Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) is a two-year community college in Bossier City. From its humble beginnings of just over 100 students and five faculty members to today, with over 5,000 students enrolled each semester, the college has always maintained its interest in advancing student’s education while preparing them to enter the working world.
Originally established in 1967 by the Louisiana State Legislature, BPCC offers both academic and non-academic courses. Students roaming the halls are just as likely to be on their way to The Northwest Louisiana Police Academy as they are to be headed to computer drafting and design classes. Those students who are working towards academic courses culminating in a degree can transfer that degree to four-year colleges, and many students do opt to continue their course of studies at a four-year institution in the state of Louisiana.
Academics are split into divisions: Accelerated Learning, Behavioral and Social Science, Business and Computer Science, Telecommunications, Science and Allied Health, Cyber Information Technology, Learning Research, and Mathematics and Technical Education. And of course, for those who are interested in pursuing a traditional academic path of study, there is a Liberal Arts department. The Accelerated Learning department is of particular interest to those non-traditional students who are going back to school interested in earning a degree, but also working and thus with less time to spend in class. Three different fast-track programs allow students to finish their college degree, making things a lot easier on working adults.
Students can earn a number of degrees, including associate degrees in Criminal Justice, Teacher Education, General Studies, and Computer Drafting and Design. The largest department on campus is the Science and Allied Health department, with the opportunity for students to choose from 16 programs. Five are technical competency areas, two are technical diplomas, six are associate degrees, and three are certificates of technical studies. Certificates of Technical Studies can also be obtained in Culinary Arts and Legal Secretary.
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Admissions are non-competitive.Students can download the application from the school’s web site or pick it up in person from its admissions office. Students should also provide proof of their GED or high school diploma, as well as information on any other college course they might have taken. Students can apply for either the fall or spring semester, or they can look into any number of the accelerated or special evening programs available.
There are a number of non-academic courses offered, as well as academic courses during regular hours and evenings and weekends as well. Any questions about applying can be directed towards those working in the office of admissions.
To determine eligibility for financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) each year. Most students receive some type of assistance, whether through the school’s scholarship program, work-study job, or federal grants and loans.
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Student groups and organizations on campus include the Debate Club, the Concert Choir, the Gospel Choir, Telecommunications Club, and the Ladies in Gold Danceline.
Student resources include a Learning Center where students can seek extra help in their classes, a library with an extensive collection of academic and non-academic books, and the Technology Resource Center, which offers students assistance with their technological needs.
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The Cavaliers are a popular part of the college community, with the men’s basketball team frequently playing before a packed house. The school also has a men’s baseball program as well as a softball team, the sole option in the women’s athletic program.
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