Uncategorized

  • Uncategorized

    Second annual Upstate Rising Conference to be held at BPCC

    Bossier Parish Community College’s Economic & Workforce Development Division is proud to host the second annual Upstate Rising: The North Louisiana Public-Private Partnership, Real Estate Development, and Land Use Planning Law Conference. This year’s conference is scheduled for 8:30am – 4:45 pm on Thursday, August 23, in the gymnasium (Building I) on the BPCC campus, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA, and focuses on the topic: “Exploring Roads, Rivers, & Rails”. The daylong economic development conference allows participants to learn “best practices” and strategies to improve their business opportunities and the economic well-being of Northwest Louisiana. It also provides access to networking opportunities with local, regional, and statewide industry professionals. Featured speakers for this year’s conference include Mike Mullis, President/CEO, and Denise Mott, Managing Director, for J.M. Mullis, Inc., a site selection firm.  Mullis and Mott will give participants the trends in site selection and will summarize global, national, and regional corporate location and expansion trends. Having visited north Louisiana several times throughout the last few decades, they will also share their perspective on where the area was then, where it is now, and where it can go in the future to increase its competitive advantage. Also on the agenda as keynote speaker is Shawn Wilson, Ph.D., Secretary of Louisiana’s Department of Transportation and Development. Dr. Wilson will discuss how public policy and Louisiana transportation infrastructure construction, expansion, and improvement support public-private partnerships, real estate development, and land use planning. The conference’s other speakers include:
    • Kent Rogers, Executive Director of Northwest Louisiana Council of Governments
    • Bill Sanderson, Mayor, Village of Choudrant, and Building Official, City of Ruston
    • Scott Martinez, President of North Louisiana Economic Partnership
    • Neil Erwin, Attorney, and Caroline E. Mladenka, MPA, Neil Erwin Law, LLC
    • Curtis A. Wright, Sr., Real Estate Professional
    A “best practice” panel discussion from the perspective of local experts will also be on the agenda. The panel includes William “Bill” R. Altimus, Administrator, Bossier Parish Police Jury; Eric England, Executive Port Director, The Port of Caddo-Bossier; Brian Crawford, Chief Administrative Officer, Office of the Mayor, City of Shreveport; and William “Bill” Cooksey, Deputy Director of Airports, Shreveport Airport Authority.  Liz Swaine, Executive Director of the Shreveport Downtown Development Authority, will facilitate the panel. For this second year, BPCC is pleased to bring all these dynamic speakers and leaders to the table and plans to continue providing exceptional placemaking opportunities such as this conference for those in “upstate” Louisiana. “BPCC is happy to provide a means for positive community collaboration to stimulate a growth mindset” said Dr. Gayle Flowers, Vice Chancellor for Economic & Workforce Development at Bossier Parish Community College. “Results of collaborations like Upstate Rising uniquely positions North Louisiana as a dynamic region for business success, family stability and satisfaction, and an enviable quality of life.” Realtors, architects, civil engineers, attorneys, real estate developers, public officials, municipal planners, financial institution representatives, and private citizens are welcome to attend. Attendees can receive continuing education credits through participating organizations (go to: https://bit.ly/2GyuQKo or contact BPCC’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education Office, 318-678-6015 for a list of organizations and conference details). Upstate Rising’s 2018 sponsors include: Platinum: AEP SWEPCO City of Bossier City Diamond: Bossier Parish Police Jury Gold:  Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation Neil Erwin Law, LLC Silver: Bossier Metropolitan Planning Commission North Louisiana Economic Partnership Bronze: American Institute of Architects-Shreveport Chapter American Society of Civil Engineers-Shreveport Branch Bossier Press Tribune Coordinating & Development Corporation Bossier Chamber of Commerce Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce Louisiana Engineering Society-Shreveport Chapter Louisiana Municipal Association Louisiana Police Jury Association Upstate Rising conference fee is $249. To register for the conference or for additional information, go to: https://bit.ly/2GyuQKo or contact Bossier Parish Community College’s Division of Economic & Workforce Development, upstaterising@bpcc.edu or call 318-678-6015. Hotel accommodations are provided through Margaritaville Resort Casino at a special group code. If members of a group are individually paying for rooms, reservations for the event will be made by calling 318-698-3920, or by emailing  bmcmickle@margaritaville-bc.com).  When making reservations, please state, Upstate Rising Conference.

