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

Release date: April 20, 2015

The Bossier Parish Community College Division of Communication and Performing Arts and the Cavalier Players announce the 2015 Annual Spring Festival of One-Act Plays. The performance of the nine plays will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28 in the Performing Arts Theatre on the BPCC campus, 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

BPCC’s Theatre program is showcasing the work of nine student directors: Richard Boudoin, Jarious Courtney, Taylor Green, Shaquille Jefferson, Jamie Johnstone, Elizabeth Jones, John Medlin, Allison-Rebekah Miller, and Timothy Monroe. The Spring Festival will offer a full evening of theatre and will round out the theatre program’s fifteenth 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, contact Mary Lyle-Mitchell at 318-678-6021.

BPCC MUSIC PROGRAM SCHEDULES SPRING BAND CONCERT

Release date: April 20, 2015

The BPCC Concert Winds will present its Spring Final Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 24 in the Performing Arts Theatre 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 repertoire from the wind band library including “Wild Dance” by Douglas Akey; “Danse Bacchanale” arranged by Jay Bocook; “Dancing at Stonehenge” by Anthony Suter; “Tre Moutard” by Cecil Macklin; “When Jesus Wept” by William Schuman; and “Festivo” by Vaclav Nelhybel.

Many students in the music program hold music scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to students who pass an audition, maintain a 2.0 GPA, and are full-time BPCC students. Auditions for BPCC music scholarships are held periodically throughout the year. The next scholarship auditions are scheduled for May 16.

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.

CAPITAL ONE BANK PRESENTS THE 6TH ANNUAL BPCC 100 GO-KART RACE

Release date: April 20, 2015

Capital One Bank and the BPCC Foundation present the 6th annual BPCC 100 Go-Kart Race from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Saturday, April 25 on the Bossier Parish Community College campus, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA. This annual event raises money to help support the student scholarship fund at BPCC.

Local businesses/organizations-sponsored race teams in customized go-karts zip around a race track competing for trophies and bragging rights. Teams also compete for prizes in various categories, such as: Fan Favorite, Best Looking Car; Best Dressed Pit Crew and Fastest Pit Crew.

Since its inception, the BPCC100 annual event has raised more than $200,000 to support students who could not receive financial aid or would have found it difficult to pay for a college education. The BPCC Foundation has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships to BPCC students throughout the past 17 years.

In addition to the car races, there are multiple food vendors at the Brookshire’s Food Court and a children’s play area: Kids Pit Stop – sponsored by The Simple Church. There will also be a Custom Car Show and Louisiana Tech University will bring its Eco-car.

Race Day Schedue - Saturday, April 25

   
Heat #1 (Division Cup Races)
8:30 a.m. Lug Nut: Heat #1
8:50 a.m. Spark Plug: Heat #1
Heat #2
9:10 a.m. Lug Nut: Heat #2
9:20 a.m. Spark Plug: Heat #2
9:40 a.m. Media Cup Throw Down:
(Local media personalities face off) 
10:15 a.m. Division Cup Championship Race
10:45 a.m. Qualifying for Champions Shoot-Out Main Event
11:30 a.m. Teams Throw Down Races (Got a beef? Take it to the tracks)
12:00 p.m. Lunch Break (Track and Pits Open to Public) 
Visit Food Vendors in the Brookshire's Food Court
1:00 p.m. Fans Favorite Contest 
1:30 p.m. Johnny Wyatt Memorial Cup
2:00 p.m. A Word from 2015 Title Sponsor; Contests/Prize Winner 
2:30 p.m. Main Event: Capital One Bank Champions Shoot-Out 
3:30 p.m. Trophy Presentations

Event chairman is Tom Glass and Billy Wayne Montgomery will serve as the Grand Marshal. The event is free to the public and is fun for the entire family.

For more information, visit the web siteWill open new browser window or tab or call the BPCC Foundation office at 318-678-6185.

BPCC MUSIC PROGRAM TO PRESENT SPRING JAZZ ENSEMBLE CONCERT

Release date: April 13, 2015

The BPCC Jazz Ensemble will present its Spring concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 23 in the Performing Arts Theatre on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert will include a variety of jazz-related styles including swing, rock, blues, ballads, and jazz standards. The performance will include “Fly Me to the Moon” arranged by Roger Holmes; “A Child is Born” by Thad Jones; “Cold Duck Time” by Eddie Harris; and “RESPECT” arranged by Roger Holmes, among other selections.

“The BPCC Jazz Ensemble is open to all students interested in playing in the ensemble; however, we typically hold auditions for the rhythm section,” says Dr. Michael Hart, the ensemble’s director. The BPCC Jazz Ensemble is comprised of both music and non-music majors. Many students in the ensemble are on full-tuition music scholarships.

For more information about this concert or music scholarships at BPCC, call 318-678-6146 or e-mail mhart@bpcc.edu.

BPCC MUSIC PROGRAM TO PRESENT OPERA SCENES PERFORMANCE

Release date: April 13, 2015

The BPCC Music Program will present its first ever Opera Scenes concert at 7:30 p.m on Wednesday, April 22, in the Performing Arts Theatre on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert will include scenes from “The Marriage of Figaro”, “Don Giovanni”, and “The Magic Flute” by Mozart; “Hansel and Gretel” by Humperdink; and “La Boheme” by Puccini.

