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BPCC SIGNS JOINT ADMISSIONS AGREEMENTS WITH LSUS AND NSU

Release date: September 28, 2016

Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) signed Joint Admissions agreements with both LSU Shreveport and Northwestern State University at a signing ceremony held on the College’s campus on September 28.

BPCC entered into a memorandum of agreement with LSUS and NSU “to create a joint admissions partnership that shall:

  • Increase the number of associate’s degrees completed by students in the State of Louisiana;
  • Increase the number of bachelor’s degrees completed by students in the State of Louisiana;
  • Meet the higher education needs of a population increasingly interested in an affordable education close to home;
  • Ensure the availability of a well-educated and skilled workforce that is vital to economic growth;
  • Build upon the existing partnerships which have been forged between the two institutions of higher education;
  • Build upon each institution’s commitment to world class student services;
  • Serve as a pledge to our stewardship of public resources and trust;
  • Raise the educational attainment rates of the region and the State; and
  • Enhance the quality of life for our citizenry.”

“These agreements represent the commitment of the three institutions to developing an innovative, world-class transfer pathway focusing on the unique needs of today's college student,” said BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr.

LSUS Chancellor Dr. Larry Clark states that the agreement creates a more seamless transfer for students to LSUS. “Under the new LSU Shreveport/BPCC agreement, a student wishing to complete a degree at LSUS and meeting LSUS admission requirements can get simultaneously accepted at both BPCC and LSUS, begin their studies at BPCC, later seamlessly transfer to LSUS, and then more quickly complete their chosen LSUS major and graduate.”

NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson said the agreement with BPCC will assist students throughout northwest Louisiana. “This agreement demonstrates another way we are eliminating barriers for our students for a better quality of life and a better economy in Louisiana. Our agreement provides a practical, affordable option for traditional and non-traditional students and builds upon the partnerships already established between BPCC and Northwestern State.”

More specifically, the goals of these partnerships are to

  • Make it possible for students to be jointly admitted to both institutions;
  • Eliminate barriers for students in attaining their educational goals, improving student success and degree attainment at the associate and baccalaureate levels;
  • Reduce the time to degree for both associate and bachelor degree students;
  • Expand student options for college services;
  • Improve academic program articulation;
  • Expand financial aid resources to support students at both institutions;
  • Use resources at both institutions more efficiently and effectively; and
  • Plan, develop, and align instructional programs at the undergraduate level.

Bossier Parish Community College already has several agreements in place with both LSUS and Northwestern State University that facilitate the path for students to achieve their educational goals while meeting workforce needs and promoting economic development in northwest Louisiana.

Details including information regarding Recruiting, Advising, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Tuition and other specifics:

BPCC TO SIGN JOINT ADMISSIONS AGREEMENTS WITH LSUS AND NSU

Release date: September 23, 2016

Bossier Parish Community College will sign a Joint Admissions agreement with both LSU Shreveport and Northwestern State University. The agreements represent the commitment of the three institutions to developing an innovative, world-class transfer pathway focusing on the unique needs of today's college student.

The signing will take place at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 28 in the Chancellor’s Boardroom (Building A-230) on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Bossier Parish Community College already has several agreements in place with both LSUS and Northwestern State University that facilitate the path for students to achieve their educational goals while meeting workforce needs and promoting economic development in northwest Louisiana.

Details of the agreements will be made available at the signing.

Date/Time:
Wednesday, September 28
9:30 a.m.

Location:
Bossier Parish Community College
Chancellor’s Boardroom, Building A, Room 230
6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA

Participants:

LSUS
Dr. Larry Clark, Chancellor

Northwestern State University
Dr. Jim Henderson, President

Bossier Parish Community College
Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr., Chancellor
Lesa Taylor-Dupree, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE SPREADS AWARENESS AT ITS 2ND ANNUAL RAINN DAY

Release date: September 22, 2016

The second annual RAINN Day event was celebrated on September 22 on the BPCC campus with a presentation from Norma L. Whitaker, a clinical certified domestic violence counselor.

“RAINN, which stands for Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, was established to educate students and raise awareness about sexual violence, cyberstalking, and intimate partner violence on college campuses,” said Dr. Cindy Darby, coordinator for BPCC’s Diversity and Multicultural Relations.

According to a recent report, approximately 19 cases of sexual assault on college campuses across the United States have been documented since the beginning of 2016 and sexual violence is not a state problem, but a national problem throughout college/university campuses.

As the keynote speaker, Whitaker educated attendees about recovery resources, safety, and prevention strategies.

“It is very important to ensure that students are educated and provided resources on and off campus by collaborating with community based organizations that offer counseling, shelter services, transitional housing, or a 24-hour helpline,” she said.

“Everyone can make a difference in someone’s life by listening and observing the warning signs of sexual assault or abusive relationships whether you are a professor, student, friend, family member, clergy, or administrator,” Whitaker added.

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CAPITAL ONE BANK AND THE SIMPLE CHURCH PRESENT THE 7TH ANNUAL BPCC100 GO-KART RACE

Release date: September 14, 2016

Capital One Bank, The Simple Church, and the BPCC Foundation present the 7th annual BPCC100 Go-Kart Race from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Saturday, September 24, 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 and organizations sponsor teams in customized go-karts as they zip around the race track to compete for trophies. Teams also compete for prizes in various categories such as: Best Looking Car; Best Dressed Pit Crew and Fastest Pit Crew.

Since its inception, the BPCC 100 has raised $270,000 to support students attending Bossier Parish Community College. To date, the Foundation awarded scholarships to deserving students totaling over $650,000, funded in part with proceeds from the BPCC 100.

In addition to the car races, there will be food in the Brookshire’s Food Court and a Kids Pit Stop play area sponsored by The Simple Church.

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The event is FREE to the public and is fun for the entire family.

Organizations can participate in several ways – by sponsoring a racing team, sponsoring an event, or making a general contribution.

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BPCC ANNOUNCES MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Release date: September 12, 2016

Forty (40) students have earned music scholarships to participate in Bossier Parish Community College’s Concert Band, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Jazz Ensemble this fall 2016 semester.

Music scholarships at BPCC are full-tuition scholarships. Students are not required to be music majors to earn a music scholarship. The bands and choir are also open to all students regardless of major.

"Our music scholarships are highly competitive," said Dr. Michael Hart, Music Program Director. "Students may continue to receive their music scholarships for up to six semesters as long as they remain in good standing with the College.”

The students who were awarded a BPCC Choir scholarship are Joshua Bell, Alex Broussard, Cassidy Craven, Dillon Dixon, Esther Duty, Jamie Forgey, Christopher Guest, Gabrielle James, Kelly McFarland, Latisha Robinson, Taylor Robinson, Arthur Sloan, Alanna Stots, Tomiya Washington, Walton Weaver, and Talisha Wilcott.

The students who were awarded a BPCC music scholarship for instrumental music are Alissa Diaz, Robert Aucoin, Ben Butcher, Caleb Daniels, Kasey Dice, Serkan Duru, Ruth Elias, Emilee Hatt, Farelle Dulle, Willie Gosey, III, Cody Jones, Joshua Flattery, Shane Kaiser, Shelby Lauter, Hudson Lawrence, Matt Bynog, Daniella Miller, Kim Mosier, Aliyah Oliver, Jackson Powers, Chris Rambin, Cassidy Reed, Raenah Schneider, Christian Welch.

Students receiving music scholarships represent the following Louisiana high schools: Airline HS, Benton HS, Haughton HS, Parkway HS, C.E. Byrd HS, Captain Shreve HS, Caddo Magnet HS, Northwood HS, Southwood HS, Red River HS, Mansfield HS, Castor HS, Doyline HS, and Evangel HS, Bell Christian School, and Summerfield HS. Out-of-state high schools represented include Northwestern HS in Illinois, Buckeye Valley HS, OH, and Woodgrove HS, VA.

BPCC’s Music Program offers an Associate of Arts in Performing Arts degree with a concentration in Music and a Certificate of Technical Studies in Music. Bossier Parish Community College is the only public college in the Shreveport/Bossier City area to offer a music major degree.

For more information on the music program or scholarships, contact Dr. Michael Hart at 318-678-6146 or mhart@bpcc.edu.

BPCC THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2016-2017 SEASON

Release date: September 7, 2016

Seussical (the musical)
7:30 p.m. – October 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22
2:00 p.m. – October 16 and 23

The Game’s Afoot (comedy)
7:30 p.m. – March 9, 10, 11 16, 17, 18
2:00 p.m. – March 12 and 19

GoldiLocks and the Three Heberts! (for children)
7:30 p.m. – April 21, 22, 28, 29
2:00 p.m. – April 23 and 30

The Haunting of Hill House (drama)
7:30 p.m. – July 21, 22, 28, 29
2:00 p.m. – July 23, 30

“Oh, the Thinks you can Think!” BPCC borrows from the great Dr. Seuss by inviting all to consider the possibilities with this year’s exciting 2016-2017 BPCC Theatre Season. From a Dr. Seuss musical to a Sherlock Holmes comedy/mystery to a hair-raising psychological thriller, plus all the other extras, this year’s schedule of shows includes something for everyone and promises to excite the imaginations of both children and adults.

Also, now through October 23, patrons can save more than 50% off the regular ticket prices and get two tickets to all four of the mainstage productions by purchasing a season membership for $60.

Season memberships are available online or by calling the theatre box office at 318-678-6021.

“This season is exciting for us for a number of reasons,” says Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing Arts. “First of all, there is something for everyone. Secondly, we will be able to showcase a large number of our Performing Arts students—Seussical alone features 35 students, graduates, and faculty on stage. Also the design requirements of this show as well as the other productions allow us to really showcase the talents of our design faculty and staff: Jonathon Offutt and David White (scenic designers), Rona Leber (costume designer), and Keith Bruce (lighting designer).”

The season of plays, each chosen to inspire thought and imagination, are as follows:

Seussical The Musical
"Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss' best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper!

Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once on This Island, Ragtime), have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – JoJo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

The Cat in the Hat tells the story in which the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant. Seussical is fun for the whole family!

The Game’s Afoot
Winner! 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Awards – Best Play!

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

Goldilocks and the Three Heberts (A-Bears)
The Performing Arts at Bossier Parish Community College and the Cavalier Players announce their 28th annual original children’s show, GoldiLocks and the Three Heberts, adapted and directed by the founder of the BPCC Theatre Program, Professor Stephen W. Slaughter.

This musical fable for children offers a new spin to the traditional Goldilocks fairy tale of the young girl’s encounter with the household of bears whose last name happens to be Hebert (of course, pronounced A-bear). This version is set in the swamps of Louisiana and features a host of Cajun animals and characters who present the story of GoldiLocks, a young girl who locks every door in sight as a safety precaution. Goldi unfortunately gets blamed for invading the bears’ home and eating their gumbo. It is Goldi’s sharp detective work that solves the mystery and brings the actual culprit, Robespierre the mischievous rabbit, to justice.

Please make plans now for you and your children to meet Ally and GiGi Frog, Leonardo de Caprio Turtle, Robespierre and Goldi in this delightful musical show for children of all ages.

The Haunting of Hill House
This suspenseful dramatic play by F. Andrew Leslie (from the novel by Shirley Jackson) is a chilling and mystifying study in mounting terror in which a small group of "psychically receptive" people are brought together in Hill House, a brooding, mid-Victorian mansion known as a place of evil and "contained ill will."

Led by the learned Dr. Montague, who is conducting research in supernatural phenomena, the visitors have come to probe the secrets of the old house and to draw forth the mysterious powers that it is alleged to possess -- powers which have brought madness and death to those who have lived therein in the past. Join us this summer for this outstanding thriller.

For more information on the Theatre season, call the theatre box office at 318-678-6021.

For donations to help community and technical college students, faculty, and staff affected by the flood, visit www.bpcc.edu/foundation.

BPCC GOSPEL CHOIR JOINED FACULTY AND STAFF AT T.O. RUSHEON MIDDLE SCHOOL TO SUPPORT LA FLOOD VICTIMS

Release date: September 7, 2016

BPCC Gospel Choir recently joined with T.O. Rusheon Middle School’s Principal Lorenza Baker, faculty, and staff to donate and assist victims in southern Louisiana since the floods that displaced thousands and damaged more than 55,000 homes.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the students and families in numerous schools, colleges, and universities in areas distressed by the recent flooding,“ said Dr. Cindy Darby, Student Advisor of the Gospel Choir. “I am pleased our students have taken the initiative to give back and play a small part in the flood relief efforts, reflecting the spirit of community they display on a daily basis.”

For donations to help community and technical college students, faculty, and staff affected by the flood, visit www.bpcc.edu/foundation.

FALL BAND POPS CONCERT SCHEDULED FOR BPCC

Release date: September 2, 2016

The BPCC Concert Winds will present its Fall Pops Concert at 7:30 pm on Friday, September 23 in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C), on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St, Bossier City, LA.

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

The evening’s concert will include Disney's “Symphonic Highlights from Frozen”; "Mambo" and "America" from West Side Story; "James Bond Suite"; and "House of Cards” the Theme from the Netflix series. “Additional light selections will also be included in the evening’s concert

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

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

AUDITIONS FOR THE FALL FESTIVAL OF ONE-ACT PLAYS

Release date: September 2, 2016

The Bossier Parish Community College Division of Communication and Performing Arts and the Cavalier Players announce auditions for the 2016 Annual Fall Festival of One-Act Plays.

Auditions are set for 5:30-7:00 pm Wednesday, September 7 in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C) on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

There are four short plays to be cast. Numerous actors are needed. BPCC’s Theatre program is showcasing the work of four student directors, who are all enrolled in BPCC’s Associate of Arts in Performing Arts (Theatre Concentration) degree. The directors include Taylor Brown, Sam Copeland, Erica Lawson, and Tova Volcheck. The Fall Festival will offer a full evening of theatre and will mark the theatre program’s eighteenth season of student-directed work.

