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BPCC PARTICIPATES IN NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY

Release date: February 4, 2016

February is American Heart Month, and BPCC faculty, staff, and students will be participating in Go Red for Women to raise awareness for heart disease and stroke. Employees and students are encouraged to wear RED, Friday, February 5, 2016 for National Wear Red Day.

“Did you know nearly 80 million women covered by Medicare and private insurance are eligible for an annual well-woman visit with no out-of-pocket costs such as deductibles or copays with the Affordable Care Act? More importantly, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 56 million women have received no-cost coverage for preventive services since the law went into effect,” said Dr. Cindy Darby, coordinator of BPCC’s Diversity and Multicultural Relations.

Check out BPCC’s Facebook pageWill open new browser window or tab to see those “wearing red!”

BPCC Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program begins WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10

Release date: February 3, 2016

Bossier Parish Community College Certified Nurse Assistant program’s spring classes beginning Wednesday, February 10 and run through Thursday, April 28 - Monday through Thursdays. Seating is limited. Class time is from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m..

This program prepares one to work with long-term care patients, such as those in nursing homes and home health care. Instruction includes medical terminology, health care safety, patient care lecture, patient care studies, practice lab situations, and on-site clinical.

Applicants are required to provide the following prior to enrollment:

  • Copy of high school diploma or GED certificate
  • A criminal history record through the Louisiana State Police
  • Background Check Policy Consent Agreement

Upon successful completion of the program, the student will receive a certificate of completion and be recognized as a Certified Nurse Assistant in Louisiana. The student must complete all coursework with a grade C or better and score at least 70% on the final exam to successfully complete the program.

Cost of the program is $849. Course books and CPR certification are included in the course price. A split payment option is available with $470 due at registration ($450 registration fee and $20 processing fee) and $399 due by Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Those who wish to utilize the split payment option, must stop by our office in Building D, Suite 134. Split payment option not available online. There is a minimum age of 18.

To register, contact BPCC’s Continuing Education Office at 318-678-6015 or register online.

BPCC PARTNERS WITH SHREVE MEMORIAL LIBRARY TO BRING HISET PREP, ESL, AND DIGITAL LITERACY COURSES TO MAIN BRANCH LOCATION

Release date: February 2, 2016

Bossier Parish Community College and Shreve Memorial Library are partnering to bring classes to the main branch location of Shreve Memorial Library in downtown Shreveport, 424 Texas St.

Classes are open to all adults 18 years old and older who want to prepare for the HiSET® test, practice their English language skills, and/or increase their command of digital literacy skills. Classes are set to begin on February 15. Both registration and classes will be held at the Shreve Memorial Library location downtown.

Registration for classes will be held at 9:30 a.m. on February 4, 8, 10, and 11 at the Shreve Memorial Library-Main Branch. After classes begin on February 15, registration will take place every Thursday at 9:30 a.m..

BPCC’s Assistant Director of College Transition Programs Justin Tison says BPCC is extremely excited about working with Shreve Memorial Library to bring some of our campus offerings to their branches. “This partnership allows BPCC to provide access to high-quality educational programming to our area's students in closer proximity to where they live, and to possibly remove the burden of transportation to and from our campus.

“By allowing us to utilize their easily accessible physical locations/branches for classroom and instruction space, Shreve Memorial Library is opening the door for BPCC to make a greater contribution to the educational and workforce development opportunities in our area's most populated city and parish,” says Tison.

John Tuggle, Shreve Memorial Library’s Director, echoes Tison’s comments.

“Our partnership with the Bossier Parish Community College is perfect considering Shreve Memorial Library values education for all citizens as part of our mission to help them reach their full potential,” says Tuggle. “If our communities are to succeed, they need more workers with skills such as the ones developed while completing this program. Every graduate of the Shreve Memorial-BPCC HiSET program strengthens our workforce and economy. That is a great thing for all concerned.”

For more information on BPCC’s classes at Shreve Memorial Library, contact Cathy Weaver at 318-678-6326, Justin Tison at 318-678-6405, or Tiyonda McCoy at 318-678-6197.

BPCC PANEL DISCUSSION KICKS OFF BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS

Release date: February 1, 2016

The 2016 Black History Month opening ceremony leads off with students, faculty, and staff taking a look back at Hallowed Grounds: Landmarks Associated with African American History.

The festivities will include speaker BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. The Black History Month ceremony panel discussion will take place at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, February 11 in Building A on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA. The event is free and open to the public.

