Businesses across the country are reporting the need for employees with cybersecurity skills.
To help high school students help fill this need, Dakota State University in Madison has established a new partnership with several K-12 schools in the southern Black Hills. The partnership will help students explore the possibilities in these fields.
A memorandum of understanding was approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents this week. This will allow for dual-credit cyber classes to be offered beginning this fall in Hot Springs, Oelrichs, Custer, and Hill City, pending approval by the individual school districts. These schools make up the Southern Hills Education Consortium. Similar MOUs are currently in place between DSU and the Sioux Falls and Madison Central School Districts.
Courses will be offered through a variety of delivery options – online, blended, and on the DSU campus.
A second collaboration through articulation agreements with several technical and community colleges was also approved by the Regents this week. This allows students at these schools to transfer their associate degree credits to DSU bachelor’s degree programs in health information, and in business.