There are 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. Reading selections will be provided at the audition.

The performance of the four plays will be at 6:30 pm Tuesday, November 8. 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, call 318-678-6021.

BPCC TO HOLD RIBBON CUTTING FOR NEW NORTH PARKING LOT

Release date: August 26, 2016

Bossier Parish Community College will hold a ribbon cutting for its new north parking lot at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 1 under the tent between Highway 80 and Building A on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City.

BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr., Senator Barrow Peacock, and Mohr and Associates’ Donnie Barker will speak at the ceremony. Student Government Association President Erica Lawson will also speak and give the students’ thoughts on the additional parking.

Please join us at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 1. Light refreshments will follow.

BPCC RECEIVES GRANT TO SUPPORT HEALTHCARE STUDENTS

Release date: August 22, 2016

The Community Foundation of North Louisiana has awarded the BPCC Foundation a $30,000 grant to support student scholarships. This matching grant from the Annie Lowe Stiles Trust will be used to support students pursuing careers in nursing and the allied health professions.

“The Community Foundation has a tremendous impact on the lives of BPCC students and we appreciate their critical support," said BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. “We are fortunate to have partners like the Community Foundation who understand an investment in BPCC is an investment in north Louisiana’s workforce.”

Paula Hickman, Executive Director of The Community Foundation of North Louisiana, said that the organization provides a variety of charitable services to help our partners achieve their vision for a stronger, more vibrant community.

“The Community Foundation knows that an investment in Bossier Parish Community College is leveraged with innovative leadership that has increased our community’s employment rate, attracted new industry to our area and equipped a new generation of community leaders with the tools that are needed to compete in a 21st century global economy.”

The scholarships will fulfill critical needs for students in clinical rotations by removing some of the financial barriers they experience during this most challenging phase of their studies.

“The generosity of the Community Foundation is vital to the continued success of our Nursing and Allied Health students,” said Carolyn Burroughs, BPCC’s dean of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health.

Any questions regarding the scholarship award can be directed to Stephanie Rogers, Director of Institutional Advancement, at srogers@bpcc.edu.

More information on BPCC’s programs in Science, Nursing, and Allied Health.

BPCC DEBATE TEAM TO HOST DEBATE FOR LOUISIANA’S 4TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT RACE

Release date: August 15, 2016

Bossier Parish Community College and the BPCC Debate Team will host a debate between candidates for Louisiana’s 4th Congressional District. The debate will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 18 in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C) on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The public is invited and admission is free.

Anyone wishing to submit a question for the candidates, may email their question to BPCC Debate Team coach Bob Alexander at balexander@bpcc.edu, who will be moderating the debate.

AUDITIONS SET FOR BPCC’S PRODUCTION OF SEUSSICAL!

Release date: August 10, 2016

The Bossier Parish Community College Theatre Program and the Cavalier Players announce auditions for the cast of the Broadway musical fantasy, Seussical: The Musical. The show was adapted from the books and stories of the famed Dr. Seuss, with book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and music by Stephen Flaherty.

Auditions will be at 6:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, August 15 and 16, 2016 in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C) on the BPCC campus, 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City.

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

Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing Arts, is directing this whimsical Tony Award-winning musical which follows Seuss’ delightful characters including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination—Jojo. The fun and familiar Seuss characters take us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the miniscule world of the Whos.

Show dates for Seussical! are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on October 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22, and at 2:00 p.m. on October 16 and 23.

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

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE ANNOUNCES ITS GRADUATES
FOR THE SUMMER 2016 SEMESTER

Release date: August 4, 2016

The following students graduated from Bossier Parish Community College on July 22, 2016 in the College’s Health and Physical Education Complex.

Commencement speaker for the graduation ceremony was Craig Spohn, President of Cyber Innovation Center. BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. presided over the College’s 73rd graduation ceremony.

The College is also pleased to announce students’ names on the Chancellor’s list and the Dean’s list for the 2016 summer semester

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BPCC TO HOLD ON-CAMPUS REGISTRATION FOR FALL 2016

Release date: August 4, 2016

Bossier Parish Community College’s on-campus registration for its fall 2016 term is set for Wednesday, August 10, 2016 and Thursday, August 11, 2016, at the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Students can select classes from a variety of fall sessions.

Fall 2016 classes begin Friday, August 12, 2016.

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.

BPCC ANNOUNCES BOBBY GILLIAM AS NEW HEAD BASEBALL COACH

Release date: July 19, 2016

Bossier Parish Community College is excited to announce Bobby Gilliam as the new Cavalier baseball head coach.

Gilliam is no stranger to the local baseball community. As a homegrown talent with D1 and professional playing experience, Gilliam played college baseball at Centenary College, where he was the career leader in runs, walks, and stolen bases, and was 2nd in career hits. In 2003, he played professionally for the Shreveport Sports, and in 2004-2005, he played for the Gateway Grizzlies.

Gilliam’s coaching career includes being the head coach at two local high schools. His most recent coaching position was the head coach for Southwood High School (2013-2016), where he was District Coach of the Year in 2014. Prior to Southwood, Gilliam coached at Loyola College Prep from 2008-2013. He was the 2010 3-A All-State Coach of the Year and the 2012 Times All-City Coach of the Year.   

"I’m really looking forward to being involved in baseball at the collegiate level and putting together a great product at BPCC,” says Gilliam. “BPCC has been growing in so many ways and having the opportunity to help grow the baseball program is a challenge that I relish.  It takes a lot of pieces to build a championship program, but we definitely have the support and involvement to do just that."

Athletic Director John Rennie is ready to have Gilliam on board to steer the baseball program at BPCC.  “We are thrilled to bring Bobby in as our next head baseball coach. He brings a lot of passion for the game and his players,” says Rennie. “Bobby has great experience in leading the programs he has coached to high levels of success. We’re looking forward to a great future for baseball at BPCC.”

The BPCC Cavaliers compete in NJCAA Division I.

BPCC’s 2016 SUMMER GRADUATION CEREMONY FEATURES GUEST SPEAKER CRAIG SPOHN

Release date: July 18, 2016

Bossier Parish Community College will celebrate graduates at its 73rd commencement ceremony at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 22, in the College’s Health and Physical Education Complex, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Craig Spohn, president of the Cyber Innovation Center (CIC), will deliver the commencement address to graduates. BPCC and CIC have a long-standing partnership founded on the commitment to producing a robust and highly qualified workforce to fuel the innovation boom in Northwest Louisiana.

Spohn is a veteran in the IT sector. He boasts more than 35 years of business experience working in international, commercial, and federal government markets. His message to graduating students is one of personal empowerment and responsibility.

“Your success and how things evolve from here is up to you,” shares Spohn. “Personal responsibility in all you do will be the fuel for that success."

In addition to his extensive business and IT background, Spohn’s roots in the community extend throughout the state as he has served on various boards such as the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Board of Supervisors, Committee of 100, and Military Affairs Council. He also served as the vice chairman of Governor Jindal’s transition team for higher education.

At the graduation ceremony, students will be awarded associate degrees, technical diplomas, certificates, and technical competency areas in each of BPCC’s 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.

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NINE BPCC STUDENT-ATHLETES RECOGNIZED BY NJCAA WITH ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Release date: July 18, 2016

Nine (9) BPCC athletes were recognized by the NJCAA for their work off the field in the classroom. They join a record-number 4,587 student-athletes nationwide honored with 2015-16 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards.

"We are extremely proud of our student-athletes receiving recognition from the NJCAA for their academic achievements,” stated John Rennie, BPCC Athletic Director. “They have put in countless hours of hard work to excel in competition as well as in the classroom. These awards are very well-deserved by these students," he added.

Freshman and record-setting first ever collegiate female pitcher, Sarah Hudeck from Sugarland, TX, was a recipient of the Pinnacle Award for Academic Achievement.

Five (5) Cavaliers earned Superior Academic Achievement Award distinctions. Brent Holcombe, freshman right handed pitcher from Cypress, TX; James Wilkerson, sophomore right handed pitcher from Ruston, LA; Kayla Mahan, freshman outfielder from Trophy Club, TX; Kacey Maines, freshman utility player from Carthage, TX; and Katelin Temple, freshman infielder from Vidalia, LA.

Earning Exemplary Academic Achievement awards were three north Louisiana natives. Araceli Morales, a first year Cross Country team member; Jamarcia Banks, freshman forward; and Joseph Tassin, freshman third baseman from Kadeville, LA.

Of the 57,472 student-athletes that participated in the NJCAA during the 2015-16 academic year, 7.98 percent earned national academic honors – more than double the previous mark of 3.31 percent set last year.

There are three classifications of the NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards based on the following cumulative GPA qualifications:

  • Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence: 4.00 GPA
  • Superior Academic Achievement Award: 3.80-3.99 GPA
  • Exemplary Academic Achievement Award: 3.60-3.79 GPA

In a change from previous years, first-year student-athletes with at least 24 semester-hours or 36 quarter-hours became eligible for the awards in 2015-16. This modification to the award qualifications led to a 133 percent increase in the number of student-athletes earning national recognition for their academic achievements.

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BPCC ANNOUNCES SUMMER PRODUCTION – PARALLEL LIVES

Release date: July 11, 2016

The Performing Arts of Bossier Parish Community College and the Cavalier Players announce the production of Parallel Lives, a funny and frank play about women, slated for July 22-31 in BPCC’s Performing Arts Theatre, Building C, on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on July 22, 23, 29, and 30; and at 2:00 p.m. on July 24 and 31.

Parallel Lives, the outrageous comedy by comediennes Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy, places an all-female cast into about 40 different characters. From two supreme beings who set about to create mankind to a barfly cowboy who sets his misguided attention on a middle-aged mother of two boys, the show presents nine sketches with a host of characters searching to find love, happiness, and meaning in a contemporary world of new age, feminist, and neo-religious ideas.

The play features the talent of BPCC Theatre students and graduates Lari Leber, Elise Birmingham, Taylor Brown, Allison Miller, Elizabeth Jones, and Jasey Gilbert as all the women characters. Other artistic contributions are from John Medlin as stage manager, David White as set designer, Rona Leber as costume designer, and Keith Bruce as lighting designer. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing Arts, is directing the play.

In addition to the BPCC performance dates, the BPCC show will travel to Michigan City, Indiana, in early August for a weekend of performances in a co-sponsored production with the Canterbury Summer Theatre, a professional non-Equity summer stock theatre in the Chicagoland area. Crawford is also artistic director of the Canterbury, a position he has held for more than thirty years.

“We chose Parallel Lives as our summer show for a number of reasons,” says Dr. Crawford. “First of all, a number of our full-time students scatter in the summer to pursue summer theatre work outside of Shreveport/Bossier or in local community theatre summer productions—we needed a small-cast show. Also, the playwrights have drawn some really rich characters in Parallel Lives for our students to develop.”

Crawford also says the small cast and minimal set requirements make the show a perfect choice for traveling to Indiana—a twelve-year tradition that has earned much recognition for BPCC theatre with award winning productions of such shows as The Woman in Black, and The Star-Spangled Girl, Echoes, and The Turn of the Screw. “This summer we are excited to continue that tradition by taking our students in this production to complete the Canterbury season, providing a professional venue for a BPCC show, and a professional opportunity for our students,” says Crawford. “As artistic director of the Canterbury, I am able to provide an additional quality production for the theatre’s audiences while at the same time providing a showcase for BPCC’s Theatre Program.”

Reserved seat tickets for the BPCC production are $12 and are on sale now online or by calling the Performing Arts Box Office number at 318-678-6021. BPCC students may receive one ticket to one performance with a current BPCC ID at the box office the day of the performance.

Please note that this production contains adult language and situations and is not suitable for children. Please see the website of all ticketing and seating information guidelines.

For more information please call The Theatre Program at 318-678-6021.

BPCC OFFERS NCCER CRAFT TRAINING

Release date: July 7, 2016

Bossier Parish Community College will offer NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) Craft Training beginning July 11 for Core and Carpentry Level 1 and July 12 for Carpentry Level 2. NCCER is a nationally recognized, standardized craft skill training program that provides students with industry-recognized credentials and national portability of skills.
Listed below are the courses offered:

NCCER Core and Carpentry Level 1 - $2,280
July 11, 2016 – May, 10, 2017
5:00 - 9:00 p.m., Monday and Wednesday
Building L, Room 138

Carpentry Fundamentals Level 1 Modules include Orientation to the Trade; Building Materials, Fasteners, and Adhesives; Hand and Power Tools; Introduction to Construction Drawings, Specifications, and Layout; Floor Systems, Wall Systems, Ceiling Joist and Roof Framing; Basic Stair Layout; and Introduction to Building Envelope Systems.

Students must successfully complete Performance Tasks at the end of each module. Steel-toed shoes and long sturdy pants are required in class. Appropriate PPE will be provided.

NCCER certifications can be applied to specific academic courses to help meet the course requirements. These courses are part of certificates and degrees.

Split payment available with $780 due at registration ($760 registration fee and $20 processing fee), 2nd payment of $760 due by Tuesday, November 1, 2016, and the final payment of $760 due by April 1, 2017. 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.

NCCER Carpentry Level 2 – $1,580
July 12 – January 16, 2017
5:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday
Building L, Room 138

Carpentry Level 2 Modules include Commercial Drawings; Roofing Applications; Thermal and Moisture Protection; Exterior Finishing; Cold-Formed Steel Framing; Drywall Installation; Drywall Finishing, Doors and Door Hardware; Suspended Ceilings; Window, Door, Floor and Ceiling Trim; Cabinet Installation and Cabinet Fabrication.