“During February, BPCC hosts Black History Month annually to celebrate the integral part of American History etched into the tapestry of our college,” said Dr. Cindy Darby, coordinator of Diversity and Multicultural Relations.

At 11:30 a.m., Thursday, February 18 in BPCC’s Administration Building, BPCC will host a Black History Month Literary Salon to educate, foster diversity, and raise awareness about African American Literacy. The theme is “Celebrating the Cultural Heritage of African American Writers.”

To culminate Black History Month, the BPCC Gospel Choir, under the direction of Leeonnas Richardson, is launching a Black History Month Cantata with the theme: Gospel Songs of Freedom, Equality, and Justice. The Cantata will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 25. “The theme was established to rekindle the contributions and accomplishments to Black History Month for everyone, but, especially those African Americans past and present,” Darby added.

The Black History Month commemoration is coordinated by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Relations, Learning Commons/Library, and Multicultural Affairs Advisory Committee.

AUDITIONS SET FOR BPCC’S THREE LITTLE PIGS PRODUCTION

Release date: January 29, 2016

Bossier Parish Community College Division of Communication and Performing Arts announces auditions for the upcoming production of the children’s play Three Little Pigs as told by Stephen W. Slaughter and directed by BPCC instructor Keith Bruce.

Auditions will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 4 in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C), on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St, Bossier City, LA. The auditions are open to the public.

You all know the story: Three sibling pigs dream of peace and safety as they build houses of straw, sticks, and bricks to keep the Big Bad Wolf at bay. They learn several valuable life lessons along the way. The Wolf’s “huffing and puffing” blows down each house until the pigs finally band together to build a strong, stable house of bricks to protect themselves… et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

That is only where the fun begins in this whacky musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale. Storyteller Stephen Slaughter has provided us with his special twist complete with goofy characters, comic situations, colorful antics, and a couple of new characters that will make you laugh until your sides hurt. There is also a special “nod” to such country-music legends as Dolly Parton, Wynonna Judd, and Garth Brooks as well as the songs that made them and others famous. Don’t miss out on being a part of this fun-filled children’s classic retold as only Stephen Slaughter can.

Performances are scheduled at 7:00 p.m. on April 8 and 15 and at 2:00 p.m. on April 9, 10, 16, 17.

For more information, contact LaKeisha Hamilton at 318-678-6560 or email at lhamilton@bpcc.edu.

BPCC TO HOLD STALKING AWARENESS SEMINAR

Release date: January 25, 2016

WHAT:
Stalking: Know It. Name It. Stop It.
Presenter: Norma L. Whitaker, LMSW, LAC, CCDVC
President/CEO, You Are Not Alone Counseling

WHEN:
Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 9:30 and 11;00 a.m.

WHERE:
Bossier Parish Community College, 6220 E Texas Street,
Building E
9:30 a.m., E-216
11:00 a.m., E 205

WHY:
January is National Stalking Awareness Month. The activity serves to promote
awareness about the crime of stalking and its impact on college students and
communities. The event will also share prevention and response techniques that
everyone can use.

According to results from a 2014 study from Sam Houston State University Crime
Victims’ Institute, college students are twice as likely to become victims of stalking
incidents, with only a quarter of them reported.

“BPCC is proactively addressing the mandate under the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act by providing education on this serious crime. Free resources such as this seminar serve to educate students and raise awareness in our community on how to respond to reports of stalking. The College is also committed to assisting victims of stalking, dating violence, and domestic violence”, says Dr. Cindy Darby, Coordinator, Diversity & Multicultural Relations at BPCC.

WHO:
BPCC’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

BPCC TO HOLD COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM FOCUSED ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Release date: January 25, 2016

The Honorable Judge Jeff Cox of the 26th Judicial Court will serve as a special guest presenter at a seminar addressing the laws surrounding domestic violence. The seminar will also feature a variety of information to help the community understand the legal impact of domestic violence laws and how they are applied.

The seminar will take place at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Friday, February 5, in the Performing Arts Theater on the BPCC campus, 6220 E Texas St, Bossier City, LA. The event is free and open to the public.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States, and 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of some form of physical violence by a partner in their lifetime.

“Domestic Violence effects people from all walks of life. Education about the law and how it affects you can be critical to how you and your family think about victims of domestic violence,” states Judge Cox.

Dan Cain, BPCC’s professor of criminal justice was instrumental in bringing this program to students, faculty and the community. Cain felt that the issue was a relevant topic since BPCC represents and serves a diverse student body, faculty and staff.

