Two-Year Colleges in Louisiana
River Parishes Community College, Baton Rouge Community College, Bossier Parish Community College
Known as one of the great diplomatic and nation-building moves in the history of the United States, the Louisiana Purchase was completed in 1803 and created a country almost twice the size it was the day prior to the deal. Even though the state and territory’s rich history includes the establishment of renowned universities like Tulane in New Orleans and LSU in Baton Rouge, the creation of a technical and community college system did not arrive until the dawn of the twenty-first century. Nonetheless, Louisiana has filled that gaping hole in its education structure when it made official what had already been begun in several two-year colleges around the state. Here are five of the major community colleges in Louisiana.
Based in Sorrento and named after the communities that lie near the grand Mississippi River, the River Parishes Community College was a product of the educational reforms of the late 1990s. This historic setting is the backdrop to one of the most important new public schools in the state.
River Parishes offers the AA in Liberal Arts, designed first and foremost for a student who is looking to finish off a baccalaureate degree at a cooperating institution. The same can be said for the AS in General Science or the AGS, flexible in that they deliver the core curricula and leave the rest to the student in question, while the AS in Teaching is the perfect place for aspiring educators to begin. River Parishes also offers a number of certificate programs.
Another one of the community colleges created by the 1998 reform, Baton Rouge Community College found itself with an overwhelming demand immediately after opening for classes. Recognizing its almost instant importance to the community, BRCC began expanding right away and hasn’t stopped since.
Today’s version of BRCC represents one of the most well-rounded of the state schools, with General Studies, Liberal Arts and the Sciences as the core of its academic focus. AS in Nursing, Accounting, Criminal Justice and Computer Science programs continue to draw a lot of attention, as well as AAS degrees in Process Technology, Entertainment Technology and Science Technology. Athletics programs at BRCC include men’s and women’s basketball and baseball.
One of the community colleges which paved the way for the system which eventually spread across the state of Louisiana, Bossier Parish Community College has been in operation since the late 1960s out of Bossier City. While it later became part of the state system, it already had the jump on most of its peers as its programs and departments were already established.
Among the notable programs at BPCC are the Telecommunications Division, the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the Cyber Information Technology Division. Students interested in AAS degrees in Information Programming, Web Analyst Programming and Information Network Security Specialist careers can pursue studies in the latter division. Meanwhile, the Liberal Arts and Mathematics & Technology Divisions are also strong at BPCC, along with Allied Health Programs in Biotechnology, EMT studies and more.
Long before the idea of a junior college system came before the state legislature, Jamaican immigrant Isaac Delgado had left in his will that lands he left be used by the city of New Orleans to establish a trade school for young men. In 1921, that dream was realized in the form of Delgado Central Trades School. By the 1960s, when Bossier Parish CC was being used a potential model for the community college system that would one day become a reality, the school became Delgado Vocational Technical Junior College. This long history has also proven to be a key to the success of the school, which today features 6 locations serving over 10 parishes in the state’s most important city.
With over twenty offerings in Allied Health Programs (including Funeral Service, Dietary Technician and Nuclear Medicine), more than forty programs in the Business and Technology Division and Arts & Humanities also well represented, Delgado has one of the top academic records among all state schools.
Sowela Technical Community College was also far ahead of the pack in Louisiana, established in 1940 after receiving a charter from the state legislature. Located in Lake Charles and recognized as one of the best of its kind in the state, Sowela Tech continues to grow and expand its programs. Accreditation for its Occupational Education curricula was a feather put in the school’s cap in 1971.
While the Culinary Arts and Graphic & Design Arts are open to interested students, even more extensive are the STCC’s offerings in Instrumentation and Transportation Technology. Aviation Maintenance, Welding, industrial Electronics, Collision Repair and Industrial Instrumentation are several options. Liberal Arts, Education and Business Administration curricula are also open to TCC students.
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