Students must successfully complete Performance Tasks at the end of each module. Steel-toed shoes and long sturdy pants are required in class. Appropriate PPE will be provided.

NCCER certifications can be applied to specific academic courses to help meet the course requirements. These courses are part of certificates and degrees.

Split payment available with $600 due at registration ($580 registration fee and $20 processing fee), 2nd payment of $500 due by Monday, October 3, 2016, and the final payment of $500 due by December 9, 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.

For more information or to register for these courses, call the Continuing Education Department at 318-678-6015.

BPCC FOUNDATION’S END-OF-YEAR CELEBRATION HONORS COMMUNITY BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY PARTNERS

Release date: July 1, 2016

Bossier Parish Community College Foundation’s End-of-Year Meeting and Dinner celebration held recently showcased many of the partners who have invested in the College throughout the year.

These business and industry partnerships allow for scholarship opportunities and better facilities for students to pursue their careers, and the Foundation wanted to honor those who generously give to make BPCC one of the most innovative colleges in the state.

“Every day, we commit to provide world-class service to our students because they deserve nothing less,” stated Chancellor Dr. Rick, Bateman, Jr. “Their success is our success. BPCC is a beacon of hope, opportunity, promise, and transformation.”

One example of the impact that the BPCC Foundation has on student success was shared by spring 2016 BPCC graduate Samantha Arellano. Her emotional and powerful testimony gave participants a glimpse into the lives that are touched each day at BPCC.

Arellano is a native of Mexico and came to the United States to pursue a college degree. She chose Bossier Parish Community College, and although college was a challenge for her because English is her second language, she excelled and earned her Associate of Science in Nursing. With the support of the BPCC Foundation’s scholarship assistance, Arellano graduated with honors, having achieved the highest grade point average in her class. She will soon begin her first job at University Health in Shreveport in the Labor and Delivery Unit.

“BPCC - thank you for believing in me and for all of the support,” said Arellano.

The BPCC Foundation also presented honorary awards to Senator Robert Adley and to the family of the late John R. McConathy for the support they have provided the College throughout the years.

Eight Campaign Cornerstone Awards were also given to the following partners: American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation, Alta and John Franks Foundation, BHP Billiton, Citizens National Bank, City of Bossier City, Community Foundation, Red Ball Oxygen, and Mr. Billy Montgomery.

The BPCC Foundation’s 2016 Philanthropy Partner of the Year award was given to two deserving individuals: John T. Hubbard and Michael H. Woods.

“The Foundation is proud to honor these and all of our partners who, through their investments in BPCC, validate the important role the College plays in preparing our citizens for jobs in high-demand careers and in meeting the demands of our regional workforce,” said Stephanie Rogers, BPCC’s Director of Institutional Advancement and
BPCC Foundation.

BPCC’s two-and-a-half year capital campaign, “Building Success Together,” draws to a close June 30. The campaign paved the way as the first of its kind for a two-year college in Louisiana and exceeded its goal of $15,000,000.

More information on the BPCC Foundation and its impact

FROM STUDENT WORKER TO DEAN: BPCC DEAN KNOWS WHAT IT TAKES

Release date: June 27, 2016

When it comes to student success, Peggy Fuller definitely knows what it takes to be successful.

Beginning at BPCC as a student worker then moving to an administrative secretary, a coordinator, a division chair, a director, and finally, to her current positions of dean of student success and interim dean of business – all the while earning her associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, and master’s degree, Fuller can truly give students a first-hand lesson on how hard work can help you succeed in life.

“Dedicated, student-oriented, hardworking, and the epitome of professionalism” is what her supervisor, Vice Chancellor Karen Recchia, says of Fuller. “Peggy [Fuller] has exhibited a work ethic that is second to none.”

Fuller, began her education right here [at BPCC] where she also began employment back in 1996. She earned an Associate of Arts degree from BPCC, received a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana Tech University, and then a Master of Arts in Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix.

She has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout her career. Within the last two years, Fuller has received the following prestigious awards, both locally and nationally, for her work and commitment to higher education and student success in our community:

  • Community Development Cooperation’s Back-On-Track Honoree—Spring 2016
  • John and Suanne Roueche National Award—Summer 2015
  • National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award—Summer 2014

Having an employee who is truly dedicated to student s’ success is something that is irreplaceable in the world of higher education. “Peggy’s contributions to our college and our campus community are invaluable,” adds Recchia. “BPCC is truly a better place because of Peggy.”

BPCC’S TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATHEMATICS’ CAREER FAIR HELPS TO SPOTLIGHT SKILLS NEEDED FOR HIGH DEMAND CAREERS

Release date: June 22, 2016

BPCC’s second annual Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (TEM) Career Fair will offer participants an opportunity to engage local employers and learn about various high demand careers in the field of TEM.

The TEM Career Fair is set for 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 8, in the Physical Education Complex on the BPCC campus, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA. The fair is free and open to the public. This year’s Career Fair is sponsored by Valve Works USA and Omni Specialty Packaging. The division invites all employers within the TEM fields to participate in the event and share their specific workforce needs with attendees.

“Area businesses in the field will spotlight industry specific jobs and the skills necessary to obtain them.” says Sandra Partain, dean of BPCC’s Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics division.

“This event provides an opportunity for current and potential students to determine the appropriate educational pathway in order to be job ready.”

Anyone is welcome to learn about an industry and what it will take to be trained in that industry. “We encourage anyone to attend who is interested in a new career or wants to retrain for another career,” adds Partain. “Just because someone isn’t qualified for a particular career field does not mean he or she should not attend.”

Attendees will also get a chance to find out more about training opportunities and how quickly they can receive training for the particular career in which they are interested.

“We will have representatives from BPCC’s technology, manufacturing, and engineering programs on hand to let people know: 1) how easy and fast it is to get trained or retrained for a new career, and 2) step-by-step how to apply and to register for training,” says Partain.

Representatives from BPCC’s Admissions and Financial Aid Offices will also be in attendance.

For more information on BPCC’s TEM Career Fair, contact Niesha McCoy at 318-678-6200.

BPCC’s INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERSHIPS OFFER LOCAL NURSING STUDENTS SPECIALIZED TRAINING

Release date: June 21, 2016

This summer, Bossier Parish Community College is excited to offer a unique opportunity to a group of students from another Shreveport/Bossier City institution.

During the months of May - July, thirty-one (31) LSUS LPN students will benefit from an institutional partnership between LSUS’ Practical Nursing Program and BPCC.

The partnership agreement allows LSUS LPN students to train, under the direction of BPCC’s Science, Nursing, and Allied Health Instructor Terri Durel, in BPCC’s Nursing Simulation Lab.

“We want to share the Simulation Lab’s technology and innovation in order to continue to advance the training of health care workers,” said Durel. “When students from neighboring institutions utilize the technology in the lab, it enhances their clinical experience, allowing for more advance training of the health care worker for the benefit of the community.”

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration, the nation’s nursing shortage is projected to worsen significantly over the next two decades if current trends continue. Institutional partnerships such as the agreement between BPCC and LSUS help to fill in program gaps and offer cutting-edge training that fuels workforce demands.

“BPCC is founded on building a better community,” said BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. “Welcoming students from other institutions and allowing them to use BPCC facilities in order to enhance their educational experience is how we play our part in building a stronger, smarter workforce.”

Students are put in real life situations while training in the Sim Lab. “Our lab enhances assessment techniques, organizational skills, priority training, and basic skills while encouraging autonomy of students,” said Durel. “The students determine care based on a patient’s need, and then they evaluate the results.”

BPCC’s Division of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health is also contributing to workforce demands through programs such as the LPN to RN Transition Program. The program prepares LPNs to become Registered Nurses (RN) and is designed for LPNs who want to pursue a career as an RN after completing a minimum of one year of practice as an LPN. Admission is granted on a competitive basis.

More information on the programs offered in the Division of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health.

BPCC-NSU TO SIGN AGREEMENT FOR SENIOR ARMY ROTC PILOT PROGRAM ON THURSDAY, JUNE 16

Release date: June 13, 2016

Bossier Parish Community College and Northwestern State University will sign an agreement establishing a one-year pilot affiliate Senior Army ROTC (at BPCC) at 10:00 am Thursday, June 16 in the Chancellor’s Boardroom (A230) on the BPCC campus at 6220 E. Texas St. in Bossier City.

"This collaboration with NSU will provide BPCC ROTC students a wonderful opportunity to serve our country and get valuable leadership experience that can enhance their military careers," says BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr.

Under the agreement, qualified BPCC students will be cross-enrolled at Northwestern State enabling them to pursue military science and leadership courses. NSU will serve as the host institution and provide instruction for courses on the BPCC campus.

"This latest collaboration between two extraordinary institutions is another example of the innovations possible when students are the highest priority,” said Northwestern State President Dr. Jim Henderson. “The Demon Regiment is rich in heritage and tradition. This newest approach to preparing leaders at BPCC extends that heritage to a new, promising generation."

A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required to remain in the program. BPCC will assign a college liaison to support the pilot program and students pursuing military science and leadership courses. The liaison will provide advisement and academic tracking and will work closely with NSU’s Department of Military Science to schedule courses and register students.

“While the pilot program will benefit both institutions by providing additional recruiting and outreach opportunities, students will reap the most rewards,” said Military Affairs Coordinator/ROTC Program Manager Sid Hall. “Army ROTC is one of the only college programs that teaches leadership. This training is invaluable for any career that involves leading, managing, and motivating people or fostering teamwork.”

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Date/Time:
Thursday, June 16, 2016
10:00 a.m.

Location:
Bossier Parish Community College
Chancellor’s Boardroom – A230
Administration Building
6220 E. Texas Street

Participants:
Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. - BPCC Chancellor
Dr. Jim Henderson - NSU President
Sandra Partain - Dean of Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Captain John Welch - Assistant Professor of Military Science

BPCC CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT (CNA) PROGRAM ENROLLMENT EXTENDED

Release date: June 10, 2016

Bossier Parish Community College’s Certified Nurse Assistant program will begin its summer 2016 classes beginning Wednesday, June 15 through September 1 – Monday through Thursday. 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. A split payment option is available by visiting the Continuing Education Office in Building D, Suite 134. Split payment option not available online. Ages 16+ can apply for the class.

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

BPCC RECEIVES $25,000 FOR CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT SCHOLARSHIPS

Release date: June 10, 2016

This week, Stephen Terrill with the Louisiana Associated General Contractors, Inc., presented BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. with a donation of $25K on behalf of the Contractors Educational Trust Fund. This donation will fund scholarships in BPCC's Construction Technology and Management program.

The mission of the Contractors Educational Trust Fund, set up by the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors, is to promote programs used for contractor educational purposes. Fines and penalties levied against violators of the state's contractor licensing law are sent directly to the fund.

Other BPCC officials on hand to receive the generous donation were Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (TEM) Dean Sandra Partain and Assistant Dean Megan Martin; Construction Technology and Management Program Director Mark Jusselin; and Director of Institutional Advancement Stephanie Rogers.

BPCC TO DEDICATE THE AEP FOUNDATION CREDITS COUNT LEARNING LAB

Release date: June 7, 2016

Bossier Parish Community College, in collaboration with the BPCC Foundation, is set to dedicate the AEP Foundation’s Credits Count Learning Lab at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 9 in BPCC’s Learning Commons (Library), Building A on the College’s campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The AEP Credits Count Learning (Orientation) Lab is the students’ on-site “gateway,” or starting point, for college campus resource accessibility. The Learning Lab is where students will learn about research tools, technical and digital resources, and services and support available to help ensure their success as they navigate the college experience.

“The AEP Foundation’s investment in Bossier Parish Community College to bring the Credits Count dual enrollment initiative to northwest Louisiana is important because BPCC will pave the way to help young people become the next generation of critical thinkers who will find solutions for complex challenges for businesses and communities,” says Venita McCellon-Allen, SWEPCO president and chief operating officer.

At individual computer stations within the Learning Lab, students are guided by a librarian through a step-by-step, hands-on exploration of how to:

  • Locate physical materials in the library using the online catalog,
  • Access journal articles from the online database using Boolean and other search engines,
  • Distinguish the difference between journals and magazines for research,
  • Analyze basic principles on fair use of copyright materials in student research
  • Understand MLA and APA citation style and how to avoid plagiarism, and
  • Discover how library resources can be remotely accessed online 24/7.

BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. and BPCC Foundation President Bruce Roberts will unveil a plaque naming the space the AEP Foundation Credits Count Learning Lab.

“The services in the AEP Foundation Credits Count Learning Lab will help to provide a stronger foundation for students, enhance their knowledge and confidence level about campus resources, and ultimately, enhance outcomes related to exams and study material, therefore, ensuring that each individual will be successful upon graduation,” says BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr.

Join us as we dedicate this learning space and recognize AEP Foundation and SWEPCO for its support of Bossier Parish Community College and its students.

Date/Time:
Thursday, June 9, 2016
2:00 p.m.

Location:
Bossier Parish Community College
AEP Foundation Credits Count Learning Lab
Administration Building - Building A, 1st floor
6220 E. Texas Street

FEW SPACES LEFT: BPCC CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT (CNA) PROGRAM BEGINS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8

Release date: June 6, 2016

Bossier Parish Community College’s Certified Nurse Assistant program will begin its summer 2016 classes beginning Wednesday, June 8 through August 25 – Monday through Thursday. 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. Stop by the Workforce Development and Continuing Education Office in Building D, Suite 134 for more information. Split payment option not available online. There is a minimum age of 18 for the class.

