Two new certificate programs offered by Black Hills State University-Rapid City are strategically filling workforce gaps in the Black Hills community.
BHSU-RC, located off I-90 at exit 61 in Rapid City, recently announced the addition of Advanced Project Management and Computer Networking certificate programs. Both programs are designed with a flexible format for working professionals and those looking for new career opportunities.
Dr. Rachel MK Headley and John Hohn say having these programs in Rapid City means employers and individuals no longer need to travel to larger areas such as Denver or Minneapolis to achieve certification in these fields.
“Project Management takes large, complicated work and breaks it down into its component parts to make the impossible achievable. Our students will use simulation software to look at the entire scope of a project from budget planning to human resources to stakeholder interest,” said Headley. “The goal is to increase success and decrease stress associated with large projects.”
For the Advanced Project Management program, Headley says she expects both individuals hoping to improve their skills and whole teams from area businesses to take the classes. Students can take a single class or progress through a blend of in-person classes and online modules to work toward certification.
“Certification in project management is vital to qualifying for federal contracts, and large industries expect professionals to have certification,” said Headley, who is certified as a Project Management Professional.
The classes provided through BHSU-RC will prepare area project management professionals to take the Project Management Professional (PMP)® or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® exams for industry certification. For those who already have the PMP or CAPM certification, the classes meet the requirements for continuing education.
Hohn currently works as a network integrationist for a local company in Rapid City. He says his employer consistently has trouble finding individuals with the right IT skills for their open positions.
“The Computer Networking program at BHSU-RC is a professional track for people who want to start a new career path or change their role within IT. We’re focusing on practical knowledge and hands-on experience,” said Hohn.
The program is formatted for working professionals to attend classes two evenings per week along with one Saturday providing 40 hours per module. Hohn says the program design will especially meet the needs of military men and women who want training but may be transferred or deployed.
“These are not your typical semester-long classes,” said Hohn. “You’re getting a lot of contact and knowledge in a short amount of time.”
Hohn says the classes at BHSU-RC align with the certification path of CompTIA, the IT Industry Trade Association. BHSU-RC students in the program will be eligible to sit for the CompTIA exams to achieve industry-certification in certain skill sets such as networking and servers.
Visit the BHSU-RC website with more details on the programs at http://www.BHSU.edu/BHSURapidCity/Academics/AdvancedProjectManagement or http://www.BHSU.edu/BHSURapidCity/Academics/ITCertification