BPCC receives $1.4 million to launch AEP Foundation’s Credits Count program

Venita McCellon-Allen, AEP-SWEPCO President and Chief Operating Officer, presents BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson and John Hubbard, BPCC Foundation Board President, a check for $1.4 million to launch Credits Count, a signature program of AEP Foundation, at Bossier Parish Community College.

Community leaders are making sure local students are getting an education that counts.

The American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation has awarded Bossier Parish Community College $1.4 million to launch Credits Count, a five-year project targeting dual enrollment students with a focus on studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

John Hubbard, BPCC Foundation Board President, said this is a milestone event that will impact the ongoing transformation of education in northwest Louisiana.

“This is about making significant, lasting improvements in education,” he said.

BPCC is only the second college to receive funding for Credits Count, a signature program of AEP Foundation. It will include year-round, hands-on activities and services centered on STEM experiences, college course readiness assessments, summer bridge programs and dual enrollment with local public high schools and BPCC.

It will also introduce students to new careers opportunities and provide a pathway to obtaining college credits while still attending high school.

The program seeks to serve approximately 400 students once it is fully-launched in fall 2015. BPCC will facilitate dual credit enrollment courses with a goal of providing participating students the opportunity to graduate high school with at least 12 college credits toward an associate degree or one year certificate.