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

LOCAL BUSINESSMAN DONATES TO BPCC

Release date: May 25, 2016

Local businessman Keith Gamble and wife Maureen have pledged to support Bossier Parish Community College with a donation of $125,000. This generous gift will expand access to education and prepare individuals to compete for high-wage jobs. It will also help to meet business and industry demands for more skillful graduates, thus strengthening our regional economy.

"Maureen and I are delighted to invest in BPCC because the faculty and staff are doing phenomenal work developing the workforce for Northwest Louisiana,” said Gamble. “We are confident that this investment in BPCC strengthens our community by ensuring access to top notch educational experiences."

BPCC Chancellor Rick Bateman, Jr. says the College is honored to have such a dedicated and supportive community partner. “The Gamble family shares BPCC’s vision of access and success, and this donation will open the door to new opportunities for many students.”

For more information on this gift or other scholarship and giving opportunities, contact Stephanie Rogers, Director of Institutional Advancement, at 318-678-6010.

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE ANNOUNCES ITS GRADUATES FOR THE SPRING 2016 SEMESTER

Release date: May 25, 2016

The following students graduated from Bossier Parish Community College on May 13, 2016 in the College’s Health and Physical Education Complex.

Commencement speaker for the 9:30 a.m. ceremony was Dr. Phillip Rozeman, local physician and education activist. The Honorable Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser was the guest speaker at the 2:00 p.m. ceremony. BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. presided over the College’s 72nd graduation ceremony.

The College is also pleased to announce students’ names on the Chancellor’s list and the Dean’s list for the 2016 spring semester.

BPCC TO OFFER LED COURSE: Delivering Structured On-The-Job Training

Release date: May 24, 2016

Louisiana Economic Development’s (LED) Delivering Structured On-the-Job Training (SOJT) module will be held from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 26 in Building L, Room 115 on the BPCC Campus, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The course is designed to provide participants with the skills to facilitate on-the-job training sessions. Upon completion of the module, participants will be able to describe the role of the trainer, create a learning environment based on adult learning principles, perform the 4-Step Method for transferring knowledge and skills, and demonstrate effective feedback and listening skills.

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For more information, contact Continuing Education office at 318-678-6015.

BPCC FILM INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES ITS NEXT PRODUCTION

Release date: May 23, 2016

Bossier Parish Community College Film Institute will begin filming this summer’s movie A Bus from Dallas on Wednesday, May 25. A Bus from Dallas will be filmed around the Shreveport/Bossier area and will wrap shooting on Monday, June 20. This will be the Institute’s 16th production.

A Bus from Dallas is a film about a chance encounter between two women (Charlene and Loretta) at a small town bus stop. As they wait for the bus to arrive, they dive into why they are there and what drives them. This leads to the discovery of a surprising bond between them.

The BPCC Film Institute’s cast of this production include Kalah Roberts and Elise Birmingham as the roles of Charlene and Loretta, respectively. These two phenomenal ladies are joined by a seasoned supporting cast of major players, Brad Crates as Bud and Richard Harold as Glen. Also featured are Allison-Rebekah Miller as Tammy, Chenia King as Lisa, and Jedidiah Volcheck as Scotty. Additional talent is provided by Shelly Stewert, Ali Stewert, Lauren Holland, Tina Mercer, Charles Duke, and Samuel Copeland. Richard Folmer, local favorite of stage and screen, will appear in a featured cameo.

A Bus from Dallas is being directed by BPCC Communication and Performing Arts staff member Keith Bruce from a screenplay by Chicago playwright, David Wesley Graham, based on his play Homecoming. The film will premiere in the fall of 2016.

BPCC TO HOLD PARTNER RECOGNITION CEREMONY FOR GREATER BOSSIER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION ON THURS, MAY 26

Release date: May 23, 2016

Bossier Parish Community College, in collaboration with the BPCC Foundation, will recognize the Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation (GBEDF) for the investments the organization has made to support Bossier Parish Community College, and address current and future workforce needs for the local manufacturing industry.

The recognition ceremony will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 26 in the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology (Building L) on the College’s campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

“The investment by the GBEDF stands as a testimony to all the hard work and planning made by various partners to insure a long term workforce opportunity for northwest Louisiana,” says Rocky Rockett, Executive Director/President, Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation. “This facility has already proven to be a focus for regional manufacturers in their training efforts and has been a beacon for other prospective interested parties in our market to locate here knowing they too can train a qualified workforce utilizing this one of a kind facility.”

Rockett adds, “The ability of our partners including the City and Parish of Bossier along with Louisiana Economic Development to make investments such as this sends a signal to manufacturers and interested businesses that we are serious about making our home better and are willing to do what is necessary to insure our citizens are qualified to work in our market. With a qualified workforce and with partners willing to step out and make the necessary investments to attract industry, Bossier and northwest Louisiana will continue to lead in economic development statewide.”

BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. and BPCC Foundation President Bruce Roberts will be presenting GBEDF with a recognition plaque to be placed in the Center.

“BPCC is grateful for the support of our industry and civic partners,” says Bateman. “It is this type of collaboration that allows the College to provide world class instruction in state-of-the-art facilities. This building and its programs allow us to train the next generation of workers who will fuel our regional economy. Thank you, Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation, for all the work you do to foster a skilled workforce in Northwest Louisiana.”

Join us as we recognize the Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation for its support of BPCC’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology.

Date/Time:
Thursday, May 26, 2016
2:00 p.m.

Location:
Bossier Parish Community College
Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology
Building L (back of campus)
6220 E. Texas Street

SERVICE DOG ASSISTS STUDENT WITH PTSD, RECEIVES RECOGNITION FOR HER ROLE IN HELPING OWNER GRADUATE

Release date: May 23, 2016

On May 13, BPCC celebrated its 72nd commencement exercises. A joyous occasion for many and shared with friends and family as the college packed in a larger than normal crowd who were cheering on and supporting graduates.

The mortars adorned, the gowns and various regalia paraded to Pomp and Circumstance, and smiles stretched from ear to ear as hundreds of grads awaited their turn to walk across the stage to receive diplomas in their degree fields. But the crowds and excitement experienced at graduation ceremonies aren't for everyone.

For graduates like Jeremy Louk who suffer from PTSD, large crowds and excitement can be difficult to process. Jeremy is a veteran with a 17-year active duty military career. He has been deployed eight times; twice to Turkey, once to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq, and three times to Afghanistan.

At his request, Louk received his diploma from BPCC in a private ceremony on last Monday - just a few days following his fellow classmates’ much larger celebration. By his side to share in his accomplishment stood his faithful learning companion and registered service dog, Sadie Grace. BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. awarded Jeremy with his associate degree in general studies and also presented a special certificate to Sadie Grace in recognition of the role she played in Jeremy’s educational journey at BPCC.

“It’s all about living out our mission to embrace, educate, and empower our students,” said Chancellor Bateman. “This is just one example of how we are meeting students where they are and seeing them through to their success.”

“Sadie Grace has been very instrumental to me in completing my degree”, said Louk. “Her job is to sense when I'm anxious or having an episode of illness and intervening by providing comfort.”

Louk added, “There were daily occurrences where her services were critical to me getting through a class period, a major assignment, or a test. It is a blessing having her beside me on a daily basis.”

With a record number of veterans on today’s college campuses, you don’t have to look far to find students with backgrounds similar to Louk’s. Currently, he is one of five BPCC students who use a service dog as a means to cope with a disability. Three of those five students are military veterans.

Louisiana law makers have worked in recent years to expand the rights for disabled persons using service dogs. In 2014, SB 432 was amended to include “the use of a service dog who has been trained to do work or perform a task for a person with a disability.” The new language is more inclusive, allowing all persons with a disability to use a service dog and strikes language that limits the use of a service dog only to persons with a physical disability.

“We are continuing to learn how to better serve our military students with the same compassion as they have served our country,” said Karen Recchia, BPCC’s Vice Chancellor of Student Services.

“[Jeremy] has taught us a great deal about the issues students using service dogs face,” added Recchia. “We’ve learned how to educate the student population on how to interact with service dogs while in the classroom.”

The College has been designated a Military Friendly School by Victory Media for five consecutive years. On average, BPCC has about 600 students receiving military benefits yearly. Not only will Louk’s legacy at BPCC have a lasting impact on future students, he has helped the College as a whole to shape policies that will enrich educational experiences for all students with disabilities.

BPCC TO HOLD PINNING AND NURSING HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTION CEREMONIES FOR SPRING 2016 NURSING CLASS

Release date: May 10, 2016

Bossier Parish Community College will hold the pinning ceremony for its spring graduating class of nursing students at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2016 in the Gymnasium on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

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

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

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

The spring class of registered nurses will graduate from the College on Friday, May 13, 2016.

BPCC NURSING PINNING CEREMONY
Date/Time:

Thursday, May 12, 2016
6:00pm

Location:
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Bossier Parish Community College
6220 East Texas Street
Bossier City, Louisiana

BPCC TO HOLD PHI THETA KAPPA HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTION CEREMONY WEDNESDAY, MAY 11

Release date: May 10, 2016

The Bossier Parish Community College Alpha Rho Phi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society will induct its 2016 members at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

“These students exemplify excellence in academics, leadership and service,” says Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. “We are privileged that these students chose BPCC as their institution for higher learning, and whether they decide to advance to the next phase of higher education or choose to enter the job market, these students will possess the qualities necessary to be great leaders and role models.”

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

As stated in its mission statement, “the purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.”

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

Date/Time:
Wednesday, May 11
7:00 pm

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

THE HONORABLE LT. GOV NUNGESSER AND DR. PHILLIP ROZEMAN TO DELIVER BPCC’S SPRING 2016 COMMENCEMENT ADDRESSES

Release date: May 9, 2016

The Honorable Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and Shreveport physician Dr. Phillip Rozeman and are set to give the commencement addresses at Bossier Parish Community College’s 72nd spring commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 13, at the College’s Health and Physical Education complex, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

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

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

Dr. Phillip Rozeman is the president and founder of Cardiovascular Consultants, a group of cardiologists serving the Ark-La-Tex for over twenty years. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Willis-Knighton Health System and has been recognized as one of the top Cardiologist in America. In addition to his numerous contributions to the health care sector, Dr. Rozeman is a champion for education. He is the founder and past president of the Alliance for Education as well as co-founder of Education's Next Horizon. Both organizations combine business, education, and community leaders dedicated to school improvement in Louisiana. Dr. Rozeman has served in countless other community leadership roles, including local and state board positions for Blueprint Louisiana, Committee of 100, and the BPCC Foundation.

“We need not get caught up in the headlines of the day,” Rozeman will tell the Science, Nursing, and Allied Health graduates on Friday. “Don’t fall into the trap of thinking there is no compassion, respect, shared responsibility, or belief in service anymore. These things are alive and well. Every day, people create new stories that exhibit boldness in caring. It is the foundation of a full life. We are all unique and no one is going down the same path. Everyone creates their own story.”

William Harold "Billy" Nungesser was sworn in as the 54th Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana in January 2016. Nungesser served as the president of the Plaquemines Parish Commission when the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded off the coast of Louisiana in 2010. Nungesser’s critical leadership helped to lead the Parish through one of the state’s most devastating times. He is known for his tireless efforts that helped to get the Parish and state back on the road to recovery. Through the disaster, Nungesser did not wait for the federal government and BP to act, he advocated to protect the state’s coastal communities and fought to bring restoration to the environment. He has been described as the hardest working man in America, and is a true son of Louisiana having grown up in the state’s holy trinity of seafood, oil and politics.

“It is an honor and a privilege for me to join Bossier Parish Community College for their commencement exercises on Friday,” says Nungesser. “I am humbled to be a part of the graduation, and I look forward to sharing my thoughts with an inspiring group of leaders who are looking to the future.”

Nungesser will share some of the following words with the afternoon graduates. “Graduation is a defining moment in your lifetime. For some, it is just a milestone on a path leading to an even higher education, and for others it marks the beginning of a professional life. But one thing is made abundantly clear, none of you should see this moment as an ending, the only thing I see when I look out at graduates are the faces full potential and the tenacity to succeed.”

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

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE ANNOUNCES CAMP CAVS SUMMER YOUTH CAMPS 2016 OFFERINGS

Release date: May 9, 2016

Camp Cavs, BPCC’s summer program for kids, will be held in the months of June and July 2016. Camps are scheduled Monday-Friday, unless otherwise noted. Camps will include softball, basketball, culinary, cheer, dance, guitar, theater/drama to name a few.

Registration for Camp Cavs is open now, and camps will be held at Bossier Parish Community College campus, unless otherwise noted. There may be additional supply fees associated with certain camps.

» Summer camp offerings and registration information

For more information or to register, contact BPCC’s Continuing Education Department at 318-678-6015. Campers must complete a release/waiver form prior to participation.

BPCC STUDENTS WIN 5 GOLD AND 1 SILVER AT SKILLSUSA® STATE COMPETITION

Release date: May 6, 2016

Bossier Parish Community College took home five gold medals and one silver medal at the 2016 State Leadership and Skills Conference (Skills USA® Competition) held recently at Northwest Louisiana Technical College in Shreveport.

BPCC students Sean Garraway and Chris German participated in the 3-D Visualization and Animation category and won first prize, and students Miranda Mahmud and Carl Pierson competed in Digital Cinema and Television (Video) Production and both won first prize. BPCC Debater Jacob Volcheck won first prize for Extemporaneous Speaking and BPCC student Brandy Beard-Kemelek competed in photography and won silver.

Each gold medal winner is eligible to go on to the National Leadership and Skills Conference (Skills Competition) in June 2016 in Louisville, KY.

The students participated with the help of the following faculty and staff members working as their team leads: Bob Alexander, Lauren Brown, Eric Crowder, and Jonathan Elmore.

“I could not be prouder of our students and their faculty,” says BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. “Having this level of success testing their skills against the best in the State reinforces for employers that our career and technical education programs are developing exceptional talent. On to nationals!”

