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BPPC’s Open Campus

BPPC’s Open Campus Bossier Parish Community College’s Open Campus™ courses are free, no-strings-attached, online, non-credit developmental courses/tutorials, and anyone can sign up. Courses are set up in “module” form so that you can target your weaknesses by watching lecture videos and taking quizzes as many times as you wish. Quizzes are graded immediately, so there is no lag-time for you to discover your scores. You’ll find the same, basic information in Open Campus™ courses/refreshers as in “for-credit” offerings with these exceptions: no textbooks are used, and courses are self-contained with no direct interaction between instructors/students. Open Campus™ courses are designed, videoed and taught...

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Rotary, Alternative Program, and Northwest LTC Collaborate

MANSFIELD, Louisiana, May 11, 2015—The Mansfield Rotary Club, the Desoto Parish Alternative Program, and Northwest Louisiana Technical College are utilizing a braided funding approach to support high school dropouts seeking to earn an equivalency diploma. Braided funding involves multiple funding streams utilized to pay for the services needed by a given population. The term braided is used because multiple funding streams are initially separate but are brought together to pay for more than any one stream can support. The Mansfield Rotary Club donated funds to support a partnership which has been developed between Northwest Louisiana Technical College and the DeSoto Parish Alternative Program. The funds have been used to offset expenses for several students who have dropped out of high school but are close to being able to take the HiSET® Exam to earn their equivalency diploma.  Northwest LTC is providing Work Ready U funding to pay for an adjunct instructor who teaches the classes at the alternative program site. This project, which began in February, will end in May.  Dianne Clark, Campus Dean for Northwest LTC Mansfield, shared, “Adult Education in Louisiana is no longer simply a matter of obtaining a high school equivalency diploma.  Our vision for Work Ready U provides emphasis on improving quality of life by providing skills necessary to obtain careers offering a sustainable wage.” “Increasingly, the strategies for meeting the educational needs within our communities...

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Northwest LTC Students Receive AT&T Scholarship

Northwest LTC Students Receive AT&T Scholarship MANSFIELD, Louisiana, April 22, 2015—Two students from Northwest Louisiana Technical College’s Mansfield Campus were recently awarded scholarships from the AT&T Construction Technology Scholarship Program. The recipients, Chase Chandler and Garrett Cowden, are welding students and have received $500 each to support their studies. AT&T launched the scholarship program to support students attending Louisiana’s Community and Technical Colleges to secure training in high-wage, high-demand construction crafts. “The need for trained talent in the construction fields is significant; this scholarship program demonstrates the ways in which we collaborate with corporate partners to ensure that our region continues to supply the best trained talent in the world”, said Rick Bateman, interim director of Northwest LTC. “Workforce development is not a hobby for us… it’s what we do every single day”, added Mansfield Campus Dean, Dianne Clark. “Scholarship support from companies like AT&T makes it possible for gifted students like Chase and Garrett to complete programs that fill a critical need in our regional economy.” Founded in 1936, Northwest Louisiana Technical College is a member of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. The main campus is located in Minden and other campuses operate in Mansfield, Many, Natchitoches, and Shreveport. Northwest LTC was recently recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the nation’s top two-year colleges. For more information about Northwest LTC and its programs, visit...

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Nursing Graduate Perseveres to Achieve Career Goal

Nursing Graduate Perseveres to Achieve Career Goal SHREVEPORT, Louisiana, April 13, 2014—Northwest Louisiana Technical College’s Shreveport campus had 91 graduates complete degree, diploma and certificate programs last fall. Among those graduates was Laquisha Hinton and she completed the Practical Nursing program with the highest grade point average in her class. But the real story is the journey Hinton travelled to get to graduation. Hinton enrolled in Northwest LTC Shreveport’s Practical Nursing program in 2010. However, shortly after starting the program she learned that she would be having her first child. This first child turned to news of twins and her doctor informed her that she would need to put her studies on hold. “It was a very difficult decision; in fact, it was heartbreaking,” said Hinton. However, she never lost sight of her goals and with the tremendous support of her mother and her husband, Hinton returned to the nursing program in 2013. According to Ruby Brown, Nursing Program Coordinator, “Mrs. Hinton was an exceptional student who performed at the highest level in the classroom and clinical sites. Despite energetic twins at home, she reached her goal of becoming a nursing professional.” “The phrase ‘persistence pays’ is appropriate in many situations in life,” stated David Rhodes, Interim Campus Dean. “Mrs. Hinton’s persistence is a great example for future Northwest LTC nursing students to be diligent in pursuing and achieving their...

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