inside the borders of the United States, use materials and equipment produced in the United States,” says Beonica Frazier, BPCC’s TAACCCT 4 Grant Director. “This will more than likely surge the demand for advanced welders.”

The BPCC program can be completed in just two semesters with course offerings in both credit and non-credit areas. The curriculum meets the requirements of the American Welding Society’s standards for an AWS Level II-Advanced Welder.

Students in the program will gain proficiency in pipe welding along with the advanced ability to produce sound welds using multiple weld processes.

The advanced welding program at BPCC will not only teach students how to weld at an advanced level, but it will broaden their abilities by incorporating a higher level of math and electrical theory that will make these students invaluable to their employers. Students that desire to increase their skills and marketability by learning concepts like the economics of welding and the use of semi-automated welding equipment will be able to do so.

*Eliminating the Skills Gap: Students in BPCC’s Advanced Welding program

Morgan Cook - Morgan has been around welding his whole life. He comes from a family of welders where his dad owned his own business. Morgan successfully completed the welding program in high school where he earned 4H scholarships. Morgan also spent time welding at the technical college in Minden while working as a welder at Clement Industries. After experiencing financial difficulty, he had to drop out of school. Morgan was informed of the Advanced Welding program through LA Works and with the help of the grant program, he was able to take classes at no cost.

“I want a welding career with a good employer,” says Morgan. “Mr. Paul [BPCC’s Advanced Welding instructor] is real helpful and I’m learning a lot. I like that classes are at night so that I can work during the day.”

James Hardey - “This program is like none other I have attended. The instructors get in the booth with you, explaining and demonstrating the course material.”

Justin Beaudean - “It is a great program. It has increased my knowledge about the industry and welding in general. It has helped me tremendously. “


BPCC CAVALIER MEN’S BASKETBALL HOLDS OPEN TRYOUTS SATURDAY, APRIL 1

Release date: March 24, 2017

BPCC Cavalier Men’s Basketball tryouts will be held from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday, April 1 in the BPCC Gym, 6220 E. Texas St, Bossier City, LA.

Tryouts are open to all high school players, college transfers, and first time collegiate athletes. Current BPCC students are also encouraged to tryout.

All participants should wear appropriate gym shoes and attire, and tryout fee is $30 (cash only).

For any questions, contact Coach Brandon Espinosa at bespinosa@bpcc.edu.

BPCC CAVS’ POINT GUARD NAMED TO NJCAA ALL-REGION XIV TEAM

Release date: March 2, 2017

Bossier Parish Community College point guard Jerry Perry has been named to the NJCAA Region 14 Second Team All-Region, becoming the first men’s basketball player from BPCC to be named to an All-Region XIV Team in the history of BPCC basketball.

Perry, a sophomore majoring in general studies, came to BPCC from Little Rock, AR, where he played at Maumelle High School. This season, Perry averaged 19 points a game and led the conference in assists.

"Jerry Perry is a fierce competitor,” said Cavs’ first-year Head Coach Chris Lovell. “He was a huge part of the reason for our turn around this season as a team and program. I am very proud of him for receiving this honor and leading our team to the post season this year."

Perry is thankful for the recognition of All Region XIV selection. “It was fun to be a part of the changing basketball culture at BPCC. Coach Lovell really allowed me the freedom to lead this team this year and the future is so bright here for the basketball program. I would like to thank the Lord, my family, BPCC and the coaching staff for believing in me. There is no doubt there will be others after me to receive this honor, but I'm excited to be the first."

Lovell, along with rookie assistant coaches Brandon Espinosa and Taylor Wade, led the team to a spot in the NJCAA Region XIV post season tournament -- the first time in 17 years for the program. After falling in the first round of the tournament by one point to Paris Junior College, the Cavaliers ended the season 10-21.

NEW ROTARACT CLUB OF BPCC CHARTERED, OFFERS STUDENTS OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY

Release date: March 13, 2017

A new student service club has recently been chartered at Bossier Parish Community College, and students have already been busy serving the community in just its first few months. The Rotaract Club of BPCC, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Shreveport, began this spring semester on campus with 30 new members strong.

Co-sponsors for the Rotaract Club of BPCC – faculty member Kelly McDade and Student Life staff member Tiffany Sandifer – feel this is an incredible opportunity for students to build community and leadership. “The enthusiasm, life skills, work ethic, and vision of these students is inspiring. We have had incredible guidance and support from Chancellor Bateman and the Rotary Club of Shreveport, which has further connected our students to the larger community, both on campus and in Shreveport-Bossier cities,” says McDade.