    BPCC receives military flags donated from Soldier’s Wish and Subway

    Soldier’s Wish, a national non-profit organization who identifies unmet needs of veterans of military service and provides resources to meet those needs, and Subway® have joined together to grant wishes and raise funds for military servicemen/women across the country. In celebration of Flag Day 2018 and to commemorate the opening of BPCC’s new Veteran Resource Center on the BPCC campus in Fall 2018, Soldier’s Wish and Subway® have generously offered to provide the College with the five military service flags, the American flag, and the POW flag to be displayed in the new center. It is their way of honoring all military students and recognizing their sacrifices through service to their country. They will also be presenting a check to the BPCC Foundation to provide scholarships for veteran students in need. Join us for the presentation at 10:00 am on Wednesday, June 13 at the Subway® restaurant on the BPCC campus (Building F), 6220 E. Texas St, Bossier City. Last year, Soldier’s Wish worked with our Veteran Educational Services Office to identify a BPCC military student to receive a wish. They awarded a BPCC veteran student with a laptop, printer, and accessories to help him complete his coursework and graduate with honors from the nursing program. For more information on Soldier’s Wish, visit our website.  For additional information on Subway’s® partnership with the organization, click here.

    Show your support of our local military

    May is Military Appreciation Month, a month to honor the service and sacrifice of members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines and National Guard as well as the contribution of their spouses.

    And, the Bossier Chamber of Commerce is celebrating by hosting the Military Recognition Breakfast on Thursday, May 3 at Margaritaville Resort Casino. The event, presented by Barksdale Federal Credit Union, will honor all of our local military units for their service. This SOLD OUT EVENT is a great way our business community shows its support of our thriving military community.
    Thanks to all of our sponsors: Barksdale Federal Credit Union, Willis-Knighton Health System, Margaritaville Resort Casino, Youngblood & Hodges, BancorpSouth, Red River Chevrolet, Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets, Boeing, Buffalo Wild Wings, BPCC and Boomtown Casino & Hotel.

    Bossier Innovates Foundation to participate in Give for Good

    On Tuesday, May 1, be sure to assist your local business community within the realms of business development and workforce development by making a contribution to the Bossier Innovates Foundation. By making a donation to this foundation you are ensuring the continuation of valuable efforts towards these aforementioned developmental causes. Within BIF's three pillars of education, innovation and entrepreneurship, and community enhancement, the foundation is providing leadership opportunities for students, dual enrollment/certification scholarships, college scholarships, honing in and celebrating new and upcoming industry sectors and encouraging students to take interest in these upcoming fields, as well as providing an array of programs such as E.P.I.C. (Entrepreneurs & Professionals in the Community) and Innovation NWLA. Help us help the local business community continue its efforts in growth, stability, and innovation.

    Fourth Annual Sydney Biedenharn Educators Endowment Reception

    Christmas morning is coming early for 17 Bossier Parish teachers, who will be on the receiving end of $30,000 in grant money thanks to the Biedenharn Foundation. For the fourth year, the Sydney Biedenharn Educators Endowment will enable Bossier Parish educators to integrate innovative resources in their classrooms to further reach students and engage them to learn. On December 12, at 3:30 p.m., a fun Coca-Cola themed reception will be held in honor of the Biedenharn family as the Board of Directors presents checks to this year's recipients at Bossier Instructional Center, 2719 Airline Drive.
  • Bulletin

