Partnerships & Outreach
Bossier Parish Community College is working to extend IA beyond the normal boundaries of the College/Institution and is bringing current IA practitioners into the IA Center. Below is evidence of partnerships in IA education with 4-year schools, other community colleges, two-year technical schools, K-12 schools, industry schools, government schools, federal/state agencies, business, industry or non-profit organizations.
GDIT, a leader in U.S. Government customer, is also located adjacent to the College campus on the grounds of the Cyber Innovation Center. College faculty have worked with GDIT to enhance our Cyber Technology program. This partnership has led to internship opportunities for students and is a good example of how partnerships between industry and academia can build a stronger technology-focused workforce.
Bossier Parish Community College has embraced dual enrollment. The College has been working with five parishes in order to enhance their programs and to benefit the students. The parishes currently involved are Bossier, Caddo, Webster, Claiborne, and DeSoto. BPCC is a full service institution. The College will send a teacher to the high school campus when the teacher does not have the proper credentials. Students can attend classes on their own at the main campus and online or off campus in Minden. BPCC encourages rural schools to set up a lab facilitated by a certified teacher where the students can participate online.
Through the dual enrollment programs, the high school faculty must meet the credentialing requirements of Bossier Parish Community College. The following faculty meet these requirements and teach dual enrollment courses:
- Theresa Cannon, Airline High School
- Angela McCullough, Benton High School
- Kelly Stough, Bossier Parish Technology School
- Chef Menard, Caddo Career Center
- Wayne Orr, Glenbrook High School
- Margaret Salter, Glenbrook High School
- Karen Lee, Haughton High School
- Barbara Coz, Haughton High School
- William Kennedy, Haynesville High School
- John Sampson, Homer High School
- Barbara Curry, LA New Tech
- Ruby Musgrow, Minden High School
- Lana Clark, North DeSoto High School
- Mrs. Epperson, Parkway High School
- Lynn Watson, Parkway High School
- Lt. Col. Hadden, Parkway High School
Use of distance education technology and techniques to deliver courses
Bossier Parish Community College offers courses in four main formats: face-to-face, Internet, hybrid (a blend of face-to-face and Internet). Many traditional classrooms also use this system to enhance the learning process. BPCC offers multiple degrees totally online.
The college encourages faculty to POD cast their courses; however, it is not required. The teachers who have chosen to do so have received positive feedback from their students.
Providing students with access to practitioners
Bossier Parish Community College supports many clubs. Students in the field established the Cyber Club. The club provides a forum for technical and business leaders to demonstrate products to BPCC students. The Cyber Security Club also participates in service-learning projects, giving students another avenue to get much needed hands-on training in the field of cyber security. Bossier Parish Community College has lecturers that present at monthly meetings.
- Lieutenant Colonel Graham H. Todd: Chief of Administrative Law, Headquarters Air Force Global Strike Command, located at Barksdale Air Force Base. He is responsible for providing advice to AFGSC staff and subordinate units on legal issues such as military justice, adverse actions, ethics, policy, and cyber law.
- Shelley Anderson: ICAC, CFCE Lieutenant, Bossier City Marshall’s Office. She is responsible for coordinating and directing the Cyber Crime Force for Bossier City. She also oversees the digital crime lab. The lab is funded by local, state, and federal dollars. She and her staff are certified by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).
- Dr. Alfred McKinney: Louisiana State University Shreveport, Department Chair of Computer Science. Bossier Parish Community College maintains articulation agreements with LSUS.
- Shawn Rourke: New Tech Computer Systems, New Tech Computer Systems was founded in 1978 to supply affordable, reliable and feature rich pharmacy software to the independent pharmacy community. Today, the products have expanded to cutting edge software and technical solutions for retail, alternate care, and hospital-based pharmacies.
- Craig Spohn: Cyber Information Center, President of Cyber Innovation Center. The Cyber Innovation Center is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation located in Bossier City, Louisiana. The CIC is the anchor of a 3,000-acre National Cyber Research Park and serves as catalyst for the development and expansion of a knowledge-based workforce throughout the region.
- Steven Miller: Software and Services, Vice President. He is an accomplished senior leader with extensive, diversified management experience in human resources and operations management. He has achieved broad success in process improvement and team development built on an MBA and SPHR certification. Miller is an energetic leader who builds empowered operations teams that consistently exceed expectations while maintaining the highest standards.
In addition to the above ways students are connecting with industry, each of our degrees have an internship built into the program. These internships help students gain much-needed experience in specific fields of study.
The academic program demonstrates a strong collaboration with business, industry, government, and the local community.
Strategic Plan and/or general IA Awareness Program description
Bossier Parish Community College has worked hard to build collaboration with local business through our advisory board, government with Barksdale Air Force Base, and the local community through youth summer camps and robotics.
- Advisory Board
- We have many businesses that we work with in order to be sure that our students are receiving the best quality education that will meet the needs of their future employers. See: Advisory Committee Charter
- These companies include: General Dynamics Information Technology, Xentient Technologies, Cyber Innovation Center, Webster Parish Schools, ECS, Technologix, Willis Knighton, City of Bossier City, Bossier Parish Schools, Barksdale Air Force Network Operations, CyberReef Solutions, Northwest LA Economic Development Foundation, Northwestern State University, Louisiana Tech University.
- In the summer of 2010 we hosted our first cyber summer camps, Camp CAVS for middle school and high school students. In the summer 2011 we made modifications and improvements to the summer camp program. Two separate options were available, one through Camp CAVS the second was a week-long camp offered directly through the Cyber Information Technology program, The students and faculty thoroughly enjoyed.
Availability of non-credit/credit professional development courses
As a member of CSEC, Bossier Parish has assisted with the Oklahoma Cyber Security Seminar which includes First Responders and over 100 other state employees. This yearly seminar includes things like, Risk Assessment, Incident Response, Security Administration, National Cyber Incident Response, Security Audits, Table Tops.
Other non-credit/credit professional development courses in IA that are available include:
- IT Fundamentals, A+, Network+, Security+, CCNA, and CISSP