BPCC names new Vice Chancellor of Economic and Workforce Development

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Bossier Parish Community College is pleased to announce the appointment of Gayle Flowers as Vice Chancellor of Economic and Workforce Development.

“Gayle Flowers brings unparalleled expertise when it comes to workforce and economic development issues and she will help ensure that we continue to build programs and train workers to grow the economy of Northwest Louisiana,” says BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr.  “BPCC is laser-focused on significantly increasing the number of students served in non-credit, short-term, customized workforce training programs that create a competitive advantage for businesses in our regional economy. I am confident that Gayle’s depth and breadth of experience will be a great complement to the work taking place at BPCC.”

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Flowers brings to BPCC an extensive background in career-tech and adult education.  Prior to coming to BPCC, she was the Director of Career, Adult, and Alternative Education with Caddo Parish School Board, where she was responsible for grants of more than $2 million per year in these areas.  She was also a leader in the Northwest Louisiana Jump Start Partnership and established new programs in auto tech, healthcare, network/information technologies, digital media, Education for Careers, and Technical Careers Exploration.

Flowers has worked with area employers to review state-approved skill certificates and provided recommendations for statewide adoption.  She expanded dual enrollment and industry-based certifications to all high schools in Caddo Parish and provided professional development for career-technical educators, adult education teachers, middle/high school principals, K-12 counselors, and other key stakeholders.

Flowers is looking forward to her new role at BPCC.

“Joining my new colleagues at Bossier Parish Community College will allow me to increase the number of positive life and career options in our region,” says Flowers.  “I will continue working with the many industry stakeholders who have played such an important role in career and technical education in our region — and I will still collaborate closely with my long-time K-12 colleagues — to expand positive workforce options and to connect our community to college and career success and economic opportunity for us all.”

Flowers holds a both a master’s degree in education and a bachelor of science degree in business education from Louisiana State University-Shreveport.  Additionally, she has received many certifications in school supervision throughout her career. She maintains a number of professional affiliations including the Southern Regional Education Board’s CTE Commission, Rotary Club of Shreveport, and SREB’s Tech Centers That Work National Advisory Council to name a few.