  • Bulletin

    2016 Bossier Chamber of Commerce Annual Report

    2016 Bossier Chamber of Commerce 4th Quarter Newsletter

    2016 Bossier Chamber of Commerce Third Quarter Newsletter

    2016 Bossier Chamber of Commerce Second Quarter Newsletter

    2016 Bossier Chamber of Commerce Bulletin – 1st Quarter

  • Press Release

  • Press Release

    HEAR ABOUT THE SUCCESSES AND CHALLENGES OF BOSSIER SCHOOLS

    BOSSIER CITY — Education is the foundation upon which we build our future. We all know that having a strong education system is crucial in developing and sustaining a quality workforce. That’s why it’s important to stay up-to-date on all the new developments in the Bossier Parish education system. At the State of Education Address on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 8:30 a.m., you can hear some of our finest leaders in education give an update on what is happening at Bossier Parish Schools. The breakfast address will take place at the Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning (BPSTIL). This event is a great opportunity to hear from 3 outstanding guest speakers including Deputy, of Network A for the Louisiana Department of Education, Emily Bradley, University of Louisiana System President Dr. James Henderson, and Superintendent of Bossier Schools Scott Smith. Our guest speakers will touch on topics such as: •School accountability and letter grades •The state of higher education •Challenges and successes of Bossier Schools •Why K-12 education matters •Vision for the future of the district “Knowing about Bossier Schools’ triumphs, as well as the changes facing our district, is important not only for parents but everyone in Bossier Parish, because we are all stakeholders. Though K-12 education is experiencing seismic shifts, Bossier Schools sees it as an opportunity to better position our students for academic success,” said Smith. While listening to these amazing guest speakers, you can enjoy a tasty breakfast prepared by the talented culinary students at BPSTIL. This is an event you don’t want to miss! Special thanks to our sponsors Valveworks USA, Bossier Parish Community College, Citizens National Bank and United Way of Northwest LA. Individual tickets are $35 and tables are also available for $600. Tickets can be purchased online at bossierchamber.com/shop or by phone at (318) 746-0252. State of Ed Press Release PDF: 18-State of Ed Release

    BOSSIER CHAMBER PATRIOT AWARDS TO RECOGNIZE LOCAL FIRST RESPONDERS

    BOSSIER CITY — Since 2004, the Bossier Chamber of Commerce has been recognizing the courage, valor and honor of our local first responders at its annual Patriot Awards. This year, we will continue to honor our local first responders who go above and beyond the call of duty. Patriot Awards finalists and the 2018 winners will be announced at the Bossier Chamber’s 2018 Patriot Awards held on Sept. 11 at 11:30 a.m. at the Bossier Civic Center. It is presented by Willis-Knighton with Shreveport Communications serving as award sponsor. Special thanks to our platinum sponsors Citizens National Bank, Eagle Distributing, Life Air Rescue and Townsquare Media. The purpose of this event is to honor local first responders and thank them for all they do for the community. The event first started as a festival to honor the brave in 2002, but it was transformed into an awards ceremony in 2004. “Since the tragedy of 9/11 and the passing of the Patriot Act, it is important for communities to continue to recognize their first responders - our silent heroes,” says Lisa Johnson, President of the Bossier Chamber of Commerce. Guest speakers for the event include Dr. Phillip Demond Fletcher, founder and director of CoHO, and founder of Humanity Matters, as well as, Mark Cooper, an emergency management expert. Fletcher will be discussing military leadership and courageous responsibility at this year’s awards. He was enlisted into the Active Army in August 2000 and commissioned as an officer in September 2002. Fletcher received his Bachelor’s Degree in Ethnic Studies from University of California, Riverside, his Masters of Theology and Apologetics from Liberty University, and his doctorate of Organizational Leadership from Regent University. This decorated former Army officer is currently the founder of two non-profit organizations and the author of, “The Excellence of God: Essays in Theology and Doxology.” He hosts a weekly podcast on topics like leadership, nonprofits, religion and philosophy. In the past, he has given a Tedx Talk at the University of Central Arkansas. In addition to Dr. Fletcher, we will also host Mark Cooper as a guest speaker for the Patriot Awards. Cooper, formerly of Bossier City, has served in many emergency management roles. From historic floods to catastrophic hurricanes, Cooper has aided in many different disaster scenarios including hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008 along with the BP oil spill in 2010. He previously served as head of Louisiana’s disaster management agency; worked in California in response to Los Angeles riots, earthquakes and wildfires; and most recently was the Senior Director of Global Emergency Management for Wal-Mart. Cooper also serves on the United Nations ARISE Executive Board for global resiliency and served on the FEMA National Advisory Council to the Administrator. He is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program at the U.S. Naval Post Graduate School/Center for Homeland Security and Defense. Check out our YouTube page (youtube.com/user/bossierchamber) to see a video of Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington talk about the importance of these Patriot Awards. Tickets and tables are available for the Patriot Awards luncheon. Tickets are $45 and tables are $800 for this premier event. Tickets are available online at bossierchamber.com/shop or by phone at (318) 746-0252. PDF of Press Release: 18-Patriot Awards

