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BPCC to record largest graduation in its history

At its 66th commencement on Friday, Bossier Parish Community College will once again record the largest graduation in its 47-year history.

The College will graduate its highest number of students during two graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 16 in the Health & Physical Education Complex at 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City.

Credentials will be awarded to 412 graduates, making this spring’s graduation the largest on record. Spring 2013 awarded 373 graduates with credentials.

“The record number of graduates is a source of pride for BPCC’s faculty and staff,” says BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson. “Each individual in that number has a compelling story to tell about his or her journey. Each is now prepared for the next step, whether that involves continuing education or beginning a career. Our employers will be more competitive and our community will be richer because of their work.”

Associate degrees, technical diplomas, certificates, and technical competency areas will be awarded in BPCC’s six academic divisions. The 9:30 am ceremony will include students in the two divisions of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Students in the divisions of Behavioral and Social Sciences; Business; Communication and Performing Arts; and Liberal Arts will graduate at the 2:00 pm ceremony.

Commencement speaker for the morning graduation ceremony is Darrell Rebouche, a Cavalier Athletic Foundation board member. Tommy Williams, CFP®, president of Williams Financial Services, is the commencement speaker for the 2 p.m. ceremony.

This spring’s graduation yields some additional exciting announcements:

  • BPCC is proud to announce that Industrial Technology: Automation and Controls graduate, Scott Haynes, will be the first BPCC student to be awarded the Siemens Mechatronic Certification – Level I.

“BPCC adopted this certification and became a Siemens partner school because of our affiliation with Benteler Steel/Tube,” says Lamont Lackman, an instructor in BPCC’s Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics division.  “But now, the certification has created quite a buzz in the area manufacturing industry and it’s of interest to other manufacturers.”

Siemens AG, one of the world’s largest high-tech manufacturing corporations, is a leader in complex technologies, particularly in complex systems integrating electrical, mechanical and computer engineering. According to the Siemens website, “the marriage of these three engineering fields, better known as mechatronic systems, plays an ever-increasing role in technology: from cars to household appliances, from public transportation systems to electric power generators, in short, almost every aspect of daily life.

The Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program (SMSCP) is a comprehensive industry skills certification offered together with partner schools worldwide. A central theme in the SMSCP is the System Approach, a special set of teaching and learning methods developed over 25 years in Siemens technical schools in Germany.”

Haynes plans to continue his career in the oil and gas industry.  “Having the Siemens certification encourages me to pursue an engineering degree,” says Haynes. “My goal is to continue my career and work within the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) department. It’s the backbone of how the oil and gas industry knows what is happening from one instant to another by acquiring data and controlling remote industrial systems.”

  • BPCC will also graduate 13 students with an associate degree in engineering.  These students were the first cohort of students to complete the full two-year program and are eligible to transfer as juniors to Louisiana Tech University or the University of Louisiana-Lafayette in any of their engineering programs.
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