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Information Technology Consultant Academy Summer Institute

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Program Description
Program Logistics
The South Dakota Board of Regents has partnered with multiple corporate entities to develop an innovative learning experience that prepares individuals for the workforce needs of and potential employment. The South Dakota Board of Regents Information Technology Consultant Academy - Summer Institute is a collaboration with the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) and Board of Regents public universities. The Summer Institute will expose students to information technology careers and provide a connection to job opportunities with partnering corporations.


The Information Technology Consultant Academy uniquely integrates 4 undergraduate courses with an internship, which will provide participants a unique credential entering an IT-related profession. 

Students who have not completed Computer Science I & II will enroll in a course titled CSC 180: Introductory Programming.  CSC 180 will be offered during the Spring 2015 term.  Students who have already passed CSC 150 & 250 or the approved equivalent will take 4 courses during the summer session.  Courses will be offered online and taught by faculty chosen by the partnering institutions. Partnering Institutions include:

  • Black Hills State University
  • Dakota State University
  • Northern State University
  • South Dakota State University
  • University of South Dakota
  • University Centers in Rapid City, Pierre and Sioux Falls.

All credits awarded upon completion of the Summer Institute will count toward the student's degree program, keeping the student on track for graduation and ready to enter the workforce.


Students will make application to the Summer Institute

Completion of the Undergraduate Certificate

Students will complete the required courses and gain in-depth knowledge and skill in the professional areas of: Software Engineering for IT Consulting, Advanced Software Engineering for IT Consulting and Database Management.

Paid Internship**

Students who successfully complete the undergraduate certificate program are eligible to apply to a paid internship.

Interview for Employment**

Students who successfully complete the internship will qualify for a final interview which may lead to employment.

**Internship and employment depend on performance and credentials; they are not guaranteed.


Admission Requirements
  • Completed Application
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Official high school transcript or GED
  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended
  • ACT or SAT scores (not required if applicant is over the age of 21)
Earn all 12 credits at a discounted rate of $40 per credit hour which saves over $3,000 on tuition costs.


Summer Institute 2015

Summer Session Dates
Session I :

May 18 - June 26

CSC 380: Information Retrieval and Analysis


CSC 270: Software Engineering for IT Consulting

Session II:
June 29 - August 7



CSC 280: Advanced Software Engineering for IT Consulting

CSC 392: Rich Internet Applications for IT Consulting

All courses above are 3 credits hours.