“We are looking forward to making an impact with service projects that affect change in our local community and far beyond it. Each step of the way, we are developing professional skills that our student members can take with them as they move forward towards their life goals. On top of all that, our club is a really positive and fun group. It is a pleasure to work beside them.”

Rotaract, which stands for “Rotary in Action,” provides an opportunity for young men and women to enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development, to address the physical and social needs of their communities and school, and to promote better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service.

Jack Sharp, president of the Rotary Club of Shreveport, says the Club was delighted to welcome a group of these new members to its luncheon meeting recently. “Rotary members were so proud to learn of the fantastic start of the BPCC [Rotaract] club, not only due to the 30 new members, but also due to the community service they have already completed. They are truly delivering Service Above Self!”

To be eligible for membership, prospective members must be a currently enrolled BPCC student, show that they are committed to Rotaract, and be in good standing with the school and community.

Rotaract meetings, held every two weeks, are opportunities for members to plan special outings, social activities, or community service events. Many meetings feature guest speakers that allow students to learn more about their chosen career field or on special topics that interest them. Club members also get together on designated days for service project work, social events, or professional/leadership development workshops.

The Rotaract Club of BPCC members are proud to be a part of the new club. Here are just a few quotes from some of the new members:

Brein Fitzpatrick, Vice President:
“I chose to become a Rotaract member and officer because a lawyer I know in Ponchatoula and my boss are Rotary members. After I was invited to become a member, I did my research and both told me that Rotary serves people, which is what we’ve been taught to do in church…I felt that I could accomplish both my goals of becoming part of the campus community and serving people through the Rotaract Club.”

Ashleigh Mosley, Co-President:
“As a Rotaract officer, I provide leadership in the community and give service to others.”

Darryllyn Bingham, Secretary:
“At first I wasn’t sure I wanted to join Rotaract because I had never joined a club before, but then I heard Rotary member Judy Bellew talking about how their club took folks down to New Orleans to help with the Hurricane Katrina disaster. I became interested because I am from New Orleans and I was there during Katrina – my house was underwater. I like helping others...”

Daniel Davis, member:
“As a student, I wanted an opportunity to volunteer and give back to my community. I find that Rotaract provides student life some balance and it is a great way to network. I feel I wouldn’t have met the people I know now if it weren’t for Rotaract.”

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For more information on the Rotaract Club of BPCC, contact co-sponsors Kelly McDade at kmcdade@bpcc.edu or Tiffany Sandifer at tsandifer@bpcc.edu.

BPCC ANNOUNCES ITS PRODUCTION OF THE GAME’S AFOOT

Release date: February 21, 2017

The Bossier Parish Community College Theatre Program and the Cavalier Players announce the next show in their season, The Game’s Afoot by Ken Ludwig. The Game’s Afoot received the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for the best play 2012.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, and at 2:00 p.m.. March 12 and 19, in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C) on the BPCC campus, 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing Arts and professor of Theatre, will direct this murderously funny mystery show. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit. Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members for a weekend of revelry. But, when one of the guests turns up dead, the festivities quickly turn dangerous, and it’s up to Gillette himself to track down the killer before the next victim appears.

Additional staff include: Jonathon Offutt, set designer, Rona Leber, costume designer and Keith Bruce, lighting designer. Taylor Brown will stage manage this production.

The cast members are Samuel Copeland as William Gillette; Connor Snow as Martha Gillette; Jacob Moak as Felix Geisel; Annie Barker as Madge Geisel; Mikah Thomas as Simon Bright; Caroline Lamb as Aggie Wheeler; Shaundarius Hardman as Inspector Goring; and Lari Leber as Daria Chase.

For more information, call Mary Lyle at 318-678-6021.

BPCC DEBATE TEAM TO HOST INTERCOLLEGIATE DEBATE TOURNAMENT

Release date: February 16, 2017

The BPCC Debate Team will host the 9th Annual Eddy Shell Invitational Debate Tournament this weekend, February 17-19 in Building F on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St, Bossier City, LA.

The competition, which will feature more than 200 competitors from 20 colleges/universities, is named in honor of Dr. Edwin T. “Eddy” Shell, who taught speech at BPCC for forty years until his passing in 2008 after a battle with cancer.

In its first 8 years, the tournament has attracted 38 different colleges and universities from seven states to the BPCC campus.

