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Bossier City Makers Fair – This Saturday!

The Bossier City Makers Fair is March 24th from 10am-6:30pm at the Louisiana Boardwalk.

This “SUPERMARKET” will feature a large all handcrafted fair showcasing artisans. 110+ MAKERS with everything from art and jewelry, pottery to knitting, handmade soap, upcycled furniture, stained glass, jams and jellies, home décor, clothing, salsa, wood crafts, snow cones, face painting, balloons, and much more!! Meet the makers and start your spring shopping by buying local, one of a kind creations for yourself and everyone you know. We look forward to seeing you there!


The Bossier City Makers Fair is a celebration of handcrafted goods, crafts, arts, and foods.

-Grab a bite to eat, shop the handmade maker booths, and enjoy the atmosphere. Live music, and fun activities for the whole family. Face Painting, Bubbles, Balloons, and Games in a family friendly environment.

-This event is being held to encourage the growth of our makers, artist, crafters, and musicians. All while supporting our local community.

Join us March 24th from 10am-6:30pm. It’s where the Makers are!

RSVP now

This Saturday March 24th

10:00 AM – 6:30 PM

The Louisiana Boardwalk

540 Boardwalk Blvd, Bossier City, Louisiana 71111

BPCC nursing program is a leader in NWLA, U.S.

Bossier Parish Community College is proud to announce its nursing program’s fall 2017 numbers.

The BPCC Nursing Program has a 100 percent employment rate for fall 2017 graduates and a National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)-RN pass rate of 95.89 percent for fall 2017 graduates. The program is also second place in the United States for 2017 in NCLEX-RN education programs with a score of 92.93 percent, which is 5.08 percent above the national average of 87.85 percent.

BPCC Nursing Program Director Sharon Turley gives credit for these high marks to the hard-working nursing faculty. “These figures speak volumes about the nursing faculty at BPCC. They are the smartest, most dedicated, and most supportive group of people I have had the honor of working with in all my years in nursing.”

The NCLEX is an examination for the licensing of nurses in the United States. NCLEX examinations are developed and owned by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN). NCSBN administers these examinations on behalf of its member boards which consist of the boards of nursing in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories. NCLEX examinations are designed to test the knowledge, skills and abilities essential to the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry-level.

Turley adds, “The test is extremely important. If students do not pass this national exam, they do not get a license and they cannot practice nursing.”

In 2010, Bossier Parish Community College received approval from the Louisiana State Board of Nursing and the Board of Regents to offer the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing. Since that time, many students have declared nursing as their major course of study.  There were 24 nursing graduates in the fall 2017 class.

“The talent of our graduates, the quality of our nursing program, and the dedication to excellence of our faculty and program administrators is what has allowed BPCC to attain these benchmarks,” says Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr., Chancellor. “The Division of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health is home to a number of world class programs, providing opportunities for our students and giving our employers the human capital they need to compete and grow.”

For more information on the BPCC Nursing Program, contact the Division of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health at (318) 678-6080.

For more information on NCLEX, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing at



Bossier Parish Community College and Step Forward of North Louisiana believe that access to books matters and have partnered to create a Little Free Library for the students of Meadowview Elementary School in Bossier City.

Late last year, Step Forward’s Laura Alderman invited BPCC’s Division of Learning Resources to partner in a collaborative effort designed to build home libraries for young readers in Northwest Louisiana. Three ladies then met to develop a strategy for moving toward that vision—Araceli Bateman (Step Forward Volunteer), Brenda Brantley (BPCC’s Dean of Learning Resources), and Segann March (Community Engagement Coordinator, Step Forward). From that meeting came the idea of a Little Free Library at Meadowview Elementary School and thus far more than 250 new and gently-used books for K-5 school-aged children have been donated.

One of the most successful ways to improve the reading achievement of children is to increase their access to books, especially at home. But according to the U.S. Department of Education, up to 61% of low-income families do not have any books for their kids at home. The Little Free Library plays an essential role by providing access to books and encouraging a love of reading in homes where books are scarce.