A new course designed to develop singers’ interest and performance in opera was offered for the first time this spring. In this course, students study and prepare opera and operetta repertoire, basic stage movement, role development, working with period costumes and props, and in some instances, make up application.

“The Opera Scenes course has been very popular with our students this semester,” says Dr. Michael Hart, Music Program Director. “We expect this course to really take off and be one of the most well-liked with our vocal students.”

For more information about this concert or music scholarships at BPCC, call 318-678-6146 or e-mail mhart@bpcc.edu.

BPCC FACULTY MEMBERS RECEIVE NISOD EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Release date: April 13, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College is proud to announce its recipients of the annual NISOD Excellence Awards for outstanding commitment and contribution to their students and colleagues. Honorees for the 2015 year include:

Michael Walker, Instructor, Behavioral-Social Sciences and College Transition Programs
Vicki Dennis, Instructor, Liberal Arts
John Rennie, Athletic Director/Head Women’s Basketball Coach
Melanie A. Lea, Assistant Professor, Communication and Performing Arts
Rocky Duplichan, Program Director/Instructor, Oil and Gas Production Technology
Kelly Brandon, MS, LOTR, OTA Program Director
Donna Womack, Associate Vice Chancellor, Innovative Learning and Workforce Development
Raymond Gaines, Associate Professor, Business

“Each of these award recipients are leaders not only in the classroom but also on the BPCC campus and in the community,” said BPCC Interim Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman. “We applaud them for their dedication and service to the College.”

Excellence Award recipients will be celebrated during NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, May 23-26, in Austin, Texas. During the Excellence Awards Dinner and Celebration, held in conjunction with NISOD’s annual conference, each Excellence Award recipient receives a specially cast, pewter medallion hung on a burnt-orange ribbon. The names, titles, and colleges of all Excellence Award recipients are included in a special booklet that features congratulatory ads from many of the recipients’ colleges. In addition, presentations at the conference involving Excellence Award recipients are indicated in the Conference Program with a special icon.

“Recognizing those individuals who have contributed to student success and their colleges’ mission is something we look forward to doing each year,” said Dr. Edward J. Leach, NISOD’s Executive Director. “The extraordinary work of these men and women includes not only what they do for their students and colleagues, but what they do for the communities in which they live and work. We’re honored to be able to play a part in celebrating their achievements.”

In 1989, in connection with a University of Texas at Austin national study of teaching excellence, NISOD hosted its first ceremony honoring NISOD Excellence Award recipients. The response to that ceremony was so positive that NISOD began what has become the largest and most inspiring gathering that recognizes the contributions and achievements of community and technical college faculty, administrators, and staff.

About NISOD

Created in 1978, NISOD is a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges. NISOD supports its member colleges by providing professional development resources and learning experiences, including practitioner publications, webinars, the annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, the NISOD Excellence Awards, and more. For more information about NISOD, visit their web site.Will open new browser window or tab

DR. RICK BATEMAN, JR. CHOSEN AS BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE CHANCELLOR

Release date: April 8, 2015

Dr. Douglas “Rick” Bateman was unanimously selected as the chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) today by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) Board of Supervisors. Dr. Monty Sullivan, LCTCS president, made the recommendation to the board during its monthly meeting. The recommendation was made after an open and competitive national search that included on campus interviews and public forums with students, faculty and staff, and community members.

“On behalf of the Board of Supervisors I would like to congratulate Dr. Bateman for his appointment as chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College,” said Tim Hardy, LCTCS board of supervisors first vice chair and chair of the search committee. “His continued service to education has provided him with the experience and leadership skills necessary to continue leading our efforts to deliver world class academic and workforce training for Louisiana.”

“Our search for BPCC’s chancellor provided an exceptional pool of finalists,” said Dr. Monty Sullivan. “We are confident that Dr. Bateman embodies the requisite skills and vision needed to lead BPCC into the next phase of its development and to provide solutions to the workforce needs of Louisiana,” he said.

Prior to his arrival at BPCC, Dr. Bateman was the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Success at SOWELA Technical Community College in Lake Charles, LA. Dr. Bateman earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, TX, a Master of Religious Education from Loyola University New Orleans, LA and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of California at Los Angeles, CA.

"It is an honor for me to continue to serve the students and community of Bossier Parish,” said Bateman. “I would like to thank the board, students, faculty and staff for entrusting me to continue to advance education in the state of Louisiana,” he said. “I look forward to serving and providing solutions for the needs of our state.”

Bossier Parish Community College is an open-admission, two-year, post-secondary public institution serving the northwest region of Louisiana. The college provides transferable courses and curricula including certificates, associate degrees and comprehensive career and technical education training. Bossier Parish Community College also partners with the surrounding communities by providing programs for personal, professional, and academic growth.

BPCC DEBATERS TO COMPETE AGAINST IVY LEAGUE AND COLONIAL COLLEGE TEAMS

Release date: April 8, 2015

Ivy League representatives Cornell and Yale University, along with Colonial Colleges Rutgers University and the College of William and Mary are amongst the perennial participants in the annual Madison Cup Debates. One of the nation’s most prestigious intercollegiate debate events, participation is limited to a select few teams that are chosen via an application process.

International debate teams from schools like the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and the Cebu Institute of Technology (Philippines) annually join America’s top colleges and universities in competing for the Madison Cup; but a school from Louisiana has never been chosen to be amongst the academic elite involved in this event. That will change on April 20 when Bossier Parish Community College will be represented by the team of Erika Hill and David Tillmon in the 2015 Madison Cup Debates hosted by James Madison University.

