The Industrial Technology (IT) Department at Black Hills State University is beginning a new era in its history. As of this semester the IT department is reinventing itself.
“We are offering a new program and we are offering courses in two locations, the Spearfish campus and at Western Dakota Tech (WDT) in Rapid City. Our new program will allow students to participate in the associate degree instruction at WDT, using much of the instruction from the two-year programs to fulfill their bachelor’s degree requirements. Having access to the high quality labs at WDT will provide our students with a much richer educational experience. Moreover, we will be working collaboratively with SDSM&T,” said Tom Termes, BHSU assistant professor and chair of the Department of Industrial and Informational Technology.
According to Termes, the IT courses that are being offered in Rapid City are, for the most part, slightly modified versions of the courses that we have offered on the Spearfish campus for years. Significant changes have been made to enhance flexibility and strength. “Flexibility is a key concept since students will have access to our courses from the population center in Rapid City. This will provide students with better opportunity for part-time jobs, and a reduced need to commute. We feel strongly that our program will be significantly strengthened through our collaboration with the associate degree programs at WDT.”
Further strengthening the program are the six areas of specialization that are now included:
- Communications Technology – Multi Media
- Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)
- Construction Technology
- Electronics Technology’
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
- Technology Management
Each of these specializations requires 16 hours of coursework to provide students with a very intensive level of preparation.
“Simply said, our graduates will be better prepared to enter the industrial workforce, it is a win-win situation,” Termes said.
For more information on the Industrial Technology program contact Termes at 642-6498 or TomTermes@BHSU.edu.