“It’s nice to be able to showcase our campus to many of the colleges and universities that we see week-in/week out in competitions around the region,” said Team co-captain Steve Garcia.

Debate team coach Bob Alexander added, “This event provides us the chance to both honor the memory of Dr. Shell and provide a unique opportunity for BPCC students, faculty, staff and members of the community to see some of the top intercollegiate debaters who will ultimately be the leaders of their generation.”

Competition runs from 11:45 a.m.-9:45 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17; 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18 and 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 19, and will be headquartered in Building F.

For more about the tournament, contact BPCC Debate Team Coach Bob Alexander at 318-678-6460.

BPCC MUSIC PROGRAM SCHEDULES SPRING CHOIR POPS CONCERT

Release date: February 15, 2017

The BPCC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will present their Spring Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 2 in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C), BPCC campus, 6220 E Texas St, Bossier City, LA. This concert is free and open to the public.

The two choirs, accompanied by pianist Dr. Dan Gibbs, will combine and take the stage to perform popular selections guaranteed to bring enjoyment to audiences of all ages. The combined choirs are under the direction of Mr. William Bond.

The Concert will include Get On Your Feet, popularized by Gloria Estefan; Turn!, Turn!, Turn! by Pete Seeger; California Dreamin', by John and Michelle Phillips; Bridge Over Troubled Water, by Paul Simon; and Swingin' with the Saints, arranged by Mark Hayes. Additional selections will be performed by various soloists throughout the concert.

The inaugural BPCC Music Program Pops Concert series started in 2012 when the Concert Winds and Concert Choir shared the stage for an evening of light and popular music. Since then, the ensembles have traded pops performances in the Fall and Spring semesters.

Many of the students enrolled in the ensembles are music scholarship recipients. Music scholarships are awarded to students who pass an audition, maintain a 2.0 GPA, and are full-time BPCC students.

For more information about this concert or the Music Program at BPCC, contact Dr. Michael D. Hart at 318-678-6146 or mhart@bpcc.edu.

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BPCC’S ART DEPARTMENT HOSTS TWO EXHIBITS ON CAMPUS

Release date: February 15, 2017

The Art Department of Bossier Parish Community College is proud to present an exhibition of the Caddo Parish Talented Arts Program (TAP) now through March 17 in the Donna Service Gallery, located in Building A, on the College campus, 6220 E Texas Street, Bossier City, LA. BPCC faculty and students will host a reception for the exhibit tomorrow, Thursday, February 16 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

The show includes 137 artworks from some of the most talented high school art students in the Caddo Parish School System. A wide variety of 2-dimensional media is included in the show - everything from drawings to paintings, collages, photographs, mixed media, assemblage, and more. The subject depicted is also varied with a mixture of portraits, landscapes, still life works, fantasy, non-objective, and even more conceptual works.

“We are so pleased to be able to feature the work of these talented art students here in our gallery,” says Kelly McDade, Assistant Professor of Art at BPCC. “The exhibition is an opportunity for us to work with the TAP instructor and their students, making connections between their work and our art program here at BPCC. We welcome the opportunity to introduce these students and their families to the BPCC campus during the exhibition, and we appreciate the chance to show our students what is happening at the highest level of art education in the high school setting within our area.”

The Donna Service Gallery is free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In addition, the Art Department of BPCC is kicking off another exhibition located in the Learning Commons (BPCC Library) with artwork by artists from the Shreveport Art Club. This exhibit will be on display through May 2017 and will include mixed media, watercolor, acrylic, and oil paint.

The Shreveport Art Club is a local nonprofit group of professional (non-student) artists from the community who meet and display their art regularly. These artists specialize in different types of art media such as photography, watercolor, acrylic, oil, and even mosaic.

MS BPCC AND MISS TINY CAVALIER PAGEANT TO BE HELD SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18

Release date: February 14, 2017

Nine contestants will vie for the title of Ms BPCC at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 18, 2017 in the Performing Arts Theater (Building C) on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The pageant is held annually in the spring to select a student to represent Bossier Parish Community College as a spokesperson and community ambassador. Contestants are judged on leadership in academic and extracurricular activities, citizenship, service to the College, poise, personality, and personal attractiveness.

Various prizes are awarded including a full-tuition scholarship and books for the titleholder.

In addition to the Ms BPCC pageant, the Miss Tiny Cavalier pageant is held to select a little girl to represent Bossier Parish Community College. Five contestants this year will be judged on beauty/appearance, personality, projection, and poise. Various prizes are also awarded.

