BPCC’s first graduating class of C4M graduates set to graduate Thursday.
Bossier Parish Community College will recognize the first graduating class of its new Certification for Manufacturing (C4M) program during the College’s commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Health and Physical Education Complex, 6220 E. Texas St.
Seventeen graduates will receive both a 12-hour Technical Competency Area (TCA) credential and C4M certificate – making them eligible for interviews with area industry partners. In partnership with Louisiana Economic Development (LED) FastStart, BPCC’s C4M program helps interested students train for new manufacturing jobs within the area.
“It’s a new day in manufacturing,” BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson said. “Today’s employers need employees with advanced skills. They need problem solvers and trouble shooters. They need employees who have savvy computer, programming, and mechatronic skills. These graduates are now equipped with these advanced skills and will enter the workforce better prepared with this state-recognized, industry certification.”
C4M consists of four college courses that can be completed in one semester (16 weeks) and covers the essential skills needed in the modern manufacturing environment including: Principles of Manufacturing (safety, quality, lean manufacturing, and teamwork), Tools and Equipment, Automation, and an Introduction to Fabrication, Process Technology, and Machining. This program incorporates class lectures, laboratory work, and independent study.
In addition to the C4M graduates, credentials will be awarded to a total of 136 graduates during the Thursday ceremony. Associate degrees, technical diplomas, certificates, and technical competency areas in each of BPCC’s six academic divisions (Behavioral-Social Sciences and College Transition Programs; Business; Communication and Performing Arts; Liberal Arts; Science, Nursing, and Allied Health; and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) will be awarded.
“Each of these graduates is now prepared for success in the workforce or at the next level of education,” says Chancellor Henderson. “As a result, the future quality of life in our community looks brighter, and the competitive advantage our employers enjoy in the form of developed talent has never been stronger.”
BPCC is also honored to host retiring NSU President Dr. Randall Webb as guest speaker for the 67th commencement.