Louisiana Tech, BPCC sign agreement for engineering progression program
Leaders from Louisiana Tech University and Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will establish an Associate of Science in Engineering program for BPCC students that intend to continue their studies and pursue a bachelor’s degree in engineering at Louisiana Tech. Academic administrators from both institutions have worked for several months to develop this unique and innovative transfer program designed to provide BPCC students with coursework that will satisfy the first 60 hours of a Bachelor of Science degree in one of seven engineering disciplines at Louisiana Tech.“Louisiana Tech is excited to enter into this agreement with Bossier Parish Community College and to welcome a fine group of students to Tech who will, one day, represent both institutions as the next generation of engineering and science leaders in our state,” said Louisiana Tech President Dan Reneau. “The relationships we have built with Bossier Parish Community College and other community and technical colleges around the state are sure to produce new educational opportunities for our young people and new growth opportunities for Louisiana.” As outlined in the agreement, Louisiana Tech will provide BPCC and its students with academic and support resources such as curriculum information, advisors for students and access to engineering-related student organizations. In turn, BPCC will encourage and advise interested students toward the A.S. program, promote the program within the Shreveport/Bossier City market and maintain records related to student progress. “BPCC’s Associate of Science in Engineering will provide a new pathway into Louisiana Tech’s highly respected engineering programs,” said BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson. “The development of the curriculum was a joint effort of the academic leadership of both institutions in a model of collaboration in support of our regional economy.” The 60 credit hours to be transferred from BPCC into Louisiana Tech’s bachelor’s degree program will include courses in mathematics, natural science, engineering science, biology, social science, English, arts and humanities. “This agreement represents a new way for Louisiana Tech to meet the engineering and technical education needs of northwest Louisiana,” said Dr. Stan Napper, dean of Louisiana Tech’s College of Engineering and Science. “We look forward to working closely with BPCC to help students prepare for our nation’s grand challenges, through any of our seven engineering bachelor’s degrees.” The A.S. program is designed as a two-year program with students taking 15 credit hours per semester. Upon successful completion of the coursework and with a minimum 2.5 GPA, BPCC students would transfer to Louisiana Tech as juniors.