    Bossier Chamber’s Hemingway attends Community Development Institute

    CONWAY, Ark. – Jessica Hemingway, Director of Communications/Public Policy for the Bossier Chamber of Commerce, was among 50 regional business leaders who attended Year 1 of the Community Development Institute – Central (CDI) at the University of Central Arkansas. Hemingway received a scholarship from AEP SWEPCO to attend the program. “CDI was a great environment to learn more about building the whole community,” Hemingway said. “The insight I gained through this program will help me steer outreach within the Bossier-Shreveport community as a whole, and specifically within the business community. It was especially valuable for me to attend CDI as I help guide the Be Bossier campaign to help brand Bossier City and Parish within our parish, region and tri-state area.” At the closing ceremony, Hemingway was named the CDI Year 1 Champion. She was chosen by her peers in Year 1 as the person who is engaged, concerned, committed, compassionate and inclusive, and demonstrates leadership that inspires and unites. “I was extremely honored to have been chosen by my classmates as the CDI Year 1 Champion,” Hemingway said. “The coursework and simulations really bring the group together in discussion and community. I could not have asked for a better group to get to work alongside during my CDI coursework.” Additionally, Bossier Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Lisa Johnson, who has attended CDI for four years – completing the program and the Advanced Year course – served as a class director in 2018 for Year 3 participants. CDI trains community leaders and economic development professionals on how to strengthen their local economies and build communities. This is achieved by developing the ability of participants to identify community assets, set goals, encourage collaboration and partnerships with stakeholders, and bring communities, organizations and businesses together to respond to a broad range of economic and quality of life issues. The complete institute experience is a three-year program, with one week of training per year. Participants move through the program curriculum in cohorts, and are exposed to a comprehensive, applied approach to the field of community and economic development. UCA is the birthplace for the Community Development Institute, which started in 1987 in partnership with Entergy, Southwestern Bell, and ARKLA. Since that time, CDIs have been established in Texas, Alabama, Idaho and Illinois, and a national governing and certification body, the Community Development Council, has been created.

    Four North Louisiana Parishes Strive to Become Work Ready Communities  

    SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA — Four North Louisiana Parishes will launch a new workforce initiative on June 20, 2018 at 8:30 am at the Bossier Civic Center that will enhance the region’s ability to recruit companies and to train a skilled workforce.  Representatives from over 20 regional organizations from Bossier, Caddo, DeSoto and Webster Parishes will announce plans to become ACT® Work Ready Communities. Employers, educators, business and community leaders are invited to attend the free public launch of the ACT Work Ready Communities initiative, by registering at actworkreadynorthla.eventbrite.com or call 318.677.2559.

    “Over the last couple of years, we have seen increased attention given to WorkKeys and the ACT Work Ready Communities Program by companies and organizations that rank communities for their competitiveness in corporate site selection,” said Scott Martinez, President, North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP).  “By participating in this program, we can improve our region’s standing compared to other locations. Availability of a skilled workforce has become a top consideration of companies considering where to locate and expand.”

    The ACT Work Ready Communities program is designed to assist a particular area, region or state in developing its workforce pipeline to provide skilled workers for employers by using the ACT WorkKeys System. The framework allows each participating community to measure and to improve the skill levels of its workforce through a standardized workforce skill credential—the ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate™ (NCRC). Supported by data updated online by Iowa-based ACT monthly, communities in 26 states are either certified or working toward certification.

    The process toward becoming Work Ready Communities began October 2017. NLEP convened regional representatives from local governments, K-12 and post-secondary education systems, workforce development, economic development and chambers of commerce to apply to the program as a regional team.  Since then, the regional team attended three of four ACT Work Ready Communities Academies, an executive leadership and a training program designed and hosted by ACT. To start the process of becoming certified Work Ready Communities, the team developed a common set of goals focused on increasing the number of National Career Readiness Certificate holders within different segments of the regional workforce. The next step is to build awareness, cooperation and commitment with local employers, policymakers, educators and economic developers.

    “As a result of more stakeholders signing on to participate in this initiative, we will see an increased interest from our students who will begin to see the direct impact a quality Workkeys score can have on their future as a job seeker and successful employee,” said Superintendent Clay Corley, DeSoto Parish Schools.

    This initiative is bolstered by the Louisiana Department of Education decision to begin funding the WorkKeys testing for some high school students, which has led to several hundred students in the four-parish area graduating high school with a WorkKeys certificate.  They can use this certificate to stand out to hiring managers if they want to go directly to work.  Area community and technical colleges are increasingly embedding WorkKeys in certain high demand programs, so that their graduates will have this additional tool to demonstrate mastery of the skills they need to be successful in their chosen career.

