Black Hills State University and Ellsworth Air Force Base team up, offer new educational opportunities

SPEARFISH, S.D. — For nearly six decades, Black Hills State University has offered courses to personnel at Ellsworth Air Force Base, until an education facility was repurposed for other use in 2006.

EllsworthOver a decade later, the university and base are coming together to bring educational programs and opportunities back.

BHSU will be offering seven different programs to on-base personnel starting later this fall. Five will be for undergraduates, and two for graduate students.

Undergraduate students will have the access to the following programs:  Business Administration-Human Resources, Business Administration-Management, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, and Psychology. Graduate students will have access to  Applied Management and Computer Science and Engineering programs, in a partnership with South Dakota Mines.

As part of the partnership between BHSU and the base, low-cost tuition will be available. Persons that qualify include: active-duty personnel, their spouses and dependents, as well as civilian Department of Defense workers on base. Costs for courses per credit-hour are $250 for undergraduates and $300.

Jeffrey Wehrung, Special Assistant to the Provost at BHSU sees this as a great opportunity for both parties.

“It’s really just a great opportunity. They were looking to change who they had representing on the base, and we are the local university,” Wehrung stated. “It made a lot of sense because students can take the classes here on the base or if they need to fill the rest of their degree we have face-to-face classes right in Rapid City.”

“Students on base will definitely benefit from this effort,” he continued. “Whereas we’ve had students from the base drive out to our university center for courses, now they won’t have to. They still obviously have that option, but they will be able to also take them in the Rushmore Center right on base”

The fall semester will start on October 13 for students taking courses on the base.

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