En route to being selected for the event, Hill and Tillmon have earned a multitude of honors for the BPCC Debate Team. Hill finished her freshman year of debate ranked nationally as the top community college competitor in the novice division of IPDA debate and #9 overall amongst all colleges and universities; she followed that performance in her sophomore year by finishing as the top community college competitor in the varsity division (#23 overall). Tillmon is currently finishing his novice year of eligibility and will enter the national championships later this month ranked amongst the top community college students in the nation. Together, the two have earned 129 wins and 30 awards while representing BPCC.

“BPCC’s debaters have been developing a national reputation for excellence over the past several years; being honored with the likes of these traditional academic powerhouses acknowledges the commitment to excellence that our debaters have demonstrated,” says Debate team coach Bob Alexander. “Hill and Tillmon have put in a tremendous amount of work to get to this point, and I am proud to see them receive this well-deserved recognition.”

The James Madison Center at James Madison University in conjunction with the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation sponsors this annual event in the spirit of James Madison’s ideal that a republican democracy is healthy only when informed and civil debate thrives. In addition to the prestigious Madison Cup, Hill and Tillmon will be competing for a share of $30,000 in scholarships and donations to debate teams.

“Erika and David’s success is emblematic of the potential that our students have,” Alexander added. “I’m grateful for the Madison Center’s acceptance of our team and now it’s time for us to demonstrate why our debaters belong.”

On March 26-29, Hill and Tillmon along with teammates Hannah Morris and Jakob Volcheck represented BPCC at the International Public Debate Association’s National Championship Tournament hosted by Boise State University. Both Hill and Volcheck advanced to the 9th round of competition in the tournament before being eliminated and the BPCC squad finished as the 3rd ranked community college at the tournament. During the IPDA’s annual season-long awards presentations on March 29, Jakob Volcheck was recognized as the 10th ranked debate in the novice division of debate (amongst all colleges and universities) and the BPCC squad was also recognized at the 3rd ranked community college for the 2014-2015 season.

Coach Alexander said the season and national tournament performance can be summed up with a single phrase: “each student is critical to this team’s success.”

In both the season-long awards and at the national championship tournament, rankings are assigned based on the number of victories debaters earn & teams can count points for up to their top 12 debaters at a given tournament.

“When it comes to the number of students traveled, we’ve been outgunned,“ says Alexander. “At the national championship tournament, the average number of competitors representing the other top 5 community colleges was 13, BPCC had 4; in the season long competition, there was a similar disparity as we traveled an average of 5 competitors per tournament. We continually asked these students to do more, and each of them responded to the challenge.”

SUCCESSFUL WOMEN SHARE INSPIRING VOICES AT BPCC WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH PROGRAM

Release date: April 6, 2015

In honor of Women’s History Month, Bossier Parish Community College’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Relations, in collaboration with the Library and Multicultural Affairs Advisory Committee, recently held its annual 2015 Women’s History Month event with a panel discussion of the Women’s Week theme: “The Weaving of Women’s Rights through Women’s Voices”.

“The panelists reflected on the inclusion of women’s voices in each of these pivotal turning points in the Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights Act, and Higher Education Act,” said Dr. Cindy Darby, Coordinator of Diversity and Multicultural Relations.

Dr. Frances S. Conley, instructor in the Division of Liberal Arts, was the keynote speaker and the presentation featured Samantha Trapps, a local student at BPCC and entrepreneur of Without Christ I Am Nothing His Remnant Movement (WCIAN) outreach ministry.

The Women’s History Month long celebration became the law in 1987 across the country with the U.S. Congress’s declaration of March as National Women’s History Month in permanency. A special Presidential Proclamation has been issued annually to recognize the achievements of diverse women. In celebration of Women’s History Month, Bossier Parish Community College is spotlighting some of these amazing trailblazers.

BPCC OFFERS MEDICAL CODERS ICD-10-CM BOOT CAMP THIS MONTH THROUGH ITS WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND CONTINUING EDUCATION DIVISION

Release date: April 2, 2015

BPCC Workforce Development and Continuing Education announce upcoming ICD-10-CM Boot Camp:

ICD-10-CM Boot Camp for Medical Coders
April 13-29 • 6:00-8:30 p.m. • Mon, Wed • $499

This course will be held in Building D on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

For more information or to register for this course, contact Workforce Development and Continuing Education at 318-678-6015.

BPCC CAVALIER BASEBALL “GOES PINK” FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS – APRIL 7

Release date: April 2, 2015

The BPCC Cavalier baseball team will don pink jerseys in honor of breast cancer awareness for its game at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 against Mountain View College at BPCC’s ball field, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

All gate proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. All BPCC students, faculty and staff are admitted free with a BPCC ID.

"Bossier Parish Community College's motto of embracing, educating, and empowering shows through in every aspect of our College,” says Karen Recchia, Vice Chancellor of Student Services. “We embrace our students and community and educate them both in the classroom and by supporting community events. It's with this education that our students and community are then empowered to make a difference in their lives and the lives of those around them. BPCC Athletics plays a big role in our mission by participating in many community service activities throughout the year.”