Cost for general admission is $5 and children 10 and under are free. BPCC students, faculty, and staff are free with an ID.

AUDITIONS SET FOR BPCC’S PRODUCTION OF GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE HEBERTS!

Release date: February 8, 2017

BPCC’s Division of Communication and Performing Arts announces auditions for the upcoming production of the children’s play Goldilocks and The Three Heberts!, as told by Stephen W. Slaughter and directed by Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing Arts.

Auditions will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15 in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C), on the BPCC campus, 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

There are a number of assorted, colorful characters to cast. The auditions are open to the public and those auditioning must be at least 17 years old and should come ready to move about, sing (or at least try), and have a good time—no script preparation is necessary. Also, there are morning performances that require availability from 7:30– 10:00 a.m. for seven weekdays during the run of the show.

This musical fable for children offers a new spin to the traditional Goldilocks fairy tale of the young girl’s encounter with the household of bears whose last name happens to be Hebert (of course, pronounced "A-bear"). This version is set in the swamps of Louisiana and features a host of Cajun animals and characters who present the story of Goldi Locks, a young girl who locks every door in sight as a safety precaution. Goldi unfortunately gets blamed for invading the bears’ home and eating their gumbo. It is Goldi’s sharp detective work that solves the mystery and brings the actual culprit, Robespierre the mischievous rabbit, to justice. Don’t miss out on being a part of this fun-filled children’s classic retold as only Stephen Slaughter can.

Rehearsals are generally 4:30–6:00 p.m. weekdays, and public performances (other than the weekday performances mentioned above) are scheduled at 7:00 p.m. on April 21 and 28 and at 2:00 p.m. on April 22, 23, 29, 30.

For more information, contact Mary Lyle 318-678-6525 or email at mlyle@bpcc.edu.

BPCC AND LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY FORGE NEW PARTNERSHIP

Release date: January 26, 2017

Bossier Parish Community College and Louisiana Tech University signed a memorandum of understanding today allowing qualified BPCC employees who wish to enroll at Louisiana Tech University to receive reduced tuition benefits.

“We are so grateful to be able to offer our faculty and staff this opportunity to further their education with such an outstanding leader in higher education,” said BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. “Not only will our employees benefit from world-class instruction at a tier one research university… they will do so at a reduced cost.”

Under the agreement, full-time faculty and staff at BPCC will be allowed to enroll at Louisiana Tech University for undergraduate or graduate courses at a reduced rate plus certain applicable fees.

"Louisiana Tech and BPCC have a shared commitment to producing graduates with the skill sets to compete in today's global economy,” said Louisiana Tech President Dr. Les Guice. “Providing BPCC personnel with an opportunity to strengthen their educational credentials will benefit the region and the State. We are honored to partner with BPCC in this new way."

Full-time BPCC employees must be a degree-seeking student at Louisiana Tech. They will be able to register for up to six (6) hours per quarter at a reduced rate of $25 per credit hour, not to exceed $75 for any three (3) credit hour undergraduate course and for up to six (6) hours per quarter at a reduced rate of $50, not to exceed $150 for any three (3) credit hour graduate course.

BPCC RECEIVES DONATION FROM MANUFACTURER’S MANAGER’S COUNCIL

Release date: January 23, 2017

BPCC today received a $1,000 donation from the Manufacturing Managers Council of Northwest Louisiana (MMC) to benefit BPCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Program.

MMC established the scholarship fund at BPCC in June 2013 and has pledged to make the donation annually. In 2015, the Council renamed the fund to the Manufacturing Managers Council in memory of Gary Kennedy in honor of the late Red Ball Oxygen founder and CEO. The scholarship fund supports scholarships in Industrial Technology and Manufacturing and has awarded six scholarships to date totaling $2,000.

More information on BPCC’s Advanced Manufacturing program

TWO BPCC DEBATERS RANKED IN NATIONAL TOP 5

Release date: January 23, 2017

The mid-year national rankings of the International Public Debate Association were released this week, and two BPCC students are ranked in the Top 5 of all college and university debaters. BPCC's Dominick Mercer is ranked #2 and Steve Garcia is ranked #4, both in the novice division of debate.

"Dominick and Steve have quickly emerged, not only as leaders for our team – but also as a couple of the best novice debaters in the nation,” says BPCC Debate Coach Bob Alexander.

In their first semester of competition, Mercer and Garcia have combined to earn 51 wins and 9 awards.

