Northwestern State to establish pilot ROTC program at BPCC

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Northwestern State University and Bossier Parish Community College will sign an agreement establishing a one-year pilot affiliate Senior Army ROTC at BPCC Thursday, June 16.

NSU Official SEAL“This latest collaboration between two extraordinary institutions is another example of the innovations possible when students are the highest priority,” said Northwestern State President Dr. Jim Henderson. “The Demon Regiment is rich in heritage and tradition. This newest approach to preparing leaders at BPCC extends that heritage to a new, promising generation.”

Under the agreement, qualified BPCC students will be cross-enrolled at Northwestern State enabling them to pursue military science and leadership courses.  NSU will serve as the host institution and provide instruction for courses on the BPCC campus.

“This collaboration with NSU will provide BPCC ROTC students a wonderful opportunity to serve our country or get valuable leadership experience that can enhance their non-military careers,” says BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr.

A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required to remain in the program. BPCC will assign a college liaison to support the pilot program and students pursuing military science and leadership courses.  The liaison will provide advisement and academic tracking and will work closely with NSU’s Department of Military Science to schedule courses and register students.

“While the pilot program will benefit both institutions by providing additional recruiting and outreach opportunities, students will reap the most rewards,” said Military Affairs Coordinator/ROTC Program Manager Sid Hall. “Army ROTC is one of the only college programs that teaches leadership.  This training is invaluable for any career that involves leading, managing, and motivating people or fostering teamwork.”

For more information on Army ROTC at Northwestern State, go to rotc.nsula.edu.