Coach Aaron Vorachek echoes Recchia’s comments. “The BPCC Cavalier Baseball team is honored to be a part of promoting breast cancer awareness in conjunction with the local affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure,” says Vorachek. “All the players are looking forward to ‘PINK OUT BASEBALL’ and we hope the community will join us as we support this worthy cause.”

FALL 2015 MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP AUDITION DATES ANNOUNCED AT BPCC

Release date: March 30, 2015

Audition dates for fall 2015 Music Scholarships have been scheduled for Saturday, April 18 and Saturday, May 16, 2015. Auditions will take place in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C), Room 123 on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Any student enrolling in Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Concert Band, or Jazz Ensemble are eligible for a music scholarship. Music scholarships are full-tuition scholarships that cover the cost of tuition and may be renewed for up to six semesters. Music scholarships do not cover fees or books. Students do not need to be music majors to receive a music scholarship or to enroll in the ensembles, but an audition is required to earn the music scholarship.

“Our Music scholarships are highly competitive,” says Dr. Michael D. Hart, Music Program Director. “The response from area students has been excellent to date, and there are a limited number of scholarships now available to be awarded for the fall 2015 term.”

Last year, the BPCC Music Program awarded more than 40 full-tuition music scholarships to area students. BPCC is the only public institution in the Shreveport/Bossier metropolitan area that offers the Associate of Arts Degree in Music. The courses in this program transfer to universities in North Louisiana.

To learn more about what to prepare for the audition or schedule a date and time for an audition, contact Dr. Hart at 318-678-6146 or mhart@bpcc.edu.

BPCC CAVALIER PLAYERS ANNOUNCE CHILDREN’S SHOW DATES

Release date: March 30, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College’s Division of Communication and Performing Arts and the Cavalier Players announce the next show in the ANECA-sponsored 2014-2015 season – Snow White. The show opens Friday, April 10 in The Performing Arts Theatre (Building C) on the BPCC campus, 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

Snow White’s full performance schedule is set for 7:00 p.m. April 10 and 17 and at 2:00 p.m. April 11, 12, 18 and 19.

Everyone knows the story: a beautiful girl, Snow White, takes refuge in the forest in the house of seven dwarves to hide from her stepmother, the wicked Queen. But, 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.

Directing this year’s children’s show is none other than Laura Beeman Nugent, SLT Academy Artistic Director, local high school theatre teacher, and Dance for the Stage instructor for BPCC. David White is the scene designer, Keith Bruce is the lighting designer, Lari Leber will design costumes, and Chloe Lawrence will stage manage.

The cast of this fairy tale is Taylor Green as Snow White; Cody Allums as the Huntsman; Tova Volcheck as the Queen; Connor Benedict as the King/Prince; Denise Dalton as Viletta/Hag; Lari Leber as Hump; and Tristan Moss as Mirror. The Dwarves are played by John Medlin, Jay Allen, Shaquille Jefferson, Nathan Coleman, Timothy Monide, Dalton Witte, and Alanna Seidleman; and the Villagers are played by Hannah Morris, Jakob Volcheck, Dalton Witte, and Timothy Monide.

“Our Snow White is a modern spin on the classic fairytale,” says Nugent. “We see dwarfs that aren't so small, queens that are both good and bad, a mirror who tells the truth, and a Huntsman that narrates the show every step of the way. Prepare to have a blast, sing along, and lose yourself in this modern world of Snow White.”

Tickets are $5 for children of all ages. For more information, contact the Box Office at 318-678-6021 or visit our website.

CLASSICAL GUITARIST DR. CAIN BUDDS TO PRESENT GUEST ARTIST SERIES PERFORMANCE AT BPCC

Release date: March 30, 2015

The Music Program at Bossier Parish Community College will present a Guest Artist Recital featuring classical guitarist Dr. Cain Budds at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7 in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre (Building C) on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA. The recital is free and open to the public.

Budds’ repertoire for the evening’s recital are selections by composers Gaspar Sanz, Johan Mertz, Agustin Barrios, J. S. Bach, Emilio Pujol, Leo Brouwer, Santiago de Murcia, and Isaac Albéniz.

Currently serving as assistant professor of guitar at Louisiana Tech University, he received the doctor of musical arts degree in classical guitar performance at Arizona State University where he was a student of Frank Koonce. While in residence there, Budds served as a teaching assistant and faculty associate in the internationally-recognized classical guitar program. In addition to his teaching duties, he assisted in the editing of the new performing edition: Johann Sebastian Bach: The Solo Lute Works, by Professor Koonce which was recently published by Neil A. Kjos company in San Diego.

He received his bachelor and master's degrees from Illinois State University where he studied with noted performer and teacher Dr. Angelo Davis. Budds also studied guitar with Professor Manley Mallard III at Milliken University as well as with Dr. Douglas Rubio of the Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam.

He has held several additional teaching positions including North Valley School of the Arts in Scottsdale and Southwestern College in Phoenix and has also served as a member of the music faculty at Glendale Community College from 1998-2000. Budds has performed numerous recitals in the U.S. and Mexico and in Master Classes with outstanding performers including Eliot Fisk, Flavor Cache, Paul Henry, William Kanengiser, Margarita Escarpa, Kevin Gallagher, Stephen Robinson, Javier Garcia-Moreno, and Pepe Romero. His research project for the doctor of musical arts degree is titled Nikita Koshkin: Insights into Compositional Process and Style.

