BPCC STEM building breaks ground at CIC

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Pictured left to right – Senator Barrow Peacock; Eleanor Chandler, BPCC Student Government Association President; Dr. Rick Bateman, Chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College; Dr. Monty Sullivan, LCTCS President; Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker; GB Cazes, Vice President of the Cyber Innovation Center; Jack “Bump” Skaggs, President of the Bossier Parish Police Jury; and Billy Wayne Montgomery.

Bossier Parish Community College has officially broken ground on a facility that will house its Science, Nursing, and Allied Health programs.

The four-story building (approximately 80,600 gross square feet) will be located on the northwest corner of the Cyber Innovation Center’s property (the northeast side of campus).

Chancellor Rick Bateman said the building will address a significant need for space and will create world class learning environments for the future workforce of northwest Louisiana.

Bateman noted the importance of collaboration of multiple Bossier Parish and Bossier City entities. Construction costs on the project are approximately $15.5 million, 12% match accomplished by donation of 9.9 acres of land by the City of Bossier City and the Bossier Parish Police Jury.

“This is our college in our town and we love it,” Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker said. “This building is another example of how community partnerships are important and s proof of how well our local entities work together.”

The project will take around 15 months to complete from the start date, which has not yet been determined. BPCC officials hope to begin construction this summer.

Dr. Monty Sullivan, Louisiana Community and Technical College System President, said the college has come so far over the years.

“What you mean to this community is nothing short of extraordinary,” Sullivan said. “You have created a reputation for yourself by doing one very simple thing – listening to employers and serving students. That’s it. It’s that simple.”

For more information, visit www.bpcc.edu.