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Bossier Parish Community College and Northwestern State University are in agreement that they want what’s best for their students.

The two institutions have signed another set of transfer agreements, this time allowing a seamless transfer of credit hours from BPCC to a baccalaureate program at Northwestern State. Administrators say will address regional workforce needs and make earning a four-year degree easier for students.

“This signing, when combined with the other articulation agreements between our institutions, takes higher education alignment to a new level,” says BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman Jr. “BPCC and Northwestern have an unparalleled commitment to increasing access and opportunity for the citizens of Louisiana. These agreements establish clearly defined, structured pathways that make the transfer process more efficient and effective for students. I am proud of the strong relationship we have with Northwestern and we look forward to expanding our work together.”

Under the agreements, students who earn the Associate of Applied Science degree in cyber technology from BPCC will be able to transfer credits towards the Bachelor of Science in computer information systems (CIS). Students completing the associate degree in business administration will be able to transfer credit towards the bachelor of science in business administration, CIS and accounting. Students completing the Associate of Arts Louisiana Transfer degree with business concentrations will also be able to transfer credits towards business administration, CIS and accounting.

Students earning an associate of applied science in oil and gas technology and associate of applied science in industrial technology with concentration in engineering graphics will be able to transfer into NSU’s industrial engineering technology degree program. Students earning an associate of applied science in industrial technology with a automations and controls will be able to transfer into NSU’s electrical engineering technology program.

NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson said, “These agreements reduce duplication of classes, reduce student time to completion and minimize student financial obligations. The dedicated faculty and staff at both NSU and BPCC worked together to develop equivalencies so that students can seamlessly transfer into NSU’s baccalaureate programs.”