“The issue of domestic violence growing concern among the local legal community,” says Cain. “Domestic violence does not discriminate. Anyone, regardless of race, religion or socioeconomic background can be a victim. It’s important to get the facts and know your rights. Judge Cox is one of the most knowledgeable persons in northwest Louisiana about the subject of domestic violence. More importantly, he truly cares about helping those who are going through, or have been victims.”

BPCC COMMITTED TO SERVING STUDENTS, MEETING THE WORKFORCE DEMANDS OF BUSINESS/ INDUSTRY DESPITE BUDGET CUTS TO HIGHER ED

Release date: January 23, 2016

On Friday, Louisiana’s Division of Administration laid out a proposed plan that addresses the budget shortfall for FY2016, and like in years past, higher education and health care are the only areas not constitutionally protected.

Throughout the last eight years, Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) has weathered significant financial challenges while remaining committed to serving students and meeting the workforce demands of business and industry in Northwest Louisiana. BPCC has grown enrollment and enhanced the quality of our services. This has been possible only because our faculty and staff are amazingly resilient and are the hardest working, most dedicated professionals in Louisiana.

At this time, BPCC's leadership team is working to determine the possible impact reductions might have on college operations.

“We will continue working with our legislative delegation and our partners in business and industry to find solutions to both our current and our long-term budget issues,” says BPCC Chancellor Rick Bateman, Jr. “Despite the challenges before us, I am confident that we will continue to identify innovative solutions that provide Northwest Louisiana with high quality educational services that strengthen our regional economy and our communities.”

BPCC LADY CAVS SOFTBALL TO SIGN 11 FRESHMEN TOMORROW FOR FALL 2016 SEASON

Release date: January 15, 2016

Bossier Parish Community College Lady Cavs will hold a signing ceremony at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 16 in the College’s gym, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

The eleven signees will be freshman at BPCC for Fall 2016.
The signees are:

Ali HawkinsOmaha, TX
Jamie StahleyHamburg, AR
Tyler RobinsonWinnsboro, LA
Hannah StockstillSlidell, LA
Jayleen LanterSulphur, LA
Mae JonesZavalla, TX
Kaitlin DavisFlorien, LA
Morgan BullockHarleton, TX
Shay SmithSpringhill, LA
Jordan CastilleArnaudville, LA
Shelrika BryantBastrop, LA

“I am extremely excited to announce these new additions to the BPCC Softball Team,” says Coach Amanda Nordberg-Hamilton. “These young ladies work exceptionally hard on and off the field and we are honored to have them as new members of the Lady Cavalier softball family!”

Coach Nordberg-Hamilton is in her first year as the Lady Cavaliers head softball coach. She is joined by Assistant Coach Curt Williams and volunteer assistant and pitching coach Bob Nordberg. Full bios on the coaches can be found online.

The Lady Cavs’ home opener doubleheader against Hinds Community College is set for Tuesday, February 9 at 1:00 p.m. at the BPCC Softball field. Find the complete 2016 Lady Cavs schedule and roster online.

BPCC FILM INSTITUTE’s 2014 FILM TO BE FEATURED AT “CINEMA ON THE BAYOU” FILM FESTIVAL

Release date: January 14, 2016

Bossier Parish Community College Film Institute’s 2014 film Suite Dreams will be featured at the Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival on January 24 at the Lafayette Public Library South Regional Branch. Suite Dreams will be competing for the festival’s coveted “goujon callie” (spotted catfish) award.

Cinema on the Bayou is a 5-day film festival in Lafayette, La. The festival is currently in its 11th year and is the 2nd oldest film festival in Louisiana. This year they are excited to present 200 carefully selected films, narrowed from more than1000 submissions across the United States and around the world. Tickets are $20 and are available for purchase at cinemaonthebayou.com.

Suite Dreams centers on Carole Bailey, who expects nothing short of perfection from her daughter and two granddaughters. However, when seemingly ordinary ballet slippers are given to her as a gift, she is given a magical second chance to dance the role of her dreams. Carole is played by local theatre celebrity Ginger Folmer. Ginger is joined BPCC actor Kalah Roberts as her daughter, and Annie Moore and Kacee Nixon as the granddaughters, both in their on-screen debut. These talented ladies are joined by Richard Folmer and a large group of extras, all from Shreveport/Bossier and surrounding areas.

The Suite Dreams screenplay was written by Vicki Dennis, BPCC Dean of Liberal Arts, and directed by Stella Thompson. It is the 15th movie produced by BPCC faculty, staff, and students.

For more information, contact LaKeisha Hamilton via email or at 318-678-6560.