More than 145 community and technical college students from across the state matched their abilities against their peers' in various career and technical education contests, which were designed and judged by more than 50 experts from local labor and industry.

Participants competed in 37 skill areas including architectural drafting, collision repair technology, culinary arts, electrical, industrial motor control, practical nursing, welding, early childhood education and other in-demand career fields.

SkillsUSA® is a national organization with more than 300,000 members and is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Its mission is to help its members become world-class workers and responsible American citizens and prepares students with employability skills that industry values.

Sponsored by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, the competition is supported with self-generated funds, Carl D. Perkins funds, and private gifts through the LCTCS Foundation.

BPCC ANNOUNCES NEW MEN’S BASKETBALL COACH

Release date: May 4, 2016

Bossier Parish Community College is excited to announce Chris Lovell as the Cavalier men’s basketball head coach.

Lovell comes to Bossier Parish Community College from Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, TX. At Prestonwood, Lovell led a nationally recognized and ranked men's basketball program, which just won its fifth straight Texas TAPPS 5A State Championship in 2016. The Prestonwood Christian Men’s Basketball Program was recently named in the top 36 High School Basketball Programs in the country since 2010-2011 by Max Preps. While at Prestonwood, Lovell has had the fortune of coaching some of the best players in the nation, including Julius Randle of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Previous to coaching, Lovell served as the head student pastor for Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, TX, and Germantown Baptist Church in Memphis, TN. Lovell also has deep local roots playing high school basketball at the former Trinity Heights Christian Academy and then college basketball at LSU-Shreveport.

Lovell graduated from LSU-S with a bachelor's degree before attaining a master's degree in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Amanda have three children: Paxton, Bowman, and Kerrington.

"I'm honored and thankful to have the opportunity to be the next Head Men's Basketball Coach at Bossier Parish Community College,” says Lovell. “BPCC has always been a staple in the Bossier area and the potential for its men's basketball program is very exciting to me. I'm looking forward to creating and leading a culture of winning while recruiting the best players possible. I want to assemble a team that can win at a high level in the classroom and on the basketball court while impacting the community in a positive way! I would like to thank Dr. Bateman, John Rennie, and the Search Committee for this incredible opportunity. I am excited to get started and to bring an exciting style of basketball to Bossier Parish Community College."

Athletic Director John Rennie is ready to have Lovell on board to steer the men’s basketball program at BPCC. “We are thrilled to have Chris coming in as the next head coach of our men’s basketball program,” says Rennie. “Chris is recognized across the nation by many major college coaches as a great young coach with much passion for his players. We are confident the passion, knowledge, and relationships Chris brings will develop a successful men’s basketball program here at BPCC in which our school and community will be proud.”

The BPCC Cavaliers compete in NJCAA Division I.

BPCC SUMMER AND FALL 2016 ONLINE/ON-CAMPUS REGISTRATION DATES

Release date: May 2, 2016

Registration for Bossier Parish Community College’s summer and fall 2016 terms are listed below:

ONLINE REGISTRATION for both summer and fall 2016 are available NOW.

ON-CAMPUS REGISTRATION:
6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Summer 2016 - Monday, May 23, 2016 – 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Summer 2016 classes begin May 24, 2016.

Students can select classes from three different summer sessions:

  • Session A: Entire Semester, May 24 - July 18, 2016
  • Session B: First Half of Semester, May 24 - June 20, 2016
  • Session C: Second Half of Semeste, r June 21 - July 18, 2016

Fall 2016 - Monday, August 10, 2016 – 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Fall 2016 classes begin August 12, 2016.

Students can select classes from different fall sessions:

  • Session A: Entire Semester, August 12 - December 7, 2016
  • Session B: First Half of Semester, August 12 - October 6, 2016
  • Session C: Second Half of Semeste,r October 7 - December 7, 2016
  • Session D: Four-Week Session, August 12 - September 8, 2016
  • Session E: Four-Week Session, September 12 - October 6, 2016
  • Session F: Four-Week Session, October 7 - November 3, 2016
  • Session G: Four-Week Session, November 4 - December 7, 2016
  • Session J: Thirteen-Week Session, August 29 - December 7, 2016

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-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.

»More details about BPCC academic programs

BPCC STUDENTS/FACULTY RESPRESENT CYBER, ENGINEERING, AND CULINARY PROGRAMS AT TWO EVENTS AT STATE CAPITOL

Release date: April 28, 2016

The 3rd annual Louisiana Workforce Experience and inaugural Taste of Louisiana community college culinary arts showcase is set for Thursday, April 28 at the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge, LA. The Taste of Louisiana is a new addition to the Workforce Experience and will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on the Capitol grounds House patio. The Louisiana Workforce Experience will immediately follow from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda.

Louisiana’s community and technical colleges from across the state will highlight cutting-edge programs that are preparing Louisiana’s future workforce. BPCC students, faculty, and staff traveled to Baton Rouge to represent Northwest Louisiana in the two events.

As part of the Taste of Louisiana, BPCC is one of five community college culinary programs participating and providing small samples of hot and cold breakfast items that represent the cultures and variety of flavors from across the state. BPCC’s student chefs Diana Chung, Jordan Fontana, Toby Talley, and Emandera Griffen, along with BPCC Chef Julie Dupont and Chef Mark Starrett, will prepare beef tenderloin canapes for lawmakers and guests.

Later, visitors to the Capitol Rotunda for the Louisiana Workforce Experience will have an opportunity to engage with students and industry partners as well as participate in hands-on demonstrations in more than 15 programs which are aligned to the state’s immediate workforce needs. Among all the programs to be featured include petrochemical, health occupations, non-destructive testing, alternative energy, STEM, process technology, welding, advanced manufacturing, instrumentation, robotics, millwright, and integrated production technologies.

BPCC engineering student Tyler Partington, cyber technology students Lacy Chism and Stacey Miller, and Ms. BPCC and nursing student Alli Leone will “tell their story” to Capitol visitors and lawmakers. They will be accompanied by Professor Chris Rondeau, program director of cyber security; Marjoree Harper, director of student life; and Tracy McGill, director of public relations.

The students will demonstrate what they are learning in their various fields of study. A 3D printer and various computer devices will allow the students to provide onlookers with a glimpse of the technology used in the classrooms at BPCC.

“Our programs at BPCC are specifically designed to align with regional, high-demand employment sectors such as nursing and allied health, oil and gas tech, advanced manufacturing, and engineering,” says BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. “Participating in an event such as this gives us an opportunity to share witha statewide audience the world-class talent we are producing on a daily basis.”

BPCC SOFTBALL TEAM CELEBRATES SOPHOMORE DAY AT DOUBLEHEADER HOME GAMES

Release date: April 22, 2016

BPCC’s Lady Cavs softball will wrap up the regular season Saturday, April 23 with doubleheader home games against Baton Rouge Community College at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.. at the BPCC Softball field on the College’s campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The game is dedicated to honor and recognize graduating sophomores, and a Sophomore Day Ceremony will be held Saturday afternoon following the 3:00 p.m. game. The ceremony will serve as a time to celebrate their contributions to the team and recognize their achievements throughout the season.

As the Lady Cavs Softball head coach Amanda Nordberg-Hamilton completes her first year at BPCC, she reflects on the students’ dedication to the program. “It is important to recognize those players who have committed to our program for the past two years and the dedication they have put in to continuing to build our program,” says Hamilton.

“They have worked extremely hard this year and I could not be more proud of the students, teammates, and leaders they have become. This group has truly set the foundation for the future of the Lady Cavalier Softball program. The proof of their hard work can be easily seen in the stats, but what is not as easily visible is their growth in character, grit, determination and leadership,” adds Hamilton.

2015-16 Lady Cavs Sophomore Players
Taylor Davis
Krissy Williams
Kayla Mahan
Stephanie Willis
Kirsten Martin
Brea Robinson
Kat Finley
Alex Greer
Madison Haney
Shelby Nicholas
Miranda Young

BPCC WINS BIG AT THE KENNEDY CENTER IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Release date: April 21, 2016

Students and staff of Bossier Parish Community College’s Theatre Program received seven awards for distinguished achievement this past weekend (April 16) at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The awards presented to BPCC Theatre artists recognize their contributions to the school’s production of The Turn of the Screw, as follows:

Distinguished Production of a Play - The Turn of the Screw
Distinguished Director of a Play - Ray Scott Crawford
Distinguished Scenic Design - David White
Distinguished Sound Design - David White and Ray Scott Crawford
Distinguished Lighting Design - Keith Bruce
Distinguished Performance by an Actress - Madeline Hiers
Distinguished Performance by an Actor - Jesse Kortus

Earlier this year, The Turn of the Screw ranked number one of five productions in the five-state Region VI of the KCACTF—qualifying it for consideration for national recognition. The National KCACTF Selection Committee and the KCACTF Artistic Director, Gregg Henry, reviewed all the plays chosen to be presented at all eight regional festivals (43 top productions this year from across the nation) to select the top national award recipients. The Turn of the Screw ranked as one of the top five productions and each artist is among the top five (six for the actors) chosen from all participating colleges, universities, and graduate schools in the nation for 2016.

Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing Arts at BPCC and director of the play, traveled to Washington, D.C. along with the two actors of the production, Jesse Kortus and Madeline Hiers, to receive the awards. In addition to performances and ceremonies, one of the highlights of the weekend for the three was a commedia dell’arte acting master class led by James Peck of the Dell’Arte Institution of Las Vegas (trainer to many of the Cirque de Soleil characters).

BPCC Media Coordinator Keith Bruce and Technical Coordinator David White received awards for lighting design and sound design, respectively. Also, White and Crawford received an award for sound and music design and execution for the show.

According to Crawford, “KCACTF provides so many opportunities to student participants—performers as well as technical theatre artists. I remember “taking shows to festival” or “hosting the festival” when I was a student at Louisiana Tech or later at Texas Tech—years ago. BPCC has participated for six years now—our actors and singers have competed for scholarships and opportunities, we’ve entered productions as local and state participants, and have received state and regional recognition in the past. I am so very proud of our students’ achievements through these endeavors, but it is especially valuable for them to receive national notice and support. I want to thank our Chancellor, Dr. Rick Bateman for the opportunity to have taken these students to the Festival to receive their awards—the honor will be long remembered.”

Regarding the achievement, BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman states, “At BPCC, we could not be more proud of the faculty, staff, and students of our Communications and Performing Arts Division. Competing successfully against colleges and universities across the country provides a clear endorsement of the world-class learning experiences at BPCC and the commitment to artistic excellence in CAPA."

The BPCC Theatre Arts Program offers an Associate of Arts in Performing Arts with concentrations in Theatre, Musical Theatre, Music, and Church Music. The degree is the only 2-year Performing Arts degree in Louisiana. Advance registration for summer and fall semesters began April 19.

More info about the BPCC Theatre Program, call 318-678-6021.

BPCC CHOIRS TO PRESENT SPRING CONCERT

Release date: April 21, 2016

The BPCC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, under the direction of Mr. William Bond, Jr., will present their Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre on the College’s campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA. This concert is free and open to the public.

The evening’s performance will include both traditional choir repertoire and several pop selections. Included in the evening’s performance will be “Ubi Caritas” by Ola Gjeilo; “A Song of Night” by Laura Farnell; “Come Dwell in Solomon's Walls” by Z. Randall Stroope; “Three Contemporary Latin Settings” by Jerry Estes; "Give Me the Simple Life", by Rube Bloom; and "Ain't That Good News", arranged by Moses Hogen.

The concert will conclude with a surprise medley that the public will not want to miss. Both the Concert Choir and the Chamber Singers are accompanied by Dr. Dan Gibbs.

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

NORTHWEST LOUISIANA TECHNICAL COLLEGE SET TO HOST SKILLSUSA™ COMPETITION

Release date: April 20, 2016

The 33rd annual SkillsUSA Louisiana Postsecondary Leadership and Skills Conference will be held on Thursday, April 21 and Friday, April 22, at Northwest Louisiana Technical College (NWLTC) Minden and Shreveport campuses and Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC).

Opening ceremonies will take place Thursday, April 21 at 9:00 a.m. at the NWLTC Shreveport campus with competitions beginning at 10:30 a.m. at NWLTC Shreveport and Minden campuses and BPCC. The competition will resume on Friday, April 22 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. also at NWLTC Shreveport and Minden campuses and BPCC.

Community and technical college students from across the state will compete in thirty-seven skill areas including architectural drafting, collision repair technology, culinary arts, industrial motor control, practical nursing, welding, early childhood education and other in-demand career fields.

During the competition, students will match their abilities against their peers in various contests judged by experts from industry and education.

Gold medal winners at the Louisiana competition will advance to the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky. in June.

SkillsUSA Louisiana Postsecondary is a partnership of students, faculty, business, and industry working together to ensure Louisiana has a skilled workforce. It is considered the definitive skills challenge for career and technical education in Louisiana, and is one of the state’s largest events of its kind.

The conference is hosted through a partnership between the Louisiana Community and Technical College System and the National SkillsUSA office, and supported by the Carl D. Perkins Grant for Career and Technical Education.

“Partnerships with business and industry, from every corner of Louisiana, have provided expanded opportunities for the students,” said Patricia Felder, Louisiana SkillsUSA Post-Secondary director. “Participation in SkillsUSA affords students the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and skills in their area of expertise, engage with business and industry representatives, interact with students from around the state, and earn the opportunity to compete at the national level.”

Many business and industry sponsors also support the conference through donations, prizes and company involvement.

“The generosity of business and industry has been instrumental in the 61 percent membership growth for 2016,” said Felder. “Donations of funding, man-power, equipment, and materials demonstrate the commitment of business and industry, to grow career and technical education programs throughout the state.”