    For more information on the ACT Work Ready Communities initiative, go to workreadycommunities.org.

    ABOUT ACT

    ACT is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. Headquartered in Iowa City, Iowa, ACT is trusted as the nation’s leader in college and career readiness, providing high-quality achievement assessments grounded in more than 50 years of research and experience. ACT offers a uniquely integrated set of solutions that help people succeed from kindergarten through career, providing insights that unlock potential. To learn more about ACT, go to www. act.org.

    ABOUT NORTH LOUISIANA ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP

    North Louisiana Economic Partnership, an Accredited Economic Development Organization, provides professional economic development services to the 14 parish region of North Louisiana, including lead generation and prospect management. The organization also represents the interests of North Louisiana with a unified voice and as a single point of contact. It acts as a catalyst, a convener, and a connector in the region to ensure that North Louisiana’s economic development potential is realized. Its vision is for North Louisiana to be a thriving region-a destination for high quality talent, innovative companies, and global investment.

    BOSSIER CHAMBER RECOGNIZES AND HONORS MILITARY CHILDREN’S SACRIFICE

    The Month of April is designated as the Month of the Military Child

    BOSSIER CITY - The month of April is designated as Month of the Military Child. This month’s observance focuses on showing support to military children in recognition of the sacrifices they make while their parent(s) serve our country. The Bossier Chamber of Commerce’s Military Relations Committee and Northwest Louisiana Military Support Foundation are partnering on two celebrations to help recognize military children and families.
    • KidFest, April 7, 5-8 p.m. at Bossier Civic Center, a fun festival of the Warrior Network with games, food, inflatables, displays, prizes, fun and much more! Military kids of all ages (and parents as well) are invited to attend.
    • Purple Up Day, April 13, 1:30 p.m. at Haughton Middle School, where we recognize the military children in the Bossier Parish School System.
    So, why the color purple for “Purple Up Day”? Purple is the color used to signify all branches of military service blended together (U.S. Navy and Air Force blue, U.S. Marine red, and U.S. Army green). Businesses can get involved in Purple Up Day and show support for military children, too, by allowing employees to wear purple that day, or change their marquees to display supporting statements such as “We Support Military Children” or “Purple Up for Military Kids.” Additionally, businesses are encouraged to offer special discounts throughout the month of April for military children and families. For more information about Month of the Military Child, please contact Kattie Hollay, Military Relations Liaison, at mrc@bossierchamber.com or call (318) 746-0252. ###
  • Member News

  • Member News

    CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System Hosts Second Annual Miracle Tour to Benefit Local Kids

    [caption id="attachment_11431" align="alignright" width="604"] Top Miracle Tour fundraiser, Lynnette Martin celebrates with some of our CHRISTUS Miracle Kids![/caption] CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System is hosting the second annual Miracle Tour on Oct. 6 at Haughton High School. Miracle Tour includes 64,42,28, 14 and 5 mile cycling routes to raise funds to benefit the 17 signature Children’s Miracle Network Hospital programs at CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System and our community. Miracle Tour offers bicycle rides catering to every cyclist including a 5-mile family fun ride with routes providing beautiful scenery of Lake Bistineau and the surrounding countryside. Registered event participants will enjoy stocked rest stops, SAG vehicles on well-marked routes, enthusiastic volunteers and an event t-shirt, all while helping local kids. Food and drinks will be provided at a post-ride celebration. “We are excited to raise money for local kids with this event for a second year,” Amy Heron, CHRISTUS Foundation Shreveport-Bossier Director, said. “We saw what an impact this event had on our fundraising last year and how enthusiastic the cycling community was about participating in an event that helps local kids! Our CMN Hospital programs at CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier helps both sick and healthy children through our 17 programs, and we can’t wait to see how much of an impact this event will have for our local babies, kids and teens.” Last year the event attracted over 130 cyclists and the number is expected to grow to over 200 this year. Riders who raise funds will receive great incentives including a 2018 Miracle Tour jersey and the chance to win fabulous prizes. Every dollar raised stays right here to support the CMN Hospital programs and the local kids they serve. The start and end of the cycling tour is at Haughton High School, 210 E. McKinley, Haughton. Registration is $40 now through Oct. 19 and $45 Oct. 20-21. The Family Fun Ride is $15 per rider. Great Raft is hosting a carb loading dinner on Oct. 5 for participants to pick up their packets, meet Miracle Kids, and enjoy dinner from one of the local CMN Hospital partners, Panda Express. To register for Miracle Tour, visit www.miracletour.org or call 318-681-6781.

