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Black Hills State University recently announced that it has greatly expanded non-credit opportunities for life-long learning, community and professional development, economic growth, and personal enrichment.

BHSU now offers a variety of flexible, independent learning options at off-campus sites, online, and videoconference as a part of its ongoing effort to extend the resources of Black Hills State University. 

“The non-credit courses focus on job training and professional development for people who are seeking career advancement or career change. The courses offered in business, computers, and gaming prepare students for careers in local industry, while courses in healthcare will help meet the increasing demand for healthcare professionals,” Rajeev Bukralia, dean of Educational Outreach, says. “We are committed to enhancing our non-credit course offerings for working professionals and those interested in lifelong learning.”

According to Cheryl Templeton, BHSU coordinator of educational outreach, BHSU now offers 30 non-credit certificate programs in association with Gatlin Educational Services that are a convenient affordable online career training option. 

“These self-paced courses by Gatlin Educational Services are designed to fit the needs of working adults. Courses are facilitated by professionally trained instructors and people can earn a certificate in 90-120 days in most of these programs,” Templeton says.

The online non-credit certificate programs available from BHSU include:

  • Administrative Dental Assistant
  • Administrative Medical Specialist with Medical Billing and Coding
  • Advanced Coding for the Physician's Office
  • Advanced Hospital Coding and CCS Prep
  • Bookkeeping the Easy Way with Quickbooks
  • Business Marketing Design
  • Casino Baccarat Dealer
  • Casino Blackjack Dealer
  • Casino Poker Dealer
  • Certified Bookkeeper
  • Coding, Reimbursement and Documentation for Physicians
  • CompTIA Network+/Server+ Certification Training
  • Entrepreneurship: Start-up and Business Owner Management
  • Grant Writing
  • ICD-10 Medical Coding: Preparation and Instruction for Implementation
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Medical Terminology
  • Medical Transcription Certificate Program
  • Microsoft Access 2007
  • Microsoft Excel 2007
  • Microsoft Outlook 2007
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2007
  • Microsoft Vista Business
  • Microsoft Word 2007
  • Non-Profit Management Training
  • Paralegal Certificate Program
  • Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program
  • Project Management Certificate Program
  • Purchasing & Supply Chain Management Certificate Program
  • Records Management Certificate Program

These non-credit certificate programs are offered in association with Gatlin Education Services, the world's largest provider of asynchronous web-based training to colleges, universities and other education providers. Call (605) 642-6321 or toll-free at (877) 847-8134 or email CherylTempleton@bhsu.edu for more information. See details at edoutreach.BHSU.edu/registration.

The Educational Outreach office is also offering workshops focusing on entrepreneurship. There are six entrepreneurship workshops planned this spring. The workshops planned are as follows:

  • Entrepreneurship 101, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m.
    • This introductory program will address the basic business principles necessary for starting a small business/enterprise. Topics will include personal readiness for business ownership, ideas vs. opportunities, screening of opportunities, and market potential.
  • Legal Issues in Entrepreneurship, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m.
    • This course will address legal issues of importance to small business owners specifically, issues of importance to those in the fine arts will be addressed.
  • Marketing and the Entrepreneur, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m.
    • This course will address the essential aspects of marketing by small business owners.
  • What Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know About Financials, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m.
    • This course will address the basics of record keeping, budgeting, accounting terminology, tax issues, and working with a CPA.
  • Entrepreneurial Event Planning, March 5 at 6 p.m.
    • This course will address the nuts and bolts of event planning.
  • Meet the Arts Entrepreneurs, March 19 at 6 p.m.
    • The final course in the series will tie the previous five sessions together and include a panel of arts entrepreneurs who will share their success stories and answer your questions.

Advanced registration and attendance at the complete series of six entrepreneurial courses will result in an Entrepreneurship in the Arts Professional Certificate from BHSU.

For more information about non-credit programs contact Cheryl Templeton at 642-6321 or 877-847-8134 or visit edoutreach.BHSU.edu/registration.