The competition is free and open to the public for observation.

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Contact:
Quintin Taylor, Executive Director of Media Relations, LCTCS
901-236-2321, quintintaylor@lctcs.edu

Dianne Clark - Interim Director, NWLTC
318.371.3035, dianneclark@nwltc.edu

Tracy McGill, Director of Public Relations, BPCC
318-678-6190; tmcgill@bpcc.edu

BPCC OTA STUDENTS PRESENT RESEARCH FINDINGS AT NSU, ADVOCATE FOR HEART SCREENINGS AMONG THE STUDENT ATHLETE POPULATION

Release date: April 20, 2016

Students from BPCC’s Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program were on the Northwestern State University campus yesterday sharing research findings with the University’s athletic staff. The presentation was centered on students suffering sudden cardiac arrest. The group’s presentation also helped to inform the staff and raise awareness on the importance of EKG screenings among student athletes.

Taylor Cedars, a student in BPCC’s OTA program, shares how the group determined a focus for the project.

“Our class had an assignment to help raise awareness for the profession of occupational therapy,” says Cedars. “Because occupational therapy covers so many different areas we had a limitless number of possible ideas. Initially, our group reached out to a local high school football coach with the idea of speaking about concussions and spinal cord injuries, but he quickly expressed a need for more information on sudden cardiac arrest.”

Once the group focused in on the research process, the findings revealed a basis for supporting their topic. “Our class was shocked to find that on average, every three days a competitive athlete experiences sudden cardiac death in the U.S.,” states Cedars.

“ECG/EKGs can accurately detect heart abnormalities 94 percent of the time whereas traditional physicals with a stethoscope only detect 1%. Sudden cardiac arrest often occurs with no symptoms, so a screening is very important for prevention,” Cedars adds.

The project has impacted this group’s future career endeavors and will help them to make more informed decisions as they deliver care in the workforce.

“I think our class will use this knowledge to advocate on behalf of student athletes. We want to educate our future clients on everything they can do to maintain their health. We now have the resources and information we can share with others to help raise awareness.”

The project made such an impact on the students that many of them are taking what they learned and applying it to community service in order to help provide the costly EKG screenings for student athletes.
“Without insurance these screenings can cost upwards of $500,” states Cedars.

Students from the group plan to volunteer with the Brandon Goyne Foundation to assist with future screening events. “Our class has been working with the foundation which offers screenings at a discounted rate of $15/screening,” adds Cedars.

More information on the BPCC OTA program

“OPERATIZER” SCHEDULED AS BPCC GUEST ARTIST SERIES

Release date: April 19, 2016

The Music Program at Bossier Parish Community College will present a Guest Artist Series performance featuring the 2015-2016 Shreveport Opera Artists in Residence at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28 in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA. This Guest Artist Series performance is free and open to the public.

The Shreveport Opera Artists in Residence are featured performers of the current Shreveport Opera season. The Shreveport Opera Artists in Residence (also known as SOX – Shreveport Opera Xpress) are Suzanne Grogan, Soprano; Gillian Lynn Cotter, Mezzo-Soprano; Johnathan Riesen, Tenor; and Dan Ewart, Baritone. The Resident Artist accompanist is pianist Neill Campbell.

The evening’s Operatizer will feature repertoire selected from operas that include La Bohemé, by Puccini; Rigoletto, by Verdi; Lakme, by Delibes and the musicals Kismet and The Sound of Music. The “Operatizer” serves as a musical appetizer for those who enjoy opera as well as those who would like to know more about opera, the daily lives of opera performers, and some of the inner workings and history of the art form. A brief question and answer session with the artists will immediately follow the performance.

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

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

BPCC’S FALL 2016 MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP AUDITION DATE ANNOUNCED

Release date: April 12, 2016

Audition dates for Fall 2016 music scholarships have been scheduled by the Music Program at Bossier Parish Community College. Music scholarship auditions are scheduled for Saturday April 23 and will take place in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C), Room 123 on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Individuals do not need to be music majors to enroll in the ensembles or to receive a music scholarship, but an audition is required to earn the music scholarship. Individuals must call or e-mail to schedule an audition and a specific 20-minute time slot.

Those enrolling in Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Concert Band, or Jazz Ensemble are eligible for a music scholarship. Music scholarships may be renewed for up to six semesters; however, they do not cover fees or books.

“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 2016 term,” Hart said. Last year, the BPCC Music Program awarded more than 40 music scholarships to area students.

BPCC is the only public institution in the Shreveport/Bossier metropolitan area that offers the Associate of Arts Degree with a music concentration. 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, students should contact Dr. Hart at 318-678-6146 or e-mail mhart@bpcc.edu.

SPRING BAND CONCERT SCHEDULED FOR BPCC

Release date: April 12, 2016

The BPCC Concert Winds will present its Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 22 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 wind band selections. The evenings concert will include “Incantation and Dance” by John Barnes Chance; “Third Suite” by Robert Jager; “Seis Manuel” by Shelley Hanson; Bandology” by Eric Osterling; and “Finale from Symphony No. 4”, by Tchaikovsky.

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

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

BPCC MUSIC PROGRAM TO PRESENT SPRING JAZZ ENSEMBLE CONCERT

Release date: April 11, 2016

The BPCC Jazz Ensemble will present its Spring concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21 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. Their performance will include “Things Ain't What They Used to Be” by Mercer and Duke Ellington; “All The Things You Are” arranged by Michael Sweeney; “Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man”, arranged by Roger Holmes; “Here's That Rainy Day”; arranged by Dee Barton; "Sidewinder" by Lee Morgan; and "Cute" by Neal Hefti, among other selections. Musical Theatre major Tomiya Washington will be the featured vocalist on "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man".

The BPCC Jazz Ensemble is comprised of both music and non-music majors. Many students in the ensemble are on full-tuition music scholarships.

“The BPCC Jazz Ensemble is open to all students interested in playing in the ensemble, though we typically hold auditions for the rhythm section,” says Dr. Michael Hart, the ensemble’s director.

For more information about this free 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 11, 2016

The BPCC Music Program will present its second annual Opera Scenes Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20 in the Performing Arts Theatre on BPCC’s campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert will include scenes from “The Mikado”, by Gilbert and Sullivan; “The Magic Flute” and "The Marriage of Figaro" by Mozart; and "Madame Butterfly” by Puccini. The scene from "Madam Butterfly" will be sung in Italian, but all of the other scenes will be performed in English.

A new course was designed last year to develop singers' interest and performance in opera. In that 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 free concert or music scholarships at BPCC, call 318-678-6146 or e-mail mhart@bpcc.edu.

BPCC CAVALIER BASEBALL “GOES PINK” FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

Release date: April 11, 2016

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 12 against Mt. 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.

"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.”

“All the players are looking forward to ‘PINK OUT BASEBALL’ and we hope the community will join us as we support this worthy cause,” says Vorachek.

BPCC STUDENT TO PARTICIPATE IN NASA AEROSPACE SCHOLARS 5-WEEK PROGRAM

Release date: April 8, 2016

BPCC Cyber student Jennifer Olah has been selected to travel to NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center next week to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars project (NCAS).

Olah was selected as one of 216 community college students from across the U.S. to be part of NCAS.

The five-week scholars program culminates with a four-day on-site event at Armstrong Flight Research Center and offers students the opportunity to interact with NASA engineers and others as they learn more about careers in science and engineering. While at NASA, students form teams and establish fictional companies interested in Mars exploration. Each team is responsible for developing and testing a prototype rover, forming a company infrastructure, managing a budget, and developing communications and outreach. The on-site experience at NASA includes a tour of facilities and briefings by NASA subject matter experts.

Chris Rondeau, BPCC’s Cyber Security program director, is thrilled for Olah to have this unique experience. "As an intern in our cyber program, Jennifer took it upon herself to do a double internship. For one of our students to be selected to participate in this scholars project at NASA shows our students learn the latest in cyber security."

NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars is a project funded in part by the Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, which is committed to the recruitment of underrepresented and underserved students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to sustain a diverse workforce.

With this project, NASA continues the agency’s tradition of investing in the nation’s educational programs. It is directly tied to the agency's major education goal of attracting and retaining students in STEM disciplines critical to NASA’s future missions, which include missions to Mars and beyond.

“NCAS not only inspires community college students to advance in STEM fields, but it also opens doors for future careers at NASA. NCAS has a legacy of alumni moving from NASA internships to and ultimately entering the NASA workforce. It is rewarding to see the progression of a student from NCAS participant to NASA colleague.” Tania B. Davis, Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Manager

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BPCC’S 2ND ANNUAL SPRING SWING GOLF TOURNAMENT SET TO RAISE FUNDS FOR WORKFORCE TRAINING SCHOLARSHIPS

Release date: April 7, 2016

The Bossier Parish Community College 2nd Annual Spring Swing Golf Tournament is scheduled to be held on Thursday, April 28 at Stonebridge Golf Course. Shotgun start is set for 12:00 p.m.

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

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

Sponsorship levels include:

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

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

ART EXHIBITION GALA AND AWARDS RECEPTION RECOGNIZES ARTISTS FEATURED IN SAVOIR FAIRE LITERARY ART MAGAZINE

Release date: April 6, 2016

Bossier Parish Community College is celebrating the publication of its literary and art magazine, Savoir Faire, with an evening Exhibition Gala and Awards Reception at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 11 in the Donna Service Gallery on the college’s campus located at 6220 E Texas Street, Bossier City.

The reception is free and open to the public and will display the works submitted to the magazine by BPCC students and alumni. Top entries will be recognized and prizes will be awarded to first place in each category of literary and visual artwork during the reception.

The magazine is published annually each spring and features original art, photographs, and various literary works such as poetry, short stories, essays and plays. Nearly 400 entries between the two categories were submitted to the judging panel to be considered for awards and inclusion in the publication.

“It can be a very competitive process as we have been receiving more entries with each year,” shares John Wagoner, BPCC Liberal Arts Instructor and co-editor of the Savoir Faire magazine.

The exhibition will remain on display throughout the month of April in BPCC’s Donna Service Gallery located on the first floor of Building A on the College’s campus. Hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

BPCC HIGHLIGHTS CAREERS IN WELDING IN OBSERVATION OF NATIONAL WELDING MONTH

Release date: April 5, 2016

National Welding Month is observed in April and is dedicated to celebrating the critical role that the welding trade plays in supporting the manufacturing sector. BPCC will observe the month by offering opportunities to explore careers in the welding industry. Representatives from the College’s Advanced Welding Program will host a Welding Information Fair open to the public from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6 and Tuesday, April 12 in Building F on BPCC’s campus, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The addition of new industries into the NWLA region is attracting individuals from all backgrounds who are looking to transition into a new or second career. There is currently a tremendous shortfall of welders within the field, both locally and nationwide. BPCC’s Advanced Welding Program aims to close the talent gap by providing training through the American Welding Society’s Curriculum for Certified Welding Supervisors and Certified Welding Instructors.

Thomas Kolbenschlag, a retiree from the U.S. Air Force, is currently training for a certification in BPCC’s intermediate welding program. Although he’s already had a full career within his lifetime, the opportunity to continue his education and learn a new skill set will help him to craft a second career.

“I enrolled in this program to further my skill set in welding so that when I get hired, I can hit the ground running,” states Kolbenschlag. “I have supervisory experience and just need more time with the various types of welding to get a huge step up on other entry level welders and someday be a Certified Welding Inspector.”

Kolbenschlag adds, “I'm very impressed with the new equipment, student-to-instructor ratio, and curriculum. I had a good entry level skill set before I entered this program. Now, I have more confidence and ability from the great instruction I've received.”

The coursework includes application into new welding technology, supervision and management, inspection, testing, and covers the economics of welding. Students can specialize in several high demand industrial fields including Advanced Manufacturing and Oil and Gas Production Technology.

»More information on BPCC’s Advanced Welding Program

BPCC DEBATE REACHES FINAL FOUR

Release date: April 4, 2016

While Houston hosted the NCAA’s “Final Four” over the weekend, just down the road in Baytown, Texas intercollegiate debate’s national champions were also being crowned. BPCC’s Debate Team finished as the 3rd ranked community college at the 2016 International Public Debate Association National Championship Tournament.

The team was led by sophomore captain Jakob Volcheck, who finished the year as the #6 ranked debater nationally in the Junior Varsity division, and freshman Zack Witt, who advanced to the 9th round of competition before being eliminated in the round of 32. Also representing BPCC were Jordan Wilson and Shaletra Thomas. Together the team earned 14 wins over the competition en route to earning a 3rd place finish.

During the IPDA’s annual season-long awards presentations on April 3rd, the team was also recognized as the 5th ranked community college for the 2015-2016 regular season. This marks the 8th consecutive year that BPCC has finished in the top 5 nationally amongst community colleges.

In both the season-long awards and at the national championship tournament, rankings are assigned based on the number of victories debaters earn.

“When it comes to the number of students traveled, we’ve simply been outgunned,” said BPCC Debate Coach Bob Alexander. “At the national championship tournament, the average number of competitors representing the other top 3 community colleges was 9, BPCC had 4; in the season long competition, there was a similar disparity. We continually asked our students to do more, and each of them responded to the challenge.”

“I’m extremely proud of the performance of each of our students,” said Alexander.

BPCC HOSTS DAY OF ACTION CEREMONY, KICKS OFF SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH

Release date: April 1, 2016

Someone is sexually assaulted every two minutes in the United States, according to the Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Bossier Parish Community College is teaming up with local community advocates to host the “Day of Action” ceremony to kick-off the month-long observation.

The event is set to take place at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, April 5 in the Quad on BPCC’s campus located at 6222 E Texas Street, Bossier City.

