Partnerships & Outreach
Bossier Parish Community College is working to extend beyond the normal boundaries of the College/Institution and is bringing current practitioners into the Center. Below is evidence of partnerships 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.
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. Students can attend classes on their own at the main campus and online or off campus at select locations. 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.
Use of distance education technology and techniques to deliver courses
Bossier Parish Community College offers courses in three 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 record 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 Club also participates in service-learning projects, giving students another avenue to get much needed hands-on training in the field of cyber security. Below are a few of our past presenters for our 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 students are connecting with industry, we use internships to help students gain much-needed experience in specific fields of study.
Some of our internship locations are:
- General Dynamics
- The Arc of Caddo/Bossier
- Kobus Technology
- The Purple IT Guys
- Bossier Parish Schools
- Webster Parish Schools
- Caddo Parish Schools
- Northwestern State University
- Trust Technology Consultants
- Asteri Networks
- Ingalls Information Security
- Pioneer RX
- Shasta QA
- Xentient Technologies
- Minden Medical Center
- North Desoto Medical
STRATEGIC PLAN and Outreach
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 various outreach programs.
- 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.
- Bossier Parish Community College enjoys a rich history of being deeply involved in our community through multiple avenues to include: sports, theater, camps and many other opportunities
- Open events through our Cyber Club and Gaming Club. These two clubs, that are housed in our division, are open to students across the campus not just cyber majors. We use these clubs to help inform and train students in different areas of technology in a relaxed atmosphere. We have found that most students are not receptive to having to look information up on the centers website so content is posted via CANVAS, FaceBook, and disCORD.
- The Division of Workforce Solutions work to continue to expand programs and services and deepen relationships with industry and community partners. Some of these include:
- Patterning with TEM to award seven students a CTEC 101 Scholarship made possible by a STEM Center Grant.
- Serving a large cyber technology company by providing students customer service and sales certification opportunities and a Security+ Prep Bootcamp.
- Providing training for UL Coleman, LLC.
- Provide Barksdale Airforce Base (BAFB) and Global Strike Command five separate types of bootcamps.
- Extending access to Security+ Prep Bootcamp to LATech, LSUS, Bossier Schools, and Caddo Schools staff.
- Partnering with Providence House to provide onsite training that leads to high-wage, high-demand employment.