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Students attending Bossier Schools will soon have the opportunity to take academic courses never before offered, thanks to a Dual Enrollment agreement the district has entered into with Louisiana College in Pineville.

Bossier Schools Superintendent Scott Smith and Louisiana College President Dr. Rick Brewer made the agreement official during a signing ceremony today. Beginning in spring 2018, Bossier Parish students will have the chance to take online courses offered by Louisiana College and earn regular college credit prior to graduation from high school.

A few of those courses include Art and Music Appreciation, Finite Math, Civilization I and II, Survey of the Old and New Testaments and Economics, among nearly two dozen others.

“Our goal is to provide as many opportunities for our students as we can and this partnership with Louisiana College gives Bossier Schools the chance to do that,” said Superintendent Smith. “We are grateful to Dr. Brewer and his administrative team for working with us to make this partnership a reality to benefit the students of Bossier Parish.”

Louisiana College also discounted the rate per three-hour course to $100, yet students will pay less than a third of that amount. Earlier this year, the Bossier Parish School Board took action to absorb costs for Dual Enrollment courses and other higher learning opportunities so that a student would only pay $30. The reduced tuition offered by Louisiana College will result in a savings to the Bossier Parish school system.

"We are deeply pleased to partner with Bossier Parish Schools in this online, Dual Enrollment agreement," said Dr. Rick Brewer, President of Louisiana College. "The best and brightest students from Bossier Parish will be taught by our faculty in the rich heritage of academic excellence that distinguishes LC. This is a win-win for all involved."