"Dominick and Steve have raised the bar for our program, we've had a single student finish in the top 10 multiple times, but this marks the first time that we've had two students ranked this high," adds Alexander. "These two are poised for tremendous success as we approach the state, regional and national championship tournaments in the second half of the season."

For more information on BPCC Debate Team, contact Coach Bob Alexander at balexander@bpcc.edu.

BPCC NAMED NATIONAL BELLWETHER AWARD FINALIST FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Release date: January 23, 2017

Bossier Parish Community College has been named a Bellwether Award finalist for its Open Campus™ initiative, Starting Below Ground: Channeling Paths to Completion in Developmental Education. This is the second consecutive year the College has received this honor.

BPCC is also one of only ten colleges recognized for instructional innovation by the Community College Futures Assembly which sponsors the Bellwether Awards; pioneering projects are selected from three categories: instructional programs, planning and governance, and workforce development. Three thousand (3000) colleges were nominated and the top ten in each category were chosen to present at the Futures Assembly.

The Bellwether Award has been compared to football’s Heisman Award because it is competitively judged and is an award given by your peers in community colleges, with no cash award. It has also been called “the award of awards” because many institutions with programs that have won other awards apply for the Bellwether Award. Previous recipients of the Bellwether Award have said that it has been a springboard for other types of recognition and/or funding.

BPCC’s Allison Martin, who spearheads the Open Campus™ initiative, spoke for her team: “It’s such an honor for Open Campus™ faculty and staff to be recognized among the ten finalists, and we’re thrilled to represent BPCC and the LCTCS system. But the greatest reward happens practically every week when students tell us their stories of success. Knowing we’re making a difference is the best kind of win.” Martin notes that significant numbers of entering students have now tested up or out of developmental-level courses, effectively reducing their time to degree completion.

BPCC’s Open Campus™ introduced five math, English, and reading courses in April of 2013, and the free online sites quickly caught on both at BPCC and across the state of LA. Martin says the team’s goal at the start of the project was to provide quality, accessible study materials for BPCC’s students and potential students prepping for placement testing. It has since grown into providing access to students from all 50 states and on 6 continents. For more than two years now, students have been accessing Open Campus™ lecture videos at a rate above 60 minutes per hour; as a result, statistically, every minute of every hour of every day, someone, somewhere around the world is watching a BPCC-branded Open Campus™ lecture.

“Students and staff have taken BPCC’s Open Campus™ learning materials and truly made them their own, as they continue to adopt and adapt content to meet their specific needs,” says Martin. “What we envisioned for our students has taken on universal applications. From middle school to grad school to workforce and continuing ed, we’re seeing channels open beyond the community as statewide, national and international use continues to increase.”

Martin will represent the Open Campus™ team members and share the concept at the Assembly on January 30, in Orlando, FL. The winner will be announced the following day at the annual meeting.

The Community College Futures Assembly meets annually as a think-tank to identify critical issues colleges are facing and to recognize trend-setting innovations.

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FACULTY PIANO DUET TO OPEN THE SPRING CONCERT SERIES AT BPCC

Release date: January 18, 2017

The Music Program at Bossier Parish Community College will present a faculty piano duet recital, featuring Gulya Chandler and Joy Ratcliff, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7 in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre, 6220 E Texas St, Bossier City, LA. This recital is free and open to the public. The repertoire will include Sonata in D Major, K. 448/365a, by W. A. Mozart; Petite Suite, by Claude Debussy; and Tangos, by Piazolla.

Gulya Chandler is a graduate of Kazan State Conservatory (Russia), where she earned Bachelor and Master of Arts Degrees in music and has also completed the MAT program at Centenary College of Louisiana. She teaches piano, music theory, music appreciation, music history, and class piano at BPCC. Chandler maintains a private piano studio and has taught piano in the Centenary Piano Prep Program. She frequently performs and accompanies in recitals. She is the current Vice President of the Louisiana Music Teachers Association and is a nationally certified teacher of music through the Music Teachers National Association.

Joy Ratcliff holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, magna cum laude, from Centenary College of Louisiana where she studied with Dr. Donald Rupert. Her master’s degree is from San Jose State University where she studied with Ms. Aiko Onishi. Post-graduate study includes a Rotary Fellowship to study piano in Lyon, France where she studied with Jean Martin. In addition to her teaching responsibilities of Class Piano and Applied Private Piano at BPCC, Ratcliff has taught piano, music theory and pedagogy at Centenary College. She has also performed numerous solo recitals and has served as an accompanist in the Shreveport-Bossier area. Most recently she performed in the orchestra of the River City Repertory production of “Gray Gardens”.

