College Transition Programs prepare students to earn their Louisiana High School Diploma and enter into the following Career Pathways at NO CHARGE:
- Allied Health
- Information Technology
Career pathways provide education and training that is organized as a series of manageable steps leading to successively higher credentials and employment opportunities in growing occupations. Each step is designed to prepare individuals for the next level of employment and education and provide a credential with labor market value.
This is achieved by helping students complete the following goals while preparing to enter into one of our designated career pathways:
1. Achieve Basic Skills Knowledge
Basic Skills Knowledge courses strengthen Reading, Math, and Language Arts skills and are offered six hours per week for eight week sessions. These classes focus on reading comprehension and mathematic skills and provide contextualized instruction for the career pathway for Allied Health, Information Technology, or Manufacturing. Students will be assessed to ensure these foundational skills are achieved.
2. Earn recognized Industry Based Certificate (IBC)
Students enrolled in Career Pathway courses will receive instruction supporting the completion of industry-based credentials in their Career Pathway. Industry-based credentials (or IBCs) are certifications created by industries to confirm that individuals have mastered the critical skills necessary to be effective employees. IBCs include both technical skills and workplace skills.
The IBCs that may be earned in Career Pathways courses are:
- Allied Health: Basic Life Support/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
- Information Technology: Comptia IT Fundamentals, A+ Certification
- Business: Quickbooks Certification
3. Complete 12 credit hours of technical education course work
After completing Career Pathway courses, qualified students will enroll in college courses supporting their pathway. The first 6 hours are covered by scholarship funds. The College Transition Program Career Pathways align to the following college majors:
- Allied Health: ECG/Telemetry
- Information Technology: Help Desk Certificate
- Business: Business Entrepreneurship Certificate of Technical Studies
The classes provided through the scholarship funds are six hours per week for sixteen-week sessions, from August-December and January-May.
The achievement of these 3 goals makes up the Integrated Career Pathways Portfolio, which is key in earning the Louisiana High School Diploma. Upon completion of the Integrated Career Pathways Portfolio, students may submit their Integrated Career Pathways Portfolio to the Louisiana High School Equivalency Application and fee of $50 to the Louisiana Community and Technical College System for their Louisiana High School Diploma.
Career Pathways classes are free of charge and available mornings at Bossier Parish Community College and online.
Students may register in-person or online. Registration takes place at Bossier Parish Community College, Building D, Room 118 each Friday at 8:30 a.m. (except on Fridays on holiday weekends).
Online registration is available by completing the application in the “Apply Now” link.