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

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS COMPETE IN STATE-WIDE SINGERS COMPETITION

Release date: March 23, 2015

Singers from Bossier Parish Community College competed in the annual NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) State Chapter student competition recently at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA.

More than 140 singers from both universities and community colleges were scheduled to compete; however, BPCC was the only community college represented.

BPCC students Michelle Moline and Amanda Charles placed in their divisions. Moline placed second in her division and Charles placed third in her division. Student Alanna Seidelman scored high enough to place in her division, but missed the final round due to the large number participating in her division.

Other BPCC students who competed in the competition were LaFaith Williams and Lacey Young. All five women are music majors at BPCC and voice students of Janice Aiken and Adam Philley. Ruben Reyes served as accompanist for the singers at the competition.

Music scholarships are offered at BPCC and all of those students attending the 2015 NATS competition are music scholarship recipients in the BPCC music program.

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

Comprehensive, Nationwide Search Yields Four Finalists for Bossier Parish Community College Chancellor Position

Release date: March 10, 2015

After a comprehensive and nationwide search, the applicant pool for the next chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) has been narrowed to four finalists. The finalists are, in alphabetical order, Dr. Douglas “Rick” Bateman, Dr. Barbara Jones, Dr. Larissa Littleton-Steib and Dr. Kimberly A. Russell. An open and competitive chancellor search began late last year and the application process produced a very deep and talented group of qualified applicants.

“In December, our board set out to find a chancellor who would be the best fit for BPCC, and I believe we have identified a tremendous group of diverse, experienced and respected educational and workforce leaders,” said Tim Hardy, chair of the search committee and first vice chair of the LCTCS Board of Supervisors. "I encourage the entire Shreveport-Bossier community to engage in the campus forums.”

Each finalist will interview with the Bossier Parish Community College Chancellor Search Committee on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. The finalists will also participate in a series of public forums. Community members are encouraged to attend the public forums which will take place at: BPCC, 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City, LA 71111.

In addition to the public forums, each candidate will interview privately with Louisiana Community and Technical College System President Monty Sullivan.

Finalist Full BiosWill open new browser window or tab

Dr. Douglas “Rick” Bateman
Dr. Douglas “Rick” Bateman currently serves as the Interim Director of Northwest Louisiana Technical College and Interim Chancellor at Bossier Parish Community College, LA. Previously, Dr. Bateman was the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Success at SOWELA Technical Community College in Lake Charles, LA. Dr. Bateman earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, TX, a Master of Religious Education from Loyola University New Orleans, LA and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of California at Los Angeles, CA.

Dr. Barbara Jones
Dr. Barbara Jones serves as President of South Arkansas Community College, AK. Previously, Dr. Jones served as the dean of instruction at Louisiana Delta Community College in Monroe, LA. Dr. Jones earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Administration, Curriculum, and Instruction with Specialty in Educational Leadership in Higher Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE., a Master of Health and Science from Louisiana State University Health Science Center-Shreveport, LA and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from University of Louisiana-Monroe, LA.

Dr. Larissa Littleton-Steib
Dr. Larissa Littleton-Steib serves as the Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development and Technical Education at Delgado Community College, LA. Previously, Dr. Littleton-Steib served as the Executive Dean of the West Bank Campus at Delgado Community College, LA. Dr. Littleton-Steib earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Higher Education Administration from Jackson State University, MS a Master of Arts in Post-Secondary Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English from Xavier University of New Orleans, LA.

Dr. Kimberly A. Russell
Dr. Kimberly A. Russell serves as Vice President for Advancement and External Affairs and Executive Director of the Tyler Junior College Foundation at Tyler Junior College, TX. Previously, Dr. Russell served as the Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations at LeTourneau University, TX. Dr. Russell earned a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration with a minor in Economics and a Master of Arts in English from the University of North Texas, Denton, TX and a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Business from the University of Texas at Tyler, TX.

The public is invited to attend any of the community forums on Tuesday, March 17 on the BPCC Campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Each candidate’s community forum locations are listed below:

Candidate Location Time
Dr. Barbara Jones Building F-Room 203 8:30-9:00 a.m.
Dr. Douglas “Rick” Bateman Building F-Room 203 9:15-9:45 a.m.
Dr. Larissa Littleton-Steib Building F-Room 203 10:00-10:30 a.m.
Dr. Kimberly Russell Building F-Room 203 10:45-11:15 a.m.

BPCC’S ANNOUNCES ITS PRODUCTION OF NICHOLAS NICKLEBY

Release date: March 9, 2015

The Bossier Parish Community College Theatre Program and the Cavalier Players announce the next show in the ANECA-sponsored season. Nicholas Nickleby, adapted by Tim Kelly, is based on the Charles Dickens’ novel.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on March 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, and at 2:00 p.m. March 22 and 29 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 whirlwind of Dickensian characters and situations. Here, the essence of Charles Dickens’ most theatrical novel, Nicholas Nickleby, is presented with a parade of colorful characters. Of course, at the center of this “life and adventure” is the young man, Nicholas, who is finding his way to manhood and adult responsibility by a challenging and arduous journey. Nicholas Nickleby presents a delightful blend of comedy, mystery, and melodrama.

In addition to Dr. Crawford directing, Johnathon Offutt is the set designer, Rona Leber is the costume designer, Keith Bruce is the lighting designer, and Cody Allums is the stage manager.

