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BPCC COMMUNICATION MEDIA AND PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTS CHILDREN’S SHOW HANSEL AND GRETEL: A CREOLE TALE FEATURING THE CAVALIER PLAYERS

Release date: January 26, 2018

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 by the founder of the BPCC Theatre Program, the late Professor Stephen W. Slaughter. Musical orchestration and direction is by Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing Arts.

Opening February 16, Hansel and Gretel: A Creole Tale will be the first time audiences go “Walking in the Swamps” since the show received the Best New Children’s Show Script Award from the Southwest Theatre Association.

When: Feb. 16, 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 17, 18, 24, 25 at 2:00 p.m.

Where: The BPCC Performing Arts Theatre
Bossier Parish Community College (Building C)
6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City

Tickets: $5.00 (general admission)

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, told as a Louisiana Creole tale, is 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.

The ensemble cast features Kiero Jamerson, Shandrika Jones, Aislinn Kimbrough, Cidney LaCour, Katie Lane, Kelly McFarland, Kelsi Monet, Malicia Owens, Kaitlin Polanski, Joy Rester, Myeleke Saimon, John Stewart, Mikah Thomas, Tomyia Washington, Issac Whitten, and Regina Williams.

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

For children of all ages.

For more information, contact Kim Condon at 318-678-6525 or by email at kcondon@bpcc.edu.

CMT AND COUNTRY STAR COURTNEY COLE REVEAL DATES FOR STATEWIDE “EMPOWERING EDUCATION” TOUR IN LOUISIANA – TOUR BEGINS AT BPCC

Release date: January 25, 2018

CMT, LCTCS and Louisiana Calling Shine a Light on Educational Opportunities with Free Concerts throughout State

CMT and Louisiana’s own country star Courtney Cole will soon rule the road in the first-ever statewide “Empowering Education” tour. CMT revealed dates for a series of eight free concerts , which officially kick off March 5 at Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier City, La. The “CMT Empowering Education Tour of Louisiana” is hosted in partnership with local education and nonprofit groups Louisiana Community and Technical Colleges System (LCTCS) and Louisiana Calling. The tour was first announced last fall, and is part of a larger initiative that seeks to bring awareness to educational opportunities and increase the number of work-ready residents in the state.

A Louisiana native, singer/songwriter Courtney delivers a spirited live show with authentic lyrics and a hint of her New Orleans roots. She has opened for the biggest names in country music like Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney and Thomas Rhett, and was named an artist to watch by Spotify and Huffington Post. She’s a vocal supporter of education, and has been named one of CMT’s “Next Women of Country.” Courtney amassed thousands of streams for her poignant and self-produced documentary, aptly titled “The Rockumentary,” which chronicles the ups and downs of her path to super-stardom. Additionally, her EP “For the Love of Me” is available via digital retailers. For more about Courtney, visit CourtneyColeMusic.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

“There’s nothing I love more than being on the road, so to do it in my home state for education is truly incredible,” said Courtney. “If I can inspire just one person to follow their heart and make their world better, then we’ve accomplished what we came here to do.”

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BPCC TO HOLD COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM FOCUSED ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Release date: January 23, 2018

Judge Jeff Cox, Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal, will serve as a special guest presenter at a seminar addressing the laws surrounding domestic violence.

The seminar will take place on Thursday, February 1, 12:30 p.m. in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre (Building C), 6220 E Texas St, Bossier City, LA. The event is free and open to the public and will feature a variety of information to help the community understand the legal impact of domestic violence laws and how they are applied.

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,” states Judge Cox. “Education about the law and how it affects you can be critical to how you and your family think about victims of domestic violence.”

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

Release date: January 19, 2018

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 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31 at BPCC’s Performing Arts Theatre (Building C), 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA. Check-in will be in the Theatre lobby.

BPCC’s Theatre program is showcasing the work of the following student directors: Aislinn Kimbrough, Choe Lawrence, Keithen Lewis, John Stewart, Mikah Thomas. The Spring Festival will offer a full evening of theatre and will round out the theatre program’s twentieth season of student-directed work.

