New university programs aim to fill workforce gaps in South Dakota

Several South Dakota universities are launching new programs aimed at tackling workforce development needs across the state.

The South Dakota Board of Regents approved the academic program requests to four state universities this week.

Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota State University in Brookings, the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, and The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City will each launch new programs.

Dakota State University requested a new undergraduate certificate in data analytics. This certificate would prepare students to be able to solve data-driven business problems.

South Dakota State University requested a new minor in engineering management and a new undergraduate certificate in pre-construction planning. Also, if a student pursing a certain Ph.D. degree, the students will have to select a specialization in either data science, mathematics, or statistics.

The Board of Regents also approved the University of South Dakota for a new undergraduate certificates in introduction to child life and advanced child life.

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology had three specializations to be approved. The new majors are in atmospheric and environmental sciences; science, technology and society; and pre-professional health sciences.

State education leaders hope these programs will meet the needs of workforce and community development in the state.