    Overton Brooks VA Medical Center honors POW/MIA Recognition Day

    SHREVEPORT, La.—Overton Brooks VA Medical Center will recognize POW/MIA Recognition Day, Friday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m. The United States’ National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year. On National POW/MIA Recognition Day, we honor the sacrifices and remarkable determination of those captured as prisoners of war. We also remember those who remain unaccounted for, and we wish their families some small comfort in knowing that America has not forgotten them. Lieutenant Colonel Edgar Hubert Gleason, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) will serve as our guest speaker. Although not a former POW, LtCol. Gleason is a Korean War Veteran who served in North Korea from 1950-1951. This year’s POW/MIA Recognition Day is made more prominent by the recent repatriation of presumed American servicemen missing in North Korea since fighting ended in 1953. Media should arrive by 10:45 a.m. The ceremony takes place in room 2W63. Contact the OBVAMC Public Affairs Office at (318) 990-5571 to confirm attendance. You can also reach the office via email at vhashr_publicaffairs@va.gov.

    Volunteers Needed for Film Prize

    Help! We need somebody(s)! With just two weeks left to go, we have a number of openings in our volunteer schedule. We are asking you to give your time during a shift (or two or three) to help make the Prize experience complete. Volunteer positions range from selling passes and merchandise to ushering guests at theaters, to projection (it's really easy, we promise!) Each volunteer receives a FREE 3-day festival pass and a special volunteer t-shirt! Don't wait. Sign up today! prizefest.org/volunteer.

    NSU collecting hurricane clean up supplies

    NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University students are doing their part to help residents of the Carolinas as they begin cleanup in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Dr. Curt Phifer, professor of biology in the Louisiana Scholars’ College, is spearheading efforts to collect supplies for cleanup buckets that will be transported to affected disaster areas through the United Methodist Center on Relief (UMCOR), located in Baldwin. “We’re asking every RSO [Registered Student Organization] at NSU, service organizations, fraternities, sororities, honor societies, religious groups, to put together at least one Cleaning Bucket of supplies. SGA [Student Government Association] has bought the empty buckets and will deliver them to the shipping site,” Phifer said. Buckets are available to each organization in the SGA office on the first floor of the Student Union. Each bucket has a list of specific items and how to assemble the bucket. Assembled buckets can be returned to the SGA office by 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24. They will be loaded on a truck Tuesday “Many NSU students have expressed an interest in helping the people in North and South Carolina who have been affected by Hurricane Florence,” Phifer said. “After hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Harvey, and extreme flooding in the Baton Rouge-Denham Springs area, all of us have been affected personally or have friends and family who know what it’s like to see your home destroyed or damaged.” More information on UMCOR and specific items needed for cleaning kits is available at https://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies/Relief-Supply-Kits/Cleaning. Phifer can be reached at (318) 357-4588 or phifer@nsula.edu

    BPCC OnDemand™ IS NOW OFFERING (ISC)2 CERTIFIED INFORMATION SYSTEMS SECURITY PROFESSIONAL (CISSP)

    BPCC’s OnDemand™ now offers the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) course available to anyone, anytime, and anywhere. The CISSP course is an online, non-credit, and self-paced course designed to help participants pass the national exam. The course covers all 8 CISSP exam domains developed by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2. BPCC’s OnDemand™ platform allows participants to: · Prepare for the CISSP exam: Gain the skills required to sit for the nationally recognized (ISC)2 CISSP certification exam · Continuing Education Credit: Obtain a Certificate of Training Completion from BPCC. · Academic Course Credit: (ISC)2 CISSP certification is equivalent to BPCC’s CIT 224. Pass the exam and apply to receive 3 college credits! For more information go to https://www.bpcc.edu/academics/plamatrix.html. The course is competitively priced at $950. To register for the CISSP course, visit https://www.bpccondemand.com.
  • Blog

  • Blog

    Meet Our State of Education Address Guest Speakers

    Looking to learn more about the education system in Bossier Parish? Come to our State of Education Address on Sept. 26 at 8:30 a.m. You can hear from 3 amazing guest speakers including University of Louisiana System President Dr. James Henderson.

