Partnership introduces students to computer and cyber sciences careers


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Students in Sioux Falls now have more options when it comes to classes in computer and cyber sciences. High school students will now be able to take computer and cyber science dual-credit courses by the next school year.

Brad Brockmuller is a computer instructor at CTE Academy in Sioux Falls. By fall of this year he will also be teaching classes for dual-credit to students.

“Our classes are going to be computer hardware in the fall, and then we’re also going to be teaching two classes in the spring, network technologies and cyber security,” computer instructor at CTE Academy, Brad Brockmuller said.

“It allows students in the high school to talk college classes for dual credit at the dual credit rate, so it’s a discounted rate and they will be able to explore ideas in the computer science and cyber science arena,” DSU president, Jose-Marie Griffiths said.

This is all thanks to a new Computer and Cyber Sciences partnership pilot project between the Sioux Falls School District and Dakota State University.

“It will be rigorous, but the good thing is we will have more time here at CTE with our block schedule and so we’re able to spend a lot more class time,” Brockmuller said.

This will allow students to get a chance to see what these career fields entail.

“There are so many jobs open in this country in computer and cyber security and this will allow students to get a taste of that,” Griffiths said. “There are many different aspects of it so they can try things out, see if they like it, see if they are good at it and then make some decisions about what they do post high school.”

A partnership paving the way for students’ futures.

“It’s a great partnership, we’ve worked really closely with Dakota State and some of the other institutions around to see what industry needs as well as what the students need so it’s going to be a great addition for these kids to have that experience before they leave here,” Brockmuller said.

This program is the first of SDPaSS, which is a partnership between Dakota State University, the Sioux Falls School District, Southeast Tech and the state Department of Labor and Regulation. 

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