Ratcliff and Chandler most recently performed as duo-pianists for the Sunday Afternoon Musicale group in Shreveport. If you have never had an opportunity to attend a piano recital with two grand pianos on stage, this is a wonderful opportunity.

For more information on this free Faculty Recital or the Music Program at BPCC, contact Dr. Michael D. Hart at 318-678-6146

BPCC’S COMMUNICATION AND PERFORMING ARTS AND THE CAVALIER PLAYERS ANNOUNCE AUDITIONS FOR THE SPRING FESTIVAL OF ONE-ACT PLAYS

Release date: January 17, 2017

BPCC’s Division of Communication and Performing Arts and the Cavalier Players announce auditions for the 2017 Annual Spring Festival of One-Act Plays. Auditions are set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 1.

BPCC’s Theatre program is showcasing the work of the following student directors: Annie Barker, Samuel Copeland, Shaundarius Hardman, Christian Robinson, Amber Simmons and Mikah Thomas. The Spring Festival will offer a full evening of theatre and will round out the theatre program’s nineteenth season of student-directed work.

There are six short plays to be cast and roles available for males and females, aged 18 and up. Anyone interested in filling technical positions should also attend auditions to complete an application and to meet the directors. Those auditioning are asked to dress comfortably and be prepared to be creative and have a good time. Reading selections will be provided at the audition.

The performance of the six plays will be at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11 in the Performing Arts Theatre on the BPCC campus. Generally, the one-act festival may contain mature subject matter and/or language and may not be suitable for children.

For more information or for directions to the theatre, contact the Theatre at 318-678-6021.

VALVEWORKS USA DONATES TO BPCC

Release date: January 5, 2017

Valveworks USA is expanding its partnership with Bossier Parish Community College. Today, the company donated $100,000 over a four year period, payable in $25,000 annual installments, to support programs within the College’s Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (TEM) division.

“BPCC appreciates the Valveworks investment and the impact it will have on the College’s ability to expand access and opportunities for students pursuing jobs in these high-demand four and five-star careers fields,” said BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr.

The funds will be used to support student scholarships and student success services for the programs listed below:

  • Industrial Technology
    • Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics
    • Automation and Controls
    • Engineering Graphics
  • Oil and Gas
  • Advanced Welding

Valveworks recognizes the value of BPCC’s Industrial Technology, Oil and Gas, and Advanced Welding programs. “We are truly dedicated to giving back to programs here at home,” said Brian Furqueron, Valveworks’ Vice President of Business Development.

For more information about the program, contact Sandra Partain, dean of Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at spartain@bpcc.edu.

AUDITIONS SET FOR BPCC’S PRODUCTION OF THE GAME’S AFOOT

Release date: January 5, 2017

The Bossier Parish Community College Theatre Program and the Cavalier Players announce the auditions for the next show in their 2016-2017 season, The Game’s Afoot, a madcap murder-mystery brimming with hijinks penned by the master of American farce, Ken Ludwig.

Auditions will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18 and Thursday, January 19 in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C) on the BPCC campus, 6220 East Texas Street in Bossier City, LA.

There are nine roles available, with four female and five male characters to be cast. Community members will be considered for adult roles. Those wishing to audition should come prepared to read from the script. BPCC Theatre students are required to present a 30 second monologue. However, no prepared monologues are required of other students or community members auditioning. Also, those auditioning should dress comfortably and be prepared to “move about.”

Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing Arts and professor of Theatre, will direct this whodunit comedy. It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.

Show dates for The Game’s Afoot are set for 7:30 p.m. on March 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, and at 2:00 p.m. on March 12 and 19. For more information, call Mary Lyle at 318-678-6021.

BPCC TO HOLD ON-CAMPUS REGISTRATION FOR SPRING 2017

Release date: January 5, 2017

Bossier Parish Community College’s on-campus registration for its spring 2017 term is set for 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 11 and 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Thursday, January 12 at the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Students can select classes from a variety of spring sessions.

Spring 2017 classes begin Friday, January 13, 2017.

Detailed information regarding applying, registration, tuition costs and deadlines can be found online.

BPCC offers associate degrees in six academic divisions: Behavioral and Social Sciences; Business; Communication and Performing Arts; Liberal Arts; Science, Nursing and Allied Health; and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Technical diplomas, certificates and technical competency areas are also available in each of these divisions.

More information on the College’s academic programs.


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