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Black Hills State University-Rapid City (BHSU-RC) held an open house July 21 to announce new academic programs that are now being offered in Rapid City.

BHSU-RC added nine additional bachelor degree programs that are available entirely in Rapid City. There are also new associate degree options, certificate and non-credit industry programs.

BHSU President Tom Jackson, Jr. said the additional courses and programs will make 52 degree and certificate programs available to students from start-to-finish without leaving Rapid City.

“Residents in and near the state’s second largest city now have greatly increased options for higher education,” Jackson said. “The programs at BHSU-RC provide affordable and accessible opportunities for individuals in the area to advance their career and earn their university degree right here in Rapid City. As the state’s only comprehensive University in the West River region, BHSU is dedicated to providing more opportunities for students that will meet workforce needs in the state.”

The nine new baccalaureate degrees from BHSU available in Rapid City include: Elementary Education; History Education; Social Science Composite Education; Business Administration – Human Resources Management; Business Administration – Tourism and Hospitality Management; Mass Communications – Integrated Media; Mass Communications – Science Communication; Graphic Design & Communication; and Corporate Communications.

BHSU students in Rapid City will also have the option of pursuing focused general studies associate degrees in the following emphasis areas: Business Administration; General Science; Human Services; Sociology; Psychology; Special Education Paraprofessional; Commercial Art; History; Political Science; Philosophy; and Social Science. These degrees are pending approval from the South Dakota Board of Regents.

The five new certificate options include Social Resiliency, Social & Cultural Awareness, Archives, Journalism, and Museums. The BHSU College of Liberal Arts will also offer five additional minors in Rapid City: History Teaching, International Studies, Mass Communication, Philosophy, and Political Science Teaching.

BHSU-RC is also adding training options leading to industry certification benefiting area business and economic development.  Computer networking (Microsoft COMPTIA and Microsoft MCSA) and an Advanced Project Management non-credit certificates will begin this fall. These training options will not be offered for college credit but will lead to industry certification.  

“We will continue to increase our commitment to business and industry training and individual skill enhancement by bringing more certifications and training programs to meet the needs of the Rapid City area,” Gene Bilodeau, executive director of BHSU-RC, said.

“The goal of BHSU-Rapid City is to continue to meet the needs of individuals and business in the Rapid City area by providing accessible, high quality education to anyone looking to complete a degree or update their current skill set,” Bilodeau, said. “Our students asked for more class options so this is our first step toward meeting the needs of our students and the community.”

He noted that BHSU continues to build and strengthen partnerships with other state institutions of higher education. The University of South Dakota plans to bring a Master of Social Work degree to BHSU-RC, and South Dakota School of Mines & Technology plans to offer a Geospatial Technology certificate out of the Rapid City location.

BHSU-RC provides flexible scheduling options and several student support services, including disability accommodations, free tutoring, scholarships specifically for Rapid City students, academic advising, financial aid counseling, career counseling, and veteran’s resources. Bilodeau noted that BHSU-RC places an emphasis on services for active military and veteran students.

BHSU-RC offers a new military rate that is fully reimbursable with the military educational allowance. So to the student, there is no cost. This new tuition reimbursement rate was put in place as a pilot program in Rapid City last year and has now been extended statewide at the higher education centers.

Existing baccalaureate degrees offered by BHSU in Rapid City include Business Administration – Accounting; Business Administration – Management; Human Services; History; Political Science; Mass Communications-Graphic Communication; Social Science; Sociology; and Psychology. Existing certificates include Entrepreneurial Studies, Management, and Graphic Design. USD currently offers baccalaureate degrees in Criminal Justice, Nursing, and Health Sciences at BHSU-RC. South Dakota State University also offers a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Rapid City.

BHSU-RC is also home to several graduate degrees. BHSU offers master’s degrees in Business Administration (MBA) and in Secondary Education. SDSU offers master’s degrees in Counseling & Human Resource Development and Educational Administration. Master’s degrees through USD in Rapid City include Criminal Justice, Human Resources, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Organizational Leadership. USD also offers a doctorate in Adult & Higher Education.

To view a complete list of Rapid City program options, please visit www.BHSU.edu/RapidCity.