The principle cast members are Jesse Kortus as Nicholas Nickleby, Kate Gilbert as Mrs. Nickleby, Adam Philley as Ralph Nickleby, Madeline Hiers as Kate Nickleby, Jacob Mook as Wackford Squeers, Luke Digilormo as Smike, and Denise Dalton as Mrs. Squeers/Miss Knag. Other cast members include Amelia Osborn, John Medlin, Hannah Monette, Tova Volcheck, Jay Allen, Jamie Johnstone, Taylor Green, Austin Jennings, Elise Viers, Lari Leber, Jarios Courtney, Lauren Rogers, Shaquille Jefferson, Ashanti Colonel, Tristian Moss, Callie Chancelor, Connor Snow, and Whitney Martin.

“The show offers 60 characters for our cast of 25 – an exciting range of possibilities for our students,” says Crawford.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call 318-678-6021.

BPCC WILL BE OPEN TO PUBLIC FOR SPRING FLING PREVIEW DAY 2015 SATURDAY, MARCH 14

Release date: March 9, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College will hold Spring Fling Preview Day 2015 from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2015 on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St, Bossier City, LA.

Spring Fling Preview Day 2015 will allow visitors to tour campus, meet faculty members, discover degrees offered, preview the admissions process, learn about scholarships and financial aid, and enjoy FREE food and family fun activities.

“This is our OPEN HOUSE for the community,” says Angela Herren, BPCC’s Director of Recruiting. “All buildings on campus will be open for prospective students and families to see classrooms, to talk to faculty and staff, and to get a glimpse of what makes BPCC one of the fastest growing community colleges in the nation! “

BPCC faculty, staff, and student organizations will be on-hand to welcome those interested in learning more about the College.

For more information on Saturday’s Spring Fling Preview Day, contact BPCC’s Recruiting Office at 318-678-6033.

LADY CAVS BASKETBALL TEAM WINS FIRST ROUND OF REGION 14 PLAYOFFS IN OVERTIME

Release date: March 5, 2015

The Bossier Parish Community College Lady Cavs basketball team won the first round of the Region 14 playoffs last night in OT (89-78) against #3 seed Blinn College.

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The Lady Cavs will advance to the next game scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Friday, March 6 against Tyler Junior College. The game is at the Jacksonville ISD gym - 811 Farnsworth St, Jacksonville, TX.

For more information, contact Coach John Rennie at 318-458-4407.

BPCC FOUNDATION HOLDS ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP RECEPTION

Release date: February 23, 2015

On February 19 community leaders, donors, alumni, and friends attended BPCC Foundation’s Annual Scholarship Reception to celebrate the true access mission at Bossier Parish Community College. Hosted by corporate partner, Gibsland Bank and Trust, BPCC Foundation President John Hubbard and BPCC Interim Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman recognized student recipients and donors who underwrite more than 32 scholarship funds, including four endowments.

New corporate scholarship partners recognized were Barksdale Federal Credit Union, Chase Bank, Red Ball Oxygen, and BHP Billiton, along with the family of BPCC’s first chancellor, the late Dr. Douglas Peterson, who established an endowment in his honor. Awards were presented to students representing a broad spectrum of studies including: Science, Nursing and Allied Health; Business; Communications Media and Performing Arts; Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; and Liberal Arts.

This year, the Foundation awarded 112 scholarships totaling $93,992 for a grand total of almost $500,000 in cumulative awards.

More about the BPCC Foundation Scholarship Fund

BPCC MUSIC PROGRAM SCHEDULES SPRING CHOIR POPS CONCERT

Release date: February 19, 2015

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The BPCC Choirs will present their Spring Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6 in the Performing Arts Theatre on the BPCC campus, 6220 E Texas St, Bossier City, LA.

The Concert Choir, accompanied by Dr. Dan Gibbs, and the Chamber Singers, accompanied by Ruben Reyes, will take the stage to perform popular selections guaranteed to bring enjoyment to audiences of all ages. Both ensembles are under the direction of William Bond and will perform as one ensemble for this Pops Concert.

The concert will include a medley of selections from Les Miserables including “At the End of the Day”, “I Dreamed a Dream”, “Castle On a Cloud”, ”Do You Hear the People Sing?”, and “Bring Him Home”; and a medley of Beatles hits including “Day Tripper”, “A Hard Day’s Night”, “Eleanor Rigby”, “Let It Be”, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, and “Hey Jude” to name but a few. The evening’s performance will also include soloists featured on various medley selections.

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 performances in the fall and spring.

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. Auditions for BPCC music scholarships for the Fall 2015 term will be held in April and May.

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’S BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS CELEBRATE CULTURE

Release date: February 18, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College begins its Black History Month celebration with numerous events dedicated to commemorating, celebrating, and promoting diversity in the context of the African diaspora. BPCC’s Coordinator of Diversity and Multicultural Relations Dr. Cindy Darby invites everyone to this year’s events.

“A Century of Black Life, History and Culture,” this year’s Black History Month theme, highlights numerous events, including the National African American Read-In, Community Conversations with Law Enforcement, and Lift Every Voice Gospel Benefit Concert.

Here are more details for each event:

BPCC’S NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN READ-IN
Feb. 24 (Tuesday) - 11:30 a.m. Library/TRC (Building A), 2nd Floor

Join the national initiative designed to celebrate Black History Month and encourage reading excerpts from African-American authors and poets of your choice. The participants on campus are welcome to bring their own or read passages from a book provided by the library relevant to Black History Month. This event is sponsored nationally by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and endorsed by the International Reading Association.

COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS: BUILDING BRIDGES BETWEEN DIVERSE COMMUNITIES AND LAW ENFORCEMENT
March 18, 2:30 p.m. Bldg. D, Rm. 210

Richard Broom-McGee, patrol and S.W.A.T. commander with Bossier City Police Department, and colleagues will discuss the thoughts, tactics of law enforcement officers, and best practices to develop sustainable relationships between diverse community stakeholders and law enforcement.

BPCC’S GOSPEL CHOIR “LIFT EVERY VOICE” BENEFIT CONCERT
March 26, 2:30. Bldg. F, Rm. 203.

Capping off BPCC’s Black History Month will be the Gospel Choir’s Benefit Concert benefiting Cross the Finish Line for CarolineWill open new browser window or taband the Loeys-Dietz Syndrome Foundation. Donations will be accepted at the door to help fund research on Loeys-Dietz syndrome, a genetic disorder. The BPCC Gospel Choir is under the direction of Mr. Leeonnas Richardson.

For more information on the events, contact Dr. Darby at 318-678-6111.

BPCC’S OFFICE OF DIVERSITY AND MULTICULTURAL RELATIONS HOSTS “GO RED FOR WOMEN” HEALTH AWARENESS EVENT

Release date: February 6, 2015

BPCC’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Relations, in collaboration with the Division of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health, sponsored “Go Red for Women” CPR training for students, faculty and staff. BPCC’s EMT instructor Jeff Anderson was as guest speaker and presenter.

Dr. Cindy Darby, coordinator or Diversity and Multicultural Relations at BPCC, states that according to the American Heart Association, “cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in women; however, it is 80% preventable.”

The training was held on February 6 as a health awareness event for the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day. Faculty, staff, and students wore red today in support of the Go Red for Women campaign to bring attention to heart disease.

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BPCC MUSIC PROGRAM’S SPRING GUEST ARTIST SERIES TO OPEN

Release date: January 25, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College Music Program will host its first Guest Artist Series of the spring semester with a performance by the Black Bayou Brass at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10 in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Black Bayou Brass has been a faculty ensemble in residence at the University of Louisiana at Monroe since 1971. Its current members are Dr. Aaron Witek, trumpet; Dr. James Boldin, horn; and Dr. James Layfield, trombone. An experienced and versatile professional ensemble, Black Bayou Brass regularly performs at ULM, throughout the northeast Louisiana community, and at numerous venues outside the state. Recent performances include the 2014 International Women’s Brass Conference, the 2013 Louisiana Music Educators Association State Conference, the 2012 National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors National Conference, and a series of performances and master classes in Thailand.

Its members are dedicated to performing, promoting, and creating new literature for brass trio, as well as playing original repertoire and transcriptions from the 16th century to the present. Devoted to encouraging and promoting music education, Black Bayou Brass performs a number of educational concerts each year at schools throughout Louisiana and the surrounding states, and offers master classes, private lessons, and ensemble coaching for all levels.

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

BPCC’S OFFICE OF DIVERSITY AND MULTICULTURAL RELATIONS TO HOLD STALKING AWARENESS EVENT AS PART OF NATIONAL STALKING AWARENESS MONTH

Release date: January 25, 2015

As a part of January’s National Stalking Awareness Month, BPCC’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Relations will welcome Norma L. Whitaker, clinical certified domestic violence counselor and director of You Are Not Alone Counseling Services in Shreveport, to campus at 11:00 am on Thursday, January 29 to discuss the topic: “Stalking on College Campuses.” The discussion will be held in Building G, Room 321 on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 5 females and 1 in 14 males between the ages of 11 and 17 were the victims of stalking. The U.S. Department of Justice also states people ages 18-24 years of age experience the highest incidence of stalking.

“Stalking is a serious, but often overlooked crime in all 50 states that is punishable by law,” said Dr. Cindy Darby, coordinator of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Relations.

The 2015 awareness campaign is being co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Relations, Multicultural Affairs Advisory Committee, and Division of Liberal Arts.

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

Release date: January 22, 2015

BPCC’s Division of Communication and Performing Arts and the Cavalier Players has set auditions for the 2015 Annual Spring Festival of One-Act Plays for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 4, 2015 at the Performing Arts Theatre, Building C, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

There are nine short plays, showcasing the work of nine student directors: Richard Boudoin, Jarious Courtney, Taylor Green, Shaquille Jefferson, Jamie Johnstone, Elizabeth Jones, John Medlin, Allison-Rebekah Miller, and Timothy Monroe. The Spring Festival will offer a full evening of theatre and will round out the theatre program’s fifteenth season of student-directed work.

Roles are 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 nine plays will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28th. 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 call 318-678-6021.

BPCC CONTINUES TO BE AMONG FASTEST GROWING COMMUNITY COLLEGES IN NATION

Release date: January 20, 2015

Community College Week recently released its 2014 top community college rankings and Bossier Parish Community College is the only Louisiana community college ranked in the top 50 fastest growing community colleges in the nation with enrollments 5,000-9,999. BPCC ranked 11th on the list of top 50, and of those eleven, the College was one of only two community colleges ranked from the South. The rankings, published annually, are based on growth between Fall 2012 and Fall 2013. The college achieved an all-time record enrollment of 8,695 this past fall (2014), an indication the college's rapid growth is not slowing down.

