BHSU-RC will create additional higher education options for Rapid City residents

Author: BHSU Communications/Wednesday, April 1, 2015/Categories: 2015








           Black Hills State University - Rapid City (BHSU-RC) will be the new name for the University Center - Rapid City located at 4300 Cheyenne Boulevard following action by the South Dakota Board of Regents today.  



Black Hills State University is making plans to significantly increase higher education opportunities in Rapid City following action by the South Dakota Board of Regents today.

"Students from the Rapid City region have expressed their desire for more options and we are committed to meeting those needs and expanding our offerings in Rapid City," BHSU President Tom Jackson, Jr., said. "As the state&rsquos only comprehensive university in western South Dakota, BHSU has a unique role in the Rapid City region."

Black Hills State University - Rapid City (BHSU-RC), will be the new name for the University Center - Rapid City located at 4300 Cheyenne Boulevard. BHSU-RC will maintain current course offerings (from BHSU and other state universities) and plans are being developed for BHSU to offer additional programming including more certificates and associate degrees, additional daytime classes, more dual credit classes and options for weekend classes to meet the needs of students in Rapid City and the entire West River area of the state. BHSU-RC is also making plans for learning options for senior citizens.

Jackson noted that even as BHSU increases its offerings, BHSU-RC will also maintain and enhance collaborative partnerships with other state universities. The Regental universities will continue to be encouraged to offer courses and programs in Rapid City through collaborative efforts with BHSU.

BHSU first began offering classes in the Rapid City area more than 60 years ago when classes were taught on Ellsworth Air Force Base. When facility changes prompted a move from the base in 2011, a site was developed at 4300 Cheyenne Blvd. that is convenient for Rapid City area residents and military personnel and their families. Classes have been offered at the Rapid City location by all six state universities but BHSU has consistently delivered nearly 90 percent of the total courses offered. Now BHSU will also assume responsibility for the administration of the facility and develop additional learning options for residents in the Rapid City region.

Gene Bilodeau, executive director of BHSU-RC, noted that having a BHSU location in Rapid City will provide cost savings for students who prefer to stay in their hometown.

"More students are looking for state university opportunities close to home," Bilodeau said. "People who are employed in Rapid City are seeking additional higher education options right here so they can continue their employment and not have to commute to work or their classes."  

Bilodeau noted that more students are employed as they earn their degrees. He added that some students may choose to begin taking classes at the BHSU-RC to attain significant cost savings by continuing to live at home and maintain their current employment.

BHSU-RC will also place an emphasis on creating opportunities for Native Americans students. Currently, nine percent of the students taking BHSU classes in Rapid City are Native American and BHSU expects that percentage to continue to grow.

"Providing additional opportunities for students to achieve their dream of earning a university degree right here in Rapid City is gratifying for all of us at BHSU," Jackson said. "The BHSU-RC location in the state&rsquos second largest city will create opportunities for more people to earn their university degree."

For more information contact Corinne Hansen, director of university and community relations, at 605-642-6215 or

Read the news release from the South Dakota Board of Regents


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