    Henderson became president of the University of Louisiana system on Jan. 1, 2017. During his first year in office, he led the Universities of Louisiana in the creation of a strategic framework that charges our universities to produce the most educated generation in Louisiana’s history, drive growth through public/private partnerships and research, while recruiting, retaining, and developing the world class faculty who educate our students. Prior to this role, he served for two years as president of his alma mater, Northwestern State University and spent six years as chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College. He is a native of Shreveport and his wife Tonia is a fellow Northwestern State alumna. The Hendersons have three children, Reagan who is a graduate student at the University of Dallas, Nicholas who attends UL Lafayette, and Alexander who starts high school in August. You can also hear from Deputy, of Network A for the Louisiana Department of Education, Emily Bradley. She will be discussing school accountability and letter grades. Bradley is a native of West Carroll Parish where she was born and raised. She is married to Josh Bradley and has 3 children: Jackson, age 12, Caroline, age 9, and Jim age 5. She began her career as an educator at Ouachita Parish High School. Her first four years there were spent teaching and coaching girls’ basketball. When she moved back to West Carroll Parish she became the assistant principal at Oak Grove High School and served as the Assistant Principal from 2008-2009. Then, Bradley became the principal from 2009-2015. After serving as the principal, she worked in the district office in a supervisor position for a couple of years, before going to work for the Louisiana Department of Education in October of 2016. Our final guest speaker is Bossier Schools Superintendent Scott Smith. At the State of Education Address on Wednesday, Sept. 26, Smith will be discussing the challenges and successes of Bossier Schools along with the vision for the future of the district. Smith was Assistant Superintendent of Administration for Bossier Parish Schools from 2009-2016. He has 36 years’ combined experience in education, teaching and serving in administrative capacities at the elementary, middle and high school levels and at the district level. Smith served for 14 years as Principal of Benton High/Middle School before assuming the duties as Assistant Superintendent of Bossier Schools. Prior to that position, he was Assistant Principal at Benton High/Middle and Acting Assistant Principal at T.O. Rusheon Middle School. To purchase your tickets for this amazing breakfast event click here. 

    Under Gov. Edwards, State Contracts Cut by Nearly 30% in Two Years

    Key Points:

    In 2016, Edwards, by executive order shortly after taking office, instructed all agencies, boards commissions and other budget units of the executive branch to review all professional, personal and consulting contracts to look for ones that can be eliminated or reduced. In the years since, the number of state contracts reported has officially gone from 14,125 in July 2016 to 10,551 this July. Many are deemed "non-discretionary," which means they are viewed as essential government functions, though it's not clearly defined what that is or why an agency may give the distinction. In a cycle of budget crises, Louisiana leaders said two years ago that the state should reduce the number of outside contracts the state has to cut back costs. Two years later, the contract debate has grown quiet but Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration says that they have curtailed the number of outside consultants, as critics requested, and they continue to try to address the issue. The state contracts with thousands of companies and individuals for various state services. Contractors provide consulting on legal and land issues, review insurance disputes and help address the state's opioid crisis, among other functions – often for tens of thousands of dollars. "This was one of the areas we've focused on," Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne said. "We've had a lot of oversight and scrutiny on what we are doing and the result has been a reduction in contracts. I think you're going to continue to see this." Edwards, by executive order shortly after taking office, instructed all agencies, boards commissions and other budget units of the executive branch to review all professional, personal and consulting contracts to look for ones that can be eliminated or reduced. The Legislature also instructed agencies to cut back on outside contracting. Read the full article here. 

    EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS GOVT AFFAIRS PRO BRINGS INFRASTRUCTURE MESSAGE TO RADIO

    Kip Eideberg, VP of Public Affairs & Advocacy for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), recently spoke with Karl Magenhofer of WSVA Radio — which reaches the Central Shenandoah Valley area of Virginia — about the importance of the nation’s transportation system and the vital need to invest now in America’s infrastructure. He noted that infrastructure is a bipartisan issue and should be a priority because all Americans and American businesses rely on it. “We’ve let our infrastructure crumble,” says Eideberg. “This is not just something that happened one day. … It’s because we have not tended to it and it’s been chronically underfunded and there hasn’t been enough political will in Washington to do something about it.” President Trump, who partially campaigned on improving investment in America’s strained infrastructure, has been in office for one year and 239 days. The 115th Congress has taken on issues such as tax reform, the opioid epidemic, veterans’ matters, defense spending and funding the government, but has not been able to pass a promised new infrastructure bill. AEM is the North American-based international trade group representing off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers, with more than 950 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture and construction-related industry sectors worldwide. The equipment manufacturing industry in the United States supports 1.3 million jobs and contributes roughly $159 billion to the economy every year. AEM is a member of ATM. To read more, click here.