“Since 2008, we have grown by more than 4,000 students,” said Interim Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. “No other college in the state can claim such an amazing increase in productivity; however, we have yet to satisfy the needs of this regional economy. Even in this tough economic climate, we will continue develop innovative ways to provide students with unparalleled paths to opportunity and give our employers a talent-based competitive advantage.”

BPCC has continued to create programs aligned with the needs of employers and employment opportunities in the regional economy. The College has accomplished this while being the lowest funded college in the state according to the Board of Regents funding formula for higher education. The formula is based in part on performance and is designed to create incentives for colleges to respond to market forces. BPCC is currently funded at 39% of the funding formula, by far the lowest in the state. The median implementation rate is 54.51%.

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BPCC Past 7 Fall Enrollment numbers

2008 4665
2009 5430
2010 6473
2011 7077
2012 7917
2013 8512
2014 8695

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LOUISIANA COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE SYSTEM (LCTCS) PRESIDENT TO SPEAK AT BPCC TODAY

Release date: January 20, 2015

Dr. Monty Sullivan, president of Louisiana’s community and technical college system, will be on the campus of Bossier Parish Community College today to speak to faculty and staff regarding topics such as LCTCS’ 2020 Plan and the upcoming legislative session. He will also update the faculty and staff on the BPCC Chancellor Search and timeline.

Date: TODAY, Tuesday, January 20

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Location: BPCC Performing Arts Theater – Building C
Bossier Parish Community College
6220 E. Texas Street
Bossier City, LA

AUDITIONS SET FOR BPCC’S PRODUCTION OF NICHOLAS NICKLEBY

Release date: January 7, 2015

The Bossier Parish Community College Theatre Program and the Cavalier Players announce the auditions for the next show in their ANECA-sponsored season, Nicholas Nickleby. Adapted by Tim Kelly, Nicholas Nickleby is based on the Charles Dickens novel.

Auditions will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21 and Thursday, January 22 in the Performing Arts Theatre, Building C on the BPCC campus at 6220 East Texas Street in Bossier City, LA.

Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing Arts and professor of theatre, will direct this whirlwind of Dickensian characters and situations. The essence of Charles Dickens’ most theatrical novel, Nicholas Nickleby, is paraded with colorful characters. Of course, at the center of this “life and adventure” is the young man, Nicholas, finding his way to manhood and adult responsibility by a challenging and arduous journey. Nicholas Nickleby presents a delightful blend of comedy, mystery, and melodrama.

There are plenty of roles available with more than 40 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 advanced monologues are required of other students or community members auditioning. Also, those auditioning should dress comfortably.

Show dates for Nicholas Nickleby will be at 7:30 p.m. March 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, and at 2:00 p.m. March 22 and 29.

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

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE ANNOUNCES ITS GRADUATES
FOR THE FALL 2014 SEMESTER

Release date: January 7, 2015

Fall 2012 graduation was held at Bossier Parish Community College on December 12, 2014 in the College’s Health and Physical Education Complex.

Commencement speaker for the College’s 68th graduation ceremonies was Dr. Jim Henderson, Chancellor.

The College is also pleased to announce students’ names on the Chancellor’s list and the Dean’s list for the 2014 fall semester.

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BPCC OFFERS PROPERTY AND CASUALTY INSURANCE PRE-LICENSING COURSE THROUGH ITS WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND CONTINUING EDUCATION DIVISION

Release date: January 6, 2015

BPCC Workforce Development and Continuing Education will offer a non-credit property and casualty insurance pre-licensing course from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm on Friday/Saturday, January 9, 10, 16 and 17, 2015.

This course is designed to prepare individuals for the property and casualty exam and provide a good education for a career in insurance. Topics include sales, basic terminology, concepts, the fundamentals of insurance law, and agent’s responsibility. Course cost is $279 and will include the textbook.

The course will be held in Building D on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA. For more information or to register for this course, contact Workforce Development and Continuing Education at 318-678-6015.

BPCC TO HOLD ON-SITE REGISTRATION FOR SPRING 2015

Release date: January 6, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College’s on-site registration for its spring 2015 term is set for Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Students can select classes from a variety of fall sessions.

Spring 2015 classes begin Friday, January 16, 2015.

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

As the fastest growing community college in the nation, BPCC’s most recent accomplishments include:

  • Fall 2014 graduation class – largest FALL graduation in school’s history
  • Named to 2014 Military-Friendly Schools list – one of top 15% of schools to make list 3 consecutive years
  • Fall 2014 enrollment reached 8,600+ – highest in 47-year history
  • Cyber program – accredited with all six CNSS certifications as well as designated a National Center of Academic Excellence 2-Year Education
  • Transfer agreements with 4-year schools – allowing for seamless transfers for students
  • (i.e. engineering graduates can transfer to Louisiana Tech as a junior into any of Tech’s engineering programs)
  • $1.4 million grant from AEP Foundation to launch its Credit Counts program

A new $22 million training facility for Benteler Steel/Tube of Germany’s--Louisiana opened in 2014. This facility also houses BPCC’s programs in manufacturing, oil and gas, engineering, energy and construction.

BPCC offers associate degrees in six academic divisions: Behavioral-Social Sciences and College Transition Programs; 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.

For more information on any of the College’s programs contact the Office of Public Relations at 318-678-6031.


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