“Between 65 and 70 percent of NWLA school-age students come from socioeconomically disadvantaged families,” shared Laura Alderman, Step Forward’s Executive Director. “For these families, books may well be a luxury item; yet we know that having a home library is a critical factor in reading success. Step Forward works to eliminate such disparities by encouraging collaborative projects such as the Meadowview Little Free Library. Together with partners such as Bossier Parish Community College, Caddo Career and Technology Center, Barnes and Noble, Bossier Parish Libraries, and Bossier Parish Schools, we are working to ensure success for every child.”

Janice Williams, principal of Meadowview Elementary School, added, “Since the LFL has been at Meadowview, it is amazing to see how the students’ eyes beam when they see the books. Every morning, a group of students converges in the library to inspect the latest additions. It is truly a joy for the students to have books of their own to carry home to read and enjoy.”

For more information on how you can contribute to the Little Free Library at Meadowview Elementary School, contact Brenda Brantley at or Janice Williams at


Are you an angler who has the desire to learn and improve your skills? If so, then you don’t want to miss the NEW course offered by Bossier Parish Community College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Division.

Fishing with Electronics/Fishing Line Selection course is set for 7:00pm-9:00 pm on Thursday, April 12 at the Margaritaville Resort Casino Theatre.

The course will provide anglers with specific examples of what objects, structures, and fish look like on structure scan. It will provide anglers detailed information and examples of fishing line selection, indicating the differences between monofilament, fluorocarbon, and braid.

Instructor for this course will be local angler Nick LeBrun. Since 2011, LeBrun has fished and placed in many tournaments including FLW Costa Series SW Division, FLW BFL Cowboy Division, FLW Tour Invitational, ABA Weekend/RAM Series, Bassmaster Team Championship and Bassmaster Central Open. His current sponsors include H&W Marine, Skeeter Boats, Yamaha Outboards, V&M Baits, Fitzgerald Rods, Bass Pro Shops, Elite Tungsten, 6th Sense Lures, and Covington Lumber and Building Materials.

It is important for LeBrun to represent his sponsors in a positive manner on and off the water.  “I want to be highly respected by not only other anglers, but also by fans and spectators of the sport,” said LeBrun.

Cost of the course is $49. To register for Fishing with Electronics/Fishing Line Selection, visit For more information, contact BPCC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Office at (318) 678-6015.

Northwest La. SHRM to host strategic planning workshop


Strategic Planning Workshop

Develop Your Strategy: Execute & Learn NEW Techniques!

  NWLA Society of Human Resource Management


WHAT:              Please make plans to attend and take tools & educational concepts back to your workplace and company for success in 2018!  Learn to use the key elements of the Strategic Planning Process. Sherry Johnson, SHRM-SCP, CAE, Field Services Director will lead the workshop.  

                                      Achieve what we become better at by learning… how to PLAN!


WHEN:              Thursday, March 22, 2018, from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM


WHERE:            Hilton Garden Inn, 2015 Old Minden Road, Bossier City, LA  71111


                          Advance Registration and payment is required as seating is limited:

                                      $30.00 / Non-Members $20.00 / SHRM HR Members

                                                (Training material & lunch provided)




WHO:               Open to the Public!  


Decision Maker:  Hiring authority, Business Owners, Staffing Agency, Managers, College Students – all levels that connect the employee to the rules and guidelines of the company.



Press Contact:
Northwest Louisiana SHRM

Chapter #0258, Shreveport Non-Profit founded in 1957

Kingston Student Chosen to Represent Region at State Student of the Year Competition

Ian Knudsen had the perfect Friday and beginning of Spring Break. The Kingston Elementary fifth grader spent the day at the movie theater and park with his classmates, then came back to a big surprise.

Bossier Schools Superintendent Scott Smith strolled into his classroom, along with Knudsen’s mother and an entourage of people, to announce he had been chosen as the Regional Student of the Year. That means he will compete at the state competition next month, where he will represent the school districts in seven parishes across northwest Louisiana.

