BPCC dedicates AEP Foundation’s Credits Count Learning Lab

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(L to R) Brian Bond, SWEPCO vice president of External Affairs, and John Hubbard, SWEPCO External Affairs Manager, stand with BPCC Foundation President Bruce Roberts and BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. during the dedication of the AEP Foundation’s Credits Count Learning Lab.

Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC), in collaboration with the BPCC Foundation, dedicated on June 9 the American Electric Power Foundation’s Credits CountSM Learning Lab in BPCC’s Learning Commons (Library).
The first steps on a college campus and exploring career options can be intimidating, especially if students aren’t ready to enter college, start a career or able to pay for college tuition.

The AEP Credits CountSM Learning Lab is the students’ on-site “gateway,” or starting point, for college campus resource accessibility.

“This lab is my pride and joy,” said Debra Harmon, BPCC system librarian. “It’s a place where students who need individual support can find help.”

The Learning Lab has more than 30 computers. Students will learn about research tools, technical and digital resources, and services and support available to help ensure their success as they navigate the college experience.

“BPCC has been very responsive to our company’s and communities’ needs,” Brian Bond, SWEPCO vice president of External Affairs, said during the dedication. “We feel certain many students will find the help and resources they need in this lab.”

In addition to the Learning Lab, the AEP Foundation’s Credits CountSM program allows BPCC to work with area middle and high school students and families in exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) fields, introducing students to careers they otherwise may never have considered.

“Through Credits CountSM, 37 high school and middle school students are taking courses on campus that will help them succeed in college,” said Lynne McCoy, BPCC director of Academic Outreach, Innovative Learning.

Schools participating in the program are Rusheon Middle School, Bossier High School, Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning, Donnie Bickham Middle School, Northwood High School and the Caddo Career and Technology Center.

During the dedication, McCoy thanked the middle school and high school counselors and principals who are working with BPCC.

McCoy continued: “A huge thank you to the AEP Foundation and SWEPCO for helping us embrace, educate and empower students in the Shreveport-Bossier area.”

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