There are five 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 five plays will be at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17 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 BPCC Theatre at 318-678-6021 or by email at theatre@bpcc.edu.

BPCC’S 2ND ANNUAL CRAPPIE UNIVERSITY SET FOR JAN AND FEB

Release date: January 9, 2018

Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) is once again offering a continuing education course for those interested in learning more about catching crappies in and around Louisiana.

Called Crappie University, the BPCC fishing course begins on Thursday, Jan. 25, and continues on consecutive Thursday nights of Feb. 1, 8, and 15. All are held at the Margaritaville Resort/Casino in Bossier City, La. Class times are 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Last year’s BPCC class was Crappie University’s largest in the nation, topping 250 in attendance. This year’s class is expected to rival the number because of an instructor lineup that reads like a Who’s Who of crappie fishing. Teaching the classes are FOX Sports Outdoors television personality Barry Stokes, noted big crappie guru Todd Huckabee, crappie guide and pro angler Brad Chappell, and Louisiana outdoorsman Ken Myers.

The course covers topics beneficial to anglers of all skill levels, from beginner to avid. The enrollment fee is $89 per person and includes samples of crappie lures and chances at door prizes.

BPCC 2018 Crappie University Schedule

Jan. 25 Ken Myers “Spider Rigging Simplified and On Budget”

Feb. 1 Brad Chappell “Long Lining to Catch ‘’Em and Learn the Lake”

Feb. 8 Todd Huckabee “Debunking Common Crappie Myths”

Feb. 15 Barry Stokes “Catching Crappies on First Trips to New Waters”

To enroll in the 2018 Crappie University at the Margaritaville hotel in Bossier City, call the BPCC’s Continuing Education at 318-678-6015.

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BPCC TO HOLD ON-CAMPUS REGISTRATION FOR SPRING 2018 TUESDAY, JAN. 9 AND WEDNESDAY, JAN. 10

Release date: January 8, 2018

Bossier Parish Community College’s on-campus registration for its spring 2018 term is set for Tuesday, January 9 and 10 at the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Students can select classes from a variety of spring sessions:

Session Last day to register Start date End date
Session A January 18, 2018 January 11, 2018 May 9, 2018
Session B January 11, 2018 January 11, 2018 March 7, 2018
Session C March 8, 2018 March 8, 2018 May 9, 2018
Session D January 11, 2018 January 11, 2018 February 8, 2018
Session E February 9, 2018 February 9, 2018 March 7, 2018
Session F March 8, 2018 March 8, 2018 April 12, 2018
Session G April 13, 2018 April 13, 2018 May 9, 2018
Session J January 29, 2018 January 29, 2018 May 9, 2018
Special Session Start and end dates vary. See course schedule in LOLA.
BPCC at NSU-A January 18, 2018 January 11, 2018 May 9, 2018
BPCC at NSU-B January 11, 2018 January 11, 2018 March 7, 2018
BPCC at NSU-C March 8, 2018 March 8, 2018 May 9, 2018
Online Louisiana January 29, 2018 January 29, 2018 May 9, 2018
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Spring 2018 session A, B, D, and NSU-A and B classes begin Thursday, January 11, 2018.

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 information on any of the College’s programs.

BPCC ANNOUNCES NEXT CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT (CNA) PROGRAM COURSE

Release date: January 3, 2018

Bossier Parish Community College’s Certified Nurse Assistant program’s spring 2018 classes are set for Wednesday, February 28 through May 24. Class time is from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Monday through Thursday, with clinical hours 7:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Seating is limited.

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:

  1. Copy of high school diploma or GED certificate
  2. A criminal history record through the Louisiana State Police
  3. Background Check Policy Consent Agreement (This takes anywhere from 28-35 business days.)

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. A split payment option is available by visiting the Workforce Development and Continuing Education Office in Building D, Suite 134. Split payment option not available online. Ages 17+ can apply for the class.

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


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