Knudsen is the all-around student. He is actively involved in robotics, archery, 4-H, Student Council and is co-founder of the Kingston Military Kids Club. He also volunteers with HUB Ministries and holds three Tae Kwon Do world championship titles.

When asked how he feels about representing Region I at the state level in Baton Rouge, Knudsen said “I know I have to work a lot harder, but I am going to have fun and try my best. Maybe I’ll even see the state capitol.”

ORDA funds five north Louisiana researchers through Seed Funding Program

Source: BIZ

Five North Louisiana researchers have been funded a total of $200,000 in the second cycle of the Office for Research Development and Administration’s (ORDA) Seed Funding Program.

Awardees are from the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM), LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport (LSUHSCS) and Louisiana Tech University.

The Seed Funding Program, administrated by ORDA, a division of the Biomedical Research Foundation (BRF), is part of ORDA’s mission to promote north Louisiana as a bioscience research hub, foster multidisciplinary research partnerships and leverage preclinical and clinical research to advance healthcare and economic development in the region.

The funding is intended to provide support for investigators to generate preliminary data and apply for extramural funding from government and/or private sources. Projects were peer reviewed by out-of-state reviewers and then by BRF’s internal committee.

This cycle’s focus area was Neuroscience/Neuroengineering, Neuroinformatics and Aging. ORDA’s first seed funding cycle, awarded in February of 2017, was focused in Neuroscience/Neuroengineering and Aging.

This cycle’s funded researchers and projects:

  • ULM – $50,000 – Khalid El Sayed, Ph.D., Professor of Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry, Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy

Project Title: Novel PCSK9-LDLR natural products-based inhibitor for the prevention of neurological disorders

Project’s Narrative: A novel class of anti-hyperlipidemia medications is developed with unique mechanism of action. The use of this natural product is expected to replace the current drugs, which induce wide array of side effects. This new drug is expected to protect the human brain and cardiovascular system against the harm caused by elevated blood cholesterol levels.

  • ULM – $50,000 – Karen Briski, Ph.D., Professor, Pharmacology; Department Head, Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy

Project Title: Estrogen neuroprotection against hypoglycemic brain injury

Project’s Narrative: Severe hypoglycemia is a recurring complication of strict management of diabetes mellitus. Hypoglycemia causes nerve cell death in discrete brain areas, including the hippocampus, a structure that is critical for memory and learning. Anticipated new insight on neuroprotection afforded by locally­ generated neuro-estrogen against hypoglycemic injury can be leveraged to develop therapies aimed at preventing/minimizing brain damage in those patients.

  • LSUHSCS – $50,000 – J. Steven Alexander, Ph.D., Professor, Molecular & Cellular Physiology

Project Title: Pilot alpha-syn glymphatic Tau stasis in experimental Parkinson’s Disease

Project’s Narrative: Tau and alpha-synuclein are toxic proteins which aggregate and cause injury to the substantia nigra in the brain often leading to more rapid progression of motor and cognitive disturbances in Parkinson’s disease (PD). Our research strongly suggests that deposition of Tau with alpha-synuclein intensifies Tau-mediated PD severity by limiting the clearance of these proteins in exosome / microparticulates from the brain via the glymphatic/paravascular pathways. The successful completion of these studies will determine how Tau and alpha-synuclein hasten and intensify the onset of PD, and provide a powerful mechanistic platform for diagnosing and staging PD and develop novel mechanism-based models for testing and developing PD therapeutics.

  • Louisiana Tech University- $25,000 – Scott Poh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Project Title: The use of novel electrochemical sensors to detect oxidative stress generated by macrophage in the brain

Project’s Narrative: During oxidative stress, the release of reactive oxygen species (ROS) or reactive nitrogen species (RNS) by macrophages (brain region mimic) will be investigated by a multiplexed novel microarray sensor. The sensor directly measures total antioxidant activity (TAA) by determining the overall electrochemical reducing power, and thus avoids the disadvantages of the classical fluorescence probing techniques.

