Eight BPCC/high school dual enrollment students to graduate

Eight area high school students will be earning a postsecondary credential while simultaneously earning their high school diploma, during BPCC’s Spring graduation ceremonies this morning in BPCC’s Gymnasium, 6220 E. Texas St, Bossier City.

The dual enrollment students have earned a total of five associate degrees, five certificates, and two technical diplomas.

“The hard work, determination, and perseverance of these students paired with the unfailing support of their high schools and families has enabled them to achieve these extraordinary accomplishments,” says BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr.

The students who will be graduating with a postsecondary credential include George Booras from Parkway High School; Christopher Gardner from Northwood High School; Garrett Gresham from Ringgold High School; Mackenzie Mitchell from Northwood High School; Nicolas Noel from Ringgold High School; Olivia Prado from Ringgold High School; Aileecia Tipton from Ringgold High School; and Katlyn Word from Ringgold High School. 

George Booras, a student from Parkway High School, will be graduating with a Certificate of General Studies. George began taking dual enrollment courses in the Fall of 2014 as a participant in Bossier Parish’s AIM Program. He will have earned his certificate by earning 9 credit hours based on ACT scores, and completing a total of 30 credit hours at BPCC, while maintaining a BPCC GPA of 3.9. After graduation he intends on majoring in Business at LA Tech, where he has been offered a scholarship through the College of Business. 

Christopher Gardner, a student from Northwood High School, will be graduating with both an Associate of General Studies and a Certificate of General Studies. Chris began taking dual enrollment courses in the Summer of 2016 as a participant in the AEP Credits Count Program. He will have earned his degree and certificate by completing courses through LSUS and earning credit based on ACT and Advanced Placement scores along with completing 45 credit hours at BPCC, while maintaining a BPCC GPA of 3.87 with an overall GPA of 3.83. After graduation he plans on majoring in Engineering at LA Tech, where he has been offered a LA Tech Presidential Merit Scholarship. 

Garrett Gresham, a student from Ringgold High School, will be graduating with a Certificate of General Studies. Garrett began taking dual enrollment courses in the Fall of 2015. He will have earned his degree by completing courses through NSULA, LA Tech, and completing 21 credit hours at BPCC, while maintaining a BPCC GPA of 3.7 with an overall GPA of 3.7. He plans on majoring in Engineering at LA Tech, where he has been offered the Outstanding Student Scholarship.

Mackenzie Mitchell, a student from Northwood High School, will be graduating with a Certificate of General Studies. Mackenzie began taking dual enrollment courses in the Fall of 2016 as a participant in the AEP Credits Count Program and will have earned her certificate by completing courses through LSUS, earning credit based on ACT scores, and completing 25 credit hours at BPCC, while maintaining a BPCC GPA of 3.3 with an overall GPA of 3.49. She plans on majoring in Nursing at Southern Arkansas University, where she has been offered the University Scholarship.

Nicolas Noel, a student from Ringgold High School, will be graduating with both an Associate of Applied Science in Cyber Technology-Programmer Analyst Concentration and a Technical Competency Area in Web Design. Nicolas began taking dual enrollment courses in the Fall of 2015 and will have earned his degree and technical diploma by completing courses through NSULA and completing 51 credit hours through BPCC, while maintaining a BPCC GPA of 3.13 with an overall GPA of 3.18. He plans on majoring in Computer Science at LSUS, where he has been offered the Shreveport Scholarship. Nicolas has also been offered and has accepted a full time position with General Dynamics Information Technology (formerly CSRA) where he will work during the summer and then part-time once he begins classes at LSUS this fall.

Olivia Prado, a student from Ringgold High School, will be graduating with both an Associate of Science in General Science Option in Allied Health and a Technical Competency Area in ECG/Telemetry Technician. Olivia began taking dual enrollment courses in the Fall of 2015 and will have earned her degree and technical diploma by completing courses through NSULA and completing 64 credit hours through BPCC, while maintaining a BPCC GPA of 3.82 and an overall GPA of 3.87. She is also a member BPCC’s Phi Theta Kappa.  She plans on majoring in Nursing at NSULA, where she has been offered the NSU Opportunity Scholarship, Outstanding Student Award, and President’s Honor Scholarship.

Aileecia Tipton, a student from Ringgold High School, will be graduating with both an Associate of General Studies and a Certificate of General Studies. Aileccia began taking dual enrollment courses in the Spring of 2016 and will have earned her degree and certificate by completing courses through NSULA and completing 40 credit hours through BPCC, while maintaining a BPCC GPA of 3.675 and an overall GPA of 3.688. She plans on majoring in Criminal Justice at NSULA, where she has been offered the NSU Award, NSU Opportunity Scholarship, and President’s Honor Scholarship.

Katlyn Word, a student from Ringgold High School, will be graduating with an Associate of Science in General Science Option in Allied Health. Katlyn began taking dual enrollment courses in the Fall of 2015 and will have earned her degree by completing courses through NSULA and completing 42 credit hours through BPCC, while maintaining a BPCC GPA of 3.6 and an overall GPA of 3.7. She is also a member BPCC’s Phi Theta Kappa. She plans on majoring in Pre-Med at LSUS, where she has been offered the Shreveport Scholarship.  

BPCC’s Division of Innovative Learning serves an average of 600 high school dual enrollment students each semester.