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.
Bossier Parish Community College and the other CSEC (Cyber Security Education Consortium) partners have adopted an academic degree or certificate program in Information Assurance (IA) and Digital Forensics (DF). The members of CSEC participate and develop workshops for all participating institutions and other state and federal agencies. Curriculum is shared with all members of the CSEC institutions. By leveraging partnerships with universities, other two-year colleges, and career/technology centers, opportunities to provide education and training throughout Louisiana and other neighboring states is possible with Bossier Parish Community College and the CSEC’s partnerships. A link to our consortium page showing all member schools is located at www.cseconline.org.
Bossier Parish Community College through CSEC has been able to reach out to not only Louisiana schools, but also to schools in Colorado, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas, and Oklahoma.
The following institutions are partners in the operation of CSEC:
- Arapahoe Community College
- Arkansas State University
- Bossier Parish Community College
- Butler Community College
- Capital Area Technical College
- Central Louisiana Technical College at Ferriday
- Cleveland State Community College
- Collins College
- Columbia State Community College
- Dodge City Community College
- Dyersburg State Community College
- Hutchinson Community College
- Jackson State Community College
- Johnson County Community College
- Kansas City Kansas Community College
- Louisiana Technical College – Shreveport
- Louisiana Technical College – Sullivan
- Manhattan Area Technical College
- Metropolitan Community College
- Nashville State Community College
- Northeast State Community College
- Northwest Arkansas Community College
- Oklahoma Career and Technology Education System
- Oklahoma City Community College
- Oklahoma State University – Information Technology Center
- Pensacola State College
- Pellissippi State Technical Community College
- Pueblo Community College
- Pulaski Technical College
- Richlands College
- River Parishes Community College
- Roane State Community College
- Rose State
- South Arkansas Community College
- Southwest Tennessee Community College
- Sowela Technical Community College
- Tarrant County College
- University of Arkansas Community College Batesville
- University of Tulsa
- Volunteer State Community College
- Walters State Community College
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.
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 along with CSEC has a curriculum work group. This work group is responsible for the development, update, and dissemination of CSEC-sponsored curriculum as well as training faculty from other institutions:
- Robert Hamilton, Oklahoma Career Technology Education System
- Dr. Tom Pigg, Jackson State Community College
- Ken Dewey, Rose State
- Eileen Dewey, Rose State
- Chris Rondeau, Bossier Parish Community College
- Sujeet Shenoi, Tulsa University
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
Bossier Parish Community College offers courses in three main formats: face-to-face, Internet, hybrid (a blend of face-to-face and Internet). Faculty use myBPCC to facilitate online courses as an integral part of the hybrid courses. Many traditional classrooms also use this system to enhance the learning process. BPCC offers multiple degrees totally online.
Some individual faculty utilize his/her own pages to deliver distance learning material. Bossier Parish Community 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.
Bossier Parish Community College supports many clubs. Students in the IA field established the Cyber Security Club. The Cyber Security Club provides many opportunities for students to get together and prepare for collegiate competitions. In addition, 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. Industry lecturers are brought in to cover current topics important to Cyber Security, IA, and Digital Forensics.
- 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.