  • Louisiana Tech University – $25,000 – Yuri Lvov, Ph.D., Professor, Institute for Micromanufacturing

Project Title: Nanoclay based anti-aging drug formulations

Project’s Narrative: We will elaborate a novel assay for evaluation of aging effect of nanoclays using C. elegance nematodes as an animal in vivo model. Based on this assay, natural antiaging drugs formulations will be developed (permethrin and lawsone loaded into the clay nanotubes give 10-40 hrs sustained release). In commercialization, we focus on: 1) cosmetic antiaging skin formulations with tubule clay additives for sustained release of natural drugs and gray hair treatment; and 2) animal anti-parasite hair care products which are easier for approval.


BPCC is the first community college ever to receive this award

The American Association of University Administrators has voted BPCC’s Open Campus™ open educational resource program as this year’s recipient of its 2018 Nikolai Khaladjan International Award for Innovation in Higher Education. In the history of the Khaladjan award, BPCC is the first community college to be awarded the honor. The award will be presented June 8 at AAUA’s annual Leadership Seminar in Philadelphia.

The Khaladjan International Award recognizes innovation and achievement in higher education worldwide. Named for the founder and former president of the Moscow External University of the Humanities, the award is given for work that is both innovative and has wide potential for application or impact on the international dimensions of post-secondary education.

The Khaladjan recognizes

  • innovative teaching methods
  • methods which widen access to education
  • efficient use of teaching resources
  • wide use of learning technology
  • efforts that accelerate or deepen student learning

Open Campus™ is a cross-disciplinary developmental series of free, online non-credit courses, offering developmental courses ahead of placement testing and for those enrolled in credit-bearing coursework. The courses are actual BPCC instructors who are videoed teaching actual modules.

BPCC’s Open Campus™ courses premiered in 2013, and, to-date, 30,000+ students have enjoyed FREE access to extended learning opportunities targeting their needs and guiding them through unfamiliar terrain. BPCC was the first community college in the nation to provide these courses to anyone at any time for no cost. Open Campus™ learning materials have now touched students in 200 countries/territories worldwide.Here at home, Open Campus™ has helped students across Louisiana effectively reduce their time to degree completion.

“On average, every minute of every hour of everyday, someone, somewhere around the world is accessing Open Campus™ learning resources, created and produced at Bossier Parish Community College,” said Allison Martin, BPCC’s Director of Institutional Effectiveness Initiatives who spearheaded the initiative. “What we’ve learned since then is that our “anytime, anywhere” model has met the same needs for students in all 50 states and in 200 countries and territories worldwide—a truly astonishing scale which we never expected.”

For more information on BPCC’s Open Campus™ initiative, visit or contact Allison Martin at

For more information on the American Association of University Administrators or the Nikolai Khaladjan International Award for Innovation in Higher Education, visit or

Bossier Schools honors archery state champions

Bossier Schools has several state championship teams to recognize in archery.

This Thursday, March 8, Parkway High School’s wrestling team will be honored at a short school-wide assembly at 8:50 a.m.  in Parkway’s Varsity Gym.

Bossier Parish archery teams won all three state championship titles in the Bullseye and 3D competitions at the 2018 A.L.A.S. (Archery in Louisiana Schools) state tournament hosted by The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Bossier Parish students also won all three Top Individual archers titles by division in the Bullseye competition, numerous other top rankings and five of the six scholarships that were awarded.  The results are as follows:

Top Individual Archers-Bullseye 

$5000 scholarship:  Aidan Haire (Benton HS) and Amber Long (Benton MS)

$2500 scholarship: Tyler Pope (Benton ES) and Eden Old (Benton MS)

$1250 scholarship: Emma Rutledge (Benton MS)

Top Individual Archers (male and female combined) by division-Bullseye

First Place: Aidan Haire (Benton HS), Amber Long (Benton MS), and Tyler Pope (Benton ES)

Top Individual Archers by division-Bullseye (State Champion Bow)

Male: Aidan Haire (Benton HS), Amber Long (Benton MS), and Tyler Pope (Benton MS)

Female: Abbie Rutledge (Benton HS)