This year’s theme is “Prevention is Possible” and emphasizes how communities can come together to reduce the risk of sexual violence through efforts that promote respect, equality, and accountability. A joint proclamation declaring April 5 as the “Day of Action” has been issued from both the Shreveport and Bossier City Mayor’s offices.

BPCC Vice Chancellor of Student Services Karen Recchia says Sexual Assault Awareness Month is an important time to recognize victims of sexual assault and to learn more about how we can come together as a community to prevent future assaults.

“BPCC is proud to serve as a host site for the “Day of Action” ceremony,” says Recchia. “Offering ways to participate and engage in social issues helps to educate students, faculty, and staff on resources available to them such as preventative education and victims’ services.”

Students, faculty, and staff along with elected officials and sexual assault survivors will be in attendance to pledge their support and to be a voice for sexual assault victims and prevention. Representatives from Project Celebration’s Sexual Assault Center will also be on campus this day to educate students and share resources for sexual assault victims.

VETERAN NARCOTICS AGENT TO DELIVER ADDRESS AT BPCC ON CURRENT DRUG TRENDS

Release date: April 1, 2016

Lt. Carl Townley, a decorated veteran narcotics agent with the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, will be on BPCC’s campus at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6 in the Theatre (Building C) to address students, faculty and staff on current drug trends, dangers of illegal drugs, and the legal consequences of being involved in drug use and drug dealing. The event is free and open to the public.

“Drugs are responsible for the degradation of our society and are the root of so many other crimes committed in the United States,” shares Townley. “Everyone needs to be aware of what is out there and what is being made available to our children and students.”

Townley has over 25 years of experience in narcotics investigation and has participated in more than 1,000 felony drug arrests. Throughout his years of service, Townley served as an undercover narcotics agent for the FBI, DEA, US Customs, and ATF as well as local task forces.

A former BPCC student in the criminal justice program, Townley is passionate about sharing experiences working in the field and looks forward to coming back to the college to address this issue.

“[They] need to be informed about the dangers of illegal drugs and the consequences of being involved in drug use and drug dealing,” Townley adds.

BPCC ANNOUNCES PERFORMANCES AND CAST FOR THE 2016 CHILDREN’S SHOW THREE LITTLE PIGS AS TOLD BY STEPHEN W. SLAUGHTER

Release date: March 22, 2016

The Communication and Performing Arts Division and the Cavalier Players announce the cast for the upcoming children’s show Three Little Pigs, directed by Keith Bruce.

Show dates/times are 7:00 p.m. on April 8 and 15, and 2:00 p.m. on April 9, 10, 16 and 17 in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre, Building C, 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City.

This is the classic fairy tale as only Steve Slaughter can tell it. You all know the story: Three sibling pigs build houses of straw, sticks, and bricks to keep the Big Bad Wolf at bay and they learn several valuable 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.

The cast will feature Tristian Moss, Nathan Coleman, Shaun Hardman, Alana Seidelman, Crystal Barson, Elizabeth Jones, Hannah Monette, Allison Miller, Lee Townsend, Taylor Brown, Lauren Holland, John Meddlin, Christian Marshall, and Erica Lawson. In addition to Keith Bruce as Director and Lighting/Sound Designer, David White is Scenic Designer/Technical Director, Jonathon Offutt is Properties Manager, and Rona Leber is the Costume Designer.

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

BPCC RECEIVES $25,000 FROM CITIZENS NATIONAL BANK

Release date: March 22, 2016

Citizens National Bank President Woody Schick presented Dr. Rick Bateman with a $25,000 donation. The gift was payment toward Citizen's pledge of $250,000 to the school's Capital Campaign.

“The significant effort BPCC makes toward training and educating individuals and allowing them opportunities for a better future makes our commitment to BPCC an easy decision,” says Woody Schick, president/CEO of Citizens National Bank.

The donation will be used to support a range of services including student success initiatives, athletic support, and the Citizens N.A/John R. McConathy Scholarship Fund for business majors.

“Our business students and student-athletes will significantly benefit from this generous gift,” says BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. “With corporate partners like Citizens National Bank who believe in the mission of providing quality education here in Northwest Louisiana, BPCC will continue to make an impact in this community and beyond.”

BPCC CELEBRATES NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH WITH BROWN BAG DIVERSITY ROUNDTABLES

Release date: March 7, 2016

March is National Women’s History Month. Throughout BPCC’s 49-year history, women have played key roles and significant contributions in the development and advancement of the College.

“In celebration of Women’s History Month, BPCC’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Relations in collaboration with the Library/Learning Commons and Multicultural Affairs Advisory Committee will feature three Brown Bag Diversity Roundtables that explore the diverse experiences, challenges, and accomplishments that women from all socioeconomic backgrounds have faced,” said Dr. Cindy Darby, coordinator of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Relations.

As part of the National Women’s History Project, BPCC will host the following scheduled events:

Empowering Women: A Global Outreach Perspective
Wednesday, March 16, 2:00 p.m.: A-149

Featured presenter: Mrs. Velma Kirksey-Tarver, Founder/Director of The Institute of Global outreach
This second roundtable will address Global Awareness and the Walk for Humanity, 5K /1 mile Health Walk to help end world suffering.

Rosa Parks: Telling a "Shero's" Story
Wednesday, March 21, 2:00 p.m.: A-149

Featured Presenter: Dr. Frances S. Conley, Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts. This first roundtable highlighting the collection and legacy of Rosa Parks. A short video will be shown which centers around Parks’ writings during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, letters from presidents, and her work with children.

Her Story Beyond the Stage
Wednesday, March 23, 2:00 p.m.: G-320

Presented by: Mrs. Angelique Feaster-Evans, Founder/Chair of the Mahogany Ensemble Theatre
This presentation will explore the imagery and perception of the way women are portrayed on network television shows such as Scandal, the Have and the Have Nots, and A Raisin in the Sun on Broadway.

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BPCC HOLDS LOUISIANA REGION I SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR 2016 AT BOSSIER CIVIC CENTER FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

Release date: March 3, 2016

Bossier Parish Community College, the City of Bossier City, and Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Funeral Homes, Cemeteries and Flower Shops Inc. will sponsor the 2016 Louisiana Region I Science and Engineering Fair tomorrow and Saturday, March 4 and 5 at the Bossier Civic Center, 620 Benton Road, Bossier City, LA.

The 2016 Region I Science and Engineering Fair marks the 42nd year BPCC has served as host. The Fair includes students in grades 4-12 from a 5-parish area: Bossier, Caddo, DeSoto, Red River, and Webster. More than 500 students compete annually and are judged by 135 professionals from throughout the area.

BPCC Science Professor and Fair Director Bob Boykin is always amazed at the talent shown at the Region I Fair. “There are too many times when students’ names are associated with negative activities and this is a positive event showcasing students who would otherwise not get noticed,” says Boykin.

The Region I Fair begins Friday, March 4 with judging from 9:00-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3:00 p.m. Public visitation is from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday and from 8:30-10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 5, with the awards ceremony scheduled from 10:00-11:00 a.m. on Saturday.

First place winners in Division B (middle school grades 6-8) and Division C (high school grades 9-12) qualify for the Louisiana State Science Fair in Baton Rouge March 21-23.

In addition to hosting the Region I Science and Engineering Fair, Bossier Parish Community College also sponsors 2-3 students each year for the International Science and Engineering Fair. The ISEF will be held in Phoenix, AZ. BPCC faculty members have also participated at ISEF as judges, advisory council and display and safety committee members.

For more information on the Region I Science and Engineering Fair, view the web site or contact Bob Boykin at 318-678-6067.

LADY CAVS ADVANCE TO REGION XIV PLAYOFFS

Release date: March 2, 2016

For the third consecutive season, BPCC’s Lady Cavs have advanced to the NJCAA Region XIV playoffs. The Lady Cavs will take on Tyler Junior College at 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 2 at Angelina College in Lufkin, TX, for the first round of the playoffs.

The advancement into the playoffs came after a 99-87 victory over Panola College last week. The team ended the regular season with a 19-10 record after losing two players to knee injuries early on in the season. “Our team has really pulled together this year and fought through a tough preseason,” says Lady Cavs Head Coach John Rennie.

“We're excited to play in the post season for the third consecutive season and look forward to playing a tough Tyler team in the first round on Wednesday,” adds Rennie. “Our goal is always to win a championship and that's what we'll be shooting to do this weekend.”

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BPCC WILL BE OPEN TO PUBLIC FOR SPRING FLING PREVIEW DAY SATURDAY, MARCH 19

Release date: March 2, 2016

Bossier Parish Community College will hold Spring Fling Preview Day 2016 from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, 2016 on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St, Bossier City, LA.

Spring Fling Preview Day 2016 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 it’s like to attend BPCC! “

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

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

BPCC PERFORMING ARTS THEATRE WINS REGIONAL TITLE AT KENNEDY CENTER AMERICAN COLLEGE THEATRE FESTIVAL

Release date: March 1, 2016

The Bossier Parish Community College Theatre production of The Turn of the Screw landed the top honor Saturday at the Region Six Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Awards Ceremony in San Angelo, TX.

The “Richard A. Weaver Award for the Best Play Presented at the Festival” was awarded to the BPCC production. The cast and crew of the show also won the “Golden Hand Truck Award,” which is presented to the school with the most professionally executed load-in and load-out of the show’s scenery, lights, and other production elements into the host theatre.

The Turn of the Screw, a play adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the Henry James novella, was one of five productions invited to be presented during the five-day event. These five nominees were chosen by the regional KCACTF Selection Committee from almost 300 participating and associate productions performed last year by Colleges and Universities across the region.

Angelo State University hosted the five-day festival, which also included a large number of student-focused events and competitions for college performers, designers, directors, and technicians. The other invited productions were from Sam Houston State University, Oklahoma State University, University of Central Oklahoma, and University of the Ozarks.

Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, BPCC dean of Communication and Performing Arts at BPCC, directed the production which was presented last summer at BPCC, later at the Canterbury Summer Theatre in Michigan City, IN, and in November at the Texas State II KCACTF festival in San Jacinto, TX.

“These opportunities and awards bring recognition to BPCC, but more importantly they highlight our students’ talent and their potential and desirability as recruits for four-year theatre programs across the region,” says Crawford. “This honor helps BPCC Theatre to continue to be known as an outstanding program for students interested in the performing arts.”

BPCC theatre students also participated in individual performance events and scholarship competitions during the festival. Jesse Kortus and Madeline Hiers (the actors in The Turn of the Screw) and Tova Volcheck were nominated and participated with their acting partners Elise Birmingham, Jonathan Rambin, and Jasey Gilbert in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions. Tova Volcheck and Jasey Gilbert were also nominated and participated in the Musical Theatre Initiative (MTI) Auditions. Gilbert advanced as one of fourteen MTI finalists. Jamie Johnstone was selected as a student director for the 10-Minute Original Play presentations. Jaren Stringer was cast in one of the student written 10-Minute Plays.

BPCC staffers Paul Belcher and Mary Lyle coordinated BPCC’s participation in the Festival. David White designed the set and coordinated back stage efforts for the production. Keith Bruce designed and implemented lights. BPCC faculty members Rona Leber and Jonathon Offutt attended the festival as well, Leber designing costumes. BPCC theatre graduate, Lari Leber, stage managed the show. In addition to those mentioned earlier, BPCC students attending as crew for the show were John Medlin and Jaren Stringer.

The “Best Play Award” is named for the late Dr. Richard A. Weaver, former Chair of Regional VI KCACTF and 22-year Chairman of the Theatre Department at Texas Tech University. Coincidentally, Weaver was one of Crawford’s advisors and primary instructors while he earned his Ph.D. at Texas Tech.

KCACTF encourages, recognizes and celebrates the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theatre programs across the country. Region VI includes Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas, and New Mexico.

LOCAL BUSINESSMAN ESTABLISHES SCHOLARSHIP FUND FOR BARKSDALE AFB MILITARY PERSONNEL

Release date: February 29, 2016

To honor the service, dedication, and sacrifice of members of the U.S. military stationed at Barksdale AFB, local businessman John E. Atkins of Atco Investment Company is donating $50,000 to Bossier Parish Community College to establish the Atkins Family Scholarship Fund for Barksdale AFB Military Personnel.

Annual scholarships totaling up to $10,000 will be awarded from the Atkins fund to help remove barriers for members of the military as they pursue academic degrees and/or professional certifications at BPCC.

“My wife, Lindsay, and I have enjoyed getting to know the airmen and officers of Barksdale through our involvement in the Military Affairs Council, and we are pleased to have this opportunity to assist those members of the base who are interested in furthering their formal education,” says Atkins. “These men and women have given so much to our country through their service to the Air Force, and we are blessed to be able to show our appreciation in this small way.”

The Atkins Family Scholarship Fund for Barksdale AFB Military Personnel will also make it easier for active duty service men and women who experience deployment to resume their education by reactivating their award upon returning to Barksdale AFB. Spouses of active duty military may also be considered for assistance from the fund.

BPCC Chancellor Rick Bateman, Jr. says the College is honored to have such a dedicated and supportive community partner. “The Atkins family shares BPCC’s vision of access and success, and this scholarship fund will open the door to many new opportunities for our military students and their spouses.”

For more information, contact Susan Stakes in BPCC’s Veteran Education Services office at 318-678-6472 or Stephanie Rogers, Director of Institutional Advancement, at 318-678-6010.

DEADLINE APPROACHING: BPCC Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program begins WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2

Release date: February 24, 2016

The Bossier Parish Community College’s Certified Nurse Assistant program will begin its spring 2016 classes beginning Wednesday, March 2 through May 19 on Monday through Thursday. 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:

  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

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. Stop by the Workforce Development and Continuing Education Office in Building D, Suite 134 for more information. Split payment option not available online. There is a minimum age of 18 for the class.