    Check Out These Events at Bossier Parish Schools

    Monday, September 17

    Constitution Day

    Bossier Parish School for Technology & Innovative Learning 1020 Innovation Drive Bossier City 9:00 a.m. and 11:20 a.m. It is Constitution Day and the Law Studies classes at BPSTIL are looking forward to engaging presentations by Inns of the Court about this historic document that serves as the supreme law of the United States. The American Inns of the Court is an association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals from all levels and backgrounds that share a passion for professional excellence and to educate others about the law.

    An Artsy Night at Apollo

    Apollo Elementary 2400 Viking Drive Bossier City 5:00 p.m. It is Apollo Art Night for first graders! Apollo art teacher Melissa Hertz will be showing students how to use chalk to create an image on a ceiling tile. The tile will then be displayed at Apollo for everyone to see their fantastic work. What a great way for these first grade students to contribute to their school and feel like a part of the Rockets family! Thursday, September 20

    Air Force Band of the West Workshop

    Bossier Instructional Center 2719 Airline Drive Bossier City 8:30-11 a.m. We are so excited to have the Air Force Band of the West, based out of San Antonio, visit Bossier Schools! The day will start at 8:30 a.m. with a workshop for dozens of high school musicians. They will work on selected music under the tutelage of the Air Force Band of the West, then perform later at the Bossier Parish School Board meeting.

    Air Force Band Performance

    R.V. Kerr Elementary 1700 Airline Drive The Kerr Kats are eager to play host to the Air Force Band of the West. The band will stop by Kerr for a school-wide performance. Students and faculty are in for a real treat!

    Insurance Committee Meeting

    Bossier Instructional Center 2719 Airline Drive Bossier City 4:30 p.m. The Chair of the Bossier Parish School Board Insurance Committee has called for a meeting at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20

    BPSB Meeting

    Bossier Instructional Center 2719 Airline Drive Bossier City 6:00 p.m. The Bossier Parish School Board will meet in regular session. This will be a particularly special meeting with high school students performing alongside the Air Force Band of the West beforehand, as well as the National Anthem at the start of the meeting. Students achieving a perfect score in one or more content areas of the LEAP 2025 will also be recognized as well as several others.

    Airline High School Homecoming Parade

    Airline High School 2801 Airline Drive Bossier City at 6:00 p.m. It is Homecoming Week at Airline High School, which would not be complete without a parade! The Vikings, along with groups from its feeder schools, will parade around the perimeter of the campus. This is a huge community event and one to put on your calendar! Friday, September 21

    Air Force Band of the West Workshop

    Bossier Instructional Center 2719 Airline Drive Bossier City 8:30-11 a.m. It is our middle school musicians' turn to learn from the Air Force Band of the West. First and second chairs in their respective school band programs will spend the morning in a masterclass, learning from some of the best.

    Hotshot Bernie

    Apollo Elementary 2400 Viking Drive Bossier City at 1:00 p.m. Bossier City firefighter Adam MacDaniels recently published his first children's book, Hotshot Bernie, and will be visiting first graders at Apollo Elementary. During his visit, Mr. MacDaniels will read about Bernie and how dreams come true, even for a dragon who wants to be a firefighter. He will end the author reading with a discussion about how hard work helps make your dreams come true.

    Air Force Band of the West Visits the Wildcats

    Waller Elementary 1130 Patricia Drive Bossier City at 1:30 p.m. Following the middle school workshop, the Air Force Band of the West will make one final stop at Waller Elementary, where they will perform for the entire school. The Waller Wildcats are revved up and looking forward to ending their Friday with a concert just for them!

    5 Essential Tips on Using Facebook for Business

    The way businesses market to their audience is constantly changing these days. One of the best tools a business can use to market to their key audience is Facebook. It is one of the best social media platforms to use because there are roughly 2.23 billion monthly active users. That’s a whole lot of people that could potentially help profit your business. If you want to start using Facebook for business purposes, here are 5 essential tips to help you get started. (more…)
  • Military Discount

  • Military Discount