BPCC’S NEW ADVANCED WELDING PROGRAM AWARDS FIRST TECHNICAL CERTIFICATIONS

Release date: January 11, 2016

Advanced Welding program continues with new cohorts this spring

Last month, Bossier Parish Community College awarded technical certifications in its newly-formed Advanced Welding program to a pretty unique group of individuals.

The first set of graduates from the program’s inaugural cohort were seven active duty military members serving at Barksdale Air Force Base. The seven received free training from a grant provided by The Manufacturing Institute. The grant provided funding to train veterans seeking employment in the manufacturing sector, and subsidized welding kits for students who do not have proper equipment. In addition to subsidizing tuition and program materials, the grant also covered student fees for national welding certifications.

With Bossier City home to Barksdale Air Force Base there is no shortage of active duty military and veterans seeking to transition to civilian jobs.

Senior Airman Greg Heyl was one of the program’s first graduating students receiving a certification, and Heyl wants to continue in the program. “I’m looking forward to continuing this path and take whatever classes needed to be able to become a Certified Welding Inspector."

“Greg told me when we first met that he has always wanted to have the opportunity to learn how to cut and weld, and his biggest goal is to be able to hold his own and go head-to-head with his brother to earn bragging rights,” said BPCC’s Advanced Welding program director Jeremy Whittemore. “He would love to become a certified welder and he also has told me from day one that he wants to become a Certified Welding Inspector.”

The program’s focus on veterans is attractive to industry leaders who look for opportunities to hire service men and women for their exemplary work ethic, leadership skills and rigorous technical training and experience. More than 80 percent of manufacturers report a need to find talent to fill skilled production jobs within the industry. BPCC is meeting that need and closing the skills gap by producing a pipeline of highly trained workers equipped with advanced techniques to serve in the manufacturing sector.

“Like many industries, welding has advanced over the last couple of decades in terms of equipment and materials,” said Whittemore. “Area industry partners approached BPCC to create the program to help current welders learn new technologies in the industry and train for national certifications like the American Welding Society’s (AWS) Certified Welding Inspector and Certified Welding Supervisor.”

BPCC and the business community have partnered and responded to advancements within the industry and demands for a higher level of welding training.

Students train in the college’s new Advanced Welding Lab which was funded by state and federal grants. Red Ball Oxygen has also partnered with BPCC by donating $125,000 over five years to cover the cost of scholarships for Advanced Welding students.

There are plans for at least two more veteran cohorts, starting this spring in addition to two non-credit welding classes which are limited to 20 students; but not limited to veterans only.

BPCC’s Advanced Welding program will offer courses for Certified Welding Supervisors and Certified Welding Inspectors. The curriculum for each of these is taken directly from the American Welding Society. Students will also have an option to complete a TCA with designated courses from either Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics or Oil and Gas Production Technology.

With the addition of new industries in Northwest Louisiana, industry leaders have requested a certification program for higher level welders to include: new welding technology, supervision and management, inspection, testing, economics of welding, and welding materials. The program has several specialization options to help students in several industrial fields including Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics and Oil and Gas Production Technology.

Scholarships are available for students in the Advanced Welding Program.

Spring on-campus registration is Wednesday, January 13 and classes begin Friday, January 15. For more information visit the new Advanced Welding page.

AUDITIONS SET FOR BPCC’S PRODUCTION OF NOISES OFF

Release date: January 8, 2016

The Bossier Parish Community College Theatre Program and the Cavalier Players announce the auditions for the next show in their 2015-2016 season, Noises Off. Written by Michael Frayn, this comedy is a long-time favorite of Bossier City/Shreveport audiences.

Auditions will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 20, and Thursday, January 21 in the Performing Arts Theatre, Building C, on the BPCC campus, 6220 East Texas Street in Bossier City.

Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing Arts and professor of Theatre, will direct this whirlwind of slamming doors and on and off-stage comic situations. In this hilarious and classically comic play, the playwright has created a love letter of an inside joke to those of us familiar with the thrilling and unpredictable nature of the theatrical stage.

A “play within a play,” it is about an ambitious director and his troupe of genuine though mediocre actors. The cast and crew are putting together a silly sex comedy titled, Nothing On - a single-set farce in which lovers frolic, doors slam, clothes are tossed away, and embarrassing hi-jinks ensue.

There are nine roles available with four female and five male characters to be cast. 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.”

Show dates/times for Noises Off will be 7:30 pm March 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, and at 2:00 pm March 13 and 20.

