Information Technology Consultant Academy Summer Institute

The South Dakota Board of Regents has partnered with multiple corporate entities to develop an innovative learning experience that prepares individuals for the needs of the workforce 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 (CSC)150 & 250 will enroll in a course titled CSC 180: Introductory Programming. CSC 180 will be offered during the Spring 2016 term. In addition to degree pursuant and non-degree seeking students, CSC 180: Introductory Programming will be available for the first time to high school students as a dual credit course. Students who have already passed CSC 150 & CSC 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
  • Capital University Center in Pierre
  • Black Hills State University - Rapid City
  • University Center - 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.

Dual Credit:

CSC 180 is available for the first time to high school students as a dual credit course.

Program Logistics:

  1. Application: Students will apply to the Academy.
  2. 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, Advanced Software Engineering and Information Retrieval and Analysis.
  3. Paid Internship and Research Experience*: Students who successfully complete the undergraduate certificate program are eligible
    to apply to a paid internship.

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

Admission Requirements:

  1. Completed Application
  2. Statement of Purpose
  3. Official High School transcript or GED
  4. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended
  5. ACT or SAT scores (not required if 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 2016

Session Dates:


Spring Semester:
January 11 - May 16, 2016

CSC 180: Introductory Programming

Summer Session I:
May 16 - June 24, 2016

CSC 270: Software Engineering for IT Consulting
CSC 292: Information Retrieval and Analysis

Select one of the following courses to earn the IT certificate and complete both courses to be eligible for considerations for the EPSCOR internship:

Summer Session II:
June 27 - August 5, 2016

CSC 280: Advanced Software Engineering for IT consulting
CSC 292: Rich Internet Applications for IT Consulting

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