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BPCC offers unique program to students with special needs

Bossier Parish Community College is taking steps to help those with cognitive disabilities prepare for the workforce.
Bossier Parish Community College is taking steps to help those with cognitive disabilities prepare for the workforce.

Today BPCC officials and Bossier Parish Schools will sign a Memorandum of Understanding that will assist special education students in finding a career.

BPCC's Program for Successful Employment is designed to provide access to college for Bossier Parish students with cognitive disabilities and/or autism who are seeking vocational training to lead to successful employment.

The collaboration and memorandum will build upon a MOU signed in July 2010 that assisted Bossier Parish special education students transition into college life at BPCC.  

BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson said, "Everything we do at BPCC focuses on preparing our students for success in the workforce or at the next level of education. 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."

PSE Program Director Rebecca Hanberry said, "Through PSE, the next step for those with these disabilities now exists. If an individual has a cognitive disability and no diploma or GED and wants to work but lacks the training or resources to get a job, PSE will help them achieve their goals."

The MOU signeing will take place at 3:30 p.m. in the Chancellor's Boardroom, Building A, Room 230 on the BPCC campus.

The program begins in Jan. 2014.

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