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

BPCC RECEIVES DONATION FROM MANUFACTURING MANAGERS COUNCIL OF NORTHWEST LOUISIANA

Release date: January 6, 2016

BPCC has received a $1,000 donation from the Manufacturing Managers Council of Northwest Louisiana (MMC) in memory of Red Ball Oxygen’s late founder Gary Kennedy. The donation will benefit BPCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Program.

MMC has pledged to make the donation annually.

BPCC’S CYBER PROGRAMS PREPARE STUDENTS TO BE WORKFORCE READY

Release date: January 6, 2016

You may have heard the phrase before, “find what you love to do and then find a way to make a living doing it.” So this begs the question, “what is your ‘IT’?”

To help answer this question look no further than the technology that surrounds us! Technology is a part of our everyday lives whether it comes in the form of smartphones and tablets or computers and wearable devices. Most of us enjoy the conveniences that technology brings us while others may take it a step further and enjoy tinkering with the electronics and parts that make a device work properly.

If you enjoy technology then why not make a career out of IT (information technology)? Why not learn about network security, programming, mobile app development, web design, or project management in IT - information technology?

In Northwest Louisiana, we are fortunate to have all the right pieces coming together to turn this notion into a reality. Two of the most integral pieces that our area is fortunate to have are increased job opportunities and customized IT educational programs.

The emergence of companies in the area have created more opportunities for IT job seekers than ever before. This past year, Computer Science Corporation (CSC) has posted over 475 job ads for its Bossier City location with many positions requiring only an associate’s degree. As a result, students with Cyber Technology degrees from Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) have been hired as CSC continues to build its next generation of skilled IT workforce.

Lacy Chism, a BPCC Cyber Technology student, shared how the program has helped her. "BPCC is the only school I've seen that truly cares for the student beyond the classroom. Not only do you receive a top-notch education that is viable in today's workforce but you also have the opportunity to participate in programs that teach you how to market yourself for employment. BPCC really goes the extra mile for their students!"

“The demand for IT jobs is continuing to rise in our area and we have worked closely with companies like CSC to meet their needs, fine-tune our programs accordingly, and prepare our students for success in the workplace.” says Sandra Partain, dean of Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at BPCC.

BPCC stood up its Cyber Technology program in 2009 and in six short years has managed to turn the program into one with both quality IT content and hands-on learning.

“Students in our Cyber Technology program can expect to intern with local IT partners, participate in student success workshops, engage with faculty in a small classroom setting, and participate in mock interviews with IT employers,” adds Paul Spivey, Project Advisor and Knowledge Content Lead at BPCC. “These benefits are all geared toward helping students ultimately find a job in the IT field.”

BPCC is an academic partner of Cisco, CompTIA, and Microsoft. These partnerships provide value to students in the form of reduced prices on national industry based certifications, many of which are mapped to BPCC’s Cyber Technology courses. BPCC is also a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance (2-Year Education) through the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. BPCC continues to be ranked among the fastest growing community colleges in the country.

BPCC has become an educational leader in the area of cyber technology, and because of its open enrollment policy, anyone can become a BPCC student and within two years or less be prepared for a successful job in the IT field.

For more information, visit our website. Those interested in completing an application and enrolling in BPCC’s Cyber Technology program can email cyber@bpcc.edu or call 318-678-6468. Online registration for the spring semester continues through January 13th. Classes begin on January 15th.

VETERAN ORIENTATION AT BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Release date: January 5, 2016

Bossier Parish Community College will host a Veteran Orientation at 6:00 pm on Thursday, January 7 in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C) on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St, Bossier City, LA.

All military, veterans, and their families who are interested in attending BPCC or who are enrolled for the Spring 2016 term are welcome to attend. Orientation will be an overview of the enrollment process at BPCC and key staff will be in attendance to answer questions about areas of interest including Admissions, Financial Aid, Veteran Education Services, and more.

For more information, contact Susan Stakes, BPCC Veterans Education Services, at 318-678-6472.

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE ANNOUNCES ITS GRADUATES
FOR THE FALL 2015 SEMESTER

Release date: January 4, 2016

The following students graduated from Bossier Parish Community College on December 11, 2015 in the College’s Health and Physical Education Complex.

Commencement speaker for the 9:30 a.m. ceremony was Scott Wolverton, Shreveport Fire Chief. The Honorable Lorenz “Lo” Walker, mayor of Bossier City, was the guest speaker at the 2:00 p.m. ceremony. BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. presided over the College’s 71st graduation ceremony.

The College is also pleased to announce students’ names on the Chancellor’s list and the Dean’s list for the 2015 fall semester.


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