A Visitor Pass program at Black Hills State University, that has proved to be popular especially among retired people in the region, will be offered for the spring 2009 semester.

The Visitor Pass allows community members to observe classes at BHSU. Issued for $100 per class the pass allows someone who is not registered at BHSU to observe a class on an available space basis. Each person is allowed to take up to two classes per semester.

“The Visitor Pass creates an opportunity for residents of this region to expand the depth and breadth of their interests and learn from the outstanding faculty members leading the innovative high-quality educational opportunities at Black Hills State University,” BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp says.

To obtain a visitor pass for the spring semester contact Dawn Kennedy, registration officer, at 642-6044. Visitors can sign up and pay for a class visitation beginning Jan. 5. Spring semester classes begin Jan. 14.

The Visitor Pass program is designed to provide citizens the opportunity to visit classes without the need to complete assignments or tests. However, since the fee is significantly less than the usual tuition and fees, visitors will not participate in class activities unless invited by the instructor. This program is a non-credit offering, and participants will not be admitted to the University. No grades will be assigned and no transcripts will be available. A Visitor Pass will be issued if space is available for specific courses requested.

For more information about the Visitor Pass or to browse a list of courses offered at BHSU see www.BHSU.edu/VisitorPass.