For more information or to register, contact BPCC’s Continuing Education Office at 318-678-6015 or register online.

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE IS A HOST SITE FOR COLLEGE GOAL SUNDAY

Release date: February 24, 2016

BPCC will be a host site for College Goal Sunday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Sunday, February 28, 2016. The event will be held in Building D on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

What is College Goal Sunday? According to the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance website, “This national initiative provides invaluable assistance to both traditional and non-traditional students and their parents in understanding the financial aid application process and will provide line by line assistance with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. Free one-on-one assistance from financial aid professionals will be available at sites statewide.”

College Goal Sunday, sponsored by the Louisiana Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (LASFAA) and the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) with funding from a National College Access Network (NCAN) Grant, is open to all Louisiana high school seniors, their families, and also for adults who need financial aid assistance for post-secondary education.

Financial Aid professionals from area Louisiana institutions of higher education will be on hand during College Goal Sunday events to guide you through this application process. Computer labs will be open so that your electronic FAFSA can be completed and submitted on site before you leave the event.

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BPCC’S DIVERSITY AND MULTICULTURAL RELATIONS OFFICE PRESENTS CANTATA IN COMMEMORATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Release date: February 23, 2016

The BPCC Office of Diversity and Multicultural Relations and Gospel Choir will present a concert in celebration of Black History Month at 12:00 p.m. Thursday, February 25 in F-203, Emmett E. Cope Student Services Center. The event is free to the public for this performance.

“The Cantata will present beautiful genres of spirituals, gospel repertoire, and outstanding choral works by Black composers,” says Dr. Cindy Darby, Student Advisor, BPCC Gospel Choir. “We wanted to introduce that unique, diverse music to faculty, staff, students, and the audience.”

To culminate the Black History Month Cantata, an instrumental performance of “Ave Maria,” arranged by Leeoonas Richardson, music director of the Gospel Choir.

BPCC’s Black History Month Commemoration is coordinated by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Relations, Learning Commons/Library, and Multicultural Affairs Advisory Committee.

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2016 MS BPCC AND MISS TINY CAVALIER CHOSEN

Release date: February 22, 2016

Allison Leone was named the new Ms. BPCC and Aryebellah Johnson was selected Miss Tiny Cavalier at the 2016 Ms. BPCC Pageant held Saturday evening at BPCC’s Performing Arts Theater.

Leone, a Nursing major, is the daughter of Bubba and Kim Leone and Kayla and Justin Ford. Aryebellah, age 5, is the daughter of Amanda and Kevin Johnson. She is in kindergarten at Meadowview Elementary School.

Ms. BPCC first runner-up was Erica Lawson, a Performing Arts major, and Ms. Congeniality was Destiney Wesley, a Physical Therapist Assistant Program major.

Millie Romero, age 4 and a Pre-Kindergarten student at Bellair Academy, was chosen as Miss Tiny Cavalier first runner-up. She is the daughter of Romanita and Kevin Romero.

The Ms. BPCC contestants are judged on leadership in academic and extracurricular activities, citizenship, service to the College, poise, personality, and personal attractiveness. Miss Tiny Cavalier contestants are judged on beauty/appearance, personality, projection, and poise. Various prizes are awarded including a full-tuition scholarship plus books for the Ms. BPCC titleholder.

Ms. BPCC represents Bossier Parish Community College as a spokesperson and community ambassador. The pageant is held annually.

FREE HISET PREP, ESL, AND BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS CLASSES OFFERED BY BPCC AT SHREVE MEMORIAL-MAIN BRANCH

Release date: February 22, 2016

BPCC classes for HiSET prep, English as a Second Language, and basic computer skills are being offered at 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 basic computer skills and are free of charge.

Registration for these classes are held at 9:30 a.m. every Thursday at the Shreve Memorial Library-Main Branch.

“These classes at Shreve Memorial’s main library branch in downtown Shreveport provides access to high-quality educational programming to students in closer proximity to where they live and will remove the burden of transportation to and from our main campus,” says BPCC’s Assistant Director of College Transition Programs Justin Tison.

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 MUSIC PROGRAM SCHEDULES SPRING CHOIR POPS CONCERT

Release date: February 19, 2016

The BPCC Concert Choir will present their Spring Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 4 in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C), on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Concert Choir, accompanied by pianist Dr. Dan Gibbs, will take the stage to perform popular selections guaranteed to bring enjoyment to audiences of all ages. The choir is under the direction of Mr. William Bond.

The concert will include Can You Feel the Love Tonight by Elton John and Tim Rice; Don't Go Breaking My Heart, arranged by Mark Brymer; The Sound of Silence, by Paul Simon; Down to the River to Pray, arranged by Sheldon Curry; and September, arranged by Mark Brymer.

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

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

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

BPCC DEBATE TEAM TO HOST INTERCOLLEGIATE DEBATE TOURNAMENT FEB 19-21

Release date: February 17, 2016

The BPCC Debate Team will host the 8th Annual Eddy Shell Invitational Debate Tournament February 19-21 on the College campus, 6220 E. Texas St, Bossier City, LA.

The competition, expected to draw 15 colleges/universities and approximately 200 students, is named in honor of Dr. Edwin T. “Eddy” Shell, who taught speech at BPCC for forty years until his passing in 2008 after a battle with cancer.

In its first 4 years, the tournament has attracted 29 different colleges and universities from seven states to the BPCC campus.

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

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

Competition runs from 11:45 a.m. - 800 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, 8:00 a.m. -10:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20 and 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 21, and will be headquartered in Building F.

Volunteers are needed to serve as judges. No prior experience is required and judges’ training will be available. If you would like to learn more about the tournament or would like to volunteer, to judge, contact BPCC Debate Team Coach Bob Alexander at 318-678-6460.

MS BPCC AND MISS TINY CAVALIER PAGEANT TO BE HELD SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20

Release date: February 17, 2016

Six contestants will vie for the title of MS BPCC at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 20, 2016 in the Performing Arts Theater on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

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

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

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

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

BPCC TO PARTICIPATE IN 27TH NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN READ-IN THURSDAY, FEB 18

Release date: February 17, 2016

In celebration of Black History Month, Bossier Parish Community College will participate in the 27th National African American Read-In by hosting a Black History Month Literary Salon at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 18 in the lobby of BPCC’s Administration building, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA. The public is invited to attend this free event.

BPCC’s 27th National African-American Read-In event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Relations, Library/Learning Commons, and Multicultural Affairs Advisory Committee.

Dr. Ray-Scott Crawford, dean of Communications and Performing Arts, will be the keynote reader accompanied by students in BPCC’s “Voice for the Stage” theatre class. Crawford will read excerpts from several of George C. Wolfe’s off-Broadway productions. In addition, Dr. Frances S. Conley and Ellen Boose, assistant professors of Liberal Arts, will participate in reading passages from their favorite authors of African-American descent.

Dr. Cindy Darby, coordinator for Diversity and Multicultural Relations in collaboration with Brenda Brantley, dean/professor of Learning Resources, established the event.

“It’s exciting to know faculty, staff, and students will be connecting with countless readers from diverse communities across the United States to celebrate diversity and to promote literature, art, and music by African American writers,” says Darby.

The national event is sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the NCTE national organization, and endorsed by the International Reading Association.

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LADY CAVS SOFTBALL SWEEP SEASON OPENER DOUBLEHEADER

Release date: February 12, 2016

Bossier Parish Community College’s Lady Cavs Softball swept the season home-opener doubleheader against Hinds Community College 12-1 and 8-1 on Wednesday, February 10.

Sophomore Brea Robinson hit .500 on the day, including a double and a three-run home run complete with two stolen bases.

Freshman Ashley Nipper pitched a one-hitter in a complete game appearance in game one. She gave up no walks and struck out four.

BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman made a special appearance and threw out the first pitch of the season. Dr. Bateman shared a few encouraging remarks with the team before they took the field. “Have fun. Encourage each other by recognizing each player’s hard work. If you see something, say something.”

It’s not just a new season for the Lady Cavs, but a chance for the new Cavalier softball head coach, Amanda Nordberg-Hamilton, to showcase how her team has been preparing for the 2016 season.

“We have been hard at work preparing for the season opener”, states Coach Nordberg-Hamilton. “We are continuing to build on our athletic abilities and improve team culture.”

“The Lady Cavalier softball program has a lot of winning tradition and history. My plans for the program are to get BPCC softball back to its roots of winning and participating in the conference tournament every season, and to earn the support of our campus and local community”, adds Nordberg-Hamilton.

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BPCC ANNOUNCES SPRING THEATRE PRODUCTION – NOISES OFF

Release date: February 11, 2016

The Performing Arts of Bossier Parish Community College and the Cavalier Players announce the production of the hilarious farce, Noises Off. This side-splitting comedy is scheduled to run March 10-20 in the Performing Arts Theatre, Building C, on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas Street in Bossier City.

Performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. March 10-12 and March 17-19 and at 2:00 p.m. March 13 and 20 at the Performing Arts Theatre, Building C, on the BPCC campus.

Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and a plate of sardines all figure in the plot of this funniest of plays. Playwright Michael Frayn created Noises Off as a love letter and an inside joke to those of us familiar with the thrilling and unpredictable nature of the stage. A “play within a play,” it is about an ambitious director and his troupe of 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.

The cast is led by BPCC veteran actors Elise Birmingham as Dotty Otley and Jesse Kortus as Garry Lejeune. Also returning to the BPCC stage are Tova Volcheck as Brooke Ashton, Lari Leber as Belinda Blair, and Sam Copeland as Frederick Fellows. Additionally appearing are Jaren Stringer as Lloyd Dallas, Tomiya Washington as Poppy, Tyler Dollar as Tim, and Sam Gates as Selsdon.

Dr. Ray Scott Crawford will direct the show, Rona Leber will design costumes, Jonathon Offutt and David White will design sets, Keith Bruce will design lights and sound, Jonathan Rambin will stage manage, Jonathon Offutt will design properties, and John Medlin and Madeline Hiers will assistant stage manage.

“Steve Slaughter directed Noises Off at BPCC over 20 years ago,” says Crawford, BPCC’s dean of Communication and Performing Arts. “That was before I came to BPCC, but it must have been quite a success, because people continue to come up to me and tell me that it was the funniest shows ever—it was their favorite show of all time. That testament alone is a good enough reason to do it again. If I can come close to recreating that much of an impression, then I’ll have done my job. Also, the playwright has given us some incredibly hilarious characters and situations—our students are having a blast dealing with the challenges of farce, with its attention to timing and pace on stage. You will not want to miss an opportunity to see this modern comedy classic live.”

Tickets go on sale February 15 and are available by going online. Ticket prices are $12. All seats are reserved. Please note: Noises Off is intended for adult and young adult audiences.

For more information, call the Theatre Program at 318-678-6021.

BPCC LADY CAVALIER SOFTBALL PREPARES FOR 2016 SEASON OPENER

Release date: February 8, 2016

The Lady Cavs will face off against Hines Community College in their doubleheader season opener set for Wednesday, February 10, at Bossier Parish Community College. Game times are set for 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

It’s not just a new season for the Lady Cavs, but a chance for the new Cavalier softball head coach, Amanda Nordberg, to showcase how her team has been preparing for the year.

“We have been hard at work preparing for the season opener”, states Coach Nordberg. “We are continuing to improve our athletic abilities and our team culture. We are dedicated to working hard on a daily basis and I am anxious to see the pay off.”

“The Lady Cavalier softball program has a lot of winning tradition and history. My plans for the program are to get BPCC softball back to its roots of winning and participating in the conference tournament every season, and to earn the support of our campus and local community”, shares Nordberg.

With the new coaching staff in place and a strong NJCAA softball region, it’s important to Nordberg to plan and prepare the team for anything and everything.

Nordberg states, “The team is learning the importance of taking care of themselves in between practices and games, and being flexible in uncontrollable circumstances. I am looking forward to seeing the impact of the hard work and effort put in by this group of young ladies. They have worked extremely hard on and off the field to come together and prepare to have a great season.”

BPCC PROVIDES COMMUNITY WITH EDUCATIONAL FILM ON TOPIC OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Release date: February 8, 2016

According to the U.S. State Department, human trafficking is one of the world’s fastest growing criminal enterprises, and to address this growing concern, Bossier Parish Community College will hold a public screening of the feature film, 8 Days, at 12:30 p.m. (for campus) and 6:30 p.m. (for public) on Tuesday, February 23, in the College’s Performing Arts, Theater (Building C), 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA. The film, which takes viewers into the world of sex trafficking, was inspired by actual events and based on Amber Stevens, a 16-year-old girl who was kidnapped from a party and forced into slavery.

BPCC’s Vice Chancellor of Student Services Karen Recchia brought the idea to show the film on the College’s campus. “There have been federal mandates put into place at the higher education level in order to help educate and protect students from sexual violence,” says Recchia. “The film was chosen because it was inspired by actual events. We want to show the community as well as our students, faculty, and staff that human trafficking involves real threats and is actively present in our community.”

In addition to the screening, a panel of local advocates will be on hand to discuss the film and give accounts of how they are working to stop human trafficking and aid victims. Panelists include: Cassie Hammett, HUB Urban Ministries and Purchased; Chris Plants, FBI; and Jessica Milan, Gingerbread House.

The film has close Northwest Louisiana ties. 8 Days stars Katie Walker, a Shreveport native and graduate of Louisiana State University. Katie is married to Todd Walker, former Major League Baseball player and Bossier City native, who will also serve on the discussion panel.

The 6:30 p.m. screening is free and open to the public; however, the audience is intended for viewers ages 13 and older. Seating is limited, so please reserve seats by calling 318-678-6265.

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 tabto 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 and 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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