The South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development, the South Dakota Board of Regents, and several public universities across the state have teamed up to create the Information Technology Consultant Academy.
Information technology is one of the fastest growing industries in the country, yet a steady supply of skilled IT professionals - including software developers, software engineers, and data analysts - are increasingly difficult to find despite promising career prospects.
"At many of the country's institutions, students are not graduating with the IT and analytics skills that are in demand," said GOED Commissioner Pat Costello. "The IT Academy is designed to produce graduates with the skills to design, implement and manage software systems; program in languages like Java and C++; as well as the ability to design, manage, access and analyze database information."
The program is an innovative and intense series of courses that participants complete in a three-month period. Students enrolled at participating universities can also gain the certificate by completing the required courses during his or her academic career.
For more information on the IT Academy, please visit www.usd.edu/cde/summer-it.cfm or contact Alex Smith at 605.782.3287 or firstname.lastname@example.org.