Delivery of CTE programs in Dickinson to be explored
Posted on 2/13/2017
BISMARCK, N.D. - In an effort to expand the learning and career opportunities for students and citizens in the Dickinson area, and deepen the employment pipeline for regional business and industry, Bismarck State College (BSC), Dickinson State University (DSU) and Dickinson Public Schools (DPS) have begun to explore the collaborative delivery of for-credit career and technical education (CTE) programs.
Currently, CTE courses are offered to Dickinson High School students, but the courses do not lead to college credit nor are they available to the general public.
On Monday, Feb. 13, BSC President Dr. Larry Skogen, DSU President Dr. Thomas Mitzel and DPS Superintendent Dr. Doug Sullivan signed a letter of intent to investigate the offering of CTE programs in Dickinson with the goal of establishing a Memorandum of Understanding amongst the organizations at a later date.
Skogen, Mitzel and Sullivan met with Reed Reyman, president of CHI St. Alexius Health in Dickinson, to tour the old CHI St. Joseph's hospital as a potential location for course offerings. The men were joined by other members of their organizations as well as representatives from Stark Development Corporation.
The goals of this initiative include the delivery of programs that could potentially result in college credit, associate degrees, professional certification or professional licensure for enrolled students.
A committee of representatives from BSC, DPS and DSU will develop recommendations after a broad-based exploration of the faculty, staff, facilities and equipment needed to create an appropriate learning environment; grant funding opportunities available locally, statewide and regionally, and any collaborative potential that may exist with local, state and regional organizations.